7.05.2015

Hybrid Home Run: The 2015 Lexus NX 300h

Front 3/4 view of 2015 Lexus NX 300h
The 2015 Lexus NX 300h. 
Whatever your opinion of the Toyota Prius, that car has given upscale corporate cousin Lexus a mighty weapon to use. The brand now offers seven of its models in "h" (for "hybrid) form, all based on the Prius' hybrid powerplant technology.  And the newest of these is the newest Lexus, the NX small crossover.


7.04.2015

Un-American, In A Good Way: The 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design

Front 3/4 view of 2015 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design
The 2015.5 Volvo T6 R-Design.
There's been a lot of buzz in the media this week about the most American car being the Toyota Camry. The source is Cars.com's annual American-Made Index, which lists the cars with at least 75% of their parts content coming from the U.S. or Canada. The longtime champ, the Ford F-150, fell below that 75% threshold with this year's alumnium-heavy redesign.


6.27.2015

At Last: The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT

Front 3/4 view of 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT.
It was just less than a year ago when I reviewed the 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT and wrote about the elephant in the room:  Hyundai's ground-breaking first legitimate hot hatch was showing its age.  At a time when the Hyundai/Kia cousins were cranking out freshened and all-new models at a seemingly non-stop pace, the Elantra had gone since 2011 without an update. Now, Hyundai has leap-frogged past the 2015 model year and brought us a mildly refreshed 2016 Elantra GT.


A Happier Medium: The 2015 Lexus LS460 F SPORT

Front 3/4 view of 2015 Lexus LS 460 F SPORT
The 2015 Lexus LS460 F SPORT.
The word "uncompromising" is considered a compliment in many circles, especially in performance automobiles.  But compromise can be necessary, even good. And the 2015 Lexus LS460 F SPORT is a classic example.


I'd Still Buy The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid front 3/4 view
The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.
Thirteen months ago, I reviewed...okay...raved about...the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. That was after a 470-mile plus journey from Folsom (suburban Sacramento) to Ukiah, up to Mendocino and down Highway 1 to California 116, inland to Santa Rosa and then home all in a four-day weekend.

As luck would have it, Navigator and I had another road trip scheduled for the weekend the 2015 Avalon Hybrid would be with us, though this one was considerably shorter.