At the end of January I had the opportunity to take the 2017 Acura’s luxury-compact-crossover, the RDX, on a 600 mile road trip. This meant spending plenty of time behind the wheel getting to know the car.
Introduced in 2014, the Lexus RC- F is Lexus’ take on what a luxury sport coupe should be, a two-door blend of comfort Lexus customers are accustomed to, and sports car handling and good looks. But The real gem in this car ives under the hood.
The venerable Honda Civic has been in continuous production since 1972. From its humble beginnings as a sub-compact gas-sipping alternative to the big three’s land yachts built during the gas crunch.
Scion is dead, long live Toyota. Like the millennials to which Scion attempted to appeal, the company was a drain on their parent-company’s resources. So, for 2017 the Scion FR-S is rebadged and worked over as the Toyota 86. Those outside of Canada and the United States have had the 86 for years.
minivans are the quintessential mom-mobile, what’s the paternal equivalent? Depending on where you grew up, it’s arguably a pickup. Not because every dad needs a truck for point A to point B work, but trucks are butch and they come in really handy when it’s time to grab half a dozen two-by-fours for doing dad stuff.
It’s no secret that Volvo has stepped up its game in the looks department. They’ve been subtly refining a shape that gets better with each iteration. In 2015, the S90 got a face lift. The aggressive looking grille and predatory looking headlights were a departure from the handsome but relatively sedate aesthetic of the previous model.
Remember when, almost a decade ago now, Hyundai came out with a four door luxury sedan with a V8 of their own design? Fast forward to 2015 and Hyundai spun the Genesis brand off into a standalone company.
The ES300h is the hybrid variation of Lexus’ ES sedan line. It’s large and luxurious without sacrificing efficiency. It’s a handsome hybrid that you’ll want to drive. It’s hard to find faults with the spacious interior of the ES300h. Driver and passengers are swaddled in beautiful, high-quality materials and excellent fit and finish.
The 2017 GS-F is the most powerful sedan Lexus has ever built. It’s longer, wider and lower than the standard GS. The 467 horsepower dual overhead cam 5.0 liter V8 launches the car from zero to 60 in four and a half seconds.
25 years ago Mazda decided to create their rendition of a classic sports car in the vein of the old MGs and Triumphs. Japanese engineering and reliability blended with the original drop top fun of the early English cars, turned out to be the perfect recipe for the world’s best-selling sports car. How good is the car after a quarter century?