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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Subaru WRX STI Limited: The Brand’s Pocket Rocket Gets A Makeover

Highlights:  According to the Automotive Leasing Guide, in the sports car segment, the 2015 WRX is predicted to retain the highest percentage of its original price after three years. This is also the first time the WRX offers both a 6-speed manual transmission and an automatic transmission.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $39,290 (WRX base model $27,090)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; Daytime Running Lights; a rear spoiler with LED stop lamp; ABS; stability control; electronic brake distribution; a brake assist system; incline start assist; side impact beams; a rear view camera; and an all-wheel drive system

Monday, December 15, 2014

Recall Mondays: Acura, Honda, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Lincoln And Mercury Are In The Hot Seat

1. Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Number Of Affected Customers: 5.4 million

American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2001-2007 Accord (4-cylinder), 2001-2002 Accord (V6), 2001-2005 Civic, 2002-2006 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2007 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, and 2002-2003 TL/CL vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2015 GMC Yukon SLT: Refined, Edgy And High-Tech

Highlight: The 2015 GMC offers the segment’s first front seat center air bag with the front bucket seats.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $62,315 (Base Model starts at $47,375)

Seating Capacity: 7 or 8, depending upon seating configuration

Standard Safety Features:  airbags; daytime running lights; assist steps; GM’s OnStar Safety/Concierge service; hill start assist system; stability control; traction control; a rear back up camera; and a front (and rear) park assist system

Standard Equipment: 17-inch wheels; a 6-speed automatic transmission; an 8-inch color touch screen; Siri Eyes hands free compatible for iPhones; a tri-zone climate control system; a keyless remote system; a 10-way power driver’s seat; cloth seats; fold down rear second-and-third row seats; tow/haul selector on steering column; and a manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2015 Infiniti QX70: An Edgy, Performance-Oriented Crossover With A Timeless Design

Highlights: The QX70, which was formerly known as the FX, is one of the few sport performance crossovers in the segment. The 8-cylinder engine has been dropped for the 2015 model year, which means a significantly lower starting price point for the QX.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $58,085 (Base Model starts at $46,845)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features:  airbags; HID bi-functional xenon headlights; fog lights; a rearview camera; ABS; electronic brake force distribution; and traction control

Standard Equipment: 18-inch wheels; a 7-inch color infotainment screen; a push button keyless ignition system; a 7-speed automatic transmission; power heated front seats; leather seats; power moonroof; dual zone temperature control; a power rear liftgate; a signature analog clock; and power folding heated outside mirrors

Monday, December 8, 2014

Recall Mondays: Acura Is In The Hot Seat

AUTOMAKER: Honda/Acura
American Honda Motor Company (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to August 25, 2014, and 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to November 25, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the driver and front passenger seat belt may not extend or retract in low temperatures.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

2014 Lexus GS 450h: A Sporty Luxury-Oriented Hybrid Sedan

Highlights:  The GS 450h is the only hybrid in the premium midsize segment, offering an 8-speed transmission.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $70,430 (base model $61,340)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features:  air bags; ABS; an electronic brake force distribution system; a vehicle stability system; a traction control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; whiplash injury lessening front seats; rain sensing auto wipers; a rear camera; LED daytime running lights; bi-xenon headlamps with washer; electric parking brakes; an enhanced roadside assistance system; and a first aid kit

Standard Equipment: 17-inch wheels; Siri Eye technology; leather seats with driver’s side memory; heated/ventilated power front seats; a push button keyless starter ignition system; a heated steering wheel; a windshield washer deicer; a keyless entry system; a power moonroof; an 8-inch infotainment screen; a dual automatic climate control system; a power rear window sunshade; manually operated rear sunshades; a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and HD radio with real time traffic and weather

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Best Auto Sketch Could Earn High Schooler A Chance To Become A Car Designer

For the past several months Dodge has left no doubt that it’s a brand focused on performance. Exhibit A: The 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat versions of the redesigned Dodge Challenger and Charger.
But what will Dodge look like 10 years from now, in 2025? The best answer to that question earns a U.S. high school sophomore, junior or senior a $60,000 scholarship to one of the top design schools in the country, the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, popularly known as CCS. The challenge: Design a 2025 Dodge vehicle – it’s your choice if that’s a sports car, sedan, SUV, crossover or whatever.
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