2018 Ford Focus: Economy and style for under $20K
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Compact cars were all the rage a few years ago, and while demand for econocars is trending downward, the Ford Focus continues to be a force in the compact niche, as it continues to deliver style and economy for under $20K.
Dropping one slot to the 12th top-selling sedan in America (all sedan sizes and luxury levels included), the 2018 Ford Focus remains essentially the same for 2018 as it was last year, with massive changes...
2018 Volvo XC60: Full redesign, new safety suite for Europe’s bestselling premium mid-sized SUV
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Volvo launched its small luxury crossover, the XC60, for the 2010 model year, and in the nine years since its launch, it has become the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30 percent of Volvo’s total global sales.
Well, it’s time for a makeover, and the Volvo XC60 has been completely redesigned for 2018.
Keying in on safety, Volvo has added such new safety...
2018 Kia Niro: Award-winning sporty hybrid SUV adds safety and tech packages
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Last year, Kia introduced the Niro to its line-up – a hybrid SUV that didn’t look like a hybrid and more resembled a sporty hatchback than a crossover. With a real feel for “green,” Niro was marketed as an HUV, or Hybrid Utility Vehicle, that was EPA rated at 51mpg. Backing that up, Niro officially received a Guinness World Records title for the lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle, as it traveled from Los...
2018 Acura TLX: New Grille, Stance, Infotainment and Safety Upgrades
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The 2018 Acura TLX performance luxury mid-size sedan has been refreshed with a sporty and angular architecture that plays off the manufacturer’s aggressive new design direction, and its AcuraWatch™ technology is now standard equipment on all grades, as TLX moves to the forefront of its niche in the application of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.
Considered a compact executive/entry-level luxury sedan at birth, TLX was launched in 2014 for model year 2015, replacing the TL (initialese...
2018 Cadillac Escalade: Powerful, Luxurious and a Status Target
Thursday, August 23, 2018
The Cadillac Escalade is the hip buying choice for the rich and famous as well as the affluent and trendy who are not so famous. The full-size luxury SUV has been a status vehicle since its inception. Introduced in 1999, the original Escalade was nearly identical to the 1999 GMC Yukon Denali, but was redesigned for the 2002 model year to make its appearance fall more in line with Cadillac's “art and science” design theme....
2018 Corvette Grand Sport: Blazing Hot and Super Cool for the Track and the Highway
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
This year Corvette marks 65 years of production, and 55 years ago, Corvette gave birth to the historic Corvette Grand Sport (GS), a light-weight, factory-built speed machine built to compete on domestic and foreign race tracks. Only five hand-assembled cars were built, and they were all driven by racing Hall of Famers including A.J. Foyt, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Bob Bondurant, Dick Guldstrand and Dick Thompson.
The originals raced with various engines, but the most common...
2018 Toyota Tundra: Coming at you with Updated Front Styling
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Trucking forward with new front-end freshening, Toyota’s Texas-assembled Tundra full-size pickup continues in its third generation that began in 2014, with several tweaks that attend to safety and looks.
The most hyped change for the 2018 Tundra is the addition of a new TRD Sport package. TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, so the package includes an upgraded Tundra TRD Sports chassis, TRD anti-sway bars and sport-tuned TRD Bilstein shocks. A TRD shift knob and floormats...
2018 Nissan Frontier: Midsize pickup is a light-duty workhorse
Monday, July 30, 2018
One of the more affordable pickups in the niche, Nissan’s smallest truck is described by the manufacturer as “first and foremost a workhorse – designed to tackle both professional and personal projects.” J.D. Power agrees with the marketing spin and selected the 2018 Nissan Frontier as the top-rated Midsize Pickup for the third consecutive year. And the public is on board as Frontier has seen its sales gain 27 percent this year.
Historically, Frontier was launched...
2018 Ford F-150: Forty Years as No.1 and Still Increasing in Power and Capability
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
This year will be the 40th consecutive year that the Ford F-150 has ranked as the best-selling truck in America, and the best-selling vehicle period for 35 years. When Henry Ford built his first truck in 1900, and launched Ford Motor Co.’s first truck line in 1917, this kind of success had not been envisioned. And when Ford premiered its F-150 truck line in 1948, it is doubtful that they had foreseen that their pick-up...
2018 Cadillac CTS-V: A Super-Sedan with Luxury and Sports Car Power
Thursday, July 19, 2018
The 2018 Cadillac V-series promises “passion without compromise,” and the 2018 CTS-V certainly upholds the pledge with luxury, sophisticated technology and Corvette-like power for an uncompromising driving experience. The Cadillac CTS-V is the street-inspired version of the championship-winning Cadillac DPi-V.R race car, and the 2018 CTS-V is built for performance and equipped with luxury — including new smart auto-activated heated steering wheel and Apple Watch integration.
The Cadillac CTS was launched in 2002, taking the “CTS”...