2015 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Luxury

Luxury cars are expensive to buy and maintain but generally lack the kind of reliability that buyers of mainstream cars expect. The massive gulf in terms of performance and refinement between everyday cars and luxury cars has gradually been chipped away by the astounding improvements made by even the most modest of mainstream cars; reducing the need to move up to a higher cost car. In addition, advanced safety features, like active cruise control, blind spot, pedestrian and lane departure warnings, once the preserve of high-end luxury cars, now available on the most modest of new cars, makes moving up the price scales less necessary than ever before. 

Increasingly, the "Key Fob" factor, the prestige of having a fancy badge on your keyring, or the need to expend a company car-allowance are the key reasons to venture into the luxury market. With the draconian U.S. fuel economy laws leading to smaller, higher-stressed engines, refinement, or more importantly, the intoxicating multi-cylinder aural delight that used to be such a part of the "luxury" experience, is no longer a motivation to purchase one of these cars, making a "lesser" car a more viable choice now.

Many of the cars in this segment are based on traditional rear-wheel drive architectures. Rear-wheel drive is essentially a market-killer in Canada, and most of the rear-wheel drive based cars in this segment offer all-wheel drive, which is how most are sold. The first-generation rear-wheel drive Hyundai Genesis sold in very small numbers. Hyundai didn't repeat that mistake as the second-generation Genesis is exclusively all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive based luxury cars will often have an all-wheel drive variant available as well.   

Many of the cars in this segment are equipped with large diameter, low-profile perfomance tires that are hard-riding, quick-wearing and expensive to replace. Winter tires for the larger wheels can be very expensive when you can find them, which is not always possible.

There are a number of new cars in this segment this year. The Acura TL and TSX were replaced by the TLX, Mercedes-Benz put a new C-Class model on sale and the 2016 Nissan Maxima went on sale in the spring of 2015.   

There has been a move downmarket by several luxury brands, descending into price categories they have not ventured into convincingly before in North America. With the front-wheel drive-based CLA and the Audi A3 sedan, both Mercedes-Benz and Audi are going after big volumes by tempting aspirational buyers with mainstream budgets into cars with "prestige" badges. To reflect this move downmarket, Lemon-Aid created a "Premium Compact" car category. If you are looking for reviews of the Audi A3 or the B-Class or CLA from Mercedes-Benz, you can find them there.

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.

A note about mileage. The APA's posted fuel economy figures uses fuel consumption data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as those from the Canada Energuide were not available when this information was compiled. 

 

Acura TLX  Cadillac ATS  Lexus CT200h  2016 Nissan Maxima 
Audi A4  Cadillac CTS  Lexus ES350, ES350h  Toyota Avalon 
BMW 3-Series  Cadillac XTS  Lexus IS250, IS350  Volvo S60 
BMW 4-Series  Hyundai Genesis Sedan  Lincoln MKZ   Volvo V60 
Buick Lacrosse  Infiniti QX50  Mercedes-Benz C-Class  Volvo XC70 
Buick Regal  Infiniti Q50     

Acura TLX

Specifications

NEW

 

 

What’s new
All-new car that replaced both the TL and the TSX.

Performance
Driven in Elite front-wheel drive form, the TLX's 3.5L V6 is, except when it wails deliciously at high revs, smooth, quiet and very quick. While its unusual gear selector is initially confusing, the TLX's nine-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth up and downshifts and very relaxed cruising. Unlike some "sports-luxury" cars that veer too much into the "sport" vein, the TLX combines crisp handling with a comfortably absorbent ride. Steering, with good gearing, nice weighting and good directional stability, is quite pleasant. The Acura TLX is sold as a luxury car, and in terms of performance, refinement and ride comfort, it is a great success.
The interior is where the TLX is found a bit wanting. The dashboard houses crisp instrumentation and looks uncluttered, but primarily because so many functions, including the ventilator fan speed, are accessed through a touch screen. Not ideal. Cabin trim will no doubt prove durable but don't match the level of luxury expected in this class of car. All seats were comfortable and there is sufficient space for those in the front seats, but access to the back seat is not the easiest and legroom is on the tight side for such a big car. It is a bit of a mystery, given that the TLX is based on the very roomy Honda Accord, as to why the cabin of the TLX is so tight. Reasonable trunk space.
Very good heating and ventilation during early winter testing. However, the various active safety systems were essentially disabled by slushy snow. Very good audio system.

