2017 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - SUVs

SUVs: MicroCompact - MidSize - Luxury - All-Terrain

Luxury SUVs

Well-heeled buyers have been flocking to luxury CUVs partly because of fashion and partly due to their versatility.

New for 2016 include the BMW X1, the Lexus RX and the Mercedes GLC, which replaces the GLK. Some models, like the Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX and Volvo XC60, are now getting very old and are on the cusp of being replaced.

A note about mileage: The APA's posted fuel economy figures for 2016 are from the U.S. Department of Energy as figures from the Canada Energuide were not available when our research was being done.

Acura RDX  BMW X1  2017 Cadillac  XT5  Nissan Murano 
Acura MDX  BMW X3  Lexus RX350, RX350h  Range Rover Evoque 
Audi Q5  Buick Envision  Mercedes-Benz GLC  Volvo XC60 
2018 Audi Q5      

2018 Acura RDX

 


 

 

What’s new
No changes of note for 2018, which should be the last year for the current RDX. 
Performance
The RDX's eager, sweet-sounding 3.5L V6 delivers swift acceleration, impressive flexibility and relaxed cruising. The six-speed automatic transmission is very well matched to the V6, and delivers imperceptible upshifts and downshifts. The electric power steering is nicely weighted and geared, has little centre play and tracks straight on the highway, but it's numb. The suspension copes with minor road imperfections with a resilient firmness. 
The progressive, powerful brakes feel overly boosted initially but weighting feels ideal after some acclimatization. The high window line limits outward visibility for lane changes.
While the air-conditioner is powerful, it's temperature varied annoyingly according to loads placed on the engine by the driver. Very good audio system. The navigation system features an intuitive control set-up and functions very well. The RDX's Bluetooth system readily connects to an iPhone but would not hook up to cell phones using older technology.

Interior
The cabin is fronted by a dashboard featuring big, crisply-marked gauges. The centre touch screen replaces a multitude of buttons but does require some acclimitization before it becomes familar. The large, comfortable front seats locate occupants well without confining them. The driver’s seat is multi-adjustable, but the low-mounted, fixed-height front passenger seat left some occupants feeling buried in a vehicle with a high dash cowl and high window line. The rear seat is comfortable for two and holds three in a pinch. Rear legroom is ample and the rear floor is flat.
The cabin features abundant padded surfaces, matte finishes, attractive leather seating, is carefully assembled. Despite a high cargo deck, cargo space is ample below the window line and the trunk is both wide and long. The 60/40 split rear seat can be folded by pulling release handles conveniently located near the wide-opening rear tailgate. Though the rear seats don’t lay flat, the RDX still has a substantial cargo hold when they are folded.

Comments
The RDX's 3.5L V6 is the only engine offered and power reaches all wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.   

Pricing

Upgrading to the Technology trim level, with a navigation system, upgraded audio system, blind spot and cross traffic warnings, heated rear seats, rain sensing wipers and power folding rear seats, is very good value. The Elite range topper balances price and content precisely. Very good value leasing.  

Reliability
Above average.The RDX uses proven mechanical units from other Honda products and service costs should be less than those for European-branded CUVs.

Specifications


Body Style: 4SW
Occupants: 2/3

Engines:
3.5L-V6 (279 HP)

Transmissions: 6A
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive*
City Fuel Economy: 12.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 8.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available blind spot, rear cross traffic, forward collision and lane departure warnings as well as active cruise control with collision mitigation braking. 
Additional airbags: None

Warranty: 4/80,000 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: 


2018 Acura MDX

 


 

 

What’s new
A revised infotainment system incorporating Android Auto is about all that is new for the current MDX in its last year on the market.

Performance
When setting out on a first run in the MDX, the driver's first impression is that they are driving a super luxurious tank. That initially feeling fades as the driver discovers that the MDX is a a surprisingly tossable familty bus. Stable handling is allied to a firmly compliant ride to deliver a ride-handling balance that is nicely judged for this type of vehicle. The strong, tuneful 3.5L V6 is well-matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly, maximizes acceleration and minimizes revs while cruising. The push-button gear selector works well once you are used to it but the MDX might not be a vehicle you would loan to anyone who is unused to the selector. The MDX's steering is nicely weighted, precise and holds its line very well on the highway.   
The AcuraLink touch-screen has few buttons but requires the driver to cycle through a variety of screens to complete simple tasks like changing the ventilation fan speed. Crisp gauge graphics. Elegant, upscale cabin accented with attractive open pore wood on the Elite model driven by the APA. The second-row seat can be moved for and aft to maximize legroom for that row or to allow for more legroom for third-row passengers. Third row passengers enjoy reasonable space and fairly easy access. Good cargo space.

