Auto Reviews


THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Kia’s quiet Sportage

AUTO REVIEW—Can you hear that? Ssshhhhh! Can you hear the 2.4 liter, four-cylinder engine? Can you hear the wind noise? Can you hear anything? No, because this is a surprisingly quiet vehicle. My objectivity might be little skewed, since I had just gotten off of an 11-hour flight. It was after this flight that I picked up the 2017 Sportage. The kids fell asleep as we left the parking garage, and my wife and I were struck with how quite the car was. Had this been a Mercedes S-class, or an Audi A8, I would not have thought twice about it. But in a Kia Sportage? Sweet. John-Fredrik Wright reports.

RED SPORT
2017 Q50 Red Sport 400

AUTO REVIEW—No, it’s not a sequel to “Bloodsport”. We’re referring to the Infiniti Q50, which is a sequel to the old G37. And the Red Sport 400 model is the Jean Claude Van Damme of Q50s. For 2017, the Red Sport is now fitted with an all-new 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6. The new power plant breathes new life into the Q50. LA Car’s Mark Dorman reports on the new version, while Harvey Schwartz provides us with the visuals.

COUPE D’ÉTAT
2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S Coupe

AUTO REVIEW—If you’re lucky enough to drive a Formula One bolide for living, and unlucky enough to find yourself in an accident requiring medical attention, the car that will take you away from the track will be a Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S Estate. Well, you can’t drive the Estate on our shores. So instead, get yourself in the driver’s seat of the Coupe version of the aforementioned AMG C63 S, and you may never look back – first to notice difference in design, and second because the view in front, as well as all around, is spectacular.

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.

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