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PostHeaderIcon BMW X4

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – people love their SUVs. It seems like every year, the segment gets bigger and more diverse, with a seemingly never-ending parade of tall-riding, off-road-styled, utility-oriented models filling every niche possible. One of the fresher entries in this space is the BMW X4, which hit the scene as recently as 2014 as the Bavarian’s take on compact/mid-size crossover luxury in a sporty, coupe-like package. Making its initial debut at the New York International Auto Show, the first-gen X4 has performed quite well for the brand in terms of sales, moving some 200,000 units since its introduction, nearly 10 percent of which went to the U.S. market. Now, just four years after its release, the X4 is gaining a second generation. Framed as a sporty, yet practical, yet off-road capable evolution of the Bavarian’s upscale SAC (BMW doesn’t like to call it an SUV, instead preferring the “Sports Activity Coupe” nomenclature), the 2019 BMW X4 offers consumers a surprising number of “sporty” updates, including a wider track, new suspension settings, more aggressive proportions, a lower center of gravity, and a more aerodynamic exterior.

The model line once again includes two equipment levels, starting with the xDrive30i, which replaces the outgoing xDrive28i, and ending with the more aggressive M40i, a carryover from the previous model year. Overall, the updates seem to double down on what the X4 does best, and will surely tempt buyers looking for something that can “do it all.” Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 BMW X4.

2019 BMW X4 – Exterior

  • Slight revisions to exterior styling
  • Reshaped headlights and taillights
  • LED lighting front to back
  • Wheel sizing between 19 and 21 inches in diameter
  • Silver trim bits
  • Bigger exterior dimensions
  • Slightly shorter than before
  • More efficient aerodynamics
  • Performance cues specific to M40i model

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“In front we find a new look for the kidney grille intake in the nose and smoother headlight housings.”

The overall look of the second-generation X4 doesn’t differ all that much from the first-gen model, although it does appear to take cues from the latest BMW X3. That said, it’s still big and beefy, with a menacing appearance on the road that seems to dominate with a broad fascia, pumped-up features, short overhangs, and a low roof line. However, BMW does point out the X4 gets refreshed proportions aimed at giving it a “sportier” and more exciting aesthetic.

To begin, let’s take a look at the front, where we find a new, more three-dimensional look for the classic BMW kidney grille intake in the nose. The headlight housings are also reshaped into a smoother design, while the twin headlight projectors get a few hard angles that lend them a geometric vibe. Further down the fascia, you’ll find horizontal fog lamps, which integrate with the outer-edge air intakes in a single cohesive shape. It’s also worth mentioning that every one of the lighting features on the X4 utilize LED elements as standard.

Moving around to the rear, we find a few side character lines and faux vents that help to chop up the solid body-panel faces. The canopy falls quickly into the rear, emphasizing the coupe part of the “Sports Activity Coupe” design concept, while the roofline seems to hug the body, creating an odd tension against the Bimmer’s otherwise tall stance. Hexagonal wheel arches are in the rear. The X4 also comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels across the model line, although the wheel designs are specific to the trim level picked. There’s also optional designs in the 19-inch, 20-inch, and 21-inch sizing range. Additionally, BMW offers something called the xLine design, which, according to the manufacturer, “combines bespoke front and rear underguard elements and side skirts in Glacier Silver metallic with side window surrounds and styling accents in a satin Aluminum finish.”


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“The canopy falls quickly into the rear, emphasizing the coupe part of the “Sports Activity Coupe” design concept.”

Moving to the rear, we find the LED taillights take on a fresh 3D shape as well, with a slim design and shape that adds even more of a horizontal emphasis to the already flat-brimmed tail section. Twin exhaust pipes can be found lurking in the rear bumper’s lower corners regardless of the engine configuration in the nose.

In terms of exterior dimensions, the 2019 BMW X4 now sports a wider track front and back, which should help it grip the road with a bit more tenacity. It’s also bigger thanks to an increase to the overall length, which gets an extra 3 inches and now measures in at 187.5 inches total. BMW also added an extra 2.1 inches
to the wheelbase, bringing it to 112.7 inches total, while the width was increased by 1.4 inches to 75 inches total. The height, however, gets a drop of 0.1 inches to 63.8 inches total.

The new look is also more aero-efficient than before, with aerodynamic drag reduced by about 10 percent thanks to a more streamlined design, active air flaps, redesigned Air Curtains in front, and more effective underbody components. All told, the 2019 X4’s Cd is now rated at 0.30, which isn’t amazing, but not terrible either, especially considering the SUV’s hulking shape in front.

To help it stand out from the crowd, the M40i performance model gets a few details meant to underline the sporting intent of the model, starting with aero-optimized front and rear aprons and side skirts, as well as high-gloss black accents. The wheels on the M40i use a double-spoke M twinspoke design, and can be upgraded to two different 20-inch designs, or a 21-inch M Double-spoke design finished in Cerium Gray. Further M Performance touches include Cerium Gray finishers for the side-view mirrors and the front intake trim pieces, while the standard M Sport exhaust gets trapezoidal exhaust tips in a black chrome finish.

Finally, both X4 model lines can be optioned with the unique BMW Individual paint finish Sunstone metallic.

2019 BMW X4 Exterior Dimensions

Length 187.5 inches (+ 3 inches)
Wheelbase 112.7 inches (+ 2.1 inches)
Width 75 inches (+ 1.4 inches)
Height 63.8 inches (- 0.1 inches)

2019 BMW X4 – Interior

  • Extra space inside thanks to larger exterior
  • Extra inch of rear legroom
  • High-end materials used throughout
  • Larger panoramic sunroof
  • Trim includes Dark Oak Wood, Pearl-effect Chrome, and Glossy Black
  • Optional Merino leather upholstery in several different finishes
  • Standard 10.25-inch display in the dash
  • Loads of M-branded gear throughout
  • Larger optional heads-up display
  • Long list of tech features
  • Up to 50.5 square feet of rear cargo room
  • Several autonomous and semi-autonomous safety features

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“The look and layout inside underlines the model's premium approach to SUV transportation.”

Thanks in part to its larger exterior dimensions, the 2019 BMW X4 now offers passengers extra space inside the cabin as well. The look and layout are more or less the same as the outgoing model, with Bimmer once again underlining the model’s premium approach to SUV transportation by the inclusion of high-end materials and a sleek appearance. Standout features include a driver-oriented control scheme mounted low on the center console, a tall seating position, and an instrument panel that melds together with the door paneling to create a singular, cohesive look that enhances the car’s horizontal proportions and grants it an increase in spacious feel.

Adding to this is a new, larger panoramic roof, which comes as standard equipment across the line and features a two-section glass construction. Measurements for this come to 36.4 inches in length and 35 inches in width. The latest 2019 model year also introduces extra ambient lighting sources, which were added to the center console, the instrument panel, the door paneling, and the foot wells. Further features include an electrically operated sun blind, optional electrically adjustable heated and ventilated seats, optional three-zone climate control with separate controls for the rear, and an optional Wi-Fi hotspot with the capacity to serve up to 10 devices. There’s also the standard X logos embossed into the electroplated front and rear door kick plates.

Customers get a roster of six interior colors to choose from. The X4 also gets standard Dark Oak Wood trim, and accent strips in Pearl-effect Chrome in the xDrive30i model. Pearl-effect Chrome with glossy black highlights are used for the audio and A/C controls.


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“Customers get a roster of six interior colors to choose from, plus Dark Oak Wood trim and Pearl-effect Chrome.”

Go for the xDrive30i and you’ll get a Sensatec-covered instrument panel and door shoulder with the option for Vernasca leather upholstery. This is exclusively available to the X4 and comes in a Tacora Red finish, or you can get it in black with either blue or red contrast stitching. The options list also throws in extended Merino leather upholstery with finishes that include Ivory White on Black, Fiona Red on Black, or Tartufo on Black.

Then you’ve got the M40i model, which gets a slew of options from the BMW Individual portfolio, as well as new M-specific sport seats with solid side bolsters meant to provide support “even in extreme handling situations.” Drivers get to grips with a sport leather steering wheel, while a standard anthracite headliner is above and trim strips in Aluminum Rhombicle with accents in Pearl-effect Chrome are scattered hear and there. The X40i also comes standard with Sensatec covers for the instrument panels, door shoulders, sport seats, instrument panel, and instrument display. Performance-flavored gear like M-branded pedals and an M-branded driver’s footrest can be found in the foot well.


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“Navigation is standard, as is the 10.25-inch display main display mounted in a freestanding fashion on the dash.”

As you might expect, the list of infotainment gear is extensive. It all starts with the iDrive infotainment platform, with inputs made through the onboard iTouch controller, or the intelligent voice control with cloud-based support. Navigation is standard, as is the 10.25-inch display main display mounted in a freestanding fashion on the dash. The screen utilizes a familiar smartphone-esque tile-style layout for the UI, while the standard voice control will recognize commands as simple as “I’m hungry” to execute the proper action (in this case, finding a nearby restaurant). There’s also gesture control as an available option, plus a heads-up display. Go for the HUD, and you’ll find it offers a 75-percent larger projection area, with full color and a resolution of 400 by 800 pixels, which is quite useful when displaying navigation directions and other important driving info. The 2019 BMW X4 is also optionally available with a Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster, which offers a selection of display modes customized to match the current driving mode selected.

Another useful feature is the the ParkNow service and On-Street Parking Information. First offered on the 5 Series, ParkNow enables the user to find an empty spot, book it, and pay for it, all right through the service. There’s also Apple CarPlay capability with a complimentary 1-year trial subscription and a wireless smartphone connection. Added user friendliness comes courtesy of the Top View, Panorama View, and 3D View functionality that allows you to digitally scope out the scene all around the large SUV, as well as call up the images on your smartphone if desired. Added connectivity comes courtesy of Amazon Echo and Google Assistant, which you can use to check specs like the fuel level, remotely lock and unlock the doors, activate the ventilation system, and more.


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“Even though BMW insists on calling the X4 a “Sports Activity Coupe,” we all know it's really an SUV, and as such, it needs to offer some degree of utility.”

And even though BMW insists on calling the X4 a “Sports Activity Coupe,” we all know it’s really an SUV, and as such, it needs to offer some degree of utility. To that end, the X4’s practicality is enhanced thanks to a bevy of storage trays, door pockets, and cup holders. There’s also three seats in the rear bench that offer an extra inch of rear legroom compared to the outgoing model. Continue to the rear, and the trunk offers up 18.5 cubic feet of cargo room, which expands to 50.5 square feet when you fold down the bench. That’s more or less in line with the rest of the X4’s competitors, and in all honesty, if cargo room is a big ticket item on your priority list, there’s all kinds of alternatives out there that offer a lot more (blame the X4’s small cargo room on that low roof line). Regardless, there’s a 40/20/40 split for the rear bench to make the most of what’s there. The bench can also be folded from the trunk for easier operation, with adjustments made to each of the individual fold-down sections. The 2019 model year also comes with additional storage compartments, USB ports, 12-volt sockets, and multi-function hooks with lashing rails.

Per usual, the X4 gets outfitted with a slew of new standard safety features, starting with Active Protection, which will “initiate protective measures when an accident situation is imminent such as belt tensioning and the closing of windows and moon roof to a small gap.” The standard spec also includes Active Guard, which tosses in features such as Frontal Collision Warning, City Collision Mitigation with Braking, Pedestrian Braking with City Braking, and Speed Limit Information.

Further driver assists and semi-automated driving can be had with the optional Driving Assistance Package, which includes features like Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Frontal Crash Warning with City Collision Mitigation, and Cross Traffic Alert for the rear. Finally, the Driving Assistant Plus Package adds Active Cruise Control with a stop and go functionality, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with Side Collision Avoidance, Traffic Jam Assistant, and Evasion Aid with Cross Traffic alert for the front and back.

2019 BMW X4 – Drivetrain

  • Either a four-cylinder or six-cylinder under the hood
  • Both engines are turbocharged
  • 248 horsepower, up to 355 horsepower
  • 0 to 60 mph for the M40i
  • Standard AWD
  • Standard eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-biased torque split
  • Throatier M Sport exhaust for the top trim
  • Multiple drive modes

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“Properly motivated, the xDrive30i will do the 0-to-60 mph shimmy in 6 seconds. Meanwhile, the M40i can do the same in 4.6 seconds”

The biggest difference between the two model lines for the 2019 BMW X4 is what they got going on behind that kidney grille in the nose. The powertrain specs make a huge difference in the “Sport” part of the equation, so let’s dive right in, starting with the base-model xDrive30i. Pop the hood, and you’ll find a boosted inline four-cylinder engine that makes a maximum of 248 horsepower, as well as 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,450 rpm and 4,800 rpm. Standout features include a TwinPower turbocharger (basically just a twin-scroll snail), High Precision Injection for the fuel, Valvetronic
fully variable valve timing, and Double-Vanos variable cams. Properly motivated, the xDrive30i will do the 0-to-60 mph shimmy in 6 seconds.

Meanwhile, the M40i replaces the turbo ’four with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, making upwards of 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque when you put your foot to the floor. The extra power makes the M40i quite a bit quicker, and BMW says that it can complete the 0-to-60 mph run in 4.6 seconds – not bad for such an enormous, heavy machine. It should also sound as good as its able to go, as the X40i comes with an M sports exhaust system with flap-controlled aural feedback.

Both the ’four and the ’six mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive AWD system as standard, with manual gear selections made via steering wheel-mounted paddles. The eight-speed even offers a launch control feature because, you know, “Sport” and all that. Speaking of which, there’s also multiple drive modes, including Sport, Comfort, and Eco Pro, as well as Sport+.

Finally, BMW says the newest version of its xDrive AWD system is both lighter and more efficient than before, and it comes with an electronically controlled torque split that naturally biases output to the rear axle for a more performance-oriented handling experience.

Chassis And Handling

  • Suspension includes double-joint spring struts in front and five-link in the rear
  • 50:50 weight distribution
  • Reduced unsprung weight
  • Claimed “tremendous off-road capabilities”
  • Beefier brakes and M Sport differential in the M40i
  • Optional adaptive suspension components
  • Speed-sensitive sport steering system
  • All-season or performance tires offered

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“The SUV now uses more aluminum, as well as higher quantities of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel.”

With this latest generational changeover, the 2019 BMW X4 now offers a few well-placed suspension updates to help it feel sportier, and Bimmer promises a more engaging experience behind the wheel overall. The standard layout includes double-joint spring strut in front and a five-link set-up in the rear. What’s more, the Bavarians claim a “nearly perfectly balanced 50:50 distribution of weight between the front and rear axle,” and a lower curb weight with a lower center of gravity to boot.

To help it achieve the weight loss and those sports aspirations, the X4 focused on new materials in the construction. First and foremost, the SUV now uses more aluminum, as well as higher quantities of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel. There are aluminum swivel bearings, tubular anti-roll bars, and new wheel location components in front, all of which help to reduce the SUV’s overall unsprung weight.

Of course, this is still a massive SUV we’re talking about, so we have to question how it’ll hang in the corners, even with all the gear and engineering that went into its creation. You can only cheat physics so much.


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“In addition to the corner carving claims, BMW also says the X4 offers “tremendous off-road capabilities””

In addition to the corner carving claims, BMW also says the X4 offers “tremendous off-road capabilities,” and that it can handle everything “from crests and bumps in the road to gravel tracks, icy roads and steep slopes.” To back the claim, the 2019 X4 comes with a bevy of off-roading specs – for example, the ground clearance is set at a decent 8 inches, which isn’t as impressive as more dedicated off-roading models like the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (11.3 inches), but it’s not terrible either. The X4 also offers a fording depth of 19.6 inches, a break over angle of 19.4 degrees, a 25.7-degree angle of approach, and a 22.6-degree angle of departure.

Still, will anyone really ever take this thing off-roading? Most likely not.

Much more useful is the standard lineup of electronic handling features, which include stuff like Dynamic Stability Control, an Anti-lock Braking System, Dynamic Traction Control, an Automatic Differential Brake, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Start-Off Assistant, and Hill Descent Control.

The standard spec for the xDrive30i tosses in M Sport suspension and variable sport steering with electric assistance and a speed-sensitive ratio. Meanwhile, the X4 M40i also gets standard M Sport brakes with plus-sized discs and blue calipers, as well as an extra large master cylinder for better pedal feel. M40i buyers can also get theirs with the optional Adaptive M Suspension, which offers electronically controlled dampers and an expanded variety of driving modes for either spirited cornering or relaxed cruising, all of which can be adjusted via the Driving Experience Control switch in the cabin. The M40i also includes an M Sport differential, and firmer suspension settings overall, plus variable Sport Steering.

Finally, the standard 19-inch wheels come wrapped in either all-season run-flat tires or performance run-flats.

Prices


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The second-generation 2019 BMW X4 will head to dealers as soon as July of 2018. Pricing starts at $50,450 for the base model xDrive30i model, and $60,450 for the M40i. That’s an increase of $2,850 and $1,200 respectively.

Competition

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe


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When it comes to performance-flavored luxury SUVs with a low-sloping roof line, the BMW X4 is certainly not alone. Say hello to Mercedes’ take on the formula, dubbed the GLC Coupe. Power is derived from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which produces upwards of 241 horsepower. Routed through its nine-speed automatic transmission and AWD system, the GLC Coupe manages a run to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Alternatively, you could spring for the much-faster AMG GLC 43 model, which replaces the single-turbo four-cylinder with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, pumping output up to 362 horsepower and cutting the 0-to-60 mpg time to just 4.8 seconds.

Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

Porsche Macan


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If it’s SUV performance that you’re most concerned about, then the Porsche is what you really want. Not only does it look the part of a Stuttgart speed star, but its got the gear to match. Under the hood is a wide variety of engine choices, starting with a 3.0-liter V-6 making 340 horsepower in the S model, and 360 horsepower in the GTS model. At the top of the heap is the 400-horsepower Macan Turbo, which blitzes the competition in the 0-to-60 mph test with a time of just 4.4 seconds when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package. All-wheel drive is included across the line. The interior is also pretty nice, sporting Alcantara for the upholstery on the highly bolstered sport seats, and carbon fiber for the driver-focused dash.

Read our full review on the 2015 – 2017 Porsche Macan.

Conclusion


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“At the end of the day, what you're left with is a well-equipped high-riding SUV with a good dose of power under the hood, and for the vast majority of buyers out there, that's more than enough.”

These days, new car buyers are frequently looking for something that can do it all, and the BMW X4 seemingly ticks all the boxes. It’s quick, it’s got loads of go-fast gear, and its got that high-riding off-road attitude that’s so common in the segment. The interior is also quite pleasing, and extra tech can be had at just about every turn.

