2017 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, are 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 available from many luxury 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. 

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 no new luxury cars covered by the APA debuting this year, an unusual occurence. The biggest news in the luxury segment for 2017 is Hyundai setting up a separate luxury franchise under the 'Genesis' brand, and the renaming of the former Hyundai Genesis as the Genesis G80. 

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. Infiniti has joined this trend and introduced the Mercedes GLA-based QX30 in Canada during the 2016 model year . To reflect this move downmarket, Lemon-Aid created a "Premium Compact" car category. If you are looking for reviews of the Audi A3, the Mercedes B-Class and CLA as well as the new QX from Infiniti, 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.

Fuel economy figures from the Canada Energuide were available at the beginning of the model year for 2017, so the APA is using its figures this year. 

Acura TLX  Cadillac ATS  Infiniti Q50  Lincoln Continental 
Audi A4  Cadillac CT6  Jaguar XE  Lincoln MKZ 
BMW 3-Series  Cadillac CTS  Kia Cadenza  Mercedes-Benz C-Class 
BMW 4-Series  Cadillac XTS  Lexus CT200h  Nissan Maxima 
Buick Lacrosse  Hyundai Genesis G80 Lexus ES350, ES350h  Toyota Avalon 
Buick Regal  Infiniti QX50  Lexus IS250, IS350  Volvo S60, V60 

2017 Acura TLX

 


 

 

What’s new
The front-wheel drive V6 variants have been discontinued for 2016.

Performance
Driven in (no longer offered) Elite front-wheel drive form, the TLX's 3.5L V6 was, 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. 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 just over 4000 units sold in 2016, the TLX comfortably outsold the 3300 TSX and TL combined total in 2014. 

Pricing
The all-wheel drive V6 models are priced from $5000 to $5200 more than the equivalent 2.4L front-wheel drive models. The Technology package, which includes navigation, an upgraded audio system and various active safety equipment, is a bargain. The Elite trim level is priced to reflect the value of its additional content. Very good value leasing.  

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. 

Specifications


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:  11.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.5L/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: 


2017 Audi A4

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
The new-generation A4 went on sale in the spring of 2016. A new front-wheel drive base model, powered by a 190 horsepower 2L four, hooked up to a seven-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission, went on sale in the fall of 2016. The super high-performance 2018 S4 went on sale in the late winter of 2017. 

Comments
Based on the MQB platform working its way under the majority of new VW Group vehicles, the new A4 is all-new for 2017. A 2L turbo four returns, producing 252 horsepower, 32 more than previously, as well as a stump-pulling 273 lb-ft or torque. Power reaches all wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch automated manual.
Though all new, very Audi and quite elegant, the styling of the new A4 represents absolutely no progression is design or modernity and is such, deeply disappointing. The interior is all and is an improvement over its disappointing predecessor. Big, clear gauges are separated by a large info screen with impressively crisp graphics. The gauges are grouped together in a housing, with infotainment functions handled by an aftermarket-looking screen that grows out of the middle of the dash. The very horizontally-arrayed dashboard has a very BMW design ethos.
Cabin materials are much more attractive than those in the previous A4. Rear legroom now is such that the new A4 can be considered suitable transport for four adults.

Pricing
The front-wheel drive A4 base model is offered in Komfort and Progressiv trims. The Progressiv upgrade is good value if you want its features. The 252 horsepower all-wheel drive Komfort and Progressiv trims are priced $4700 more than the 190 horsepower front-wheel versions of the same trims. The Progressiv trim upgrade is good value regardless of the drive system; with the quattro exclusive Tecknik trim priced to reflect the value of its extra features. Overpriced S Line trim package. The Allroad wargon is priced roughly $4500 more than a quattro sedan of the sme trim level.  At up to $11,500 more than an A4 of the same trim level, each horsepower of the 102 additional horsepower of the S4 is priced at about $113.