Comments
The TLX consolidated the TL and TSX lineups, neither of which was sustainable individually.
Power choices include a 2.4L direct-injection four connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission with a torque converter, and a 3.5L V6 hooked up to a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive versions have all-wheel steer, a feature on some Hondas from the 1990s that is surprising to see again. The all-wheel steer cannot be combined with all-wheel drive, which is optional on the V6. Extensive active safety features such as Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot monitors with rear cross-traffic-alert, are available on the new TLX.
With combined sales of roughly 3300 cars in 2014, the TSX and TL generated insufficient volume to keep them going individually into a new generation. In Canada, Acura's duo were pummelled by European cars such as the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3-Series. It remains to see whether buyers will be interested enough in this new car to the point they will be deflected from their paths that generally lead to a "prestige" German brand.

Pricing

The TLX is offered in a bewildering array of models. The base front-wheel drive four-cylinder TLX is priced at around $35,000. Upgrading to the base V6 brings the all-wheel drive system with it, for an additional $5000. The Tech package, which includes navigation, an upgraded audio system, a number of comfort features as well as safety gear like Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, is good value. The Elite trim upgrade is priced to reflect the value of its additional content and is the only way to get safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed follow and Collision Mitigation Braking. All-wheel drive is a $2200 option on the V6 Tech and V6 Elite models. Acura is offering extremely aggressive lease payments on both the four and six-cylinder versions of the new car.

Reliability

Predicted reliability is very good. Maintenance and repair costs of an Acura are much lower than the European brands competing in this segment, and comparable to a well-equipped Honda Accord.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.4L-4 T (206 HP), 3.5L-V6 (290 HP)*  

Transmissions: 8A (automated manual), 9A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive*, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  11.2/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.9L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot monitors with rear cross-traffic-alert, are available

Additional airbags: Driver's side knee airbag


Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2015

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: A

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Audi A4

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
No changes of note for 2015, which should be the last year for the current A4.

Performance
The 2L four is quick, smooth, flexible and economical. Well sorted ride and handling. The automatic transmission which grab the highest possible gear as quickly as it can helps to lower fuel economy. It is livelier in its "Sport" mode. The steering is over-assisted below 60 km/h and too heavy over that speed. High interior noise levels. The A4's cabin offers similar cabin space as the BMW 3-series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The cabin design, often a highlight in 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 Allroad wagon. Great audio system.

Comments
Mainstream A4s are powered by a 2L turbo four, with a supercharged 3L V6 found under the hood of the S4 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 Allroad wagon is offered in a single 2L-quattro variant with automatic transmission.

Pricing

The front-wheel drive A4 is only offered in base Komfort trim. A quattro (all-wheel drive in Audi speak) Komfort model with automatic transmission is priced $4300 higher than a front wheel drive Komfort but includes roughly $700 more in standard equipment plus the all-wheel drive mechanisms. The price asked to upgrade from the Komfort to Progressiv trim levels reflects the additional content provided. Compared with the Progressiv, the Technik trim level is very good value for the money. The Allroad, essentially an A4 wagon on stilts, is priced $4500 to $5200 higher that an A4 quattro sedan, but that massive figure does include about $2000 worth of additional standard equipment. The old A4 wagon cost about $1500 more than a sedan of the same trim line; Audi must be rubbing their hands with joy at the massive profit it is making when an Allroad is sold.

