A Road Well Traveled
Reviewing 2017 Genesis G80 AWD Ultimate

A face everyone can love

To break through the clutter you have to have a design that is genuinely arresting, and in my book Genesis’ latest, um, Genesis does so in spades. The “face” of the G80 exudes luxury to me – clean, modern lines, a front fascia that is aggressive but still keeps it professional. Think of your friendly neighborhood investment banker – he’s friendly enough to outsiders but there’s plenty of testosterone on tap if it’s time to scrap.

ZEN & THE ART OF INCONSPICUOUS ELECTRIC PROPULSION
2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

AUTO REVIEW—It’s already the least expensive electric car you can buy in America. But the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is not exactly flying off the dealer shelves. Some dealers have been advertising the i-MiEV with a $69 per month lease (and a down payment of around $2,000). If you’re in a state that offers an electric car cash rebate (e.g., California), it’s almost like getting the car with no down, and no payments for the first seven months of a three year lease. Suddenly, the idea of considering an i-MiEV doesn’t seem so crazy—particularly if your daily commute is in town and you have a second car.

DOUBLE DRAGONS
Reviewing Lexus’ Off-Road SUVs in Civilization

The GX is ready for whatever hipsters throw its way

AUTO REVIEW – On a recent trip to Rowher Flats with the SoCal Trail Buds off-road group, I was floored watching my friend’s LX570 on stock suspension easily conquer a hill so steep it gave everyone (myself included) pause (it also generated some NSFW exclamations when he succeeded). On the way back I wondered how it would be to pilot Lexus’ pair of off-road machines in the confines of suburbia. Lexus was kind enough to oblige my curiosity by supplying me with a GX460 and LX570 to try in the asphalt jungle of the 626.

THREE-POINTED SUPERSTAR
The new Mercedes-Benz AMG SL65 Twin Turbo Roadster

AUTO REVIEW— After spending seven days behind the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 65 roadster, Harvey Schwartz declares it to be true supercar bliss. “The styling, comfort, luxury, performance, ergonomics, connectivity and safety are beyond belief. This AMG has it all, the most power, performance, and luxury on the market. With 621 horsepower and a massive ground shaking, 738 pounds of torque.”

NOT YOUR MOMMY’S MINIVAN
2017 Toyota Sienna XLE Premium

AUTO REVIEW—As this Sienna’s XLE’s designation indicates, this is the Premium all-in version of Toyota’s very popular and very capable full size “minivan”. I know this is a minivan, the ubiquitous family hauler, utilitarian, not necessarily swift nor sexy. On the other hand, this one is a swift box. That’s 296 horsepower swift. It’s one of the sweetest and most powerful motors in the business, and backed up by an absolutely-never-in-the-wrong-gear Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission.