2018 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Small

 

Chevrolet Cruze  2018 Hyundai Elantra GT  Mitsubishi RVR  Toyota Corolla 
Ford Focus  Hyundai IONIQ  Nissan Sentra  Toyota Corolla iM 
Honda Civic  Kia Forte  Subaru Impreza  Volkswagen Beetle 
Hyundai Elantra  Mazda 3  Subaru CrossTrek & WRX Volkswagen Golf 
Hyundai Elantra GT  Mitsubishi Lancer  Toyota CH-R Volkswagen Jetta 

2018 Toyota Corolla iM

 

 

 

What’s new
Introduced as the Scion iM, this car was rebranded as a Toyota Corolla. No changes for the 2018 model year.  
Comments

Based on the same set of components as the Corolla, the iM is powered by a marginally higher power version of the Corolla’s 1.8L engine hooked up to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. With side skirts, attractive alloy wheels and low-profile 45 series tires, the iM looks pretty sporty. The cabin of the iM is fronted by the same dashboard unit as the Corolla but with a slightly different centre section which contains the audio and climate controls. Big, clear instruments. The rest of the black hued cabin is very nicely done with soft-touch materials on the upper dash and front doors and elegant fabrics, including cloth inserts on the centre section of the doors. Those up front are treated to comfortable seats and plenty of space while those in the rear repose on supportive seats and enjoy class average legroom. Good cargo space, especially when the rear seats are folded flat.  
Driven briefly by the APA, the iM s 1.8L four is quick, smooth and well-mated to the CVT that will be the choice of most buyers. The car was particularly pleasant in stop and go traffic when it responded eagerly to throttle input when a spot in the traffic opened up. Good visibility make this car easy to drive in traffic. In addition to providing snappy performance in an urban setting, the high-gearing of the CVT makes for serene highway cruising. While not notably sporty, the iM handles in a tidy fashion and rides tolerably well for a car shod with low-profile tires. The Bluetooth phone and audio systems are particularly well thought out easy to use. The audio system sounds great when in Bluetooth audio mode, with FM sound quality being less impressive. The small sun visors need some extenders to better protect the driver from glare in low-sun conditions. 
Pricing

The iM is marketed in a single trim level with a variety of dealer installed accessories available. With automatic transmission, the iM is priced at $23,485, is priced roughly the same as a Corolla SE sedan with the Upgrade package, but the sedan has a sunroof which the iM lacks, meaning Toyota is charging about $1000 for the hatchback body of the iM. Compelling leasing terms for 2018.
Reliability
New model, not rated. Predicted reliability is above average.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.8L‑4 (137 HP) 

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

City Fuel Economy:  8.3L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.5L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Forward collision warning, automatic emergeny braking and lane departure warning.

Additional Airbags: Knee airbag for the driver and a front cushion airbag for the front passenger.

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2016
Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating: 


 2019 Toyota C-HR

 


What’s new
The C-HR, a Prius-based, flamboyantly styled, CUV-looking, front-wheel drive four door hatchback. Two additional trim levels, a base LE and a range-topping Limited broaden the model lineup for 2019. Apple CarPlay is standard on all but the base model this year. Toyota's Entune 3.0 app suite, with Scout GPS, is standard for 2019. The rearview camera moves from the rearview mirror to an 8 inch dashboard screen this year.    

Comments

A lightly disguised concept car version of this new vehicle made the rounds of the various car shows several years ago as a Scion, but launched as a Toyota following Scion's demise. The C-HR is built on the Toyota's New Global Architecture that debuted on the 2016 Prius. Built on the same wheelbase as the Prius, the C-HR is longer, a bit lower and marginally wider than its donor vehicle. The C-HR's 2L four cranks out 144 horsepower, 12 more than the 1.8L four found under the hood of mainstream Corolla sedan. Power reaches the front wheels via a CVT exclusively. 
Pretty? No. Distinctive and the opposite of Toyota's generally conservative style, definitely! In Toyota speak, the C-HR name translates to Coupe High Rider. Despite looking like a two-door hatchback, the C-HR is actually a four door, with good access to a roomy looking back seat. Though rear seat occupants will be comfortable enough, the swiftly rising belt line and tiny windows makes for a bunker-like travel experience for passengers, and limited outward vision for the driver. Driven briefly, the C-HR accelerated briskly enough but sounded strained while doing so and was noisy. The C-HR's CVT transmission exhibited a lot more of the "rubber band effect" while accelerating than experienced in other Toyota's using the transmission. Ride and handling are pretty well sorted but hardly noteworthy. Poor outward visibility.   

