Arriving in showrooms in 2012 for the 2013 model year, the second-generation Acura RDX is still a fresh offering with plenty to offer. However, Acura brought a refreshed RDX to the Chicago Auto Show this month, eager to keep its compact crossover competitive against the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q4, and Lexus RX.
For the RDX, Acura followed much of the same formula that it used in its recent refresh of the ILX. For starters, there’s a heavily revised front fascia complete with Acura’s eye-catching Jewel Eye LED headlight array. Outback are new LED taillights and both front and rear fascias receive chrome accents and sharper lines. [click to continue…]
At this year’s Chicago Auto Show, Kia brought a unique concept that balances go-anywhere capabilities with an electrified powertrain for maximum efficiency.
Based on the Kia Soul, the all-new Trail’ster concept is more off-road capable than the crossover it’s based on. In addition to an all-wheel drive system, the Trail’ster is equipped with 2.5-inches of extra ground clearance and aluminum skid plates. Wheels are wrapped in Pirelli Winter Carving 245/45-19 snow tires for enhanced traction and the vehicle utilizes KSport coilover shocks to absorb the impact of rough terrain. Drivers can also let the great outdoors in thanks to a retractable canvas roof. [click to continue…]
Honda has just unveiled the latest generation Pilot at the Chicago Auto Show. A complete overall has yielded big changes for this beloved three-row crossover and the timing couldn’t better considering this segment’s recent momentum.
What’s immediately noticeable is that Honda did away with the previous generation’s boxy design. In its place is a clean, attractive exterior design that makes the Pilot look more like the CR-V, albeit with larger dimensions. [click to continue…]
Production of Land Rover’s most iconic vehicle will come to an end in December 2015. But before the last Defender SUV rolls off the assembly line, the automaker decided to say goodbye in a big way, by introducing three limited edition variants.
Just one limited edition wasn’t enough to encompass all that the Defender embodies. So Land Rover developed three models, each celebrating different elements of the vehicle’s versatile character. [click to continue…]
Porsche’s Cayman has long lived in the shadow of its drop-top counterpart and its larger, more powerful stablemates. But a newly released high-performance variant of the hardtop Cayman should do plenty to make this model stand apart from the Boxster and the 911.
Borrowing a slew of components from the 911 GT3, the Porsche Cayman GT4 is the first Cayman to wear the iconic GT badging. It also borrows the GT3’s same formula of dropping weight and increasing power. And with added downforce at both axles, it’s sure to make a incredible track star. [click to continue…]
Lexus recently unveiled the newest addition to its F brand at the Detroit Auto Show. Arriving on the floor of the auto show with four doors, more than enough cabin space to seat five adults comfortably, and an intimidating growl, the 2016 GS F is a performance sedan that’s geared toward an enthusiast looking for a stealthy racer.
Based on the GS sedan, and not to be confused with the GS 350 F Sport, the new GS F delivers a completely different driving experience that’s unlike the sedan it’s derived from. By completely retuning its engine, driveline, and suspension, the GS F has been made to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning driving enthusiast. Its newfangled athleticism is also fitting of the company’s high-performance “F” lineage. [click to continue…]
On the heels of the brand’s return to Super Bowl advertising, Fiat decided to highlight what could be one of its biggest products yet, the 2015 500X. The brand’s first crossover will be hitting the market in the second quarter of this year, and when it does it will feature a base price of $20,000.
As with the brand’s 500 and 500 L, Fiat’s new 500X is designed to embody Italian style. But like any proper crossover, form must follow function, and Fiat promises it will offer plenty of versatility too. And with at its $20K price point, Fiat is clearly looking to give the Nissan Juke, and newcomers like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, a run for their money. [click to continue…]
Acura’s TLX was a direct response to the cream of the luxury sedan crop. However, steering car buyers from the likes of the Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, and BMW 3 Series, wasn’t going to be easy. But like other models in the Acura’s lineup, the TLX’s value is immediately apparent to some, as it offers a competitive price for a range of sought after luxury, technology, and safety features.
Proving the TLX’s value is its most recent award from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The personal fiancee and business forecasting authority named the 2015 Acura TLX the “Best Value” for 2015, as well as naming it the “Best New/Redesigned Car” in the $40,000-$50,000 category. [click to continue…]
Hyundai is no stranger to hybrid technology, but driving more consumers away from Toyota and its more established line of electrified models is tough work. On the heels of the newly launched Sonata sedan, Hyundai has just introduced the new 2016 SonataPlug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Capable of traveling 22 miles on electric power alone, it’s a solid attempt to give Toyota and its Camry Hybrid a run for its money.
According to the Korean automaker, the new Sonata PHEV’s all-electric range is class-leading and it goes “farther than any other midsize PHEV sedan.” In addition to its impressive all-electric range, the PHEV will also offer an overall fuel economy rating of 93 MPGe. [click to continue…]
There is no shortage of 911 variants, but Porsche recently decided to add one more to the roster. The newest addition to the 911 lineup is the 911 GTS Club Coupe, which will be limited to only 60 units. If that didn’t make it rare enough, the new model will only be made available to members of the Porsche Club of America.
Porsche created this special edition in recognition of the company’s most passionate customers and ambassadors. The organization fittingly celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. [click to continue…]