2012 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Luxury


Luxury cars are expensive to buy and maintain, and can be less reliable than mainstream cars. Cutting-edge safety equipment like side-curtain air bags, active head restraints and electronic stability control were first seen on luxury cars before they filtered down to less exalted vehicles. Luxury cars continue advancing safety with features like radar-guided cruise control and blind spot monitoring systems. Volvo, a pioneer in safety research, has, with its revolutionary City Safety and Pedestrian Safety systems, vaulted into the lead in the commercial application of advanced safety systems. In addition to safety equipment, the careful design and weight of luxury cars enhance safety as well.

A trend in the luxury car market is the greater availability of all-wheel drive. Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz offer all-wheel drive variants of key models this year. An unwelcome fad in this segment, as it is in others, is the move to bigger and bigger wheels, with 17 inch, 18 inch, and even bigger rims becoming the norm. The large tires are often hard-riding, wear quickly and are be costly to replace. Winter tires for the larger wheels can be very expensive when you can find them, which is not always possible.

Of the cars covered in this section, only two, the BMW 3-Series and the Lexus CT200h, are all-new for 2012. The sixth-generation BMW 3-Series sedan went on sale in the late winter, but only in rear-wheel drive form. Buyers will have to wait until the fall of 2012 before all-wheel drive (xDrive in BMW speak) variants, which comprise the bulk of 3-Series sales in Canada, are available. BMW traditionally delays the introduction of two-door versions of the 3-Series for a year or so after the new-generation sedan is introduced, so it may be up to 18 months before the whole model lineup is on sale. Lexus introduced the CT200h, a hybrid hatchback based on the running gear of the Toyota Prius, but with a unique body and cabin, in the spring of 2011. 

2012 marks the last year for the current-generation versions of several models, including the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series, new versions of which are already on sale in Europe.

2013 will prove to be a banner year for new car introductions in the luxury car segment. New cars already unveiled at car shows in 2012 and set to go on sale in the fall of 2012 include the ATS and XTS from Cadillac, the Lexus ES350, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz B-Class and the Toyota Avalon.

Sales in this segment are robust, with many nameplates enjoying year-on-year sales increases. Part of the reason for robust delivery figures are cheap leases that make driving an entry-level version of some fabled brands no more expensive than it would be to pilot a more prosaic car. In a quest for increased market share, some luxury marques risk diminishing the lustre of their brands as their cars become too common a sight on Canadian streets. 

A note about mileage: The APA's posted fuel economy figures for 2012 differ from those published by the Canada EnerGuide. For 2012, the APA is using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), numbers for fuel economy, as they better reflect real-world fuel economy. For more information, read APA President George Iny's article regarding the inadequacies of the Canada EnerGuide test cycle

 

Acura TL 2013 Cadillac ATS  Lexus ES350  Mercedes-Benz C-Class 
Acura TSX  Cadillac CTS  2013 Lexus ES350, ES350h  Nissan Maxima 
Audi A3  2013 Cadillac XTS  Lexus IS250, IS350, IS F  Toyota Avalon 
Audi A4  Hyundai Genesis Sedan  Lincoln MKZ  2013 Toyota Avalon 
BMW 1 Series  Infiniti EX35  2013 Lincoln MKZ  Volvo S60 
BMW 3 Series  Infiniti G25, G37  2013 Mercedes-Benz B-Class  Volvo XC70 
2013 BMW 3 Series  Lexus CT200h     

Acura TL

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What’s new
25 months complimentary scheduled maintenance standard on 2012 Acuras.

Performance
The SH-AWD’s big V6 pulls strongly and makes stirring sounds at higher revs. Smooth and responsive automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system aids traction but doesn’t eliminate torque steer under strong acceleration. The SH-AWD model rides very firmly in town but becomes suppler as speeds rise. Road noise suppression is disappointing. Spacious interior. Most APA drivers found the TL’s big front seats comfortable, but a transverse bar that rests under the upholstery part way up the seatback irritated two very tall individuals. The cabin has clear gauges and some nice styling touches. The dash centre stack contains a plethora of haphazardly placed controls, especially on navigation-equipped TLs. Spacious interior. The oddly shaped trunk makes packing difficult. Very good audio system.

