Auto Reviews


THE CHASE
The third-generation Lexus IS

AUTO REVIEW—“The relentless pursuit of perfection” was the Lexus slogan in its early years. For the littlest Lexus, the IS, it’s also been a relentless pursuit of BMW—the self-proclaimed Ultimate Driving Machine. Has the chase ended? Mark Dorman reports on the third generation Lexus IS—in 306-horsepower IS 350 form.

A $66,000 KIA
We drive the 2015 Kia K900

AUTO REVIEW— I’m driving a $66,000 Kia. Stop laughing. It’s true. I know what you’re thinking, and you’re correct. There was a time – and not that long ago – when in order to have a Kia worth $66K you would have to buy a new Kia and fill the trunk with $50,000 in cash. Kia has really been stepping it up in the areas of quality and design, so I knew it wouldn’t be long before they jumped into the luxury car segment. They have done it in a BIG way with the handsome new 2015 Kia K900.

GOING ELECTRIC, ITALIAN STYLE
The FIAT 500e

AUTO REVIEW—“I hope you don’t buy it because every time I sell one it cost me $14,000.” That’s what Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne told an audience at the Brookings Institution about the all-electric Fiat 500e. What Marchionne is really saying is that Fiat makes the 500e only because California requires the company to offer it under the state’s mandate to sell zero emissions vehicles. For a car that the company didn’t even want to make it, the 500e is one nicely executed vehicle.

50 SHADES OF ORANGE
Scenes from the 2015 Model OC International Auto Show

EVENT—It’s Southern California’s first auto show of the model year. That alone made the 2015 Model Orange County International Auto Show worth the price of admission. It’s all about the new cars. And the OC show had plenty of that—new cars, a number of high-end exotics, over 100 test drive opportunities, electric vehicles and more. The show draws from a very big crowd—Orange County and Long Beach. Here are 50 scenes from the show at the Anaheim Convention Center.

CADDY SHAQ
2015 Cadillac Escalade Premium

AUTO REVIEW— Being a car guy, as in I drive a car every day, I hadn’t fully appreciated why someone would want to drive a big-ass SUV on daily errands. Getting up close and personal with the 2015 Cadillac Escalade changed all that. This is the Shaquille O’Neal of SUVs. Harold Osmer reports.

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