Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 Lexus LS 460L: The Brand’s Executive Edition

Highlight: The brand's flagship long wheel base model is available in a hybrid configuration.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $100,805 (base model: $79,760)

Seating Capacity:  4

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; LED Daytime running lights; electronic parking brake; first aid kit; traction control; HID headlights; and Lexus SOS safety/concierge system

Standard Equipment (base model):  18-inch wheels; a rear wheel drive system; an 8-speed automatic transmission; a navigation system; power opening trunk lid; 16-way power driver’s seat with memory; 12-way power front passenger seat with memory; climate controlled front seats; power tilt/telescopic steering wheel; keyless ignition starter system; leather/wood steering wheel; and power rear sunshade

2015 Acura TLX 2.4 & 3.5 SH-AWD: The Brand's New Midsize Sedans

Highlight:  The midsize Acura TLX serves as both the replacement for the polarizing TL and the sportier TSX.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $36,420 front wheel drive/$45,720 all-wheel drive (base model $32,365)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; Daytime Running Lights; an automatic dimming rearview mirror; electronic brake distribution; a stability control system; rear camera; a tire sealant repair kit; automatic headlights with wiper integration; electronic parking brakes; an automatic brake hold system; a hill start assist system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Monday, November 23, 2015

Its Recall Mondays: Hyundai, Lexus And Toyota Are In The Hot Seat

1. Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model 2011-2012 Sonata vehicles. The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released.
If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated preventing accurate communication to rearward following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Garage Preview: LA Auto Show Debuts Several New 2017 SUVs, Crossovers And Trucks

The Cadillac SRX changes names. Its now known as the XT5.

The Scion C-HR Concept will join Toyota's experimental brand line up next year, adding some pizzazz.
The 2017 Mazda CX-9 goes upscale with its all-new bold grille.

Garage Preview: LA Auto Show Debuts Several New 2017 Cars

The 2017 Afla Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio is powered by a Ferrari-derived 505-horsepower bi-turbo V-6.
The 2017 Lincoln MKZ wears an all-new Jaguar-like grille.
The 2017 Buick Lacrosse, the brand's flagship, moves upscale.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Audi Follows VW's Footsteps Offering A Goodwill Gesture To Impacted Diesel Owners

On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board notified the Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Volkswagen AG and Audi AG that certain A3 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI vehicles do not comply with applicable emissions regulations.

This Goodwill Package includes a $500 Audi Prepaid Visa Loyalty Card, a $500 Audi Dealership Card, and 24-hour roadside assistance at no charge for three years.

As we continue to develop remedies and cooperate with government authorities, we are offering this Audi A3 TDI Goodwill Package as a sincere token of our appreciation for your patience. The Goodwill Package is a first step towards restoring your trust.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2015 Chevy Colorado 4WD Z71 Crew Cab: A Midsized Truck That Has Found Its Sweet Spot

Highlights: Maintenance is included for the first two years of ownership. The pint size Chevy Silverado also includes a WiFi hotspot system.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $39,555 (base price:$25,205)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbag; ABS; daytime running lights; stability control; traction control; a rear view camera; a tire pressure monitoring system; and OnStar

Standard Equipment (base model): 16-inch wheels; locking tailgate; a manual operated a/c system; power door locks; power windows; front bucket seats; rear folding bench seats; a tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and carpeted floor mats

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The 2015 Infiniti Q50S: The Brand's Midsize Luxury-Performance Sports Sedan

Highlight: The Q50 is available as a hybrid, too.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $47,755 (base model $38,055)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; electronic brake system; a rearview camera; a traction control system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment (base model): 17-inch wheels;  a 7-speed automatic transmission; an automatic temperature control system; a push-button keyless ignition starter system; a manually operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a remote keyless entry system; power front seats; a leather wrapped steering wheel; leather-like seats; and run flat tires (no spare)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Its Recall Mondays: Kia Is In The Hot Seat

AUTOMAKER: Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV vehicles manufactured January 18, 2014, to September 30, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the adhesive used to secure the steering pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may have insufficient strength, and as a result, the pinion gear may separate from the steering gear assembly.
If the pinion gear separates, there would be a loss of steering which could increase the risk of a crash.