Comments
Two V6 engines, a 3.5L and a 3.7L are available in the TL. Two drive systems, front-wheel drive with the 3.5L and all-wheel drive with the 3.7L. Most TLs will be equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manaul mode that blips the throttle on downshifts. The all-wheel drive TL is available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Pricing
At $4000, the SH-AWD drive system and its 3.7L V6, is reasonably priced.  The Tech and Elite option packages are priced to reflect content. Good lease terms. The base TL is priced nearly $5000 less than a similarly-equipped Infiniti G37x but is $1200 pricier than a base Nissan Maxima.

Reliability
Above average reliability. Much lower servicing costs than comparably-priced European cars. 


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3.5L-V6 (280 HP)*, 3.7L-V6 (305 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M (SH-AWD), 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive*, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  11.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: Tier 2, Bin 5

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



Acura TSX

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What’s new
25 months complimentary scheduled maintenance standard on 2012 Acuras. A-Spec sport model with unique wheels, a body kit and suede upholstery is now available.

Performance
The 2.4L four is smooth, quiet, flexible and delivers strong performance. The TSX’s smooth clutch and precise gearchange make the manual transmission a joy to use. Strong, refined V6 is hooked to a smooth-shifting five-speed automatic transmission. Careful suspension development has created a car that handles with confidence but also delivers resilient ride characteristics. Precise, nicely weighted steering and strong brakes. The small side windows restrict outward vision for lane changes. Comfortable seats front and rear, with good space in front and class average room in the rear seat. The cabin is dominated by a gigantic curving dashboard housing clear instruments as well as a prominent centre stack that suffers from button glut. Cabin materials are no better than average. Oddly-shaped trunk.

Comments
While a TSX wagon is available in the U.S., only a sedan is offered in Canada. TSX sales fell nearly 30 percent last year, to under 1700 units. 

Pricing
Option packages reflect extra content. At $3900, the V6 is very expensive. A base TSX is about $7000 cheaper than a rear-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz C250 1.8T with the Premium package and metallic paint. Good lease value.

Reliability
Above average reliability. Cheaper servicing costs than comparable European cars.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.4L-4 (201 HP)*, 3.5L-V6 (280 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 5A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  10.7L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: Tier 2, Bin 5

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



Audi A3

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What’s new
Single "Progressive" trim level with limited options for the seventh, and last year of the current A3. A 2014 A3 sedan is slated to replace the current hatchback in early 2013.

Performance
The direct-injected 2L turbo is smooth, powerful and fuel efficient. The dual-clutch automated manual transmission delivers smooth and quick shifts whether it is operating in automatic or manual modes. Hooked up to this transmission, the 2L turbodiesel is quick, smooth and very economical. Precise, nicely-weighted steering, agile handling and compliant ride. Strong brakes. Elegant, carefully-constructed and roomy cabin. Comfortable, supportive seating. Versatile hatchback body style.  

Comments
Two 2L engines, a gasoline turbo and a turbodiesel, are available. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a dual-clutch automated manual. All-wheel drive is offered with the gas turbo.

Pricing
At $1650, the automated manual transmission is expensive. The turbodiesel is a $1350 option on front-wheel drive A3s. The Audi exclusive black styling package offers nothing of real value for $600 and the S-Line packages lack content for the money. All-wheel drive is a $1950 option with the gasoline engine. Though the Volkswagen GTI four-door is buiit on a newer platform and is $1100 cheaper than a similarly-equipped A3, the Audi's prestige keyfob counts for a lot with certain buyers. Good resale value.

Reliability
Predicted average reliability. Unproven automated manual transmission. Expensive to service. Audi's $750 service plan that covers scheduled maintenance for up to 70,000 kilometers is recommended. 


