2015-16 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Luxury

Acura TLX  Buick Regal  Infiniti Q50  Mercedes-Benz C-Class 
Audi A4  Cadillac ATS  2017 Jaguar XE  Nissan Maxima 
2017 Audi A4  Cadillac CTS  Lexus CT200h  Toyota Avalon 
BMW 3-Series  Cadillac XTS  Lexus ES350, ES350h  Volvo S60 
BMW 4-Series  Hyundai Genesis Sedan  Lexus IS250, IS350  Volvo V60 
Buick Lacrosse  Infiniti QX50  Lincoln MKZ  Volvo XC70 

2016 Nissan Maxima

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What’s new
The new-generation Maxima went on sale in the summer of 2015.

Comments
With the new Maxima, Nissan has changed direction and moved away from the frumpy-retro styling exemplified by the Sentra and Altima, toward a radical-futuristic design. The car is striking, and distinctive but you can’t really call it pretty.
The Maxima jettisons its radicalism inside, displaying clean, contemporary design. The elegant dashboard houses big, clear gauges and logical controls. After several years of poorly appointed interiors, Nissan is trying to make amends as the appearance and apparent qualtiy of the interior components are impressive.
The sole engine for the new Maxima is the familiar 3.5L V6, which according to Nissan, features 60 percent new components. Power reaches the front wheels exclusively via a CVT.
Available active safety equipment includes forward collision warning with forward emergency braking, active cruise control and blind spot monitors.
The Maxima has long been a wallflower for years in Canada, including 2014, when only 1000 were sold. The car sells well enough in the U.S. to justify its production but like Toyota's Avalon, there seems to be a very limited market in Canada for a large luxury car from a non-prestige brand. This radical redo of the Maxima may generate a frisson of excitement when it arrives but in the long term there is probably no market space between a high-end Altima and a base Infiniti Q50 to allow the Maxima to prosper

Pricing
The base Maxima is priced about $1700 higher than the top V6 Altima, which may tempt some buyers to give the Maxima a look. Upgrading from the SV to the SL trim levels represents tremendous value. The price supplement to move from the SL trim to a Platinum model reflects the value of the contents included in the package. The SR variant is a specific sporty version of the new Maxima and for those who like its unique features, including bigger wheels and some suspension tweaks, the higher price compared with the SL will be quite acceptable. Good value leasing for 2016.

Reliability
Limited reliability information available due to limited sales. The Maxima shares components with the previous-generation Atlima, which was rated average to a bit better than average. Unproven CVT.   

Specifications


Body Style: 4SD
Occupants: 2/3

Engines:
3.5L-V6 (300 HP)

Transmissions: CVT
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:10.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 7.8L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available active safety equipment includes forward collision warning with forward emergency braking, active cruise control and blind spot monitors.

Additonal airbags: none

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2015
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2016 Toyota Avalon


 

 
What’s new
Revised exterior styling includes new L.E.D. headlights, turn signals and grille up front and restyled tail lights as well. Mild cabin trim updates and the previous XLE trim level has been renamed the Touring. Toyota Safety Sense, with pre-collision, active cruise and lane departure warning is standard on the Limited trim level.

Comments
The Avalon is built on the same wheelbase as the Lexus ES350. The large cabin has comfortable seats, lots of room and pleasing shapes, all constructed from more attractive materials than the previous Avalon. The large cabin has comfortable seats and lots of room for passengers. The Interior is very stylish and cabin materials, including a hand-stitched dashboard trim, are most attractive, as are the large, clear gauges.
The Avalon is powered by Toyota's ubiquitous 3.5L V6, which sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Driven briefly by the APA, the V6 is the Avalon is quick, smooth, quiet and well mated to the six-speed automatic transmission. Ride, handling, steering and braking are all well-judged for a car of this type. Like the Nissan Maxima, the Avalon sells in small numbers as few buyers are seeking a large, luxurious car from a non-prestige brand.

Pricing

Compared with the Touring model, the Limited trim upgrade is good value. The Avalon Limited Premium sells for about $8700 less than a Lexus ES 350 Executive that is built on the same platform and is equipped with the same active safety equipment as the Lexus. The Avalon Touring is priced about $8000 more than the Toyota Camry XLE V6, which is a much bigger price spread than last year. 

Reliability
Rated above average as the Camry and ES350 it shares component with are rated above average.

