Hitting All the Right Buttons Full-sized luxury SUVs are a hot seller in today’s market. Most confuse luxury with tacky trim applied to a pedestrian SUV, but occasionally a new or updated SUV hits the market that hits all the right buttons for size, luxury, performance, and safety. The freshly updated 2018 Lincoln Navigator is one of those vehicles. Lincoln has stepped up its game in this space and has risen to the top of the large SUV market to the point of winning the North American Truck of the Year award for 2018. Luxury you can still afford to fill up The new Navigator builds on a solid structure with its body-on-frame construction shared with Ford’s pickups. Powered by the same Ford Eco-Boost 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found in the Ford F-150 Raptor, this engine is good for 450 horsepower and 510 pounds-feet of torque mated to a 10-speed transmission. Not only does this engine power the Navigator effortlessly from 0-60 in under six … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label 4×4
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Somewhere between learning how to swaddle and trading neighborhoods with good gastropubs for neighborhoods with good grade schools, you realized that city runabout just won't cut it as a family hauler. Enter the three-row SUV. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the current champ, with enough utility and drivability to smoke its peers in our comparison test last year en route to winning Cars.com's top award for the 2018 model year. But then Subaru reentered the ring with the all-new 2019 Ascent, its first three-row SUV since the demise of the Tribeca. On sale now, the Ascent is what Subaru calls a "mobile headquarters" for the family. How do the two match up? Managing Editor Joe Bruzek and Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays — both new dads themselves — drove the SUVs back to back. Related: 2019 Subaru Ascent First Drive Video: Does it Rise to the Occasion? In addition to driving impressions, we tested car-seat accommodations and cargo space. We … [Read more...] about Subaru Ascent Vs. Volkswagen Atlas: The Family (SUV) Feud Begins
When you think of a luxury SUV, a Cadillac Escalade or Land Rover Range Rover might come to mind. But the luxury SUV action right now is in a smaller size class, so Cars.com has staged its first Luxury Compact SUV Challenge, pitting seven models from around the world against one another in more than a week of testing in the city, suburbs and on a drag strip. 2018 Luxury Compact SUV ChallengeHow We Tested | Video We set a price target of $50,000 as equipped, plus or minus $3,000, and requested volume-selling engines. Willing contestants included several new or freshly redesigned models: the 2019 Infiniti QX50 and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60; the popular 2018 Cadillac XT5 and Lexus NX 300 also participated. All came equipped with optional all-wheel drive. Four judges individually awarded points in 13 categories: interior quality, front-seat comfort, backseat comfort, cargo storage, in-cabin storage, multimedia features, convenience features, handling, … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Luxury Compact SUV for 2018?
OverviewBMW introduced the X1 in 2009, Audi came out with the Q3 in 2011, Mercedes-Benz has had the GLA since 2014, but until September last year, Volvo had no presence in this segment. That’s when the Swedish carmaker took the wraps off the Volvo XC40. It is the company’s first entry-level luxury crossover and the first vehicle based on the Common Modular Architecture (CMA) platform co-developed by Volvo and its owners Geely. It has been received rather well globally with Volvo revealing plans to increase production to meet the high demand. The SUV also managed to bag top honours at the 2018 European Car of the Year awards. The Volvo XC40 has arrived in India and I got a chance to sample it before it goes on sale on July 4, 2018.What does it look like?Volvo’s signature Thor’s Hammer LED DRLs make an appearance on the XC40 as well. They flank an upright grille housing the company’s Iron Mark insignia. The nose is vertical and the bonnet is nearly … [Read more...] about Volvo XC40 review
BRASELTON, Ga. — Road racing veteran Chris Dyson secured his first Trans-Am Series presented by Pirelli victory in the TA class Saturday at Road Atlanta. Dyson was joined in the celebrations by Randy Kinsland, who secured his second consecutive TA3 class Road Atlanta win following the conclusion of the multi-class competition. Dyson began the race in second position in the No. 20 Plaid/ CD Racing Ford Mustang but overtook pole sitter Ernie Francis, Jr., defending TA class champion and driver of the No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang, before turn one of the 40-lap, 101.6-mile race around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit. While Dyson continued in the lead, Francis would fall back to fourth by lap three, with David Pintaric, in the No. 57 Kryderacing Cadillac CTS-V, and Simon Gregg, in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, in pursuit. Over the passing laps Francis climbed, taking third position on lap 15 and second on lap 21, then settling into close pursuit … [Read more...] about Chris Dyson Is First-Time Trans-Am Winner