Pricing

At nearly $24,000, the base C-HR, though equipped with air conditioning and automatic transmission, is looking a bit expensive. Moving up to the XLE trim brings desireable features such as alloy wheels and heated seats, is expensive for the equipment offered. The XLE Premium trim, with blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors and Keyless Go is good value compared with the XLE but in reality it is a bit pricey as the XLE is overpriced. The new Limited range-topper, with leather seating, rain-sense wipers and ambient lighting, is priced to reflect the value of its additional equipment.for 2019. The C-HR is an extraordinarily good lease value for 2019

Reliability
Above average reliability predicted as the CH-R's main mechanical components have proven reliable in other Toyota products. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L‑4 (144 HP) 

Transmissions: CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 8.7L/100 km 
Highway Fuel Economy: 7.5L/100 km 
Active Safety Features: Lane departure warning and dynamic cruise control, with available blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings. 

Additional Airbags: Knee airbags for the driver and a seat cushion airbag for the front passenger
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2018
Country of Origin: Turkey

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front:G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


2019 Toyota Corolla

 


 

 

What’s new
While the 2019 Corolla hatchback is all-new, the sedan continues on the previous platform for 2019.

Comments

Most Corollas are equipped with an attractive, crisply-marked three gauge package but the S trim level has twin gauges separated by a large trip computer. Simple, logical controls are housed in a strongly horizontal dashboard with strong 1970s Japanese design overtones. Cabin materials are class average and seat fabrics are quite attractive. Comfortable seats front and rear. Taller drivers commented on insufficient seat travel for them to get truly comfortable. Good rear legroom but headroom in the rear seat is tight for the very tall. Many Corollas are powered by the familiar 132 horsepower 1.8L four. All Corolla variants can be hooked to a CVT. 
The Corolla's 132 horsepower 1.8L four is flexible and delivers competitive acceleration but can become a touch raucous when extended. The CVT is carefully calibrated to the 1.8L four, and unless you push the engine hard, it operates in such a conventional way that many drivers may think it is a traditional multi-speed automatic transmission. Though lacking in feel, the Corolla's steering is nicely weighted and geared and exhibits good directional stability on highway runs. The ride-handling compromise of the 'S' model seems well judged for routine motoring but hard driving in challenging conditions leads to more wallowing than expected.

Pricing

The Corolla CE with air conditioning and a CVT is priced roughly $800 less than an LE CVT, but the latter features desirable equipment such as heated seats, variable wipers, auto air conditioning and upgraded fabrics is well worth the money. The LE Upgrade package, with features such as a heated steering wheel, sunroof and alloy wheels, is a bargain. The XLE package is priced to reflect the value of its additional content. Upgrading from the CE CVT with air conditioning to the sporty themed SE is tremendous value. The SE Upgrade package is good value but the XSE is expensive for what you get. With only eight more horsepower, the LE Eco package seems pointless and is not available with the content rich Upgrade packages. Good value leasing.

Reliability
Above average reliability predicted. Cam cover and timing chain cover leaks were reported on the 1.8L four in the previous-generation Corolla. Unproven CVT. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.8L-4 (132 HP), 1.8L-4 (140 HP ECO)* 

Transmissions: 6M, 4A, CVT* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  n.a.
Highway Fuel Economy:  n.a.
Active Safety Features: Dynamic cruise control, pre-collision with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning with steering assistance
Additional Airbags: Front passenger seat cushion airbag and driver's side knee airbag
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2014
Country of Origin:  Canada

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2018 Volkswagen Beetle

 


 

 

