2017 Volvo V90 Inscription T6 2.0-liter inline-four, turbocharged and supercharged DOHC (316 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm; 295 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm)Eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive22 city / 30 highway / 25 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)10.5 city / 7.8 highway / 9.4 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100 km)23 mpg [10.2 L/100 km] (observed)Base Price: $50,945 (U.S) / $62,015 (Canada)As Tested: $66,690 (U.S) / $87,034 (Canada)Prices include $995 destination charge in the United States and $2,115 for destination and A/C tax in Canada Volvo wants you to reconsider your hauling needs.Sure, crossovers are a hot commodity these days, coveted for their available cargo space and all-weather capability, but Volvo — despite selling a pair of lofty crossovers itself — believes you should ditch the SUV in favor of a car. And that car is the Volvo V90.What we have here is an attractively styled, stretched five-door Scandinavian hatchback that carries Volvo’s renowned wagon … [Read more...] about 2018 Volvo V90 Inscription T6 Review – The Swedish Wagon of Your Dreams?
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2016 BMW 340i 3.0-liter DOHC I6, turbocharged (320 horsepower @ 5,500-6,500 rpm; 330 pounds-feet @ 1,300-5,000)Six-speed manual transmission20 city / 30 highway / 23 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)24.5 (Observed, MPG)Base Price: $46,785As Tested: $58,345All prices include $995 destination charge. The BMW 3 Series has been the benchmark to which all manner of vehicles are measured. The comparisons go beyond the likes of the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volvo S60, and include BMW M3 vs Chevy Camaro and BMW 328d vs Toyota Prius. It seems that every car company in America makes at least one “3-Series fighter.” But there’s a problem with your largest volume product being put on this kind of pedestal: die-hard fans hate change.Enthusiasts claim that BMW ruined the 3 Series when they redesigned it in 2012. The “F30” sedan got bigger, fatter, softer, and more gadget-filled than ever before. BMW fanbois cried in their … [Read more...] about 2016 BMW 340i Review – The Lightest of Refreshes
BMW moved over 140,000 3-Series’ last year in America. They didn’t do this by being the most luxurious option or by being the best handling option. (The truth is hard to hear, I’m sorry.) Instead, BMW did this by doing exactly what shoppers asked for; luxury car buyers want a comfy ride with a luxury logo on the front, good fuel economy and to read reviews that extol the track-day virtues of their car of choice. The average buyer will never be on a track, but it’s critical to know your car belongs there.What BMW dealers don’t want you to know: there are two sedans in this segment that are arguably better on the track than a 328i or 335i and we’re talking about one of them today, the IS 350 F Sport. ExteriorLexus’ exterior styling used to strike me as graceful, sophisticated and reserved. Apparently, however, the front end got no respect on the Autobahn, so the F Sport nose was created. While I can’t say if it commands more … [Read more...] about 2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Review (With Video)
Volvo seems to be on the long road to recovery. Although sales have continued to slip in the USA, the numbers were up worldwide last year. In an interesting twist, 2014 was also the first year more Volvos were sold in China than North America. That could be cause-and-effect since Volvo had been more focused on their European-only new compact sedan and wagon. 2016 finally showers some Swedish love on America with a complete redesign of the XC90, the SUV originally designed for us. Because China is now a bigger market than we are, this XC90 isn’t just for us, but for China and the growing number of big crossovers clogging up Europe as well. ExteriorUp front is a bolder, flatter grille (thanks to pedestrian impact regulations), distinctive optional LED headlamps and a shorter front overhang than ever before. The shorter overhang is possible because this is the first Volvo in ages designed to accept only 4-cylinder or smaller engines under the hood. Out back, the … [Read more...] about 2016 Volvo XC90 First Drive (With Video)
We’ve talked about BMW’s portfolio expanding faster than an American on a midwest diet before, but I’m going to do it again because it’s the key to understanding the 2-series in general and the M235i in particular.The M235i is not an M2, it is not a 235i M Sport, and it is more than the former 135is. Are you confused yet? The M235i is the first of BMW’s “M Performance” vehicles which are not to be confused with “M Sport.”Here’s how BMW’s new four-tier system works:Things start with M Sport which is a “looks fast/handles well” package, then we get “is” which adds a dollop of performance, followed by the new M Performance where we put M in front of a three digit model number (M235i) denoting increased power, improved handling, improved braking and suspension tweaks, before going full-on-M.In theory, the full treatment includes body modifications like wheel well enlargements, carbon fiber … [Read more...] about 2015 BMW M235i Review (With Video)
