The Truth About Cars » new york 2013 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:00:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 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 is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » new york 2013 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com What I Learned From the New York Auto Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/what-i-learned-from-the-new-york-auto-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/what-i-learned-from-the-new-york-auto-show/#comments Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:49:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482726

The New York Auto Show is over, signaling the end of yet another highly successful auto show season, unless, of course, you’re Suzuki. For some, there’s still the Shanghai show, where we’ll get to see all the latest midsize luxury sedans with slightly longer wheelbases. I also highly recommend next month’s Africa Auto Show (officially called the “Automotives and Spare Parts Exhibition”) in Nairobi, where Toyota will show off a lightly-used 2001 Land Cruiser.

Of course, some of you may have missed the New York Auto Show because you were focusing on actual news, like the fact that North Korea is aiming weapons at us that may be able to hit the ocean, if there’s a tailwind. Fortunately, I’ve compiled a summary of the most important things I learned from New York.

The new Acura MDX has some sort of V6 and some new features. You don’t care about any of that. What you do care about that Acura says the new MDX’s suspension was tested at the Nurburgring. Truly. This was in the press release. The reasons for this are completely unknown, but now you can show up all those losers who come to the track in a Highlander, which was only tested on Road America.

Apparently following a careful review of the Ford Mustang lineup, Chevrolet decided the Camaro needs more retro-themed special editions. So New York brought us the Camaro Z/28, which Chevy says is “three seconds per lap” faster than the ZL1. Unfortunately, the Chevy press release forgot to mention where this lap occurred, presumably because the measurement was taken two days before the show on I-696 in Southfield. Chevy will reportedly continue the retro-themed special edition trend at next year’s West Virginia Auto Show when it revives the IROC-Z.

The 2014 Dodge Durango is out, boasting a new transmission, a bunch of screens, and those taillights that make it easy to spot cops on the highway.

The latest Honda Odyssey is available with a vacuum cleaner to clean up after messy children. Unfortunately, the vacuum is only offered on the $45,000 Touring Elite mode, meaning less fortunate children will have to continue picking up after themselves.

The debut of the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid taught me something amazing. Last year’s Infiniti JX is the QX60, while the FX is the QX70 even though it’s smaller. And the former QX56 is now the QX80, though it reportedly won’t be adopting an 8-liter engine. This makes about as much sense as creating a two-door, convertible version of your midsize crossover. Really, though: at some point, Nissan and Infiniti are just going to run a full-page ad in the New York Times saying “SURPRISE! Just Kidding!” right?

After years of begging people to buy the XKR-S, Jaguar is adding another performance model to the XK range. This one is called the XKR-S GT and features, among other things, more letters in its name. Limited to 25 units for the US, the XKR-S GT will start at $175,000, virtually assuring its future at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The biggest debut was the coldly-received Jeep Cherokee, which reminds automakers that when consumers say “we don’t want mainstream” they really mean “we only want mainstream.” Personally, I don’t think it’s that bad. But we’ll all be able to judge for ourselves this fall when the airport Enterprise runs out of Escapes.

The new Mitsubishi Mirage reminds us that Mitsubishi does, in fact, still exist, but barely. Reportedly packing a 73-horsepower four-cylinder, the Mirage seems poised to attack the Chevy Spark and Nissan Versa in the in the notoriously profitable “cars that cost eleven grand” segment.

The Range Rover Sport now has three rows of seats, which inspired a collective round of applause from Long Island’s North Shore. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the Range Rover’s fake door-mounted fender vents; instead, Land Rover made the bold decision to include an actual vent on the actual fender.

From the “I can’t believe they still sell this” files, the Scion tC is updated for the 2014 model year with new front and rear fascias and, bizarrely, one less horsepower. These changes will give the tC one more year of strong sales before it’s dramatically outsold by a two-year-old FR-S.

Subaru rolled out a wild WRX Concept, which promises little aside from showing us precisely what the next WRX won’t look like. A long-wheelbase version is probably slated for Shanghai.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf brought home VW’s fourth World Car of the Year award in five years, not that VW’s counting or plotting world domination or anything. Interestingly, it won the award even though American shoppers have yet to drive the car and reject it in favor of the Jetta.

Volvo is bringing the handsome V60 to the US, finally giving it a contender in the hotly contested Acura TSX Sport Wagon segment. It gets better: there will be a plug-in hybrid, Volvo’s first, which means guilty liberals can finally swap out their 240DL for a new car.

We’ll miss New York. But we’ll always remember this auto show season as the one that gave us some of today’s top cars, and also yet another Acura NSX Concept. Unless, of course, we’re wiped out by the North Koreans.

Doug DeMuro operates PlaysWithCars.com. He’s owned an E63 AMG wagon, road-tripped across the US in a Lotus without air conditioning, and posted a six-minute lap time on the Circuit de Monaco in a rented Ford Fiesta. One year after becoming Porsche Cars North America’s youngest manager, he quit to become a writer. His parents are very disappointed.

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Jeep Cherokee Live Photos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/jeep-cherokee-live-photos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/jeep-cherokee-live-photos/#comments Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:46:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482716

Arguably the most important debut of the show – certainly the most polarizing – the Jeep Cherokee has split the opinions of the B&B in a bitter feud not seen since Jack declared the Mazda MX-5 superior to the Scion FR-S. I’m not sure I’d describe the Cherokee as attractive, but I do think its reception in the marketplace will be much warmer than anyone anticipated. After all, the Nissan Juke was criticized endlessly, and it’s gone on to become a sales success throughout the world.