What’s new
The previous 1.8L turbo four is replaced but a 2L engine producing 174 horsepower. The manual transmission has been discontinued, leaving only a six-speed automatic. The previous Classic trim has been supplanted bu the Coast. Heated front seats and heated windshield washers are standard on all models. 
Performance
The  old 1.8L turbo four was smooth, flexible and economical but the new 2L is raucous in the new Tiguan that also uses it. The smooth clutch is hooked up to a slick-shifting five-speed manual transmission. Stable handling. Lots of road and wind noise at highway speeds. The precise steering is reasonably communicative. The brakes work well despite spongy pedal feel. Good visibility, except to the rear in sloppy conditions as there is no rear wiper, even as an option. The cabin, fronted by a dashboard with big gauges featuring sober, crisp graphics, and large centre panel containing a vent-flanked radio and 3-dial HVAC knobs, is reminiscent of the original Beetle's dash. A dash painted to match the exterior hue is available. The rest of the cabin is very chic. Great space and comfortable seats in front, with acceptable rear seat legroom for smaller adults. 

Comments

The hatchback is available with the same 1.8L turbo four as the Golf. Transmissions choices include a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic. 

Pricing

The base Trendline is nicely equipped and its Convenience package renders a car most buyers would be happy with. The Coast trim upgrade adds a number of desirable features and is good value as well. The Appearance group is an absolute bargain. The front-wheel drive only but the crossover looking Dune model is very good value if you like its features. The Beetle cabriolet costs up to $4000 more than a similarly equipped hard top. Very good value leasing.

Reliability
Average reliability predicted for the first three or four years. Electrical problems are possible. Changing the automatic transmission fluid can cost up to $500. Expect typically high Volkswagen servicing costs.  

Specifications


Body Style:  2HB
Occupants: 2/2
Engines:
2.0L-4 T (174 HP)  

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  9.0L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.2L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2012
Country of Origin:  Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


2018 Volkswagen Golf

 

  

 

What’s new
Mid-cycle remake incorporating exterior styling changes and cabin updates including revised infotainment equipment. GTI: Three door model discontinued. All GTIs now produce 220 horsepower. The GTI Autobahn and R now feature an auto start-stop system and L.E.D. headlamps. The R model is now equipped with the VW Digital Cockpit with a transistor film technology gauge cluster. The Golf 4Motion and Alltrack wagons are now offered with manual transmission.

Performance
The new 1.8L turbo four is quick, smooth, flexible and economical. The available five-speed manual combines a docile clutch and pretty precise gearchange. Gearing with the manual is a bit on the high side, needing 80 km/h in fifth gear if any meaningful response is expected when you push the accelerator. Beautifully weighted steering allies with suspension that grips well and delivers an absorbent ride. The Golf is an impressively well-balanced and refined car. The cabin design is so VW that nobody would have trouble figuring out what kind of car they were in even if the VW logo was shorn off the steering wheel. The dashboard, with big, crisply-marked gauges and logical controls, works well. Big, supportive seats and good room for four people combine to make for a very comfortable interior. Cabin materials are very attractive but are no longer miles ahead of those used in the cars of major rivals. The regularly-shaped trunk is quite spacious and, with a fold down rear seat, is versatile. Driven briefly, the Golf R is a formidable machine, but its Subaru WRX sounding engine is a bit odd considering it is an inline four, and the volume of noise it makes when accelerating may be a deal breaker for some buyers.

Comments
The Golf is built on VW's new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform that underpins numerous new Volkswagen products. 
Most Golfs are powered by a 1.8L turbo four. A turbocharged 2L four with two outputs, 220 in the GTIs and 292 horsepower in the R, is available. Four carryover transmissions, a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, a conventional six-speed automatic and a six-speed DSG automated manual, return for 2018. 

Wagon: The 1.8L turbo four is the sole engine available in the Golf Wagon, which is offered in the same trim levels as the hatchback and, except for 294 mm (about a foot) extra length behind the back wheels, all dimensions closely track those of the hatch. Rear cargo space, good with the rear seat up, is impressively long with the rear seat arrayed to accept cargo. The Golf Alltrack, essentially an 'Outbacked' version of the wagon, is available. Except for the super low volume, custom order only "R", all versions of the Golf are built in Mexico.