Reliability
Predicted reliability is average for the first four years; declining after that. The warranty ends at 80,000 km, with no further coverage on the powertrain. Carbon deposits on valves common. Unproven automated manual transmission. High service costs. The Audi service plan, which offers regularly-scheduled  service (first service at 8000 km is complimentary) for four years or 70,000 kilometres for $750, is recommended. Expensive parts.


Body Style:  4SD,4SW
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T(220 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: 10.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.6L/100 km
Active Safety Features: No info available
Additional airbags: Optional outboard rear seat airbags

Warranty: 4/80,000, no additional powertrain warranty 
Current Generation Debut: 2009

Country of Origin: Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: P

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



BMW 3-Series

Specifications


 

What’s new
GT hatchback, M3 and four-cylinder diesel introduced.

Performance
The 2L turbo four in the 328i delivers performance as strong and eager as the old six-cylinder 328i, but lacks the stirring soundtrack, a major compelling reason for buying a 3-Series, of its predecessor. Smooth, responsive eight-speed automatic transmission ekes out every bit of energy available from the turbo four. Auto-start-stop mechanism is noisy, intrusive and frustrating in traffic, but can be disengaged. Steering on the 3-Series is light and not particularly communicative. Able handling which lacks any real sense of engagement. Strong brakes. More engine, wind and road noise than competing cars. The 3-Series can accommodate four people easily enough. Comfortable seats. Cabin design is very BMW, which pleases some observers but is beginning to look quite old to others. Small main gauges feature lacklustre graphics. Minor controls are too numerous and have a hollow feel when manipulated. There are some pleasant two-tone cabin colour combinations. Avoid the Veneto beige interior hue as it will soil easily and looks cheap, even with leather upholstery.
Tested against the Cadillac ATS 2L, the 328xi was found wanting in terms of engine smoothness, overall quietness, steering precision, suspension control and interior design, fit and finish.
Comments
The new 3-series Gran Turismo is built on a 110 mm (4.3 inch) longer wheelbase, and is 200 mm (7.9 inches) longer overall than its wagon counterpart. Greater height bestows considerable space efficiency to the car, which has an impressively roomy cabin and a tall, regularly-shaped and versatile cargo hold. With frameless door glass, the roofline looks light and airy and the car is much more attractive than the ungainly 5-series Gran Turismo that introduced the tall hatchback concept at BMW. As a roomy, versatile capsule, the 3GT is the best 3-Series. BMW sees no marketing conflict between the 3GT, X1 and 3-Series Touring (wagon in BMW speak)
The 3-Series offers a massive array of engines throughout its lineup. Two 2L gasoline turbo fours, one with 181 horsepower (320i) and the other with 241 horsepower (328i) are offered, as well as is a 181 horsepower 2L turbodiesel (328 d). Six cylinder variants include the 300 horsepower 335i, the 300 horsepower six-cylinder hybrid and the 425 horsepower turbo six found under the hood of the M3.

Pricing
Reasonable price gap between the 181 horsepower 320i and the 241 horsepower 328i. The space between the 328i and the 335i is more of a chasm than a gap. The 328 diesel engine commands a $1500 supplement compared with a comparably equipped gasoline 328i. 3-Series with all-wheel drive are priced from $2400 to $2600 higher than rear wheel drive variants with the same equipment. The Touring (wagon) body style is priced $1650 higher than the sedan, with the GT body style $2800 to $3200 more than its sedan equivalent. A BMW 328xi is priced higher than the equivalent Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic but the BMW is much better equipped and in fact cheaper than a similarly-equipped C300. Good value leasing.
Reliability
Average reliability during the warranty period. Capricious electrical system. Free four year/80,000 km scheduled servicing that competitors charge for. 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 10,000 kilometres, even though they are not included in BMW's four year/80,000 kilometres scheduled service plan. Short powertrain warranty with no coverage past four years/80,000 km. BMW is not a signatory to the CAMVAP arbitration protocol. Some complaints about defective vinyl upholstery on recent BMWs


Body Style:  4SD, 4HB, 4SW
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
Four-doors: 2L-4 T (181 HP 320i), 2L-4T 241 HP 328i)*, 3L-6 T (300 HP 335i), 2L-4 TDI (181 HP), 3L-6 TH (300 HP), 3L-6 T (425 HP: M3).

