The Truth About Cars » luxury car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:42:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » luxury car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com 2016 Lexus IS 200t Review – Lexus Finally Goes Turbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-lexus-200t-review-lexus-finally-goes-turbo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-lexus-200t-review-lexus-finally-goes-turbo/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1267121 Lexus has tended to prefer conservative design in almost every aspect of product development. Words like reliable and dependable usually spring to mind before sporty or exciting. Yet, the brand has been trying to change that over the last few years with love-it-or-hate-it designs; in particular, Lexus’ new “Predator mouth.” The changes aren’t simply skin deep. […]

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Lexus has tended to prefer conservative design in almost every aspect of product development. Words like reliable and dependable usually spring to mind before sporty or exciting. Yet, the brand has been trying to change that over the last few years with love-it-or-hate-it designs; in particular, Lexus’ new “Predator mouth.” The changes aren’t simply skin deep. […]

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No Fixed Abode: I Want To Believe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/no-fixed-abode-want-believe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/no-fixed-abode-want-believe/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1247898 Three years ago, around this time, I begged the nice people at Ford to build a proper Lincoln. This was shortly after I begged Cadillac to put a V-8 in the ATS. If you put the two articles together, you might get the sense that I have the completely antediluvian mindset that an American luxury […]

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Three years ago, around this time, I begged the nice people at Ford to build a proper Lincoln. This was shortly after I begged Cadillac to put a V-8 in the ATS. If you put the two articles together, you might get the sense that I have the completely antediluvian mindset that an American luxury […]

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2015 Mercedes S550 4Matic Review – The Luxury “Tweener” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-mercedes-s550-4matic-review-luxury-tweener/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-mercedes-s550-4matic-review-luxury-tweener/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1130945 Luxury shoppers have an interesting “problem.” If you want something spendier and more unique than a Lexus LS, but aren’t ready for a baby-Bentley or Roller, you have but one option: the Mercedes S-Class. Trouble is the last generation S-Class lagged behind more plebian options in both gadgets and luxury. That was a serious problem since the price […]

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Luxury shoppers have an interesting “problem.” If you want something spendier and more unique than a Lexus LS, but aren’t ready for a baby-Bentley or Roller, you have but one option: the Mercedes S-Class. Trouble is the last generation S-Class lagged behind more plebian options in both gadgets and luxury. That was a serious problem since the price […]

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Piston Slap: Panther Love Crashes a Monsoon Wedding? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-panther-love-crashes-monsoon-wedding/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-panther-love-crashes-monsoon-wedding/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1066258   TTAC Commentator thirty-three writes: Hi Sajeev, Not sure if this fits into your usual line of questions, but I’m looking for suggestions on renting a car for my upcoming wedding. My problem is that here in Vancouver, BC, I can’t find anyone who rents premium vehicles like a Benz or a Jaguar. Really expensive […]

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  TTAC Commentator thirty-three writes: Hi Sajeev, Not sure if this fits into your usual line of questions, but I’m looking for suggestions on renting a car for my upcoming wedding. My problem is that here in Vancouver, BC, I can’t find anyone who rents premium vehicles like a Benz or a Jaguar. Really expensive […]

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2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport Review (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2015-lexus-350-f-sport-review-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2015-lexus-350-f-sport-review-video/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1056498 BMW moved over 140,000 3-Series’ last year in America. They didn’t do this by being the most luxurious option or by being the best handling option. (The truth is hard to hear, I’m sorry.) Instead, BMW did this by doing exactly what shoppers asked for; luxury car buyers want a comfy ride with a luxury logo […]

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BMW moved over 140,000 3-Series’ last year in America. They didn’t do this by being the most luxurious option or by being the best handling option. (The truth is hard to hear, I’m sorry.) Instead, BMW did this by doing exactly what shoppers asked for; luxury car buyers want a comfy ride with a luxury logo […]

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Piston Slap: The One Strike Luxury Car Policy? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-one-strike-luxury-car-policy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-one-strike-luxury-car-policy/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:57:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1047945 Sam writes: Hi Sajeev, My wife is interested in upgrading from her Subaru Legacy to a more luxurious make. Nothing crazy, we’re talking BMW 428 or Audi A5 range. Her requirements include automatic transmission and the usual ‘winter package': AWD, remote start, heated seats (and steering wheel, ideally), etc… She wants something mid-sized with a […]

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Sam writes: Hi Sajeev, My wife is interested in upgrading from her Subaru Legacy to a more luxurious make. Nothing crazy, we’re talking BMW 428 or Audi A5 range. Her requirements include automatic transmission and the usual ‘winter package': AWD, remote start, heated seats (and steering wheel, ideally), etc… She wants something mid-sized with a […]

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Mercedes-Benz Hikes CLA Price Above $30k Threshold http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/mercedes-benz-hikes-cla-price-30k-threshold/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/mercedes-benz-hikes-cla-price-30k-threshold/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:35:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=958585 The sub-$30,000 Mercedes-Benz is no more. For 2015, Mercedes is raising the price of its popular CLA sedan by about 5 percent, putting it above the critical psychological threshold. As CarsDirect reports The base MSRP for a front-wheel drive CLA250 jumps from $29,900 to $31,500, an increase of $1,600 or 5.4%. The all-wheel drive 4MATIC […]

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The sub-$30,000 Mercedes-Benz is no more. For 2015, Mercedes is raising the price of its popular CLA sedan by about 5 percent, putting it above the critical psychological threshold. As CarsDirect reports The base MSRP for a front-wheel drive CLA250 jumps from $29,900 to $31,500, an increase of $1,600 or 5.4%. The all-wheel drive 4MATIC […]

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Now Is The Acura TLX A Hit? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/now-acura-tlx-hit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/now-acura-tlx-hit/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:59:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=944073 In September we asked if the TLX could restore Acura’s car business. In October, we realized that by Acura standards, the TLX could quickly end up as a hit. And now in November, with October 2014 U.S. sales results in hand, the Acura TLX is a hit. We could apply all manner of qualifying statements: […]

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In September we asked if the TLX could restore Acura’s car business. In October, we realized that by Acura standards, the TLX could quickly end up as a hit. And now in November, with October 2014 U.S. sales results in hand, the Acura TLX is a hit. We could apply all manner of qualifying statements: […]

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Cadillac’s RWD Flagship Is Going Into Production http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/cadillacs-rwd-flagship-going-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/cadillacs-rwd-flagship-going-production/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:48:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=915258 Cadillac confirmed that a rear-drive flagship would go into production next year at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. In a statement released to the media, Cadillac boss Johan De Nysschen said “The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars. Currently in development, this new […]

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Cadillac confirmed that a rear-drive flagship would go into production next year at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. In a statement released to the media, Cadillac boss Johan De Nysschen said “The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars. Currently in development, this new […]

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Only In Canada: 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 HTRAC AWD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/canada-2015-hyundai-genesis-5-0-htrac-awd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/canada-2015-hyundai-genesis-5-0-htrac-awd/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:24:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=911001 The list of Canadian-exclusive vehicles is scant, with a large number of them being small minivans and badge-engineered Acuras – in other words, nothing terribly interesting. What you’re looking at here is something that only Canadians will get – for now. But rather than carrying out a concerted effort to bring Canadians something unique, it […]

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The list of Canadian-exclusive vehicles is scant, with a large number of them being small minivans and badge-engineered Acuras – in other words, nothing terribly interesting. What you’re looking at here is something that only Canadians will get – for now. But rather than carrying out a concerted effort to bring Canadians something unique, it […]

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Pullman Muzik http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/pullman-muzik/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/pullman-muzik/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:56:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=881202 Those of you among the B&B that listen to rap – so, myself and the assorted friends of mine who read the site – better get used to a new name in luxury automobiles: Pullman. These patent renderings show what the new million-dollar Mercedes Pullman will look like. I can’t decide whether it’s more or less […]

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Those of you among the B&B that listen to rap – so, myself and the assorted friends of mine who read the site – better get used to a new name in luxury automobiles: Pullman. These patent renderings show what the new million-dollar Mercedes Pullman will look like. I can’t decide whether it’s more or less […]

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New or Used? : Sadly, Infiniti Will Never Sell An M80 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-sadly-infiniti-will-never-sell-an-m80/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/new-or-used-sadly-infiniti-will-never-sell-an-m80/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=847225 Dear Mr. Lang, Your most recent article put the final nail in the C4 coffin for me and for that, I’m everlastingly grateful. The VW GTI is but a distant infatuation, another foolish pleasure set aside. Onward to the Infiniti M35. My wife, county librarian, needs a reliable safe car to visit her 34 branches. […]

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Dear Mr. Lang, Your most recent article put the final nail in the C4 coffin for me and for that, I’m everlastingly grateful. The VW GTI is but a distant infatuation, another foolish pleasure set aside. Onward to the Infiniti M35. My wife, county librarian, needs a reliable safe car to visit her 34 branches. […]

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Capsule Review: 2015 Hyundai Genesis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/capsule-review-2015-hyundai-genesis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/capsule-review-2015-hyundai-genesis/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:51:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=788538 When it comes to luxury cars, there are two factors, often mutually exclusive, that come into play: actual excellence and perceived prestige. Very often, the latter wins out. If you want to know why, ask anyone who bought a Maserati Quattroporte. Or a BMW 528i. From 1997-2003 the BMW 5-series was the last word in […]

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When it comes to luxury cars, there are two factors, often mutually exclusive, that come into play: actual excellence and perceived prestige. Very often, the latter wins out. If you want to know why, ask anyone who bought a Maserati Quattroporte. Or a BMW 528i. From 1997-2003 the BMW 5-series was the last word in […]

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Review: 2014 Cadillac CTS 2.0T (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/review-2014-cadillac-cts-2-0t-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/review-2014-cadillac-cts-2-0t-with-video/#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=686066 It’s been decades since Cadillac produced the “Cadillac” of anything. However, when car buffs dismiss the only American luxury brand left, they fail to see Cadillac’s march forward. 2002 brought the first RWD Cadillac since the Fleetwoood. A year later the XLR roadster hit, followed in 2004 by Cadillac’s first 5-Series fighter, the STS. Not […]

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It’s been decades since Cadillac produced the “Cadillac” of anything. However, when car buffs dismiss the only American luxury brand left, they fail to see Cadillac’s march forward. 2002 brought the first RWD Cadillac since the Fleetwoood. A year later the XLR roadster hit, followed in 2004 by Cadillac’s first 5-Series fighter, the STS. Not […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/capsule-review-2014-rolls-royce-wraith/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/capsule-review-2014-rolls-royce-wraith/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:45:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=648370 As part of TTAC’s reboot, we promised you, the readers, many things. One of them was “no more luxury car puff pieces”. Jack and I had every intention of adhering to this rule as well, until our staff email inbox received a message from Rolls Royce Motorcars, asking us to come drive the all-new Wraith. […]

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As part of TTAC’s reboot, we promised you, the readers, many things. One of them was “no more luxury car puff pieces”. Jack and I had every intention of adhering to this rule as well, until our staff email inbox received a message from Rolls Royce Motorcars, asking us to come drive the all-new Wraith. […]

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2015 Cadillac Escalade Unveiled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/2015-cadillac-escalade-unveiled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/2015-cadillac-escalade-unveiled/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:44:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=614841 The nearly decade long wait for the new Cadillac Escalade is over, with the 2015 model debuting in New York city at a special event hosted by GM. Our friends at AutoGuide.com attended and graciously shared their live shots with us. With the Chevrolet Avalanche gone, the pseudo-truck EXT model is no longer available, but the […]

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The nearly decade long wait for the new Cadillac Escalade is over, with the 2015 model debuting in New York city at a special event hosted by GM. Our friends at AutoGuide.com attended and graciously shared their live shots with us. With the Chevrolet Avalanche gone, the pseudo-truck EXT model is no longer available, but the […]

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Kia K900 Could Top $70,000 In The United States As South Korean Sales Slump http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/kia-k900-could-top-70000/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/kia-k900-could-top-70000/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:42:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=526129 Is the world ready for a $70,000 Kia? Just days after the moniker for Kia’s new rear-drive flagship was revealed, Automotive News is reporting that top-trim versions will approach the $70,000 mark. The K900, which is based on the Hyundai Equus, will retail for between $50,000-$70,000, according to AN, with Kia looking to move 5000 […]

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Is the world ready for a $70,000 Kia? Just days after the moniker for Kia’s new rear-drive flagship was revealed, Automotive News is reporting that top-trim versions will approach the $70,000 mark. The K900, which is based on the Hyundai Equus, will retail for between $50,000-$70,000, according to AN, with Kia looking to move 5000 […]

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Jaguar Crosses Over http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/jaguar-crosses-over/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/jaguar-crosses-over/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2013 18:39:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=506433 Years of unrelenting speculation via the British motoring press are finally coming to fruition: Jaguar is about to launch a crossover, and this concept, dubbed the C-X17, appears to be it. While officially a concept, the Jag crossover is surely a done deal. Riding on a new modular architecture that will be shared with an […]

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Years of unrelenting speculation via the British motoring press are finally coming to fruition: Jaguar is about to launch a crossover, and this concept, dubbed the C-X17, appears to be it. While officially a concept, the Jag crossover is surely a done deal. Riding on a new modular architecture that will be shared with an […]

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Infiniti Q30 Concept Previews Compact Luxury Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/infiniti-q30-concept-previews-compact-luxury-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/infiniti-q30-concept-previews-compact-luxury-car/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=502025   Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi are doing it, so why not Infiniti? The Q30 concept, shown here, previews a front-drive compact luxury car that will likely share its underpinnings with the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The Q30 will make its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, while a production version will be built at Nissan’s facility in […]

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  Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi are doing it, so why not Infiniti? The Q30 concept, shown here, previews a front-drive compact luxury car that will likely share its underpinnings with the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The Q30 will make its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show, while a production version will be built at Nissan’s facility in […]

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Cadillac Escalade To Debut In New York City http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/cadillac-escalade-to-debut-in-new-york-city/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/cadillac-escalade-to-debut-in-new-york-city/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:14:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499410 While GM’s next-generation SUVs are slated to debut at September’s Texas State Fair, the Cadillac Escalade will get its own launch event in New York City. Instead, the Escalade will be revealed on October 7th in the Big Apple. There have been conflicting reports over the past year regarding the new truck’s direction. We’ve heard […]

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While GM’s next-generation SUVs are slated to debut at September’s Texas State Fair, the Cadillac Escalade will get its own launch event in New York City. Instead, the Escalade will be revealed on October 7th in the Big Apple. There have been conflicting reports over the past year regarding the new truck’s direction. We’ve heard […]

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QOTD: The No-Frills Luxury Car? Not As Crazy As It Sounds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/qotd-no-frills-luxury-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/qotd-no-frills-luxury-car/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:33:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494759 An increasing trend I’ve been noticing is the increasing discomfort that older buyers are experiencing with luxury cars. Even the more tech savvy of the lot are getting frustrated with the rapid influx of technology in their cars of choice. In the past year, I’ve had two older gentleman ask me for lower-tech alternatives in […]

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An increasing trend I’ve been noticing is the increasing discomfort that older buyers are experiencing with luxury cars. Even the more tech savvy of the lot are getting frustrated with the rapid influx of technology in their cars of choice. In the past year, I’ve had two older gentleman ask me for lower-tech alternatives in […]

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Review: 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/review-2014-aston-martin-rapide-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/review-2014-aston-martin-rapide-s/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:18:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494522 The penultimate set of bends along the road course at Atlanta Motorsports Park, located in God’s own country about an hour outside of the big city, is a serpentine testament to all of the things that make motoring exciting. Triple-digit speeds approach quickly. The checkered start line quickly becomes a blurred memory. Warm tires grip […]

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The penultimate set of bends along the road course at Atlanta Motorsports Park, located in God’s own country about an hour outside of the big city, is a serpentine testament to all of the things that make motoring exciting. Triple-digit speeds approach quickly. The checkered start line quickly becomes a blurred memory. Warm tires grip […]

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Junkyard Find: 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1996-cadillac-fleetwood-brougham/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1996-cadillac-fleetwood-brougham/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493173 1996 was the last year of the Cadillac Fleetwood and possibly the last year for any General Motors Brougham edition. Can it be that The General has been Brougham-less for 17 long years now? Here’s a reminder of what Cadillacs were like when the postwar Cadillac-buyer demographic (i.e., those old enough to remember Prohibition) remained […]

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1996 was the last year of the Cadillac Fleetwood and possibly the last year for any General Motors Brougham edition. Can it be that The General has been Brougham-less for 17 long years now? Here’s a reminder of what Cadillacs were like when the postwar Cadillac-buyer demographic (i.e., those old enough to remember Prohibition) remained […]

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Capsule Review: Jaguar XJ 3.0 AWD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/capsule-review-jaguar-xj-3-0-awd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/capsule-review-jaguar-xj-3-0-awd/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 13:22:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489321 It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which of the Jaguar Land Rover partnership is the breadwinner. People cannot get enough Evoques, LR4s and Range Rovers, even though the competition can do pretty much everything else in a more competent fashion, for less money. But at least Land Rover stands for something. Never mind the […]

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It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which of the Jaguar Land Rover partnership is the breadwinner. People cannot get enough Evoques, LR4s and Range Rovers, even though the competition can do pretty much everything else in a more competent fashion, for less money. But at least Land Rover stands for something. Never mind the […]

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Mercedes-Benz Leaks First S-Class Picture http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mercedes-benz-leaks-first-s-class-picture/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mercedes-benz-leaks-first-s-class-picture/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:54:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486932 Apparently somebody “accidentally” uploaded this photo to Mercedes-Benz’s Austrian website. In this day and age of the internet, “leaks” are always suspect, but the next S-Class was slated to be introduced in two weeks time anyways. Here it is in all its glory. Explosive refrigerant not shown, of course.

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Apparently somebody “accidentally” uploaded this photo to Mercedes-Benz’s Austrian website. In this day and age of the internet, “leaks” are always suspect, but the next S-Class was slated to be introduced in two weeks time anyways. Here it is in all its glory. Explosive refrigerant not shown, of course.

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