Reliability
New car, not rated. All-new platform and revised power units. Predicted reliability is average at best 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; cleaning them is a laborious and expensive process. Some owners have reported the timing chain on the 2L four has jumped a tooth on the sprokets. 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 is highly recommended. Expensive parts.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (252 HP) , 3L-V6 T (354 HP)

Transmissions: 7A (automated manual), 8A (S4)
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 9.9L/100 kmn.a.
Highway Fuel Economy: 7L/100 km.
Active Safety Features: Available blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings as well as adaptive cruise control with stop and go and active lane keep assist.
Additional airbags: Optional outboard rear airbags
Warranty: 4/80,000, no additional powertrain warranty 
Current Generation Debut: 2017
Country of Origin: Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


2017 BMW 3-Series

 


 

What’s new
BMW notes that the engine powering the 330i that replaces the previous 328i, is all new. Navigation is standard on all models for 2017.

Performance
The 2L turbo four in the 330i delivers performance as strong and eager as their old inline six-cylinder engines, 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. The 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 looking 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 beige interior hue as it will soil easily and looks cheap, even with leather upholstery.
Tested against the Cadillac ATS 2L, the 3 Series was found wanting in terms of engine smoothness, overall quietness, steering precision, suspension control and interior design, fit and finish.
Comments
The 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 180 horsepower (320i) and the other with 241 horsepower (328i) are offered, as well as is a 180 horsepower 2L turbodiesel (328 d). Six cylinder variants include the 325 horsepower 340i and the 425 horsepower turbo six found under the hood of the M3.

Pricing

A big price increase (nearly $5000) this year has reduced to previous massive gulf between the 320i and the 330i to about $3000. The priced gulf between the 330i and the 340i is nearly $9000. There is a big price gap (nearly $5000) between the 320i. All-wheel drive is standard on all trims except for the 340i, where it costs $2700 extra. The Touring station wagon is priced $1500 higher than the sedan and the GT hatchback costs from $1850 to $2640 more than an equivalent sedan. The hybrid is priced roughly $7000 higher than the gasoline 330i if the value of all-wheel drive ($2700 on the 340i) is added to the hybrid to even up the specifications with the conventional car. The 330Xi base model is more expensive but better equipped than the base Mercedes C300 4Matic. 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

Specifications


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

Engines:
2L-4 T (180 HP 320; 248 HP 330),2L-4 TDI 184 HPi), 2L-4 H (180 HP), 3L-6 T (320 HP 340i), 3L-6 T (425 HP: M3).

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

City Fuel Economy:  10.5L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available Lane departure, forward collision and blind spot warnings as well as adaptive cruise control with stop and go 

Additional airbags: knee airbags for both front occupants.

Warranty: 4/80,000, no additional powertrain warranty
Current Generation Debut:  2013
Country of Origin:  Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 BMW 4-Series

 


 

 

What’s new
The 328i has been replaced by the 330i, which BMW notes is powered by an all new engine. The 435 has been replaced by the 440i, with 320 horsepower. Navigation is standard for 2017.

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 (430i) and a turbo inline six (440i) 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

Complex model lineup. Coupe: the six-cylinder engine in the 440i costs an extra $8000 compared with the four-cylinder 430i. The same upgrade in the convertible costs $9300. All-wheel drive, standard on all models except for the 435i coupe, where it commands a $1790 premium. Depending on engine choice, the convertible body style is priced $11,000 to $12,500 higher than the coupe. The 430i Gran Coupe is priced $1100 more than the 430i coupe; with the power upgrade from the 430i to the 440i around $1400. Expensive metallic paint surcharge. The high-performance M4 is so much more expensive than the mainstream variants that it is really in a different market segment.

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.

Specifications


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

Engines:
2L-4 T (248 HP 430i)*, 3L-6 T (320 HP 440i), 3L-6 T (425 HP: M3)..

