Friday, September 30, 2022

Flashback Friday: 45 Years Later - 2023 Nissan Z - 1978 Datsun 280Z


The 2023 Nissan Z, offered in Sport and Performance grades, is powered by a 400 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engine with a choice of a 6-speed manual or new 9-speed automatic transmission. Standard driver assistance and safety technologies include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning.

The 12.3-inch TFT meter display has "Normal" mode, "Enhanced" mode pushes the tachometer and speedometer to the edges of the display and "Sport" mode prioritizes the tachometer in the center with shift-up light at the top for shift information in the driver's field of view. The all-new, seventh-generation 2023 Z, went on sale this Summer starting at $41,015 (including $1,025 destination and handling) and can be seen this weekend at the OC Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center (next to Disneyland).

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Test Drive: 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition

Highlander, not the Scottish kind, the 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition is test driven through the most British city in North America. This AWD hybrid model has the Bronze touch but when it comes to fuel economy it has the Midas touch delivering an impressive 37 miles per gallon over 400 miles in a real life mix of city and highway driving. 

This fourth-generation Highlander has a Hybrid System powered by a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with two electric motors producing 243 total system horsepower. The Highlander Hybrid’s AWD system utilizes a separate rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed. The 2022 Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition AWD starts at $46,815 (including $1,335 delivery, processing and handling).

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

2024 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE

The new 2024 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E PERFORMANCE, measuring an extra 3.3 inches, has total power of 671 horsepower from the 469 horsepower AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine combined with a two-speed electric motor and 400-volt high-performance battery that offers a capacity of 6.1 kWh, a continuous output of 94 horsepower and a peak output of 201 horsepower for ten seconds, transmitted via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9G transmission (Multi-Clutch Transmission). The eight AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs are: "Electric," "Comfort," "Battery Hold," "Sport," "Sport+," "RACE," "Slippery" and "Individual". 

Saturday, September 17, 2022

2023 Nissan Maxima Starts At $39,235 Now

The 2023 Nissan Maxima, in SV, SR and Platinum trim levels, is powered by a 300 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with an Xtronic transmission and features the  Nissan Safety Shield® 360, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking. Additional standard driver assistance technologies include Intelligent Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Driver Alertness. The 2023 Nissan Maxima is on sale now starting at $39,235 (including $1,095 destination and handling).

2023 Kia Sorento Hybrid Starts At $37,885

The 2023 Kia Sorento Hybrid, avaliable in EX and  SX-P repackaged trim levels, is powered by a 227 horsepower 1.6T GDI I-4 engine combined with a 44 kW motor and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2023 EX FWD which adds an 8-way power front passenger seat and a frameless rear view mirror, starts at $37,885 (including $1,295 destination). The S trim has been discontinued.

2023 Toyota GR Corolla Coming This Fall

The first-ever 2023 Toyota GR Corolla, powered by a 300 horsepower turbocharged, three-cylinder engine, will come in the Core grade, Circuit Edition and the limited, track-focused MORIZO Edition. All grades come equipped with Toyota’s all-new, US-developed multimedia system with an 8-inch touchscreen standard. Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 will also come standard. GR Corolla Core grade will arrive in the Fall of 2022. The MORIZO Edition will arrive in Winter 2023 and Circuit Edition will arrive in Spring 2023.

2024 Ford Mustang Coming Next Summer

The all-new, seventh-generation 2024 Ford Mustang, powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost or the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8, goes on sale in the U.S. starting in the Summer of 2023. The 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster can be customized to display different animated designs and new drive-mode dependent visuals. The new Mustang comes equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360™ features, including Speed Sign Recognition, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering Assist, Evasive Steer Assist and Reverse Brake Assist. Another key feature is Active Pothole Mitigation, included with the Performance Package, which continually monitors suspension, body, steering and braking input and adjusts suspension response accordingly.

Lexus IS Starts At $41,735 This Fall

The Lexus IS 300, powered by a 241 horsepower2.0-liter, turbocharged and intercooled inline four-cylinder engine with an adaptive transmission and IS 300 AWD has a 260 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The IS 350, in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, is powered by a 311 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission. The IS 500 is powered by a 472 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 connected to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission. The 2023 IS comes standard with Lexus Safety System+ 2.5, including Pre-Collision System, which includes Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection and Bicyclist Detection, features an enhancement to the lens camera and millimeter-wave radar elements to expand the response range. The IS 350 F SPORT will offer an exclusive Special Appearance Package limited to 480 units that will go on sale this Fall. The 2023 IS 500 F SPORT Premium with the Special Appearance Package will be limited to 150 units and will go on sale this Fall. The IS 300 starts at $41,735 (including $1,150 delivery, processing and handling).

