Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016 Lexus LX 570 4WD: A Big And Bodacious Off-Road Luxury SUV


Highlight: The Lexus LX shares a platform with the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $97,665 (base model $89,830)

Seating Capacity: Eight?

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a pre collision braking system with pedestrian detection; an all-speed radar activated cruise control system; an automatic high beam lighting system; LED Daytime running lights; a lane departure alert system; rain sensing wipers; vehicle stability control system; a blind spot monitor with a rear traffic cross alert system; a first aid kit; a hill start assist control system; crawl control with turn assist; a trailer sway control; and a tire pressure monitoring system


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016 VW Passat SEL Premium: The Brand's Large Passenger Car



Highlight: The vehicle we reviewed made audible announcements alerting the driver when approaching highway lanes narrowed or shifted.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $35,325 (base model $23,260)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; automatic headlights; a rearview camera; a tire pressure monitoring system; and power adjustable side mirrors with integrated turn signals

Standard Equipment (S Model): 16-inch wheels; a 6-speed transmission; cloth seats; manual operated front seats; a manually adjustable tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a dual zone automatic climate control system; a 5-inch infotainment screen; power operated front seats with a memory control for the driver; heated front and rear seats; a leather wrapped steering wheel; and leather seats  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Kia Sportage Is In The Hot Seat


AUTOMAKER: Kia Motors America
NO. OF IMPACTED CUSTOMERS: 71,704
SUMMARY:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Kia Sportage vehicles manufactured August 9, 2007, to May 13, 2009. The wire harness cover on the Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) may be improperly sealed allowing water to get onto the HECU circuit board. If the water is contaminated with salt, such as could occur from melted snow, the wire harness connector pins may corrode and the circuit board may short circuit.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

First Drives: 2017 Nissan Rogue & Rogue Hybrid


Highlights:

The compact Rogue is Nissan’s number one selling vehicle. The Rogue and Rogue Hybrid are available in a front wheel drive or an all-wheel drive configuration.

What’s New:

For the 2017 model year, Nissan continues to stimulate their hot-selling two-row and three-row, compact crossover, with an all-new grille and headlight treatment to mirror the stylish and upscale looking Murano.

The last major update for the Rogue was in 2014. In addition to a new fuel-efficient hybrid model joining the line up for the 2017 model year, the crossover is enhanced by offering a few new safety features, too. Some of those features include a forward collision braking system with pedestrian detection and a radar activated cruise control system.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Mazda And Dodge Are In The Hot Seat


1. AUTOMAKER: Mazda North American Operations
NO. OF CUSTOMERS IMPACTED: 69,447
SUMMARY:
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8 vehicles manufactured April 10, 2003, to February 18, 2008. The affected vehicles have fuel pump sealing rings that may deteriorate due to exposure to heat from the engine or exhaust pipe.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Los Angeles Auto Show Highlights: Mercedes-Maybach S650 Convertible (Photo Gallery 3 of 3)




Los Angeles Auto Show Highlights: Jaguar I-Pace, Nissan Sentra NISMO & Subaru 3-Row Crossover (Photo Gallery 2 Of 3)

Jaguar I-Pace Concept Car is an all-electric vehicle which has a 400-horsepower engine with a driving range of 220 miles. A production vehicle is slated to hit the road in 2018.

Nissan expands the performance-oriented brand with the Sentra NISMO.  The vehicle arrives in January and should have a price tag around $25,000. The vehicle will have a 6-speed manual and should be capable of pumping out 188-horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.

Subaru's VIZIV-7 Concept, with its first three-row crossover, is making plans to get into the profitable and super popular SUV game. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Los Angeles Auto Show Highlights: Audi A5, Alfa Romeo Stelvio & Genesis G80 Sport (Photo Gallery One Of Three)

2018 Audi A5/S5 Coupe. A 252-horsepower and 354-horsepower engine will be available.

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio with the 505-horsepower engine will become the first crossover from the Italian brand.


The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport, with 19-inch wheels, will pump out 365 horses. It will be slotted between the base 6-cylinder and the more powerful 8-cylinder.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot Elite: Finally Out Of The Box


Highlight: The vehicle is been built in Lincoln, Alabama.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $47,300 (base model $31,245)

Seating Capacity: 7 to 8, depending on trim

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; electronic stability control system; daytime running lights; a capless fuel filler door; four cargo area tie-down hooks; a tire pressure monitoring system; a hill assist system; a rear privacy glass; a rearview camera; and a vehicle stability assist system

Standard Equipment (LX model): 18-inch wheels; a 6-speed automatic transmission; cloth seats; manual adjustable front seats; a manual adjusted air condition; a hidden storage well; a push button keyless ignition system; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a 4.2-inch infotainment screen; a rear privacy glass; third row bench seats; and a remote keyless entry system