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T(200 HP)*, 2L-4 TDI (140 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



Audi A4

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What’s new
Dynamic steering option has been discontinued. Audi Drive Select is now part of a new S-Line package. Standard Bluetooth and U.S.B. music interface. A basic navigation system is a new option for 2012. Last year for the Avant station wagon, which will be replaced by the premium-priced "Outbacked" A4 Allroad for 2013.

Performance
The 2L four is quick, smooth, flexible and economical. Well sorted ride and handling. The automatic transmission, which passes to the highest possible gear as quickly as it can helps to lower fuel economy; but its "Sport" mode does provides a more dynamic performance. The steering is over-assisted below 60 km/h and too heavy over that speed. High interior noise levels. The A4's cabin is one of the roomiest in the compact luxury segment and easily bests the room available in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The cabin design, usually the highlight of an Audi, reflects design confusion and cost cutting. Avoid the navigation system as too many basic controls are forced to plot the confusing, distracting and graphically-impaired display screen. Good cargo space on the wagon. Great audio system. The A4 was ranked second, behind the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, in a three car test that also included an Acura TL.

Comments
Mainstream A4s are powered by a 2L turbo four, with a supercharged 3L V6 found under the hood of the S4 high performance niche model. A4 buyers can choose either front-wheel drive or Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. The front-wheel drive model employs a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to send power to the wheels; a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic are available with quattro drive. The quattro system is standard on the S4, with buyers having the option of either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed S tronic (DSG) clutchless manual transmission. The Avant wagon is offered in a single 2L-quattro variant with automatic transmission.

Pricing
The quattro all-wheel drive system is a $3500 option on the base A4. Reasonably-priced Premium package. Overpriced Premium+ group. The Avant wagon is priced $1500 to $2000 higher than a similarly-equipped sedan.

Reliability
Predicted reliability is average for the first four years; declining after that. Unproven automated manual transmission. High service costs. Audi service plan, which offers regularly-scheduled service for $750, is recommended. Expensive parts. 


Body Style:  4SD,4SW
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T(200 HP)*, 3L-V6 S (333 HP; S4) 

Transmissions: 6M, 8A, CVT, 7A (automated manual)* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin: Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



BMW 1-Series

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What’s new
No changes for the last year of the 1-Series in its current form. 

Comments
On sale in Europe in hatchback form since 2004, coupe and convertible versions of the 1-Series went on sale in Canada in spring of 2008. Compared with the 3-Series two-doors on which it is based, the three-box 1-Series is built on a 100 mm (3.94 inch) shorter wheelbase, is 220 mm (8.7 inches) shorter, 34 mm (1.4 inches) narrower, 28 mm (1.1 inches taller), but only about 40 kg (88 lbs) lighter. While the 1-Series hatchback is no style icon, the three-box shape, with a bubble roof and separate trunk, looks chunky and stubby. Much ink has been spilled comparing this car to the iconic 1602-2002 Series, the car that set BMW on the path to what it is today. However, other than the high shoulder line, the new car shares few styling elements with its lithe and chic ancestor. The 1-Series cabin design is similar to that of the 3-Series. It has crisp, clear instrumentation, as well as some overly-complex minor controls. Cabin fit and finish are very good. Comfortable front seats and plenty of legroom are enjoyed by front passengers, but rear seat legroom is very tight. Reasonable trunk space. Engine choice in Canada is restricted to two versions of BMW’s 3-litre six, the normally aspirated 128i and the turbocharged 135i. Power reaches the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission regardless of which engine is chosen. The 128i can be fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission, with a seven-speed DCT optional on the 135i. 1-Series sales dropped around 10 percent in 2011, to under 1600 units.

Pricing
1-series pricing begins at $36,000 for a base 128i coupe. The convertible body style is priced $5400 to $5500 higher than the coupe, and upgrading to the turbocharged engine costs $7200 on the coupe and $7300 on the convertible. Options are many and expensive. There is an $800 charge for metallic paint, leather upholstery is priced at $1900 and be prepared to pay $1600 if you want to go shiftless. Where the 1-series looks like a bargain is when it is compared with the BMW 3-series. The coupes are priced from $8300 (128i) to $10,200 (135i) less respectively than a 3-series coupe powered by the same engine, with the convertible 128i $15,900 cheaper than a 328i, and the 135i convertible priced $20,200 lower than a 335i cabriolet.