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

City Fuel Economy:  10.5L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.41L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available Lane departure, forward collision and blind spot warnings. Active cruise control with auto stop
Additional airbags: Knee airbags for front seat occupants.
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: 


 

2017 Buick LaCrosse

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
All-new LaCrosse built on the same platform as the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.

Comments
Built on a 68 mm (2.7 inch) longer wheelbase, the 2017 LaCrosse is roughly the same size, but a bit lower than its predecessor. Buick's new corporate grille fronts a car that is cleaned lined, with some carefully thought out bright accents. The sweeping dash, with clear gauges and visually calm controls, flows into the centre console. Chic colour combinations, but the faux wood accents should look more convincing than they do but Buick makes up for this failing a bit by attractive alloy accents and copious soft-touch surfaces. Power is provide by GM's familiar 3.6L V6, which produces 305 horsepower in this application. Power reaches the front wheels (or optionally, four wheels), via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Previously built in Canada, the LaCrosse is now imported. 
Driven briefly by the APA, the new LaCrosse was quick, quiet and very smooth. The new eight-speed automatic transmission worked very well but its joystick like gear selector is confusing to use. The LaCrosse demonstrates an absorbent ride but not at the expense of handling, which is steady and predictable. Nicely weighted steering and strong brakes with good brake feel. 

Pricing
Moving up from the base to the Preferred trim contains little of value for the roughly $4400 Buick asks for it. Moving up from the Preferred to the Essence balances price and value exactly. The range-topping Premium model is tremendous value if you like its equipment. Good value Driver Confidence and Sights and Sounds packages but the Dynamic Drive and Sun and Shade packages are overpriced. All-wheel drive a a $2450 option on the Premium trim. Good lease value. Only 785 examples of the previous-generation LaCrosse were sold in Canada in 2016, so this new car will have to sell in much bigger numbers to justify its continued place in the market here.   

Reliability
New model, not rated. A GM extended warranty is recommended if you plan to keep this car past the warranty period.   

Specifications


Body Style: 4SD
Occupants: 2/3

Engines:
3.6L-V6 (305 HP)

Transmissions: 8A
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km

Highway Fuel Economy:  7.5/100 km


Active Safety Features: Front knee airbags and outboard rear airbags
Additional airbags: Available forward collision braking, blind spot, adaptive cruise control  and lane departure warnings 

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


 

2017 Buick Regal

 


 

 

What’s new
The current Regal is in its seventh year and likely last year. Changes for 2017 is the addition of iOS and Android phone capability and a single powertrain specification featuring a 2L turbo four hooked up to a six and six-speed automatic transmission. 

Performance
The 2L turbo is smooth and delivers lively performance. The smooth automatic transmission acts very slowly at times. 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.

Comments
The Regal is now in its seventh year in a market where five years is thought to have past its best by date. A sole powertrain is a 2L turbo four hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available. 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 841 sold in 2016, is no longer a sustainable product. 

Pricing
Front-wheel drive is standard; with all-wheel drive a $2500 option. The Premium I trim upgrade is good value but the GS is overpriced. 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.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (259 HP)

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

City Fuel Economy:  11.5L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available forward collision, blind spot and lane departure warnings
Additional airbags: available rear outboard side airbags

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: 


2017 Cadillac ATS

 


 

 

What’s new
The normally-aspirated 2.5L four has been discontinued and the model lineup has been rationalized, with fewer trim levels for 2017. A Teen Driver feature allows parents to monitor the use of the car, is standard this year. 
Performance
Cadillac's sporty compact is now fully competitive with the revered German-branded cars that dominate sales in 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 less than in the comparable German-branded competitors. Trunk space is sufficient, but no more. The ATS was ranked first, ahead of the BMW 3 Series 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. Two engines, a turbocharged 272 horsepower 2L four and a 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower, are available. A six-speed manual transmissions and an eight-speed automatic, are offered. Rear-wheel drive is available with all but all-wheel can be linked only with the 2L turbo and 3.6L V6. Manual transmission is standard on rear-wheel drive four-cylinder ATSs, with an eight-speed automatic standard with the V6 and on ATS variants with all-wheel drive.

