Archive for March, 2016
Kia pulled the wraps off an all-new second-generation of its upscale large sedan at the 2016 New York Auto Show. The 2017 Kia Cadenza boasts a long list of incremental improvements and fresh exterior styling.
Like the level of the ocean, the horsepower rating of Nissan’s exotic GT-R just keeps rising.
When introduced for 2009, the 3.8-liter turbo V6 in Nissan’s “Giant Killer” GT-R sports car put out a thoroughly impressive 480 horsepower. Yet every year or few, that figure would go up a bit.
When Toyota introduced a redesigned Prius hybrid for 2016, its former Plug-in line mate was conspicuous by its absence. Press-preview inquiries about the omission were met with the usual, “We can’t talk about future products” spiel.
Mazda rolled out a “retractable-fastback” version of its popular two-seat sports car in conjunction with the 2016 New York Auto Show. The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF (for Retractable Fastback) has a retractable hardtop roof with a targa-top configuration, meaning the rear roof pillars stay upright when the center roof panel is retracted. This diminishes the open-air feel somewhat, but allows for a bit more security and styling flair.
Hyundai chases the benchmark Toyota Prius hybrid with the Ioniq, revealed today at the New York International Auto Show.
Prius has long been a mantle piece of the green-car crowd, often outselling all its competitors combined. And for a few years prior to the car’s 2016 redesign, the Prius also offered an even thriftier (though far less popular) plug-in version, which is due to return. Even if that happens, Ioniq will match the Prius and do it one better, adding an all-electric variant to the mix.
It went virtually untouched for the first three years of its life, but at the New York Auto Show, Buick unveiled a freshened 2017 Encore sporting a more refined look and some updated features.
Just a few short months ago, Chrysler took the wraps off its long-anticipated all-new minivan at the 2016 North American International Auto Show… and revived a dormant name from its recent past in the process. Gone is the Town & Country moniker; Chrysler is calling its redesigned minivan Pacifica, a name last used on Chrysler’s not-very-popular midsize crossover SUV that was sold from 2004 to 2008.
I recent penned a blog post regarding five vehicles I never see on the road anymore—vehicles that have seemingly vanished. Here I would like to share five vehicles that I somehow can’t avoid seeing, even though they are all long out of production.
Class: Midsize Car
Dates tested: 2/29/2016 – 3/07/2016
Miles Driven: 297
Fuel Used: 12.4 gallons
It strikes me that the five cars listed here are a little like Pia Zadora. How, you may ask, is any vehicle like Pia Zadora? I’m glad you asked.