2016 BMW X5
The allure of the Mercedes CLA250 is difficult to resist; it's a small sedan with a sterling reputation, and an un-stodgy look and feel (just take a look at that roofline). The base price is pitch-perfect, too.
The 2016 BMW X5 continues to be a benchmark for any automaker contemplating a new luxury mid-size SUV. The X5's off-road-ability is outweighed by its superb on-road manners, but that's on purpose—it's a luxury family wagon tailored for comfort, meant for gated-community garages everywhere. The X5 is engineered in Germany and built in South Carolina.
Last Thursday, Volkswagen surprised more than a few observers by meeting a court-ordered deadline to submit repair plans for 482,000 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels equipped with defeat devices that help them cheat on emissions tests.
2017 Lexus IS 350
Lexus used this week’s 2016 Beijing Auto Show to unveil an updated version of its IS. The IS is the third most popular car in the Lexus lineup after the RX and EX, so it’s no surprise Lexus has continued to update the stylish sports sedan over the years.
It’s been one of the worst-kept secrets of the year but Mazda’s new CX-4 is finally here. First hinted at by the Koeru concept car unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, the CX-4 made its debut earlier today at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
Feast your eyes on the first spy shots of BMW’s upcoming X3 M. The high-performance crossover SUV will be based on the next generation of the X3 due out next year, and when it arrives will do battle with the Porsche Macan Turbo as well as a new GLC63 from Mercedes-AMG.
Buick Lacrosse Hybrid (Chinese spec)
General Motors is getting a lot of mileage out of the second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt's plug-in hybrid powertrain. Both the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (without a plug) and the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid feature powertrains based on the newest iteration of the Voltec hardware.
Carmakers need to launch more plug-in electric vehicles to meet global regulations on emission reduction and energy efficiency. And small to mid-size SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in auto markets around the world.
Fifty years ago, a now-forgotten British luxury coupe called the Jensen FF went into production, offering the first modern all-wheel drive system on any passenger car in the world. Four-wheel drive had been offered only on a few specialized truck models to that point, but the traction and braking advantages of the FF awed test drivers and reviewers alike.