2014 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 generally shows up in luxury cars first and then filters downward to mainstream cars. Advanced safety with features like radar-guided cruise control, object detection systems that can actually stop a car, blind spot and lane departure warning systems debuted first in cars in this segment. However, with the rapid democratization of technology and safety features, similar features are now available on mainstream midsize cars, removing what was an important reason for stepping up to the luxury segment. 

As less-revered and more fiscally-frugal cars have added safety features they have also made strides in design, perfomance and refinement. So much so that the "Key Fob" factor, the prestige of having a fancy badge on your keyring, increasingly becomes the sole reason for spending more. 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 Hyundai Genesis, available only with rear-wheel drive, sold in small numbers. The second-generation Genesis sedan is offered only in all-wheel drive form in Canada. Many of the vehicles in this segment that are built on front-wheel drive platforms offer all-wheel drive variants 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, including a few early 2015s. The Acura TL and TSX are being replaced by the new TLX which goes on sale in the summer of 2014. BMW introduced a hatchback version of the 3-Series named the 3GT as well as the 4-Series, which replaced the previous 3-Series two door cars. The third-generation Cadillac CTS debuted in the fall of 2013, and while they went on sale in mid 2013, the Infiniti Q50 and second-generation Lexus IS series were new for the 2014 model year. Volvo updated its S60 lineup for 2014 with a mid-cycle refresh, a new station wagon body style and four-cylinder engine options.  

The Acura TL is leaving us for good at the end of the 2014 and the current Mercedes-Benz C-Class is in its last year .The new budget Mercedes, the CLA, essentailly replaced the current C-Class, which will grow larger and more expensive when a U.S. built model goes on sale in the fall of 2014. 

Which leads us to the move downmarket by several luxury brands, descending into price categories they have not ventured into convincingly before in North America. However, with the front-wheel drive 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 has created a new "Premium Compact" car category this year. 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: starting in 2012, the APA's posted fuel economy figures uses fuel consumption data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), instead of those supplied by the Canada EnerGuide, as the numbers posted better reflect real-world consumption. For more information, read APA President George Iny's article regarding the inadequacies of the Canada EnerGuide test cycle

 

Acura TL Cadillac CTS  Lexus CT200h  Nissan Maxima 
Acura TLX  Cadillac XTS  Lexus ES350, ES350h  Toyota Avalon 
Audi A4  2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan  Lexus IS250, IS350  2015 Volvo S60 
BMW 3-Series  Infiniti QX50  Lincoln MKZ   2015 Volvo V60 
BMW 4-Series  Infiniti Q50  Mercedes-Benz C-Class  2015 Volvo XC70 
Cadillac ATS       

Acura TL

Specifications

 

 

 

 

 

What’s new
No changes of note. To be replaced by the TLX in the summer of 2014. 

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 more supple 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, are offered. Most TLs will be equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual 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 A-Spec and Tech packages are priced to reflect their additional content. Overpriced Elite upgrade. All-wheel drive, packaged with the stronger 3.7L V6, is priced $4000 more than a similarly equipped front-wheel drive TL.
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
Additonal airbag None

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

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

Sml. Front: G

NHTSA Rating: 



2015 Acura TLX

Specifications

NEW

 

 

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

Comments
The TLX replaces both the TL and TSX, neither of which generated sufficient sales volume to be sustainable on their own.
Using a toned-down version of Acura's winged grille, the new car is much more elegant than the ungainly-looking cars it replaces. Built on the same wheelbase as the previous TL, the TLX is 97 mm shorter overall than the TL it supplants.
Two mainstream Honda engines, a 3.5L V6 and a 2.4L four, can power the TLX. The four is linked to an eight-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission, with a conventional nine-speed automatic transmitting power to the wheels on V6 TLXs. V6 models can be hooked up to Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel drive system. Front-wheel drive models feature rear-wheel steering.
TLX buyers can opt for a full suite of safety technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot monitors.
The TLX should be on sale by the summer.

Pricing

TLX pricing is not yet available.

Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. Above average reliability predicted. 


