Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Lexus LC 500: The Car We Always Knew Lexus Could Build


Highlight: The two-door coupe is the successor to the discontinued and more conservatively styled SC.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $100,805 (Base model $92,995)

Seating Capacity: 2 (2 small kids in the rear)

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; a back up camera; heated dimming exterior mirrors; a tire pressure monitoring system; aprec-collision system with pedestrian protection; an all speed radar activated cruise control system; automatic high beam headlights; a lane keep assist system; a lane departure alert system with steering assist; a traction control system; a vehicle stability system; an automatic locking retractor; and an emergency locking rectractor

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium AWD: The Brand’s New Flagship Vehicle


Highlight: For the 2018 model year, Volkswagen offers its customers the best bumper-to-bumper warranty in the industry. And unlike some other brands, the warranty is transferable, when it is retailed as a used vehicle.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $49,415 (base model $31,425)

Seating Capacity: 7

Standard Safety Features: air bags; a rearview camera; a post collision automatic braking system; an electric parking brake; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January's Guests And Conversations

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring Sedan: The Upscale Premium Compact


Highlight: The Mazda3 is the most upscale looking vehicle in the compact segment.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $28,370 (Base model $18,970)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a rearview camera; daytime running lights; hill launch assist; electronic brake force distribution; a stability control system; speed-activated door lock system; city brake support system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited


Highlight: The Avalon hybrid, which is considered a lone ranger, is the only green vehicle in the large car segment.

Test Vehicles MSRP: $44,697 (Base MSRP: $38,395)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a vehicle stability system; a traction control system; a pre-collision braking system with pedestrian protection; a radar activated cruise control system; and a tire pressure monitoring system


Monday, January 1, 2018

Its Shop Time Mondays: Ram Is In The Hot Seat

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V821000
Manufacturer Chrysler (FCA US LLC)
Components POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected 1,482,874

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE: The Brand’s Five Passenger Midsize SUV


Highlight: The Range Rover Sport is a five passenger midsize SUV.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $82,105  (Base Model: $67,745)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; traction control; roll stability control; hill descent control; a rearview camera; heated rear windows; electric parking brake; a tire pressure monitoring system; a spare tire; a trailer assist stability system; an emergency braking system; a lane departure warning system; a radar activated cruise control system; a blindspot monitoring system with a rear cross traffic alert system; a lane departure warning system; and power wash headlights

Base SE Standard Features: 19-inch wheels; an 8-speed transmission; a 10-inch infotainment screen; leather seats; signature LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights; 14-way power seats with memory control; rear and front parking aids; a two zone automatic climate control system; touch pro duo infotainment system; a navigation system; power heated folding mirrors; a lockable glove box; an automatic dimming rearview mirror; a leather steering wheel; a push button ignition starter system; a keyless entry system; power tailgate/trunk lid; a power gesture tailgate; and a cargo space cover

2017 Hyundai Tucson Night AWD


Highlight: It’s the only vehicle in the segment with a gesture-free (radar-activated) tailgate opener, no foot waving or hand waving is required.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $30,220 (Base model $23,595)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; driver’s blind spot mirror; rearview camera; a tire pressure monitoring system; a vehicle stability control system; an electronic stability control system; a traction control system; a windshield wiper de-icer (AWD) model only; automatic headlights;

Standard Equipment (SE): 17-inch wheels; front wheel drive; a dual fold away power heated side mirror; a rear spoiler; cloth seats; a manually operated front seats; rear reclining seats; a rear center armrest; dual illuminated vanity mirrors; a manually operated tilt and telescopic steering wheel; and a 5-inch infotainment touchscreen

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017 Kia Niro: The Brand's First Hybrid Crossover


Highlight: Kia’s only black designer, Brian Peterson, was responsible for the interior layout of the Niro. This is his first major vehicle assignment.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $32,840 (Base Model: $23,785)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; automatic headlights; a tire pressure monitoring system; a vehicle stability system; a stability control system; a hill start assist control system; a rearview camera; and a tire mobility kit

Standard Equipment (Base Model): 16-inch wheels; a 6-speed automatic transmission; a hybrid system; rear spoiler; privacy glass; manually adjustable front seats; 60/40 rear seats; a manually operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a dual zone automatic temperature control system; a UVO infotainment system with Android auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration; driver select modes; and an automatic stop-go ignition system