There is a vehicle that offers you limited off road capabilities, a small amount of cargo and passenger space, and lacks sporty style but is still one of our favorites to drive on the road. This vehicle is the BMW X6 and it is a baffling model to be sure. This SUV has a tall ride height, but looks like a car that’s been lifted, much like the Subaru Outback. It does offer you the impressive AWD and sleek fastback style that makes it a vehicle you can enjoy driving on any road, and with the BMW badge at the front, you know the drive will be a majority of the appeal of this SUV.
Most of the time we see sports cars come out as a hardtop coupe model before we even think about the convertible possibilities. in Europe many of the convertible sports cars are called Spider models and the newest item to wear the Fiat badge is the 124 Spider. This is a car that’s based off the Mazda Miata, which is no surprise since it’s built in the same plant, but the 124 Spider gives us Italian style and more engine options than the Miata to be a fantastic variation of the small roadster that comes at an affordable price.
BMW does a great job of building vehicles that we want to drive. If you own a BMW and you aren’t excited to drive there’s something wrong with how you’re driving it because the BMW brand is exceptional to drive and lots of fun on the road. When you need a midsized luxury SUV to drive, BMW offers you the impressive ride of the BMW X5 which is called, by them, a sports-active vehicle to remind you this is a vehicle that’s been built to be driven and for you to enjoy the ride.
Recently we saw Mercedes-Benz show off their first EV platform at the Paris Motor Show which is being called the Generation EQ Concept. This vehicle is made to carry the sophisticated elegance of Mercedes-Benz in an EV model that is meant to rival the i-Brand from BMW. It might feel as if Mercedes- Benz is a little late to the party, but having these two automaker duke it out for the lead in any technology is usually great for the auto industry and us as consumers. Now it appears Mercedes-Benz is ready to make yet another electric commitment.
Alfa Romeo has certainly had its ups and downs over the years. This is an Italian brand that we’ve loved at some times and hated at others, but it’s been one that carried with it a stellar reputation of sporty models for us to admire and enjoy. Unfortunately, the brand lineup in the US was depleted to the point of only having the 4C and the 4C Spider on the market. The new release of the Giulia has given the brand confidence once again to bring more models to market and the next place they have aimed their gun is at the SUV market.
Even though we were presented with the new Volkswagen ID which will be the next generation of electric vehicles from the brand that has undergone a huge amount of scrutiny because of the recent diesel scandal the current electric model has a place that needs to be kept. Volkswagen needs to continue to be a brand that has success and is trusted as one of the leaders in the market for EV models. Because of this it’s important that the current e-Golf pave the way for the new ID to be ready to be the right EV model for us to enjoy.
The Audi lineup has felt some changes because of the Volkswagen debacle and for this new model year the Q5 will not have a diesel model but it also won’t have a hybrid version either. This year the Q5 will gives us a pair of great models to enjoy in the base Q5 and the SQ5 to give us the comfort and impressive style of the Audi interior to go along with the performance of the high end engine and suspension that we expect from an Audi model that has been one we’ve trusted for years.
“E means Enough,” “the fuel gauge is just a guideline,” “I know my car,” are all things you’ve probably heard from a variety of people who have been stranded on the side of the road in one way or another. While cars of today will give you a ton of warnings when the fuel is low there are still many of us who ignore these warnings and still try and push the fuel to its last drop before adding more to the tank. This really is a bad practice to be in from a mechanical standpoint as much as from a safety one.
If I were to tell you there was a Korean made car that was able to stand out in a market that includes the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima and Kia Optima you might be surprised and excited to learn what that car was. Once you know it’s the Hyundai Sonata you might think this car was an obvious choice to stand out in this crowd and be one of the cars in this class that offers you more for the money than anything else, because that’s what Hyundai has done for years.
Tesla has an enormous target on itself and it seems as though every single automaker that develops an EV with reasonable range has Tesla in its sights. We’ve seen the new model from Chevrolet, the Bolt that will be able to give us a 200 mile range on a single charge which will compete directly with the Tesla Model 3 when it arrives, but so far we haven’t seen anything brought the market that’s able to compete with the Model S and what Tesla has to offer with this luxury car that’s built to be able to be upgraded.