2021 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 at 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 led to smaller, higher-stressed engines set up to "game" the test cycle to produce impressive test results. These smaller engines have maintained acceleration, but 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. However, rear-wheel drive has little traction in Canada and most versions of the rear-wheel drive based vehicles are sold with all-wheel drive.  

The luxury segment is a very busy one for 2021. All-new are the Acura TLX, BMW 4 Series and the Genesis G80. The Genesis G70, Jaguar i-Pace and Lexus IS are significantly updated for 2021. It looked like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was going to sit 2021 out, but it returned in late February with a single Avant Garde trim. Not returning for 2021 are the Continental and MKZ from Lincoln, casualties of the Ford Motor Company decision to abandon the passenger car market. 

There was a move downmarket by both Audi (A3), and Mercedes-Benz (A-Class and CLA), but Audi has discontinued the A3, leaving only Mercedes-Benz in the a segment Lemon-Aid refers to as Premium Compact. 

 

Acura TLX  Cadillac CT4  Infiniti QX50  Nissan Maxima 
Audi A4  Cadillac CT5  Jaguar i-Pace  Tesla Model 3 
BMW 3-Series  Genesis G70  Lexus ES  Toyota Avalon 
BMW 4-Series  Genesis G80  Lexus IS  Volvo S60 
  Infiniti Q50  Mercedes-Benz C-Class  Volvo V60 

2021 Acura TLX

 

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What’s new
After six long years, Acura has unveiled its second-generation TLX which should be on sale by the end of 2020.

Performance
The 2L four in the TLX is very fast and willing, though not particularly economical. What it isn't is refined. It is acceptably quiet in gentle driving, but gets louder when summoned to provide swift speed gathering and takes the car out of the luxury class as far as refinement is concerned. Three modes, comfort, normal and sport, are offered. There are real differences between the three modes, with sport, firming up the suspension and extending the shift points and also adding artificial noise for “excitement” The Comfort mode is very nice under most circumstances. It delivers a very supple ride with crisp handling. The transmission is smooth but is very keen to attain the next highest gear and with so many gears, frequent gearchanges when leaving from a stop are a distraction and annoying. Very high gearing allows for 1500 rpms at 100 kilometres per hour.

Very nicely weighted and geared steering is manipulated by an elegant steering wheel that is a pleasure to hold. 

With no lost motion, a firm pedal and fierce stopping power, the brakes are reassuring.

If the coolant temperature gauge is accurate, the car seems to run quite cool, however, the car produced good heat during coolish weather. Very good seat heaters. The steering wheel heater covers the whole wheel but heat output is week and turns itself off quickly.

The TLX looks very sleek from the outside, partially due to a very low roofline. In fact, it is too low to be practical as a sedan as even the front seat is hard to get into and headroom is very tight. The sloping roofline over the rear windows makes getting into the rear seat even more of a struggle. The front seats are very comfortable, but the bulky centre console and door trims leave front occupants feeling hemmed in. The rear seat is supportive but legroom is very tight for such a large car. The TLX doesn't seem any roomier than the smaller Honda Civic.   

The driver faces conventional speedometre and tach with spectacular graphics. They are separated by a configurable infoscreen of impressive clarity. The dash-topping infoscreen is not a touch screen as all functions activated by Acura’s loathsome touchpad  system that uses a big and a small touchpad to access desired functions. Its graphics are great, but the system, which is very hard to manipulate while driving, is a failure. Even sitting a radio station is breathtakingly difficult and consulting the owners manual or Acura-produced Youtube tutorials were of little help either. Even answering an incoming phonecall proved difficult. If you can find your way into the audio system, the ELS-branded system produces very pleasing sounds. Satellite radio sound quality, a a weak point with a number of brands, is very good. That said, sound quality on Bluetooth audio was unimpressive and sound quality using a premium streaming system was not as good as it is on various Lincoln and Volvo products. Honda-Acura's unusual gear selector is compact for easy packaging and is easy enough to use once you are used to it. The knob for the drive-select modes dominates the dash centre stack and takes up a lot of space that could be better devoted to the climate controls, which are tiny. 

With contrasting pale gray piping on black leather, mostly attractive materials and convincing faux alloy accents, the cabin of the TLX looks upscale. There are a few budget-looking materials, including the carpeting and the headliner. The carpet stretches from the door aperture over the high and massive door sills, and are sure to look shabby after a winter of salty boots being hauled over them.  

Comments
Based on the Honda Accord that first went on sale for the 2018 model year, the new TLX is built on a 94 mm (3.7 inch) longer wheelbase, is 74 mm (2.9 inches) greater in overall length and 56 mm (2.2 inches) wider than before.

The previous base engine, a normally-aspirated 2.4L four, has been replaced by a 2L turbo four with 272 horsepower; with a new 3L-V6 replacing the normally aspirated 3.5L-V6 that powered the TLX last year. No V6 power output figures are available but 335 horsepower would not be far off the mark. Acura’s SH-AWD system, now with torque-vectoring is standard and the sole transmission offered is a conventional 10-speed automatic. New for 2021 is an electro-servo brake-by-wire braking system that first debuted in the current NSX supercar.

The new TLX is fronted by Acura’s pentagon- shaped grille, which is flanked by slim-line L.E.D. headlamps and daytime running lights, below which are the large quasi-triangular gashes that are seemingly obligatory for vehicle front ends at this time. The side profile of the TLX telegraphs its long wheelbase and highlights the short overhangs, especially at the front, given that the car rests on a front-wheel drive biased architecture. The rear styling being similar to that of the smallest Acura, the ILX.

 AcuraWatch, including a forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and a lane departure warning, is standard, as are adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and Traffic Jam Assist that keeps the car centred in its lane, as well as maintaining a set distance between it and the car being followed.

Pricing

The base TLX is very nicely equipped but lacks leather seating and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors. Moving up to the Tech trim adds the blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, an ELS audio system, navigation, parking sensors and a heated steering wheel, at a very good price. The sport-themed A-Spec model adds suede and leather seating, ventilated front seats and some "go-faster" accents, at a supplement that reflects the content. The range-topping Platinum Elite trim, which adds adaptive suspension, full-leather seating, a heads-up display and wood trim, is a bargain. A V6 turbo has been announced but no pricing details are known. The TLX is a very good lease value for 2021.

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:
2L-4 T (272 HP), 3L-V6 T (355 HP)

Transmissions: 10A  
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision 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. 
Warranty: 4/80,000, 5/100,000

Current Generation Debut: 2021


Country of Origin: United States


IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Headlight: G

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Audi A4

 


 

 

What’s new
A new entry level A4, with a 201 horsepower 2L four, marketed as the "40". in Audi's nonsensical numbering system, is new for 2021. The 261 horsepower 2L turbo four, marketed as the "45", is now a mild hybrid. Lane departure warning and auto dimming interior mirror with a compass and toll module, are standard for 2021.

Comments
Based on the MQB platform that underpins the majority of new VW Group vehicles. A 201 horsepower 2L four is the base engine for 2021. The main engine is a 2L turbo four with a strap-on mild hybrid system that is rated at 261 horsepowe. A turbo V6, marketed as the S4, with no "number" designation, is 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 the "45" 2L turbo four with 261 horsepower, the A4 accelerates briskly and is both smooth and flexible. The "45's" 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 "40" variant of the A4 is only offered in the Komfort trim. With leather seating and blind spot and lane departure warnings, the base Komfort model is nicely equipped. Moving from the "40" to the "45", mild hybrid costs, $3400. Moving up to the Progressive, which adds, rear cross traffic monitors, the S-Line appearance package, a heated steering wheel, navigation, a heated steering wheel, a foot-gesture trunk opener and a TFT gauige cluster marketed as Virtual Cockpit, is very good value this year. The range-topping Technik trim, with a branded audio system, ambient lighting, a 360º camera system and headlight washers, is overpriced. The German brands are stingy in providing active safety equipment. On the Progressiv and Technik trims, you need to buy the $1700 Advanced Driver Assist package to get active cruise control with stop and go. The station wagon body style, marketed as the Allroad, is priced from $4000 (Komfort) to $4600 (Progressiv et Technik) more than the equivalent sedan. Despite the outrageous pricing the Allroad accounts for up to 20 percent of A4 platform sales. The turbo V6, marketed as the S4, is priced $10,500 more than a similarly-equipped A4. Now that the Audi A5 is offered in four-door form it has eaten into A4 sales. Up to 80 percent of A4-S4 customers lease their new rides and nearly 20 percent opt for the super-expensive S4 V6 turbo variants. Audi was not providing monthly payment data as of February 2021.