Comments
The 3.5L, direct-injected 290 horsepower V6 features cylinder deactivation. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. Active safety includes the available Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information, and a Collision Mitigation Braking System. The optional Elite package adds Active Damper Sport Suspension, which employs magnetically-charged particles contained in the shock absorber fluid to firm up the suspension as needed. Acura introduced a hybrid version of the MDX last year. It is powered by a 3.5L-V6 and and electric motor to produce 321 total combined horsepwer. Properly equipped, the V6 MDX can tow 2268 kg (5000 lbs.).

Pricing
The Navigation trim upgrade is priced to reflect the proposed equipment but the Tech and Elite models are overpriced. Great value leasing. Good resale value.

Reliability: Not rated due to insufficient information. Predicted reliability is above average.

Specifications


Body Style: 4SW
Occupants: 2/3/2
Engines:
3.5L‑V6 (290 HP), 3.5L-V6 H (321 HP)

Transmissions: 9A
Drive Layout:  All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 12.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 8.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information, and a Collision Mitigation Braking System.

Additional airbags: Driver's side knee airbag
Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut: 2014
Country of Origin: United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Audi Q5

 

NOT RATED

 

 

What’s new
The Q5 is in its ninth and last year in its current for, with the second-generation Q5 set to launch in May 2017. New for 2017 is a standard large format sunroof on the base Komfort and 3L V6 turbo Progressiv models. The diesel and hybrid models have been discontinued. 

Comments
The Audi Q5 was the Audi response to the previous Mercedes-Benz GLK and BMW X3, but both rivals have long replaced the models the Q5 once competed with. Like its former rivals, the Q5 is a tall wagon based on a mainstream car platform. Outside, the Q5 is an elegant, well proportioned and carefully finished vehicle. The cabin, while nicer than that in the previous  A4, can't compare with the previous generation of Audis. Good space utilization and comfortable seats are cabin highlights. The cargo bay is ample for most people but golfers complain about space for clubs. Three conventional engines, a 2L turbo four from the A4, a supercharged 3L V6 that produces an anemic 272 horsepower despite the highly complex engine and a high-performance version of the same unit that cranks out 354 horsepower, are available. An eight speed automatic is the sole transmission choice. Audi's quattro drive system is standard.

Pricing

The non-SQ5 V6 will cost buyers $2500 more than the 2L Q5 of the same trim level. Moving up from the Komfort to the Progressiv trim levels represents good value. The range-topping Technik is priced to reflect the value of its extra features compared with the Progressiv trim. Similarly equipped, the SQ5 is priced from $9200 to $11,100 higher than the more mainstream 3L V6. 

Reliability
Not rated, Insufficient data. Reliability predicted to be acceptable for the first four years, with reliability faltering after that, like the A4 it is based on. Expect expensive servicing costs typical of Audis. Audi's service plan, good for scheduled services up to 70,000 km, is recommended. Short powertrain warranty.

Specifications


Body Style: 4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 T (220 HP)*, 3L‑V6 S (272 HP, 354 HPSQ5)

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

City Fuel Economy:  12L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 8.6L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available active cruise control
Additional airbags: Rear side airbags optional

Warranty: 4/80,000 with no powertrain warranty past 4/80,000 km

Current Generation Debut: 2009
Country of Origin: Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2018 Audi Q5

 

NEW

What’s new
Unveiled at the 2016 Paris auto show, the second-generation Q5 is expected to be on sale in Canada by May of 2017.   

Comments
A 252 horsepower 2L four will be the volume engine for the new Q5, but a turbocharged Q5 S (marketed as the SQ5) 3L V6 with 354 horsepower, should be on sale by the summer of 2017. A seven-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission is hooked up to the 2L four with a conventional eight-speed automatic expected for the V6. Audi's previous all-wheel all the time Quattro system has been replaced by a new system that is primarily front-wheel drive but with the ability to send torque to the rear wheels when needed. Audi continues to use the Quattro brand on this new system. 

The silhouette of the new Q5 is a virtual doppelganger of its predecessor, with only the brushed alloy accent ring around the grille and flabby accent line just below the windows to distinguish this new Q5 from the old one. Once a style leader, Audi is now giving off an aura of elegant self-parody. The chief positive attribute of the new Q5's body is that it is about 90 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. 