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

City Fuel Economy:  10.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.1L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available Lane departure, forward collision and blind spot warnings.

Additional airbags: No info available

Warranty: 4/80,000, no additional powertrain warranty
Current Generation Debut:  2013

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



BMW 4-Series

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
BMW created a new 4-Series model to replace the previous two-door version of the 3-Series but in a bizarre twist has launched a low-roof four-door version of the 4-Series named the Gran Coupe. 

Comments

With the new 4-Series, BMW has split the two door body styles from the four-door 3-series with which they have been twinned for decades. However, in the spirit of micro-niche filling the German automakers have become such proponents of, BMW has created a four-door version of the 4-Series it has named the Gran Coupe.
Cabin styling is much like the related 3-Series, fundamentally practical but the design themes are looking tired and cabin components don't reflect the level of luxury expected of a car at this price point. The coupe debuted first, followed by the hard top convertible and then the Gran Coupe. Two engines, a 2 L turbo four (428i) and a turbo inline six (435i) are offered on mainstream models, with a 425 horsepower 3L turbo six powering the custom-order M4. Rear-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is optional except for the M3, which is exclusively rear-wheel drive. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic on the 428i, and 435i, with a seven-speed automated manual dubbed "DCT" offered on the M4.

Pricing

Rear-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive commanding $2500 and $700 supplements respectively on the 428i and 435i. Automatic transmission is a no charge option on all models. Massive price jump to move up from the 2L four (428) to the 3L six (435). Leather seating and a sunroof are standard on all 4-series variants, but metallic paint will set you back anywhere from $800 to $1450. Gran Coupe four door coupe priced up to $8400 higher than its two-door coupe equivalent. The convertible is priced up to $14,000 more than the equivalent coupe. The M3 is priced so much higher than the 435i as to take the car out of the market space of the slower car. Good value leasing.

Reliability
Average reliability during the warranty period. . Capricious electrical system. Free four year/80,000 km scheduled servicing is standard compared with direct rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Audi that charge extra for this coverage. 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 10,000 kilometres, even though they are not included in BMW's four year/80,000 kilometres scheduled service plan. Short powertrain warranty with no coverage past the four year/80,000 km warranty. BMW is not a signatory to the CAMVAP arbitration protocol.


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

Engines:
2L-4 T (241 HP 428i)*, 3L-6 T (300 HP 4335i), 3L-6 T (425 HP: M3)..

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

City Fuel Economy:  10.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.1L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available Lane departure, forward collision and blind spot warnings. Standard
Additional airbags: No info available

Warranty: 4/80,000, no additional powertrain warranty


Current Generation Debut:  2015

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: N/R

Side: N/R

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 



Buick LaCrosse

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Standard rear-view camera as well as availability of 4G LTE Wifi with OnStar.

Performance
The V6 is responsive but causes considerable torque-steer under heavy acceleration. Smooth, responsive transmission, generally smooth ride. The LaCrosse is very quiet.

Comments
The LaCrosse, built on the Epsilon 2 platform that underpins the Opel Insignia, benefits from the input of GM's operations on three continents. With clean lines and artfully subdued detailing, this is one good looking Buick. Containing cool blue instruments and a prominent centre stack, the dashboard of the Lacrosse borders on the avant-garde. The rest of the cabin is an example of how visual restraint can be luxurious. Top-notch cabin materials and assembly. Cabin space, while good, is less than expected in such a big car. Power stems from either the standard eAssist light hybrid system that helps during acceleration but can't run the car in a full electric mode, or an optional 3.6L V6. Power reaches the front wheels (or optionally all-wheels) via a six-speed automatic transmission. Active xenon lights and a Blind Zone Alert monitor are optional. Small windows and large roof pillars restrict outward visibility. With around 1500 sold in 2014, the LaCrosse is a very low-volume car.

Pricing
Compared with the base 1SB package, the 1SL group, which includes leather seating, is priced to reflect its value. The 1SP package, which includes the silky 3.6L V6, is priced $2050 higher than a similarly equipped four-cylinder LaCrosse. Overpriced 1SR package. The packaging and equipment levels of all-wheel drive models are not directly comparable to front-wheel drive variants so the true price of the all-wheel drive system cannot logically be estimated. Good value leasing for 2015.
Reliability
Limited information regarding this low-volume model. Complaints have been received regarding defective timing chains on the 3.6L-V6 engine. Expensive replacement parts. A GM extended warranty is recommended if you buy a LaCrosse and plan to keep it beyond the warranty period.
See the Hybrid and Electric car section.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 H (182 HP combined), 3.6L-V6 (304 HP)*
 
Transmissions: 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  13.1L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, blind spot and lane departure warnings.

Additional airbags: side airbags for outboard rear passengers.

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2010

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Buick Regal

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
4G LTE Wifi with OnStar.

Performance
The Regal's eAssist 2.4L four is smooth and is sufficiently quick but can't run in full-electric mode. The 2L turbo is smooth and delivers lively performance. The smooth automatic transmission acts very slowly at times. Sloppy manual transmission. Precise steering with good road feel. Progressive brakes. The ride is firm, yet never harsh. Crisp, stable handling. Large, heavily-sloped windshield pillars restrict visibility. Small door-mounted rear-view mirrors. Chic, modern and attractive cabin with comfortable seats and competitive room for a car in this class. Rear headroom is a bit tight for taller occupants. The large, elegant gauges.   

Comments
The Regal is a bit shorter overall than its showroom mate, the LaCrosse. Two four-cylinder engines, a standard light assist (it won't run in full electric mode) hybrid and a 259 horsepower 2L turbo four, are available. Most Regals send power to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission but a six-speed manual is offered with the turbo. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available with the turbo engine. Exterior styling is, except for the grille and some minor details, carried over directly from the very elegant Opel Insignia that the Regal is based on. Despite its overall goodness, the Regal, with only 800 sold in 2014, is dying a slow death in the market.

Pricing
All-wheel drive is offered at $2500. Good value 1SN and 1SP option packages. The 1SX package is priced to reflect the value of its content. Good value leasing. 

Reliability
Insufficient data on this low-volume model. Suspension problems predicted. Expensive replacement parts. A GM extended warranty is recommended if you plan to keep this car past the warranty period.   


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (259 HP)*, 2.4L-4 H (182 combined)

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

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.8L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional airbags: Available forward collision, blind spot and lane departure warnings.

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2011

Country of Origin:  Canada 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac ATS

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Coupe new for 2015. Keyloess Go standard. Cadillac's Cue system can now read texts and provide wireless cell-phone charging. Gently-revised frontal styling. 4G LTE WiFi compatable with OnStar. ATS-V with a turbocharged V6, is now available. 

