The Weekly Summary - April 14, 2016
The Weekly Summary - April 14, 2016
Here's a summary of car reviews, car comparisons, and car recalls from the past week - curated from the top sources. This will allow you guys to keep up with the latest car buying news as you shop around for your next vehicle.
This Week's Car ReviewsNY Times
2016 Chevrolet Malibu
"It’s apparent that General Motors listened to owners, and perhaps more important, those who did not buy the outgoing model. The biggest obstacle keeping this svelte sedan from gaining market share is simple brand loyalty to other automakers. Wise shoppers will surf into a Chevy store to check one out. Malibu has hit high tide in a fiercely battled segment."
Alex on Autos
2016 Nissan Titan XD (Video Review)
2017 Audi A4
Cars designed for mass appeal tend to play it a little safe, and given that the A4 is Audi’s best-selling vehicle, there are no big surprises here. The 2017 model is a people-pleaser through and through, one crafted to do everything competently and age well with the passing years. I happen to identify as people, however, so I found driving the A4 to be a thoroughly pleasing experience through and through.
Car & Driver
2017 Porsche Boxster / Boxster S
"Both Boxsters are capable and rewarding cars worthy of the name they bear. Had their flat-six-powered predecessors never existed, we’d be singing their praises without hesitation. But these are driver’s cars not race cars. They exist to produce pleasure not lap times. And using that as the yardstick, Beetle sounds aside, it’s hard to say that this Boxster is better in every way that matters to a sports car buyer"
Car & Driver
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-class Cabriolet
"Although Mercedes foresees the cabriolet selling mostly in warm-weather environs, it goes to great lengths to make top-down driving comfortable in sub-optimal temperatures"
This Week's Car ComparisonsKelley Blue Book - KBB
Subcompact SUV Comparison
|1||2016 Honda HR-V||$20,015||Clearly the one to beat in this class, it has the goods|
|2||2016 Buick Encore||$24,990||One of the class's leading sellers for good reason|
|3||2016 Mazda CX-3||$20,840||More of a fun-to-drive hatch with available all-wheel drive than a spacious SUV|
|4||2016 Jeep Renegade||$18,990||A good, solid, safe bet for the least amount of SUV you can buy. And even though it's car-based, you can still get one with legit off-road aspirations.|
|5||2016 Fiat 500X||$20,900||Easy to love from afar, hard to recommend|
Toyota Land Cruiser vs Jeep Wrangler Rubicon vs Mercedes G550
|1||Toyota Land Cruiser|
|2||Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock|
This Week's Car Recalls2011 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai is recalling the 2011 Hyundai Sonata due to a problem with the car's power steering system. 173,000 vehicles are affected. More Info
2016 Nissan Frontier
1,500 vehicles are affected. There's an electrical problem that could cause a fire. More Info
2016 Mazda CX-3
578 vehicles affected. Being recalled for possible loss of steering control. More Info
2016 Toyota RAV-4,
2016 Lexus RX 350,
2016 Lexus ES 350
Possible loss of vehicle stability control. The recall affects 4,170 RAV4s, 90 RX 350s, and 12,400 ES 350s. More Info
2004-07 Honda Accord
Airbag problem. 11,602 vehicles affected. More Info
2016 Hyundai Tucson
Problem with the vehicle's brake lights. 2,200 vehicles affected. More Info
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