The new Q5's cabin sticks to long-established Audi design themes but unlike the disappointing exterior, the cabin is study in traditional elegance. Pleasing colour combinations, supple leather and chic wood and bright accents make for a welcoming cabin. The Q5 features comfortable seating and ample legroom front and rear. Cargo space is similar to that of the previous Q5. 

Pricing

The base Komfort trim is comprehensively equipped but the Progressiv trim upgrade, which includes niceties such as a large-format sunroof, navigation, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors and a foot-gesture operated tailgate, is very good value if you like its extra content. The top Tecknik trim level is priced to closely reflect the value of its extra features. The various option packages are acceptable value for 2018. Though it is built in Mexico, Audi doesn't seem to be passing any labour or freight savings along to Canadian buyers.  

Reliability
Not rated, New model. Reliability predicted to be acceptable for the first four years, with reliability faltering after that, like the A4 it is based on. Expect expensive servicing costs typical of Audis. Audi's service plan, good for scheduled services up to 70,000 km, is recommended. Short powertrain warranty.

Specifications


Body Style: 4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 T (252 HP)*, 3L‑V6 T (354 HP estimated)

Transmissions: 7-Speed automated manual 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  N.A.

Highway Fuel Economy: N.A.


Active Safety Features: Available blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings and rear collision avoidance. 
Additional airbags: Rear side airbags optional

Warranty: 4/80,000 with no powertrain warranty past 4/80,000 km

Current Generation Debut: 2018
Country of Origin: Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2018 BMW X1

 


What’s new

In the spirit of niche-filling BMW excels at, a shallow-windowed spin-off of the X1, called the X2, debuts this year.
Comments
The current X1 moved from its previous premium rear-wheel drive architecture to the front-wheel drive platform shared with the European1-Series and MINI Clubman model. The sole engine available at this time is the 2L turbocharged four-cylinder that is available in virtually all of BMW's range. The 2L produces 228 horsepower and a stout 258 lb.ft. of torque. Power reaches all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new X1 eschews the tall wagon esthetic of its predecessor for a more mainstream CUV look that adheres closely to BMW s current design vocabulary. The X1's cabin design is also very much in the 'School of BMW" house style. A pod tightly wrapped around small-format main gauges sits in front of the driver in a strongly horizontally-arrayed dashboard. A standalone infotainment screen sits proud of the dash above the dash centre stack. The centre stack contains straightforward climate controls and while those for the audio system look sleek, you need to engage the iDrive function to see what audio mode and or station/function you are on. Cabin materials, with some chic two tone combinations and very au courant open pore wood finishes, are more attractive than previously. Cabin space is quite reasonable for four adults now and rear passengers have much more space than in the Audi Q3 or the Mercedes GLA. The cargo hold is regularly shaped and deep below the window line.
Driven briefly by the APA, an early production X1 accelerated briskly and cruised quietly, but its engine exhibited what sounded like a death-rattle on the 1-2 and 2-3 shifts. The eight-speed automatic transmission harnesses the power of the 2L turbo for to its fullest. Ride, handling and braking are all very well sorted. However, overall, the X1 lacks the kind of polish and refinement expected from a vehicle in this segment and is disappointing unless the BMW logo is important to you. 

Pricing
At just under $40,000, the base X1 is equipped well enough to dispense with any additional options. The Premium Essential package is good value and the Premium Enhanced package, which includes navigation, is acceptable value.  The Driver Assistance Package, is reasonably priced but you need to add the Driver Assistant Plus package to get radar cruise control with stop and go capability. The M Sportline option group seems to offer little for the money asked. Expensive metallic paint charge but the price to upgrade from vinyl to leather is only $950. Built in Germany, the cost factors for the X1 are less favourable than they are for the U.S. built X3. Good value leasing.  
Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data. The turbo four and eight-speed automatic transmission are as of yet unproven. Some complaints of oil sludge forming in the variable valve timing mechanism on BMWs. Complimentary "scheduled" maintenance for the first four years or 80,000 km. The APA recommends oil changes every six months or 10,000 km even if the dealer charges you for them outside the complimentary service plan. Four year/80,000 warranty but no additional powertrain warranty after that.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L‑4 T (228 HP)  

Transmissions: 8A 

Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 10.5L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 7.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available object detection, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings and active cruise control
Additional airbags: None
Warranty: 4/80,000 , no additional powertrain warranty
Current Generation Debut: 2016
Country of Origin: Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2018 BMW X3

 

NEW

 

 

What's new
An all new X3 debuts for 2018. The new crossover is roughly the same size and explores similar styling themes as its predecessor.