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, 4SW
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
 2L-4 T (40: 201 HP, 45: 261 HP), 3L-V6 T (S4 349 HP)

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

City Fuel Economy: 9.8L/100 km.
Highway Fuel Economy: 7.6L/100 km.

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


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

Headlight: M

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 BMW 3 Series

 

UNRATED

 

What’s new
A PHEV 330e hybrid model is new for 2021. A station wagon model was expected but never showed up.  
Comments

Once 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. Most 3 Series are all-wheel drive but the new hybrid can be had with rear-wheel drive. The sole transmission proposed is an eight-speed automatic.  

Pricing

With a sunroof, auto climate control, heated and power front seats, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sense wipers and a forward collision warning, the base 330 xDrive, is well equipped. Leather seating is priced at $1500. The Premium Essential package is overpriced. The M Sport group is reasonably priced if you like the look. The 3L turbo six, sold as the M340, is priced $13,550 higher than the 330, but includes a number of features, like the M Sport appearance package and leather seating, reducing the real supplement to a massive $10,000.  Compared with the conventional 330i xDrive, the supplement to migrate to the 330e xDrive PHEV, is $4650. All-wheel drive is standard on the conventional models but costs an extra $9050 on the 330e PHEV model. The 330e is eligible for a $4000 rebate from Quebec and a $2500 rebate from the Federal Government. The BMW webside was not supplying monthly payment data on 2021 models in mid-February 2021. 

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 
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (255 HP, 330i)*, 2L-4 T PHEV (330e 288 HO combined), 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: On conventional models, standard forward collision warnings with autonomous emergency braking, including in reverse, blind spot and lane departure warnings and active cruise control. 

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

Headlight: P

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 BMW 4 Series

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
Expected a year ago, the 4 Series, a spinoff of the 3 Series, arrives as a 2021 model. 

Comments
BMW split the 3 Series two doors from (most) of the sedans and renamed the two door versions the 4 Series. Never shy to court confusion, BMW introduced a four-door version of the 4 Series called the Gran Coupe. For 2021, BMW introduced a new-generation of the two-door 4 Series, but the Gran Coupe has not surfaced yet.
Below the window line, the 4 Series follows styling themes explored by the related 3 Series, but the windows and fastback roofline combine for a new look for BMW and one that is reminscent of the previous Honda Civic coupe. In a move to be instantly recognized, some automakers have been migrating to styling that is intended to shock, rather than inspire "ahhs", With its gigantic re-interpretation of its Dual Kidney grille motif, the 4 Series will not be mistaken for any other car. In a move that is gaining ground, the retractable hard top on the cabriolet has been replaced by a soft top. The cabin styling of the new 4 Series is very much like that of the 3 Series, and an exemplar of conservative good taste, with class competitive components.   
Two engines, a 2L turbo four (430i) and a turbo inline six (M440i) are offered to start. A high-performance real M version of the 4 Series is expected eventually. Power reaches all wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing
Limited pricing information in February of 2021. On the coupe, moving from the 2L four to the 3L six, will set you back $10,800. Powered by the 2L, the cabriolet is priced $8450 higher than the coupe. The 4 Series coupe is a very good value for 2021.  
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
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (255 HP 430i)*, 3L-6 T (382 HP estimated)

Transmissions: 6M, 8A
Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  10.1L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.1L/100 km
Active Safety Features: No solid information is available

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


Current Generation Debut: 2021
Country of Origin:  Germany

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


 

2020 Cadillac CT4

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
A new high-performance model, called the CT4 V Blackwing will be on sale as a 2022 in the spring of 2021. 

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. The 2022 CT4 V Blackwing, powered by a 472 horsepower, 3.6L-V6 turbo, has been announced but no release date has been mentionned. The real-wheel drive exclusive Blackwing will send power to the wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic. 

Pricing
All-wheel drive is a $2200 option on the Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trims but is priced at just $595 on the V6 CT4-V. The larger 2.7L turbo four is standard on the CT4-V but is a $4315 option on the Premium Luxury trim, regardless of drive system. Moving up from the Luxury to the Premium Luxury trim brings leather upholstery, a variety of comfort and convenience items 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 deletes leather, which renders it a reasonable value if you like the look. The $4975 price bump from the Sport to the CT4-V includes the stronger 2.7L turbo four, a 10-speed automatic transmission, Brembo-branded brakes and Bose-branded audio, at a reasonable price. Adaptive cruise control, enhanced autonomous emergency braking, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors and a lane keep assist system, are optional. The AT4 is a good lease value for 2021.

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:  4SD
Occupants:  2/3

Engines:
2L-4 T (237 HP), 2.7L-4 T (309 HP), 3.6L-V6 T (472 HP)

Transmissions: 6M (V Blackwing), 8A (2L),10A (V6) 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  10.4/100 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


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

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Cadillac CT5

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
A new high-performance CT5 V Blackwing model, goes on sale as a 2022 model in the spring of 2021.
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
All-wheel drive is a $2200 option on all CT5 models. The base trim is reasonably equipped but lacks leather seating. The Premium Luxury model, which adds leather seating, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, ventilated front seats, rear parking sonar and a heated steering wheel, at a price that reflects the value of the additional content. The turbo V6 adds a hefty $4025 to the invoice of a new CT5 Premium Luxury. The Sport trim is priced the same as the Premium Luxury model but lacks leather seating and ventilated front seats that are two of the most desirable features of the Premium Luxury trim. The CTS-V, which is trimmed like a Sport, but with a 360 horsepower V6, is priced $7000 higher than the Sport. To add active cruise control you need the $2245 Driver Assistance package that also forces a cascade of options that top out at $9100, Insanity. Cadillac has joined the German brands in asking for $900 for most metallic colours, with some costing $1395. The CT5 is a good value lease for 2021.

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

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


2022  Genesis G70

 


 

 

What’s new
A mid-cycle refresh for the G70 includes exterior styling tweaks as well as cabin revisions. Rear-wheel drive and the manual transmission are no longer part of the G70 programme.
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
Exterior styling updates overlays the new Genesis styling themes, including the large-format grille and the twin-bar headlamps and tailamp designs, that were first seen on the new G80 and GV80 models. Large, triangular gashes, the styling flourish du jour, lay beneath the headlamps and the previous bright-finished boomerang-shaped front fender accents have been exorcised in favour of small rectangular pieces inset in the lower front fenders. Certainly the facelifted G70 looks cleaner than the car did upon launch. The elegant cabin features attractive materials. Clear gauges and straightforward controls. A larger format infotainment screen is the most significant cabin update to the G70 for 2022. The comfortable front seats have plenty of travel, welcoming even the tallest occupants.

Pricing
No pricing details were available as of mid-February 2021. 

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:  n/a
Highway Fuel Economy:  n/a


Active Safety Features: Predicted 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 

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

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Hyundai Genesis G80

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
An all-new G80 went on sale late in 2020.

Comments
The second-generation G80 sedan shares its platform, power units, as well as styling and cabin trim elements with the new Genesis GV 80 crossover.
Outside, the G80 is fronted by a six-corner grill and dual-stripe headlamps; the front fenders bear the same air-intake covered by twin lit strips as the GV80 crossover. Strong forms, just the right amount of surface interest, and artful bright elements combine to create a very elegant sedan.
The interior shares its styling with the GV80, as well components like the gauge package, climate controls, infotainment screen, upper dashboard structure and gear selector. Like the GV80, the cabin of the new G80 is conservative and rendered in attractive materials.
The previously-standard 3.8L V6 has been replaced by a 300 horsepower 2.5L turbo four. Both the 3.3L turbo V6 and the 5L V8 are replaced by a turbocharged 3.5L V6 with 375 horsepower. Power reaches all wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 G80 went on sale in the last half of 2020.

Pricing
Limited model range with just two trims, both of which have all-wheel drive trims. The 2.5 turbo Advanced, with a dual panel glass sunroof, navigation, leather seating, genuine alloy cabin trim, a Lexicon-branded audio system, forward collision warning, including for pedestrians and cyclists, active cruise control, a heads up display, wireless phone charging and parking sensors front and rear, is very well equipped. Those seeking V6 refinement will need to move up to the 3.5 turbo Prestige, adds electronically-controlled suspension, Nappa leather, genuine wood trim, a leather wrapped dash, a 12.3 inch TFT gauge cluster and 16-way power seats, is priced $10,000 higher than the Advanced. The additional equipment is worth no more than $6000, with the balance attributable to the extra 75 horsepower of the turbo V6. Genesis cars can be bought online and prices are fixed and complete with no additional fees and no haggling. There are a limited number of Genesis "boutiques" in major cities in Canada. The G80 is an excellent lease value for 2021.

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. Some parts shortages have been reported and difficulty in attaining the parts. 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:
2.5L-4 T( 300 HP)*, 3.5 L-V6 T (375 HP)

Transmission: 8A 

Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  10.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.9L/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

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2021
Country of Origin:  South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

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2021 Infiniti QX50, 2022 QX55 

 


 

 

 

What’s new
The Luxe trim is new, the Pro-Assist model has been discontinued and there have been numerous equipment changes within the various trims. Infiniti introduced a fastback version of the Q50, named, the Q55, late in the 2021 model year. 
Performance
With strong acceleration and flexibility, the QX50's radical variable compression ratio turbocharged 2L four--the first in a production car--is a success. However, engine refinement when leaving from a stop and when accelerating briskly, is disappointing for a luxury vehicle. Infiniti needs to enhance sound insulation to remove the unpleasant engine noise as it could be a deal-breaker for QX50 intenders. Observed fuel economy of 11.3L/100km was higher than expected, especially as premium fuel is required.
The sole transmission offered is a CVT that mimics the stepped changes of a conventional automatic transmission unless you demand maximum acceleration, when it holds onto a gear ratio until the driver backs off the throttle.
The QX50's steering is touch slow to react, lacks feel, but is nicely weighted and faithfully holds its line on the highway.
Despite massive 20 inch wheels on our Autograph range-topper, the QX50 smothers minor road imperfections effortlessly but loses its composure when it encounters more challenging road surfaces. The QX50's suspension is uninvolving but grips well and feels stable, despite more lean than expected.
The brake pedal feels soft but response is linear and stopping power is very good.
With upgraded leather upholstery, ultra-suede headliner, windshield pillars, door, dash and centre console accents, convincing faux alloy accents and open-pore wood trim, the cabin of the QX50 Autograph model driven by the APA was truly sumptuous. Few vehicles, even at this price level, can equal the sheer opulence of the QX50's cabin. The driver faces clear gauges separated by a configurable electronic readout. Shared with the Infiniti Q50, the dual screen navigation, audio and climate controls work well enough. The air-conditioning cannot be set lower than 18 degrees centrigrade and its performance on 30 centrigrade plus degree days was found wanting. The cooled front seats work very well. The front seats are supportive and room is ample. Rear seat riders enjoy a supportive seat and good legroom but toe space under the front seats is tight. The rear seat itself can be moved fore and aft to maximize rear seat legroom or cargo space. Though the glazed portion of roof is massive, the actual opening sunroof aperture is small. Impressive audio quality from the brand-name sound system. The trunk is long, wide and deep below the window line.

2022 QX55
This platform seems much improved compared to when it launched as the QX50. It seems more solidly constructed and genuinely premium, with its feel now measuring up to its price. 

Driven gently or in a moderate fashion, the engine is acceptably refined. When maximum effort is required, the engine becomes quite vocal, and while the sound is enthusiastic, it could put off buyers looking for a real, serene, luxury car experience. Disconcerting perhaps, is a “death rattle” heard from the engine at very low speeds if the radio is off. It is a mystery why Infiniti didn't use the ubiquitous Nissan 3.5L-V6, which would have produced similar power with less complexity and would be more refined as well. Despite the noise, the engine is quick and flexible. Eventually the CVT becomes a factor as it keeps the revs up if you demand quick acceleration, placing the engine in its enthusiastic zone too long. Fuel economy of 11.4L/100 km is quite reasonable considering the performance and the size of the car but the driver is cursed with the need to buy premium fuel. 