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data. Four year/80,000 km bumper to bumper warranty, free scheduled maintenance for the first four years/80,000 km. BMW is not a signatory to the CAMVAP arbitration protocol. A BMW extended bumper to bumper warranty recommended if you are not leasing.


Body Style:  2CB*, 2CP
Occupants:  2/2

Engines:
3L-6 (240 HP), 3L-6 T (300 HP)* 

Transmissions: 6M*, 6A, 7A (dual clutch automated manual with full automatic mode) 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  12.4L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Not tested

Side: Not tested

Rollover: Not tested

Rear: Not tested

NHTSA Rating: 



BMW 3-Series New generation sedan. Previous generation two-doors

Specifications

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What’s new
All-new 2012 rear-wheel 3-Series sedan now on sale. Carry over two-door cars.

Performance
Two doors: BMW’s sophisticated inline six engines impress with their flexibility and low rotational inertia that bestows a delicious effervescence to their operation. The inline six makes a glorious noise, but makes it more quietly than previous BMW engines. The turbocharged 335i combines stirring performance with impressive refinement. The manual gearchange is light, precise, and is allied to a smooth and docile clutch. With quick, precise steering, tenacious grip, and strong, easily modulated brakes, the 3-Series is a car with a tremendous sense of balance. Despite low-profile tires and sports suspension, the ride is firm but never harsh. The small diameter steering wheel and quick steering ratio imparts a heightened agility that seduced and irritated equal numbers of drivers. Very good exterior paintwork and panel fit. The cabin uses shapes more than applied ornament to express a clean, spare, almost avant-garde interior ambience. Cabin materials and assembly are top notch for the most part. Instrumentation will be familiar to BMW owners, as will the red gauge lighting at night. Don’t look for a temperature gauge, as it has been banished to a read out on the trip computer. The climate controls are confusing and the air conditioning has trouble cooling the cabin on hot days. The stellar sonic qualities of the audio system are let down by diabolical controls. Some minor controls, like the exterior mirror controls, are initially hard to find. Front seating comfort, even with the optional ultra-bolstered sports seats, is good for all sizes of drivers. Tight rear legroom.
Comments
Four-door: A limited range of rear-wheel drive sixth-generation BMW 3-Series have been available in Canada since February of 2012. Built on a 50 mm (2 inch) longer wheelbase, the new car is 93 mm (3.5 inches) longer than its predecessor. The styling, which is more evolutionary than revolutionary, continues the conservative styling trend evident in new BMW sedans since the current 7-Series debuted.

With a tight gauge package and a strong horizontal bias, the dashboard follows current BMW design practices. The interior of the car is carefully-assembled from quality components. The longer wheelbase has improved rear seat legroom to the point where the car is now quite habitable for four adults.

The new 3-Series offers four-cylinder engines in North America for the first time in many years. A new 2L turbo four produces 184 and 241 horsepower respectively in the 320i and 328i models. The 335i, powered by a turbocharged 3L inline six, returns for the new-generation 3-Series. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic. Only rear-wheel drive is available until the fall of 2012, when all-wheel drive (xDrive in BMW-speak), which comprises the bulk of 3-Series sales in Canada, becomes available. 

Regenerative braking provides power for the vehicle electrical system, which also features an alternator that "idles" when its capacity is not required, reducing drag on the engine and fuel consumption. An automatic stop-start system switches off the engine when stopped in traffic or at traffic lights, saving fuel. There is also an ECO PRO mode that alters vehicle performance parameters, which, according to BMW, can reduce fuel consumption up to 20 percent.

Unfortunately, the expensive and sometimes troublesome runflat tires with no spare have been retained.