Comments

Although it is has been seven years since the last X3 debuted, BMW has elected to maintain the status quo and the new X3 is essentially the same size as its predecessor. There is little new mechanically either as the 2L turbo four and 3L turbo inline six return, with 2L and 3L gaining seven and 55 horsepower respectively. The previous X3 was offered with diesel power but BMW has not released any information on a compression ignition engine for the new-generation X3. The sole transmission choice is an eight speed automatic.

Except for the fish-like 'gills' inset into the lower front fender panels, the new X3, like other recent BMWs, looks little different from its predecessor. BMWs static styling themes reflects a great self satisfaction within the company for its design vocabulary, but some pundits hope the propeller brand rehires former style Czar Chris Bangle to once again shake the firm out of its complacency. The cabin, with a pronounced horizontal emphasis, a standalone infotainment screen and small diameter instrumentation, is very BMW. There are some awkward accents, especially the shape of the bright alloy trim at the top of the dash centre stack. The quality of the cabin materials inside the new X3 look more upscale than the vehicle it replaced. The electronic joystick transmission selector is no less tedious in the new X3 as it was on the old one. Essentially the same size at its predecessor, the new X3 is a very roomy four seater and can accept a lot of gear inside its cargo bay. 

Pricing

Moving up from four-cylinder to six-cylinder power in an X3 costs $13,000. Metallic paint, leather upholstery, and LED headlamps, are all very expensive. The Ultimate, Premium package Essential, Premium package Enhanced and Executive Interior option groups are all extravagantly overpriced.  

Reliability
The electrical system can cause problems. Some complaints of oil sludge forming in the variable valve timing mechanism on other BMW engines. Complimentary "scheduled" maintenance for the first four years or 80,000 km. The APA recommends oil changes every six months or 10,000 km even if the dealer charges you for them outside the complimentary service plan. Short powertrain warranty.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T  (248 HP)*, 3L-6 T (35500 HP) 

Transmissions: 8A 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  10.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 8.0L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available lane departure and Collision warnings as well as blind spot detection

Additional airbags: None
Warranty: 4/80,000 with no additional powertrain coverage
Current Generation Debut: 20181
Country of Origin: United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear:NR

NHTSA Rating: 


2018 Buick Envision

 

NEW

What’s new
Nothing new for the 2018 Envision. 

Comments
Buick has not had a midsize crossover since the demise of the Rendezvous in 2007, and the new Envision plugs the giant hole in the Buick lineup between the small Encore and the massive Enclave. According to GM, the Envision was designed in Detroit but is built for global markets in Buick’s biggest market, China. Apart from its distinctive Buick grille, the Envision has a slightly Teutonic air about it. The interior is quite chic, with clear gauges, logical minor controls and attractive components; but the overly faux looking wood tone accents are not universally appreciated. Space for passengers is class-competitive but the luggage locker is a bit tighter than many competitors. Two four-cylinder engines, a normally-aspirated 2.5L, with a 252 horsepower 2L turbo, are available. Power reaches all wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. A full suite of active safety features is available. Driven briefly with the 2L turbo four, the Envision is quick and quiet and the vehicle exhibits a ride-handling balance that is more biased toward bump absorption; which some find too nautical for their taste. 
Pricing
The Preferred and Essence trim levels are powered by the base 2.5L engine, with the Premium I and Premium II variants having the 2L turbo under the hood. The Essence trim upgrade looks expensive for what you get for the money. Moving up to the Premium trim levels is good value. Very good value leasing. 

Reliability
Not rated, new model. Complex electronic components have not been completely reliable in other GM vehicles so a GM extended warranty is recommended if you plan to keep the Envision beyond the four year/80,000 km bumper to bumper warranty.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 T (252 HP), 2.5L-4 (197 HP)
Transmissions: 6A
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy: 11.8L/100km

Highway Fuel Economy: 9.1L/100km


Active Safety Features: Available blind spot, rear cross traffc and lane departure warnings. Active cruise control with collision mitigation braking
Additional airbags: Knee airbags for front occupants and read side airbags for outboard rear passengers
Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut: 2016
Country of Origin: China

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


2018 Cadillac XT5

 

What’s new
A camera that displays what is going on behind the car in the rear view mirror, is optional for 2018.