Pricing
Offered only with automatic transmission the all-wheel drive system is a $2725 supplement on the sedan and $2200 on the coupe.  On the sedans, the Luxury package is overpriced but the Premium Luxury trim is reasonably priced considering it also includes the V6 engine. The rear-wheel drive only Premium Performance V6 is very good value if you do not need your car for the winter. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, with a six-speed manual offered as a no cost alternative on rear-wheel drive versions of the 2L ATS. The coupe body style commands a $2275 to $3375 supplement over a sedan of the same trim level. Very good value leasing for 2017. When fully equipped, the ATS-V coupe, powered by a turbocharged 3.6L V6 with 464 horsepower, is priced about $30,000 higher than a RWD ATS 3,6 L Premium Performance coupe, essentially putting it in a different market slot than the regular versions of the car. 

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. Cadillacs feature four year/80,000 km regularly scheduled maintenance as part of vehicle purchase.

Specifications


Body Style: 4SD, 2CP 
Occupants: 2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (272 HP)*, 3.6L-V6 (335 HP), 3.6L-V6 T (464 HP Type V) 

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

City Fuel Economy:  10.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.9L/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: 


2017 Cadillac CT6

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
The all-new CT6 cloaks a radical structure under tastefully conservative styling. 

Comments
The CT6 is Cadillac's attempt to re-enter the luxury-car big-league dominated by the Tesla Model S in Canada. This is a miniscule market segment in Canada, where buyers in the price range overwhelmingly choose an SUV.
The CT6’s elegant exterior, all aluminum, cloaks a chassis constructed from 11 different materials. Despite its imposing size, weight is roughly the same as the mid-size BMW 5 series.
Like other recent Cadillacs, the cabin is elegant, modern and sumptuously appointed with impressive attention to detail. Very welcoming seats ally with ample legroom to provide all-day comfort for CT6 occupants. Rear seat legroom is significantly better than in the Volvo V90 and Mercedes E-Class. Trunk space is competitive but not cavernous. 
Cadillac’s familiar 2L turbo and 3.6L V6 are joined by a 400 horsepower 3L V6 turbo. Power reaches all wheels exclusively via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Active safety equipment such as night vision and pedestrian collision mitigation with full automatic braking is available.
Driven briefly in 3L turbo form, the incredibly quick and energetic CT6 could be defined by the term "Hooligan Luxury". The engine emits an intoxicating wail and is keen to race to the redline. The automatic transmission puts the power down and stands ready to serve the driver under all conditions. While firm, the CT6 turbo's ride is supple and insulates CT6 occupants from road shock. While steering feel is minimal, the steering is beautifully weighted, precise and holds its line confidently at highway speeds. The rear-wheel drive biased all-wheel drive system is very entertaining. Good brake feel, no lost motion and strong stopping power lend confidence to the driver. If the CT6 has a fault, it is noise, which is higher than expected, especially in the areas of wind noise and road grid pinging off the underside of the car. 

Pricing
All-wheel drive is standard on all V6 models and cannot be combined with the base 2L turbo four. Upgrading from the 2L four and rear-wheel drive powerteam to an all-wheel drive 3.6L V6 CT6 of the same trim level costs roughly $2300. Upgrading from the normally-aspirated 3.6L V6 to the 3L V6 turbo costs roughly $4600. Moving up from the base 3.6L CT6 to the 3.6L Luxury trim is very good value, the Premium Luxury model is significantly overpriced and the pricing of the Platinum range-topper is such that there is no relation between value and content. Reasonable lease value. 

