Category: Street Smarts

At the Lexus Performance Tour and Track events, you’ll enjoy hands-on driving experience with the company’s F and F Sport models

In the world of performance vehicles, certain marques are well-known for their prowess. If you bring up the letter “M,” it’s hard not to dive into a discussion about the race-car heritage found in BMW’s E30 M3, the roaring V8 found in the early-2000’s M5, or even the on-rails handling provided by the M Coupe – all three of which were offered only with a standard gearbox. Talking about “SS” nomenclature stirs memories of the throaty muscle cars of yesteryear at your local small-town car show, while “STi” reminds you of a boxer engine’s distinctive rumble, and the likelihood of vape smoke billowing out of the windows.

The 2018 Kia Stinger impresses with these 8 strengths…but it also comes with a notable flaw

Not so long ago, luxury cars were defined primarily by the features they offered. During this era, coddling amenities such as ventilated seats and heated steering wheels were available only in premium models. Luxury brands led the way in safety, as well, and for many years, they were pretty much the only game in town if you hoped to equip your vehicle with key driver-assistive technology.

The 2018 GMC Terrain brings these 8 positives to the table…as well as a notable drawback

The compact crossover segment has become a cash cow for many automakers, and the pressure is on for each manufacturer to put its best foot forward in this competitive category. Though the previous generation of the GMC Terrain was popular, it was starting to get a bit stale, having been on the market since 2009. To properly compete in this bustling segment, GMC needed an entrant that was less dated and more modern.

Though not perfect, Cadillac’s Super Cruise ‘hands free’ semi-autonomous system works as intended

Two years doesn’t seem like a long time. However, in that period since Cadillac was forced to push back the release of its Super Cruise system, the automotive market has been flooded with driver assistance features and semi-autonomous systems that have all but made the hype around it dwindle. Even after a tragedy and major lawsuit stemming from the misinterpretation of its name, Tesla’s Autopilot still reigns supreme, as improvements to the software continue to be made, giving its fanboys plenty to smile about.

The 2018 Volvo XC60 offers these 8 compelling attributes…as well as a notable weakness

In days gone by, pretty much the only things that came to mind when people thought of Volvo vehicles were outstanding safety content and boxy sheet metal. There’s nothing wrong with either of these attributes, but Volvo is a luxury brand, and the best luxury vehicles pique your desire by offering features and amenities that help you transcend the mundane.

Op-Ed: The Genesis brand is marinating like good Korean BBQ, but will it sizzle in 2018?

Last week in Seoul, Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, showed off its latest offering, the 2019 G70 compact luxury sport sedan, to hundreds of media from all over the world. I went to South Korea quite skeptical about the brand, unsure of its role in the luxury marketplace and unconvinced by its lukewarm existing products, the midsize G80 and large flagship G90 sedans.

The 2018 Subaru Outback rewards you with 8 sterling attributes… but there’s also a shortcoming to consider

Midsize crossover SUVs are plentiful these days, and to the untrained eye, it can be hard to separate one from the next. These models all have a similar mission, after all: They’re designed to provide comfortable, family-friendly transportation for you and your loved ones as you navigate city streets and suburban roadways.