QOTD: Approaching the Turnoff Point?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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qotd approaching the turnoff point

You got an eyeful last week. Alluring, SEXY new vehicles, all displayed under high-intensity lighting specifically for your your viewing pleasure. Objectify this, the automakers implored.

It’s likely you’re still losing sleep over the 2019 RAV4. Okay, maybe not.

Still, with every show comes a new vehicle that gets under your skin, burrows its way into your brain, and compels a reader to go in search of a nonexistent online build and price tool. Was there a New York reveal that legitimately knocked your socks off, or did you walk away wanting so much more?

In this author’s opinion, the next-generation Nissan Altima and Lincoln Aviator impressed the most. Well, by “the most” I mean to say “at all,” though it’s nice to see Toyota attempt to overcome the Corolla iM’s serious shortcomings. Maybe the new Corolla hatch is actually a wildly competent little five-door.

To this jaundiced eye, the 2019 Altima succeeds, design-wise, where the Toyota Camry fails. It’s a car you want to look at. It remains to be seen, however, how well the brand’s variable compression engine holds up over long-term use. Also, while it’s good to see automakers (Nissan and Mazda, to name two) stretching the lifespan of the internal combustion engine through new technologies, it’s also good to see Nissan giving the trusty ol’ 2.5-liter a new lease on life. With reliability of the VC-T engine only a promise at this point, many sedan-loving buyers will want to hedge their bets and go with what they know.

But that Lincoln. The Navigator is a hulking brute with New York sensibilities, and the lesser MKC and MKX (Nautilus, for 2019), well, exist, but the upcoming Aviator impresses with its proportions and lines like no other Lincoln utility to date. If the Aviator can’t get buyers flocking to Lincoln dealers in droves, the brand may as well give up. Even a crossover-hating friend had to admit he was taken with this vehicle.

Maybe you’re taken with something else. Sound off in the comments, B & B — did anything really turn your crank at this year’s New York auto show, or are automakers playing it far too safe in their quest for reliable profit?

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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  • Whatnext Whatnext on Apr 03, 2018

    I sure am jonesing over your station wagon. Said no one ever. That's all it is, a tall wagon.

    • Road_pizza Road_pizza on Apr 04, 2018

      Except you're wrong, a ton of people are jonesing over the Aviator.

  • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Apr 03, 2018

    I'm perplexed about how the Aviator (and forthcoming Explorer) will have much interior room, with the combination of a sub-200-inch length and that loooong hood. I'd expect pretty tight second and third rows. Maybe OK if you're carrying kids (although watch out for rear-facing car seats) but I doubt it will be comfortable for four adults, let alone six. My LX570 has a similar overall length (by far the shortest in the full-size segment) with a shorter hood, and it doesn't have a lot of rear legroom to spare.

    • HuskyHawk HuskyHawk on Apr 03, 2018

      It's an interesting trade off, and a critical one for me. In order to fit in my garage comfortably, I need sub 200" length. Looked at GX460 and 4Runner, which are ideal sizes for me. This is in that size class I think. One down from full size, which is the Navigator. If the Bronco doesn't pan out, this could be my next car.

  • Ernesto Perez There's a line in the movie Armageddon where Bruce Willis says " is this the best idea NASA came up with?". Don't quote me. I'm asking is this the best idea NY came up with? What's next? Charging pedestrians to walk in certain parts of the city? Every year the price for everything gets more expensive and most of the services we pay for gets worse. Obviously more money is not the solution. What we need are better ideas, strategies and inventions. You want to charge drivers in the city - then put tolls on the free bridges like the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. There's always a better way or product. It's just the idiots on top think they know best.
  • Carsofchaos The bike lanes aren't even close to carrying "more than the car lanes replaced". You clearly don't drive in Midtown Manhattan on a daily like I do.
  • Carsofchaos The problem with congestion, dear friends, is not the cars per se. I drive into the city daily and the problem is this:Your average street in the area used to be 4 lanes. Now it is a bus lane, a bike lane (now you're down to two lanes), then you have delivery trucks double parking, along with the Uber and Lyft drivers also double parking. So your 4 lane avenue is now a 1.5 lane avenue. Do you now see the problem? Congestion pricing will fix none of these things....what it WILL do is fund persion plans.
  • FreedMike Many F150s I encounter are autonomously driven...and by that I mean they're driving themselves because the dips**ts at the wheel are paying attention to everything else but the road.
  • Tassos A "small car", TIM????????????This is the GLE. Have you even ever SEEN the huge thing at a dealer's??? NOT even the GLC,and Merc has TWO classes even SMALLER than the C (The A and the B, you guessed it? You must be a GENIUS!).THe E is a "MIDSIZED" crossover, NOT A SMALL ONE BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION, oh CLUELESS one.I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE NONSENSE you post here every god damned day.And I BET you will never even CORRECT your NONSENSE, much less APOLOGIZE for your cluelessness and unprofessionalism.