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Auto Word: 2017 Infiniti Q60 is a Sex Jet Without Penalty for Pleasure

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Nobody needs a luxury sport coupe, but everybody likes how they look behind the wheel.

Infiniti has completely redesigned and re-engineered its 2017 Q60, a four-seat hardtop. The company calls the Q60 a brand shaper because elements of its styling will be carried through on future vehicles.

This third generation of Infiniti's coupe -- ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Volvo S90 AWD Inscription is a First-Class Cabin With Bewildering Pilot Assist

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Volvo is moving boldly into the great unknown of semi-autonomous driving, with its large S90 sedan (and upcoming V90 wagon). But is it moving too quickly with its driving aids? Volvo is among the first makers to provide a self-driving mode in a nonelectrified vehicle.

The S90 is beautifully styled, richly appointed and layered with many smart ...Read more

Auto Word: Tools, Tips and Treasures for Garage Geeks

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Circle butt? Waffle butt? Who among us do-it-yourselfers hasn't pulled up a milk crate or sat on an upside down 5-gallon bucket to work on our vehicles? It may be a dirty job, but with the cushy Sidekick Stool by Mychanic, we don't have to endure those fleshy impressions.

It is a quality piece with a husky steel frame that will support 450 ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Genesis G90 is a Gentleman's Cave of Riches

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

If nothing succeeds like excess and moderation is truly a fatal thing, as Oscar Wilde once said, then the Genesis brand is modern validation.

This large sedan by the newly formed luxury division of Hyundai makes a perverse value statement with its entry model priced at $69,00. And in this year of big sedan debuts, the G90 is the cheapskate's ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is Business in the Back, Fun up Front

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The current clamor for SUV crossovers may be a rising tide for five-door hatchbacks. Many makers offer a compact hatchback for their sedan models, including the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Kia Forte, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Subaru Impreza and Volkswagen Golf. But more consumers have been taking home the sedan body style.

The trend might be ...Read more

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

 
 

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