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  1. Get the Flash Player to see this player. Consumers may be shifting to crossovers at a seemingly unstoppable pace, but cars are still big business, despite what some pundits and prognosticators may opine. A cornucopia of brand-new or totally redesigned vehicles debuted for model year 2019. This list may include more crossovers and pickup trucks than grains of sand in the Sahara, but yes, even the humble car was well represented. Aston Martin, for instance, launched a completely overhauled Vantage sports machine. There’s a stylish new Audi A7 liftback and BMW took the wrapper off its reborn 8 Series, which is available as either a coupe or convertible, however, it wasn’t just high-end models that made waves. Toyota launched an easy-riding new Avalon sedan for 2019 as well as a redesigned Corolla hatchback. There were fresh versions of the Buick Regal, an all-new Lexus ES, and even the subtly Swedish Volvo S60 took a bow. But of this latest crop of all-new cars, we narrowed the field down to five of the most significant. As always, this is NOT a direct comparison for obvious reasons; pitting a hot-hatch against a hybrid, for instance, makes no sense whatsoever. What we aim to do in these tests is find out which car raises the bar most for its brand, segment or even the automotive industry as a whole. We evaluate each competitor against other vehicles in its segment to get a better sense of how much it sets a new benchmark. Also, we want to make sure all the cars we consider are accessible to most people, which is why you don’t see mega luxury cars or supercars here. Stay tuned for our Utility Vehicle of the Year and Truck of the Year evaluations as well! Here, in alphabetical order, are the contenders vying to be’s 2019 Car of the Year. Genesis G70 Like Japanese automakers three decades before, South Korean automakers want in on the highly profitable luxury market, which is why Hyundai launched Genesis as a standalone brand several years ago. Further fleshing out this upscale division’s vehicle portfolio is the G70, an all-new sports sedan that’s sized and equipped to make the even the Germans take notice. But perhaps even more important than either of those points, this car also looks, drives and feels like a worthy rival to the vaunted BMW 3 Series and high-tech Audi A4. We expected good things from the G70 given its robust genetics, and it did not disappoint. This Genesis is, after all, based on the shockingly competent Kia Stinger, our 2018 Car of the Year. SEE ALSO: 2019 Genesis G70 Review Nestled behind that gaping mesh grille is one of two engines. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is standard, churning out 252 horses, however, the model provided to us brandished the optional powerplant, a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. Rated at a ground-pounding 365 horsepower, it delivered astonishing acceleration at any speed, rocketing the G70 to mile-a-minute velocity in as little as 4.5 seconds, aided by an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Atypically for a powerplant of the bent-six variety, the Genesis’ engine was liquid smooth, transmitting virtually zero vibration to the passenger compartment, something that underscores this car’s overall refinement. In addition to a liquid-smooth powertrain, the G70 offers exemplary on-road manners including particularly sharp steering. Upscale Brembo brakes are available, as is a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. Throw in an unexpectedly luxurious interior and this car is certain to cause panic within the walls of rival automakers’ headquarters. Honda Insight When it comes to saving, few cars beat the new Honda Insight. It saves fuel while saving you money at the pump; it also saves polar bears, carbon emissions and, ideally, humanity from holes in the ozone layer. This economical hybrid melds astonishing efficiency and a livable overall package to form a vehicle that’s arguably more than the sum of its parts. Sized between the Civic and Accord, two pillars of the Honda lineup, this gasoline-electric four-door looks like either of its siblings, with plenty of familial design elements including an arching roofline and chrome mustache running along the upper grille. The Insight’s cabin also resembles any other modern Honda, which is a very good thing. Everywhere you look or touch you’re likely to find premium materials; there’s loads of technology including standard Honda Sensing, the automaker’s suite of advanced driver aids; and if that’s not enough, this hybrid is also surprisingly spacious, with a backseat that’s able to accommodate fully grown adults without complaint. SEE ALSO: 2019 Honda Insight Review But what matters most with a car like this are the bits and pieces you don’t really see. Underneath that broad, flat hood the Insight features a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine that’s paired with – you guessed it – an electric motor. Working together, this drivetrain duet delivers a total system output of 151 horsepower with 197 pound-feet of torque, figures that deliver adequate, if not breathtaking performance. The tradeoff for less-than-inspiring acceleration is unfathomable fuel economy. This electrified Honda maxes out at 55 miles per gallon in city driving (4.6 L/100 km), 49 on the highway (5.3 L/100 km) and 52 mpg combined (4.9 L/100 km). Top-trim Touring models are slightly less efficient, sacrificing about 4 miles per gallon in each category, the cost of added luxury and amenities (4.6, 5.3, 4.9 L/100 km, respectively). But what you won’t pay for this car is a fortune. The Insight’s base price is around $23,000, including delivery fees. If your heart desires a maxed-out model, plan on shelling out about 30 grand. Hyundai Veloster Undoubtedly, the most entertaining vehicle in this year’s car-of-the-year competition was Hyundai’s Veloster N. About as asymmetrical a vehicle as you’ll find on the market today, this three-door hatchback provided plenty of turbocharged thrills, courtesy of a force-fed 2.0-liter engine. Although we had the N for our evaluations, we are evaluating the Veloster lineup as a whole, base models and all. SEE ALSO: 2019 Hyundai Veloster Review With the available Performance Pack, this car thunders with 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That options group also includes a limited-slip differential, 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli summer tires and an oh-so-fun variable exhaust system that allows the decibels to range from Monday-morning mild to race-day wild. Skip this extra options group and you’ll miss out on the abovementioned goodies and lose 25 ponies, though on the plus side you will save $2,100. (In Canada, this car is only available with the performance package and stickers for around $35,000.) Smooth, light through its gates and precise like a scientific instrument is this car’s slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, which routes all that twist to the front wheels. Thanks to thoughtful engineering torque-steer is all but absent in the N, even if you pounce on the accelerator while mid-corner on a road with undulating, off-camber pavement. But we’re not just evaluating the highest-performance version of this car; we have to consider the rest of the Veloster lineup, too. There’s a base model that chugs along with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, one rated at a rather measly 147 horses. Stepping up from there, you can get a Turbo model with appreciably more giddy-up, a healthy 201 ponies, though neither of these models hold a candle to the pavement-pounding N version. SEE ALSO: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Review Setting performance aside for a moment, the new Veloster is surprisingly versatile. Its interior is well built and functionally designed. The backseat is more than spacious enough for adults and since it’s a hatchback, there’s plenty of cargo space. Unquestionably, the all-new Veloster is light-years