Auto Reviews


WORLD CUP OF CROSSOVERS?
2014 Infiniti QX60

AUTO REVIEW—The recently concluded World Cup Soccer Tournament in Brazil brings to mind upscale soccer moms who can use the three rows of seats in the 2014 Infiniti QX60 to transport their players in luxury. Front seat headrests have built in TV screens. Future champions have their own climate control. Therein may lie the reason why the U.S. team never advanced beyond the first round. Here, our kids are coddled in transportation like this. Over there, some kids have no running water. But their motivation to turn into the next Lionel Messi is very, very high.

ELECTRIC HOT ROD FROM HELL
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

AUTO REVIEW—Let’s cut to the chase: The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV cranks out 400 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than the Porsche 911 Carrera S, more than the 5.0 V8 Mustang GT and more than the Ferrari 458 Italia. But whereas the Ferrari’s maximum torque occurs at 6,000 rpm, the Spark EV delivers all 400 big ones at zero rpm. Meet the $18,000* electric hot rod from hell.

I ROCK AND ROLL
2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E

AUTO REVIEW—“Volvo” in Latin translates to “I roll”. An Eaton supercharger and BorgWarner turbocharger working in tandem to crank out 302 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four roughly translates to “I rock”—and not just in Latin. Meet the rock and roll member of the Volvo family—the 2015 S60 T6 Drive-E. Harvey Schwartz reports.

HOME ON THE RANGE ANXIETY
The Z takes home the Nissan LEAF

AUTO REVIEW—”You’ll be okay with it?” The query by the press fleet manager is touching. He just he handed me the keys to the 2014 Nissan LEAF, and the 120-volt charging cable. I appreciate his concern for my well-being, but I have reviewed cars for years and LEAF (also known as Nissan’s Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable Family car) is just a car. Of course I’ll be okay with it. It’s after 10:00 that evening and I am definitely not okay with it.

LEXUS NEXUS
New Lexus NX aims at the compact crossover

LA CAR REPORT— “We know we are late to the party,” said the Lexus representative. The luxury division of Toyota gave LA CAR and other select media the opportunity to get up close and personal with the forthcoming 2015 Lexus NX family of small luxury utility vehicles. Sean Spear offers a quick take on Lexus’ big leap into the small ute competition.

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