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Subaru Uses Nickel-Metal Hydride On XV Crosstrek Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/subaru-uses-nickel-metal-hydride-on-xv-crosstrek-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/subaru-uses-nickel-metal-hydride-on-xv-crosstrek-hybrid/#comments Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:39:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482713

Subaru’s first hybrid car won’t use the lithium-ion batteries that are now commonplace in many current alternative powertrains. Instead, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid will use nickel-metal hydride units, which were used mainly in older hybrid systems. The 2.0L boxer 4-cylinder engine is mated to a 13.4 horsepower electric motor, but the added 300 lbs of weight means fuel economy is raised only slightly, at 28/34 mpg city/highway. Meanwhile, the EPA lists the standard car at 25/33 mpg with the CVT automatic.

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Mitsubishi Announces Mirage Mileage, No Powertrain Specs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/mitsubishi-announces-mirage-mileage-no-powertrain-specs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/mitsubishi-announces-mirage-mileage-no-powertrain-specs/#comments Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:29:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482710

Mitsubishi announced fuel economy figures for their newest subcompact, which will revive the Mirage name. At 37 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, the Mirage will best the Chevrolet Spark, its main competitor in the A-segment. But Mitsubishi has yet to announce any of their powertrain offerings for the Mirage. Overseas, a 1.2L 4-cylinder making 73 horsepower is offered.

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BMW Drops More Diesels On American Consumers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/bmw-drops-more-diesels-on-american-consumers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/bmw-drops-more-diesels-on-american-consumers/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:54:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482554

What a day for TTAC readers. Not only did Volvo revive the wagon with the Euro-tastic V60, but BMW is about to bring us two new diesel powered cars.

Both sedan and wagon versions of the 328d will be offered, offering 180 horsepower, 280 lb-ft of torque and 45 mpg on the highway. BMW says city fuel economy should be in the mid 30′s. No manual will be offered, but all-wheel drive will be. Unfortunately, you’ll have to spend about $40,000 to get all this. Also on tap is a diesel 5-Series. BMW didn’t say much about that, but look for it in 2014.

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Makes The SS Irrelevant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/2014-chevrolet-camaro-z28-makes-the-ss-irrelevant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/2014-chevrolet-camaro-z28-makes-the-ss-irrelevant/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:17:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482550

Who cares about the Chevrolet SS? GM just stuffed an LS7 in the Camaro. Even though the Camaro is one of my least favorite cars, I cannot wait to drive this thing, visibility be damned.

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Kia Wins “Weird Press Kit Of The Year” Award http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/kia-wins-weird-press-kit-of-the-year-award/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/kia-wins-weird-press-kit-of-the-year-award/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:15:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482543

TTAC Contributor Jeff Jablansky posted a picture of the little Hamster action figure that came with the Kia Soul press kit. Somehow, it looks more like a weird mutant rotent/horse hybrid than a hamster. I still think Herr Schamus is the best auto-rodent in the biz, but I am biased.

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2014 Toyota Highlander, BCAS Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/2014-toyota-highlander-bcas-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/2014-toyota-highlander-bcas-edition/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:03:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482533

What’s happening here? Is Toyota finally getting some style all of a sudden? The 2014 Highlander, shown here in Sanjeev Brown (my new name for Brown, in honor of all the misspellings of our dear Sajeev’s name that come across TTAC’s inbox) actually looks macho and handsome. The 2.7L 4-cylinder and 3.5L V6 are standard Toyota fare, though a new 6-speed automatic is a welcome update. All the usual active safety features, from lane departure warning to cross traffic alert to a blind spot monitoring system, are standards.

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/2014-jeep-cherokee-trailhawk-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/2014-jeep-cherokee-trailhawk-revealed/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:11:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482499  

Jeep finally released the rest of the Cherokee lineup, including the more rugged Trailhawk version (above). The new Cherokee will have a choice of the Dart’s 2.4L Tigershark 4-cylinder, or a 3.2L version of the Pentastar V6, making 271 horsepower. Power will come through a 9-speed automatic transmission.

A selection of different all-wheel drive systems will be available. Jeep Active Drive I will be a basic all-wheel drive system, whle Jeep Active Drive II will include a low-range mode. Jeep Active Drive will have low-range and a rear locking differential. None of these modes will employ a transfer case – instead, there will be a planetary gearset at the differentials.

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Volvo Revives The Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/volvo-revives-the-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/volvo-revives-the-wagon/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:38:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482489

After suffering from a temporary bout of insanity, Volvo is reviving the station wagon. Starting in 2014, the V60 will be sold to American consumers, though specifications have not been announced. Expect the 3.0L turbocharged inline six and the boosted 2.5L 5-cylinder engine to appear.

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New York 2013: U.S. Spec VW Golf Debuts With Three Turbocharged Engines, 1.8T Returns http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/new-york-2013-u-s-spec-vw-golf-debuts-with-three-turbocharged-engines-1-8t-returns/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/new-york-2013-u-s-spec-vw-golf-debuts-with-three-turbocharged-engines-1-8t-returns/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:51:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482476

The MQB invasion is here, and we no longer have to deal with the awful 2.5L 5-cylinder engine. Three engines will be available on the MK7 Golf. A 1.8T 4-cylinder making 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, the familiar 2.0TDI (silver car) and of course, the 2.0T gasoline motor in the GTI.

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