ahead of its crude, largely unlovable predecessor, but is the top-shelf N model better than a Golf GTI, Ford Focus RS or Honda Civic Type R? That’s a much tougher query to reckon with. Kia Forte Handsome, of high quality, efficient and attractively priced, the 2019 Kia Forte offers a lot for a compact car. But does it raise the bar for this mass-market segment? The latest and greatest Forte is priced to sell, starting around $18,000 ($19,000 CDN). Check every box and plan on spending around 26 large ($31,000 CDN) a figure that means it’s still totally attainable for many motorists. In traditional Kia fashion, this vehicle is loaded with standard features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control and a tilt-telescopic steering column. A generously sized trunk, spacious backseat and some of the most elegant styling this side of an Audi are also included at no extra cost. SEE ALSO: 2019 Kia Forte Review The new Forte is hauled around by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 147 horsepower with 132 pound-feet of torque, identical numbers to what offered in the base-model Veloster. In this application, it can be matched to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable automatic transmission. Next year, a 1.6-liter turbo-four should join the lineup as an optional powerplant, a welcome addition to the Forte. While we’re rarely fans of CVTs, the unit in this Kia is generally agreeable, maximizing fuel economy while also simulating gear changes under heavy loads to minimize engine droning. According to Uncle Sam, this car should return 30 miles per gallon in urban driving (7.7 L/100 km) and 40 on the highway (5.9 L/100 km). Combined, it should deliver 34 mpg (6.9 L/100 km). Nissan Altima Nissan’s stalwart Altima sedan is all new from the platform up for 2019. The car is more refined, feature-laden and handsomely styled than ever before. But it’s also far more premium. While its interior isn’t quite as nice as what you get in a current-generation Honda Accord, it’s still attractively styled and perhaps more sensibly laid out than what’s offered in a Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata or Chevy Malibu. It’s also incredibly comfortable, with acres of backseat space and front-buckets that rival recliners in overall cushiness. Two engines are offered in this new Altima. As before, the base unit is naturally aspirated and displaces 2.5-liters, but that’s where the similarities end because for 2019, this unit has been thoroughly overhauled and is about 80 percent new. With gasoline direct injection and myriad other technologies, it’s rated at 188 horses and 180 pound-feet of torque, perfectly class-competitive figures. But better than this is its overall refinement. Unlike the older unit, this one is smooth and quiet, going about its business with minimal fuss, a much-appreciated (and much-needed) upgrade. SEE ALSO: 2019 Nissan Altima Review If more power is desired, Nissan also offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged-four, an engine that’s augmented by an ingenious variable-compression system that maximizes output while reducing fuel burn. It also features both port and direct fuel injection. All told, this engine cranks out 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of tire-roasting torque, allowing this car to pull like a freight train, especially as the tachometer needle hits around 4,000 rpm. For better or worse, the only “gearbox” offered in the Altima is a continuously variable automatic, though it’s more than livable in day-to-day use. All-wheel drive is also offered for the first time in this car, though, curiously, it’s only available with the base engine. This newest Nissan sedan starts at around $24,000 ($30,000 CDN), though it can be pushed into the mid-30s ($39,000) if you go hog wild with options. Even if it doesn’t win top honors in this car-of-the-year showdown, the Altima still a winner in the midsize-sedan segment. And the Winner is… You’ll have to watch the video above to find out! Check Out Our Previous Car of the Year Evaluations Video and Photos by Ben Sanders and Brett Colpitts The post 2019 Car of the Year: Meet the Contenders appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  2. We’re setting our sights on a whole new year of automotive excellence. We can’t wait to see what new cars debut in 2019, but there are a few that have already caught our eye. We can’t wait to drive these new cars or see them fully revealed. Here’s what we’re looking forward to: Kia Soul Making its debut at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, the Kia Soul is an interesting little car that manages to fulfill a number of consumer demands. It’s spacious yet fuel efficient. It’s affordable and attractive. It’s quirky and cool. It’s hard not to like the Soul and we bet that it’ll be even better to drive than it was in past generations. There will also be a Soul EV, which basically bundles the Kona EVs powertrain with a cool new look. See Also: 2020 Kia Soul and Soul EV Debut Lincoln Aviator When was the last time anyone said they were looking forward to a Lincoln? Then again, when was the last time Lincoln brought out a vehicle with 600 lb-ft of torque? The Aviator is also extremely attractive, taking the interior and exterior design language from the well-received Lincoln Navigator and applying it to a smaller canvas. Yes, the Aviator will be a bit smaller, but it comes with a ton of equipment. A plug-in hybrid version will be coming, but there’s also an air suspension that can scan the road ahead and pre-adjust the suspension to smooth out the ride as much as possible. Sounds like and looks like a winner all around. See Also: 2020 Lincoln Aviator Debuts with 600 lb-ft, Turbo PHEV Powertrain Land Rover Defender A Land Rover Defender is on the way to North America, finally. It seems like we’re getting ready for a new work-horse that is sure to be a hit — people seem to love boxy off-road-ready SUVs. If the Wrangler doesn’t do it for you and you have no faith in the upcoming Ford Bronco, the Defender is probably what you’re waiting for. See Also: 2020 Land Rover Defender Coming to the USA Jeep Gladiator It’s a Jeep Wrangler with more utility! What more could you ask for?! See Also: Everything you need to know about the Jeep Gladiator Polestar 1 This is an exclusive sports car from Volvo spin-off brand Polestar. The body is made from carbon fiber, which is wild, but the automaker pairs that lightweight tech with some high-speed tech. Using a plug-in hybrid powertrain, it features 600 horsepower and 730 lb-ft of torque and can travel about 90 miles on a single charge. With a production run of just 500 cars a year, it’ll be interesting to see how many people pick up the tab on this $155,000. See Also: Polestar 1 costs more than BMW i8, Acura NSX Porsche Taycan But if we’re going to bring up any electrified vehicle, it’ll be hard to ignore the upcoming Porsche Taycan. In fact, the brand has recently boosted production due to the high demand. The brand’s Tesla Model S competitor will feature 600 horsepower from its two electric motors, which allows it to hit highways speeds in just 3.5 seconds. The automaker is also looking to introduce a fast-charging system: it uses an 800V system that will provide 250 miles of range in just 15 minutes. Maximum range is 310 miles, and the brand is hoping to feature a price that starts in the low $90,000 range. This will be an interesting year for EVs thanks to the introduction of the Taycan. See Also: 2020 Porsche Taycan: 600 hp and 310 Miles of Range Mercedes-AMG One There are going to be a few Formula One-inspired vehicles arriving next year, and while there are no chances we’ll actually get to drive one, it’s still extremely exciting to see these ultra-high-performance cars get made. One of the most highly anticipated examples is the Mercedes-AMG One, which will utilize a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 and a hybrid powertrain that makes over 1,000 horsepower. The vehicle also weighs less