Pricing
Sedan
The $6100 gulf between the base 320i and 328i does not fully reflect the fact that the 328i is a bit of a bargain. When equipment standard on the 328i is added or factored in (leather, standard on the 328i and not offered on the 320i), the price between the cars shrinks to about $900, but also includes 57 more horsepower. On the other hand, the $7600 price bump between the 328i and the 335i seems to bring little except for 59 additional horsepower.

Two-doors
Direct price comparisons between the new-generation sedans and old-generation two-doors are difficult as only one engine, the turbo six in the 335i version is shared. Within the two-door lineup the convertible is priced $13,000 to roughly $15,500 higher than the coupe of the same trim level. Huge price jumps for extra power.

Reliability
Average reliability. Capricious electrical system. Free four year/80,000 km scheduled servicing. Expensive servicing after that. The APA has received complaints regarding oil sludge build-up in the variable valve-timing mechanism. The APA recommends oil changes every six months or 12,000 kilometers, even though they are not included in BMW's four year/80,000 kilometer scheduled service plan. BMW is not a signatory to the CAMVAP arbitration protocol.


Body Style:  4SD, 2CP, 2CV
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
Sedan: 2L-4 T (184 HP [320i], 241 HP [328i]))*, 3.5L-6 T (300 HP [335i]). Two-doors: 3L-6 (240 HP [328i]), 3L-6 T (300 HP [335i], 320 HP [335is]), 4L-V8 (414 HP [M3]) 

Transmissions: 6M, 8A, 7A (automated manual) 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  10.2L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Not tested

Side: Not tested

Rollover: Not tested

Rear: Not tested

NHTSA Rating: 



2013 Cadillac ATS

Specifications

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What’s new
All-new Cadillac designed to compete directly with the BMW 3-Series.  

Comments
Cadillac hopes that its new ATS will tempt BMW 3-Series intenders into their showrooms starting this summer. The tastefuly conservative exterior is complemented by an elegant, carefully-finished cabin. Cabin space is about average for this class.

Three engines, a 202 horsepower normally-aspirated 2.5L four, a turbocharged 270 horsepower 2L four and a 3.6L V6 with 320 horsepower, will be available. Six-speed transmissions, a manual and an automatic, will be offered. Only rear-wheel drive has been announced, but all-wheel drive, essential in Canada as most buyers in this segment here opt for that drive system, should be available.

Pricing
Pricing is not yet available. The ATS will need a compelling lease program to do well in Canada as its key German competitors, especially BMW and Mercedes-Benz, offer aggressive lease deals. GM has been gingerly returning to leasing since the 2008 economic meltdown, after losing billions of dollars on lease returns.

Reliability
New vehicle, not rated.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (270 HP), 2.5L-4 (202 HP), 3.6L-V6 (320 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:   n/a
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/160,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Not tested

Side: Not tested

Rollover: Not tested

Rear: Not tested

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac CTS

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What’s new
Heavily revised 3.6L V6, which includes direct injection and intake manifolds incorporated in the cylinder heads, produces 14 more horsepower than in 2011. New grille and revised paint colours. Standard Bluetooth on all but the base rear-wheel drive sedan.

Performance
The CTS handles very well but has a less agile feel than the BMW 3-Series. Fierce power is allied to impressive refinement in the supercharged 556 horsepower 6.2L V8 “V” versions. Smooth clutch and precise gearchange on the "V".  Elegant cabin with some attractive shadow lighting and good quality materials. The dash centre stack is stylish but contains a lot more buttons than necessary. Good space for front passengers but rear legroom is disappointing for a car of this size.

Comments
The design of the CTS reflects an aesthetic polish not seen from GM since the 1960s. The base 3L V6 produces 270 horsepower, with the 3.6L version rated at 318 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission can be linked to either drive system, with a six-speed manual offered only on rear-wheel drive CTSs. Three body styles, a sedan, wagon and coupe, are available. 

Pricing
The all-wheel drive system costs from $2625 to $3035 depending on the model chosen. At $1700, the automatic transmission, which is optional on rear-wheel drive CTSs, is very expensive. Pricy 3.6L V6 upgrade. The station wagon commands a premium of $1575 to $2400 that a similarly-equipped sedan. Bizarre coupe pricing. It sells from $3895 less to $3275 more than a sedan with the same equipment. Good value leasing. Rapid depreciation predicted.