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.4L-4 T (HP n/a), 3.5L-V6 (HP n/a)  

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

City Fuel Economy:  n/a
ESC: Standard
Additional airbags: n/a

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

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Mod. Front: N/R

Side: N/R

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

Sml. Front: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 



Audi A4

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Horsepower for the 2L turbo four increases to 220. Standard washer-equipped xenon headlamps and automatic wipers. Trim designations now called Komfort, Progressiv and Technik. A power tailgate and alloy-finished roof rails are fitted to all Allroad wagons this year.

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 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 Allroad 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 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 quattro all-wheel drive system is a $3500 option on the base A4 but much of that supplement returns on resale. Good value Progressiv and Technik option packages. The A4 Allroad wagon is priced $5200 to $5300 higher than sedan of the same trim level but includes an extra $1500 in features. Each Allroad represents a massive profit for Audi as the previous A4 wagon was priced roughly $1500 higher than its sedan equivalent.  

Reliability
Predicted reliability is average for the first four years; declining after that. 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. Short powertrain warranty. 


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:  11.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Additional airbags: Optional outboard rear seat airbags

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin: Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

Sml. Front: P

NHTSA Rating: 



BMW 3-Series, 2014 (2015 M3)

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 and intrusive, but can be disengaged. Steering on the 3-Series is lighter and less communicative than its impressive predecessor. Able handling, but less involving and lacks any real sense of engagement. Strong brakes. More engine, wind and road noise than competing cars. Slightly longer than its predecessor, the current 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 $3100 more than its sedan equivalent. 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. BMW is not a signatory to the CAMVAP arbitration protocol.


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

Engines:
Four-doors: 2L-4 T (181 HP [320i], 241 HP [328i]))*, 3.5L-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
ESC: Standard
Additional airbags: None

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

Sml. Front: M

NHTSA Rating: 



BMW 4-Series (2015 M4 and Gran Coupe)

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
In a flurry of creation, BMW has 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
BMW fanciers preferring two door cars have been frustrated for the last three generations of 3-Series as they were denied the latest model in the body style of their choice until a year after the newest sedan debuted. With the new 4-Series, BMW has split the two door body styles from the four doors to prevent disappointment. 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.
Compared with the previous 3-series coupe, the 4-Series two-doors have a 50 mm (2 inch) more length between the wheels, is marginally longer, wider and taller than before. The silhouette of the new car closely mirrors that of its predecessor, but, with a blobby front bumper and superfluous front fender gills, the new car lacks the sublime visual restraint of the previous car. 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 $4100 and $700 supplements respectively on the 428i and 435i. Automatic transmission is a no charge option on all models. Upgrading from the 428i to the 435i provides about $1000 in extra equipment but commands a $10,000 premium on rear-wheel drive cars and a $6600 supplement when comparing all-wheel drive versions. Leather seating and a sunroof are standard on all 4-series variants, but metallic paint will set you back anywhere from $800 to $1450. 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. 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. BMW is not a signatory to the CAMVAP arbitration protocol.


Body Style:  2CP, 2CV, 4CP (2015)
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
Four-doors: 2L-4 T (184 HP [320i], 241 HP [328i]))*, 3.5L-6 T (300 HP [335i]).

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

City Fuel Economy:  10.7L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Additional airbags: None

Warranty: 4/80,000

Country of Origin:  Germany

 

IIHS Ratings:

Mod. Front: N/R

Side: N/R

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

Sml. Front: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac ATS (Coupe 2015)

Specifications

NEW

 

 

What’s new
Minor packaging changes on sedan. Coupe has debuted and will go on sale by the fall of 2014.

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 and is faster than the BMW 328i. Quick, lively, communicative, beautifully-weighted steering. Firm, yet never harsh ride is allied to near-cerebral handling that makes the BMW 328i feel disconnected. 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 now 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, which is similar to that of the previous-generation 3-Series and the out-going Mercedes C-Class can't match the room offered by the current 3-Series or the Audi A4. Given its rear-wheel drive architecture and compact dimensions, trunk space is more adequate than generous. The ATS was ranked first, ahead of the BMW 328i, in a multi-car road test. Overall, the ATS is now the benchmark car of the compact luxury class.
Comments
Cadillac hopes that its new ATS will tempt BMW 3-Series intenders. 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. Rear-wheel drive is offered with all three engines. All-wheel is available with the 2L turbo and 3.6L V6 engines but not with the 2.5L, which will limit its appeal in Canada. 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 nearly 3300 units in Canada last year; a great start for an all-new model selling against well-entrenched competitors. The ATS sedan went on sale in the fall of 2013, with a coupe expected by the fall of 2014.