Inevitably, though, we have to question this machine’s usability. While adding oodles of power can make anything quick in a straight line, the X4 is still quite heavy, and no amount of fancy suspension tuning can change that. Add in the reduced practicality of the coupe roof line, and the questionable off-roading chops, and we can’t but help but wonder if the X4 is more poseur than superstar.

Nevertheless, that’s the sort of problem you’ll find just about everywhere in this segment. Put it all to one side, and what you’re left with is a well-equipped high-riding SUV with a good dose of power under the hood, and for the vast majority of buyers out there, that’s more than enough.

  • Leave it
    • * The “Sports Activity Coupe” look isn’t for everyone
    • * Not really all that practical for such a large vehicle
    • * How sporty is it really in terms of tackling corners?
    • * Will any owner really ever take it off-roading?

References

BMW X4


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BMW Quietly Releases the New X4 SUV


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Read our full review on the 2017 BMW X4.


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Read our full review on the 2015 BMW X4 Concept.


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Read more BMW news.


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Read more New York Auto Show news.

Update History

Updated 05/29/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X4 out for a new testing session on the streets of Munich. The X4 is expected to be unveiled in September at the 2017 Frankfurt Car Show.

Spy Shots

8/28/2017 – The X4 Settles in for a long trip to an undisclosed location


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The last time we saw the X4 laying some rubber in Munich, it was still heavily camouflaged and sporting some non-production styling cues that dulled it down quite a bit compared to the official production model. This is the first time we’re getting to see the X4 in its entirety with everything in place, and it’s quite stunning.
Up front, you’ll notice that the lower lip on the fascia seen in the prototypes is gone, and replaced with more aggressive undercuts in the corners and a center portion that wraps around to the undercarriage. The corner vents are also larger than expected thanks to the design of the fascia around them, and there’s a nice grey insert that matches the trim around the kidney grilles. The air dam is much larger than what was spotted on previous prototypes, but this model is also not rocking a front plate, so there is a thick horizontal louver/overhang above the air dam that is garnished with chrome in the corners.

We’re also getting a first full look at the headlights which are a bit sleeker than the outgoing models and forgo the angular LEDs seen on cars like the M2 in favor of circular lights around the projectors in the headlight unit. On the sides, we can make out three distinct body lines below the waistline, one of which is in line with the door handles and another that’s part of the side skirts and the lower portion of the doors. A fender vent marks the starting point for the center body line, which actually wraps around the vent before heading back toward the rear doors. Around back things are even more interesting where we finally get to see the production taillights that are integrated into the rear quarters and rear deck so well that they just blend in and almost look flush with the body. BMW even went so far as to design the interior matrix of the lens to carry on the small body line from the rear quarter. The rear deck sits quite high and is slightly curved while down below we finally get to see what kind of insert will adorn the rear fascia. It’s pretty uneventful, to be honest, but it does sport rectangular exhaust outlets in the corners and recessed reflectors. To be honest, the X4 looks a little weird from the rear end, but that’s the nature of cars in this niche, so what can you do?

What are your thoughts so far? Is the new X4 absolutely hideous or are you going to rush to your local Bimmer dealership to order one as soon as you can? Let us know in the comments section below.

BMW X4 caught testing on the streets of Munich


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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Chevy Traverse RS Gets Ready for Chicago

Chevrolet pulled the covers off the all-new second-generation 2018 Traverse crossover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Now, a year later, Chevy is finally making the Traverse RS available to customers. The news happens as Chevy officially pulls the covers off the sporterized SUV at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

The Traverse RS takes cues off other Chevy RS models by adding blacked-out styling cues, larger 20-inch gray wheels, and those red RS badges. The Traverse RS even gets blacked-out Chevy bowties. The overall look isn’t terribly different than the Traverse’s other trim levels, but it’s just enough to justify the special badging.

But the outward appearance is only half the story. The big news is what’s under the RS’ hood.

Chevy has dropped in its familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This marks the first time the Traverse has used forced induction since its introduction in 2009. The engine uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams to deliver 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, 90 percent of which is available at only 2,100 rpm. The engine pairs exclusively with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. Unlike the V-6 Traverse, AWD is not available.

Continue reading for more information on the 2018 Chevy Traverse RS.

Turbo-Fueled Torque Monster For Families


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“The 2.0-liter has 29 pound-feet more torque than the V-6. Unfortunately, horsepower is down by 53 horses.”

While a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder might sound far too small for a three-row full-size crossover that weights no less than 4,362 pounds, Chevy somehow was able to squeeze more torque from the four-pot than what the V-6 engine achieves.

Yep, the Traverse’s 3.6-liter V-6 makes 310 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm. That means the 2.0-liter has 29 pound-feet more torque. Horsepower is down by 53 horses compared to the V-6, however. The interesting power figures certainly spark a debate over horsepower, torque, and engine revs.

Generally speaking, the vast majority of daily diving by regular people is done well below an engine’s peak horsepower. Even when merging on to an interstate, the average person probably won’t squeeze every last revolution from their engine. In the V-6’s case, peak horsepower happens at 6,800 rpm – well above what most people would ever use – and what the nine-speed automatic would allow before upshifting to a higher gear.

As such, the 2.0-liter turbo-four and its 29 more pound-feet of torque would likely feel more powerful during daily driving. That’s especially true since the 2.0 offers 90 percent of its peak torque at just 2,100 rpm. That’s smack in the middle of usable revs.


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” The 2.0-liter turbo-four and its 29 more pound-feet of torque would likely feel more powerful during daily driving.”

Then there is fuel economy. Chevy says a FWD Traverse with the V-6 will get 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway while the FWD Traverse with the 2.0-liter turbo is expected to achieve 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. While the V-6 does best the I-5 by one mpg on the highway, city fuel economy is better by two mpg with the 2.0-liter.

Standard Equipment with the Traverse RS

The RS trim level is one step above the LT Leather trim in the 2018 Traverse’s wide range of trims. At $43,095, it splits the cost between the LT Leather at $42,195 and the Premier at $45,495.

Since the RS is based on the LT Leather, it means it comes pretty well-equipped. It also means the second-row bench seat is replaced with captain’s chairs. The list of standard equipment includes the upgraded HID headlights with LED daytime running lights; the larger 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi; heated front seats; tri-zone climate controls; universal home remote for garage door and gate openers; the premium Bose sound system with 10 speakers; a power liftgate; and keyless entry with remote start and passive entry.


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Standard safety items include Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert; Rear Cross Traffic Alert; Surround View 360-degree camera system; Rear Camera Mirror; Rear Seat Reminder; and Teen Driver.

And because the RS is basically an appearance package, it includes black leather seats and a choice between five exterior colors. These include Mosaic Black Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Cajun Red, and Iridescent Pearl.

The 2018 Traverse goes on sale now for $43,095. That includes Chevy’s destination fee, but of course, excludes things like tax, tag, and other ancillary fees dealerships tend to charge.

References

Chevrolet Traverse


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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.


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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Chevy Traverse RS Gets Ready for Chicago

Chevrolet pulled the covers off the all-new second-generation 2018 Traverse crossover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Now, a year later, Chevy is finally making the Traverse RS available to customers. The news happens as Chevy officially pulls the covers off the sporterized SUV at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

The Traverse RS takes cues off other Chevy RS models by adding blacked-out styling cues, larger 20-inch gray wheels, and those red RS badges. The Traverse RS even gets blacked-out Chevy bowties. The overall look isn’t terribly different than the Traverse’s other trim levels, but it’s just enough to justify the special badging.

But the outward appearance is only half the story. The big news is what’s under the RS’ hood.

Chevy has dropped in its familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This marks the first time the Traverse has used forced induction since its introduction in 2009. The engine uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on its dual overhead cams to deliver 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, 90 percent of which is available at only 2,100 rpm. The engine pairs exclusively with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. Unlike the V-6 Traverse, AWD is not available.

Continue reading for more information on the 2018 Chevy Traverse RS.

Turbo-Fueled Torque Monster For Families


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“The 2.0-liter has 29 pound-feet more torque than the V-6. Unfortunately, horsepower is down by 53 horses.”

While a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder might sound far too small for a three-row full-size crossover that weights no less than 4,362 pounds, Chevy somehow was able to squeeze more torque from the four-pot than what the V-6 engine achieves.

Yep, the Traverse’s 3.6-liter V-6 makes 310 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm. That means the 2.0-liter has 29 pound-feet more torque. Horsepower is down by 53 horses compared to the V-6, however. The interesting power figures certainly spark a debate over horsepower, torque, and engine revs.

Generally speaking, the vast majority of daily diving by regular people is done well below an engine’s peak horsepower. Even when merging on to an interstate, the average person probably won’t squeeze every last revolution from their engine. In the V-6’s case, peak horsepower happens at 6,800 rpm – well above what most people would ever use – and what the nine-speed automatic would allow before upshifting to a higher gear.

As such, the 2.0-liter turbo-four and its 29 more pound-feet of torque would likely feel more powerful during daily driving. That’s especially true since the 2.0 offers 90 percent of its peak torque at just 2,100 rpm. That’s smack in the middle of usable revs.


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” The 2.0-liter turbo-four and its 29 more pound-feet of torque would likely feel more powerful during daily driving.”

Then there is fuel economy. Chevy says a FWD Traverse with the V-6 will get 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway while the FWD Traverse with the 2.0-liter turbo is expected to achieve 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. While the V-6 does best the I-5 by one mpg on the highway, city fuel economy is better by two mpg with the 2.0-liter.

Standard Equipment with the Traverse RS

The RS trim level is one step above the LT Leather trim in the 2018 Traverse’s wide range of trims. At $43,095, it splits the cost between the LT Leather at $42,195 and the Premier at $45,495.

Since the RS is based on the LT Leather, it means it comes pretty well-equipped. It also means the second-row bench seat is replaced with captain’s chairs. The list of standard equipment includes the upgraded HID headlights with LED daytime running lights; the larger 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi; heated front seats; tri-zone climate controls; universal home remote for garage door and gate openers; the premium Bose sound system with 10 speakers; a power liftgate; and keyless entry with remote start and passive entry.


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Standard safety items include Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert; Rear Cross Traffic Alert; Surround View 360-degree camera system; Rear Camera Mirror; Rear Seat Reminder; and Teen Driver.

And because the RS is basically an appearance package, it includes black leather seats and a choice between five exterior colors. These include Mosaic Black Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Cajun Red, and Iridescent Pearl.

The 2018 Traverse goes on sale now for $43,095. That includes Chevy’s destination fee, but of course, excludes things like tax, tag, and other ancillary fees dealerships tend to charge.

References

Chevrolet Traverse


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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.


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Read more Chicago Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon Honda Renews U.S. Patent for CDX Name

Acura has renewed its U.S. patent for the CDX name – one that belongs to a China-only crossover based on the Honda CR-V. While Acura has sold the compact CDX crossover in China since 2016, no official talk has emerged about Honda bringing the luxury-branded vehicle to the United States. Unfortunately, that remains the case despite the patent filing.

See, Honda originally patented the CDX name back in 2015 ahead of the crossover’s debut for the Chinese market. Since then, Acura’s U.S. branch has made do without an entry-level crossover below the RDX. In fact, the mid-size RDX and full-size MDX remain Acura’s only two crossovers. Now, especially more than ever, seems to be the right time for a third member in Acura’s crossover lineup.

The segment is getting increasingly more competitive with new entries and refreshed versions of existing vehicles. Both Lexus and Cadillac have new vehicles on the horizon for the segment with the UX and XT4, and vehicles like the Audi Q3, Volvo XC60, Jaguar E-Pace, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Lincoln Nautilus, Range Rover Evoque, and even the Buick Encore all enjoy strong sales.

Continue reading for more information.

About the China-Spec Acura CDX


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“The crossover is certainly enjoying sales in China where the vehicle has single-handedly doubled the automaker’s annual sales.”

The compact crossover is base on the Honda HR-V and offers seating for five. Power comes from Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. This is the same 1.5-liter used in the Honda Civic, CR-V, and Accord. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is the sole choice, though customers can choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

Here in the U.S., the Honda HR-V uses a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is actually standard, but most models come with the extra-cost Continuously Variable Transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Naturally, it makes sense Acura would use the more powerful engine is its luxury-branded version.


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“Acura would be extremely wise to bring the compact luxury crossover stateside.”

While it’s unknown if Acura will bring the CDX to the U.S., the crossover is certainly enjoying sales in China where the vehicle has single-handedly doubled the automaker’s annual sales. Should Acura manage the same feat here, Honda’s luxury brand would be in a far better place. That’s especially true as the crossover market continues to gain steam as customers forego sedans for family transportation. Acura has to get more involved in the game before it becomes irrelevant.

Both Lexus and Cadillac are already doing the same. The UX Concept recently debuted by Lexus previews the automaker’s entry-level luxury crossover that slots under the current NX. Cadillac, on the other hand, is currently expanding its SUV line with the upcoming XT4. Already on the market for almost a year, the mid-size XT5 is selling like hotcakes compared to the ATS and CTS sedans. Of course, Cadillac continues to sell plenty of full-size Escalades, but with a cost upwards of $100,000, the body-on-frame SUV isn’t for the masses. The XT4, on the other hand, will aim right at the middle- and upper-middle classes.

While it would require getting the CDX past U.S. regulations, Acura would be extremely wise to bring the compact luxury crossover stateside.

References

Acura CDX


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura CDX.


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PostHeaderIcon Lexus RX350 – Driven

The Lexus RX has been around since 1998 and basically invented the luxury crossover segment. It’s even appropriate to credit the RX with the boom in popularity for all crossover niches. But things have changed, of course, and the competition is fierce. Lexus brought its latest RX iteration to life for 2015, complete with the aggressive styling seen elsewhere in Lexus’ lineup.

Now as 2018 rolls on, the Lexus RX gets a new three-row version called the RX L. it’s available in the RX350 and RX450 configurations, meaning you can haul seven people with a standard V-6 or one connected to a hybrid system. If that’s not enough choice, Lexus will also let you have the F Sport package – and that’s all before getting into the optional features available within the cabin. Needleless to say, the RX offers customers plenty of choices.

But we’re testing the old standard – the RX350 in FWD without the appearance package or hybrid powertrain. This is the type of RX you’d find at any Lexus dealership without having to special order something. Let’s have a look.

Continue reading for more information.

Exterior

  • Aggressively designed
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Hands-free tailgate

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“Lexus’ current design language is nearly as polarizing as politics”

Lexus’ current design language is nearly as polarizing as politics. Some love the aggressive design while others thing the Spindle Grille should have been left in the Predator movies. Subjectively, I like it. It’s different and exciting without being overly flashy. It’s not elegant, but it’s hardly ugly, either. Looks are a matter of personal taste, so you’ll have to come to your own conclusion.

On the more objective side, the Lexus RX offers some great features. The front includes triple-beam LED headlights and LED fog lights. 20-inch alloy wheels fill the fenders and black plastic helps give the RX a more SUV-like appearance. All four door handles include passive entry sensors, including the tailgate. Rain-sensing wipers and headlight washers keep forward vision intact.

Around back, the taillights are LED, too, and have an aggressive light signature at night. The tailgate has a cool hands-free feature that responds to a hand or elbow being held over the Lexus emblem for a couple seconds. The tailgate’s push-to-close button also doubles as a door lock button, making it easy to walk away after closing the tailgate without having to touch a door handle or fumble for the key fob.


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Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 109.8 in.
Overall Length 192.5 in.
Overall Width 74.6 in.
Overall Height (unloaded) 67.7 in. (without roof rack)
Tread Width Front/Rear 64.4/64.0 in.
Ground Clearance 8.2 in.
Approach Angle 17.0 deg.
Departure Angle 24.9 deg.
Breakover Angle 16.8 deg.

Interior

  • Seating for five, respectable room for four
  • 12.3-inch Enform infotainment system
  • 10-way power front seats
  • Reclining second-row seatbacks
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • 18.4 cubic feet of storage in cargo area
  • 56.3 cubic feet of storage with seats folded

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“Lexus is fantastic at making comfortable, ergonomic interiors and the RX 350 is no different”

Lexus is fantastic at making comfortable, ergonomic interiors and the RX 350 is no different. The buttons and controls are logically placed and comfy leather seats aid in long road trips. The Enform infotainment system has plenty of features and the 12.3-inch screen is pleasant to look at.

The RX has room for five people, though adults in the back seat will be more comfortable without a middle passenger. They enjoy an impressive 38 inches of legroom and enough headroom for someone over six-foot. A folding center armrest and reclining seatbacks pump up the RX’s comfort game.

The front seats are even more comfortable with 10-way power adjustment. The driver’s seat also has a three-position memory feature that remembers the positions of the power tilt and telescoping steering column and power-adjustable side mirrors.

The Lexus Enform infotainment includes all the standard barrage of features, including satellite radio, GPS navigation, a backup camera, traffic and weather information, gas prices, and vehicle maintenance scheduling. It does not, however, have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or any Wi-Fi connectivity system. That puts the Lexus at a disadvantage to many of its competitors.


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“I’m not a fan of Enform’s joystick controller.”

I’m not a fan of Enform’s joystick controller. It works, but its learning curve is steep and it requires extra attention than the driver should be dividing from driving. As I wrote in my close look at the Lexus Enform system, moving away from the joystick and adopting a touchscreen would serve Lexus well.

Another downside of the RX is cargo space. Compared to crossovers like the Audi Q5, Cadillac XT5, and Lincoln MKX, the RX falls way short. However, for those not needed to move massive amounts of cargo, the RX’s 18.4 cubic feet in the cargo area and 56.3 cubic feet with seats folded should be plenty.

All told, the Lexus RX’s interior is a wonderful place to spend time and affords a great view of the road and surrounding scenery. That’s especially true with the optional panoramic moonroof.


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Interior Dimensions

Seating Capacity 5
Headroom – Front (with moonroof)/Rear 39.4/39.1 in.
Legroom – Front/Rear 44.1/38.0 in.
Shoulder Room – Front/Rear 57.8/57.6 in.
Hip Room – Front/Rear 56.6/56.1 in.
Total Interior Volume 139.7 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume – Cargo area/ Rear seats folded down 18.4/56.3 cu. ft.

Drivetrain

  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • 295 horsepower & 267 pound-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 20 mpg city, 27 mpg hwy, 23 mpg comb
  • FWD & available AWD
  • Available hybrid powertrain

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“Behind that Spindle Grille is Lexus’ familiar 3.5-liter V-6”

Behind that Spindle Grille is Lexus’ familiar 3.5-liter V-6. The all-aluminum engine features dual overhead camshafts with variable valve timing. Unlike Toyota’s latest technology, this engine still relies on port fuel injection. It will, however, switch between the fuel-sipping Atkinson combustion cycle and the power-production Otto cycle. Power is rated at 295 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque.