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data. Unproven mechanicals. Numerous complaints regarding faulty timing chains on the 3.6L V6 used in various GM products. GM extended warranty recommended.


Body Style:  2CP, 4SD*, 4SW
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3L-V6 (270 HP)*, 3.5L-V6 (318 HP), 6.2L-V6 S (556 HP)
 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  13.1L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings:

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/160,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



2013 Cadillac XTS

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What’s new
Replacement for the DTS due to go on sale in the fall of 2012.

Comments
Cadillac's new large sedan will be built at GM's facility in Oshawa, Ontario. The design is very clean, with just the right amount of bright trim to set off the sober lines. The cabin has comfortable seats and abundant space, front and rear. The interior is attractively styled and sumptuously appointed. The XTS features Cadillac's new CUE (Cadillac User Experience), system, which Cadillac says is more user-friendly than the MyFord touch interface offered on rival Lincolns.

Cadillac's traditional V8 engine is no more as the XTS is powered by a 300 horsepower 3.6L V6, which is a strong, smooth powerplant , but has had a chequered career for reliability in other GM products it is used in. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. GM's variable damper Magnetic Ride Control system will be standard on all models.

Pricing
While the Premium trim upgrade balances price and content, the Luxury and Platinum option packages are overpriced. With lane departure, forward collision, side obstacle, rear traffic and blind spot warnings, as well as collision mitigation, the Driver Awareness package on the base XTS (standard on all other trim levels), is a bargain at $990. All-wheel drive, not offered on the base XTS, is optional at $2160, $2330 and $2340 on the Luxury, Premium and Platinum trim levels respectively. Compared with the Lincoln MKS, the base XTS is priced nearly $1300 more despite the fact the Lincoln has all-wheel drive as standard equipment. Fully-optioned, an all-wheel drive Cadillac XTS Platinum is about $7600 more expensive than a Lincoln MKS with similar equipment. 
Reliability
New car, not rated. GM extended warranty recommended.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3.6L-V6 (300 HP estimated) 

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  n/a
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/160,000

Country of Origin:  Canada

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Not tested

Side: Not tested

Rollover: Not tested

Rear: Not tested

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Hyundai Genesis Sedan

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What’s new
The V6 gains direct injection and 43 horsepower. The 4.6L V8 has been replaced ty a new 5L V8 that produces 429 horsepower, 44 more than before. Both engines are hooked exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Revised front styling, new bumper, grille and lights. New taillights and bumper with integrated exhaust outlets. New side window trim.

Performance
The V6 is smooth, quiet and responsive. Impressive performance and serenity from the V8 engine, which is nevertheless superfluous for North American driving conditions. The Genesis handles with confidence and feels well planted on the road, but at the expense of ride, which is disappointingly choppy for this type of car. Precise steering and strong brakes. The cabin, with clear instruments, smoothly-integrated controls and luxurious materials, is very elegant. Seat comfort is good, front and rear, and rear legroom is ample considering the rear-wheel drive layout of the car. The Genesis has a fantastic audio system and logical navigation controls.

Comments
Though both share the same basic platform and the V6 engine, the Genesis sedan is a much more upscale vehicle compared with its coupe that bears the same name. 

Pricing
Overpriced V6 Premium package. The V6 Technology package is priced to reflect its additional content. The V8 model has 84 more horsepower than a Tech-equipped V6 for $4000 extra. The Genesis offers luxury and refinement equal to those of a European luxury car or a Lexus at a much cheaper price. A base Genesis V6 is roughly $33,000 cheaper than the cheapest Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic. That said, the Genesis lacks all-wheel drive, which is quickly becoming a "must have" feature in this class.   

Reliability
Not rated due to limited sales. Predicted above average reliability. 


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3.8L-V6 (333 HP), 5L-V8 (429 HP) 

Transmissions: 8A* 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  12.4L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings:

Warranty: 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  South Korea

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 


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