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Archive for the ‘Instant Impression’ Category

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth – Instant Impression

September 14th, 2012 at 8:00pm

If you’ve seen the racy Super Bowl commercial you already know the Abarth model is the hottest version of the Fiat 500. This tiny two door features a turbocharged engine and a hopped up suspension. Here’s John McElroy’s Instant Impression of the car.

2013 Lexus ES – Instant Impression

August 22nd, 2012 at 8:01am

BMW overtook Lexus in the luxury sales race last year but you can bet the Japanese brand is gunning for the No. 1 position. To retake that crown, it’s launching a cavalcade of new and refreshed product. One of the latest to hit the road is its second best-selling model. Andrew Justus has more . . .

2013 Lexus GS350 – Instant Impression

August 16th, 2012 at 8:01am

The Lexus GS goes toe-to-toe with high-end cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. This full-size sports sedan was just redesigned, how well does it stack up against its lofty competitors? John McElroy test drives to find out.

2013 Ford Escape – Instant Impression

August 14th, 2012 at 8:01am

The 2013 Ford Escape is brand new for the ground up. It’s a stylish, practical and fun-to-drive compact crossover but is it worth the price? Autoline Correspondent Craig Cole tested one for a few days and here is his Instant Impression.

2012 Infiniti EX 35 – Instant Impression

August 10th, 2012 at 8:00am

Infiniti needs the new EX to provide a big jolt to sales. Currently it’s the slowest selling model in its line-up. Seamus McElroy shares an instant impression on this small luxury hatchback.

2012 Scion iQ – Instant Impression

August 9th, 2012 at 10:02am

The iQ is the smallest model in Scion’s lineup. Hell, it the tiniest car offered by Toyota in North America. Is it too little for this giant continent or is smaller really better? Seamus McElroy shares an instant impression on this city-sized hatchback.

2013 Acura ILX – Instant Impression

June 26th, 2012 at 9:37am

Acura is getting back into the small luxury segment with its brand-new ILX. It needs an entry-level car to pull its sales out of the doldrums. But are buyers really going to go for a gussied-up Honda Civic? John McElroy recently put the car through its paces.

2012 BMW 528i – Instant Impression

June 20th, 2012 at 8:00pm

The BMW 528i is at the forefront of the “modern” luxury movement that’s sweeping the auto industry. Premium brands keep downsizing their engines and cramming more gears in their transmissions to get better fuel economy without sacrificing performance. The new 5 Series comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic, but has BMW gone too far? John McElroy shares a few of his thoughts.

2012 Infiniti G37 – Instant Impression

May 26th, 2012 at 7:01am

The sporty luxury-sedan segment is a tough slice of the automotive market to compete in. Cars like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series offer strong competition to say the least. Premium Japanese brand Infiniti has been upsetting the natural order of things for years with it G family. Find out if the G37 has what it takes to compete with thte gold standards.

2012 Audi TT-RS – Instant Impression

May 24th, 2012 at 8:01pm

Audi’s cute-as-a-button TT comes in three flavors: mild, medium and HOLY CRAP! The RS version is the sportiest of the trio and it packs some serious heat with a turbocharged five-cylinder engine and quattro all-wheel drive. John McElroy takes this iconic two-door for a quick spin.