An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. AWD is an option on all RX variants. Fuel economy on the FWD model is a relatively respectable 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.

The V-6 and eight-speed combo do a great job moving the RX. The sprint to 60 mph takes only 7.7 seconds and the top speed maxes out at 124 mph. Of course, the RX is far more adept at comfortable cruising than autobahn burning. The suspension utilizes MacPherson struts up front and an independent coil spring arrangement in back, but it’s tuned for comfort over performance. Bumps are soaked up with ease and send very little harshness into the cabin.


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“The downside to the soft ride is body roll in the corners and nosedive during hard braking.”

The downside to the soft ride is body roll in the corners and nosedive during hard braking. It’s not terrible, but the RX is no sports car. For those wanting a more athletic driving experience, the RX F Sport is a great choice. Its suspension is firmer in the twisties thanks to adaptive dampers that coordinate with the drive modes.

Drive modes are also present in the standard RX. They include Eco, Normal, and Sport. Each provides different tuning to the engine and transmission computers, making the driving experience very different in each mode. I’ve expounded more on the driving experience here.


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Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Type, Materials V6, aluminum block and heads
Designation 2GR-FKS
Valvetrain DOHC 24-valve with VVT-iW
Displacement 3.5 liter
Bore x Stroke 3.70 in. x 3.27 in.
Compression Ratio 11.8:1
Horsepower 295 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Torque 267 LB-FT@ 4,700 RPM
Maximum Engine Speed (redline) 6,300 rpm
Fuel System Sequential Multiport Fuel Injection (EFI, D-4S)
Fuel Requirement Performance Numbers achieved with 87-octane Unleaded fuel
Layout Front engine, full-time all-weather drive (AWD), or front engine, front-wheel drive (FWD)
Transmission Type 8-speed Automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT)
0-60 mph Acceleration (mfg. results) 7.9 sec. (AWD) 7.7 sec. (FWD)
Top Track Speed 124 mph – electronically limited
Estimated Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined) 19/26/22(AWD) 20/28/23(FWD)
Coefficient of Drag (Cd) 0.34

Pricing


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Though my tester is a 2017 model, most consumers will find dealership lots filled with 2018 models by this time. That doesn’t make much difference, though, prices haven’t changed between the years.

My RX350 boasts a slew of optional extras that add a whopping $10,254 to the base price of $43,020. In reality, the RX isn’t offered in dedicated trim levels with set prices and lists of included features. Rather, Lexus allows customers to pick what option packages and stand-alone features they want. It could make the shopping experience potentially more frustrating with trying to refine search results by options rather than a well-defined trim level.


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Options on my tester include:

Blind Spot Monitoring w/ Intuitive Parking Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, & Auto Braking $1,065
Matte Linear Dark Mocha Interior Trim $400
20-inch Gray Alloy wheels $1,170
Touch Free Power Rear Door $200
Triple-Beam LED Headlights $1,615
Panorama Moonroof $1,600
Enform w/ Navigation & 12.3-inch display 2,120
Premium Package w/ Leather seats, folding mirrors, driver memory $960
Heated Matte Linear Dark Mocha Wood Steering Wheel $450
Illuminated Door Sill $375
Cargo Net, Cargo Mat, Wheel Locks & Key Glove $299

2018 Lexus RX

RX 350 FWD $43,270
RX 350 AWD $44,670
RX 350L FWD $47,670
RX 350L AWD $49,070
RX 350 F SPORT FWD $48,920
RX 350 F SPORT AWD $50,320
RX 450h AWD $45,695
RX 450h F SPORT AWD $51,055

The Competition

2018 Cadillac XT5


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The XT5 is Cadillac’s newest vehicle and a replacement for the SRX. It rides on the same C1XX platform as the GMC Acadia but shares no exterior or interior components. The interior is lined with leather and suede with room for five people, the CUE infotainment system is improved over other iterations in Caddy’ older models, and it includes welcomed features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-FI hotspot.

Power comes from GM’s familiar 3.6-liter V-6. Here it makes 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque sent to an eight-speed automatic transmission. FWD is standard, but the optional AWD is worth every penny since it has active torque vectoring for more control in both wet and dry driving.

Pricing for the 2018 XT5 starts at $41,590. Cadillac thankfully has trim levels to choose from, with the Luxury costing $47,590; the Premium Luxury costing $54,090; and the Platinum starting at $64,390.

Read our full review on the 2018 Cadillac XT5.

2018 Audi Q5


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The Q5 just underwent a massive update for 2018 and sports a sharpened, fresh appearance and a more high-tech interior. The dash now includes Audi’s lovely Digital Cockpit with Google Maps and various reconfigurable screens. The updated MMI system operates through a laptop-like mouse pad or via the touchscreen. High-end materials abound and the Audi’s German flair remains a big part of the Q5’s nature.

Under the hood of the Q5 resides a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to torque arriving at only 1,600 rpm, the Q5 feels very quick. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic turns all four wheels via Audi’s legendary Quattro AWD system.

Prices for the 2018 Q5 start at $41,500 for the Premium trim. The Premium Plus starts at $45,500 and the range-topping Prestige at $50,800. Check all the option boxes and the Q5 will nearly reach $60,000.

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi Q5.

Conclusion


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The Lexus RX350 might not be perfect, but it is an incredibly smooth and comfortable luxury crossover that’s completely competent doing daily life and fully able to hit the road on a cross-country road trip. Add to that Lexus and Toyota’s legacy of reliability, and it’s easy to see why the RX finds nearly 110,000 homes in the U.S. every year.

Improvements to the Enform infotainment system and standard heated and vented front seats would make me appreciate the RX even more, but even still, it’s hard to complain about Lexus’ all-star crossover.

  • Leave it
    • * Frustrating infotainment system
    • * Pricy Options
    • * Super competitive segment

References

Lexus RX


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What it’s Like to Daily Drive the Lexus RX350


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX.


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PostHeaderIcon Quick Specs: 2017 Lexus RX350

The Lexus RX has been around since 1998, but its most recent iteration came out for 2015. Traditionally a two-row crossover, the RX ventures into new territory for 2018 with a three-row version called the RX350 L. The two extra seats makes the RX L Lexus’ first three-row crossover. Of course, the LX SUV has boasted three rows for quite a while, but with a massive jump in price and less on-road refinement relative to the unibody-based RX.

This week we’re behind the wheel of the 2017 RX 350 in FWD. It’s technically the base model since it doesn’t have the F Sport package, AWD, or the hybrid drivetrain. That’s just fine, though, as Lexus sells a big number of FWD models without the sporty appearance package or expensive hybrid system.

We’re taking a look at the RX 350’s specs – from its 3.5-liter V-6 to its passenger volume. We’ll also be covering several other aspects of the RX, both objectively and subjectively, along with the full driven review. Stay tuned for that.

Continue reading for more information.

Exterior

Wheelbase 109.8 in.
Overall Length 192.5 in.
Overall Width 74.6 in.
Overall Height (unloaded) 67.7 in. (without roof rack)
Tread Width Front/Rear 64.4/64.0 in.
Ground Clearance 8.2 in.
Approach Angle 17.0 deg.
Departure Angle 24.9 deg.
Breakover Angle 16.8 deg.

Interior

Seating Capacity 5
Headroom – Front (with moonroof)/Rear 39.4/39.1 in.
Legroom – Front/Rear 44.1/38.0 in.
Shoulder Room – Front/Rear 57.8/57.6 in.
Hip Room – Front/Rear 56.6/56.1 in.
Total Interior Volume 139.7 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume – Cargo area/ Rear seats folded down 18.4/56.3 cu. ft.

Drivetrain

Engine Type, Materials V6, aluminum block and heads
Designation 2GR-FKS
Valvetrain DOHC 24-valve with VVT-iW
Displacement 3.5 liter
Bore x Stroke 3.70 in. x 3.27 in.
Compression Ratio 11.8:1
Horsepower 295 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Torque 267 LB-FT@ 4,700 RPM
Maximum Engine Speed (redline) 6,300 rpm
Fuel System Sequential Multiport Fuel Injection (EFI, D-4S)
Fuel Requirement Performance Numbers achieved with 87-octane Unleaded fuel
Layout Front engine, full-time all-weather drive (AWD), or front engine, front-wheel drive (FWD)
Transmission Type 8-speed Automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT)
0-60 mph Acceleration (mfg. results) 7.9 sec. (AWD) 7.7 sec. (FWD)
Top Track Speed 124 mph – electronically limited
Estimated Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined) 19/26/22(AWD) 20/28/23(FWD)
Coefficient of Drag (Cd) 0.34

References

Lexus RX


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX.


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PostHeaderIcon Jeep Renegade

The cute-ute Jeep Renegade is getting its first mid-cycle refresh. Spy photographers spotted a camouflaged Renegade winter testing in Europe along side the euro-spec Wrangler JL and some Alfa Romeo products. The changes are confined to the Renegade’s front and rear fascias, along with tweaks to the dashboard.

Changes to the drivetrain will likely be limited to a new nine-speed automatic transmission and updated Active Drive 4WD system, both courtesy of the updated 2019 Cherokee. Jeep could even include its new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, though at 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, is a big jump over the for the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder and its 180 horses and 175 pound-feet. The power would certainly be welcomed, though.

Jeep is expected to debut the updated Renegade sometime in 2018 ahead of the 2019 model year.

Continue reading for more on the refreshed Jeep Renegade.

Exterior


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“Like any modern mid-cycle refresh, the front fascia receives the bulk of changes”

Like any modern mid-cycle refresh, the front fascia receives the bulk of changes. Though the camo we can see an updated grille, repositioned fog lights, and new turn signals.

The grille features less dead space between the seven-slotted opening. Chrome trim surrounds the slots, too, likely offering a slightly more up-scale feel to the Renegade’s playful design. The fog lights are now located more inboard, alighting right under the screw-in recovery loop. The placement means this test mule is most certainly a non-Trailhawk model that doesn’t feature the prominent red tow hooks.

The bumper-mounted turn signals are now shorter and wider than before. They also appear to be LED. Our spy photographer says the new Renegade will be offered with optional LED headlights, too. Our guess is they’ll look like the new Wrangler JL’s premium LED units.


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“Around back, it’s hard to tell any differences between the test mule and current Renegade”

Around back, it’s hard to tell any differences between the test mule and current Renegade. About the only noticeable change are the taillights, which have larger white portions in the center than current Renegade’s X-shaped taillights. It could just be the camera angle, too. The rear bumper also confirms this test mule isn’t the Trailhawk model since the red rear tow hook isn’t present.

Lastly, the Renegade appears unchanged in the middle. The doors, roof, and middle portions of the wheel wells are uncovered.

Interior


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“Currently, the Renegade comes standard with a 5.0-inch Uconnect screen and an optional 6.5-inch unit”

Our spy photographer wasn’t able to grab shots of the interior, but said the dash features a new, larger infotainment system and updated HVAC controls.

While we’re pretty sure the Renegade won’t be getting the 2019 Ram 1500’s 12-inch Uconnect system, we do expect Jeep to upgrade the Renegade’s interface. Currently, the Renegade comes standard with a 5.0-inch Uconnect screen and an optional 6.5-inch unit. We’d wager the 7.0-inch will now be the default system and the 8.4-inch Uconnect will be the premium choice. The latest Uconnect 4 software will be present, too.

As for the HVAC controls, we’re not sure what more Jeep can do beside shake up the design. The Renegade is already available with an automatic dual-zone system in higher trims. Perhaps a new dual-zone system will be standard across the board. We’re also expecting an updated connectivity base with more USB ports, including USB-C connectivity. Jeep might even throw in a wireless phone charger.

Otherwise, the updated Renegade will continue seating five people over its two row, while holding 18.5 cubic feet of stuff behind the second row. Folding the 60/40-split second-row bench opens the cargo capacity to 50.8 cubic feet of storage.

Drivetrain


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“We expect Jeep to update the 2019 Renegade’s transmission and 4WD systems”

We expect Jeep to update the 2019 Renegade’s transmission and 4WD systems. The engines, however, are likely to carry over mostly unchanged.

The base 1.4-liter MultiAir is a naturally aspirated four-cylinder making a trepid 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of toque. A six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic are the two transmission choices. Fuel economy maxes out at 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

The optional 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine is also naturally aspirated but makes slightly more power at 180 horses and 175 pound-feet of torque. This engine is only offered on 4WD models and pairs exclusively to the nine-speed automatic. Fuel economy is slightly less than the smaller engine, but not by much. The 2.4-liter is EPA-estimated at 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

As for the big updates, we expect the new Renegade to receive the 2019 Cherokee’s updated nine-speed automatic. Jeep says that transmission provides smoother shifts thanks to a reprogrammed computer control module.


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“As for the big updates, we expect the new Renegade to receive the 2019 Cherokee’s updated nine-speed automatic”

Also likely borrowed from the updated Cherokee is the new Active Drive I 4WD system. The new AD I system have been completely reworked and is 17 pounds lighter and has 50 percent less internal friction at low speeds than before. Between the new Active Drive I and nine-speed auto, the updated Renegade should return better fuel economy numbers, regardless of what engine it has.

The Renegade Trailhawk will continue using the Active Drive Lock 4WD system. This setup includes a low range for low-speed crawling and a locking rear differential. The Trailhawk also boasts beefier all-terrain tires, a 0.8-inch suspension lift, and unique bodywork that improved approach and departure angles, as well as accommodates the distinctive red tow hooks the Trailhawk trim is known for.

Pricing

The Jeep Renegade competes in a highly competitive market segment, so we’re not expecting Jeep to drastically inflate its prices beyond a couple hundred dollars on each trim level. The 2017 Renegade Sport in FWD starts at $17,995. For $2,000 more, 4WD can be had. Above the base Sport trim is the Latitude, Altitude, Limited, and Trailhawk. The “trail-rated” Trailhawk starts at $26,895 and tops out around $30,000 with extra options.

The Competition

Subaru Crosstrek


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Subaru offers something for the adventurous types, too – the XV Crosstrek. This lifted Impreza wagon has an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard AWD. It even comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The Crosstrek offers a car-like driving feel while being completely at home in adverse weather condition and on unpaved trails.

Power comes from Subaru’s 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder making 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. While the six-speed is standard and more fun, upgrading to a higher trim level means a Continuously Variable Transmission is the only choice. Regardless of transmission, the Subaru isn’t fast or particularly sporty, but neither is the Renegade.

Pricing for the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek starts at $21,795 for the 2.0i trim. The mid-grade Premium trim carries a $22,595 sticker price and the range-topping limited starts at $26,295.

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
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The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport continues in the same outdoorsy, sporty vibe established by the Jeep Renegade and Subaru Crosstrek. The Outlander Sport seats five, offers descent ground clearance and short overhangs, and comes with FWD or an optional AWD system.

The standard powertrain is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is standard, but a CVT will be more widely available. Optionally, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 168 horses and 167 pound-feet. Unfortunately, it’s only available with the CVT. Both engines come standard with FWD and have the option of AWD. Even the manual can be paired with FWD or AWD.

Pricing begins at $20,395 for the ES trim. Adding the CVT moves the sticker to $21,595 and AWD to $23,095. Prices span up to $25,995 for the range-topping SEL trim with the 2.4-liter.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Conclusion


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The Renegade has proven itself a valuable member of the Jeep lineup thanks to its hot sales. Its cuteness aside, the little Renegade is actually the most off-road capable compact crossover among its competitors when fitted with the Trailhawk trim.

The visual updates for 2019 should help the Renegade remain a top choice for crossover shoppers. We just can’t wait to hear the official details about powertrain and infotainment improvements.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Edge

The Ford Edge has been around since 2007 and its current generation debuted in 2015. But the second-generation Edge was getting a little, well, dull, so Ford has given the mid-size crossover a sharpening. This mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year brings revamped aesthetics, few minor changes to the interior, and a slew of active safety equipment. In fact, Ford is claiming the 2019 Edge comes with more standard driver assist features than any of its competition.

So what makes the Edge so technologically adept? Well, the standard safety features list is long. It includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. Basically, the 2019 Edge comes with all the latest (almost autonomous) driver aids without having to order an expensive option package. Here’s how the 2019 Ford Edge shapes up.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Ford Edge.


Exterior

  • Restyled front fascia
  • Restyled rear fascia
  • LED headlights come standard
  • Available LED fog and accent lighting
  • Redesigned rear LED taillights
  • Four new wheel options
  • Four new color choices

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“Up front, the 2019 Edge gets a new, more upright grille, reshaped headlights, larger fog light openings, a restyled chin, and a new hood”

The pun about Ford sharpening the Edge for 2019 actually holds truth. The new model has a more angular design with crisper lines and harder edges. Like most mid-cycle refreshes, the majority of changes happen to the front and back.

Up front, the 2019 Edge gets a new, more upright grille, reshaped headlights, larger fog light openings, a restyled chin, and a new hood. The changes are subtle but help lend a more modern appeal to the crossover. The headlights are now also LED high and low beams as standard. The optional fog lights and accent lighting are LED, as well.

That same level of updates happen out back, too. The biggest change is the license plate relief; it’s larger now with the handle for the power-lift tailgate positioned closer to the bumper. It seems to give the Edge a taller, statelier appearance. The taillights are another big change. They move from having small internal details to larger, bolder sections behind the reshaped clear lens. Like before, they are LED.


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“The lower apron is restyled with a more pronounced (yet still fake) skid plate and dual exhaust tips”

The rear bumper didn’t escape the designers’ touch. The lower apron is restyled with a more pronounced (yet still fake) skid plate and dual exhaust tips. The bumper’s sides now have a faux exhaust vent cut vertically into the quarter panel. Beyond the modified bodywork, four new wheels and four new color choices span the options list.

Interior

  • Updated center console
  • New rotary shift knob
  • New wireless phone charger
  • Updated SYNC 3 with FordPass
  • New Ford+Alexa app

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“Ford didn’t reinvent the Edge’s interior for 2019 but certainly gave it a few welcomed updates”

Ford didn’t reinvent the Edge’s interior for 2019 but certainly gave it a few welcomed updates. In fact, all the changes take place in the center console. The shift lever has been replaced with a rotary shift knob similar to the 2018 Ford Expedition. As such, the knob frees up extra space in the console, allowing for vertically mounted cup holders along the right side and a coin tray along the bottom. Buttons for the automatic start/stop system and parking aids are located below the shifter, along with the electronic parking brake.

Inside the hidden storage compartment under the HVAC controls lies a wireless phone charger and two USB ports. The new physical smartphone integration goes along with the new FordPass system. It is Ford’s Wi-Fi hotspot with bandwidth for 10 devices. FordPass also allows the owner to access the vehicle via their smartphone. Services include operating door locks, locating the vehicle, and even starting it up.

Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system now comes with Amazon Alexa integration. Called Ford+Alexa, the software works like a standard Alexa personal assistant, letting users voice-control various things like calendar entries, navigation controls, smart home features, and several in-vehicle things like radio settings and media content. This all takes place within the standard 8.0-inch touchscreen display.


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“The shift lever has been replaced with a rotary shift knob similar to the 2018 Ford Expedition”

Speaking of the radio, the 2019 Edge offers an optional 12-speaker B&O PLAY sound system from Harman. SiriusXM and HD Radio are integrated as standard.

The 2019 Ford Edge continues with the same passenger and cargo space as before. The rear cargo space offers 39.2 cubic feet of room, but with the 60/40-split second row folded flat, the room expands to 73.4 cubic feet. Legroom is generous, too, with front occupants getting 42.6 inches and rear passengers getting 40.6 inches. Headroom is also respectable with both rows getting no less than 40.2 inches.

Drivetrain

  • Updated 2.0-liter EcoBoost adds five horsepower
  • 250 horsepower & 275 pound-feet of torque
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD standard; AWD optional
  • 3.5-liter V-6 no longer offered

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“Ford has also made some significant changes behind the 2019 Edge’s new grille”

Ford has also made some significant changes behind the 2019 Edge’s new grille. Gone is the 3.5-liter V-6 option. The sole powerplant is the carry-over 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, well, save for the new Edge ST’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost making 355 horsepower.

But for those not getting the sporty Edge ST, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost should prove just fine. Ford updated the engine with five more horsepower over last year, bringing the total to 250, while torque remains unchanged at 275 pound-feet. Ford also promises the new 2.0-liter will be more fuel efficient than before.

Much of the efficiency improvements likely come from the Edge’s new eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces last year’s six-speed auto. The new gearbox should help the Edge realize a few more ticks on the highway fuel economy rating. A new automatic start/stop system is also added. The outdoing 2018 Edge with the 2.0-liter and FWD is EPA-estimated at 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Count on the 2019 Edge breaking the 30 mpg highway barrier.

As before, AWD is optional.

Safety Technology

  • Every 2019 Edge comes standard with active safety tech
  • New Evasive Steering Assist actively steers away from danger

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“A big selling point for the 2019 Edge is the long list of standard safety features at no extra charge”

A big selling point for the 2019 Edge is the long list of standard safety features at no extra charge. On the active front, the Edge includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist.

Optional active safety equipment includes a few newcomers to the Edge’s toolbox includes Post-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-And-Go and Lane Centering. There is also something called Evasive Steering Assist. It works by helping the driver steering around stopped or slower moving vehicles by adding steering input if the driver doesn’t quite provide enough action.

On the passive side, the Edge comes with the typical stuff like traction control, roll stability control, Ford’s Curve Control, and a 911 Assist feature. Dual front airbags, side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags are also in the mix.

Pricing


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Ford has not released pricing for the 2019 Edge at the time of this writing, but we expect that information sometime before the Edge reaches dealerships in the summer of 2018.

The current 2018 Ford Edge carries a starting price of $23,850 for the base S trim. The more middle-America SE trim starts at $25,605 while the mid-range SLE starts at $28,005. The range-topping Titanium trim starts at $32,045. We expect these prices to have a $200 to $500 increase on each trim level.

The Competition

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport


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The Santa Fe Sport is like the Santa Fe, only without the third row and without any real sport. Get past the name and this of this as the Tahoe version of Chevy’s Suburban. Like the Ford Edge, the Santa Fe Sport is only a two-row crossover yet its larger size technically makes it a mid-size crossover. The same is true for the Nissan Murano below.
That the Hyundai offers is a great deal, a solid warranty, and an all-around great package for the price. Its exterior is decently handsome and its interior is well equipped (especially in upper trims).

The Santa Fe Sport does offer several active safety features, but you’ll pay to get them. Things like blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and adaptive low beams are all optional features. Count on Hyundai changing this in the years to come.

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making only 185 horsepower. Standard on all but the base trim is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making a more respectable 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is the sole gearbox, but customers can choose between FWD and AWD. Fuel economy for the 2.0T in FWD is EPA-estimated at 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Adding AWD drops the numbers to 19/26/22 respectively.

Prices for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport start at $22,200 for the 2.4-liter version. Hop up to the 2.0T in the base trim, and the price jumps to $28,350. The Sport 2.0T Ultimate trim starts at $32,650.

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

Nissan Murano


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The Murano has been around since 2015, but Nissan has added several active safety features for 2018. Standard features include Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning on every trim, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard on SV trims, and adaptive cruise control as standard on the SL and Platinum trims. A new center console is said to be more user-friendly and the NissanConnect infotainment system with its 8.0-inch screen offers navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Power comes from a single engine – the ole 3.5-liter V-6. It makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque and continues to pair with a Continuously Variable Transmission. AWD can be had for $1,600 on any trim level. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Impressively, AWD does not affect fuel economy.

Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Murano starts at $30,550. The mid-grade SV trim starts at $33,850 and the SL trim at $38,250. The decked-out Platinum trim carries a base price of $41,980 but includes just about every bell and whistle as standard.

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Murano..

Conclusion


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The 2019 Ford Edge might not be completely new, but Ford has done a great job at revitalizing one of its key vehicles. The Edge competes in an extremely competitive segment these days, so Ford has to offer its A-game in order to succeed. With so many active safety features as standard – plus new exterior styling, a new tech-rich center console, and upgraded 2.0-liter turbo-four – it seems Ford knows what customers are looking for.

We look forward to getting behind the wheel and experiencing these updates first-hand. Once that happens, we’ll bring you the in-depth coverage you’ve come to expect here at TopSpeed.com. In the meantime, check out our coverage on the 2019 Ford Edge ST below.

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References

Ford Edge


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Ford Edge ST Takes Detroit by Storm


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Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Edge ST.

Ford Edge


2015 Ford Edge - image 557596

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Edge.


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Read more Ford news.


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Read more Detroit Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Edge

The Ford Edge has been around since 2007 and its current generation debuted in 2015. But the second-generation Edge was getting a little, well, dull, so Ford has given the mid-size crossover a sharpening. This mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year brings revamped aesthetics, few minor changes to the interior, and a slew of active safety equipment. In fact, Ford is claiming the 2019 Edge comes with more standard driver assist features than any of its competition.

So what makes the Edge so technologically adept? Well, the standard safety features list is long. It includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. Basically, the 2019 Edge comes with all the latest (almost autonomous) driver aids without having to order an expensive option package. Here’s how the 2019 Ford Edge shapes up.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Ford Edge.


Exterior

  • Restyled front fascia
  • Restyled rear fascia
  • LED headlights come standard
  • Available LED fog and accent lighting
  • Redesigned rear LED taillights
  • Four new wheel options
  • Four new color choices

2019 Ford Edge - image 762316
“Up front, the 2019 Edge gets a new, more upright grille, reshaped headlights, larger fog light openings, a restyled chin, and a new hood”

The pun about Ford sharpening the Edge for 2019 actually holds truth. The new model has a more angular design with crisper lines and harder edges. Like most mid-cycle refreshes, the majority of changes happen to the front and back.

Up front, the 2019 Edge gets a new, more upright grille, reshaped headlights, larger fog light openings, a restyled chin, and a new hood. The changes are subtle but help lend a more modern appeal to the crossover. The headlights are now also LED high and low beams as standard. The optional fog lights and accent lighting are LED, as well.

That same level of updates happen out back, too. The biggest change is the license plate relief; it’s larger now with the handle for the power-lift tailgate positioned closer to the bumper. It seems to give the Edge a taller, statelier appearance. The taillights are another big change. They move from having small internal details to larger, bolder sections behind the reshaped clear lens. Like before, they are LED.


2019 Ford Edge - image 762312
“The lower apron is restyled with a more pronounced (yet still fake) skid plate and dual exhaust tips”

The rear bumper didn’t escape the designers’ touch. The lower apron is restyled with a more pronounced (yet still fake) skid plate and dual exhaust tips. The bumper’s sides now have a faux exhaust vent cut vertically into the quarter panel. Beyond the modified bodywork, four new wheels and four new color choices span the options list.

Interior

  • Updated center console
  • New rotary shift knob
  • New wireless phone charger
  • Updated SYNC 3 with FordPass
  • New Ford+Alexa app

2019 Ford Edge - image 762333
“Ford didn’t reinvent the Edge’s interior for 2019 but certainly gave it a few welcomed updates”

Ford didn’t reinvent the Edge’s interior for 2019 but certainly gave it a few welcomed updates. In fact, all the changes take place in the center console. The shift lever has been replaced with a rotary shift knob similar to the 2018 Ford Expedition. As such, the knob frees up extra space in the console, allowing for vertically mounted cup holders along the right side and a coin tray along the bottom. Buttons for the automatic start/stop system and parking aids are located below the shifter, along with the electronic parking brake.

Inside the hidden storage compartment under the HVAC controls lies a wireless phone charger and two USB ports. The new physical smartphone integration goes along with the new FordPass system. It is Ford’s Wi-Fi hotspot with bandwidth for 10 devices. FordPass also allows the owner to access the vehicle via their smartphone. Services include operating door locks, locating the vehicle, and even starting it up.

Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system now comes with Amazon Alexa integration. Called Ford+Alexa, the software works like a standard Alexa personal assistant, letting users voice-control various things like calendar entries, navigation controls, smart home features, and several in-vehicle things like radio settings and media content. This all takes place within the standard 8.0-inch touchscreen display.


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“The shift lever has been replaced with a rotary shift knob similar to the 2018 Ford Expedition”

Speaking of the radio, the 2019 Edge offers an optional 12-speaker B&O PLAY sound system from Harman. SiriusXM and HD Radio are integrated as standard.

The 2019 Ford Edge continues with the same passenger and cargo space as before. The rear cargo space offers 39.2 cubic feet of room, but with the 60/40-split second row folded flat, the room expands to 73.4 cubic feet. Legroom is generous, too, with front occupants getting 42.6 inches and rear passengers getting 40.6 inches. Headroom is also respectable with both rows getting no less than 40.2 inches.

Drivetrain

  • Updated 2.0-liter EcoBoost adds five horsepower
  • 250 horsepower & 275 pound-feet of torque
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD standard; AWD optional
  • 3.5-liter V-6 no longer offered

2019 Ford Edge - image 762317
“Ford has also made some significant changes behind the 2019 Edge’s new grille”

Ford has also made some significant changes behind the 2019 Edge’s new grille. Gone is the 3.5-liter V-6 option. The sole powerplant is the carry-over 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, well, save for the new Edge ST’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost making 355 horsepower.

But for those not getting the sporty Edge ST, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost should prove just fine. Ford updated the engine with five more horsepower over last year, bringing the total to 250, while torque remains unchanged at 275 pound-feet. Ford also promises the new 2.0-liter will be more fuel efficient than before.

Much of the efficiency improvements likely come from the Edge’s new eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces last year’s six-speed auto. The new gearbox should help the Edge realize a few more ticks on the highway fuel economy rating. A new automatic start/stop system is also added. The outdoing 2018 Edge with the 2.0-liter and FWD is EPA-estimated at 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Count on the 2019 Edge breaking the 30 mpg highway barrier.

As before, AWD is optional.

Safety Technology

  • Every 2019 Edge comes standard with active safety tech
  • New Evasive Steering Assist actively steers away from danger

2019 Ford Edge - image 762319
“A big selling point for the 2019 Edge is the long list of standard safety features at no extra charge”

A big selling point for the 2019 Edge is the long list of standard safety features at no extra charge. On the active front, the Edge includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist.

Optional active safety equipment includes a few newcomers to the Edge’s toolbox includes Post-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-And-Go and Lane Centering. There is also something called Evasive Steering Assist. It works by helping the driver steering around stopped or slower moving vehicles by adding steering input if the driver doesn’t quite provide enough action.

On the passive side, the Edge comes with the typical stuff like traction control, roll stability control, Ford’s Curve Control, and a 911 Assist feature. Dual front airbags, side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags are also in the mix.

Pricing


2019 Ford Edge - image 762320

Ford has not released pricing for the 2019 Edge at the time of this writing, but we expect that information sometime before the Edge reaches dealerships in the summer of 2018.

The current 2018 Ford Edge carries a starting price of $23,850 for the base S trim. The more middle-America SE trim starts at $25,605 while the mid-range SLE starts at $28,005. The range-topping Titanium trim starts at $32,045. We expect these prices to have a $200 to $500 increase on each trim level.

The Competition

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport


2017 Hyundai Santa Fe - image 665174

The Santa Fe Sport is like the Santa Fe, only without the third row and without any real sport. Get past the name and this of this as the Tahoe version of Chevy’s Suburban. Like the Ford Edge, the Santa Fe Sport is only a two-row crossover yet its larger size technically makes it a mid-size crossover. The same is true for the Nissan Murano below.
That the Hyundai offers is a great deal, a solid warranty, and an all-around great package for the price. Its exterior is decently handsome and its interior is well equipped (especially in upper trims).

The Santa Fe Sport does offer several active safety features, but you’ll pay to get them. Things like blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and adaptive low beams are all optional features. Count on Hyundai changing this in the years to come.

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making only 185 horsepower. Standard on all but the base trim is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making a more respectable 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is the sole gearbox, but customers can choose between FWD and AWD. Fuel economy for the 2.0T in FWD is EPA-estimated at 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Adding AWD drops the numbers to 19/26/22 respectively.

Prices for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport start at $22,200 for the 2.4-liter version. Hop up to the 2.0T in the base trim, and the price jumps to $28,350. The Sport 2.0T Ultimate trim starts at $32,650.

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

Nissan Murano


2016 Nissan Murano – Driven - image 687622

The Murano has been around since 2015, but Nissan has added several active safety features for 2018. Standard features include Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning on every trim, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard on SV trims, and adaptive cruise control as standard on the SL and Platinum trims. A new center console is said to be more user-friendly and the NissanConnect infotainment system with its 8.0-inch screen offers navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Power comes from a single engine – the ole 3.5-liter V-6. It makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque and continues to pair with a Continuously Variable Transmission. AWD can be had for $1,600 on any trim level. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Impressively, AWD does not affect fuel economy.

Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Murano starts at $30,550. The mid-grade SV trim starts at $33,850 and the SL trim at $38,250. The decked-out Platinum trim carries a base price of $41,980 but includes just about every bell and whistle as standard.

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Murano..

Conclusion


2019 Ford Edge - image 757857

The 2019 Ford Edge might not be completely new, but Ford has done a great job at revitalizing one of its key vehicles. The Edge competes in an extremely competitive segment these days, so Ford has to offer its A-game in order to succeed. With so many active safety features as standard – plus new exterior styling, a new tech-rich center console, and upgraded 2.0-liter turbo-four – it seems Ford knows what customers are looking for.

We look forward to getting behind the wheel and experiencing these updates first-hand. Once that happens, we’ll bring you the in-depth coverage you’ve come to expect here at TopSpeed.com. In the meantime, check out our coverage on the 2019 Ford Edge ST below.

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    • * Price increase

References

Ford Edge


Ford Edge ST Takes Detroit by Storm - image 759179

Ford Edge ST Takes Detroit by Storm


2019 Ford Edge ST - image 757605

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Edge ST.

Ford Edge


2015 Ford Edge - image 557596

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Edge.


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Read more Ford news.


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Read more Detroit Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Teases Mach 1 Electric… SUV?

Ford is on a quest to have 40 electrified vehicles by 2022 to meet the demand for fuel efficiency and receded local emissions. One of these vehicles will be a crossover with a fully electric drivetrain. Sounds great, right? Well, not so fast. This crossover will be “Mustang inspired” and be named the Mach 1.

As you should know, the Mach 1 name dates back to 1969 as a performance package on the Mustang. The Mach 1 package added an upgraded suspension, several appearance upgrades, and several V-8 engine options. The package continued through 1978 until Ford resurrected the name in 2003 and 2004 as a send-off for the fourth-generation Mustang. But regardless of year or body style, the Mach 1 name was synonymous with performance.

As for the “Mustang Inspired” thing, Ford hasn’t divulged what this inspiration will look like. The crossover could have a similar face or taillight cues as the Mustang, or maybe even a similar dashboard design.

One thing is for sure; the Mach 1 will be built on a separate platform from the Mustang due to its electric drivetrain and battery pack. That confirmation comes from Ford Executive Vice President Raj Nair in a conversation with Jalopnik.

But regardless of how Mustang-inspired this crossover is, it will still be a high-riding wagon with five doors. Why Ford thinks it’s a smart idea to brand an all-new electric crossover with such an iconic name rich with muscle car heritage is beyond me. It would be like Chevrolet making a Camaro-inspired electric crossover and calling it the Z/28 or Dodge building one inspired by the Viper and naming it the SRT-10.

Names mean things; they carry weight and history. More importantly, vehicle names are engrained into customers’ psyche and elicit connotations of worth, performance, capability, and cultural significance. I’m all for Ford building an electric crossover. It would probably sell extremely well. But, Ford should reconsider slapping such an iconic nameplate onto an unrelated vehicle that doesn’t even hail from the same vehicle category.


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PostHeaderIcon Ford Edge ST

Performance versions of SUVs and crossovers are just dumb. To put outlandish power in a top-heavy vehicle originally designed to haul people and cargo across foreboding terrain is simply asinine. In the last year, we’ve seen Chevrolet launch the Tahoe RST, Jeep launch the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and Dodge debut the Durango SRT. Now Ford is getting into the game. Just a single day after teasing a new ST-badged model, Ford has debuted the Edge ST – yes, you read that right.

It’s a 2019 Edge crossover with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 making 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission and turning all four wheels. It rides on an ST-tuned suspension and offers optional performance braking package. How crazy is that?

But really, how crazy is that? In reality, it’s not. Think back to the late 1960s when muscle cars developed from ordinary sedans and coupes. Automakers like Ford (and all the various divisions under General Motors and Chrysler) stuffed increasingly powerful V-8s into cars that, just a few years prior, wouldn’t be out of place in your grandmother’s driveway. It seems the same is becoming true for SUVs. These mommy-mobiles are turning into the 21st century’s version of the Ford Torino, Dodge Dart, and Chevy Impala. And who doesn’t love a vehicle that can pull double duty doing family errands and tearing up the autocross course? Maybe performance SUVs aren’t so dumb after all.

Let’s see how the 2019 Ford Edge ST stacks up.

