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.
Chrysler simplified the 2014 Dodge Dart lineup by bundling popular features into packages and gave the sedan a simple, clean styling and a pleasant interior. The Dart’s cabin has a good mixture of materials and textures, and its 8.4-inch touch screen is one of the easier ones to use. The Dart’s touring suspension is fairly firm and it keeps the car flat in turns.
Hot rods are a uniquely American form of automotive innovation and they have come to be recognized as an important part of our four-wheeled history. To celebrate their significance in the automotive landscape, Sunday’s Art of the Car Concours classic car show at the Kansas City Art Institute will have a special display of historical hot rods.
The new Honda Accord Hybrid is rated at 50 miles per gallon in city driving and 45 on the highway, which gives it better gas mileage than hybrids such as the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Jetta. The car continuously cycles between gasoline, electric (EV) and hybrid modes. It feels normal while transitioning from electric drive to hybrid drive to gasoline drive in seamless fashion. The Hybrid’s cabin is basically the same as the standard Accord with the exception of instrumentation.
The new 2015 Volvo V60 wagon is a stylish and economical alternative to an SUV. The T5 Drive-E Premier Plus model has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Volvo’s cabin is finished in a style that looks like fine furniture. The V60 is packed with the latest in safety technology, like the City Safety feature that will stop the vehicle at less than 31 miles per hour if a collision is imminent.