The 2013 Kia Optima offers buyers a choice of three powertrains, a base 2.4L four-cylinder, a turbocharged 2.0L and a four-cylinder hybrid. When we last tested the Optima back in 2012 we were very impressed with the style and performance of the turbocharged 2.0L Optima, but will the same feelings hold true for the 2013 Optima Hybrid? Read on to find out.
November 2013 Archives
The 2014 Lexus CT 200h has received a refresh with updated exterior styling and more standard features, but the best part is that the pricing for the CT 200h remains the same as last year at $32,050.
MINI is reportedly mulling the idea of bringing a diesel-powered MINI Cooper to the U.S. based on the strong interest that its dealers have received. Over the past few years the U.S. has started to welcome new diesel models from VW, Audi and BMW, so there is a possibility that MINI could bring its diesel-powered Cooper to the U.S.
Next April marks the 50th anniversary since the introduction of the iconic Ford Mustang. While we still have a few more days to wait until Ford reveals the all-new 2015 Mustang, Ford has announced its celebration plans for the Mustang's birthday.
If you've been patiently waiting for Volvo to bring the V60 diesel plug-in hybrid to the U.S., you'll be disappointed to hear that it's not going to happen. Instead Volvo has just confirmed that a gasoline plug-in hybrid system will arrive in the U.S. next year under the hood of the next-generation XC90 SUV.
Just a few months after Ford added production of the Ford Fusion at its Flat Rock, MI plant, Ford is halting production. Fusion inventory numbers have been increasing, so Ford is going to shut down production of the Fusion for one extra week in December. What is causing the increased Fusion inventory? Ford execs are attributing the growing inventory to increased competition from the Toyota Camry.
The 2014 Maserati Ghibli just received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and has a starting price set at $65,600. In order to receive a Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of "good" in in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests.
Chevrolet has unveiled the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Premiere Edition, which is the ultimate gift for a Corvette fan at $77,450. The Corvette Stingray Convertible Premiere Edition comes in a Lime Rock Green exterior with a Brownstone suede interior. It also includes suede-wrapped interior trim, carbon fiber accents, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
After teasing us with the 500-hp Polestar S60 concept, Volvo has announced that it is putting the S60 and V60 Polestar models into production. Unfortunately the production version doesn't have the concept's 508-hp engine, but with 350 horsepower under the hood the 2015 S60 and V60 Polestar models still pack a nice punch and will reach 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds.
The all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis is set to debut in the U.S. at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January, but we already have a preview of what to expect, since Hyundai's luxury sedan just debuted in Korea. The second generation Genesis is Hyundai's first model to get its new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language and offers four different powertrains.
It's being reported that a coupe version of the Cadillac ATS is going to debut in just over a month at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. If the reports are true, the 2015 ATS Coupe will also go on sale in the summer with a design that closely mimics the sedan, sans the rear doors.
Acura is reportedly working on a new convertible version of its upcoming NSX supercar. Honda's Principal Designer Jun Goto recently confirmed that the convertible is in the beginning stages. "We are looking at the convertible," Goto stated. "But we have a long way to go with it."
Porsche just unveiled the 2015 Porsche Macan SUV last week at the LA Auto Show and now you can check out all the pricing details on Porsche's website. The 2015 Porsche Macan starts at $49,900, which isn't bad, but that price quickly shoots up once you start adding in the options.
BMW is going to release a production version of the front-wheel-drive Active Tourer concept in early 2015. The Active Tourer will share its platform with the new Mini Cooper, including the Cooper's new three and four-cylinder engines when it arrives in the U.S.
Toyota has unveiled the new hybrid version of the all-new Highlander. The all-new third-generation 2014 Highlander Hybrid is powered by a 3.5L V6 that is mated to an electric motor that has a combined output of 280 horsepower and will also get up to 28 mpg.
Mercedes is previewing a new AMG version of the GLA crossover with the Concept GLA 45 that debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The concept is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine as the CLA 45 and with a final output of 360 horsepower.
Jaguar officially unveiled the 2015 F-Type Coupe this week and although the F-Type Coupe R has 550 horsepower, 55 more than the convertible, there are even hotter versions in the works. Jaguar design director Ian Callum confirmed in LA that more potent versions of the F-Type Coupe are in the works.
