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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Sentra


Nissan unveiled the new Sylphy at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The new Sylphy will most likely come to our shores as the new 2020 Nissan Sentra. Nissan has been selling the Sentra in the U.S. since 2013 and it has been quite a success for the Japanese automaker. Even though the Sentra has managed to create a market for itself as a value-for-money proposition, it does not appeal to the enthusiasts or anyone looking for a little ’life’ in their car. However, the company plans to change this with the 2020 model, and we must say, it has our attention! Disclaimer: I’ll be calling this car the Nissan Sentra throughout the article and not Nissan Sylphy because we’ll be getting it with the Sentra badge in the U.S. – and partly because Sylphy sounds quite funny.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Nissan Versa Unveiled With Standard Safety Tech, Sleek Styling

Nissan just dropped details on the brand-new 2020 Versa subcompact sedan, and so far, so good. Outside, the new Versa looks much improved thanks some sleek body panels that work well with Nissan’s latest signature styling features, including the V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped headlights. The dimensions also play a part here, as the new Versa is lower, longer, and wider than the outgoing model.

Inside, the cabin takes after Nissan’s larger sedans, including the Altima and Maxima, and emphasize the horizontal for an added sense of space. The cabin is also stuffed with safety stuff, including standard features like Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Rear Automatic Braking, and frontal Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. You can also opt into features like Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Blind Spot Warning.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto headline the infotainment bits, while automatic climate control and heated front seats keep it comfy.

Motivation is derived from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which sends 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. Transmission options include either a five-speed manual as standard, or an optional CVT.

The 2020 Nissan Versa will go on sale this summer, or you can catch it next week at the 2019 New York Auto Show. No word on pricing just yet, but it should be quite reasonable considering the current model comes with an MSRP of $12,360.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Unveiled with 300 HP and Four-Door Coupe Luxury

Mercedes-AMG just dropped details on the 2020 CLA 35, padding the latest CLA four-door coupe lineup with a fresh go-faster variant. The powertrain spec pulls from the latest A 35 sedan, and includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Rounding up all those ponies is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and variable all-wheel drive system, which put ‘em to the ground for a 4.6-second 0-to-60 mph time.

Keeping it all in check is an AMG Ride Control suspension setup, with MacPherson struts in front and a four-link for the rear. Adaptive dampeners are optional. Speed-sensitive steering helps it turn, while four-pot calipers and 13.8-inch discs in front throw the anchor.
What’s more, if you intend on spending some time clipping apexes, the AMG Track pace data log feature is an available option.

Outside, the CLA 35 looks quite sleek, and comes with AMG-specific styling upgrades like new bumpers, a new rear diffuser, a trunk-lid spoiler, silver chrome trim bits, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Larger 19-inch alloys are an available option.

Inside is the latest MBUX infotainment and 64-color ambient lighting. Black upholstery with red contrast stitching keeps it comfy, while a set of Widescreen Cockpit digital displays and advanced voice control take your inputs.

Pricing is so far unannounced, but look for full details when the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 drops at the New York Auto Show next week. Availability opens up later this year.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Ford Kuga Revealed With Range Of Electrified Powertrain Options


The crossover craze is a worldwide phenomenon, and Ford is capitalizing by introducing a brand-new generation for the Kuga crossover nameplate. Also known as the Escape in the U.S., the Ford Kuga is the Blue Oval’s best-selling SUV in Europe, and its third best-seller overall in the market after the Fiesta and Focus. Now, the latest 2020 model year brings a fresh third-generation, offering up new styling, an updated interior, the latest infotainment and safety tech, and critically, a selection of mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full-hybrid powertrains. However, with competition pouring in from the likes of Volkswagen, Peugeot, and Nissan, does the 2020 Ford Kuga have what it takes to compete?

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Toyota Yaris Unveiled With Modernized Infotainment

Toyota just revealed the 2020 Yaris sub-compact five-door, offering up new styling paried with automatic LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a large grille design. Under the skin, the Yaris is remarkably similar to the Mazda2, while up front, there’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making as much as 106 horsepower. The four-banger is mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, while fuel returns are rated at 40 mpg on the highway.