Pricing

The base Trendline three door is not offered with automatic transmission or the connectivity package. With automatic transmission, the $23,695 five-door model is nicely equipped and will suit the needs of most buyers. Good value Comfortline and Highline trim upgrades. The station wagon is priced $1900 higher than a hatchback of the same trim level; with all-wheel drive adding an extra $1500.  GTI: The Autobahn package is good value version. The Golf R is expensive but is a good seller.  Good value leasing. 

Reliability
Reliability should be average for the first three or four years, deteriorating after that. Electrical problems are possible as are problems with the DSG transmission as it ages. Expensive servicing. Leasing for not longer than the four year/80,000 basic warranty is a good strategy for Golf intenders. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB.4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.8L-4 T (170 HP)*, 2L-4 T (GTI 210 HP, GTI Performance 220 HP, Golf R 292 HP)
Transmissions: 5M, 6M, 6A*,  6 automated manual  (DSG)
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive (R and Alltrack)
City Fuel Economy:  9.6L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.2L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Blind spot monitors, radar cruise control with autonomous braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure and lane keep assisitance and park distance control are all available.,

Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2015
Country of Origin:  Mexico and Germany (R)

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


2019 Volkswagen Jetta

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
All new 2019 Jetta goes on sale in the spring.  

Comments

Like most of Volkswagen's recent new vehicles, like the Golf, Tiguan and Atlas, the new Jetta is built on VW's MQB platform. The new car is marginally bigger in all key dimensions than its predecessor. The sole engine at launch is the returning 1.4L turbo four with 147 horsepower and a robust 184 lb-ft. or torque. The 1.4L is equipped with an auto stop-start feature. Power reaches the front wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed conventional automatic that is working its way through VW's model range. Like most newer cars, there is a focus on active safety equipment; with radar cruise, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings available.

While visually more adventurous than its dreadfully plain predecessor, the new Jetta still looks a bit pedestrian. The car bears a resemblance from its corporate cousin, the MQB based Audi A3, and also displays some elements that are used on the upcoming VW Arteon, which replaces the Passat CC. The passenger capsule on the new Jetta delivers about the same space as its predecessor. Seating, long a VW strong point, is very comfortable. Legroom is ample up front and acceptable for rear seat riders. Cabin materials, disappointing on the last Jetta, are now quite attractive. Most models feature traditional large gauges but premium models are equipped the VW Digital Cockpit, which uses a Transistor Film Technology screen that is used on other VW Group products. Large trunk.

The previous mainstream base trim level, the Trendline+ trim, has been discontinued. The new base model, the Comfortline, with air conditioning, a power group, alloy wheels heated seats, Bluetooth, the iOS-Android phone interface, an alarm system and L.E.D. headlights, is very nicely equipped. The middle trim level, the Highline, is comprehensive equipped, including a large format sunroof. The new top model, the Exceline, features luxury items such as leather seating and navigation. All trim levels are offered with either manual or automatic transmissions.

Pricing

With the previous Trendline base model discontinued, the Jetta has moved upscale for 2019. With air-conditioning, alloy wheels, heated seats, Bluetooth, the iOS-Android cellphone interface and L.E.D. headlamps, the $22,395 Comfortline model with automatic transmission is good value and equipped in a way to suit most buyers. The mid-line Highline trim features a number of luxury features such as a large-format glass sunroof, is good value. With leather seating, navigation and VW's single field Digital Cockpit gauge package, the range-topping Exceline is luxuriously equipped and good value if you like its features. Good value leasing for 2019. That said, payments in the spring of 2018 were significantly higher than those for the similarly priced Honda Civic SE sedan.  

Reliability

Average reliability predicted for the first three or four years, deteriorating after that. Electrical problems possible. Unproven 1.4L turbo four.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.4L-4 T (147 HP)
Transmissions: 6M, 8A

Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  7.6L/100 km

Highway Fuel Economy: 5.9L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Radar cruise, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings available.


Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Rear: NR

NHTSA Rating: 


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