Infiniti’s top-of-the-line sedan is the Q70, and if it doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because Infiniti has renamed its entire lineup so that all models begin with Q. The Q70 was the M37 last year. The Q70 comes with a 3.7-liter V-6 or a 5.6-liter V-8 in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Base prices range from $49,600 to $64,600. There are four drive modes – Eco, Standard, Sport and Snow – that can be selected with a knob on the console. The Q70’s interior is a very inviting place, made even more so by the test car’s optional premium, deluxe touring and technology packages.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla has a level of technology and sophistication that puts it near the top of its segment. Inside, the Corolla is comfortable, with generous side bolsters on the seats providing good lateral support. It’s also quiet. The continuously variable transmission is programmed to have seven discreet shifts that mimic a traditional automatic. The Corolla can be equipped with either of two 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engines. Prices begin at $16,900 and top out at $22,675. There are 12 trim levels.
Honda has struck a nice balance with its very successful CR-V compact SUV. It looks largely the same, yet sports new body panels, a lower roof and a bigger interior. It has better gas mileage, and all CR-Vs come with a rearview camera. The engine is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder whose power is rated at 185 horsepower. This four-valve engine responds with good muscle at low rpm because it has a wide power band. The cargo area is deeper than before.
My daughter-in-law took one look at the 2015 Yukon XL and described it as a family truckster. With room for seven, two video screens and a cargo space big enough for a week’s worth of luggage, that’s certainly an apt description. Plus, it can tow 8,000 pounds.
It only takes a few blocks behind the wheel of the Macan S to realize that Porsche has created a compelling car that marries the performance of a sports sedan, the versatility of a wagon and the off-road capability of an SUV. In my estimation, it sits atop the compact utility segment without any peers.
The all-aluminum F-Type coupe from Jaguar is an exceptionally competent machine that blends road holding with a ride that is firm but not harsh. The base car with a 340-horsepower, supercharged V-6 starts at $65,000. The engine has direct fuel injection, an Eaton supercharger, dual overhead cams and variable camshaft timing. The test car’s light gray cabin was pleasant, almost calming.
John Neas, a Corvette collector from Tulsa, is bringing four racers that are noteworthy for their place in the annals of Corvette road racing to the National Corvette Restorers Society’s national convention July 12-18 at the Overland Park Convention Center.
With its all-aluminum 240-horsepower engine, the Range Rover Evoque buzzes up to speed with a satisfying push in the back. It has gobs of low-end torque yet it revs with gusto. The transmission is a ZF nine-speed automatic with Normal, Sport and Manual shift modes. A clever all-wheel-drive system lets the driver choose settings for general driving, gravel or snow, sand and mud and ruts. The interior is plush and cozy, and the front seats were among the best I have sampled this year.