Pricing
Manual transmission is standard on rear-wheel drive four-cylinder ATSs, with a six-speed automatic standard with the V6 and with the $2725 all-wheel drive option. Trim upgrades are mildly overpriced. Upgrading from the 2.5L to the 2L turbo will set you back from $965 to $1805, with the V6 priced $2500 more that a 2L turbo four with similar equipment. High-value leasing will allow the ATS to compete against key German competitors in a segment where leasing is crucial to success.  A base AWD ATS 2L is priced roughly $3300 less than a comparable BMW 328xi.

Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. GM cars generally develop glitches in their first year on the market. 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 (2015)
Occupants:  2/3

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

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

City Fuel Economy:   11.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Additional airbags: Knee airbags for both front occupants

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Mod. Front: N/R

Side: N/R

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

Sml. Front: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac CTS

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
All-new third-generation CTS sedan went on sale in the fall of 2013. 

Comments
With the ATS now battling it out with the German compact luxury vehicles, the CTS has been moved upmarket to compete with cars like the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Built on a 30 mm (1.3 inch) longer wheelbase, the CTS is 107 mm (4.2 inches) longer overall, marginally narrower and lower, and up to 200 kg (440 lbs.) lighter than its predecessor. The new car looks crisp, modern and very Cadillac. The CTS's silhouette resembles that of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with the clumsy aspects of the E-Class filtered out. Like the recent ATS, the CTS's 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. As befits its role as a mid-size luxury car, the CTS has more rear seat legroom than in 2013. Like the ATS, the cabin of the CTS is conservatively elegant and is carefully assembled from attractive components. Spun off the ATS's platform, 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. 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 three engines. 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. Cadillac has announced a coupe version of the ATS, so the stunningly beautiful previous-generation CTS coupe (and likely the wagon) will retire at the end of the 2014 model year.

Pricing
The supplement for all-wheel drive varies from $1925 to $2625. The 2L turbo four is standard, with the 3.6L V6 costing $2400 extra. The Luxury package is expensive for the content but the  Performance and Premium groups are significantly overpriced. A 2L Turbo Luxury all-wheel drive is priced roughly the same as a BMW 528xi with similar equipment. Good value leasing.  

Reliability
Not rated, new car. 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)

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

City Fuel Economy:  13.1L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Additional airbags:  Knee airbags for both front occupants

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

Sml. Front: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 



Cadillac XTS

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Electric power steering assist replaces the previous hydraulic system on front-wheel drive XTS models. A rear seat entertainment system is available on the XTS this year.  V-model, with all-wheel drive and a 410 horsepower 3.6L turbo V6, is the top XTS for 2014.   

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 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 new turbocharged V, on which it is standard equipment.

Pricing
The Driver Awareness package ($990 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, priced at $2200, is not available on the base car. Compared with the cheapest 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 XTS Platinum is nearly $10,000 more expensive than a Lincoln MKS with similar equipment. Good value leasing. Rapid depreciation expected.
Reliability
New vehicle, N/R. GM cars generally develop glitches in their first year on the market. 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
ESC: Standard
Additional airbags: Knee airbags for both front occupants and side airbags for outboard rear passengers are standard.

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000

Country of Origin:  Canada

 

IIHS Ratings:

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

Sml. Front: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 



2015 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.
hough more conservative than the radical HCD-14 concept displayed on the auto show circuit last year, the new Genesis clearly retains a number of its key HCD-14 design elements, including its grille and its window-to-body proportions.
The cabin of the last Genesis was both 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. Hyundai will have to sharpen its pencils if they want to attract lease-keen luxury buyers. Though expensive, the Genesis is significantly cheaper than the German competition.  

Reliability
New car, not rated. Previous Genesis sedan exhibited navigation-entertainment system glitches.  


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

Warranty: 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  South Korea

 

IIHS Ratings:

Mod. Front: N/R

Side: N/R

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

Sml. Front: N/R

NHTSA Rating: 


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