than 2,900 lbs and will feature a top speed in excess of 220 mph. Simply put, this is going to be crazy. Chevrolet Corvette C8 Are the rumors real? Are we getting a mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette? It seems that way based on the spy photos and the slow tease of information. It seems like the automaker is set on making a supercar to deflate the Ford GT, and this Corvette might be it. We were supposed to see it this January, but apparently, some last-minute issues are causing the debut to be delayed. Time will tell if this is still just a pipe dream or if we’ll actually get the new ‘vette or not. Ford Bronco People can’t wait to see Ford’s Jeep Wrangler fighter, and we’re expecting a very rugged-looking truck that will look to take a chunk out of the Jeep’s success and market share. We expect it to feature a boxy look, a removable roof, and solid front and rear axles. While we likely won’t drive the vehicle in 2019, we should get a full reveal and more specs soon. See Also: 2019 Ford Ranger Review Toyota Supra Who hasn’t been waiting to see the Supra completely uncovered? The new Toyota sports car is coming and everyone is annoyed or excited about it. Enthusiasts are divided because all the hardware in the new Supra is actually from BMW. The turbocharged straight-six is from the German automaker, and many are worried that the typically rock-solid reliability expected from Toyota will be lost. Time will tell, but at least we can let you sleep soundly with the promise that this is a fun-to-drive sports car. We drove an early version back in 2018 and it didn’t disappoint thanks to its excellent power delivery and tons of grip. The post Top 10 Cars We’re Excited About in 2019 appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  3. A broad diversity of products debuted at this year’s L.A. Auto Show, from pickup trucks and crossovers to small cars and luxury offerings. But of all the vehicles that were unveiled, here are seven of the most significant, models that raise the bar for their brand, change the game in some way or otherwise knock our proverbial socks off. 2020 Hyundai Palisade Replacing the Santa Fe XL is Hyundai’s new three-row Palisade crossover. With premium design, a spacious interior and an efficient drivetrain, it should be a more-than-worthy successor to the model it’s superseding. Power is provided by 3.8-liter Atkinson-cycle V6, the latest member of the automaker’s Lambda engine family. It delivers 291 horses, 262 pound-feet of torque and is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. 2020 Mazda3 The all-new Mazda3 debuted in Los Angeles. This 2020 model is completely fresh from the ground up, riding on a new architecture, with updated powertrains and completely reworked styling. Offered in sedan and hatchback flavors, this versatile offering has a premium interior and lots of driver-assistant tech. Interestingly, the two models share no body panels in common, meaning the styling on each is totally unique. For the first time, AWD is also available. 2019 Honda Passport Honda is reviving its long-retired Passport nameplate, applying it to a new off-road focused crossover. Essentially a truncated Pilot with a touch more ground clearance, it slots in between this model and the smaller CR-V. The Passport seats up to five people, which means there’s no third-row seat. Under the hood is a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s good for 280 horses and 262 pound-feet. It’s matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional, and when so equipped it can tow up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg). Front-drive models can only drag 3,500 pounds (1,588 kg). 2020 Kia Soul The Soul is perhaps Kia’s most important model, selling in huge volume every year and practically defining the segment it competes in. Keeping this breadbox on wheels competitive, the South Korean automaker just debuted the third-generation Soul, which is completely new. Maintaining its signature style, the 2020 Soul is slightly larger than its predecessor, offering more interior space. The vehicle gains an extra helping of technology and offers two engines, a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter unit or a 1.6-liter turbo that’s good for 201 horses. Looks like a winner to us! SEE ALSO: Complete 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage 2020 Porsche 911 Arguably the most exciting model unwrapped in L.A. this year is the new, eighth-generation Porsche 911. Completely overhauled (even if it doesn’t look it), this legendary sports car is wider and dressed in more sculptural styling than before. Upping the cool factor, eclectically operated door handles pop out when needed and the rear 911 badge is rendered in a retro font. As for performance, Carrera S and 4 S models will feature a turbocharged flat-six engine that’s rated at 443 horsepower. Thanks to a different fuel-injection process it should be more efficient than before. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic will be the only transmission offered for the time being. When properly equipped (read: with optional all-wheel drive), the dash to 62 miles an hour (100 km/h) should take as little as 3.6 seconds. 2020 Lincoln Aviator Likely pushing the Lincoln brand to new heights, the production version of the brand’s Aviator three-row luxury crossover took a bow in Los Angeles. Stylish and upscale, this revived nameplate looks like a more sensibly sized Navigator. Standard models feature a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that’s rated at 400 horsepower and an equal measure of torque, however, Grand Touring models will come with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that’s estimated to offer 50 extra ponies and a whopping 600 pound-feet of twist. Lincoln’s Co-Pilot360 suit of advanced driver aids is standard, while an available adaptive suspension system scans the road ahead, automatically reacting to surface imperfections to provide a smoother ride. 2020 Jeep Gladiator But many would argue the coolest vehicle revealed at this year’s show is the new Jeep Gladiator. Essentially a Wrangler with an open-air bed, this midsize pickup should be every bit as versatile as it is capable off-road Competing with trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma, this anvil-tough Jeep promises best-in-class capability, able to haul up to 1,600 pounds (726 kg) in its cargo box and tow up to 7,650 pounds (3,470 kg). A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is standard, delivering 285 horses, but an EcoDiesel six-shooter will be offered at some point in 2020, offering up to 442 pound-feet of torque. The post Top 7 Vehicles Revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  4. The Kia Soul has always stood out for being unique and a new-generation model has just debuted still firmly waving that flag. The design of the entire 2020 Kia Soul has been reworked and the platform is completely new, but the third-generation car has kept the boxy shape that it became most well-known for. The biggest changes up front include the slimmer and more aggressive headlights that span the entire width of the car, a bigger grille, and some exaggerated fenders. The Soul is 2.2 inches longer and the wheelbase has grown 1.2 inches, which means cargo capacity is up 5 cubic feet for a total of 23.8 cu-ft. The hatch opening is wider and lower and the front door openings are also bigger for easier loading and unloading. ALSO SEE: 2018 LA Auto Show Full Coverage Inside, the Soul gets new ambient lighting that can sync to the beats from the audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time, available wireless charging, head-up display, 10.25-inch touchscreen, all the driver assistance features, and a mood lighting system that can be set to Romance, Party Time, Hey! Yo!, Traveling, Midnight City and Cafe. We’re not sure what this will look like, but we’re interested. There are two engines available. A naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque that can be paired