Few car makes can stand alone as one name, and instantly be recognized by nearly everyone: “Camaro” is one of those that can, with the muscle car having been part of the collective American consciousness for fifty years -- let’s just call it what it is, an icon.
I recently spent some time in a 2016 Camaro, and here are some key things you need to know about this Michigan-made hot rod.
- Vehicle: 2016 Chevy Camaro
- Price as tested: $40,425
- Best feature: Eye-catching design, speed and handling
- Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
- Who will want this vehicle?: Folks looking for a good old-fashioned, fun American muscle car
As luxury cars go, you don’t see the name Volvo in the news much. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Acura, Audi, Infiniti, Cadillac, Lincoln, Jaguar/Land Rover and Porsche, along with newcomer Tesla, steal most of the headlines.
But while the Swedish brand (now Chinese-owned) isn’t as ubiquitous, a ride in a Volvo will tell you that it’s a shame more people aren’t aware of the brand.
I recently tested a 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription, and I’m back with a full report on a very
positive experience behind the wheel.
And FYI, if I never even mentioned to you that this vehicle was actually “Made in China”, a label which makes some people wary based on the connotation of that phrase, you would never know, as it maintains the Swedish automaker’s heritage impressively.
- Vehicle: 2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription
- Price as tested: $45,925
- Best feature: Unique and attractive interior design, safety features
- Rating: 4 out of five stars
- Who will want this vehicle?: Luxury sedan buyers seeking strong safety and tech features
The minute I saw the 2016 Audi TT coupe, I knew I was in for a very fun, and very dangerous, week.
It is a beautiful car, small but well-shaped and designed for speed. I knew I would love it, but that I’d also have to hold myself back from truly taking advantage of what it can do.
In the end, I avoided running afoul of the law, and had some great driving time in the process. Here’s my full report from my week with the hot rod.
- Vehicle: 2016 Audi TT coupe
- Price as tested: $50,025
- Best feature: Ability to leave all other vehicles in its dust, high-tech dashboard
- Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
- Who will want this vehicle?: Folks seeking an attractive, extra-fast coupe to hit the road in with a partner in crime
All luxury automakers have a sporty flagship sedan aimed at high-end clients looking for some glitz in their daily drive -- and Infiniti has the Q70 as its offering in that mix. Battling sedans from names like Lexus, BMW, Benz, Acura and Cadillac, it’s got some big battles to fight -- so how does it hold up?
I recently spent some time in an Infiniti Q70L (the extended length version) and I’m back with a full report.
- Vehicle: Infiniti Q70L
- Price as tested: $62,755 ($53,500 is base price for AWD version)
- Best feature: Attractive/luxurious look and style, plenty of power
- Rating: 3 out of five stars
- Who will want this vehicle?: Luxury buyers who like the look and feel of the Q70 L and can tolerate the disappointing steering performance.
Let’s be honest. When you get into the luxury realm of the modern-day automobile, they’re all pretty nice. The look and feel and style may vary, and people may be brand-loyal, but in the end it’s hard to find a dog in the bunch. But within this elite group, some vehicles still do tend to shine a bit brighter than others. Some of it can be explained by specs and performance numbers, but often it’s just something you feel when you look at a particular vehicle and get behind the wheel that draws you in.
One such vehicle that I would put in this category is the 2016 Audi A6, a midsize sedan that I would put up against any vehicle in its class. I recently spent a week in the A6, and I’m back with a full report on what makes it reach those heights.
- Vehicle: 2016 Audi A6 2.0T
- Price as tested: $54,725 (starts at $46,200)
- Best feature: Smooth ride, luxurious look and feel
- Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
- Who will want this vehicle?: Luxury buyers seeking a top-notch mid-size sedan
When you talk about convertibles, there are a few names that come to mind -- and one of those is the Mazda Miata. Around for two and a half decades, this vehicle has been popular from the start, and for good reason -- it’s damn fun to drive and looks great.
I recently tested a 2016 Miata and I’ve back with a full report.
- Vehicle: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
- Price as tested: $32,090
- Best feature: Fast, fun to drive, and it’s a convertible
- Rating: 4 out of five stars
- Who will want this vehicle?: Those in search of a fun two-seater and live in a warm climate
What do people want in a car? That’s the question every automaker asks as they try to build an audience.
One word that will keep coming up if that question is posed to a group of people: Safety -- people want to know their families are in good hands when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
For Subaru, this is not news, as they have long been advocates in the area of safety and remained ahead of the curve. I recently tested out a 2015 Subaru Legacy, their entry in the mid-sized sedan category, and found that not only did it live up to Subie’s safety reputation, it had a bit of pep under the hood as well.
- Vehicle: 2015 Subaru Legacy
- Price as tested: $32,585
- Best feature: Safety features/ratings, powerful engine
- Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
- Who will want this vehicle?: Families seeking the safest sedan available, and some power to top it off
The history of Nissan’s Z-Car lineup is deep, going back nearly 50 years to the late 1960s, but the goal has always been the same -- to build fast, fun sporty cars.
While it’s a small piece of Nissan’s overall stamp on the market, it’s a piece worth maintaining, and I recently got a chance to take the wheel of a 2016 Nissan 370Z NISMO.
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