April 19, 2012 |
In a quiet, forgotten corner of the automotive landscape there is a segment of vehicle called the large sedan. These cars tilt toward luxury but have a foot firmly planted in practicality and economics. They are for cheap hedonists. Or penny-pinching gourmands. They are for people who fly coach but upgrade to the exit row, favor Macaroni Grill over Olive Garden or see movies only when they hit video on demand but then spring for the HD version. After several years of neglect, Hyundai is now paying this segment some attention with its 2012 Azera.
January 14, 2013 |
Few car enthusiasts would question that the BMW 3-Series has set the standard for small sport sedans since its introduction nearly four decades ago. But the competition has seldom been more fierce. The German automaker is responding at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with an entry-level variant of the sedan, a turbo-charged four-cylinder 320i - with a base price of $33,445. The all-wheel drive version, the 320i xDrive, starts at $35,445. For the cost-conscious among the upwardly mobile, that should help the relatively stripped-down Bimmer hold off competition from the redesigned Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50 - two models also unveiled in Detroit and looking to take the 3-Series down a peg or two. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Detroit Auto Show As with many models, the 3-Series has over time grown larger, more lavishly optioned and more expensive.
December 8, 2011
Base price: $14,495 (including destination charge) Price, as tested: $18,555 Powertrain: 1.8-liter, DOHC, inline four-cylinder engine; six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting Horsepower: 138 at 6,300 rpm Torque: 125 pound-feet at 3,800 rpm Curb weight: 2,721 pounds Wheelbase: 99.4 inches Overall length: 173.1 inches EPA fuel economy: 25 mpg city/35 mpg highway ...
March 23, 2012 |
In a smackdown of South Korean sub-compacts, the Kia Rio EX outpointed the Accent from sister company Hyundai as the top-rated sedan of that size in Consumer Reports' latest tests. Chevrolet's Sonic, the American entrant in the magazine's ratings, as well as the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris, both from Japan, scored lower. "Subcompact cars were once collectively known as penalty boxes for their noisiness, rudimentary interiors, uncomfortable rides, and weak performance.
August 8, 2012 |
Honda provided a peek at what the next version of its popular Accord sedan will look like and it follows the curvaceous sculpted cues of some rivals in the family sedan part of the auto market, including the 2013 editions of Nissan's Altima and Ford's Fusion. This will be the ninth generation Accord, which for many years has been one of the best-selling passenger cars in America. It goes on sale this fall. "This car is the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda.
November 6, 2012 |
"If you want a Ferrari sedan, go buy a Maserati. " So said Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa this summer to dispel rumors that Ferrari would ever build anything with four doors. The closest you'll get to a sedan with a prancing horse on the hood? Maserati's 2014 Quattroporte sedan, which the company announced Tuesday it would officially unveil at January's Detroit Auto Show. The new car is part of the company's ambitious global expansion plans. Photos: 2014 Maserati Quattroporte The previous version of the Quattroporte (which literally means "four doors")