Seat Time: 2015 Lexus IS 250 F-Sport

August 20th, 2014 at 3:00pm

2013 Lexus ISC

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: John McElroy
Manufacturer: Toyota
Make: Lexus
Model: IS 250 F-Sport
Type: 2-door convertible
Competitors: BMW 4-series convertible, Mercedes SLK, Audi A5 convertible
Price: $51,065
Made in: Tahara, Japan
Drivetrain: 2.5 L V-6, 6-speed automatic
EPA Ratings: 21 city, 30 highway, 24 mpg combined

Final Impression:

2013 Lexus ISCIf you enjoy going out on a nice sunny day and motoring down a pleasant country road in a car with the top down, stop reading this review right now and go out to your local Lexus dealer. This car is ideal for open-top motoring at leisurely speeds.

The hard-top roof opens and closes easily at the touch of a button, with no latches, covers or snaps to deal with. And all the other controls seem to be located where ever you intuitively reach for them, making this car a breeze to drive. OK, there. Now I’ve said everything nice that I have to say about this car.

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Seat Time: 2015 Lexus NX

August 19th, 2014 at 3:00pm

2015 Lexus NX 200t

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Reviewer: Seamus McElroy
Manufacturer: Toyota
Make: Lexus
Model: NX
Type: Small Crossover
Competitors: Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW X3, Audi Q5
Price: Not Available
Made in: Kyushu, Japan
Drivetrain: 2.0L four-cylinder turbo w/ six-speed automatic. 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid w/ CVT.
EPA Ratings: All MPG numbers are estimated. 2.0L (FWD) – 22 city/ 28 highway/ 24 combined. 2.0L (AWD) – 21 city/ 28 highway/ 24 combined. 2.5L (FWD) – 35 city/ 31 highway/ 33 combined. 2.5L (AWD) – 33 city/ 30 highway/ 32 combined.

Final Impression:

2015 Lexus NX 200tLexus is jumping into the small crossover segment later this year with the all-new NX. The company is aiming to sell around 3,000 a month in the U.S. or about 36,000 a year.

The NX is built on the same platform as the Toyota RAV-4 but 90% of the parts have been newly engineered for the luxury CUV. Lexus offers two powertrains for the NX. A 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, the first gasoline turbo in the company’s line-up, which is mated to a six-speed automatic. The other engine is 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid that’s mated to a CVT. Each engine is offered in front and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy for the turbo ranges from the low twenties in the city to the high twenties on the highway. And the hybrid’s ratings range from the mid-thirties in the city to the low thirties on the highway. All fuel economy numbers are estimates.

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AD #1439 – Russia to Retaliate? Right Looks so Wrong, The Inspiration for GM’s EV-1

August 19th, 2014 at 12:05pm

Runtime: 8:39

- Russia May Set Up Import Ban
- UAW Makes Progress with VW
- RHD Mustang Looks Weird
- U.S. to Mandate V2V Technology?
- Mopar’s Jeep Hood Decal
- Citation IV Inspires EV-1
- You Said It!

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Seat Time: 2014 Nissan NV200 Cargo SV

August 18th, 2014 at 3:00pm

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van

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Reviewer: Chip Drake
Manufacturer: Nissan-Renault
Make: Nissan
Model: NV200 Cargo SV
Type: Minivan
Competitors: Ford Transit Connet; RAM Promaster City Cargo
Price: $21,280 (base); $23,645 (as tested)
Made in: Final Assembly: Civac Plant, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Drivetrain: 2.0-Liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine; Continously Variable Transmission
EPA Ratings: 24city, 25highway (24combined)

Final Impression:

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo VanIf Batman’s nemesis The Riddler were writing this review, it might start like this: Riddle Me This, Caped Crusader, When is a Cargo Van like a Taxi? And of course the answer is when the manufacturer is Nissan. The maker of the “Taxi of Tomorrow” uses the same NV200 shell, which was chosen to cart customers in Yellow Cab form around America’s Gotham City. Yet the problem with that particular vehicle is it’s too expensive for the notoriously “thrifty” (read cheap) taxi owners.

2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi

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AD #1438 – OEM Rankings by Revenue, Buick Reveals Envision Interior, Cruisin’ in a ‘65 GTO

August 18th, 2014 at 11:58am

Runtime: 7:06

- OEM Rankings by Revenue
- Buick Reveals Envision Interior
- Why Ford Is Counting Oil Rigs
- U.K. Wants Licensed Mechanics
- Cruisin’ Woodward in a ‘65 GTO

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Autoline LIVE from Woodward Ave. 2014

August 16th, 2014 at 1:16am

Get ready for a special webcast from the site of the biggest one-day automotive event in the world! Once again we’ll be back on the curb and ready to ogle the classics cruising up and down Michigan’s most famous avenue, Woodward. This year we’re welcoming a bevy of guests including Tricia Hecker, Director of Mopar Marketing; Jim Hall, automotive analyst; Richard Cox, Director of Dodge and SRT; Richard Rawlings, star of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud”; Mark Phelan, critic for the Detroit Free Press; and Steve Pasteiner, classic car expert and former designer.

AD #1437 – Aston in Trouble, Autonomous Cars Scare Lawyers, Ford’s Unique Engine Block

August 15th, 2014 at 12:20pm

Runtime: 9:17

- Aston Martin in Trouble
- Why ZF Wants TRW
- Autonomous Cars Scare Lawyers
- Tesla Boosts Roadster’s Range
- Tesla Stock Set To Take Big Jump
- GM’s Reuss Praises Musk, Tesla
- Ford’s Unique Engine Block

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Seat Time: 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC

August 14th, 2014 at 3:00pm

Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: Chip Drake
Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
Type: 4-door Sport Utility
Competitors: Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Price: $51,790 (base); $69,085.00 (as tested)
Made in: Final Assembly: Vance, Alabama; Engine & Transmission from Germany
Drivetrain: 3.0-Liter V-6 Turbo Diesel (240 Horsepower); 7-Speed Automatic Transmission with Shift Paddles
EPA Ratings: 20city, 28highway (23combined)

Final Impression:

Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC 4MATICTo dredge up on old but appropriate axiom in this case, sometimes you do end up throwing the baby out with the bath water. And that’s the dilemma Mercedes-Benz finds itself in with the ML 350 BlueTec. By all accounts it’s an amazing vehicle. The 3 Liter V6 Turbo Diesel delivers power, torque, performance and we haven’t gotten to the clean diesel part yet which gave me consistent mpgs in the mid 20s throughout my week of driving. It is roomy & comfy enough for a family taking long trips or large enough to — gulp — move your mother-in-law into your home for her golden years. Yea, all that is good. The problem is when you go for the gusto and buy a Mercedes the company has done such a good job of selling its brand through the years you expect the ultimate in luxury, and as a target market customer like Prince Hamlet would say “Ay, there’s the rub.” For as nice as the ML is put together inside and out, for some reason it just doesn’t seem like a Mercedes. Maybe I’m expecting too much but having just gotten out of the E350 Sport Wagen and being blown away by everything including the luxury notes of the car, all that was clearly missing with the ML.

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AD #1436 – 2015 Charger Hellcat, Future of Tire Sensors, 2015 Lexus NX Driving Impressions

August 14th, 2014 at 11:49am

Runtime: 7:05

- 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
- Toyota Tweaks FT-1 Concept
- Continental’s Future Tire Sensor
- Win a Copy of Pro Touring
- Driving Impressions: 2015 Lexus NX

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Coming Soon: Autoline LIVE from Woodward Avenue!

August 13th, 2014 at 5:30pm

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Get ready for a special webcast THIS FRIDAY from the site of the biggest one-day automotive event in the world! Once again we’ll be back on the curb and ready to ogle the classics cruising up and down Michigan’s most famous avenue, Woodward. This year we’re welcoming a bevy of guests including Tricia Hecker, Director of Mopar Marketing; Jim Hall, automotive analyst; Richard Cox, Director of Dodge and SRT; Richard Rawlings, star of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud”; and Steve Pasteiner, classic car expert and former designer.

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