Most top-of-the-line luxury sedans are two things -- big and pricey -- except for one big luxury sedan that's not but is often overlooked: Volvo's S90.
What It Is
The S90 is Volvo's largest, most luxurious sedan. It costs about the same as other luxury car makers' smaller, mid-sized sedans.
Prices start at $52,850 for the Momentum trim, which...Read more
You often hear that new cars, especially new crossovers, are so similar they (the car companies) might as well get together and just sell one.
The complaint has some merit. It is hard to tell one crossover from another without looking at the badge. But there are still some differences, even if they're not easy to see.
Price, for instance.
The smallest Buick ever is now a little bit bigger.
Well, except for what's under its hood, where you'll find the smallest engine ever put in a Buick. Just three-cylinder and 1.2 liters. There are motorcycles with more engine.
But there is an option to buy a bigger engine. And the Encore GX comes standard with more passenger and cargo...Read more
If you want to drive the new Nissan Z-car, you'll have to wait a bit longer since it's not yet available.
But you can get a very similar car right now -- from the same company that makes both.
What It Is
The Infiniti Q60 is a two-door, four-seat luxury-sport coupe that's very similar in looks and layout to the last-generation Nissan 370-Z, ...Read more
Retractable hardtops have their virtues, the chief one being that when the top isn't retracted, you have a solid roof over your head -- and over what's in your car.
It is harder to slice open a hardtop than a top made of cloth. But retractable hardtops are heavy, and they take up even more space than a soft top (in the trunk) when they're ...Read more
GM's Chevrolet division was once the American family car division. Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Remember that?
Today, it sells just one car other than the Camaro and Corvette, neither of which is a family car.
That car is the Malibu, which is now the sole alternative to the new family car -- the crossover SUV, which has almost ...Read more
Sometimes, a car company will bring out a new model so appealing it winds up costing sales -- this new Taos from Volkswagen, for instance.
It's less expensive than the VW Tiguan -- and roomier.
Did we mention that it gets better gas mileage on top of that?
It also comes standard with features like the Digital Cockpit instrument cluster...Read more
The measure of luxury used to be amenities -- things like climate control air conditioning, leather seats (heated, even) and, of course, power everything.
The problem for luxury car makers is that everyone else has those things now, too. Even $20,000 new cars usually come standard with most of those things. At the $30,000 point, they're almost ...Read more
There aren't many luxury sedans on the market anymore. There are lots of luxury-sport sedans.
It's not a small difference.
Luxury-sport sedans have the amenities -- and the prestige. They also tend to have firmer-riding suspensions and seats.
How else to be ... sporty?
One of the few that doesn't try to be -- and for that reason is more ...Read more
Earlier this year, Ford sent me a new (2021) F-250 pickup with the also-new 7.3-liter monster motor to test drive. This week, I have the same basic truck again -- but this time, it's a 2022 equipped with the 6.7-liter monster torque motor.
Call it the Battle of the Super Duties!
What It Is
The F-250 is Ford's three-quarter-ton (2500 series) ...Read more
The iconic Land Rover Defender -- the one most people know from safari shows -- had an aluminum body, didn't have carpets -- or air bags -- but did have a 182 horsepower V8 under its hood that averaged about 13 miles-per-gallon.
It was last available new back in '97.
A new Defender arrived in 2020 -- and this time, it came standard with ...Read more
Want the good news first?
The just-redesigned Nissan Frontier pick-up not only still comes with a V6 -- it's standard. Some of the others in this class - such as the Chevy Colorado -- come standard with a four. One of the others in this class -- the Ford Ranger - comes only with a four.
Ready for the bad?
There's no option to buy a ...Read more
The Nissan Rogue is one of the best-selling compact crossovers on the market. It's also sold -- for less -- by Mitsubishi.
The Outlander, which shares a platform and mechanicals with the Rogue, seats seven in three rows versus five in two.
It also has a smaller price tag -- and a bigger warranty.
What It Is
The Outlander is ...Read more