Comments
The XT5 replaces the Cadillac SRX went on sale in the fall of 2016. Fronted by a very Cadillac grille, the exterior was penned by a sure hand and is tastefully conservative. The interior follows the same design ethos and is fashioned from lavish and attractive materials. XT5 occupants are welcomed by comfortable seats and plenty of legroom, front and rear. The floor of the expansive cargo area lifts up to reveal a large, hidden storage area with partitions.
Power stems from a 310 horsepower version of GM s 3.6L V6 that has undergone a number of internal modifications. The revised engine incorporates a variable cylinder management system that can turn it into a V4 when lightly loaded, and a stop-start system that turns off the engine automatically in traffic. The new XT5 all-wheel drive system can move up to 100 percent of torque to either axle and also from one side to another, but it's essentially front-wheel-drive-biased and can lock out drive to the rear wheels to enhance fuel economy. A full complement of active safety features is available.
The XT5’s 3.6L V6 accelerates briskly but lacks the symphonic sound quality that the pre-direct injection version of this engine exhibited. Road noise is too intrusive for a luxury vehicle. The new eight-speed automatic transmission is well-mated to the engine and shifts very smoothly. However, its joystick like shifter is needlessly confusing. The XT5’s crisp handling is allied to a firmly resilient ride that will please most buyers. The nicely weighted and geared steering manages to transmit a scintilla of road surface sensation back to the driver.

Pricing

All-wheel drive is standard on all models except for the base, where it is a $3000 option. Compared with the base model, the Luxury trim upgrade is priced to reflect the value of tis content. The Premium Luxury trim upgrade is significantly overpriced and the supplement demanded for the Platinum is around five time the value of its content. Good value leasing for 2018.

Reliability
Not rated, new model. The previous version of the 3.6L V6 suffered from defective timing chains that led to troubles for SRX owners. Complex electronic components have not been completely reliable in other GM vehicles so a GM extended warranty is recommended if you plan to keep the SRX beyond the four year/80,000 km bumper to bumper warranty.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
3.6L-V6 (310 HP)
Transmissions: 8A 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive*
City Fuel Economy:  12.8L/ 100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 9.3L/ 100 km9.3L 100 km
Active Safety Features: Available blind spot, rear cross traffc and lane departure warnings. Active cruise control with low speed auto braking in forward and reverse driving and lane keep assist.
Additional airbags: None
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 Lexus RX350, RX450h

 


What’s new
RX350 and RX450h: Lexus Safety System+ with a Pre-Collision system, dynamic radar cruise and lane departure alert, is standard for 2017. Reverse auto braking, which brakes the car if an object is detected behind, is new for 2017. 

Comments
Driven in F Sport 3 guise, the direct-injected 3.5L V6 sends power to the wheels via a crisp-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. Though it handles well, the ride is on the firm side and refinement, a Lexus hallmark, is lacking. The RX's dashboard is dominated by a large aftermarket-looking touch screen on top of the dashboard, a design thought up by the German brands a few years ago. The heavily bolstered front seats on the F-Sport 3 are confining and the space allocated to the driver feels narrow. The rear seat however, is comfortable, with excellent legroom. Buyers considering the F Sport trims should try them before they buy as the luxury ambiance and luxurious finish expected in a Lexus are notably absent.
The RX's exterior styling reflects the edgy design themes first seen on the compact Lexus NX200t. It may not be pretty, but is distinctive and doesn't seem to be hurting sales. 
RX buyers can pick either a conventional 3.5L V6 hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission, or a hybrid model that twins electric motors, a V6 engine and a CVT transmission.

Pricing
The conventional RX350 and Hybrid RX400h are offered in both regular and F Sport flavours at essentially the same price if similarly equipped. All trim upgrades are overpriced. The hybrid powertrain is priced up to $8000 higher than a similarly equipped conventional model. Very good value leasing.
Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. Predicted reliability is above average.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
3.5L-V6 (300 HP estimated), 3.5L-V6 H (300 HP combined estimated)

Transmissions: 8A (RX350), CVT (RX 450h)

Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 12.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.0L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available Blind spot, lane departure and forward collision warnings as well as active cruise control. 
Additional airbags: No info available.
Warranty: 4/80,000, 6,110,000, 8/160,000 (hybrid components only)
Current Generation Debut:  2016
Country of Origin: Canada (RX350), Japan (RX450 h)

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC

 

What’s new
The V6 turbo, marketed as the GLC 43, was introduced during the 2017 model year.; A new 350e hybrid model, with a 2L gas four with an electric motor producing a combined horsepower of 315, has been announced but was not on sale as of October 2017. A rearview camera is standard on the GLC for 2018 and there have been various package tweaks as well. Air suspension is standard equipment on the GLC 43 V6 model.

