2020 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 enjoy. 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, making the move up the price scale even less necessary than ever before.

Increasingly, the "Key Fob" factor, the prestige of having a fancy badge on your keyring, or the need to burn through a company car-allowance, are the key reasons to venture into the luxury market. Draconian U.S. fuel economy laws (now reduced by the Trump Administration) have led 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"  car 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, but most variants of rear-wheel drive platforms in Canada are almost exclusively all-wheel drive. 

The only all-new car in this segment for 2020 is the Cadillac CT5. The smaller companion car to the CT5, the CT4, has been announced but no launch date information is uncertain. Two cars in this segment, the Audi A4 and Jaguar XE, are subject to mid-cycle updates in 2020. After lacklustre sales of the Franco-German Regal hatchback, Buick discontinued the car in Canada. 

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 A-Class and CLA from Mercedes-Benz and the A3 range from Audi, both companies are persuing big sales volumes by tempting aspirational buyers with mainstream budgets into cars with "prestige" badges. To reflect this move downmarket, Lemon-Aid created a "Premium Compact" car category several years ago. If you are looking for reviews of the Audi A3 and the A-Class and CLA from Mercedes, 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. This strategy is has been warmly embraced by consumers.
 

Acura TLX  Cadillac CT6  Lexus ES  Nissan Maxima 
Audi A4  Genesis G70  Lexus IS  Tesla Model 3 
BMW 3-Series      Genesis G80  Lincoln Continental  Toyota Avalon 
BMW 4-Series 

Infiniti Q50 

Lincoln MKZ  Volvo S60 
BCadillac CT4  Infiniti QX50  Mercedes-Benz C-Class  Volvo V60 
Cadillac CT5  Jaguar XE     

2020 Acura TLX

 


 

 

What’s new
Based on the previous-generation Honda Accord, the TLX soldiers on for its sixth year in its current form. The only news for 2020 is a PMC (Performance Manufacturing Centre) limited production model built alongside the NSX in Ohio. 

Performance
The TLX's 3.5L V6 is very smooth except when it wails deliciously at high revs. 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 non A-Spec versions of the TLX combine 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 reflect the level of luxury expected in this class of car. All seats are 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 pre-2018 Honda Accord, as to why the cabin of the TLX is not more spacious. 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.
Never a class leader, the TLX is looking very tired at this point. The Sh-AWD V6 model account for most sales with the Tech and Elite being the most popular trims. 

Comments
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. 

Pricing
Insanely broad model range for such a low volume car. The all-wheel drive V6 models are priced from $5000 to $5200 more than the equivalent 2.4L front-wheel drive variants. Forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and road departure mitigation are standard. Blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors are on all but the base and Sh-AWD Tech trims. The Technology trim, which includes navigation, an upgraded audio system, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors and heated rear seats, is reasonably priced. All other trims are overpriced but the Sh-AWD Elite trim is very good value. The A-Spec trims offer little of value for the money asked. The TLX is an exceptional value lease for 2020. 

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:  11.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard forward colision warning and autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, a lane keep assist system and adaptive cruise control. Optional blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings. 
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:

Sm. Front Driver: A

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: NR

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: A

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Audi A4

 


 

 

What’s new
Mid-cycle remake with updated exterior styling, light cabin revisions and a number of equipment shuffles as well. The front-wheel drive version of the A4 has been discontinued.  

Comments
Based on the MQB platform working its way under the majority of new VW Group vehicles. A 248 horsepower 2L turbo four is the main engine for mainstream buyers but there is a turbo V6, marketed as the S4, available. Power reaches the wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch automated manual with the fours, with a conventional eight-speed automatic hooked up to the V6
Though all new just a few years ago and quite elegant, styling of the A4 represents absolutely no progression in design or modernity and is such, deeply disappointing. If the current A4 sticks around as long as its predecessor, it will look very old before it is replaced in 2024. 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 attractive. Rear legroom now is such that the A4 can be considered suitable transport for four adults. Equipped with a 2L turbo four with 248 horsepower, the A4 accelerates briskly and is both smooth and flexible. The 2L turbo's power is ably handled by a creamy smooth and responsive dual clutch automated manual transmission. Handling is very sound and the ride is compliant. Wind and road noise are nicely suppressed. The A4's steering is not the last word in feedback but is nicely geared, precise, and confidently holds its line on the highway. Strong brakes. 