Hyundai is giving the 2014 Elantra some updates and introducing the new Elantra Sport model. According to Hyundai, 75 Elantra major sub-systems are new or redesigned. The 2014 Elantra receives updated front and rear styling along with interior styling upgrades. Sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations sharpen the new Elantra Sport's handling, while extensive technology upgrades improve ergonomics for the entire Elantra Sedan lineup.
Nissan continues to expand its NISMO lineup and now it is teasing a new NISMO version of the Sentra, the Sentra NISMO concept. Anyone who's driven the Sentra knows that it is not sporty at all, but the NISMO concept adds some much needed "performance" into the mix.
Hyundai has announced that the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle will arrive next spring and buyers can lease it for just $499 per month, which includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling. The Tucson fuel cell vehicle is based on the standard Tucson, but its fuel cell powertrain is capable of driving the Tucson for up to 300 miles with zero emissions.
Honda has announced that the 2014 Honda Civic is getting more upgrades and changes, which is the second year in a row that Honda has given the current Civic significant updates, since it was introduced in 2012. To keep it fresh the 2014 Civic Coupe and Civic Si get some styling updates, the interior of all the Civic models has been refreshed and a new CVT replaces the former five-speed automatic transmission.
Subaru has unveiled the all-new 2015 WRX at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While we've all been fans of the past WRX models, the new one may disappoint some of you. First it doesn't look anything like the WRX concept that was unveiled earlier this year and second it's reportedly a bit slower than the last one.
Honda has unveiled the production version of the Urban SUV concept, the VEZEL at the Tokyo Motor Show. The VEZEL is a new Fit-based compact crossover, which is going to be offered worldwide. It goes on sale in Japan today and both hybrid and gasoline-powered versions will be offered.
Ford is giving the world a preview of its next generation Edge crossover with the introduction of the new Edge Concept. The Ford Edge Concept is going to take the stage today at the LA Auto Show and in addition to previewing the styling of the next Edge, the concept also features new technology like self-parking technology.
The 2015 Porsche Macan baby SUV has been unveiled at the LA Auto Show ahead of its arrival next year. The 2015 Macan is now Porsche's fifth model line and will be offered as the Macan S and Macan Turbo here in the U.S., although the Macan Diesel is available in other markets.
Chevy has unveiled the 2015 Chevy Colorado midsize pickup, which is going to arrive next fall. Compared to the Colorado that is sold in markets outside the U.S., the U.S.-spec Colorado gets some design updates with a bolder face, comfort and connectivity features and is offered with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine.
As promised Jaguar has officially unveiled the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe tonight at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Compared to the convertible, the F-Type Coupe features the same sexy exterior that we love, but it came to the show with a surprise. The 2015 F-Type Coupe will be offered with a range topping F-Type Coupe R version, which packs 550 horsepower, 55 more horsepower than the F-Type V8 S convertible.
Lexus has unveiled the 2015 RC Coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show, which is slated to arrive sometime next year. The 2015 RC Coupe will not simply be a coupe version of the IS or GS sedans, but instead RC is a stand-alone model based on the GS platform.
The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ may soon have some competition from Nissan. Nissan has just unveiled its answer to the rear-wheel-drive twins with the IDx NISMO and IDx Freeflow concepts that are debuting in Tokyo. According to Nissan, the IDx Freeflow is a is a casual/lifestyle-focused vision, while the IDx NISMO is an ultra-sporty model of the future.
Next spring Acura is going to release the 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which features a new 377-hp three-motor hybrid system. The RLX is the first Acura model to feature the new 377-hp hybrid system, which combines a V-6 engine with a new 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor and an electrically powered variant of Acura's torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.
When we tested the al-new 2013 Nissan Sentra last year, we dinged it for its unsporty driving characteristics and overall boring driving experience. Well Nissan has apparently noticed the issues as well, since the 2014 Sentra is getting bunch of new updates to improve the driving experience.
It was only a matter of time until Honda decided to finally started bolting turbochargers onto its engines. Honda has announced the introduction of three new turbocharged direct-injection engines that will be used by small-medium sized vehicles in its lineup.
Nissan has unveiled the 2015 Nissan GT-R and the much anticipated GT-R NISMO version at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Nissan GT-R NISMO is now the one to get with its 3.8L V6 that puts out a whopping 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft. of torque thanks to new high-flow, large diameter turbochargers, which are used for GT3 racing.
Jeep has unveiled the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition, which is inspired by the classic CJs of the 1940s. The Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is debuting this week at the LA Auto Show and is based on the Wrangler Sport model.
