Auto Reviews


WINE COUNTRY COUPE
2015 Lexus RC 350 F-Sport

AUTO REVIEW— Could it be real? The return of the Lexus sport coupe? Lexus is no stranger to the two door sports car. The SC was a main stay in the Lexus lineup for 19 years. It was discontinued in 2010, and Lexus fans were worried that might be the end of a luxury coupe for this marquee. Enter the new RC—a beautiful two door luxury sports car that slots in between the IS and GS in price range. Mark Dorman learns it’s the perfect ride for Pebble Beach’s Food & Wine Festival.

FOUR-TIFIED
The all new 2016 Nissan Maxima

AUTO REVIEW—Visually, it’s the floating c-pillar on the new 2016 Nissan Maxima that sets it apart from the existing sport sedan crowd. Viscerally, it’s how the new car behaves that leaves the most lasting impression. The new 2016 model is better in nearly every way from the prior model, and bests the competition in several areas. Nissan is even reviving its “4-door sports car” tag line to describe the car. Editor John Grafman reports.

THE DOCTOR IS IN
House calls in a 2015 Buick Regal GS AWD

AUTO REVIEW— Buicks were once referred to as doctor’s cars—especially when doctors made house calls as part of their regular routine. The idea was that MDs most likely could easily afford a Cadillac, but instead chose to drive the less expensive offering one peg below (as to not be seen as rubbing in the fact that they were highly-paid)…and that would be a Buick. The new Regal GS that I just (reluctantly) returned after a fun week of driving, could also be a doctor’s car. In this case, it would be a PhD kind of doctor, and the field would be astrophysics or engineering.

GE NE SAIS QUOI
2015 Hyundai Genesis RWD 3.8

AUTO REVIEW—The all new, second-generation Hyundai Genesis Sedan has that certain, elusive quality that sets luxury cars apart from more pedestrian offerings. Fortunately, the price of the Genesis is not too elusive—certainly below what you’d pay for the Three-Pointed Star or the Spinning Blue Propeller. Editor-at-Large Reed Berry reports on the 311 horsepower, 3.8 liter version of the new sedan.

A LONG TIME COMING
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab tested

At long last, an all new American midsize pickup truck

AUTO REVIEW—It’s been a long time since an American car company offered a competitive small (midsize) pickup truck, having pretty much handed the market on a silver platter to Toyota and Nissan. Aside from the first generation Colorado, Chevy last introduced an all new pickup back in model year 1993. For Ford, it’s been since January of 1992. At long last, Chevrolet is taking the market seriously with the 2015 Colorado. Senior Contributing Editor Harold Osmer reports.

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