Pricing
The Komfort trim includes leather seating, L.E.D. headlamps and blind spot monitors. Moving up to the Progressiv model adds rear cross traffic monitors, the S-Line sport appearance package and Audi's TFT single field instrumentation marketed as the Virtual Cockpit, but is overpriced. The Technik range-topper includes a name brand audio system, a 360 degree camera system and headlight washers at a significanly inflated price. German luxury-brand carmakers are dragging their heels on the active safety front. To get active cruise control with stop and go, you have to opt for the $1700 Advanced Driver Assistance package that is optional on the Progressiv and Technik trims. The Allroad wagon is priced from $4000 (Komfort), to $4500 (Progressiv and Technik) more than a quattro sedan of the same trim level. Allroad sales are only about 20 percent of those of the A4 but would be higher if Audi werent't so greedy. At up to $10,400 more than an A4 of the same trim level, each additional horsepower of the S4 is very expensive. The A4 is an exceptional lease value for 2020 and a good way of avoiding any major mechanical issues beyond the short powertrain warranty. 

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data. 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 is 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 sprockets. 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. The Audi service plan is priced $1295 for the A4 and $1495 for the high-performance S4 model.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
 2L-4 T (248 HP) , 3L-V6 T (349 HP)

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

City Fuel Economy:10.3L/100 km.
Highway Fuel Economy: 7.3L/100 km.

Active Safety Features: Standard blind spot monitors, forward collision warning, including pedestrians and autonomous emergency braking. Optional rear cross traffic monitor, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and a lane keep assist system

Additional airbags: Optional outboard rear airbags


Warranty: 4/80,000, no additional powertrain warranty 
Current Generation Debut: 2017
Country of Origin: Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2020 BMW 3 Series

 

UNRATED

 

What’s new
The turbo six-cylinder 3 Series, sold al the M340, was introduced as an early 2020 model in the summer of 2019. A hybrid model was announced but never emerged for sale. A station wagon model is expected sometime during 2020.    
Comments

The benchmark car for this category for many years, the 3 Series is now a disappointing car in many ways. Continuity in design can be an asset but the current 3 Series looks so similar to its predecessor that there is little incentive to trade up as nobody can spot the new one. This is a serious issue in a segment driven by novelty where the freshness of the design is an important purchase factor. Two mainstream engines, a 2L turbo four, marketed as the 330i, puts out 255 horsepower, but a stout 295 lb-ft of torque. The 3L turbo inline six, marketed as the M340, puts out 382 horsepower. The M badge used to signify a specially-developed, limited-production performance variant of BMW models but the prestige of the M badge is now being squandered by placing it on run-of-the-mill cars. Thus far, the 3 Series is offered exclusively with all-wheel drive. The sole transmission proposed is an eight-speed automatic.  

Pricing

With a sunroof, auto climate controls, power heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, rain sense wipers and active safety features, the base 330i X Drive, is comprehensively equipped. Only leather seating is needed to make it a luxury car. The 330i Premium Package Essentials is reasonable value but the Premium Package Enhanced and Premium Excellence all lack value for the money asked. The M Sport group on the 330i is acceptable value if you like the look. At $895, metallic paint is pricey but the $1500 price for leather seating on the 330i is acceptable. The 3L turbo six cylinder model, marketed as the M340i, is priced $12,700 higher than the four-cylinder 330i, but includes leather seating and the M Sport package, bringing the gap down to around $9000 if the value of the additional equipment is accounted for. The 3 Series is a reasonable lease value for 2020. Leasing is a good way to avoid expensive mechanical repairs beyond the short powertrain warranty. 