Setting the Stage

Okay, so what’s this all about? Well, the Edge ST isn’t just a badge-engineered crossover with a new engine. Rather, Ford handed the project over to its in-house skunkworks team, Ford Performance. These are the same folks responsible for the F-150 Raptor, Focus ST, Focus RS, Mustang GT350 and GT350R, and the mighty Ford GT supercar. The 2019 Edge ST is Ford Performance’s first SUV, so the stakes are high and reputations are on the line.

Exterior

  • More aggressive front & rear fascias
  • Shares updates with the standard 2019 Edge
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Optional 21-inch wheels with performance tires

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“The grille is blacked out with the same mesh seen on other Ford Performance models and the lower apron gets the same black-fin treatment found on the Mustang GT350 and Focus RS”

The Ford Edge is undergoing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year, so the ST version benefits from the changes. The front and rear fascias have been updated for a more modern look while retaining Ford’s six-sided grille. The Edge ST takes this new, sharpened design and turns it to 11. The grille is blacked out with the same mesh seen on other Ford Performance models and the lower apron gets the same black-fin treatment found on the Mustang GT350 and Focus RS.

Down low, the Edge ST rides on standard 20-inch wheels, while 21-inch wheels with performance tires are optional. The rocker panels have a more aggressive design, too, much like the other street-biased Ford Performance vehicles.

At the rear, the lower fascia has dual exhausts with squarish tips finished in satin chrome. A trailer hitch receiver is also present, meaning the Edge ST is functional for more than just going fast.

Interior

  • Updates from 2019 Edge appear in ST trim
  • ST brings deeply bolstered front seats & ST badges
  • New rotary shifter
  • Tons of built-in connectivity features
  • A slew of available safety features

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“The seats are thickly bolstered for more support during turns”

The 2019 model year brings changes to the Edge’s interior, too. The biggest change is the center console. Gone is the conventional gear shifter – replaced by a rotary knob seen elsewhere in the Ford lineup. The cup holders are now larger and have more room for odds and ends. A wireless charger for smartphones and two USB ports now resides in the hidden storage bin below the HVAC controls.

The ST model sees these improvements, but also gets ST and Ford Performance logos scattered around. The seats are thickly bolstered for more support during turns. They are leather trimmed with cloth center sections. White contrast stitching adorns the seats, as well as the leather inserts on the door panels.

The Edge offers an available 12-speaker B&O Play audio system with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with the new Ford+Alexa app. It allows for greater voice commands that even extends to smart home controls connected to the Internet.

Every Edge comes standard with FordPass Connect, a smartphone connection point that allows owners to control various functions like starting the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, and finding their Edge on a GPS map – all from their phones from anywhere in the world. Imagine being able to monitor your vehicle parked at the airport from a hotel room in Europe. Nice. The 2019 Edge also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot with bandwidth for 10 devices.

Drivetrain

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6
  • 335 horsepower & 380 pound-feet of torque
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • AWD is standard on ST
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Available performance brake package

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“The ST comes standard with AWD that’s been tuned for gripping both dry and slippery surfaces.”

Of course, the biggest news here is the POWAR!. Ford uses its familiar 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 to make an impressive 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. A new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters replaces the old six-speed gearbox. The ST comes standard with AWD that’s been tuned for gripping both dry and slippery surfaces.

But this isn’t the first time the Edge came with EcoBoost power and AWD. The Sport trim on the 2015 and newer Edge came with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost making 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic shifted gears and AWD spun all four tires. The Sport was undoubtedly sportier than the Edge’s less spirited trims, but it wasn’t a performance hound. The porky 4,400-pound crossover needed 5.6 seconds to hit 60 mph and 14.2 seconds to run the quarter-mile, passing the line at 98 mph, according to Car & Driver.

However, the new ST tries to fix the Sport’s weight issue by adding more power and spicing up the suspension. The ST has 20 more horses and 30 more pound-feet, while a Sport Mode in the transmission keeps the twin-turbo spinning in the meaty section of its power band. Throttle response is sharpened, too, and the gearbox will rev match ahead of downshifts. The Edge ST’s 0-to-60 mph time hasn’t been announced, but we’re expecting the added power and sport-tuned eight-speed auto to really help. We’d guess the 60 mph will happen in 5.0 to 5.2 seconds.

“The ST has 20 more horses and 30 more pound-feet, while a Sport Mode in the transmission keeps the twin-turbo spinning in the meaty section of its power band”

Ford also tuned the suspension and traction control for more fun in the corners. While the traction control won’t completely turn off, (Ford says to prevent roll-overs) the Sport Mode allows for more wheel slip and sliding. Ford didn’t specify the exact changes made with the suspension setup but says the ride, handling, grip, and braking metrics all meet targeted goals.

Other mechanical upgrades include a water-cooled transfer case and the available performance brake package. The transfer case is the gearbox that intercepts power going to the front wheels and sends it to the rear wheels, giving the Edge ST its full-time AWD system. Interestingly, the performance brake package only adds larger (13.6-inch) rotors to the rear wheels and colors all four brake calipers in red paint.

Fuel economy hasn’t been estimated by the EPA, but we’d speculate the added power is negated by the two extra gears in the new eight-speed automatic transmission, so we’d estimate the 2019 Edge ST could still achieve the 2015 – 2018 Edge Sport’s 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Safety Technology


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Included in the updates for 2019, the Edge ST can be optioned with a slew of active and passive safety systems. These include Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; blind spot monitoring with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. New for 2019 is Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering.

The standard array of safety tech includes AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control and 911 Assist.

Pricing


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Ford has not released the pricing specs on the 2019 Edge ST. Don’t expect any information until closer to launch, either. Ford says the new Edge and Edge ST models will arrive in showrooms sometime during the summer of 2018, so we won’t have long to wait.

Currently, the 2018 Edge Sport starts at $40,675. Expect a sizable price increase from that figure, so Ford could start the 2019 Edge ST around $45,000 without optional equipment.

The Competition

We chose these competitors because they are SUVs with recently new performance packages, not because they directly compete within the two-row compact crossover segment.

Chevrolet Tahoe RST


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The RST, or Rally Sport Truck, version of the Tahoe is just arriving at showrooms as 2018 gets started. It combines a few parts General Motors has laying around, including the Chevy Tahoe, the powerful LT1-derived 6.2-liter V-8, the new 10-speed automatic, a cat-back performance exhaust from Borla, and a big brake package from Brembo. The RST is the first time the current-generation Tahoe has used any other engine besides the 5.3-liter V-8. It’s also the first time the Borla exhaust and Brembo brakes come as “standard” in an option package. Last but not least is GM’s fantastic Magnetic Ride Control that reads the road and adjusts the dampers’ firmness and responsiveness.

The 6.2-liter V-8 kicks out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, though Chevy says the Borla exhaust adds another seven to 10 horsepower at the rear wheels. It also adds up to 28 percent more sound at certain engine speeds.

Technically, the RST is just an appearance package on the Tahoe. It costs $2,630, but it opens up the Tahoe to the optional 6.2-liter Performance Pack – another $2,820 package that brings all the performance goodies. Added to the cost of the Tahoe, the RST equipment makes this three-row SUV rather expensive at $79,000. Ouch! A little secret though, buying a GMC Yukon Denali with the 6.2-liter and ordering the brakes and exhaust results in a less-expensive copy of the Tahoe RST – even down to the Magnetic Ride Control.

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

Dodge Durango SRT


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The current Durango has been around for a while and Dodge apparently thought it needed a kick. Having come off the high of debuting the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk, Dodge figured it would be fun to shoehorn the 6.4-liter (392) Hemi V-8 between the Durango’s unibody subframe.

The result is a 475 horsepower, three-row SUV with 470 pound-feet of torque twisting all four wheels through a full-time AWD system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A sport-tuned suspension offers a crisper ride than even the 5.7-liter-powered Durango R/T, while still preserving the big SUV’s ability to tow 8,700 pounds! A unique front fascia with its “mail slot” grille and Hellcat-inspired hood give it a menacing appearance.

Pricing is more reasonable than the Tahoe RST. The 2018 Durango SRT starts at $62,995, though with options, the cost rises into the low $70,000 range.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.

Conclusion


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The Ford Edge ST is an exciting, if not odd, addition to the Blue Oval’s lineup. It combines the Edge’s good people-hauling ability with Ford Performance’s sport-tuned suspension and powerful 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine.

While performance SUVs and crossovers might not make perfect logical sense, it’s in keeping with the spirit of early muscle cars from the late 1960s. More power, better handling, upgraded brakes, and more aggressive styling inside and out – that’s the exact recipe used by Detroit’s Big Three. Now, it will be interesting to see who exactly buys the Edge ST or whether it will live up to the reputation and brand image of Ford Performance and the ST badge. It will also be interesting to see if the 2019 Ford Edge ST sell for big money as a collectible piece of SUV performance history in some 50 years.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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    • * Only marginally more powerful than outgoing Edge Sport
    • * Heavy at an estimated 4,400 pounds
    • * Likely rather expensive

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan IMx

Having launched the Leaf back in 2010, Nissan is one of the pioneers of the all-electric industry. While not as efficient as the recently launched
Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt, the Leaf remains the best-selling EV ever build as of early 2018. However, Nissan has yet to expand its all-electric lineup beyond this hatchback, and it is now falling behind the competition. This could change by the end of 2018, with Nissan likely to debut a battery-powered crossover based on the IMx concept.

Introduced at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the IMx is described as “an all-electric crossover concept vehicle offering fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 km.” Nissan also says that the vehicle provides “a glimpse into the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s approach to changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated with society.” The IMx also previews the company’s new design language, so it could change quite a few things for the Japanese automaker. If put into production, it could go against the Tesla Model X, currently the quickest, most efficient, and most popular electric crossover out there.

While Nissan didn’t officially confirm a production version of the IMx, an all-electric crossover is the next logical step now that the second-generation Leaf is on its way to dealerships. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan IMx.

Exterior

  • IMx concept-inspired design
  • V-shaped grille
  • Modern features
  • “Floating” roof
  • Familiar Leaf styling cues

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Note: Nissan IMx concept pictured here.

“We rendered a production version of the concept using the IMx's new design language”

While the Leaf Nismo concept presented in 2017 looked ready to go into production, the IMx is a bit too outlandish for dealerships. Sure, Nissan could build it as is, but it would no longer be an affordable vehicle. As a result, we rendered a production version of the concept using the IMx’s new design language and some of the familiar styling cues seen on the company’s recent products.

Up front, we kept the V-shaped grille and the vertical vents at the corners but both we trimmed down to a more production-friendly form. For the grille, we used the new Leaf as inspiration, so don’t be surprised that the element has no mesh and sports the same blue background. The black trim surrounding the grille is also taken from the Leaf, while the headlamps, albeit slimmer, features the same hockey stick-shaped LED layout. Down below, we removed the concept car’s organic vents and went with a more traditional look with a wide intake in the middle and daytime running lights at the corners. The V-shaped hood and the tall fender extensions remained in place as this features are likely to be part of Nissan’s design language for future cars.


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Note: 2018 Nissan Leaf pictured here.

“Nissan likely wants the electric crossover to have a familiar look”

The fact that most of the front fascia is similar to the Leaf’s is no coincidence. Nissan likely wants the electric crossover to have a familiar look and placing it in the same design territory as the Leaf is the best thing to do.

We altered the car’s profile too, starting with the side skirts, which now have a more traditional form. It’s not as sporty obviously, but it’s more practical for an affordable crossover. The production model also gained conventional doors, door handles, side mirrors, and less expensive wheels. It also has production-friendly pillars for the roof. Toward the back, we can see the same black C-pillar and raised rear fenders, but this feature is far from new, having already seen it on the latest Leaf.


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Note: Nissan IMx concept pictured here.

“Around back, I expect some of the concept's extreme features to be deleted before production”

Around back, I expect some of the concept’s extreme features to be deleted before production. The aggressively raked rear window will be replaced by a more conventional unit and the same will happen with the spoiler on the roof. I wouldn’t be surprised for those taillights to go into production, but the rest of the fascia and the lower bumper will be redesigned into a more familiar shape. Don’t get your hopes up for that flashy “Nissan” badge with LED lights.

All told, the IMx will be a Leaf on stilts, but Nissan will make things a bit more exciting with a few exclusive design features. It won’t be as fancy as the Tesla Model X, but it will stand out among other Nissans.

Interior

  • Leaf-inspired cabin
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • New infotainment system
  • Navigation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Premium features
  • ProPilot Assist
  • e-Pedal system

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Note: 2018 Nissan Leaf pictured here.

“My best guess is that the IMx will be in line with the latest Nissan models, maybe even similar to the Leaf”

The interior of the IMx concept is a work of art. I love its simplicity and ergonomic design and it’s exactly what I want to find in a modern vehicle. Unfortunately, it’s way too futuristic for a Nissan and a tad too outlandish even when compared to the best luxury brands out there.

Not only it doesn’t have a center stack and center tunnel — left out to increase space — but the concept also comes with only four individual seats. This layout doesn’t make much sense in a production Nissan so things will change radically for production. The fancy seats will be dropped in favor of more conventional units and the big wood grain pattern on the dashboard will be replaced by soft-touch plastic.

“The IMx could also get ProPilot Assist, a single-lane driving assistance technology”

You can also forget about the panoramic OLED screen that spreads on the entire length of the dash and display a view of the outer environment in the background. The same goes for the artificial intelligence technology that enables the driver to control the instrument panel with eye movements and hand gestures. It sounds really cool, but it’s not something that Nissan will put into production anytime soon. The autonomous mode is a bit more likely to find its way into production, but we won’t get it in the IMx if this vehicle is launched in 2018. Autonomous drive isn’t yet regulated around the world and we won’t see a production model on public roads for a few more years.

So now we know that at least 95 percent of the concept’s interior won’t make it into production, but what will we get in this crossover? My best guess is that the IMx will be in line with the latest Nissan models, maybe even similar to the Leaf. Nothing too fancy but a bit on the premium side. Nissan has upped the ante in that direction in its most recent vehicles, including the Leaf, and the IMx should follow the same path. Actually, I’m expecting the crossover to take things up a notch.


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Note: 2018 Nissan Leaf pictured here.

“Another feature introduced with the Leaf and likely to make it into the IMx is e-Pedal”

While the general layout is still a mystery, the technology package should be similar to the leaf. It should have a big digital screen in the instrument cluster area and a big display for the infotainment system in the center stack. The leather steering wheel and the contrast stitching should come standard, along with chrome and piano black inserts. It should also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a navigation system (probably not standard in lower trims), and the company’s new Intelligent Integration platform, which includes NissanConnect, through which the driver can search for continuously updated information such as the location and operating hours of free charging stations and charging station availability.

The IMx could also get ProPilot Assist, a single-lane driving assistance technology that automatically controls the distance to the vehicle in front between speeds of 18 mph to 62 mph. In the Leaf, it can also help the driver steer and keep the car centered in its lane. If the car in front stops, the system automatically applies the brakes. After coming to a full stop, it keeps the car stationary even if the driver’s foot is off the brake. When traffic restarts, the car resumes driving when the driver touches the switch again or lightly presses the accelerator.

Another feature introduced with the Leaf and likely to make it into the IMx is e-Pedal, a system that enables the driver to control the car with one pedal only. You still have two pedals, but when this function is activated, the car able to determine what to do based on your input of the accelerator pedal, and will be able to stop, stay in position, and resume driving without moving your foot from one pedal to the next.

Drivetrain

  • New drivetrain with 429 horsepower
  • 372 miles of range
  • New, larger battery
  • Solid performance
“A Nissan with more than 350 miles of range would be tremendous for the current SUV market and a big blow for Tesla”

As with most concepts, the IMx previews a new electric drivetrain that sounds very promising. The crossover is reportedly powered by two “high-output” motors, one for each axle, that produce a solid 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque combined. The concept also boasts a high-capacity battery that’s supposed to return a driving range of more than 372 miles per charge. That’s at least 77 miles more than the most efficient Tesla Model X available right now and mighty impressive when compared to the Nissan Leaf. While the autonomous drive system might not be ready for production just yet, this electric drivetrain could become a thing by the end of the year. Assuming that development is already close to its final stages.

A 400+ horsepower Nissan with more than 350 miles of range would be tremendous for the current SUV market and a big blow for Tesla, the current segment leader with the awesome Model X.


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Note: 2018 Nissan Leaf pictured here.

“If Nissan doesn't develop this drivetrain in time for the IMx, it may be stuck with the one in the Leaf”

On the flipside, if Nissan doesn’t develop this drivetrain in time for the IMx, it may be stuck with the one in the Leaf. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the Leaf isn’t as powerful and doesn’t return as much mileage as the competition. Specifically, the new Leaf comes with 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque on tap, 40 horses and 49 pound-feet more than the outgoing model. The battery is also new, now having a 40-kWh capacity. That’s 10 kWh more than the previous model, but below the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s 60 kWh and the Tesla Model 3’s 50 or optional 75 kWh capacity. The range was increased from 107 to 150 miles. While it’s nothing to sneeze at, it’s significantly inferior to the Bolt’s 238 miles and the Model 3’s 220 miles.

Of course, the crossover doesn’t have to get the exact same drivetrain. Nissan did say that a more powerful version is under development, so I guess an IMx with at least 200 miles is doable. But again, if Nissan moves that 429-horsepower and 372-mile drivetrain into production, the IMx could become the hottest electric crossover on the market. Sure, it won’t be as quick as the Tesla Model X, but I’d sacrifice supercar-like performance for almost 400 miles of range per charge.

Prices

It’s difficult to predict how much will Nissan ask for the production version of the IMx, mainly because the Japanese firm hasn’t offered an all-electric crossover up until now. But based on the Leaf’s place on the market, it’s safe to assume that the IMx will be a bit more affordable than the competition. I’d venture to say that pricing will start from around $40,000 before incentives. That’s around $32,500 if you’re eligible for government rebates.

Competition

Tesla Model X


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Introduced in 2015, the Tesla Model X is basically the only mass-produced, all-electric SUV on the market. Developed on the same platform as the popular Model S, the Model X shares many styling cues with the sedan and stands out thanks to its butterfly-style, “falcon” rear doors. Available with seating for up to seven adults, the Model X offers a somewhat premium environment with the best technology Tesla can offer. The SUV is packed with sensors and cameras and even uses a semi-autonomous driving system called Autopilot. Three drivetrain options are available, starting with the 75D model. Powered by a 75 kWh battery, it returns 237 miles per charge, hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and tops out at 130 mph. Next up is 100D, powered by a 100 kWh battery with all-wheel-drive. Range increases to 295 miles, while the 0-to-60 mph sprint drops to 4.7 clicks. Top speed is estimated at 155 mph. The range-topping P100D model also uses a 100 kWh battery but comes with an upgraded all-wheel-drive system. While mileage drops to 289 miles compared to the 100D, sprinting to 60 mph takes an amazing 2.9 seconds. Pricing for the base model is set at $85,500 before incentives, making it significantly more expensive than what the IMx is expected to cost. The 100D trim retails from $102,000, while the P100D model comes in at a whopping $140,000.