Performance
The GLC is a significant improvement over the GLK it replaced. The 2L turbo four is energetic and impressively refined; it's hooked up to a slick-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. The ride-handling compromise is very well judged. Road and wind noise are higher than some buyers in this segment will find acceptable. The cabin is much roomier than the GLK, especially for those in the back seat. Some drivers will find the front seat cushions to be too narrow, surprising as there is ample room in the cabin to make them wider. The cabin is both elegant and carefully constructed. Good cargo space. 

Comments
The GLC debuted with a 2L four-cylinder turbo marketed as the GLC C300 4Matic. A four-cylinder turbodiesel was expected but was likely ditched in the wake of the VW diesel fiasco. The second engine for the GLC is a 362 horsepower turbocharged V6. Power reaches all wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission on the GLC300 and GLC 43 but the new hybrid employs a seven-speed automatic. Like BMW with the X4 spin-off of the X3, Mercedes released a DUV (diminished utility vehicle) version of the GLC, marketed as the GLC coupe. Air suspension, far from trouble free in the Mercedes ML, is standard on the GLC 43, which should therefore be avoided.

Pricing
The Mercedes GLC is offered in only one trim level with a multitude of option packages and single options. On the volume GLC300 version, the Premium, Exclusive and Night packagas are overpriced. The Premium Plus and Sport packages are priced to reflect the value of their contents. The Intelligent drive package is good value. The prices for leather seating and metallic paint are excessive. The DUV Coupe version of the GLC 300 is priced $4400 more than the regular GLC but the price bump reduces to $1600 for the GLC 43 variant. Opting for the turbo V6 on can cost around $15,000 more than a GLC powered by a 2L four. No pricing for the hybrid was available in October 2017. Good value leasing. 


Reliability
Not rated, too little data is available on it. The previous model was rated average for the first three or four years. An extended warranty recommended if you plan to keep a GLC beyond the four year/80,000 km warranty. No powertrain warranty beyond the basic four year/80,000 km warranty. Avoid the GLC 43 V6 due to its standard ait suspension. The Mercedes prepaid service plan, which covers the first three scheduled services for $999, is strongly recommended.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 T (241 HP), 2L-4 H (292 HP), 3L-V6 T (362 HP)

Transmissions: 7A (hybrid),  9A 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  n.a.
Highway Fuel Economy:  n.a
Active Safety Features: Available Blind spot and cross traffic alerts, collision prevention and pedestrian detection alerts and lane keep and driver attention assist
Additonal airbags:: driver's side knee airbag

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

Current Generation Debut:  2016
Country of Origin: Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Nissan Murano

 


 

 

What’s new
No known changes for 2017.
Comments
Nissan's Murano is a radical departure from the quasi-retro cars they had been releasing a number of years ago. The inside is more conventional and follows styling themes explored in several recent large Nissan products. Big, clear gauges and straightforward minor controls will be easy enough for owners use. The chief "out there" aspects are styling details like the light interior hues, including light-colour faux wood accents. Interior fit and finish are very good. The seats are very comfortable front and rear, and legroom is competitive.
The Murano is powered by Nissan's ubiquitous 3.5L V6 that is mated to a CVT automatic. Front-wheel-drive is standard with an on-demand all-wheel-drive optional. Nissan has added a lot of optional new safety technologies to the new model. Towing capacity of 680 kg (1500 lbs.) is low for a V6-powered vehicle of this type.

Pricing
The front-wheel drive only base S trim is quite affordable for what is a large and luxurious vehicle. The $6400 price gap to migrate from the S to the SV breaks down to about $3600 for the extra content and $2800 for the all-wheel drive system. The SL trim upgrade is great value and the Platinum range-topper is priced to reflect the value of its content. Good value leasing for 2017.  