with a six-speed manual or CVT, and a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 201 hp, 195 lb-ft of torque, and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Pricing will be available next year, closer to when the 2020 Kia Soul goes on sale in the first half of the year. There will also be a sportier-looking GT-Line model, a more rugged X-Line model, and a EX Designer Collection that gets a contrast roof. Kia Soul EV Making its debut at the same time was the Kia Soul EV, which will get an electric motor with 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. Range hasn’t been announced yet, but the EV will come standard with DC fast charging and a 64 kWh battery pack. Along with four driving modes, the Soul EV will offer paddle-shifter operated regenerative braking with four levels of aggression. The system can also detect if it needs to brake more aggressively if a car is detected in front of it or more smoothly if it’s coasting down a hill. The post All-New 2020 Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV Debut Looking Funky Fresh appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  5. As far as sports sedans go, they don’t come much better than the Kia Stinger. It’s no surprise that this great looking vehicle has become a must have for driving enthusiasts looking for a combination of style and performance. The … Continue reading → Lees volledige artikel
  6. Hyundai and Kia have unveiled a new way to charge electrified vehicles: Roof or body-mounted solar panels. Despite being talked about for years, solar roofs on automobiles haven’t seen widespread adoption. Cost, practicality, and rollover safety concerns mean the largest user of the technology is the Japanese and European-market Toyota Prius Prime. Now, Hyundai wants to go solar in a big way, starting next year. The automaker wants buyers to know that solar roofs aren’t useless for regular gas-powered vehicles, either. There are three solar charging systems under development, Hyundai Motor Group claims, targeting electric, hybrid, and ICE Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Obviously, the largest benefit of a roof containing a photovoltaic array is that EV or PHEV vehicles can charge themselves while parked, eliminating some of the need to plug into an electric grid. While the amount of current headed to the car’s battery wouldn’t be large, it would make a difference. ALSO SEE: Audi to Add Clear Solar Panels in its Sun Roofs Without mentioning the markets where it plans to offer the technology, Hyundai said the first system — applied to hybrids — will become available in 2019. It didn’t mention models, either, but Hyundai’s Ioniq and Kia’s Niro seem like likely candidates. There’s also the Sonata and Optima to consider. In a hybrid model, the solar roof can apparently top up a propulsion battery by 30 or 60 percent over the course of a day. Depending on the vehicle, the technology might also make it to the hood, boosting the amount charging power. The maximum generation capacity of these systems is 100 watts. Using an Ioniq Hybrid as an example, a max generation solar array operating under optimal conditions would top up the car’s 1.6 kWh battery to the tune of 50 percent in eight hours, though a smaller, roof-only system would mean less charge. A plug-in hybrid variant would likely need more than a week to fully charge its 8.9 kWh battery. As for the 28 kWh Ioniq Electric, well, you’d best bring that charging cord. A system designed solely for use with conventional gas-powered cars would utilize a semi-transparent roof and send current to the car’s battery. This would be great in cold climes, assuming the sun peeks above the horizon (or through the clouds), though you’d also want some kind of insulation beneath that roof. Whether we’ll see this technology in North America remains to be seen. Road safety regulators put the kibosh on the solar-roofed Prius after it was determined the panel would shatter during a rollover. Hyundai says its panels are made of silicon, though its crashworthiness isn’t yet known. That said, if solar isn’t a go, something else might show up to generate a money-saving charge (likely at an additional expense to the buyer). Jeong-gil Park, the automaker’s engineering chief, said solar panels are not the extent of its electricity-generating tech. “In the future, we expect to see many different types of electricity-generating technologies integrated into our vehicles,” Park said in a statement. “The solar roof is the first of these technologies, and will mean that automobiles no longer passively consume energy, but will begin to produce it actively.” A version of this article originally appeared on The post Hyundai, Kia Aiming for Solar Roofs Starting in 2019 appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  7. The 2020 Kia Forte GT debuted at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, a show where automakers typically go overboard on crazy paint colors an unrealistic mods. The Kia Forte is the second car in the Korean automaker’s lineup to get the GT designation after the much-hyped Stinger GT. In Kia land, GT denotes a top trim that is focused on luxury and sporty driving dynamics. The Forte GT is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gives it 201 horsepower, a 54-hp bump over the standard Forte. At the time of writing, no torque figure was released and we’ve asked for more clarification, but it’s the same engine in the Soul Turbo, and that makes 195 lb-ft. ALSO SEE: 2019 Kia Forte Review Other goodies include a fully independent front and rear suspension, a sport-tuned exhaust, available 18-inch performance tires, a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, alloy sport pedals, new two-tone wheels, LED headlights, projector fog lights, rear spoiler and a bunch of other unique trim pieces. Drivers can pick a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and sport seats with contrast piping are also available. The new Kia Forte got great reviews and feels much more expensive than it is, and the driving dynamics were already quite good, so we’re sure the GT version will be even better. The 2020 Kia Forte GT will be offered in GT1 and GT2 trims, available summer 2019. More information and photos should be available in the near future. Discuss this article on our Kia Forte Forum The post 2020 Kia Forte GT is the Little Stinger You Asked For appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  8. If you don’t like taking trips back to the dealership with your brand new car, here are this year’s most reliable cars. Based on Consumer Reports 2018 Annual Auto Survey, these models are the 10 most reliable cars today. The publication predicts these vehicles will give owners fewer problems than their competitors, based on data collected from over 500,000 survey respondents. The study takes a look at 17 different trouble areas, ranging from broken interior trim and squeaky brakes to out-of-warranty transmission repairs and issues with four-wheel-drive systems. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 Each vehicle gets a Predicted Reliability Score which is then combined with data collected from Consumer Reports‘ own track testing, along with owner-satisfaction survey results and safety data. 10. Toyota Highlander Ranked as one of the best midsized three-row SUVs is the Toyota Highlander, offering a balance of an absorbent ride, responsive handling, and generous interior space. Powering the Highlander is a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic, helping improve fuel economy to 22 mpg compared to the previous six-speed unit. There is also a hybrid variant that returns 25 mpg overall. Consumer Reports does note that it’s a long reach to some controls inside the cabin, particularly the touchscreen. 9. Kia Sedona There aren’t very minivans left in today’s market, but the Kia Sedona is one of the most reliable. Refreshed for the 2019 model year, the Sedona offers a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 276 horsepower paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s available with either seven- or eight-passenger seating and has a quiet, roomy cabin. The ride, however, is overly stiff and doesn’t compare to the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna. It’s also not as enjoyable to drive, with ungainly handling, but does feel secure. It does get praises for its nicely finished and inviting interior, as well as a new front console that offers handy concealed storage. 8. Honda Fit A popular model for decades, the Honda Fit offers similar versatility to that of a small, subcompact crossover. It returns 33-mpg overall, but it is noisy with its CVT that keeps the engine at high revs. The ride is stiff but handling is responsive. Unfortunately, the cabin is loud, which makes the Fit uncomfortable for long drives. One major complaint with the Honda Fit is its button-free, touchscreen radio found on the EX and higher trims, which can be frustrating to use. Also, the seats and driving position aren’t particularly comfortable. ALSO SEE: 2018 Honda Fit Review: Tiny Hints of Type R Lineage 7. Toyota Prius Arguably the most recognized hybrid in the automotive industry, the Toyota Prius is a safe bet if you’re looking for something reliable. Returning 52 mpg overall in Consumer Reports testing, the Prius handles more responsively and rides more comfortably than its predecessor. The seats, however, offer mediocre support and tire noise is noticeable during drives. In addition, the car’s lower stance makes it a challenge to get into and out of. 6. Lexus NX The Lexus NX is the Japanese luxury automaker’s offering in the compact crossover market, delivering responsive handling but a rather firm ride and a somewhat noisy cabin. The standard NX 300 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that returns 24 mpg overall, while the NX 300h hybrid nets 29 mpg overall. The hybrid, however, does feel a bit underpowered, says Consumer Reports. Front cabin room is tight on this model, and its styling does compromise rear visibility and cuts into cargo space. Another noticeable complaint is its fussy touchpad, which is used for most controls. The publication notes its frustrating and distracting to use. ALSO SEE: Top 10 Least Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 5. Toyota Corolla For decades, the Toyota Corolla has delivered reliable performance on a budget. It continues to offer a comfortable ride and a quiet, spacious interior, although handling is lackluster but secure. The CVT does its job well, but does make the engine a bit noisy under higher revs. Fuel economy on the Corolla is impressive, delivering 32-mpg overall and 43 mpg on the highway. 4. Mazda MX-5 Miata Now in its fourth generation, the Mazda MX-5 Miata finds itself on the list of top 10 most reliable cars. Returning 34-mpg overall, the Miata features a “delightfully accurate” six-speed manual transmission, although an automatic is available as an option. As expected, the Miata delivers quick and precise steering, although some body roll is noticeable. Taking some points off the car, however, are high levels of noise, thin and unsupportive seats, and a stiff ride. Overall, cabin space is snug and opening or closing the convertible top is a breeze. Power did get increased from 155 hp to 181 hp for the 2019 model year. Consumer Reports did note the optional dial-controlled infotainment system takes some time to master. 3. Toyota Prius Prime Joining the standard Toyota Prius on the list is the plug-in hybrid version, the Prius Prime. Complaints about the Prius Prime include its seating for four, lack of a rear wiper, and an unintuitive infotainment system. Its ride is complaint and it does offer responsive handling, similar to what can be found on the standard Prius. 2. Toyota Prius c Rounding off the Prius family is the compact Prius c, less expensive than the standard Prius. It’s not really a substitute for a Prius, with the c offering a harsher ride, a noisy engine, and slow acceleration. In addition, the interior looks and feels cheap, the driving position and rear seats are cramped, and it offers little cargo space. But it does return 43-mpg overall and 37 mpg in the city, making it a natural fit for urban driving. It’s worth mentioning that the 2019 model year is the final year for the Prius c. 1. Lexus GX Topping the list and serving as this year’s most reliable vehicle is the Lexus GX, which is one of very few body-on-frame SUVs left on the market. Despite its size, the Lexus GX is quick and very quiet, and is even capable off-road while offering a 6,500-pound tow rating. It’s powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, but returns just 17 mpg overall. Its ride is comfortable, but the body does tend to jostle when driving over uneven payment. As you would expect from a Lexus, the interior is plush and well-finished, offering a good driving position. ALSO SEE: The Only 15 ‘Real’ SUVs Left on the Market The post Top 10 Most Reliable Cars: 2018 Consumer Reports appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  9. American automakers continue to have some of the least reliable cars available. Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Reliability Survey, which takes the responses from over 500,000 vehicle owners and studies 17 trouble areas to determine which vehicles are the last reliable. Trouble areas that go under study range from squeaky brakes and broken interior trim to major issues such as out-of-warranty transmission repairs or problems with four-wheel-drive systems. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Least Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 Here are the top 10 least reliable vehicles based on Consumer Reports‘ 2018 Car Reliability Survey. 10. Honda Odyssey Honda’s popular minivan gets praised for its refinement, quietness, fuel economy, and relatively intuitive infotainment system, but it’s plagued by issues with its in-car electronics, power equipment, and body hardware. Other complaints include the push-button gear selector being troublesome to use when parking and the optional eight-inch infotainment touchscreen can be distracting. 9. Volkswagen Atlas Volkswagen’s three-row crossover offering drives well, has a comfortable ride, and surprisingly agile handling. But owners have experienced issues with its climate system, transmission, noises, and leaks. Still, the cabin is quiet and very accommodating and the infotainment system is easy to use. The V6 engine, which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, is smooth but acceleration doesn’t keep up with the competition and its 20-mpg overall fuel economy leaves a bit to be desired. ALSO SEE: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 Review 8. Buick Enclave Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Buick Enclave is another three-row offering that suffers minor problems with its transmission, issues with its climate system, and emissions/fuel system. Consumer Reports tested the Enclave to return 18-mpg overall and found the 3.6-liter V6 engine to be lively while the nine-speed automatic transmission was smooth and responsive. Although the infotainment system is easy to use, the gear selector is unintuitive and a nuisance in parking maneuvers. 7. Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Chevrolet’s heavy-duty offering, the Silverado 2500 HD, received complaints about major engine issues, noises and leaks, as well as its in-car electronics. Its twin, the GMC Sierra HD, shares reliability ratings with the Silverado 2500 HD. 6. Kia Cadenza Kia as a brand fares well in this year’s study, but the Cadenza large sedan suffers from issues with its climate control and fuel/emissions systems. Competitive with the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon, the Kia Cadenza is better suited for long-distance cruising, according to Consumer Reports. Powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that is both slick and powerful, the Cadenza offers 290 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly. 5. Chevrolet Traverse Although it’s a competent challenger in the three-row crossover segment, the Chevrolet Traverse does suffer from minor transmission issues, and problems with its in-car electronics. Powering the model is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that returns 20-mpg overall, while its infotainment system is intuitive and an eight-passenger configuration is available. ALSO SEE: Top 10 Most Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 4. Honda Clarity The Honda Clarity is the Japanese automaker’s focus on alternative powertrains, available in fully electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen-powered variants. Owners, however, experienced issues with its climate control and fuel/emissions system, as well as its body hardware. Consumer Reports does note that the plug-in hybrid’s engine “makes a loud ruckus” while in hybrid mode and the front seats are uncomfortable due to their short bottom cushion and lack of lower back support. 3. Cadillac ATS Although the Cadillac ATS sedan has been discontinued for the 2019 model year, the American automaker still offers the coupe. Issues with this model include problems with its in-car electronics, climate system, and drive system. The Cadillac ATS coupe is available with either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V6 that is smooth and refined. Stepping up to the ATS-V gets a twin-turbo V6 engine with 464 hp. 2. Tesla Model X The Tesla Model X remains troublesome for its owners, with in-car electronics problems, noises and leaks, and issues with body hardware. The all-electric crossover does handle well and offers great performance, but Consumer Reports does note that ride comfort and noise isolation on the Model X isn’t as good as in the Model S. 1. Ram 3500 Ram’s 3500 heavy-duty pickup truck has some reliability concerns, with owners stating issues with its steering/suspension, fuel/emissions system, engine cooling, noises, and leaks. Engine choices on this pickup include a 5.7-liter V8, 6.4-liter V8, and a 6.7-liter Cummins turbocharged diesel engine. The post Top 10 Least Reliable Cars: 2018 Consumer Reports appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  10. Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Reliability Survey and there are a few surprises. This year’s survey collected data from over 500,000 Consumer Reports members to determine what problems or issues vehicle owners can expect. Those problems range from troublesome turbocharged engines to infuriating infotainment systems, as well as transmission issues and other problems. The publication said this year’s survey reinforces its recommendation that consumers should avoid brand new or redesigned models, instead waiting a year or two until the automaker has had a chance to work out the issues that often arise. Below, you will find the top 10 most reliable automakers from this year’s study. SEE ALSO: Japanese Brands Shine, American Automakers Tumble in Consumer Reports’ Latest Reliability Survey 9. Hyundai With an average reliability score of 57, Hyundai ties in ninth place this year. According to Consumer Reports, the Korean automaker’s least reliable model is the Ioniq, while its most reliable model is the Santa Fe XL. Hyundai Tucson owners have been complaining about the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual clutch transmission, saying the transmission suffers from rough shifting, computer problems, and slipping. Overall, the Ioniq Hybrid has below average reliability, with owners complaining about rough shifts from the six-speed transmission and engine problems. Hyundai’s overall ranking did not change from last year and a total of five models were considered in the survey. 9. MINI MINI ties Hyundai with an average reliability score of 57, but it’s worth noting the British automaker didn’t even have a ranking last year. Two models were considered in the survey, with the Cooper being MINI’s least reliable and the Countryman being its most reliable. The Cooper did improve to average, while the Countryman has an above average reliability rating. 8. BMW In this year’s survey, BMW drops three spots to eighth place with seven models analyzed in the study. The German automaker received an average reliability score of 58, with the X1 being its least reliable model and the i3 being its most reliable model. The redesigned BMW X3 was noticeably below average, with owners complaining about climate system issues, including coolant leaks. Seat controls that required the seatback to be replaced were also noted. The BMW X1 crossover dropped to below average due to suspension problems, premature brake wear, and steering wheel vibrations. 7. Audi Also dropping three spots this year, Audi edges out competitor BMW with an average reliability score of 60 to land itself in seventh place. Six models were considered in the survey, with the Audi A3 being the least reliable and the Audi Q5 being the most reliable. Overall, all the Audi models that Consumer Reports has sufficient reliability data for rated average or better, although the scores were not as high as they have been in previous years. 5. Infiniti With four models with sufficient reliability data, Infiniti went up one spot this year to tie for fifth place. The Japanese luxury automaker’s least reliable model is the Q50, while the Q60 was the most reliable model. The brand scored 61 in this year’s survey, and both the Q50 sedan and QX60 improved to average reliability ratings. 5. Kia With the same average reliability score as Infiniti, Kia dropped two spots to tie for fifth place. Eight models were considered in this year’s survey, with the Cadenza being reported as the least reliable model. The Sedona minivan topped reliability for the brand. Although the Kia Sportage is similar to the Hyundai Tucson, it has been much more reliable. The same applies to the Niro Hybrid, which has above-average predicted reliability.‘s Car of the Year, the 2018 Kia Stinger, has average reliability. Hurting the Cadenza’s reliability score are issues with faulty thermostat sensors, problems with the climate system, and engine cooling. 4. Subaru Making a two-spot jump to fourth place, Subaru has an average reliability score of 65 in this year’s study. Six models provided sufficient data, with the Subaru WRX being the least reliable model and the Crosstrek being the most reliable offering from the brand. According to Consumer Reports, the redesigned Impreza has problems last year but has rebounded this year with better than average reliability. The redesigned Crosstrek has much better than average first-year reliability, while the WRX was the only Subaru model with below average reliability due to transmission problems. 3. Mazda Mazda saw a huge jump in this year’s survey, climbing nine spots to third place with an average reliability score of 69. The Japanese automaker had six models analyzed in this year’s survey with the CX-3 being noted as the least reliable and the MX-5 Miata as the most reliable. It appears Mazda has managed to work out the issues that plagued the CX-9 and MX-5 Miata, but the CX-3 is still rated below average due to climate system problems. 2. Toyota Toyota lost the crown in this year’s survey, dropping one spot to second place. With 14 models supplying reliability data, the Japanese automaker received an average reliability score of 76. Its most reliable model is the Prius c, while the least reliable model is the Tacoma. The Tacoma continues to have issues with the driver system and in the transmission minor trouble spots, while the 2018 Camry saw a slight drop in reliability to better than average. Owners say they experienced problems with the Entune infotainment system and rough shifting from the eight-speed automatic transmission. 