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Auto Word: The 2017 Subaru Impreza is Pushing Limits, Raising Expectations, and Pulling Away!

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The new 2017 Subaru Impreza isn't just a completely re-engineered compact-class car; it is a messenger of change for this Japanese carmaker. And a lot rides on its global platform architecture, which will support gasoline, plug-in hybrid and electric variants.

The new model, in sedan and five-door hatchback body styles, is built in a new $1.3 ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Subaru Impreza is Pushing Limits; Raising Expectations; Pulling Away

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The new 2017 Subaru Impreza isn't just a completely re-engineered compact-class car; it is a messenger of change for this Japanese carmaker. And a lot rides on its global platform architecture, which will support gasoline, plug-in hybrid and electric variants.

The new model, in sedan and five-door hatchback body styles, is built in a new $1.3 ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 BMW X5 xDrive 40e Plug-In Hybrid Has 14-Mile EV Range

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The most notable element of BMW's first plug-in hybrid X5 SUV isn't the fuel economy but the power.

The all-wheel drive X5 xDrive 40e uses the jolt of electrification as backup for the 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The engine is integrated with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The electric motor lays ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Infiniti QX30 is a Sling Blade of Crossover Style

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Infiniti's new QX30 is a sling blade of style that the brand hopes will take a slice out of the already-crowded subcompact crossover segment. The low-slung roofline, high stance and crossover appearance is a fashionable presentation intended to appeal to a much younger Infiniti buyer.

This little car is the tip of a large global partnership. It...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Ford Fusion Sport Brings the Pleasure of Dynamic Displacement

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

As manufacturers endeavor to do more with less, it is refreshing to enjoy the dynamic displacement of a V-6 in a family sedan, as most are now four-cylinder. And even the turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 in the Ford Fusion Sport is downsized but feels quite full and eager.

Ford does offer three four-cylinder powertrains and two hybrid models for the ...Read more

2017 Lincoln Continental's Flagship Brings Back American-Class Luxury

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2017 Lincoln Continental is a showpiece of style and technology that does justice to an iconic nameplate. This big sedan has a swaggy confidence for which American luxury cars were once known. And it has the refinement and conveniences of a flagship sedan.

Built in Flat Rock, Michigan, the Continental is sold in front- and all-wheel drive ...Read more

Auto Word: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Wagon for Urban Survival and Weekend Renewal

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Station wagons are uncool, except when they are beefed up and dressed to look tough for a can-do performance in nature. Subaru first tackled this terrain with its likable Crosstrek, and now Volkswagen has hit the same trail with the Golf Alltrack.

It's the same trail with a very different map.

The Alltrack is a variant of the Golf Sportwagen, ...Read more

Auto Word: Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Presents Perky Performance Without Penalty

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo kicks up the performance level by about 64 clicks, Nissan likes to say. With its new turbocharged and direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the SR Turbo has 64 horsepower more than the standard Sentra SR with its non-turbocharged 124-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder.

Nissan has grown its compact Sentra ...Read more

Auto Word: Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic: Innovation, Sophistication and Gratification

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Mercedes-Benz started over for the redesign of its second-generation SUV crossover and renamed it GLC from GLK.

What was once a five-passenger utility vehicle with blocky styling to appeal to an American audience is now a sleek evolution. It integrates all the luxurious filigree that Mercedes can muster for its passenger vehicles.

The GLC is ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 GMC Acadia Denali Has a Big, Easy Attitude and American Ingenuity

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The three-row crossover is the family car of the 21st century. It embodies the best qualities of an SUV, a minivan and a car, with fuel economy that won't vaporize a gas card. The 2017 GMC Acadia is among the many choices, which include the Dodge Durango, Ford Flex, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Cadillac XT5 Looks Like Hollywood, Rolls like Main Street

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Cadillac's reborn XT5 crossover looks like Hollywood and rolls with good Midwestern values.

Cadillac says it developed the XT5 from the inside out, and the result is a far more luxurious and drivable midsize five-seater than the SRX it replaces. Cadillac crossovers now wear the "XT" designation, which stands for "cross touring."

There are many...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace S is a Life-Proofed SUV for Five and Their Gear

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

If ever there were a disruptor in the chain of traditional thinking, it is the Jaguar F-Pace SUV. It is not likely this British purveyor of luxury automobiles needs a luxury-performance off-roading all-wheel drive sport-utility vehicle. But the F-Pace will become an elite recruiter for a new generation of Jaguar.

The F-Pace is not merely a ...Read more

 
 

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