On paper with only 167 horsepower under the hood, the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata doesn't look like a sports car, but unlike other sports cars that boast about their gobs of power, this little roadster has something else under its sleeve. When Mazda handed me the keys to the 2014 Miata Club Sport I didn't know what I was in store for. On paper the Miata's stats didn't seem too impressive, so I prepared myself for what would end up being a kinda blah experience. Well I was definitely wrong.
Even though it's going to be officially unveiled tonight, MINI has released all the photos and information for the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop. The 2014 Cooper Hardtop marks the introduction of the third-generation, which is now built on a new platform that will also be used by future front-wheel-drive BMWs.
The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show officially kicks off this week on November 20 and Chevy has announced that thirteen models will be making their first appearance at the show. Some of the new models have already been unveiled at previous shows, like the 2014 Corvette Stingray and Camaro Z28, but there will be new models like the 2015 Colorado pickup.
Later today MINI is going to officially unveil the 2014 MINI Cooper, but the first two official photos have already leaked out. Compared to the outgoing Cooper, the 2014 Cooper's design isn't a huge departure.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, which is a crazy cool car that will be featured in the new Gran Turismo 6 game. The super sports car with its hallmark Mercedes gullwing doors will be taking to the virtual racetrack when the new racing game goes on sale in December 2013 - as the first of the "Vision Gran Turismo" series of vehicles.
Now in its third model year, the 2014 Hyundai Accent is getting a refresh with updated styling and more features.
Mercedes-Benz is going to unveil the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition and 2015 S65 AMG simultaneously this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show. "The two new AMG high-performance vehicles represent the spectacular next level for our exciting model array. The S 65 AMG stands for maximum exclusiveness and the unparalleled dynamism of a V12. With the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION we are showing an ultimate, particularly attractive variant of our super sports car," stated Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The Nissan Xterra is one of the last truck based SUVs on the market, but Nissan hasn't announced any immediate plans to discontinue it. Nissan has announced the updates to the 2014 Xterra, which gets new wheels, an updated grille and more features like Bluetooth and an updated NissanConnect with navigation system.
Volkswagen is bringing its CrossBlue Coupe SUV concept to the LA Auto Show next week. This isn't the first time we're seeing the CrossBlue Coupe, since it originally debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show last year.
Over the last week the news about the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX has been all over the internet. Subaru confirmed that the 2015 WRX is going to debut next week at the LA Auto Show, but what about the more potent WRX STI? It's being reported that the 2015 WRX STI will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Chrysler has unveiled the new 2014 Chrysler 300S, which is going to arrive in the spring with even more "blacked out" design elements, a new Ambassador Blue sport interior and a Beats by Dr. Dre audio system.
Buick has announced that the updated 2014 Buick Regal now comes standard with a new 2.0L turbocharged four-cyl engine with 259-hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque. The new 2.0L turbo is more powerful than the turbo in the 2013 Regal and is also more fuel-efficient with a 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway rating with the six-speed automatic.
Aston Martin is going to unveil a bespoke version of the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante at the LA Auto Show next week. The unique Neiman Marcus Edition Vanquish Volante has been hand crafted by the company's bespoke customization arm; Q by Aston Martin. The special Vanquish is part of the 2013 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Christmas Cataloge and production is limited to ten units.
Fiat has unveiled the new 2014 Fiat 500 "1957 Edition," which celebrates the 57th anniversary of the original 1957 "Nuova" Cinquecento. Based on the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge model, the 1957 Edition enhances its iconic silhouette with a vintage look, thanks to classic exterior colors, including Bianco, or for a bi-color look, Verde Chiaro or exclusive Celeste paired with a Bianco painted roof and mirror caps. It also gets exclusive 16-inch retro wheels with the historic Fiat emblem.
Subaru is giving the world a preview of the 2015 Legacy with the debut of the Legacy Concept, which is going to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month. Subaru also says that the concept celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Legacy.
We're just a few days away from the world debut of the 2014 Porsche Macan SUV, but Porsche has just released another video of the Macan hitting the track in Weissach, Germany. The video gives us more footage of the Macan running laps on the track and also our first view of the Macan's interior.
Honda has announced that the 2014 Honda Ridgeline Special Edition is now on sale starting at $37,505. The new Special Edition model sits at the top of the lineup and adds special 18-inch alloy wheels; a black trim package including black headlight and brake light housings, black tailgate and black honeycomb grille with black surround; and a navigation system with Bluetooth.
Ford has unveiled the new Ford Ka Concept, which is a concept version of a new compact hatchback that previews a new entry-level compact car for urban consumers in Brazil and other key markets around the world. Ford says that the Ka concept is a preview of a new compact car that could launch in 2014.
Next week Jaguar is going to officially unveil the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe at the LA Auto Show. Jaguar has now released a second teaser photo of the F-Type Coupe just to tease us a bit longer.
Volkswagen has just announced that the e-Golf, its first fully electric vehicle to go on sale in the U.S. will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. The 2015 e-Golf is going to arrive in the U.S. in late 2014. The e-Golf, which is based on the all-new Golf, will only be offered as a five-door, but its unique aluminum-alloy wheels and LED headlights will stand it apart from the other Golf models.
Nissan has revealed that it is working on a new 3E device that is similar to Google Glass. The device, which is very similar to the Google Glass device can be connected to the Internet, allowing the users to overlay acquired information on the glasses, record projected images, and communicate with others by sending information to their glasses.
Chevrolet has just confirmed that the 2015 Colorado pickup is going to debut on November 20, which is the kick off of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The midsized Colorado pickup is going to go into production at GM's Wentzville, Mo. assembly center in 2014.
Lexus has announced that the refreshed 2014 Lexus CT 200h will be unveiled at the Guangzhou Motor Show on November 21. The 2014 CT 200h gets a new face with the Lexus "spindle grille" in addition to new wheels and a slightly tweaked rear end.
Well that didn't take long! This morning Subaru announced that the 2015 WRX is going to debut this month at the LA Auto Show. Subaru also released a teaser photo of the front end, which raised some concerns based on how close it is to the Impreza and not the WRX concept. Well it looks like WRX fans can now start crying! The first photo of the 2015 WRX has leaked online and it is really disappointing...
What do you think of when you hear the name Rolls-Royce? Most of us picture being driven in a big, luxurious over the top sedan with your own driver and a multi-person staff waiting back for you at your mansion in the hills. Rolls-Royce caters to a select group of individuals that most likely have CEO next to their name on their business card, but would this same group of buyers be willing to leave their driver at home and take the wheel? Let's hope so for Rolls-Royce's sake...
MINI is going to officially unveil the all-new 2014 MINI Cooper next week, but in the meantime MINI has released a new promo video of the new Cooper. The 2014 Cooper is going to debut on November 18 on a new platform and with new three and four-cylinder engines.
Subaru has announced that the all-new 2015 WRX will have its world debut later this month at the LA Auto Show. In addition to the announcement, Subaru also released this teaser photo of the new WRX.
Hyundai is currently working on a fuel cell version of its Tucson crossover, which will go on sale in the U.S. next year. Hyundai plans to produce 1,000 hydrogen-powered Tucsons, which will go on sale worldwide by 2015.
Volkswagen has replaced the aged 2.5L five-cylinder engine in the 2014 Passat with a lighter, more fuel efficient 1.8L turbocharged engine. The 1.8T engine generates 170 horsepower, which is the same as the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, but delivered at 700 fewer revs. The new engine also has seven pound-feet more torque at 184 lb-ft. than the outgoing 2.5's torque figure.
Cadillac has announced that it is collaborating with Saks Fifth Avenue this holiday season to create a unique window display featuring the all-new 2015 Escalade and to offer an exclusive special-edition 2014 Saks Fifth Avenue ELR through the 2013 Saks Holiday Catalog.
The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is only a few weeks away and this year Nissan is going to unveil the BladeGlider electric sports car concept at the show. The three-seater electric sports car concept was developed with form following function, but the best part is that it previews an upcoming production vehicle.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the 2015 S65 AMG, which is powered by a massive 6.0L twin-turbocharged V12 engine with 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft. of torque. The 2015 S65 AMG is going to officially debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20, with sales kicking off in March of 2014.
Motor Trend announced today that the 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan is its Car of the Year for 2014. "After 10 full days of testing, driving and deliberating, Motor Trend selected the CTS as its Car of the Year for the second time in six years. The sedan ascends into the heart of the midsize luxury market with expanded performance, elevated luxury and sophisticated technology."
Earlier this year Honda gave the world a preview of its new compact crossover with the debut of the Urban SUV concept. The small crossover shares its platform with the Honda Fit and is going to arrive in the US in 2014. Honda hasn't unveiled the production version, but these new leaked patent photos show that it won't change a lot from the concept.