Reliability
New car, not rated. Average reliability expected 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 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. Numerous significant failures after the warranty period means this car should be leased for not longer than the warranty period. BMW is not a signatory to the CAMVAP arbitration protocol. 

Specifications


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

Engines:
2L-4 T (255 HP, 330i)*,3L-6 T (382 HP M340i)

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

City Fuel Economy:  9.5L/100 km

Highway Fuel Economy:  6.9L/100 km


Active Safety Features: Standard forward and rear collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and blind spot and lane departure warnings. Optional adaptive cruise control with stop and go, a lane keep assist system and a rear cross traffic monitor

Additional airbags: knee airbags for both front occupants.

Warranty: 4/80,000, no additional powertrain warranty
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: P

NHTSA Rating:


2020 BMW 4 Series

 


 

 

What’s new
The 4 Series, based on the previous-generation 3 Series that was created in 2015 and is overdue for renewal in 2020. Manual transmission discontinued. The four-door Gran Coupe, expected to be discontinued as BMW tries to rationalize its bloated model range, continues. 

Comments
With the 4 Series, BMW split the two-door body styles from the four-door 3 Series. However, in the spirit of micro-niche filling the German automakers have become such proponents of, BMW created a four-door version of the 4 Series it has named the Gran Coupe.
Cabin styling is much like the previous 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. Two engines, a 2L 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 offered only on the 440i model and on the M3. The sole transmission choice on the 330i and 430i is an eight-speed automatic, with a seven-speed automated manual dubbed "DCT" offered on the M4.

Pricing
Very complex model range. Coupe, cabriolet and sedan (marketed as the Gran Coupe). Good equipment level, including leather seating, even on the cheapest variant. The 430 is exclusively all-wheel drive. On the high volume 430xDrive, the Premium Plus package is reasonable value. On the 430, the Premium Package Enhanced option group is acceptable value. On the coupe, moving from the 2L four to the 3L six costs $5750. The sedan (Gran Coupe) offered only with all-wheel drive, is priced the same as a coupe with the same engine. The all-wheel drive exclusive cabriolet is priced from $10,450 (430) to $13,700 (440) more than the coupe. Pricey metallic paint option. It was not possible to find a lease cost conforming to the APA's specifications on the BMW website but lease value should be similar to that of the BMW 3 Series. 
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 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. Numerous significant failures after the warranty period means this car should be leased for not longer than the warranty period. 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, 444 HP Competition, 453 HP CS)

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

City Fuel Economy:  11.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.3L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings. Optional active cruise control with stop and go

Additional airbags: No reliable information available

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


Current Generation Debut: 2015
Country of Origin:  Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Sm. Front Pass.: NR

Head/Seat: NR

Rear: NR

Headlight: NR

NHTSA Rating:


 

2020 Cadillac CT4

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
The CT4 replaces the ATS in Cadillac's lineup.

Comments
Built on the same wheelbase as the previous ATS and with all other dimensions being very similar, the CT4 looks more like an ATS reboot but GM notes that the car is all new. 
Styling blends an ATS-reminiscent silhouette to a front end that displays Cadillac's current styling themes and a tail that is dramatic and disctinctive, but not pretty.
The interior is edgier than other recent Cadillacs. Crisply-marked conventional gauges are located in a tight pod in front of the driver. The top centre of the dash is dominated by a large free-standing infotainment screen, below which reside a multi-buttoned climate control system. Dramatic cabin shapes are visually enhanced by some very attractive two-tone cabin trim options that are further complemented by quasi-inspirational bright accents.  
Most CT4s are powered by the same 2L turbo four that powers numerous GM cars. It produces 237 horsepower in this application. The 2.7L turbo four from GM's big pickups, which produces 309 horsepower in this application, is optional on the Premium Luxury trim and standard on the CTS-V performance model. Power reaches the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission on 2L cars, with a ten-speed automatic linked to the 2.7L engine. Most cars in this segment in Canada are exclusively all-wheel drive, but Cadillac offers rear-wheel drive in here, which will please the small number of enthusiast buyers who don't think all-wheel drive is essential to four-season operation.  