2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD 2.0-liter DOHC I-4, supercharged and turbocharged (316 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm; 295 lbs-ft @ 2,200-4,500 rpm)8-speed Aisin automatic with Haldex all-wheel drive20 city/25 highway/20 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)20.1 (Observed, MPG)Base Price:$49,895*As Tested:$68,155** Prices include $995 destination charge. Many of you have asked why we bother to review a car we’ve already reviewed based on a few hours at a launch event. The all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 is a textbook example of why more time with a car allows for a more complete review.At launch events, you have no time to perform acceleration or brake tests of a vehicle (and, of course, you aren’t testing the car on the same circuit that the rest of the cars have been tested upon) and you have no ability to drive the competition back-to-back to get a sense of comparison. There is a reason that first drive reviews tend to be fact based: it’s hard to review … [Read more...] about 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Review – Sweden’s New King (Video)
2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country 2.5-liter turbocharged DOHC I-5, VVT (250 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm; 266 lbs-ft @ 1,800-4,200 rpm; 295 lbs-ft overboost)6-speed Aisin Automatic20 city/28 highway/23 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)20.1 (Observed, MPG)Base Price: $44,440*As Tested: $47,315** Prices include $940 destination charge. I understand the logic behind the modern crossover, especially in Sweden.Sweden’s 360,000 mile network of public and private roads is only 30-percent paved. That leaves some 252,000 miles of unpaved glory to explore. This high percentage of unpaved roads explains why Volvos have long had reasonable ground clearance, why the Swedes invented the headlamp wiper, why the XC70 exists and why Haldex was founded there.The concept of the crossover is to give you the efficiency of a traditional “car” blended with some offroad ability normally found in a truck-based SUV. (Of course, the modern American crossover is little more … [Read more...] about 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country Review – The Sport Utility… Sedan? [Video]
2016 Lexus IS 200t 2.0-liter turbocharged, DOHC I-4, direct injection, CVVT, (241 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm; 258 lbs-ft @ 1,650-4,400 rpm)Eight-speed automatic22 city/32 highway/26 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)24.6 (Observed, MPG)Base Price: $38,275*As Tested: $45,065** Prices include $950 destination charge. Lexus has tended to prefer conservative design in almost every aspect of product development. Words like reliable and dependable usually spring to mind before sporty or exciting.Yet, the brand has been trying to change that over the last few years with love-it-or-hate-it designs; in particular, Lexus’ new “Predator mouth.” The changes aren’t simply skin deep. The current-generation IS sedan also stepped outside the luxury brand’s comfort zone with sharp handling and a focus on dynamics. Of course, this is Lexus we’re talking about, so this change in a more aggressive direction is happening at, you guessed it, a … [Read more...] about 2016 Lexus IS 200t Review – Lexus Finally Goes Turbo
It was 1998 and my friend Tom had just picked up a 1991 Eagle Talon TSI AWD.“Ok, go ahead and floor it, but don’t rev it past 5,000 rpm,” Tom said.I mashed the throttle and … nothing happened.We were moving, but it was at the pace of a Toyota Corolla and nowhere near the rate of acceleration promised by the 2.0-liter turbo’s claimed 195 horsepower.Disappointed, I left my foot on the throttle for a few seconds. Suddenly, I heard the whistle of the spooling turbo and a sudden shove of boost kicked in.Four-cylinder turbo engines from the ‘90s were all similar to this. While they generated relatively big power at the top end, they also suffered from massive turbo lag and had fuel economy similar to a much larger V8.Nissan’s new Variable Compression Turbo engine promises big power, minimal turbo lag, and decent fuel economy using some new trickery.Is this the holy grail of turbocharged motors? Why it mattersInfiniti’s introduction … [Read more...] about Is Infiniti’s Variable Compression Turbo the Holy Grail of Power and Efficiency?
When is a BMW not a BMW? Some would say: when it has four wheels. Others will say: when it’s front wheel drive. But here we are. BMW’s smallest crossover has ditched its BMW 3-Series roots for underpinnings shared with the Mini Countryman.Say what?Americans may be surprised to hear that the X1 is not BMW’s first front driver. Neither is it the last BMW with a transverse engine. Our European friends will soon be seeing the 2 Series Gran Tourer — a small 7-seat … minivan. Yes, a BMW minivan. What’s that sound, you ask? Minds blowing.For purists, the notion of a trio of transverse-engined BMWs prowling around the countryside is an abomination; an affront to everything E46 M3 owners holds sacred.For the rest of you? It’s no big deal. Seriously.ExteriorThe old X1 looked more wagon than crossover, because it was more wagon than crossover. BMW took an E91 3 Series and sent it to the School of Forester.For 2016, the X1 has … [Read more...] about 2016 BMW X1 Review – The Un-BMW