Two will offer trim levels on launch, including the LE and the XLE. Standard spec includes s low-speed pre-collision safety system and active safety system, as well as infotainment goodies like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth support, and voice recognition. Running it all is a 7.0-inch touchscreen, while two USB ports and six-speaker audio round it out.

The Yaris is once again tiny, with an overall length of 161.6 inches, which is about the same size as the Honda Fit. However, the Yaris is still quite practical thanks to 15.9 cubic-feet of trunk space.

Look for the 2020 Toyota Yaris at the New York Auto Show later this month. Pricing is so far unannounced, but is expected to slot in at $17,000.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 Unveiled With Over 300 Horsepower

We’ve seen what Mercedes-AMG can do when it comes to entry-level luxury performance with the 2019 A 35 4Matic, and now it’s time to apply that formula to a three-box profile with the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 four-door sedan.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Mazda CX-30 is Cool and All, But Why Isn’t it Called the CX-4?

Mazda just unveiled a brand new crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It’s called the CX-30, it’s based on the latest Mazda3 hatchback, and it’s a really cool addition to the lineup. But why isn’t it called the CX-4? Because it would make a lot of sense.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Mazda CX-30 is Cool and All, But Why Isn’t it Called the CX-4?

Mazda just unveiled a brand new crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It’s called the CX-30, it’s based on the latest Mazda3 hatchback, and it’s a really cool addition to the lineup. But why isn’t it called the CX-4? Because it would make a lot of sense.

PostHeaderIcon Next-Gen 2019 Mazda3 Headed for L.A. Debut

After almost six years on the market, the current-generation Mazda3 will retire to make way for a redesigned model. The Japanese firm confirmed the new Mazda3 will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and released a new teaser of the car.

Actually, Mazda previewed two vehicles, as the photo includes images of both the sedan and hatchback versions. Not much can be seen in the photo, but it gives us a glimpse of the sedan’s roof and the hatchback’s rear end.

PostHeaderIcon BMW Confirms the i3 Will Continue to Survive

After all the mumbo jumbo surrounding the i3’s existence, the automaker has finally confirmed that the little electric hatchback will continue to live on. When the i4 was announced at the Paris Motor Show, it looked like a legit replacement for the i3; also because BMW did not address the i3. Now, however, BMW has confirmed that it has got future plans for the i3, according to The Drive.

PostHeaderIcon GAC Motors Reveals the 2019 GAC GS5 at the Paris Motor Show

GAC Motors has pulled the covers off of the GS5 SUV at the Paris Motor Show, signaling the Chinese automaker’s intent to become a major player in the European SUV market. The GS5 is the ninth model to come out of the GAC, which is only celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The relatively young automaker is banking on the GS5 to help establish the brand in a market that hasn’t been kind to Chinese auto brands in the past. There’s no timetable for the GS5’s launch in the European market, nor has GAC announced pricing for the SUV.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Proves Efficiency Can Look Good at the Paris Motor Show

Toyota brought the new RAV4 to the Paris Motor Show, and while there will be a regular gasoline-burning model on offer, the automaker mainly focused on the new hybrid version.

PostHeaderIcon Honda Jazz

Honda is testing an all-new Jazz subcompact hatchback, also known as the Fit in some markets. It’s the fourth generation for the nameplate and it looks like it will retain the wedge-nosed one-box design of its predecessors, albeit with a slightly sportier design twist.

The camouflaged prototype spotted by our spies reveals quite a lot about the car, which is slated for a reveal no earlier than 2020, since the refreshed version of the current model only came out last year. Aside from the completely new and slightly more rakish-looking body, changes will be made to its powerplant lineup and interior. The hybrid version may share its powertrain with the new Insight.

Update 04/4/2019: The 2021 Honda Jazz was caught out in the wild again and, while it hasn’t dropped a lot of camo, we can make out a few subtle differences. Check out what we know in the Spy Shots section below!

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW X2

It is a tall car or a small SUV? We don’t know, but it certainly looks good as a wallpaper for the weekend.