Pricing
All-wheel drive is a $2200 option on the Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trims but is priced at just $575 on the V6 CT4-V. The larger 2.7L turbo four is standard on the CT4-V but costs $2875 and $3075 extra respectively on all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive versions of the Premium Luxury trim. Moving up from the Luxury to the Premium Luxury trim brings leather upholstery, a variety of comfort and convenience items, forward collsion warning, including pedestrians and autonomous emergency braking, at a very good price. The Sport trim is priced the same as the Premium Luxury, adds some performance hardware such as Brembo-brand brakes, but leather, standard on the Premium Luxury, is an $1850 option on the Sport. The $5085 price bump from the Sport to the CT4-V includes the leather lacking from the Sport and adds 72 horsepower plus the 10-speed automatic transmission. Adaptive cruise control, enhanced autonomous emergency braking, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors and a lane keep assist system, are optional. 

Reliability
New model, not rated. The ATS, the predecessor of the CT4, was reliable for at leat the four year/80,000 kilometre basic warranty. Six year, 110,000 kilometre warranty on the powertrain. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (237 HP), 2.7L-4 T (309 HP)

Transmissions: 8A (2L),10A (V6) 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  110.4/100 km

Highway Fuel Economy: 7.4L/100 km n/a

Active Safety Features 

Standard forward collision warning, including pedestrians and autonomous emergency braking. Optional blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings, a lane keep assist system and adaptive cruise control
Additional airbags: No reliable information is available

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin: United Stated

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Sm. Front Pass.: NR

Head/Seat: NR

Rear: NR

Headlight: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Cadillac CT6 

 


 

 

What’s new
No changes known to Cadillac for 2020.

Comments
The CT6 was Cadillac's attempt to re-enter the luxury-car big-league dominated by the Tesla Model S in Canada. Sales of just 152 units in Canada last year demonstrate that buyers are not keen on spending this much for a Cadillac but also that those with big money to spend often migrate to crossovers. 
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 the Mercedes E-Class. Trunk space is competitive but not cavernous. 
Cadillac’s familiar 3.6L V6 is powers the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims, with a 500 horsepower 4.2L twin-turbo V8 that is standard on the Platinum trim. 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 with the previously-available 3L turbo V6 form, the incredibly quick and energetic CT6 could be defined by the term "Hooligan Luxury". While firm, the CT6'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 grit pinging off the underside of the car. 

Pricing
All-wheel drive is standard on all models. The base Luxury trim is nicely equipped and the Premium Luxury upgrade brings a wealth of equipment but at a price far higher than warranted. The Platinum trim is powered exclusively by the turbo V8 but it is significanly overpriced. Depreciation should be savage so a used three year old CT6 will likely be a fantastic buy. No leasing is available on the CT6 in late March 2020, which could perhaps indicate Cadillac expects depreciation will be too steep to support to offer leasing on the car.   

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:
3.6L-V6 (335 HP)*, 4.2L-V8 T (500 HP)
Transmission: 10A 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  12.3L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.7L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning, including pedestrians, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings and a lane keep assist system. Cadillac's Super Cruise system, is standard on the Premium Luxury and Platinum trims.

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:

Sm. Front Driver: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Sm. Front Pass.: NR