Read our full story on the 2016 Tesla Model X.

Conclusion


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I’ve been a fan of Nissan vehicles and the company’s marketing strategy for quite a few years now. The Japanese firm is well covered in most segments, but it does have a couple of issues in the performance and EV departments. Both the GT-R and 370Z are a bit too long in the tooth, while the new Leaf still doesn’t offer as much range as the competition. But the biggest issue, in my opinion, is that Nissan has yet to expand its EV lineup. Not only the Leaf needs a higher performance version, but Nissan also needs an all-electric crossover in dealerships. The IMx seems to be answer to this problem, especially if it comes with the drivetrain showcased in the concept car. If this happens, it will also be a big blow for Tesla, which is currently struggling roll out new products while the Model X is way too expensive for the average Joe. With a sub-$40,000 sticker and a 300-mile range, the IMx could become the leader of the electric crossover market and could spawn a revolution in this very small segment. Fingers crossed that this concept is more than just a fancy show car.

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    • * Not yet confirmed for production
    • * Leaf drivetrain wouldn’t be enough

References


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Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan IMx Concept.


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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX30 Sport

Infiniti makes a lot of fun cars and SUVs. But the QX30 may be the best offering in the range on a fun-per-dollar basis — particularly the 2018 QX30 Sport.

Sharing a lot in common with the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class, the smallest Infiniti crossover is eager to clip apexes on your favorite twisty road. Yet it remains practical enough for a small family to use as a daily driver, and cheap enough to make it attractive to people who might not be luxury-brand regulars.

Design Notes


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“The secondary grille low on the fascia almost gives its face a mischievous grin”

Infiniti’s design team deserves applause.

The QX30 is a striking, swoopy masterpiece that looks like it’s going fast when it’s sitting still.

The front of the QX30 uses Infiniti’s corporate nose to good effect, setting the tone for the rest of the design. The secondary grille low on the fascia almost gives its face a mischievous grin. Narrow headlight lenses can house LEDs instead of traditional bulbs. The hood is relatively low and long, for a front-wheel drive-based crossover. Along with the steeply raked windshield, it adds to the sporty look of the QX30.

From the side view, that windshield rake becomes more apparent. So does the QX30’s muscular body sculpting, including front fender bulges and a chiseled crease that flows from the hood down through both door handles. An upward crease at the bottom of the design adds visual strength while speaking to the QX30’s sporting intentions. The QX30 Sport model adds lower body-side cladding that further accentuates this design, along with 19-inch blacked-out alloy wheels. Infiniti’s trademark crescent-moon chrome trim is present at the rearmost part of the side windows. It’s a nice design signature, similar in purpose to BMW’s famed Hofmeister Kink.


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“From the rear, the QX30 sits low and would almost pass for a regular hatchback model if not for the extra inch or two of ride height”

From the rear, the QX30 sits low and would almost pass for a regular hatchback model if not for the extra inch or two of ride height. The hatch glass slopes steeply from the C pillar down to the metal structure of the tailgate. The rear design is an interesting mix of elements — glass, glossy black trim, and painted metal and plastic with a harmonious array of creases and indentations. Twin exhaust outlets — painted glossy black on the QX30 Sport — tie it all together.

Inside, the QX30 Sport has two-tone leather seating surfaces — black with white accents. It works well. The front buckets are a faux race car design, with an immovable headrest and a cutout at shoulder-level that evokes a five-point harness setup. The cockpit design is as modern and swoopy as the exterior body panels. The center stack is topped by a seven-inch display. There’s a pair of air vents below it, followed by a CD slot (!), multimedia control buttons and volume knob, seat heat and HVAC controls, and a storage cubby ahead of the joystick-style shift lever.

Drive Notes


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“Making 208 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 258 lb-feet of torque between 1,200 and 4,400 RPM, the QX30 Sport’s engine provided a good mix of fun and frugality”

Propelling all Infiniti QX30s is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine co-developed with Mercedes-Benz.

Making 208 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 258 lb-feet of torque between 1,200 and 4,400 RPM, the QX30 Sport’s engine provided a good mix of fun and frugality. While I found it a bit raspy when revved, the QX30’s seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission and the engine’s wide, flat torque curve made that kind of revving largely unnecessary in normal driving.

Steering feel in the QX30 Sport is better than some vehicles costing twice as much. Driving the QX30 Sport weeks after driving an Infiniti Q70L, the QX30 had a tighter steering feel compared to the Q70, which had good feedback but an almost hollow feeling transmitted through the steering column. Perhaps it’s a matter of Mercedes chassis engineering.


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“A MacPherson suspension up front includes a stabilizer bar and a multilink rear independent suspension setup”

Handling is a strong point for the QX30 Sport, with a MacPherson suspension up front that includes a stabilizer bar and a multilink rear independent suspension setup. On a twisty road, the QX30 handles superbly. For the Sport trim, Infiniti lowers and stiffens the suspension a bit compared to other QX30s. This results in a slightly rougher experience over potholes and expansion joints, but the payback is a stiffer chassis on your favorite curve-filled backroad. In addition, the Sport gets cross-drilled ventilated front disc brakes to help the brakes perform stronger than standard QX30 models.

Like a great many sporty luxury entries of all sizes, the QX30 Sport allowed quite a bit of road noise into the cabin. That was the only consistent disappointment in the QX30 Sport. Thankfully, the Sport’s standard Bose 10-speaker audio system is more than capable of drowning out the din.

Also, I was thankful for the Mercedes-Benz infotainment system in the QX30. It mostly addressed my frequent criticism of Infiniti models: I usually find their infotainment experience dated or in some other ways, not ideal. The last Q70 I drove was utilizing an infotainment interface that seemed very outdated. Meanwhile, the twin-screen setup in the Q50 and Q60 seems more modern, but is not without its shortcomings.


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“The QX30 had an infotainment system that was an interesting mix of Infiniti touches and other things you might find in many newer Mercedes models”

The QX30 had an infotainment system that was an interesting mix of Infiniti touches and other things you might find in many newer Mercedes models, including its sister, the GLA Class. That was a good thing. It was easy to navigate the menu structure using the console-mounted control dial.

There were other Mercedes-Benz Easter eggs hidden in the mannerisms of the car. The “Don’t Forget Your Key” and “Buckle Your Seat Belt” chimes — very identifiable “bong” sounds — were just like every Mercedes I have driven in the past. The gauge cluster had a central information screen for things like fuel economy and tire pressure, and that screen’s graphics were exactly like most modern-day Mercedes-Benzes, with the exception of the miniature QX30 shown in some graphics.

Interior space was a little tight for my family of four. Making room for a rear-facing baby seat required my front-seat passenger to ride with her knees nearly touching the glovebox door. Infiniti’s specs say there’s just 33.5 inches of rear-seat legroom and 37.5 inches of rear headroom, so taller passengers will not like riding back there for more than a jaunt across town.


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“Cargo capacity comes in at 19.2 cubic feet with the rear seats upright, which isn’t bad in a world of 15-cubic-foot sedan trunks”

The dimensions are more friendly for front-seat occupants, with 41.3 inches of legroom and 38.4 inches of headroom. Cargo capacity comes in at 19.2 cubic feet with the rear seats upright, which isn’t bad in a world of 15-cubic-foot sedan trunks, but I found it difficult to stack our groceries back there — perhaps because of the cargo cover remaining in place. Fold the rear seats and things get easier, with 34 cubic feet of space.

Competitors

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class


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“Any GLA will handle just a little bit better than the Infiniti-tuned QX30”

It’s impossible to talk about the QX30’s competition without mentioning its German sister, the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class.

While styling is subjective, I find Infiniti’s sheet metal more attractive than the slightly dowdy GLA. The interior experience, as noted above, remains mostly the same in either model, however. So if you like the exterior design of the Merc better than the Infiniti, you won’t have to give up any of the interior niceties noted above.

The big advantage for Mercedes-Benz: Tuning. Any GLA will handle just a little bit better than the Infiniti-tuned QX30. The Germans engineered the platform both vehicles are built on, so they seem to get the most out of it with regard to ride and handling. Also, those who want a high-performance small SUV can get an AMG version of the GLA that cranks out a healthy 375 horsepower from a hand-built 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. It’s the same engine I have experienced in the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 sedan, and it is a riot to drive.

Otherwise, I think Infiniti has a better value proposition. It gives up nothing in terms of its handsome looks or its interior luxury to the Mercedes GLA Class, yet it’s cheaper to buy. Starting price of the QX30 is $29,950, and my QX30 Sport tester had a starting price of $38,500. An equivalent comparison of Mercedes-Benz GLA 250s would see a base price of $33,400 and a well-equipped price north of $40,000. On top of that, Infiniti dealerships tend to be more aggressive with discounts than Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class.

MINI Cooper Countryman


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“The MINI Countryman and the Infiniti QX30 are two very different vehicles aiming at the same type of buyer”

While it doesn’t have the sporty looks of the QX30, the MINI Cooper Countryman is worth comparing to the low-slung Infiniti. Upright stance notwithstanding, the Countryman has plenty of powertrain and chassis chops when equipped in Cooper S trim, allowing it to hang with the Infiniti on your favorite section of highway.

I give the Countryman the edge in several categories: Its ride is more forgiving on rough roads. Its interior is more practical for a small family thanks to its boxy shape. That shape also makes for big window openings, giving occupants great outward visibility from any seat. The MINI has a wider range of powertrain options (three-cylinder or four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines, or a plug-in hybrid that can go about 12 to 15 miles on batteries alone before using any gasoline.) Customization options abound, including an optional manual transmission, as befits MINI’s modus operandi.

Those looking for a deal will still probably be more attracted to the Infiniti QX30, however. The Countryman ain’t cheap. You’ll be hard-pressed to find one for less than $30,000 at your local MINI dealer, and most will creep closer to $40,000 with a few preferred options installed.

Outside and in, the MINI Countryman and the Infiniti QX30 are two very different vehicles aiming at the same type of buyer: someone who values a small vehicle footprint, a sporty driving experience, and a luxurious interior.

Read our full review on the 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman.

Lexus NX200t


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“Even in its sportiest “F-Sport” trim, the NX200t just seems better-sorted on a rough stretch of pavement.”

Infiniti’s old rival Lexus has a compelling entry in this class for those who place comfort and reliability above all other considerations. The NX200t is arguably attractive — some like its design, some don’t — but the interior is where you’ll spend most of your time in any vehicle, and the NX200t feels a class above the Infiniti QX30 there.

Lexus usually nails interior luxury touches, so that conclusion may come as no surprise. But in addition to the supple nature of the interior surfaces, the ride quality also is softer and better-controlled than the QX30. Even in its sportiest “F-Sport” trim, the NX200t just seems better-sorted on a rough stretch of pavement.

The trade-off is sportiness. Despite its turbocharged engine making more power than the Infiniti (235 horsepower vs. Infiniti’s 208), its brakes are not as impressive as QX30, and its handling is more wallowy on a twisty road. Its extra power doesn’t really give it a clear advantage in the engine room, either, with the NX200t coming in about 300 lbs heavier than the QX30.

For a lot of buyers, however, the slightly less sporty performance won’t matter one bit. The NX200t should prove as reliable as its Lexus stablemates and will offer a serene environment that isolates the driver and passengers from the crazy world outside.

Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus NX200t.

Conclusion


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While the Infiniti QX30 Sport had its flaws, it also had its strengths. Those who value striking exterior design and a sporty-driving crossover will find a lot to like in this little puddle-jumper. But it’s a segment full of strong competitors of widely different flavors, and shoppers will have their work cut out for them in deciding whether the QX30 offers a package they want to drive to work every day.

Disclosure: Infiniti provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of fuel for this review.

References

Infiniti QX30


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Read our full review on the 2018 Infiniti QX30.

PostHeaderIcon Mini John Cooper Works Rally And Buggy

Xtrac differential

As is tradition, the world of motor sport is looking to kick off 2018 with the infamous Dakar Rally, one of the most brutal, unforgiving, car-breaking, will-sapping events ever conceived. The Dakar heads into its 40th running this year, and its tenth stint in South America after the move across the Atlantic in 2009, and once again, competitors will do battle over a variety of terrain, from sand, to tarmac, to boulder fields, to 13,000-foot mountain passes. With so much tough terrain and such insane distances to cover, simply completing the Dakar is considered a major accomplishment. However, X-raid and Mini aren’t looking to just reach the finish line – they wanna win. Thus far, the collaborative effort has yielded four consecutive victories between 2012 and 2015, with the most recent outing in 2017 snagging sixth overall thanks to the efforts of Argentinian driver Orlando Terranova. Now, X-raid and Mini are gearing up for a fresh approach that includes the brand-new RWD Mini John Cooper Works Buggy. Created to take advantage of certain regulations to bolster 2WD competition, the Buggy will race alongside the more traditional Countryman-based 4WD Mini John Cooper Works Rally for a two-pronged approach to tackling the Dakar.

Fittingly, both vehicles were presented in Paris prior to their competition debut. The Buggy is a particularly exciting new venture for the Germany-based X-raid, which for the past 15 years has focused primarily on 4WD competition vehicles. However, with an experienced roster of drivers ready to take the controls, plus the proven Mini Rally to bolster the ranks, the team is feeling good about its chances. Read on for details on what makes these machines tick.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mini John Cooper Works Rally.

RALLYE DU MAROC 2017

Wracamy jeszcze do naszego ostatniego startu cross-country w sezonie 2017! Podsumowanie Rallye du Maroc 🙂

Posted by Kuba Przygoński on Monday, October 23, 2017

Exterior

  • Unique exterior between the Rally and the Buggy
  • Rally takes its inspiration from the Mini Countryman
  • Carbon fiber and kevlar body panels to cut weight
  • Aerodynamically optimized package
  • Big fenders to fit big suspension
  • Tough underbody protection

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“The bespoke exterior looks tough and ready for competition, with ultra-high fenders, a plethora of intakes and scoops, and loads of underbody protection as well”

While both the Countryman-based Mini Rally and the 2WD Mini Buggy employ body panels constructed from carbon fiber reinforced plastic and kevlar (to help save weight), the Buggy is unique in its aesthetic. The bespoke exterior looks tough and ready for competition, with ultra-high fenders, a plethora of intakes and scoops, and loads of underbody protection as well. Several outside sources assisted in the creation of the Buggy’s exterior, all of which collaborated to make sure it was “aerodynamically optimized” and could easily cut through the atmosphere at speed. “The aero package was of major importance and was enhanced together with KLK in many simulations,” said X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt. “The final looks of the vehicle were created in cooperation with Mini Design.


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Meanwhile, the Countryman-based 4WD Mini Rally looks a little closer to something you might buy in a showroom, albeit with innumerable enhancements under (and over) the skin. While the overall shape of the Mini Rally is similar to the street-friendly sub-compact crossover, it too gets impossibly flared fenders, tons of extra ground clearance, an extra intake on the roof, tough underbody protection, and a few sponsorship stickers as well.

Cute these Minis are not.

Finally, there are 17-inch diameter wheels on the Buggy and 16-inch wheels on the Countryman-based Rally.

Exterior Dimensions

Mini John Cooper Works Buggy Mini John Cooper Works Rally
Length 4,332 mm (170.6 inches) 4,350 mm (171.3 inches)
Width 2,200 mm (86.6 inches) 1,999 mm (78.7 inches)
Height 1,935 mm (76.2 inches) 2,000 mm (78.7 inches)
Wheelbase 3,100 mm (122 inches) 2,900 mm (114.2 inches)
Track Width 1,855 mm (73 inches) 1,736 mm (68.3 inches)

Interior

  • Stripped down and business like
  • Lots of vents to keep it cool
  • Digital instrumentation
  • Loads of tools and spares in case something breaks

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Note: Mini All4 Racing pictured here.

While we didn’t get a full rundown on the interior spec for these machines, there are a few things to mention right off the bat. First off, both will get utterly stripped-down cockpits, with bucket racing seats and multi-point racing harnesses to keep driver and co-pilot in place while rocketing through the scenery. Various vents and intakes will help to keep ’em cool while on the move, including via small sliding ports in the lexan windows. Digital instrumentation will help the pilots keep tabs on the vitals.

If something does happen to go boom (and considering this is the Dakar, that’s definitely a distinct possibility), the racers come equipped with a plethora of tools and spare parts. If called upon, the pilots can set up a little impromptu workshop out in the field to quickly get them back up and running.

Drivetrain

  • Similar drivetrain and powertrain between the Buggy and Rally
  • Turbocharged diesel powerplant
  • 340 horsepower, 590 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed transmission
  • Xtrac differential
  • 118 mph top speed

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“Developed with input from BMW Steyr, both oil burners produce peak output figures of 340 horsepower at 3,250 rpm and 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) of torque at 1,850 rpm”

The beating heart for both the Buggy and the Mini Rally is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel powerplant. Developed with input from BMW Steyr, both oil burners produce peak output figures of 340 horsepower at 3,250 rpm and 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) of torque at 1,850 rpm. Regulations dictate that the engines must suck the atmosphere through a 38 mm (1.5-inch) restrictor, otherwise you can bet these lumps would be making a helluva lot more power. Top speed is clocked at 190 km/h (118 mph), which might not seem very high at first glance. That is, until you realize the sort of terrain its over.

“Top speed is clocked at 118 mph, which might not seem very high at first glance. That is, until you realize the sort of terrain its over. ”

Although the engine utilizes BMW-bred turbocharging technology, the transmission and drivetrain are both newly developed for the racing application. And even with the Buggy using RWD and the Mini Rally using 4WD, the drivetrains for both are quite similar in terms of which performance company makes which components. Both racers utilize a six-speed gearbox from Sadev, a high-performance clutch from AP Racing, and a differential from Xtrac. Both also have a 325-liter (85.9-gallon) fuel capacity.

Mini John Cooper Works Rally And Buggy Engine And Performance Specs

Engine turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel
Drive Type RWD (Buggy), 4WD (Rally)
Horsepower 340 HP @ 3,250 RPM
Torque 590 LB-FT @ 1,850 RPM
Transmission Sadev six-speed
Clutch AP Racing
Differential Xtrac
Top Speed 118 mph

Chassis And Handling

  • Tubular steel frames
  • Up to 11 inches of suspension travel
  • Roughly 4,000-pound curb weight for the Rally
  • Roughly 3,750-pound curb weight for the Buggy
  • Two spares for the Buggy, three for the Rally
  • Obsessive weight reduction – down to the screws used

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“Under those composite body panels, you'll find the Buggy and Mini Rally get a specially designed tubular steel frame”

Under those composite body panels, you’ll find the Buggy and Mini Rally get a specially designed tubular steel frame. Basically, these are custom-built racers with almost nothing in common with Mini’s production line, but hey – this is the Dakar. Any and all advantages you can get are well worth the investment.

This time around, the Mini John Cooper Works Rally gets a refresh for its chassis, offering up more suspension travel and further weight reduction compared to the outgoing iteration. The suspension travel was increased from 250 mm (9.8 inches) to 280 mm (11 inches), making for a massive amount of leeway when bashing through harsh terrain. Meanwhile, the Mini Rally’s weight was reduced from 1,952 kg (4,303 pounds) to 1,850 kg (4,079 pounds), a significant savings in the world of top-shelf motorsport competition.


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“Basically, these are custom-built racers with almost nothing in common with Mini's production line, but hey – this is the Dakar.”

“We succeeded in achieving the new minimum weight,” said Team Manager Quandt. “We looked at absolutely every component. As a result, the thickness of the carbon fiber body and the weight of the frame were reduced. We also checked all screws what [sic] helped us to save another three to four kilograms. This demonstrates that reducing the car’s weight really was an in-depth effort.”

All those weight saving efforts benefited the Buggy as well, and thanks to the lack of extra driven wheels, the rear-wheeler weighs just 1,700 kg (3,748 pounds) when empty. Of course, that 150-kg weight loss is the trade off for reducing traction by half.


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“The rear-wheeler Buggy weighs just 3,748 pounds when empty, a trade off for half the traction.”

To haul down the Buggy, the RWD machine gets Brembo brake discs measured at 355 mm (14 inches) by 32 mm (1.3 inches). There are also two spare wheels in case of punctures, with the rubber coming from BF Goodrich and measuring in at 37 inches tall and 12.5 inches wide.

Meanwhile, the Works Rally gets AP disc brakes measured at 320 mm (12.6 inches) by 32 mm (1.3 inches), with ventilated air cooling in front and water-chilled cooling in the rear. To stave off the DNFs, the Rally gets three spare wheels, with BF Goodrich once again supplying the rubber, this time measuring in at 245/80.

Competition

Peugeot 2008 DKR Maxi


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Like the Mini, the Peugeot 2008 is based on a street machine, and also like the Mini, this Dakar champion has very little in common with the production variant. Without a doubt, Peugeot is Mini’s chief rival, having lost the last two Dakars to the French automaker. This year, the Peugeot Total team is going for its third consecutive win, and the 2008 DKR is looking as mean as it’s ever been. And with Peugeot boasting a roster that includes rally legends like Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz, Mini definitely has its work cut out for it.

Read our full review on the Peugeot 2008 DKR Maxi.

Conclusion


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“Despite its fresh-start beginnings, the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy has performed quite well in testing thus far.”

While the Mini Rally is certainly impressive, it’s the Buggy that really piques our interest. While the larger SUV has seen the field of battle, the Buggy is still green, as construction only got underway this past February. That’s not a lot of time to develop a world-beating racer, but the X-raid team poured a lot into the project in such a short period.

“This has been the biggest project in our company’s history so far and we have worked extremely hard at it,” said X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt. In total, more than 50 engineers from X-raid contributed to its creation, as did several other company partners, such as BMW Motorsport, Magna Steyr, Heggemann, CP Autosport, and Faster. “It was the very first buggy designed and built by us but we could benefit from our massive cross-country experience.”

Despite its fresh-start beginnings, the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy has performed quite well in testing thus far, with the team wringing it out on a variety of terrain, conducting sessions in locales like Hungary and Morocco. “During this time the Buggy never had to stop once due to a technical problem, which is really quite remarkable,” said Team Manager Quandt. “Despite all the euphoria, we must definitely not forget the Mini John Cooper Works Rally. There are tracks and types of terrain where an all-wheel drive has advantages. What is more, our car is extremely reliable.”

This year, the Mini X-Raid Dakar effort includes no less than seven cars and a corresponding roster of drivers and co-drivers. There will be three new Mini John Cooper Works Buggies, with drivers including Mikko Hirvonen from Finland, Bryce Menzies from the U.S., and Yazeed Al-Rajhi from Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, taking the helm of the remaining four Mini John Cooper Works Rally will be Argentina’s Orlando Terranova, Poland’s Jakub Przygonski, Spain’s Joan “Nani” Roma, and Chile’s Boris Garafulic.

“This year, the Mini X-Raid Dakar effort includes no less than seven cars and a corresponding roster of drivers and co-drivers.”

“It’s our goal to make it onto the podium,” said Quandt. “No matter if the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy or the Mini John Cooper Works Rally makes it. There are many variables we can’t control, such as the routing, the weather and – of course – a little dose of luck, which is something you definitely need if you want to succeed in the Dakar.”

“With these two cars we have the most powerful Mini family that ever raced at the Dakar Rally,” said Mini Senior Vice President Sebastian Mackensen.

However – will it be enough to stop Peugeot from grabbing a third consecutive win?

The opening stage of the Dakar is set to take place on January 6th in Lima, Peru, with the final stage set for completion by January 20th in Cordoba, Argentina.

  • Leave it
    • * Peugeot is on a roll
    • * Luck plays a major role in success at the Dakar
    • * Will the advantages of RWD outweigh the drawbacks?

References

Mini Countryman


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Read our full review on the 2017 Mini Countryman.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Mini Countryman JCW.


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Read our full review on the 2015 Mini ALL4 Racing.

PostHeaderIcon Jeep Cherokee

Jeep is bringing a mild facelift and some powertrain improvements to the Cherokee for 2019. The announcement comes before Jeep divulges all the details on the revised crossover on January 16 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. However, from the images Jeep released, we can see the exterior changes bring a more handsome face and less odd rear to the Cherokee’s aesthetics, while a promise of an “even more fuel-efficient powertrain options” is all the automaker had to say about internal changes.

This marks the first change to the current Cherokee since its introduction in 2014. Despite strong sales averaging around 200,000 per year in the U.S. alone, many complained about the Cherokee’s ugly mug. Jeep obviously listened as the front and rear mark the only external changes, though new wheel options are expected. The interior shows now blatant signs of changes. As for those powertrain updates, Jeep could replace the current 3.2-liter V-6 with the new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder found in the new 2018 Wrangler JL. We’ll know for sure come January 16, so stick around on TopSpeed.com for that breaking information.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

Exterior

  • Redesigned headlights
  • Reworked fog light surrounds
  • License plate moved to tailgate
  • New rear bumper design
  • No other changes to bodywork

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“Surprisingly, the Cherokee’s handsome new face includes the same upper grille as before.”

Jeep hasn’t divulged much information on the 2019 Cherokee’s updates, but from the images it released ahead of Detroit, it’s clear the Cherokee has been given a much-needed makeover.

The front end now has traditional headlights with the main projectors, turn signals, and LED daytime running lights all encased in the same clear housing. That’s a big change from the outgoing model, which separated the headlights from the turn signals and DRLs. The fog lights have a larger surround, too, which helps give the Cherokee a more conventional appearance.

The lower grille loses the kinked-up shape it previously had, now getting sleeker horizontal lines. Surprisingly, the Cherokee’s handsome new face includes the same upper grille as before. We always thought it was that grille that made the Cherokee so ugly, but as it turns out, it’s not so bad when surrounded by more traditional styling.


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“The bumper follows the more traditional styling update and uses chrome trim and different colored plastic to add character”

Around to the rear, the 2019 Cherokee has its license plate relocated to the tailgate. The bumper follows the more traditional styling update and uses chrome trim and different colored plastic to add character. Chrome-tipped dual exhaust finish off the bumper’s lower line. We do wonder how Jeep will integrate the Cherokee’s optional towing package and its bulky two-inch receiver hitch.

The other changes back here involve the taillights. The new LED lights have clear lenses with white-colored turn signal and reverse light reflectors. The running lights and brake lights use an LED outline along the bottom. Again, the rear matches the front’s more handsome appeal. Everything between the bumpers appears unchanged, meaning the doors, roofline, windows, and their pillars are all carried over from 2014. That’s totally expected with this being a mid-cycle refresh, of course.

Interior

  • Interior remains basically unchanged
  • Available 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 25 cubic feet behind second row
  • 55 cubic feet with second row folded

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“The Cherokee’s interior remains unchanged from previous years.”

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s interior remains unchanged from previous years. We commend Jeep and FCA on its recent interior designs, though the Cherokee is known to have some cheap-feeling materials scattered about the cabin. Functionality wise, though, the Cherokee is top notch.

It starts with the steering wheel and its logical controls. A large TFT display in the gauge cluster shows plenty of vehicle information, too. Dual-zone climate controls, available heated and vented front seats, and FCA’s wonderful 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with the latest Uconnect 4 software lines the center stack. USB, AUX, and Bluetooth connections make streaming music easy, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make full phone connections a breeze.

The Cherokee continues to seat five people, though three across in the second row isn’t overly comfortable. The 60/40-split rear seat folds flat to reveal 55 cubic feet of cargo room. The front passenger seat even folds flat for carrying longer items like a ladder or surfboard. Behind the second row, the Cherokee still offers 25 cubic feet of room.

Drivetrain

  • More efficiency powertrain option coming
  • 2.4-liter Tigershark likely returning
  • Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbo-four might become available
  • 3.2-liter V-6 rumored to be axed
  • FWD is standard; 4WD is optional
  • Trailhawk trim is the off-roader’s choice

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“Our bet is Jeep swaps the optional V-6 for the potent 2.0-liter turbo-four found in the new Wrangler JL.”

There are some unanswered questions in this department thanks to Jeep’s vague statement about having “more fuel-efficient powertrain options” in its teaser press release. Though we can’t know for sure, our bet is Jeep swaps the optional 3.2-liter V-6 for its all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the new Wrangler JL.

The current 3.2-liter V-6 is basically a smaller-displacement version of the 3.6-liter V-6 and makes 271 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 239 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The 2018 Wrangler’s new 2.0-liter Hurricane turbo-four makes 270 horses at 5,200 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at only 3,000 rpm. That means the 2.0-liter basically retains the V-6’s horsepower rating but makes peak power available sooner while adding 56 pound-feet of torque and making it available 1,400 rpm lower. That’s a significant improvement and would warrant Jeep’s use of the “more fuel-efficient” term.

Speaking of efficiency, part of the 2.0-liter turbo-four’s magic is its mild hybrid system. The engine uses a belt starter generator to not only restart the engine after an Automatic Stop/Start event, but also to add torque to the crankshaft at lower engine speeds. That’s how the engine manages its impressive torque figure.

“The 2019 Jeep Cherokee will likely continue to come standard with its 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir four-cylinder”

It’s too early to speculate about fuel economy – not even the Hurricane-powered Wrangler has been tested for fuel economy at this point. Still, expect an improvement over the 3.2-liter Cherokee’s 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee will likely continue to come standard with its 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir four-cylinder. This naturally aspirated engine makes 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Though far less powerful than the current V-6, the 2.4’s appeal is fuel economy. It’s EPA-estimated to get 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

When it comes to towing, the current Cherokee can pull a maximum of 4,500 pounds when equipped with the V-6 and the Trailer Tow Package. Without that package, the V-6 is limited to 2,000 pounds. The 2.4-liter is rated to pull 2,000 pounds as its maximum.

Pricing


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Obviously, Jeep hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Cherokee, though we shouldn’t have long to wait. We expect the new model will begin hitting showrooms in mid-2018. Prices shouldn’t change too much over the current Cherokee, either.

Pricing for 2018 starts at $24,395 for the base Latitude trim in front-wheel drive. Selecting 4WD moves the price to $25,895. That $1,500 price for 4WD continues through the lineup except for two models. The Trailhawk comes standard with 4WD and the range-topping Overland model, which somehow charges $3,245 for the 4WD option. Back to the trims, the Latitude Plus slots in the mid-range with the Limited above that. The Trailhawk comes in next with the Overland taking the top spot. Prices for the Overland start at $34,095 for the FWD models and $37,340 with 4WD.

Competition

Honda CR-V


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The Honda CR-V isn’t the go-anywhere crossover the Jeep Cherokee tries to be. Rather, the CR-V focuses on family comfort and outright practicality. It offers seating for five people over two row with 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. Fold the 60/40-split bench and the CR-V holds 75.8 cubic feet of stuff. The first row is equally functional thanks to a smartly designed dash and tons of cubby spaces. Features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard while Navigation is optional.

The CR-V comes with only one engine: the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It makes 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. While that doesn’t sound like much, the CR-V only weights 3,500 pounds. Compare that to the Jeep’s 3,900- to 4,400-pound curb weight. Fuel economy is impressive, too, with the EPA estimating 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined. The standard Continuously Variable Transmission likely has something to do with that. And like CR-Vs of the past, front-wheel drive is standard and AWD is optional.

Prices start at $24,150 for the base LX and $32,650 for the range-topping Touring trim.

Read our full review on the 2017 Honda CR-V.

Toyota RAV4


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Like the CR-V, the RAV4 is built more for the urban jungle than the actual jungle. That’s just fine, after all, since 99.999 percent of RAV4 owners will barely ever venture off anything more than a dirt road. The RAV4 likewise has seating for five within its two rows. It’s 60/40-split bench folds down for 73.4 cubic feet of space. Behind the second row lies 38.4 cubic feet of space.

The RAV4 offers both a conventional gasoline powertrain and a gasoline hybrid option. The standard mill is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It can power either the front wheels or all four, should you opt for the AWD option. The hybrid powertrain utilizes a similar 2.5-liter, but with an Atkinson combustion cycle for improved efficiency. It’s mated to two electric motors, with the front making 141 horses and the rear 67horses. A CVT does the shifting. A 1.6-kWh battery provides the juice. Don’t expect to drive very far on battery power alone; this system is designed to supplement the gasoline engine. The EPA estimates it will get 34 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Pricing starts at $24,410 for the base LE. The middle trims include the XLE, Adventure, SE, XLE Hybrid, Limited, SE Hybrid, and Limited Hybrid. The Platinum is the range-topping trim and has a starting price of $36,150 before options and extras.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota RAV4.

Conclusion


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The changes for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee aren’t major, but they are very welcomed and should help to increase the crossover’s popularity. The exterior changes, especially, give the 2019 Cherokee a more modern and mature appearance. And while we suspect Jeep will introduce the 2.0-liter Hurricane turbo-four, only time will tell if we’re right. Either way, expect the Cherokee to show improvements in the EPA’s fuel economy evaluations.

We’ll know all the details come January 16 when Jeep debuts the 2019 Cherokee at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. As always, stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for all the latest automotive news and reviews.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Traverse – Driven

The Chevrolet Traverse made a big splash into the three-row crossover pond when it debuted for 2009. It offered more interior room than Chevy’s own Tahoe, and at a much more family-friendly price. The same is true for Chevy’s all-new, second-generation Traverse, which debuts for the 2018 model year. It rides on a new chassis, comes with updated powertrains, and classier styling. Inside is Chevy’s latest tech-filled cabin with plenty of creature comforts spread over three rows and seven seats – or eight seats with the standard second-row bench.

To get an in-depth feel of how Chevy’s redesigned Traverse handled a family road trip, I embarked on a 1,500-mile road trip with my wife, daughter, and sister-in-law all piled aboard. The trip took us from sunny Central Florida to the chilly hills of East Tennessee for Thanksgiving. Our chariot was a Premier trim, second only to the High Country trim in the 2018 Traverse’s lineup. That means it came with just about every wish-list item, including heated and vented front seats, heated second-row bucket seats, the MyLink infotainment system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, USB ports galore, and Sirius XM radio for uninterrupted music over the day-long, 12-hour drive north. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth allowed for other choices for the front-seat DJ.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse family road trip.

Exterior

  • All new design for 2018
  • Wheelbase lengthened by two inches
  • D-Optic headlights
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Hands free power tailgate
  • Trailer tow package
  • Skyscape panoramic moonroof

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“The new Traverse looks far more upscale thanks to its new proportions.”

Chevrolet completely ditched the bubbly styling of the old Traverse and adopted a much more angular, modern appearance for 2018 – much to everyone’s approval. The new Traverse looks far more upscale thanks to its new proportions. It looks far less like a minivan and more like a Tahoe. In fact, much of the Tahoe and Suburban’s styling cues can be seen in the Traverse.

Up front, chrome lines the black grille and accents the fog lights without being too in-your-face about it. Chevy’s new D-Optic headlights come standard on the Premier and High Country. Not only do they look really neat up close, but they do an amazing job at lighting dark country roads. They provide a crisp, white light with very little fall off. The high beams reach noticeably further, too, which is handy when driving through areas known for suicidal deer and skunks.

The 2018 Traverse’s roofline is flatter than the previous model, but outward visibility is still impressive. The tall windshield, thin A-pillars, and big side windows provide a panoramic view for the front seats. Generously sized mirrors and blind spot monitoring made easy work of lane changes. Even better, Chevy’s rear camera mirror provided an unobstructed view free of headrests, luggage, and stretching arms. The depth perception takes some getting used to, but I never found myself turning the camera mirror to its “analog” mirror position.


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“The Traverse offers an optional trailering package and roof rack.”

And thanks to Chevy’s available 360-degree camera system and quick access app on the MyLink screen, a bird’s eye view of the Traverse was just one click away. This made parking much easier, especially in the crowded streets of Gatlinburg.

My Premier model rolled on handsome, 20-inch aluminum wheels with painted pockets and machined faces. Continental Crosscontact LX20 Eco Plus tires provided plenty of grip with no road noise.

On the utility side of things, the Traverse offers an optional trailering package with a two-inch receiver hitch, four- and seven-pin wiring connectors, and an upgraded cooling system for the engine and transmission. Max towing is rated at 5,000 pounds with the V-6. A roof rack offers even more places to put things.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in./mm) 120.9/3,071
Overall Length (in./mm) 204.3/5,189
Overall Width (in./mm) 78.6/1,996
Overall Height (in./mm) 70.7/1,795
Track (in./mm): 67.3/1,709 (front)
67/1,702 (rear)

Interior

  • All new interior design
  • Seating for seven
  • Adjustable second-row bucket seats
  • Heated & vented front seats
  • Second-row HVAC controls
  • Tons of USB and power ports
  • MyLink 8.0-inch infotainment system
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 98 cubic feet of cargo space

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“The 2018’s interior is completely reworked and shares no parts with the previous crossover”

The newness doesn’t stop at the Traverse’s doorsills, either. The 2018’s interior is completely reworked and shares no parts with the previous crossover. That means Chevy was able to improve the overall design, the materials, the functionality, and the in-dash technology.

