|The 2017 Lexus LX570.|
|The 2017 Kia Forte EX.|
With the 2014 model, the Forte closed the gap. And the new 2017, a mid-cycle refresh, cements the Forte's position as a solid contender in a competitive segment.
|The 2017 Acura MDX AWD Advance.|
For years, the Acura MDX has been wearing an awkward chrome mustache across the top of its grille...the last vestige of an ill-conceived beak that it sprouted for the 2010 model year. Well, that's gone for 2017...the grille (actually a new stretched pentagon design) now nicely opened up, with a rather large....okay, gargantuan...Acura emblem in the middle. The headlights, hood and fenders have gotten tweaks to accomodate the grille change. And it's all a major improvement.
|The 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t Premium.|
It is hard to tell whether the name change had any effect on sales, good or bad, as Infiniti, contrary to the original plan 25 years ago to match Lexus step for step, has always been just big enough not to be considered a truly niche player. The Infiniti Q50 is Infiniti's best-seller, but it is the 109th best-selling vehicle in the U.S. so far this year, with a shade under 35,000 sold. Infiniti might, but probably won't, sell 40,000 G50s by December 31st.
|The 2017 Genesis G90 RWD 3.3T Premium.|
We may need to adjust that to 2021.
|The 2017 Nissan Titan 5.6-Liter Endurance V8 PRO-4X 4WD CC|
|The 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring FWD.|
That may be the fact, and if it is, they should all be as good and as satisfying as the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring.
|The 2016 Lincoln MKX.|
The 2016 Lincoln MKX is the first vehicle to come from the latest in many rounds of what we are promised will be a new Lincoln Motor Company, one that doesn't scream "tarted-up Ford", one that will build cars that can be considered in the same breath as those imports listed above by people with the means to buy cars priced at $50,000 and above.
|The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring.|
But what if the EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon in the highway provided by the four-cylinder Honda Accord is just not enough?
|The 2017 GMC Yukon XL Denali.|
What I mean by that is that 23 years ago, I bought the equivalent of the car you see above. It was known as the GMC Suburban back then. My first wife was pregnant with our second child. She didn't like to fly, so this family of four was going to take vacations on the road, and a week or two of that with a toddler and an infant meant a lot of supplies, including a dual stroller, a Pak-n-Play and the like.
She wanted it in red.
I bought the SLE four-wheel drive model. It had every option you could get, which pretty much meant cloth seats instead of vinyl, an AM/FM/cassette stereo with six speakers and rear air conditioning. It had the most powerful gasoline engine available, a 190-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 (though everyone still called it the Chevy 350 then), It got 12 miles per gallon in the city and 16 on the highway no matter how you drove it.
The sticker price was $31,000 and change and I got it for $26,900.
|The 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription.|
My day job is at a leader in the field I've wanted to be in since age eight and they seem to find my contributions valuable. I'm healthy (apart from needing to drop a few pounds). Every "great lost song" that I spent decades trying to identify and find back in the days of out-of-print vinyl is now in my pocket, along with some brilliant new music (thanks, Spotify!).
I wake up every day in Northern California. That, alone, would qualify.
And I'm past the point of wanting stuff. There's a 23-year-old CRT television in our family room. If it keeps working the rest of my life, I'm fine with it. My cell provider offered me an iPad for some low figure this spring. Don't want one. I have my smart phone and the laptop upon which these words are being written (which I bought this spring on a dirt-cheap employee discount only because my previous laptop...a factory-refurbished nine-year-old model that I'd had for seven years....finally gave up the ghost.
In the words of Sinead O'Connor (whom I have never quoted), I do not want what I haven't got.
Or didn't until I drove the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription.