AD #1649 – Acura Tops Luxury Residual Values, Alfa Reveals Giulia, New Sleeker Cruze Debuts

June 25th, 2015 at 11:42am

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- Acura Makes a Good Value Proposition
- New Chevy Cruze Debuts
- MINI Clubman Has Growth Spurt
- Alfa Romeo Reveals New Giulia
- Focus RS’s High-Powered Four
- Ford Uses Big Data to Help Manage Fleets

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32 Comments to “AD #1649 – Acura Tops Luxury Residual Values, Alfa Reveals Giulia, New Sleeker Cruze Debuts”

  1. Rob Says:

    40mpg Cruze sounds great but the testing does not reflect real-time driving? Those numbers are spawn from testing at 55mph. which GM then gears the car to achieve that great MPG at 55mph, but who drives 55 anymore?
    I had a 2012 Cruze which would get 38-40mpg at 55 but take it up to 70 or 75 and the engine was almost turning 3000 rpms so I was lucky to get 32. The testing requirement need to change so automakers can gear the cars for real driving not some test.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    Cruze – any Autoline insight whether the hatch will be coming? Is that new 1.4 motor going in other vehicles like the Trax?

  3. pedro fernandez Says:

    #1 I do, not because I want to, but because I have to.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 AutoWeek says the Cruze hatch will be coming.

    I might consider that car, with the diesel, as a replacement for my Prius in a few years, if diesel fuel stays about the same price as gas, as it is now.

  5. RS Says:

    Acura builds a great car and although not cheap, they are usually value packed. But watch out for their infotainment setup. The Nav on my 2012 TL was horrible – both the interface and the guidance. Searching for a POI brought results in Michigan, New Jersey and California. I was in Pennsylvania at the time!

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    1 The mpg of my non-S MINI drops about the same with speed. It gets a little over 40 at 55-60, but got only 34 and change for a 1100 mile trip on the interstate, going 75-77 most of the time.

    The MINI is probably geared for top speed, rather than EPA numbers, but the result is similar.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I was kind of surprised that Acura would top luxury brands in residual value. Maybe it’s because they don’t compete with S-Class, 7 series, and A8. Very expensive cars like those always have very high depreciation, and Acura wouldn’t have a car like those in their calculated residual.

  8. fred battle Says:

    With the introduction of the new Mini on a revised platform, has BMW fixed the multiple engine and quality problems with the running gear?

  9. JDay Says:

    Great episode today, that new Cruze looks to be way better than the outgoing model and a big step in the rite direction for GM. Although the new alpha looks a LOT like a bmw it looks better than one to me so I don’t get the knock off copy cat vibe from it at all, and I’ve never ever wanted a focus until rite now but with all that hp and torque I hope they have designed a real cure for torque steer.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The new MINI Clubman is about 2 inches wider than the 2- and 4-door hardtops. Is it now a Countryman with side hinged doors, rather than a Cooper with side hinged doors? I haven’t seen anything about the next Countryman, but I assume there will be one.

  11. Bob Bradley Says:

    The new Cruze looks just like a larger version of the Corolla.

  12. HtG Says:


    Have we all accepted that the front of most cars will be shaped like shipping crates? I can’t get used to it.

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    #4 Kit WHY WHY WHY??You got one of the best cars ever made by any company, you sure you want a GM diesel?

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 After the 7 or 8 years with the Prius, I might just want something different, but still very fuel efficient. I’ll have 2-3 years to decide, and see the 4th generation Prius. Also, I’d be more inclined to keep a non-hybrid “forever,” as I seem to be doing with my minivan.

    Speaking of which, I just got an antique plate for my van, kind of for fun. It certainly doesn’t look like an antique.

  15. pedro fernandez Says:

    Does this mean that your insurance is going down as well? Kit is your car ins bill higher in Fl or In?

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s a little lower in IN than my area in FL. I don’t think the insurance on the van will change with the different plate. I’ve had very low declared miles on the van for years.

    I suspect insurance is higher in south FL than in my area, maybe a lot higher.

  17. pedro fernandez Says:

    You better believe it, the ins companies blame it on fraud, we also lead the nation in Medicare and Medicaid fraud. My people might not have invented fraud, but they have learned to embrace it.

  18. T. Bejma Says:

    My 2013 Cruze used to only get about 34 mpg at 75 mph (on summer gas) and also is running at about 3,000 rpm with the 6-Speed Manual (note: The Eco version has a taller 6th gear and runs at about 2,000 rpm at 75 mph), but now, after adding a Trifecta tune, I not only get much better throttle response above 2500 rpm, I also now get 40 mpg(!) at 75 mph.

    Amazing what a tune can do!

  19. pedro fernandez Says:

    TB is this something you did yourself or done by the dealer?

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    T.B., do you need premium gas with this tune? Is something similar available for Priuses or Mini’s, or 1989 Chrysler 2.5 turbos?

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    ..or 1996 Corvettes? I”m guessing that the way the better mog is achieved is basically re-tuning the engine for premium gas. Is that the case?

  22. XA351GT Says:

    Any pricing info on the Focus RS yet? My prediction is about $37K.

  23. Bradley Says:

    That will be great if 40mpg is truly the rated value. Traditionally I always have to have the wind at my back to get close to rated values in Detroit branded cars.

    The opposite has always been true for non-Detroit brands. Ie my Yaris rated at 36, but I always get 40-44 easily. My vw sportswagen is rated similarly and gets low 40s too

  24. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 That’s what I’d expect, as the obvious competitor, the Golf R is about 37K.

  25. pedro fernandez Says:

    Bradley, you have a stick or auto Yaris, I understand the diff in highway mpg between both is not that much, surprised with just a 4 speed auto. Imagine what it would get with a CVT?

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    23 My experience has been getting better mileage relative to the ratings with manual than automatic transmission cars, whether Detroit or import branded. My overall mileage with my MINI and Caravan, and other manual cars I’ve had about match the highway ratings, while my automatics have been closer to their city ratings. Diesels tend to beat their ratings, and hybrids tend to underperform their ratings. That’s been my experience with both. Still, I’m very happy with my 46+ overall with the Prius, even though the EPA “overall” rating is higher.

  27. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Off topic:
    Uber near-riots in Paris. There is a lot still in limbo, with this “ride sharing” stuff.

  28. pedro fernandez Says:

    I have to wonder if these French taxi drivers are mostly aliens from the middle east. If so, I would not be a very happy Frenchman at this time in history. Their liberal immigration policies maybe their undoing, we need to take notice as well.

  29. Bradley Says:


    I have a manual.

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    28 The last time I used taxis in France, they seemed to be mostly “native” French, but it’s been a while, 15 years. Yeah, things seem to have changed with the easy immigration, and not in a good way.

  31. Brett Says:

    If you want the lowest insurance rates, get a Crown Victoria or a Grand Marquis.

  32. Bob D Says:

    I have a 2011 Cruze ECO w/ auto trans. While most of my driving is on State Highways averaging 50-55 mph, I routinely get 40 mpg. My driving habits favor fuel economy (i.e., I’m not a lead foot), but otherwise I’m not doing anything special. I’m looking forward to buying a 2016 Cruze.

    I also have a 2015 V6 Colorado Crewcab and have been getting 26 mpg per tank (30+ during highway segments).