The Lexus ES 350 is a sleeper sedan. It is the kind of car that is just outside of the young active demographic that you see targeted in automobile commercials of all stripes. Yet the ES is important, it has a following and it is aimed at a mature driver, not old, who is stable and doesn’t spend money unwisely.
The Kia Soul has survived in a niche where many have failed. It is a square box yet stylish, sassy and it had a little bit of sex appeal. What’s more, this year’s edition was beefed up with added power.
Mazda introduced its mid-size three row crossover vehicle, the CX-9, in 2006. The automaker redesigned it for the 2016 model year. And there was no need to completely redo it for this model year. Besides, it is an excellent vehicle.
When you think of Mitsubishi, it’s a question of is the glass half full or is it half empty. It just might be tilting toward the former now that Renault Nissan has purchased a controlling interest in the Japanese automaker. But until the combination is ready to execute the new business plan, Mitsubishi must solider on with its current products. And they’re not bad.
We came here to test a bevy of 2017 Toyota products. We had the Prius Prime, the 86, the Corolla, the Highlander and the Sienna. We dealt with the Prius Prime in another column so that leaves the other four. First up was the 86.
The Mini Cooper has always been special. And as the brand has expanded, engineers and stylists have not failed at baking-in the uniqueness that has kept the car highly popular for more than 50-years.
We’ve recognized Cadillac’s new character and personality after a week-long test drive of the 2017 XT5 crossover; the replacement for the SRX. Like the ATS, the CTS and the CT6, the XT5 is lighter, quicker, more nimble and more maneuverable then the model it replaced and it can run rings around most of its direct competitors. In short, the XT5 is for drivers.
On guy asked if he could sit behind the steering wheel while another got in the back seat and a third stood outside the car checking out the lines of the 2016 Cadillac’s CT6. You expect that sort of reaction out of young boys but these were fully grown men.
We were so impressed with the spin that we took more or less around the block in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica that we asked for a longer test drive. We got our first up close look at the Pacifica during a brief show and tell here at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ headquarters.
Hyundai’s 2016 Azera is a great car. The Korean automaker called it a premium sedan. But this car to us qualifies as a mid-size luxury performance sedan.