2019 BMW X2 Wallpaper

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW X2 - image 740854

Read our full review of the 2018 BMW X2 or check out the gallery below for more awesome wallpapers

PostHeaderIcon BMW 1 Series Sedan

The second-generation 1 Series has been around since 2011, when BMW redesigned the compact it first introduced in 2004. Unlike its predecessor, the current 1 Series consists of only three- and five-door hatchbacks since the two-door coupe and convertible was renamed the 2 Series back in 2011. In 2017, a third body style was added to the lineup, in the form of a four-door sedan.

Based on the Concept Compact Sedan that BMW showcased at the Guangzhou Motor Show in 2015, the 1 Series Sedan is a China-exclusive model and it’s manufactured as part of the joint venture between the BMW Group and BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd in Shenyang, alongside the long-wheelbase versions of the larger 3 Series and 5 Series.

The logic behind BMW’s decision to sell the 1 Series Sedan in China is pretty simple. The German firm sold over half a million cars in the country in 2016, which makes China BMW’s biggest market. The need of a smaller sedan based on the 1 Series appeared following customer requests of a more compact, yet premium vehicle for the crowded streets of China’s largest cities. Of course, the 1 Series Sedan is also a response to the popular Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA, but BMW won’t be able to compete properly against its German rivals unless it brings the new sedan to Europe and the United States too.

It remains to be seen whether this will change sooner or later, but until it happens, let’s have a closer look at the all-new BMW 1 Series Sedan.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 BMW 1 Series Sedan.

PostHeaderIcon Honda CR-V

The CR-V has been around since 1995 when Honda introduced it to Japan and the global market. It wasn’t until 1997 that the CR-V came to the U.S. The first generation CR-V came with a 130-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and was available with both front- and all-wheel-drive. While it was loosely based on the Civic, the crossover had taller ground clearance, folding rear seats, and a look uniquely its own.

Honda ushered in the CR-V’s second generation for 2002. The new ‘ute had a completely revised appearance, a more refined interior and a more powerful 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine. The third generation came along for 2007 and had further refinements. It’s most noticeable as the first CR-V to not have a rear-mounted spare tire.

Now in its fourth generation, the CR-V is getting a mid-cycle refresh. Since it debuted in 2012, the fourth generation marches forward as a hot-selling crossover with good all-weather capabilities and room for five adults and their stuff. The 2015 CR-V gets an all-new engine and CVT transmission that bumps EPA ratings up several ticks, new telematics and an infotainment system, and with a host of “Honda Sensing” safety equipment.

Updated 10/06/2016: After being heavily revised for the 2015 model year, Honda CR-R enters the 2016 model year with pretty much no changes. The only addition to the lineup is a new Special Edition placed between the LX and the EX. It gets 17-inch alloy wheels with an exclusive two tone finish, second-row and rear privacy glass, and security system. The 2016 Honda CR-V will be put on sale at a starting price of $23,595.

Continue reading to learn more about the Honda CR-V.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Impreza 2.0i – Driven

Introduced for 2012, the current fourth-generation Subaru Impreza holds its own against the small-car competition, yet it somehow lacked that special feel to it – its Subaru-ness that fans often talk about. Well for 2015, the Impreza bows with a mid-cycle refresh that includes a slight nose job and some interior material upgrades, but not much else.

To see if the changes make a difference, I spent a week behind the wheel of an Impreza 2.0i dressed in Limited trim. My sedan came coated in Crystal White paint with attractive 17-inch alloy wheels accenting the bright look. One major option package was selected, which included the EyeSight Driver-Assist System, navigation, keyless access and push-button start, and the power moonroof.

The trim and options combined to make a semi-luxurious sedan with and interesting combination of equipment. I say interesting because while the car could autonomously maintain a safe following distance, it left me to adjust the leather seats by hand. Such miss-matched combinations were almost common in the car, yet other pairings seemed to work well together.

Click past the jump for the full review

Subaru Impreza 2.0i – Driven originally appeared on on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:00 EST.

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