Head/Seat: NR

Rear: NR

Headlight: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Cadillac CT5

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
An all-new car that replaces the previous CTS
Comments
Underwhelming sales of the ATS, meant to compete with cars like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, and the CTS, which Cadillac saw as Mercedes-Benz E-Class competitor, led observers to think Cadillac was to abandon traditional size segments and return to its previous strategy of offering a “tweener” car that attempts to cover both segments with a single vehicle. However, with the announcement of its CT4 entry-level car, Cadillac has returned to traditional market segments.
With Cadillac’s distinctive headlights and grille, the CT5 starts off well, but the rest of the car lacks any compelling design flair. Cadillac has been doing some very elegant cabins over the last few years and the CT5 is no exception. The driver faces conventional gauges, to the right of which rests a substantial info-screen which can be manipulated by the latest version of the Cadillac User Interface that now incorporates a console-mounted rotary controller. The rest of the cabin looks fresh, modern and visually calm, with very attractive finishes. The long wheelbase results in very good legroom, front and rear.
Power choices include a GM’s ubiquitous 2L turbo four and a turbocharged 3L-V6 that debuted in the CT6 several years ago. Power reaches the wheels (rear or all) exclusively via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing
While most makers have given up rear-wheel drive models in Canada, Cadillac offers it on most CT5 variants. All-wheel drive, which will account for most sales, is priced $2200 higher than a rear-wheel drive model of the same trim. The base Luxury trim represents really good value. The Premium Luxury trim upgrade, which adds cooled leather seating, a lane departure warning, lane keep assist and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, is good value.  The Sport trim is priced the same as the Premium Luxury model but eliminates the cooled, leather seats but adds some "go faster" trim accents. The 3L V6 turbo, offered only on the Premium Luxury trim, costs an extra $4025. The Platinum trim is significantly overpriced. Cadillac charges $900 for most metallic colours. The CT5 is a reasonable lease value for 2020.
Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data due to limited sales. Unproven mechanicals. 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 (237 HP)*, 3.0L-V6 T (360 HP)

Transmissions: 10A 
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning, including pedestrians and autonomous emergency braking. Optional blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings, a lane keep assist system and an adaptive cruise control system. 
Additional airbags:  Knee airbags for both front occupants

Warranty: 4/80,000, 6/110,000
Current Generation Debut:  2020
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Sm. Front Pass.: NR

Head/Seat: NR

Rear: NR

Headlight: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2020  Genesis G70

 


 

 

What’s new
A new V6 Prestige trim replaces the previous Dynamic V6 model.  

Performance
Not only is the acceleration delivered by the G70's 365 horsepower turbocharged 3.3L V6 breathtaking, the sounds it makes while working hard border on intoxicating. Impressive passing power is facilitated by the smooth, responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. The sophisticated all-wheel drive system on our G70 tester has a default 100 percent rear-wheel drive bias, enhancing the sporty feel of the car. Precise, quick and communicative steering. On our V6 test car the crisp, neutral handling, aided by the gigantic 19 inch wheels and super low-profile tires was complimented by firmly compliant ride free of any road shocks. The Brembo branded brakes are strong, predictable; with great brake feel. In a recent four car test, the G70 easily eclipsed the Audi A4, Infiniti Q50 and Mercedes C300, and was the overwhelming choice of all drivers on the road test team.     
The G70's cabin is elegant and sumptuously outfitted. The driver faces crisp instrumention and the controls for the climate and audio systems are straightforward and easy to use. The front seats are very comfortable and legroom is ample. However, headroom is tight and the very wide centre console intrudes on the space available for the front seat passenger. The rear bench seat is substantial and supportive, but legroom is very tight, and after you struggle to get your feet into the car you find there is little space for them under the front seats. The rear seat of the G70 is the tightest of the mainstream cars in its class and its space constraints will be a deal breaker for those who need a true four seater. Good trunk space. Strong air conditioning during sweltering weather but the performance of the heated steering wheel was disappointing on its top setting. The audio system of our loaded V6 car was exceptionally sonorous.

Comments
The G70 will go head-to-head with compact luxury stalwarts like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It's the third vehicle to be released under the stand alone Genesis brand name. Except for the rear-wheel drive, manual transmission 2.0T Sport model, all G70s feature all-wheel drive. Engine choices include two turbos, a 2L four and a 3.3L V6.
Genesis has stepped outside the conventional dealership model to distribute its cars in Canada. Like Tesla in Canada, vehicles are sold on a fixed price model and can be purchased online or at a limited selection of boutiques located in fashionable areas. If a potential buyer wants a test drive, a car will be brought to them. When their cars need service, Genesis owners only need to book an appointment, at which time a loaner car will be brought to them and their own car returned when it is ready. 
Genesis is on a very slow roll-out in Canada, with about 1100 cars sold last year, most of them being the G70. The G70 gave Genesis a vehicle at the heart of the high-volume compact luxury sedan market and is building their customer base, but the new GV80 crossover will likely be the vehicle that fully establishes the franchise in Canada.  

