Lexus gives its customers an amazingly wide range of products to choose from in every configuration. Compact luxury SUVs are often a gap in auto builders’ model ranges, but not at Lexus where the NX model is offered with both conventional (2.0-litre turbo) and hybrid powertrains.
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Nissan’s Pathfinder has undergone a major workover for 2017 and the occasion prompts a look at the history of this very long-lived SUV. It’s been in the marketplace for more than 30 years and was one of the pioneers of the most popular vehicle segment in this country.
Years ago, even before its fairly short period of Ford ownership, Jaguar, management made it quite clear that the famed British carmaker would never build an SUV. It was “not Jaguar’s thing” and the very idea of offering such a vehicle, rather than concentrate on sports sedans and pure sports cars was not even worth thinking about.
At first, it was a shock to diehard Bentley enthusiasts when the fabled British carmaker announced that it would build an SUV. After all, Bentley has always been best known for either stately sedans or stylish, sporty, models like the Continental series.
Honda introduced its Ridgeline sport utility truck in 2005 as a 2006 model and it was something of a sensation at the time, being the only pickup class vehicle Honda had ever offered in North America. The first generation truck has had a very lengthy lifespan, no bad thing for people who like their new vehicle to “stay current” for a few years and not go out of date.
There’s nothing more exciting in the world of sports cars than an all-new Porsche and for 2017 it’s the turn of the mid-engined Boxster roadster to get the makeover. The first-generation Boxster was launched in 1996 and became a major success for the company.
An all-new Honda CR-V is an important event for the Canadian market. This compact crossover has always been very popular in Canada and has been a leading product in its class right from the first model back in 1995.
Among the pure sports car models offered by Mercedes-Benz, the SLC 43 is “entry level,” but don’t get any ideas about this being some kind of poor relation in the family. The SLC, especially in the AMG guise my tester featured, is fast, nimble and very good to look at.
Volkswagen’s Jetta sedan has been around for many years after starting life back in 1979 as more or less a “Golf with a trunk.” Since then it’s acquired a character of its own and many people would never know that it uses Golf running gear and much of its general trim.
For many years, Mercedes-Benz has been almost the only car manufacturer to include in its range a two-door coupe based on a large sedan. The reason many makers shy away from this layout is the belief that most buyers want four doors when they purchase a large car. But for Mercedes, the company not only perseveres with a big 2-door coupe,