The car is not a dynamic paragon but is quite nicely sorted and feels more agile than the QX50 was when it introduced. The car feels tighter and more substantial than before.
Steering is nicely weighted, precise enough and holds its line well on the highway. Braking is more reasuring than it was on the QX50 but more intital attack would be appreciated. The driver feels the immense weight of the car when cornering, and there is some lean but nothing unsettling. The ride keeps all road shock from the cabin but is actually quite firm and not as supple as expected at this end of the market. Road and wind noise nicely controlled. While not as “nervous” an an RDX, it is certainly a suitable substitute if you want to take a flyer on an Infiniti brand and the radical unproven technology of its engine..

The interior is very luxurious, but the finishes, two tone leather in out tester, was more conservative than the hyper-sumptuous, multi-hued cabins offered on the QX50. The front seats are very comfortable and there is plenty of space up front. The rear seat itself is very substantial and supportive but legroom is only acceptable for this size of car and there is little space under the front seats for the feet of those in the back seat. The sporty "fastback" DUV styling makes getting in and out of the back seat a challenge for adults, who have to manipulate their necks to get their heads into the car. Cargo space is vast and deep below the window line but the fastback roofline lacks the extra triangle of space the straight-tailgate QX50 offers. 

The air-conditioning coped well with sweltering weather and cooled seats were much appreciated. The Bose-branded audio system delivers reasonable sound quality but does sound a bit muffled for a premium audio system. Cellphhone hook up is easy and the system works well. Our car had a CD player, a good feature for the well-to-do, more-mature audience who will buy this car. The navigation system was unimpressive, not announcing the names of smaller streets when a turn is necessary. 

Comments
The current QX50 changed focus; moving from a premium rear-wheel drive platform derived from a luxury sedan to mainstream front wheel drive underpinnings. Previously built in Japan, the new QX50 now hails from low-cost Mexico. 
The big Nissan V6 that powered the previous QX50 was jettisoned in favour of the powerful 2L four which Infiniti refers to as the VC-Turbo, VC standing for variable compression. The engine adjusts the compression ratio between 8:1 (for performance) and 14:1 (for fuel economy). Former Swedish carmaker Saab toyed with this idea and won several awards for the technology, but abandoned the concept after General Motors (Saab's owner at the time) cut off funds for further development. This technology is innovative but unproven and complex; potential owners will be comforted by Infiniti’s six-year/110,000 kilometer powertrain warranty.

Pricing

QX50
The base model, the Pure, includes heated, power front seats, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, lane departure and rear cross traffic monitors, and L.E.D. headlamps. The Luxe upgrade, with a dual panel sunroof, fog lights, active cruise control and the Nissan ProPilot Assist rudimentary lane centring device, is very good value. The Essential trim, which adds leather seating, navigation, rear parking sensors and a 360 degree camera, is overpriced. The Sensory model adds upgraded cabin materials including semi-aniline finish leather, ventilated front seats, a head-up display system, and a tow package, at a tempting price. The Autograph range-topper is priced to reflect the value of its cabin trim that is even plusher than that of the Sensory model. The QX50 is a very good lease value for 2021. 

QX55
Despite its diminished utility compared to the QX50, the QX55 is priced up to $3500 more than a QX50 of the same trim level. 


Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. The new 2L variabile compression ratio turbo four is unproven but is compensated for by a six year/110,000 km powertrain warranty. An extended powertrain warranty is recommended if you plan to keep the vehicle past the powertrain warranty period. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB (QX50), DUV (QX55)
Occupants:  2/3

Engines: 2L-4 T (268 HP) 


Transmissions: CVT 
Drive Layout: All-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 10.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.3L/100 km


Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning, including pedestrians, autonomous emergency braking, including in reverse and blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings. Optional adaptive cruise control 


Warranty: 4/100,000, 6/110,000

Current Generation Debut:  2019


Country of Origin:  Mexico


IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

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