Performance
Cadillac's sporty compact is now fully competitive with the revered German-branded cars that dominate this segment. Equipped with a 2L turbo four and automatic transmission, the ATS is fast, flexible and quite refined except when pushed hard, when it takes on a sporting bark. Quick, lively, communicative, beautifully-weighted steering. A firm, yet never harsh ride is allied to near-cerebral handling. The ATS is a very quiet car. Very good driving position. With sleek, contemporary design, lavish materials and rigorous assembly, the ATS's cabin is the benchmark for the compact luxury class. The dashboard features crisp, clear instrumentation, but minor controls, via Cadillac's CUE (Cadillac User Interface) system, don't work as quickly as they should and lead to driver distraction. Firm yet resilient seats front and rear. Cabin space is a bit less than the comparable German-branded competitors. Trunk space is sufficient, but no more. The ATS was ranked first, ahead of the BMW 328i, in a multi-car road test.
Comments
Cadillac has been successful in building a car that, if considered, has a solid chance in diverting BMW 3-Series intenders away from the car that once defined the compact luxury segment. Three engines, a 202 horsepower normally-aspirated 2.5L four, a turbocharged 272 horsepower 2L four and a 3.6L V6 with 320 horsepower, are available. Six-speed transmissions, a manual and an automatic, are offered on mainstream ATSs, with an eight-speed linked to the turbo V6. Rear-wheel drive is offered with all four engines. All-wheel is available with the 2L turbo and 3.6L V6 engines but not with the 2.5L or V6 turbo. Manual transmission is standard on rear-wheel drive four-cylinder ATSs, with a six-speed automatic standard with the V6 and on all-wheel drive versions. Cadillac sold around 3700 units in Canada last year; about 10 percent more than last year.

Pricing
Packaged exclusively with automatic transmission, all-wheel drive is a $2725 option on the sedan and costs roughly $2200 on the coupe. Luxury and Performance option groups are good value but the Premium upgrade is overpriced. Upgrading from the 2.5L four to the 2L turbo ranges from $965 to about $1800. The V6 is priced from $2200 (coupe) to $2500 (sedan) more than a similarly-equipped ATS powered by the 2L four. The coupe is priced from $1455 to $3920 higher than a sedan with the same equipment. A 2L ATS Luxury all-wheel drive is priced roughly $4000 less than a base version of the BMW 328xi. Very good value leasing.

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data. Numerous new technologies may increase service costs. A GM extended warranty is recommended it you plan to keep the car past the warranty period.


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

Engines:
2L-4 T (272 HP)*, 2.5L-4 (202 HP), 3.6L-V6 (321 HP), 3.6L-V6 T (455 HP Type V) 

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

City Fuel Economy:  11.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.4L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Collision provention and blind spot and lane departure warnings

Additional airbags: None

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: N/R

Side: N/R

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac CTS

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
OnStar can now turn the CTS into a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot. GM MyLink system reads text messages through the audio speakers. Self-parking is a new option for 2015. The crazy-fast 640 horsepower CTS-V goes on sale in the summer of 2015.

Comments
With the ATS now battling it out with the German compact luxury vehicles, the CTS moved upmarket to compete with cars like the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The cabin is fronted by dashboard with elegant gauges and a visually simple centre stack which contains a number of touch controls that need to be manipulated to get anything to work. Reasonable rear legroom. The rest of the cabin is conservatively elegant and is carefully assembled from attractive components. The CTS shares the 2L turbo four and 3.6L V6 available in the smaller car. The range-topping CTS V-Sport features a 3.6L twin turbo producing 430 horsepower and the crazy CTS-V develops 640 horsepower from its supercharged V8. All-wheel drive models and the 2L turbo are hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive V6 cars employ a new eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is offered with all but the V8. Optional safety equipment includes full speed range adaptive cruise control, panic brake assist, forward collision alert, automatic collision preparation, lane departure warning, blind spot alert and rear cross traffic alert. With about 1000 sold in 2014, the CTS got off to a slow start, posting less than one-third of the sales logged by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Pricing
The Luxury trim upgrade is priced to reflect its additional equipment but the Performance and Premium option groups are overpriced. All-wheel drive is priced from $2625 (2L) to $2020 (V6). On all-wheel drive CTSs, the V6 is priced $400 to $2400 higher than a similarly-equipped 2L. Good value leasing.

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data due to limited sales. Unproven mechanicals. Numerous complaints regarding faulty timing chains on the 3.6L V6 used in various GM products. A GM extended warranty recommended if you plan to keep the car past the warranty period.