Pricing
The rear-wheel drive Sport trim is not a low MSRP price leader but a specific package to engage buyers seeking traditional rear-wheel drive performance. The rear-wheel drive Sport trim lacks lane departure and driver awareness monitors as well as the lane keep assist system that are standard on all-wheel drive variants. Most G70's sold in Canada will be equipped with the available all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission powertrain. Moving up from the base all-wheel drive Advanced model to the Elite trim includes features such as leather seating and navigation, rain sense wipers, navigation, heated rear seats, a branded audio system and a power passenger seat, and is very good value. In contrast, the 2L Prestige upgrade lacks value for the money asked. The $4000 price bump to move from the 2L version of the Prestige to the 3.3L variant includes the V6 as well as high-performance Brembo brakes. Compared with the Prestige V6, the Sport V6 looks a bit expensive given its limited additional features. Compared with its German-branded rivals, the Hyundai is not only a fantastic car but is also tremendous value. The G70 is an exceptional lease value for 2020. 

Reliability
Five year/100,000 km warrenty. Regular scheduled maintenance, including car pick up and a courtesy car, for five years/100,000 km, is included in the price. Consumables, like brake pads, wiper blades and tires, are not part of the maintenance plan.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (252 HP)*, 3.3L-V6 T (365 HP) 

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

City Fuel Economy:  14.1/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.5L/100 km


Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings, a lane keep assist system and adaptive cruise control with stop and go 

Additional airbags: Driver's side knee airbag

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: P

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Hyundai Genesis G80

 


 

 

What’s new
Genesis Connected Services, a GM OnStar-like subsription service for a five year period, is standard for 2020, the last year for the current G80. 

Comments
Introduced as the Hyundai Genesis when introduced, this car was renamed the Genesis G80 for 2017. The G80 exhibits a conservatively modern design. 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 3.3L V6 turbo, 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.


Pricing
Genesis cars are not sold at dealerships but via the internet or at boutiques is upscale fashionable areas. The cars are sold on a fixed price basis, including freight, pre-delivery inspection and free scheduled servicing for five years or 100,000 kilometres. Cars will be brought to a potential buyer for test drives and when owners book their cars for service, a loaner car will be dropped off and their car will be taken to a service point, the necessary work done and the car returned. 
The base 3.8L Luxury model is very well equippped. The $4000 price boost to migrate from the base car to the turbo V6 includes the thrilling engine, adaptive suspension and navigation, at a reasonable price. Moving from the 3.3L V6 turbo to the V8-powered Ultimate costs $3000, which is essentially all for the mighty V8 engine. The G80 is a good value proposition in its segment, with a V8 Ultimate priced signifianctly less than a fully similarly-equipped BMW 550 xDrive. The G80 is a mind-blowing lease value in the last year of its current cycle. 
Reliability
Not rated, insufficient numbers sold to create a profile. Above-average reliability predicted. Few complaints have been received but little data exists due to small numbers of G80s sold. Regular scheduled maintenance, including car pick up and a courtesy car, for five years/100,000 km, is included in the price. Consumables, like brake pads, wiper blades and tires, are not part of the maintenance plan. Service costs once out of warranty will likely be lower than for German-branded luxury cars. The five year/100,000 km warranty is longer than it is for German-branded luxury cars.

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
3.3L-V6 T (365 HP estimated), 3.8L-V6 (311 HP), 5L-V8 (420 HP) 

Transmissions: 8A 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  13.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.6L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision alert with pedestrian detection, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic, driver alertness and lane departure warnings, a lane keep assist system and adaptive cruise control with stop and go

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:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: A

NHTSA Rating:


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