1. Lexus Toyota may have lost the top spot this year, but at least the honors went to its luxury arm, Lexus. Rising one spot, Lexus had six models accounted for in this year’s study, earning an average reliability score of 78. The brand’s least reliable model is the IS while its most reliable model is the GX. This year, all Lexus models with sufficient data were rated average or above, although the redesigned LS was not taken into consideration since there wasn’t sufficient data. The post Top 10 Most Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  11. [See image gallery at] The new Kia Soul and Soul EV will allegedly debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Intel on the arrival of the new Soul and Soul EV comes from the Hyundai-Kia obsessed folks over at Korean Car Blog. Kia itself hasn’t made an announcement, so take the report with a grain of salt, but we trust KCB in this scenario. Prototypes for the Soul and Soul EV have been consistently spotted all year long and the most recent sighting showed the vehicle looking very production-ready indeed, so the unveiling is definitely happening soon. The new Soul is expected to tap the Hyundai Kona’s platform. The Kona supports all-wheel drive, so it’s possible that the Soul could finally receive it. The entry-level Soul should share the Kona’s 147 hp naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine, with Kia’s turbocharged 1.6-liter possibly appearing in better-equipped models. The Kona gets a seven-speed DCT transmission, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up in the Kona too. SEE ALSO: EPA Rates 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Range at 258 Miles As for the Soul EV, expect similar or identical specs to the Kona EV. If you need a refresher, the long-range version of the Kona EV has a 64 kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-certified 258 miles of range. Power comes from a single electric motor making 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque, which enables a 0-60 mph sprint of 7.6s and a top speed of 104 mph. The long-range Kona EV starts at 39,000 euros in Europe, which is equivalent to around $45,000 USD. As for the new Soul’s styling, expect the slightly boxy shape to stick around. Spy shots have revealed a single-frame LED light bar out front, vertically-mounted LED taillights and other small changes, but we’re not expecting a dramatic shift in styling. Look for the new Kia Soul and Soul EV to debut after the LA Auto Show press days kick off on November 27th. [Source: Korean Car Blog] The post New Kia Soul, Soul EV Coming to 2018 LA Auto Show appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  12. [See image gallery at] The Kia e-Niro crossover just made its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. It’s the South Korean automaker’s first all-electric crossover. This will be the third vehicle in the Niro range, joining the hybrid and plug-in models. It will also be Kia’s second pure-electric vehicle offered globally, following in the Soul EV’s tire tracks. Two battery capacities will be available in the e-Niro. A 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer pack is standard, offering a driving range of up to 193 miles (312 km) on the WLTP combined cycle. It’s matched to a 134-horsepower motor that can move this crossover from a standstill to 62 miles an hour (100 km/h) in 9.8 seconds. For drivers that want more, a 64-kWh battery of the same chemistry is optional. On the WLTP combined cycle it should deliver a driving range of 301 miles (485 km); on the WLTP urban circuit that figure increases to an impressive 382 miles (615 km). Further differentiating this upscale version of the e-Niro from the base version, that larger battery pack is paired with a more powerful electric motor, one delivering 201 horsepower and a zero-to-62-mile-an-hour time of just 7.8 seconds. Improving its driving range, a heat pump helps the HVAC system by recycling energy that would normally be wasted. SEE ALSO: 2018 Paris Motor Show Coverage Visually separating this all-electric vehicle from its stable-mates are things like reworked bumpers front and rear, 17-inch wheels, blue exterior accents as well as a slightly more aerodynamic body. Ten exterior paint colors are available. Inside, one of the biggest changes with this vehicle is the addition of a rotary-dial shifter in lieu of a traditional gear selector. This alteration frees up space on the center console. Paddles mounted behind the steering wheel allow the driver to change how aggressive the regenerative braking is. Three levels are offered. The Kia e-Niro’s cabin is further dressed up with a pair of seven-inch displays, one on the dashboard and another in the gauge cluster. This new all-electric Kia will be, not surprisingly, assembled in South Korea. Production begins in the second half of 2018 with the vehicle going on sale in Europe before the end of the year. Discuss this story on our Kia Niro Forum. The post All-Electric Model Joins Kia Niro Lineup appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  13. Rear-wheel-drive vehicles exhibit a certain purity that performance enthusiasts look for. Although more and more automakers are opting to have both axles powered, there are still a lot of rear-drive cars offering the thrills drivers want. Here are’s picks for the 10 best rear-wheel-drive cars you can buy, in alphabetical order. Alfa Romeo Giulia The Alfa Romeo Giulia isn’t perfect, but it has so much personality and is so engaging to drive that we find ourselves forgiving its flaws easily. The Giulia has a few things that its German competitors often lack: Swagger, drop-dead gorgeous styling, and an undeniable cool factor. With a balanced chassis, tactile and responsive steering, and a playful rear-drive architecture, the Giulia feels alive. The Giulia has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood that outputs 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. The Quadrifoglio variant, a ridiculously quick carbon fiber beast of a car that gives us all the feels, is powered by a Ferrari-sourced 2.9L twin-turbo V6 with 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. ALSO SEE: Alfa Romeo Giulia Review BMW 2 Series The M2 and M240i are the shining stars of the 2 Series lineup and are both cars we’d happily have in our garage. These two cars are essentially the purest BMWs you can currently buy and exhibit the driving dynamics and engaging performance that rocketed the German automaker to the forefront of the luxury sport market back in the day. The M2 and M240i have a playfulness that seems to be lacking from a lot of BMW’s lineup. Equipped with powerful 3.0L turbo inline six-cylinder engines and manual transmissions that send power to the rear wheels, these small performance coupes are what driving joy is made of. ALSO SEE: BMW M240i Coupe Review Chevrolet Camaro Built on a fantastic, balanced chassis and an excellent rear-drive architecture, the new Chevrolet Camaro is impressive in many ways. From the base four-cylinder model to the SS and all the way up to the bonkers supercharged ZL1, there’s also a Camaro for every type of driver. Muscle cars democratized performance and brought speed to the masses; the Camaro continues that tradition while at the same time being more refined than ever. We adore the chassis the Camaro is built on — it makes the muscle car engaging and entirely capable. Ford Mustang The popular Ford Mustang is also backed by a rich, half-century history of attainable performance. The Mustang has legions of faithful fans and has sold millions of units since the muscle car stormed onto the market more than 50 years ago — more than 10,000,000 have rolled off the assembly line. It has been the world’s best-selling sports car for the past three years. Drivers also have a wide range of Mustangs to pick from — there are four-cylinder EcoBoost coupes and convertibles, V8-powered GT models, and for people who want something more hardcore and track-focused, there’s the thunderous Shelby GT350, which is one of our favorite cars to drive. All Mustangs are fun and represent the American Dream in a way no other car can. ALSO SEE: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Review Genesis G70 Genesis is the luxury arm of Hyundai and has been