On top of the front seats being incredibly comfortable even after a full day, the middle seats proved to be the spot to be. The bucket seats could be slid rearward, opening up to limo levels of legroom. The seatbacks reclined and folding center armrests kept elbows happy. Heated seat bottoms kept buns toasty on those cold mountain mornings, and the rear HVAC controls allowed for separate adjustments from the front HVAC settings. Vents in the ceiling are well placed, too.

Slide the second row forward maybe five inches, and the third row provides a surprising amount of legroom. That means small kids aren’t the only ones able to ride back there. The 60/40-split bench allowed us to fold the smaller section flat for luggage, leaving the larger section free for the six-year-old to claim the space. Cup holders and UBS ports in the walls kept her iPad charged and her drink held upright throughout the trip. And thank heavens for that 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Netflix.


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“Thank heavens for that 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Netflix.”

Getting into the third row is simple, too. There are two ways: the first by simply walking between the second-row bucket seats and the second by tumbling the passenger side second-row seat forward with a single handle. This tumble action even works with a child seat fastened in place, making the Traverse a solid pick for families with more than one LATCH seat in use. Sadly, the driver’s side second-row bucket seat doesn’t have this tumble feature.


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“Under the rear load floor lies a large area for more luggage.”

Another annoyance is the shiny chrome scattered around the dashboard and center console. Sometimes these pieces will reflect the sun’s glare, even when the sun is high in the sky. More than once I found myself using a napkin to cover the chrome around the gear shifter and cup holders. Beyond that, though, the interior proved incredibly complaint-free. Oh, and owners will have to learn to kick slowly when opening the hands-free tailgate. Do it too fast and it won’t respond. The projected Chevy bowtie does provide a great reference to where to kick, though. The bowtie also garnered a few awe-struck comments from passer-bys in a parking lot one evening.

With the tailgate open, the Traverse shows its cargo-hauling prowess. There’s 23 cubic feet of room behind the third row, 58.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and a whopping 98.2 cubic feet with both rows folded flat. Under the rear load floor lies a large area for more luggage or items like jumper cables, tow straps, and trailer hitches. Under that is the compact spare tire.

Interior dimensions

Headroom (in/mm) front: 41.3/1,049 (without sunroof)
2nd row: 40/1,016 (without sunroof)
3rd row: 38.2/970
Legroom (in. / mm) front: 41/1,042
2nd row: 39/990
3rd row: 33.5/850
Max Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L) 23/651 (behind third row)
58.1/1,645 (behind second row, third row folded)
98.2/2,781 (second and third rows folded)

Drivetrain

  • 3.6-liter V-6
  • 310 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD & available AWD
  • 18 mpg city / 27 mpg hwy / 21 mpg comb
  • 23.4 mpg average of 1,600 miles of testing
  • Max tow rating of 5,000 pounds

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“I averaged 23.4 mpg over the 1,592 miles driven during my trip.”

Powering my 2018 Traverse tester is the latest version of General Motors’ 3.6-liter V-6 making a respectable 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power the front wheels. AWD is available on all but the base L trim and comes standard on the range-topping High Country. The EPA estimates the 2018 Traverse V-6 FWD will get 18 mpg city 27 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. I averaged 23.4 mpg over the 1,592 miles driven during my trip. Regular 89-octane is all that’s required.

A small percentage of that efficiently comes from the V-6’s new automatic start/stop system. It works by shutting off the engine when stopped at a red light or in traffic and automatically restarting the engine when the brake pedal is released. While the system is fairly smooth, there is no way to turn it off.

The nine-speed automatic transmission, on the other hand, plays a big part in the Traverse’s efficiency. The gearing is spaced close enough for smooth, seamless shifts yet far enough apart that engine revs are kept as low as possible. Running at 70 mph sees the engine only turning around 1,700 rpm.


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“As for power, 310 horses is more than enough for moving the Traverse.”

As for power, 310 horses is more than enough for moving the Traverse. Interstate on-ramps and passing on two-lane roads is done with ease thanks to the V-6’s variable valve timing and direct fuel injection making the most from the 3.6 liters.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 3.6L DOHC direct injection 2.0L turbo DOHC DI
Bore & stroke (in / mm) 3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86
Block material Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
Cylinder head material Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Valvetrain Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing
Fuel delivery Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Horsepower 310 HP @ 6,800 RPM 255 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 266 LB-FT @ 2,800 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM
Transmission Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic

Behind the Wheel


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“The crossover proved surprisingly spry to drive.”

On top of the Traverse’s adequate power, the crossover proved surprisingly spry to drive. The steering felt tight with almost no on-center play, the suspension soaked up bumps like a champ without feeling too squishy or allowing too much body roll, and the cabin remained library quiet regardless of speed or road surface.

As mentioned, outward visibility is very good thanks to the large side mirrors and rear mirror camera system. Ergonomics are impressive thanks to an eight-way power driver’s seat and power-adjustable steering column. Memory settings allowed me to keep my favorite seating position, too. Despite its length, the Traverse feels comfortable navigating through tight city streets.

My tester came with the $475 Driver Confidence II Package, which brought the following distance indicator light in the gauge cluster, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, low speed forward auto braking, pedestrian braking, and the IntelliBeam auto high beam headlights. These features really helped with long-distance comfort, though adaptive cruise control was missed. Only the High Country offers that feature.

All told, the 2018 Traverse is surprisingly rewarding to drive for being a three-row crossover. Its ridged new chassis, four-wheel independent suspension, grippy tires, and well-sorted steering combine to make a very willing road tripper. It proved completely comfortable over a full day of driving thanks to its spacious interior, comfortable seats, quiet cabin, and entertainment options like 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM radio.

Pricing


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The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has a wide range of trims with an equally wide price range. The base L trim with zero options starts at $30,925. Good luck finding that version outside the airport rental car agencies’ fencing, though. Most folks will go for the LS starting at $33,045, the LT with cloth for $35,545, the LT with leather for $42,145, or the RS with the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and all the features of the LT with leather for $43,045. The High Country is the range-topping trim and comes standard with just about every feature for $53,045, but the Premier (like my tester) offers tons of features while leaving a few of the more expensive features as optional add-ons for $45,445. In my book, the Premier offers the best bang for the buck.

My Premier tester came with a few options that gave it a more upscale feel but added $2,565 to the price. These include the $1,400 Dual Skyscape Sunroof, the $650 trailering package, and the $475 Driver Confidence II Package. Add on the $945 destination fee, and the total price came to $47,960.

Competition

Dodge Durango


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The Durango has been around a while, so the Chevy certainly has the newness factor on lock. Still, the Durango offers a ton of interior room and comfort, three available engines (two of which are Hemi V-8s!) the popular Uconnect infotainment system, standard rear-wheel drive, and a tow rating ranging from 6,200 pounds to 8,700 pounds. The Durango will hold seven people in a 2+3+2 configuration or six with the optional second-row bucket seats. Fold the seats down and the Durango will swallow 84.5 cubic feet of luggage.

As far as those engine options go, the standard mill is the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The optional 5.7-liter Hemi offers a respectable 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. They can be had with either RWD or AWD. But for those needing something more powerful, Dodge offers the Durango SRT with the monstrous 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 making 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The SRT is only offered in AWD and all versions of the Durango come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing for the 2017 Dodge Durango starts at $29,995 for the base SXT model. The SXT Plus adds more features at $32,195 and the GT brings mid-level luxury at $37,495. The Citadel is the range-topping luxury choice at $41,395 and adding the Anodized Platinum package brings the price to $45,090. The sporty R/T with the 5.7-liter starts at $42,095. Those wanting the powerful SRT will have to shell out $62,995.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Durango.

Volkswagen Atlas


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Debuting for the first time is the new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas – the automaker’s first three-row crossover designed for U.S. customers in mind. The Atlas undercuts the Touareg is pricing while offering far more interior functionality. The Atlas rides on VW’s familiar MQB platform and orients its engine to power the front wheels like the Traverse. AWD is optional, too. And like the Traverse, its interior space is cavernous. There is 21 cubic feet behind the third row, 56 behind the second row, and a total of 97 cubic feet behind the first row.

Standard power comes from 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque when fed premium gasoline. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 brings 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and only requires regular fuel. As for fuel economy, the 2.0-liter offers an impressive 22 mpg city and 26 mpg highway while the 3.6-liter manages only 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Pricing is separated between the 2.0-liter and 3.6-liter with the four-cylinder starting at $30,500 for the base S trim. The other trims include the SE, SE w/ Technology, and SEL. The V-6 starts at $31,900 and grows up to $48,490 for the range-topping SEL Premium w/ 4Motion AWD.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Conclusion


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Crossovers and SUVs are all the rage these days – and for good reason. They are very functional, comfortable, and are getting better fuel economy than ever before. Sure, they’re not a sexy as a two-seat roadster or a 700-horsepower muscle car, but their purposeful carryall design makes them irresistible.

I’ve driven nearly every crossover and SUV currently available and can vouch for Chevy’s improvements on the 2018 Traverse. The composed, quiet ride matched with the spacious interior and wrapped in its handsome styling make it a very strong competitor in a field of worthy advisories.

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    • Undefeatable auto start/stop
    • Would be amazing with a turbodiesel

References

Chevrolet Traverse


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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.



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PostHeaderIcon Chevy Offers Helpful Hints for Transporting Your Christmas Tree

December has arrived, and that means many different things to different people. Those of us who celebrate Christmas will have to face an onslaught of visits to shopping malls or online stores. But before that, the first order of business is to buy a Christmas tree. For those who prefer to go all-natural with their Christmas trees, Chevrolet isn’t going to let you do it without sharing some tips on how to properly secure and transport your freshly cut trees from farm to home.


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“According to the automaker, the first thing you need to do is to dress warmly, wear gloves, and bring a piece of cardboard that you can use to kneel on when you start cutting your tree down”

The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently published a survey that said that in the past three years, 20 million Americans did not properly secure their new Christmas trees to their cars. That’s a revealing discovery that can be avoided if proper measures are taken. This is where Chevrolet comes into the picture. According to the automaker, the first thing you need to do is to dress warmly, wear gloves, and bring a piece of cardboard that you can use to kneel on when you start cutting your tree down. You’ll also need to bring a tarp to put inside the cabin if you’re transporting your tree inside your car. If you’re transporting the tree on top of your car, cross-rails are important so the tree doesn’t damage the paint on your car.

Once the tree has been cut, it’s critical to tie it with either a rope or netting. Lay the tree directly overtop the cross rails with the stump end facing toward the front of your car. Loop twine over and around it, repeat, and cinch it with a figure-eight motion to tightly secure the tree to the rails. According to Chevrolet, placing the stump end of the tree toward the front of the car helps reduce aerodynamic drag, ensuring a safer drive home.

When the tree is stowed and secured, try to use secondary roads on your way home. Avoid highways as much as you can. It also helps if you happen to have a car like the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. Promoting the new SUV is actually the purpose of these tips. It’s a bit cheeky, but we’ll give points to Chevy for the creativity.

References

Chevrolet Traverse


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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.



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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Nissan Kicks Gives Americans a Taste Simplicity in the Modern World

Nissan debuted an all-new compact crossover at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show – the 2018 Nissan Kicks. Its designed as a fun, visually appealing city run-about with good fuel economy, room for five people and their stuff, the most desired in-dash technology, and a price that starts “well under $19,000.”

Dan Mohnke, Nissan’s senior vice president of sales, marketing, and operations, says, “As the gateway to Nissan’s adventure-ready sport-utility portfolio – joining Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.”

Notice Mohnke didn’t mention the Nissan Juke. That’s because the Kicks will replace the Juke when it arrives in showrooms later this year – at least that’s the unofficial plan of action. The Kicks will compete with big players like the Jeep Renegade, Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V, Kia Soul, and new 2018 Hyundai Kona.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 Nissan Kicks.

Less frog-like, but more conventional


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“It has all the popular design styling found on the competition”

The 2018 Nissan Kicks looks nothing like the Juke, that frog-faced crossover with big, round headlights and oddly shaped fenders. Rather, Nissan designers took a more conventional approach. That’s not to say the Kicks or boring, though. It has all the popular design styling found on the competition. Cues include the blacked-out, floating roof, sharp creases in the doors surrounded by bulgy, round fenders, and over exaggerated LED lighting.

Inside, the Kicks has an almost no-nonsense dash design. It doesn’t skimp on technology, though. There’s a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a large driver information screen in the gauge cluster, push-button starting, steering wheel controls, and plenty of USB ports. Nissan’s Around View Monitor system offers a 360-degree view of the outside and an interesting Bose audio system with a pair of small “Ultranearfield” speakers in the driver’s headrest. The range-topping Kicks SR trim is where the tech gadgets are added. The S and SV represent the bottom and mid-range trims.


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“Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and Nissan clearly intends the Kicks to be a fuel-sipper with only 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque”

Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and Nissan clearly intends the Kicks to be a fuel-sipper with only 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. Nissan’s Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System is present on the dual overhead cams that control the four valves in each cylinder. A continuously variable transmission is the only gearbox choice, sadly, as is front-wheel drive. Yep, no AWD option here. Fuel economy is expected to be 33 mpg on the highway.

Official pricing hasn’t been announced, but Mohnke’s comment about the MSRP starting “well under $19,000” might mean anything from $17,000 to $18,500. Nissan will release pricing a bit closer to the Kicks’ arrival in showrooms in the spring of 2018.

References

Nissan Kicks


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Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Kicks.


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PostHeaderIcon Will the 2018 Nissan Kicks Replace the Nissan Juke?

The Nissan Kicks finally made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The crossover’s arrival likely means that the Juke crossover is on its last legs. Nissan has given no indication regarding the status of the Juke, but all signs seem to point in that direction. That’s not necessarily a bad thing given how polarizing the Juke has been in the seven years that it’s been around. It’s about time Nissan’s quirky crossover is put to pasture. It makes sense for Nissan to do it now that the Kicks is here with a package that’s admittedly more appealing to customers.


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I’d be surprised if Nissan keeps the Juke around even with the arrival of the Kicks. It’s not exactly a novel thought, but it is worth mentioning because of the possibility that Nissan goes the other way and decides to keep both models around.

The rationale for doing so has to do with the popularity of the crossover segment these days. I can see Nissan offering these two models because, despite the perceived overlap, the two models do offer plenty of distinct features that could help differentiate themselves in the eyes of the public. The Juke has that kind of cache, no matter what you think of it. There’s something inherently different about it that can help carry it in the market for a few more years before it’s permanently put the pasture.


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That’s one argument for keeping the Juke around. I think it’s possible, but ultimately, I do think the Nissan will decide to move on from the Juke so it can give the Kicks a bigger platform to showcase itself. As different as these two models are, they’re both still crossovers, so they’re still occupying the same space. It could be detrimental to the Kicks to have the Juke around because it’d be competing with a model from its own family, as opposed to being able to focus on the real competition from other automakers.

Everything about the Kicks’ presentation points to it being the future of Nissan’s crossover lineup. As such, it deserves to have its own platform as opposed to sharing it with a model that’s not only dated, but also wasn’t universally loved to begin with.

References

Nissan Kicks


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Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Kicks.

Nissan Juke


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Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Juke.


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PostHeaderIcon Watch Nissan’s Door-Slamming Robot Torture a Pathfinder with 45,000 slams

Ever think about how many time your car door is opened and closed in its lifetime? Well, Nissan estimates a door will experience 45,000 closing shoved in only ten years. That’s a lot of abrupt stops for the sensitive components inside a door to withstand. To help with quality control, Nissan just installed a robot inside its technical center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. They even gave it a catchy name: Mrs. Doorboto. That’s a clear reference to the classic 1980s song by the Styx, “Mr. Roboto.” For short, though, Nissan folks just call it Rosie.

Rosie only needs three days to subject a car door to 45,000 repetitions of opening and closing. It cycles through every six seconds by using its aluminum “hand” to grab the door handle. Rosie swings the door through its full range before giving it a shove closed. Rinse and repeat… over and over again.

The process helps Nissan pinpoint any parts on or within the door that might prematurely fail. Remember, modern doors have backlit switches that control electric motors that operate a pane of glass raised and lowered by cables through a plastic track. There’s also sound system components like speakers and small plastic clips that hold everything together. It might be a boring three days for Rosie and turn a new Pathfinder into a used crossover, but it’s nice to know Nissan is looking out for long-term durability.

References

Nissan Pathfinder


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Read our full review on the 2017 NIssan Pathfinder.

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End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 15:53:14 PST
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$3,600.00 (3 Bids)
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$5,500.00
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End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 11:25:57 PST
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1991 Ford Mustang LX Coupe 1991 Mustang LX Coupe
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End Date: Sunday Feb-25-2018 10:22:17 PST
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2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2017 GT Premium New 5L V8 32V Automatic RWD Coupe Premium ROUSH RS3
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS 50TH ANNIV AUTO LEATHER NAV 7K MI #139832 Texas Direct
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 2LZ AUTO NAV RED LEATHER 9K MI #605032 Texas Direct Auto
$1.00 (1 Bid)
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$50,100.00 (39 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 14:52:16 PST
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2007 Ford Mustang GT 2007 Mustang GT premium coupe
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$3,000.00 (31 Bids)
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2015 Ford F-150 LARIAT Ford Crew Cab Lariat 4X4 Ecoboost Custom New Lift Wheels Tires Grill Leather Nav
$35,100.00 (27 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 11:31:02 PST
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1967 Ford Mustang GT 1967 Mustang GT Fastback Project 390GT S-Code 4-Speed Dark Moss Green
$17,950.00
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$1,625.00 (16 Bids)
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Ex-GM Show Car untitled Callaway Camaro 630HP full GM warranty w/Special Options
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2016 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2016 GT Premium Used Certified 5L V8 32V Automatic RWD Coupe Premium
$13,600.00 (59 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Feb-20-2018 13:14:03 PST
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2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2017 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350 526HP 6SPD RECARO NAV 1K #524087 Texas Direct
$37,900.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:19:08 PST
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2016 Ford F-150 2016 FORD F150 XLT CREW 4X4 LIFT HTD SEATS NAV 20'S 20K #C63587 Texas Direct
$24,600.00 (22 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 11:25:52 PST
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2012 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 2-Door 2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 Convertible 63kmi
$13,751.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 12:25:41 PST
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 61,565 Miles LeMan
$26,500.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-6-2018 22:24:00 PST
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1972 Chevrolet C-10 Cheyenne 1972 Chevy SHORT BOX RESTORED CLASSIC AIR COND. FRESH
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End Date: Sunday Feb-25-2018 18:30:17 PST
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