|The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.|
|The 2016 Hyundai Tucson Sport.|
|The 2016 Lexus IS350 F-SPORT.|
Less than two months ago, I wrote the latest in what has become a series of TireKicker reviews praising the Lexus IS350 F-SPORT. So why another? Because that was the 2015 model, and I have just driven the 2016.
|The 2016 Mazda CX-3.|
|The 2016 Lexus CT 200h F-SPORT.|
F-SPORT is Lexus' performance brand. The CT 200h is a stylish hybrid hatchback for Lexus buyers who can't bring themselves to save money on a loaded Toyota Prius.
|The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC.|
But this will be a different review.
|The 2016 Toyota Tundra 1794 CrewMax.|
Why is the Toyota Tundra not one of the top three best-selling pickup trucks in America?
|The 2016 Lexus ES 300h.|
Then, there's the Lexus ES 300h, which makes the math extremely compelling.
|The 2016 Honda Odyssey.|
But what if you could get an Odyssey with some of the more popular options for about eleven grand less?
|The 2016 Scion iA.|
The 2 did not break any sales records, however, so Mazda has withdrawn it from its North American product lineup. Yet it lives...and in a version not before seen here.
|2016 Honda Accord.|
|The 2016 Scion iM.|
More recently, Scion has introduced cars with some genuine youth appeal, the tC, which did well for a while, but has faded, and the FR-S, a car we like so much that it (as of this writing) is in the list of TireKicker's Best Cars on the right hand side of this page. Still, it's a low-volume car and Scion could use some sheer numbers. The new iM may be just the car to do that.
|The 2015 Toyota Sienna Limited.|
|The 2016 Scion FR-S.|
|The 2015 Lexus IS350 F-SPORT.|
|The 2015 Ford Transit 150 XLT Wagon.|
But how many will you see in people's driveways?
What This Country Needs Is A Good $40,000 Pickup Truck: The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Custom
|The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom.|
But what of those of us who'd like a nice truck but don't have gigabucks to spend? It appears the folks at Chevrolet have been thinking about us.
|The 2015 Ford Edge.|
Then I looked out the window. Smoke thick as London fog and falling from it, in our driveway, ash from the Butte Fire in nearby Amador County. Inhaling it would be a very bad idea. Navigator had things to do, so I did one of my least favorite things since we've been together...took a road-trip alone.
|The 2015 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4X4.|
If you are looking for the true spiritual successor to the 1980s Jeep Cherokee (simplicity, low base price, true Jeep Trail-rated status), this is the Jeep from today to have.
|The 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible.|
|The 2015 Nissan Sentra.|
Nestled between the small Nissan Versa and the midsize Nissan Altima is the Nissan Sentra. Park them next to each other and stand back 20 feet and you might have trouble telling which is which. The family resemblance is that strong.
|The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.|
|The 2015 Toyota Highlander.|
As you most likely have read, the Environmental Protection Agency has accused Volkswagen of inserting code into their TDI Clean Diesel models that sensed when the car was in emissions test mode, and only activated its emissions control system when it was. Volkswagen has admitted it's true.
In normal driving, the emissions controls switched themselves off, performance and fuel economy were enhanced and the cars, according to the EPA, emitted as much as 40 times the legal amount of certain pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, which have been linked to respiratory problems including, but not limited to, athsma. 11 million cars with the VW and Audi brand are affected. Almost half a million of those are believed to have been sold in the United States since 2009.
Volkswagen's CEO has resigned. Others will no doubt lose their jobs. Owners of the affected cars have been promised their vehicles will be recalled and brought into compliance. In other words, they'll be as clean as the law requires, but most likely slower and less fuel-efficient.
The cars affected are the 2009 to 2015 TDI Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Beetle and Audi A3s, and the 2014 to 2015 Passat, all with the 2.0-liter TDI engine. We here at TireKicker have reviewed the 2010 Golf TDI, the 2014 Passat TDI, the 2014 Beetle TDI, the 2015 Audi A3 TDI, the 2015 Golf Sportwagen TDI and the 2015 Golf TDI. Apart from our driving impressions and observations regarding speed and fuel economy, which were unknowingly based on the same trickery that fooled the EPA and the world for six years, we stand by our observations about the cars in terms of styling, construction, handling and features. And we stand by our reviews of other VW/Audi product with other engines and thus not under the current cloud.
While we are disappointed that Volkswagen would stoop to cheating, we remain objective in our evaluation of their products going forward, as we do with every vehicle we review. Some with an appetite for snark may interpret this as going easy on VW. But justice for VW should be and will be focused and far more serious than a couple of cheap shots in a review. We'll be keeping our eyes on the road and bringing you straightforward information you can use.
Publisher/Executive Editor, TireKicker
|The 2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum.|
|The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R.|
"Thirty-nine thousand dollars", I replied, inadvertently leaving 90 bucks off the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R's base price.
"Why would a VW Golf cost $39,000?" she asked.
With a smile, I pressed my right foot to the floor.
|The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ.|
|The 2015 Lexus RC350.|
|The 2016 Fiat 500X.|
|The 2016 Kia Sorento.|
|The 2015 Nissan Rogue.|
|The 2015 Kia Sedona SXL.|
Kia's Sedona sat out the 2013 and 2014 model years, but it's back for 2015.
|The 2015 Chrysler 200S.|
|The 2015 Ram Promaster City Tradesman.|
|The 2015 Hyundai Azera Limited.|
|The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta GLI.|
For the uninitiated, I am drawing a comparison between Volkswagen's GTI (a Golf hatchback) and its GLI (a Jetta sedan). And the truth is, that single letter changes a lot of things.
|The 2016 Acura ILX Tech Plus A-Spec.|
For 2016, Acura addresses the problems, ditching the 2-liter, 150-horsepower four and five-speed automatic for a 2.4-liter, 201-horsepower four mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. That alone brings a massive improvement in performance and even a slight uptick in fuel economy over the smaller engine (now 25 city/36 highway). That's even better mileage than the '15's rarer than rare ILX Premium with the 2.4 and a six-speed manual.
|The 2015 Lexus LX570.|
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.
|The 2015.5 Volvo T6 R-Design.|
|The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT.|
|The 2015 Lexus LS460 F SPORT.|
|The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.|
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.
|The 2015 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT.|
|The 2016 Acura RDX Advance.|
|The 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport.|
|The 2015 Lincoln Navigator.|
|The 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum.|