Reliability
Average reliability predicted based on the previous model. Some complaints about expensive CVT failures on heavy and fast Nissans, especially if used for towing.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
3.5L-V6 (260 HP)

Transmissions: CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, All-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Optional Blind Spot Detection with Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Intelligent Cruise Control

Additional 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: 


2017 Range Rover Evoque

 

 

 

 

What’s new
Minor revisions to packaging and audio equipment. All terrain speed control aids launches on slippery surfaces. 

Performance
The Ford-supplied 2L turbo four sends its power to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. Strong performance is hampered by some turbo lag not evident in the Fords that use the same engine. Though smooth in gentle driving, the transmission becomes confused and shifts roughly in spirited driving. Hyper-aggressive "sport" mode does little to improve performance. Lightly-weighted steering has a vague on-centre feel. Firm ride. Strong brakes despite slightly soft pedal feel. Large, crisp gauges reside in a dashboard with a strong horizontal emphasis. The dash centre stack sweeps back at a jaunty angle until it becomes a console. A simple touch screen, rotary gear selector and electronic handbrake reduce control clutter. The cabin is a study in restrained elegance that displays excellent fit and finish. Comfortable seats up front, with plenty of room in front but rear legroom is a bit tight for a vehicle this big and the low-mounted rear seat cushion further compromises the comfort of rear seat riders. Long but shallow cargo bay.

Comments
The Evoque trades on the cachet of the Range Rover brand and moved it downmarket in price and helps Range Rover comply with severe U.S. fuel-economy regulations with a more fuel-efficient model. The Evoque is a very elegant machine that melds Range Rover styling cues with an aura of sportiness.

Pricing

Overpriced HSE Dynamic trim level but the range-topping Autobriography model is reasonable value. The convertible, offered only in HSE Dynamic trim, is priced $8500 more than its wagon counterpart. Heavy depreciation. 
Reliability
Not rated. Insufficient data on this model. Average reliability predicted during the warranty period. Short powertrain warranty.

Specifications


Body Style:  2CB. 4SW
Occupants: 2/3, 2/2

Engines:
2L-4 T (240 HP)

Transmissions: 9A 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  11.3L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Available forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist.

Additonal airbags:  No info available 

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

Current Generation Debut:  2012
Country of Origin: England

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating: 


2017 Volvo XC60

 


 

 

What’s new
The main change for the XC60 in its eighth year on the market is the disappearance of the long-running five and six-cylinder inline engines in favour of the new four-cylinder Drive-E powerplants.

Performance
The XC60’s cabin is elegant, with clear displays, logical controls and good fit and finish. The seats are comfortable and there is plenty of space front and rear. Avoid the built-in rear child seats as the way the bottom cushions are designed to allow them to be used as car seats make them uncomfortable for seated adults when used in a conventional manner. Cargo space is good with the rear seat up, and very good with the rear seat folded down. The 2L turbo four (sold as the T5) mates well to its eight-speed automatic transmission but can't match the refinement of the 2.5L five it replaced. The supercharged and turbocharged 2L four (marketed as the T6) is fast and flexible, but is not as smooth as the inline six it replaced. Crisp handling but the ride can get choppy. Limited outward visibility.

Comments
The XC60 is about to be replaced and, along with the S60 sedan, the last of the pre-Geely Volvos. Both front-wheel and all-wheel versions are available. All variants employ an eight speed automatic transmission. Two versions of Volvo's Drive E fours, one turbocharged and the other supercharged and turbocharged. are available. 

Pricing
Upgrading from the base T5 Drive-E model to the Premier trim is good value. When accounting to the value of its extra content, the all-wheel drive system of the SE trim is worth about $2500. On the Premier trim, Volvo charges $4350 to migrate from the front-wheel drive T5 to the T6 all-wheel drive, good value considering it includes both the all-wheel drive system as well as an extra 62 horsepower. Overpriced R-Design trim level. Very good value leasing. 

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data. Electrical glitches are to be expected. New four-cylinder turbo is unprovent and the 2L supercharged and turbocharged four (marketed as a T6) seems overly complex. An extended warranty from Volvo is recommended if you plan to keep the vehicle longer than the warranty period. Short powertrain warranty.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (Drive E T5: 240 HP), 2L-4 T-S (Drive- E: 302 HP), 

Transmissions: 8A 

Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy: 11.3L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 8.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Active cruise control. Object and pedestrian detection. Blind spot, lane departure and rear cross traffic warnings are available.

Additional airbags: None 

Warranty: 4/80,000, no additional powertrain coverage
Current Generation Debut:  2010
Country of Origin: Belgium

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: