2016 Acura MDX
The 2016 Acura MDX remains one of the best luxury three-row SUVs, but the benefits of its new nine-speed automatic are unclear.
Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 432,000 Focus, Escape, and C-Max vehicles from the 2015 model year. According to the automaker, some of those vehicles suffer from a software glitch that could allow engines to keep running, even after drivers turn them off.
The compact SUV segment is hot, hot, hot these days, and the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape are two of the longstanding pillars of the segment. Both have been around for more than 15 years, each has grown with the segment, and both were redesigned for 2013. Which is the better pick? The Escape decisively beat the RAV4 in our comparison, with higher scores for styling and interior design, fuel efficiency, and a strong advantage in performance.
2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed
From Motor Authority:
Before the Internet became the refuge of the world's trolls, Norway was their spiritual home. So we're taking some troll game to its source in the form of a 626-horsepower Bentley GT Speed Convertible. The cliche is true: This is one of the passages in life where it really is more about the journey than the destination.
It seems that the good guys and gals in Gaydon are eager to expand their racing presence. There's a rumor floating around right now that would have Aston Martin making its return to the world of Formula One, and it's all related to the automaker's current partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
It's exciting enough that Les Edgar and his investor consortium have promised a new TVR for 2017. But revelations that designer Gordon Murray—you might remember him from a little car called the McLaren F1—and legendary engine builder Cosworth will be involved with the next-generation machine has translated to some serious excitement.
2011 Nissan Leaf owned by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
From Green Car Reports:
Rumors of a longer-range battery for the 2016 Nissan Leaf have been percolating for a while now. Nissan has steadfastly declined to answer questions about the next model year of the world's most successful electric car, but at least one report now suggests that a revised Leaf is imminent.
Ford is recalling 2015 C-Max hybrids to address a software glitch, as part of a larger recall of more than 432,000 2015 models. The software-related malfunction in the body-control module could cause the engines in affected vehicles to continue running even after the driver has turned off the ignition.
It's a regular and recurring theme in comments on Green Car Reports: "Yeah, maybe the new 2016 something-or-other gets 31 mpg combined, but so what? My 20-year-old Geo Metro gets 40 mpg and I've put 280,000 miles on it! New cars are all stupid!" When we have the time or inclination, we often respond that a 1980s or 1990s econobox can't be compared straight across to a modern subcompact or compact car.