Specifications


Body Style: 4SD
Occupants: 2/3

Engines:
3.5L-V6 (268 HP)

Transmissions: 6A
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 9L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 9L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Blind spot, rear cross traffic and forward collision warnings as well as active cruise control are available.

Additional airbags: Knee airbags for both front occupants and side airbags for outboard rear passengers.

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut: 2013
Country of Origin: United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


Volvo S60/V60


 

 
What’s new
The 2L turbocharged and supercharged four combined with all-wheel drive that debuted in the XC90 is now offered on the S60/V60 range. Subaru Outback style "high-rider" Cross Country sub-models are available in both body styles. 

Performance
The turbocharged inline six in the T60 all-wheel drive is very quick. Smooth turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Handling of this new S60 is crisper and sportier than that of its predecessor. The S60 T6 is a sporty driving car but has a firm ride. The steering is precise, though lacking the immediacy of the Audi A4 or BMW 3-Series. The R-Design variant approaches the driving pleasure of its German rivals. Limited outward visibility. The S60's cabin is an exemplar of contemporary Scandinavian elegance rendered from quality materials. Very comfortable seating, with good room in front, and just adequate legroom for rear passengers.;

Comments
The S60 is offered with two long-term turbocharged Volvo engines, a 250 horsepower 2.5L inline five and a 3L inline six which produces 300 horsepower in the T6 and 325 in the R-Design variant. Two variants of Volvo's new four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain series are available on a front-wheel drive versions of the 2016 S60. The turbocharged 2L four, oddly named T5, is rated at 240 horsepower, and the bizarrely-monikered T6 has a 302 horsepower supercharged and turbocharged 2L four resting under its hood. Volkswagen tried supercharged and turbocharged engines about a decade ago but has since abandoned the concept. The super-turbo four can now be linked to all-wheel drive this year, in addition to the five-cylinder turbo and six-cylinder turbo cars previously combinable with all-wheel drive.
Pricing
It is impossible to determine what Volvo charges to move from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive because there are no direct comparable models despite the enormous model range. The Premier trim upgrade and the Navigation, Technology, Navigation and Blind spot packages are priced to reflect the value of their additional features. Overpriced R-Design trim upgrade and climate and Convenience packages. The V60 Cross Country is priced $1750 higher than a similarly equipped V60 T5 AWD. Good value leasing. Stiff depreciation. 

Reliability
Not rated due to limited sales. An extended warranty from Volvo Canada is strongly recommended if you are not leasing.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD, 4SW
Occupants:  2/3
Engines:
2 L-4 T (240 HP, 2 L-4 T S (302 HP), 2,5 L-5 T (250 HP)*, 3 L-6 T (300 HP; R-Design: 325 HP)
Transmissions: 6A*, 8A (Drive-E)
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy: 11.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 8.1L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Adaptive cruise control, collision warning with full autostop, rear cross traffic detection and lane departure warnings and lane keep assist.

Additional airbages: None
Warranty: 4/80,000 with no additional powertrain warranty
Current Generation Debut: 2011
Country of Origin: Sweden

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


Volvo XC70


 

 
What’s new
XC model range reduced to a single 2.5L turbo five-cylinder all-wheel drive variant.

Comments
The XC 70 is built on a platform shared with numerous European Ford products. The cabin design is chic, modern and luxurious in a discreet Scandinavian way. The base engine is now Volvo's new four-cylinder 2L Drive-E turbo marketed as the T5, which is only offered with front-wheel drive. A 300 horsepower turbocharged inline six available, sold as the T6, is also available. Sparkling response from the turbo. Good ride-handling compromise in a solid, safe and quiet car.

Pricing>
The Premier trim upgragde and the Technology package are priced to reflect the value of their additional features. The Climate, Navigation and Convenience packages are overpriced. Similarly equipped, the Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited is priced about $22,000 less than an XC70 with similar features. Good value leasing. Stiff depreciation.

Reliability
Average reliability predicted. Electrical problems are likely as the car ages. An extended warranty from Volvo is recommended if you plan to keep your Volvo longer than the warranty. This is especially important with the unproven Drive-E engine. Powertrain warranty ends at 80,000 km. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2.5L-5 T (250 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  12.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.0L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Adaptive cruise control, collision warning with full autostop, rear cross traffic detection and lane departure warnings and lane keep assist. Standard
Additional airbags: None

Warranty: 4/80,000 with no additional powertain warranty

Current Generation Debut:  2008
Country of Origin:  Sweden

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating: 


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