Luxury

New Math: Mercedes E-Class Trading V-8 For Twin-Turbo Six, Diesel Six For Four
New Math: Mercedes E-Class Trading V-8 For Twin-Turbo Six, Diesel Six For Four

When the 2014 Mercedes E-Class sedan gets its smoother, less worried front end for the new model year, it won't be only a facelift. It'll also mark the midway point in a complete overhaul of the E-Class' powertrain lineup that began back in 2012. Over the next two years, new four-cylinder...Read More»

2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i  -  Driven, January 2013
2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i: Driven

Last year, in several of BMW's mainstream models like the 3-Series and 5-Series, the German automaker did what might have a few years earlier been the unthinkable for the U.S. market: replaced its much-loved naturally aspirated in-line six with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Now for 2013 BMW...Read More»

2014 Maserati Quattroporte
2014 Maserati Quattroporte: 2013 Detroit Auto Show

The 2013 Detroit Auto Show's press days are over, but the doors will soon open to the public. If you're in the market for a luxurious and stylish new four-door luxury car, you could do a lot worse than to check out the brand new 2014 Maserati Quattroporte. With a fresh look that sticks close to the...Read More»

2014 Kia Cadenza
2014 Kia Cadenza Preview: Detroit Auto Show

Perhaps inspired by Hyundai’s success in targeting the luxury sedan market, family-brand Kia has announced its first entry into the premium sedan segment. Revealed today at the Detroit Auto show, the 2014 Kia Cadenza is billed as the most technologically-advanced Kia ever offered in the U.S...Read More»

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee  -  2013 Detroit Auto Show
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee: High-MPG Diesel, Eight Speeds, And A Facelift

Since its last redesign for 2011, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has held a unique spot in the American family SUV market. While models such as the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder have found softer shapes and more carlike powertrains, the Grand Cherokee is refreshingly different: handsomely rugged...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Auto Sales Strong To The Finish In 2012, Despite 'Fiscal Cliff' Concerns

The looming fiscal cliff might have taken over the daily news cycle as the end of 2012 approached, and prompted some speculation that Americans might hesitate on big-ticket items, but it didn't seem to put any damper on auto sales after all--or keep wealthier households from buying luxury cars...Read More»

2013 Infiniti JX35
2013 Infiniti JX35 Three-Month Road Test: The Competition

The 2013 Infiniti JX is in our driveway for the winter, handling a complex array of duties for The Car Connection's Three-Month Road Test fleet--fetching the world's best ribs chief among them. While we're evaluating it more in depth, our first stop is a little online cross-shopping. Before we put...Read More»

2013 Infiniti M
2014 Infiniti Q50: No More G37 (Or M, Or EX, Or FX...)

Infiniti will sweep away 23 years' worth of its current naming strategy for the 2014 model year, when it replaces its current EX, FX, G, M, and JX nameplates with ones starting with the letter Q. The first new vehicle to take on the new identity will be the 2014 Infiniti Q50, the replacement for...Read More»

The Car Connection Best Car To Buy 2013
Best Car To Buy: The Luxury Nominees

'Affordable luxury' isn't an oxymoron. As we pore over our list of The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy Nominees for 2013, there are a number of new models that deserve recognition for their definition of luxury, in a way that's a little more accessible. Ask anyone who knows cars and purports to...Read More»

2013 Infiniti JX 35 Three-Month Road Test
2013 Infiniti JX 35: TCC's Three-Month Road Test

We've just returned our first two "Six-Month Road Test" vehicles, and it's time for another--and while we're doing so, we're tweaking our formula for evaluating new vehicles over a longer period of time. The 2013 Infiniti JX is our first Three-Month Road Test. Why half the time? In our experience...Read More»

2013 Mazda CX-9
Mazda Zoom-Zooms Toward Luxury, Aims For 400,000 U.S. Sales By 2016

Toyota has Lexus. General Motors has Cadillac. Volkswagen has Audi (and Porsche, and Bentley, and quite a few others). But Mazda has only Mazda. According to AutoNews, that's a problem. Mazda is feeling pressure to distinguish itself from increasingly competitive mass-market automakers, so it's...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550: Recall Alert

Mercedes-Benz is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2012 model year CLS550 and CLS550 4MATIC luxury sedans to fix a defective hood latch. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of vehicles potentially affected at just...Read More»

2012 Cadillac CTS Touring Edition
Cadillac Plans To Raise Prices & Prestige

If you were hoping to land a great deal on a Cadillac, you might want to act sooner rather than later: according to an article in AutoNews, Cadillac is planning to boost prices in the coming years. The increase isn't due to rising costs of labor, parts, raw materials, regulation, or other factors...Read More»

2013 BMW X1
2013 BMW X1 Video First Drive

When it finally lands on U.S. shores this winter, the BMW X1 will have maneuvered itself into a tight parking spot--wedged narrowly between the most feature-rich mass-market crossovers, and BMW's own more practical, more expensive X3 ute. The X1's been on sale for a few years around the world, but...Read More»

Infiniti JX Hybrid prototype, Nissan GranDrive test track, Oppama, Japan, Oct 2012
Infiniti JX Hybrid Prototype: Future Cars

The 2013 Infiniti JX seven-seat crossover, launched this fall, gives Nissan's luxury brand a direct competitor for the long-lived and very successful Lexus RX. Through three generations--with a fourth coming soon--the mid-size Lexus not only pioneered but continues to define the luxury crossover...Read More»

2012 Audi Q3
Audi Could Drive Mercedes To The #1 Luxury Spot In America

As we reported last week, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are locked in a tight race to grab the #1 spot in America's coveted luxury auto market. But according to the Detroit News, one of those companies could be helped by a third German contender. A little background For many years -- 11 to be precise --...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS Video Road Test

The BMW 3-Series may be the yardstick by which all sports sedans are judged today, but there's a new tape measure in town--the 2013 Cadillac ATS. Now that we've logged more than a thousand miles in all the different flavors of ATS four-doors--six-cylinders and fours, rear-drivers and...Read More»

2014 Infiniti G37 spy shots
2014 Infiniti G37: Future Cars

While the current Infiniti G37 soldiers on for 2013, a brand-new model is on the way for 2014. The Car Connection's legion of lenses spied a prototype of the new model undergoing hot-weather testing in the desert. While this test mule is covered in swirly camouflage, we can clearly see the swoopy...Read More»

2013 Volvo XC60
2013 Volvo S60, XC60 Recalled For Airbag Defect

Volvo Cars of North America is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2013 model year S60 sport sedans and XC60 crossovers for an airbag defect. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of affected vehicles as nine. The problem...Read More»

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