Two years ago BMW and Toyota announced an agreement that would see the release of a new sorts car with a hybrid powertrain. It was reported earlier that the sports car would be a midsize model, but now a source is reporting that the two automakers have decided to produce a supercar.
The Volvo XC90 has been around since 2002 and even though it's quite an old SUV, it just earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. Volvo hasn't changed the basic design of the XC90 since it was introduced over 10 years ago, but it still managed to earn the top rating that many newer SUVs still can't get.
The Empty Quarter - or Rub' al Khali - is the largest sand desert in the world and the second largest desert after the Sahara. It's also one of the harshest and most challenging desert environments on the planet. Even with temperatures exceeding 120 degrees, the 2014 Range Rover Sport was able set the fastest recorded time for a land vehicle crossing of the Empty Quarter.
Rolls-Royce has unveiled the ultimate Phantom, the bespoke Celestial Phantom that has 446 diamonds hand-set into the door-cappings, center console lid and rear-privacy divider. This one-of-a-kind Phantom celebrates a seminal moment in Rolls-Royce history - the handover of the first Phantom to its owner at midnight on January 1, 2003.
Volvo this week officially started production of the Volvo S60L at its plant in Chengdu, China. The first car to roll off the production line was a Seashell-colored Volvo S60L. The Volvo S60L is a long wheelbase version of the Volvo S60 specifically aimed at the Chinese market and will make its official debut at the Guangzhou Motor Show on November 21.
Chrysler has unveiled the new 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker and Mopar '14 Challenger at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker is a throwback to the original 1970 Challenger R/T with the Shaker hood.
Anyone who's driven the Honda CR-Z hybrid knows that it needs a lot more power to earn its "sport hybrid" title. While we wait for Honda to release the next CR-Z, which will hopefully have more grunt under the hood. Honda Performance Development, Honda's racing arm will now be offering a new range of HPD Street Performance products for Honda's lineup, starting with the Honda CR-Z.
Toyota is getting ready to say goodbye to the FJ Cruiser SUV, but before it's gone forever, Toyota is releasing the 2014 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Ultimate Edition. The 2014 Trail Teams Ultimate Edition is a commemorative final special edition of the FJ Cruiser and pays tribute to the SUV that will end its production run at the conclusion of the 2014 model year. With limited production, only 2,500 will be built.
Although Toyota has yet to announce any official plans to build a convertible version of the GT86/Scion FR-S, Toyota has announced that the FT-86 Open concept will take the stage at the Tokyo Motor Show. Previously the concept was painted in white and now the concept gets a new "Flash Red" body color for the Tokyo show.
Toyota has unveiled the new FCV concept ahead of its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The FCV concept is a concept version of the fuel cell vehicle that Toyota plans to release around 2015.
VW has that its new turbocharged engines will be a major part of its display at this year's SEMA show, which kicks off tomorrow. The all-new 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder EA888 TSI engines have been introduced into the lineup. The powerful and fuel-efficient 1.8-liter has begun to replace the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, starting in the popular Jetta compact sedan, while the updated 2.0-liter powerplant received a 10 horsepower bump late in the 2013 model year, bringing total horsepower to 210. VW is also bringing the seventh-generation 2015 Golf and GTI models to the show.
Lexus unveiled the LF-NX compact crossover concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year and Lexus has confirmed that it will be bringing it to the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. This time the concept will be shown off with a new 2.0L turbocharged engine.
Lexus has announced that the new 2015 RC Coupe is going to be unveiled at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show on November 20. Lexus has released a few photos of the RC Coupe ahead of its debut in Tokyo and two versions will be on stage, the RC 350 with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, and the RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-liter engine.
The reviews of the new Acura RLX have been pretty lackluster, but hopefully the more powerful 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will bring some excitement to Acura's flagship sedan. Acura has announced that the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is going to be on display at the LA Auto Show later this month before it joins the lineup in 2014.
Mitsubishi is going to unveil three new concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013 on November 20. According to Mitsubishi the three concepts incorporate a new design that symbolizes the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to SUVs.
We're only a few weeks away from the official debut of the 2014 Porsche Macan, but a brochure of the new baby Porsche SUV has already leaked online. These are the first camouflage-free photos of the 2014 Macan, which is going to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.
The 2014 Macan borrows its platform from the Audi Q5 and will be offered in S and Turbo versions. The Macan Turbo is reportedly going to be powered by a twin-turbocharged a 3.6L V-6 with 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft. of torque. The less powerful Macan S is expected to get a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6.
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