making huge waves in the luxury sport market with driving dynamics and luxury that you’d expect from more established German automakers like BMW and Audi. The Genesis G70 is a really impressive car with its buttoned-down driving dynamics, excellent attention to luxurious details, and a personality that actually makes it fun. The G70 doesn’t make too many compromises — you can take it on a twisty road and be entertained, but still drive home and do groceries comfortably. It’s also handsome, well-priced, and legitimately athletic. You can get the Genesis with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.3L twin-turbo V6. Rear-wheel drive is standard with both engines, but AWD is available as an option (in Canada, AWD is standard except on the manual Sport model). The G70 is a heavy hitter and proves that Genesis is serious about building great cars. ALSO SEE: 2019 Genesis G70 Review Jaguar F-Type The Jaguar F-Type is one of the prettiest cars you can buy right now and also happens to be one of our favorite rear-drive cars. It is gorgeous from every angle and it is aging very gracefully. We also think it will be a future classic. If there was an award for “Best Sounding Cars,” the F-Type would also dominate on that list as well. Simply put, the F-Type has a lot going for it. With coupe and convertible models, manuals or automatics, available AWD on some models, and three engine choices (a base turbo four-cylinder, a supercharged V6, and a supercharged V8), there’s an F-Type for every driver. This car is all kinds of sexy and we love driving it. ALSO SEE: 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR and 400 Sport Review Kia Stinger The Kia Stinger was so impressive that we awarded it as’s 2018 Car of the Year. It shares a platform with the Genesis G70 but brings a lot to the table like a practical and handsome sportback body style and its own unique personality. The rear-drive grand touring car is exciting, dramatic, and it gets all sorts of admiring looks from passers-by. Besides looking good, its driving dynamics are genuinely engaging thanks to a well-engineered chassis, responsive steering, and rear-drive architecture (AWD is standard in Canada but is still rear-biased). It is really refreshing to experience a car where you can tell that passionate people worked on it and didn’t cut any corners. The Kia Stinger is a very compelling car in many ways. ALSO SEE: 2018 Kia Stinger Review | Kia Stinger GT Review Mazda MX-5 Miata No list of rear-drive cars or sports cars can be complete without the Mazda MX-5 Miata. This special little roadster perfected the quintessential sports car formula and is one of the purest and most engaging ones you can buy today. Lightweight, rear-drive, and affordable, the Miata might be a car you don’t understand until you drive it and it charms the hell out of you — it communicates with you, makes you feel like a superhero, makes you smile, and engages you like almost no other sports car out there. The MX-5 Miata is a car you can tell was made by people who obsessed over the smallest details and the result is something they can be really proud of. ALSO SEE: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster The mid-engine Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster set the benchmark for serious sports cars and are so good that they can step on the toes of some 911s. With steering feel, performance, balanced handling, purity, and prestige that few others can match, the 718s are also among the most affordable mid-engine cars you can get. Plus, they’re practical! In addition to a usable trunk, there is a deep front trunk (a frunk) under the hood. The 718s are bred from race cars, something that is immediately obvious once you drive them, even though they are still comfortable and forgiving. ALSO SEE: 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS Review Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Following a similar formula as the Mazda MX-5, the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are a pair of lightweight, super chuckable, back-to-basics, and engaging rear-drive sports cars that have legions of faithful fans. Born from a collaboration between the two Japanese automakers, the BRZ and 86 are silly fun — they’re goofy sports cars with a ton of outward personality. Easy to drive at the limit, these coupes are really good at communicating with the driver so you can always swing around a corner without fearing that you’ll stuff it into the guardrail. The post The 10 Best Rear-Wheel-Drive Cars You Can Buy appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  14. [See image gallery at] If the world were perfect, wagon sales would be booming right now and consumers would recognize crossovers for what they truly are: worse handling, less economical, more expensive hatchbacks. The world’s not perfect, though. In our downtrodden reality, most consumers are crossover obsessed and avoid anything even vaguely wagon-shaped like the plague. For that reason, we won’t be getting the handsome new Kia Proceed wagon in the United States or Canada. SEE ALSO: New 2020 Kia Telluride 3-Row SUV Debuts Looking Big and Boxy While not nearly as handsome as the Proceed Concept, the production-ready Proceed is still quite a looker with a svelte ‘shooting brake’ silhouette, full-width LED taillights and available 18-inch wheels (17s are standard). Three gas engines are available in the wagon from launch: a 118 hp 1.0-liter turbo, a 138 hp 1.4-liter turbo or a 201 hp 1.6-liter turbo. There’s also a 134 hp 1.6-liter diesel. Two transmission options are also available: a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Kia Proceed will be manufactured in Slovakia and will go on sale in Europe in the first quarter of next year. Pricing has yet to be announced, but more information should come to light once the wagon makes its official in-person debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Discuss this story on our Kia Forums. The post Kia Proceed is Another Handsome Wagon That America Can’t Have appeared first on Lees volledige artikel
  15. In a surprise move, the 2020 Kia Telluride has debuted four months ahead of schedule. The three-row, eight-passenger SUV was originally scheduled to debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January but made an unexpected debut at New York Fashion Week this weekend. The SUV that debuted has some rugged extras that obviously won’t come with the production model, as it was a bespoke creation influenced by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell’s Texas-inspired collection that debuted alongside the Telluride. ALSO SEE: Kia Telluride Three-Row SUV Caught Completely Uncovered We’re not sure which parts of this ranch-ready creation will make it to the production model (the snorkel, winch, off-road lights, ram bar, side ladder, luggage rack, and rear-mounted spare tire surely won’t), but the general boxy yet modern design is there for all to see. The big, rectangular upright grille uses a chrome mesh and Telluride is spelled out boldly on the hood and on the tailgate. Around back, it gets two-piece vertical taillights, while saddle-colored leather and natural wood finishes can be seen inside of this one-off SUV. When it debuts, the Telluride will be powered by a V6 (probably optional) and will be much bigger and more luxurious than the seven-passenger Sorento. A turbocharged four-cylinder is also likely to be offered as the base engine. The 2020 Kia Telluride, which was designed at Kia‘s California design studio and will be built in Georgia, is expected to land at dealerships in early 2019 and will compete with vehicles like the Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, and Subaru Ascent. It will share a platform with Hyundai’s upcoming three-row crossover, predicted to be called the Palisade. Discuss this article on our Kia Forum The post New 2020 Kia Telluride 3-Row SUV Debuts Looking Big and Boxy appeared first on Lees volledige artikel

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