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (272 HP), 3.6L-V6 (321 HP)*, 3.6L-V6 T (420 HP), 6.2L-V8 S (640 HP CTS-V)

Transmissions: 6A*, 8A 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  13.1L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Lane keep. lane change, blind spot and rear cross traffic alerts. Adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert
Additional airbags:  Knee airbags for both front occupants

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2014

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac XTS

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
OnStar can turn the car into a 4G LTE WifFi hotspot. 22-way electric seat and electrically retractable door mirrors are new options.

Comments
The cabin has comfortable seats and abundant space, front and rear. The interior is attractively styled and sumptuously appointed. The XTS features Cadillac's 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 304 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 on all models except for the turbocharged V, on which it is standard equipment.

Pricing
The Driver Awareness package ($900 on the Luxury) includes lane departure, forward collision, side obstacle, rear traffic and blind spot warnings. The $2495 Driver Assist group on the Premium and Platinum models adds adaptive cruise control, will stop the car in a potential crash, will start it rolling again and has front and rear auto brake if an object is detected. The Premium upgrade price reflects additional contents. Overpriced Luxury and Platinum packages. All-wheel drive, standard on the V, is a $2200 option on most models, except for the base car, on which it is not available. Rapid depreciation.
Reliability
Not rated due to limited sales. Numerous new technologies may increase service costs. A GM extended warranty is recommended it you plan to keep the car past the warranty period.  


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3.6L-V6 (304 HP) , 3.6L-V6 T (410 HP)

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

City Fuel Economy:  13.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert and lane departure, lane keep, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings.
Additional airbags: Knee airbags for both front occupants and side airbags for outboard rear passengers are standard.

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013

Country of Origin:  Canada

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Specifications

NEW

 

 

What’s new
All-new second-generation Genesis went on sale in the spring of 2014.

Comments
While a good car, the first-generation Genesis sedan failed to find a market in Canada. Even those buyers who recognized its inherent value rejected it for its lack of all-wheel drive, a market necessity for rear-wheel drive based luxury cars in Canada. Hyundai has not made the same mistake twice as all-wheel drive is standard on all Genesis sedans for 2015.
The cabin of the last Genesis is roomy and elegant, but the new car clearly moves the game ahead. Supple leathers, real alloy trim and acres of genuine wood (fashionable open-pore on fancier versions) line the cabin. Genesis denizens are cosseted in the embrace of supportive seats and enjoy generous space for a sedan with a space-inefficient rear-wheel drive layout.
Power choices include a 3.8L V6 with 311 horsepower as well as a 420 horsepower 5L V8. Power reaches all wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission connected to Hyundai's HTRAC all-wheel drive system. HTRAC is an active rear-wheel biased all-wheel drive system with a 40:60 default front-rear bias, but can shift torque around the car to gain and maintain optimal traction.
A full array of active safety gear is available, including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go capability.
2015 pricing starts at $43,000 for the base V6 to a hefty $62,000 for the V8 Ultimate model. While expensive for a Hyundai, the new Genesis sedan represents tremendous value and will appeal to buyers who want luxury but don't need a propeller, star, or a quartet of rings on their key fob.

Pricing
The 3.8 Luxury upgrade is tremendous value and the 3.8 Tech package is a bit overpriced for the supplement demanded. If the additional content standard on the Ultimate model is accounted for, the value Hyundai puts on the V8 engine is about $5000. Good value leasing. Though expensive, the Genesis is significantly cheaper than the German competition.  

Reliability
New car, not rated. Previous Genesis sedan exhibited navigation-entertainment system glitches which Hyundai were unable to fix.  


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3.8L-V6 (311 HP), 5L-V8 (420 HP) 

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

City Fuel Economy:  14.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go capability.

Additional airbags: Driver's side knee airbag and outboard rear airbags

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2015

Country of Origin:  South Korea

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


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