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. Cadillacs feature four year/80,000 km regularly scheduled maintenance as part of vehicle purchase.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (265 HP), 3L-V6 T (404 HP), 3.6L-V6 (335 HP)*, 
Transmission: 8A 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  12.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.8L/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:  2016
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: 


2017 Cadillac CTS

 


 

 

What’s new
Updates for 2017 include a new grille and rear fascia, a Carbon Black appearance package, a Teen Driver feature that allows parents to monitor the use of their vehicle and an optional rear view monitor that displays a video image where the mirror would usually be. Rationalized model lineup with fewer trim levels for 2017.

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. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the sole transmission choice. All-wheel drive is offered with all but the V8.

Pricing
All-wheel drive is a $2025 option on the V6 and $2625 for 2L turbo models. The 2L turbo Luxury trim updgrade is very expensive but you can have its most desirable features, including leather seating, by adding the Seating package and the individual navigation option to the base model, for less money. The 3.6 L Luxury model essentially substitutes a 3.6L V6 for the 2L for $1730. The V6 turbo V-Sport is priced roughly $8800 more than a fully equipped CTS V6 Premium for essentially 65 extra horsepower. At $94,800 (with freight and AC tax), the CTS-V, which is exclusively rear-wheel drive, is in a different class than less exotic versions of the car. With only 834 units sold in 2016, the CTS is not finding a ready market. The model lineup rationalization for 2017 may make buying a CTS less daunting. Good lease value.
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 is recommended if you plan to keep the car past the warranty period. Cadillacs feature four year/80,000 km regularly scheduled maintenance as part of vehicle purchase.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (272 HP)*, 3.6L-V6 (333 HP), 3.6L-V6 T (430 HP), 6.2L-V8 S (640 HP CTS-V)

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

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.2L/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: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Cadillac XTS

 


 

 

What’s new
Teen Driver feature allows vehicle owners to monitor how their car is being used. 

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
On front-wheel drive variants, the Luxury and Premium Luxury trim upgrades are a bit expensive given the content they contain, but the Platinum range topper is priced more that twice as high as the value of the extra equipment the upgrade includes. All-wheel drive costs from $1850 (Luxury) to $1935 (Premium Luxury and Platinum) more than a front-wheel drive XTS of the same trim level. The high-performance V-Sport turbo sells from $5855 (Platinum) to $6155 (Premium Luxury) more than the less powerful variants. Acceptable leasing terms. The Chevrolet Impala is built on the same set of components and is, brand and a few luxury fripperies apart, a cheaper substitute for the XTS.
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. Cadillacs feature four year/80,000 km regularly scheduled maintenance as part of vehicle purchase.

Specifications


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:  13.7L/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: 


2017 Hyundai Genesis G80

 


 

 

What’s new
With the advent of the new Genesis luxury brand, the former Hyundai Genesis becomes the Genesis G80 for 2017.

Comments
The first Genesis car failed in Canada as it was offered only in rear-wheel drive, a non-starter in Canada. The new car, introduced as the Hyundai Genesis, has been renamed the Genesis G80 and is available for 2017. Supple leathers, real alloy trim and acres of genuine wood (fashionable open-pore on fancier versions) line the cabin. G80 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 as well as a 5L V8. Power reaches all wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission connected to 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.

Pricing
The vase 3.8L Luxury model is comprehensivly equipped. The 3.8L Technology upgrade is expensive considering its additional equipment when compared with the Luxury trim. 
The range-topping 5.0 Ultimate costs $7000 more than the 3.8L V6 Technology; $2500 of which can be attributed to content, the balance to the V8. Picking the V8 Ultimate instead of a fully-equipped BMW 5 Series with a V8 can save you around $40,000. Now branded a Genesis, this car and its bigger sibling, the G90, are no sold at dealerships, but will be brought to you anywhere you want for a test drive and picked up and brought back to you for service. The Genesis cars are sold at a fixed price with no additional costs.  

Reliability
Not rated, insuffient numbers sold to create a profile. Previous Genesis sedan exhibited navigation-entertainment system glitches which Hyundai were unable to fix.

Specifications


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:  N.A.
Highway Fuel Economy:  N.A.
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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