2023 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Performance Edition Coming In 4th Quarter

The new 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Performance Edition package, powered by a 433 horsepower 6.2L V-8 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, is priced at a starting MSRP of $8,525. Production begins in the 4th quarter of 2022 with U.S. 

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary Edition Later This Year


The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary edition delivering 25 miles of all-electric range and 56 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) from a 375 horsepower hybrid system with max towing of 6,000 lbs. Inside, the special-edition Grand Cherokee 4xe features black Capri leather seats, ventilated front seats, wireless charging pad, nine-speaker Alpine audio system and Uconnect 5 with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus navigation with 3D graphics. Orders for the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary edition will open later this year at a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $4,700 for the package.

2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe Arrives In 4th Quarter

The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe, is powered by a 375-horsepower plug-in hybrid propulsion system comprised of a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine integrated into eight-speed automatic transmission and a 400-volt, 17-kWh, 96-cell lithium-ion, nickel manganese cobalt battery pack delivering 49 MPGe and 21 miles of all-electric range. The starting price is $55,590 (including $1,595 destination and excluding $7,500 tax credit). Order now for delivery scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.

2023 Chrysler 300C Limited Send Off Edition

The 2023 Chrysler 300C, powered by a 485 horsepower 6.4L HEMI® engine paired with a TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, will see only 2,000 units offered in the U.S. and another 200 Canada, paying tribute to the end of an era with Chrysler 300 production ending following the 2023 model year. The Chrysler 300 was first introduced in 1955 and reborn in 2005. The 2023 Chrysler 300C comes fully equipped with an MSRP of $55,000. 

2023 Lincoln Corsair Coming Early 2023

The new 2023 Lincoln Corsair is powered by a 250 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine or a 266 combined horsepower 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid Corsair Grand Touring. For the 2023 model year comes the next-gen ActiveGlide 1.2 hands-free advanced driver assistance system for highway driving including lane-changing, in-lane positioning and predictive speed assist. The center stack screen grows to 13.2 inches and the driver’s 12.3-inch LCD cluster will also come standard. The Corsair will begin arriving in showrooms in early 2023.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Starts At $36,295 Now

The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder with three rows of seating in S, SV, Rock Creek (above), SL and Platinum trim levels is powered by a 284 horsepower 3.5L V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic with manual shift mode paddle shifters, electronic shift-by-wire drive selector in the S, SV, SL, Platinum trims and 295 horsepower in the Rock Creek edition.  The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder on sale now with a starting price of $36,295 (including $1,295 destination and handling) for the S FWD model.

2023 Lexus RX Coming Later This Year

The all-new 2023 Lexus RX, offered in Standard, Premium, RX-first Premium+, Luxury, F SPORT Handling and RX-first, F SPORT Performance trim levels, is powered by a new 275 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a short-ratio eight-speed Direct Shift-8AT or a 246 total system horsepower hybrid system coupled with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine teamed with a high-output, low-resistance nickel-metal hydride 216-cell battery. The 2023 RX remains 192.5 inches long, its wheelbase grows by 2.36 inches to 112.2 inches and is 198-pounds lighter than the previous platform. The 2023 RX is expected to go on sale later this year with price information will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV Coming Fall 2023

The all-new 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV, powered by a standard front-wheel-drive system with GM estimated 210 horsepower and available 290-horsepower eAWD system, has a starting price of around $30,000 on the 1LT FWD model with a range of 250 miles. The other trims are the 2LT, 3LT, 2RS and 3RS in either FWD or eAWD. The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV will be available in Fall 2023, starting with a limited edition 2RS. 

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Mercedes EQS Starts At $105,550 This Fall

The Mercedes EQS SUV, fully-electric with room for up to seven passengers in Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle trim levels, delivers up to 536 horsepower and produces a range of 305 miles for the EQS 450+ and 285 miles of range for the EQS 450 4MATIC and EQS 580 4MATIC. The fully electric 2023 EQS SUV starts at $105,550 (including $1,150 destination and delivery charge) and will arrive at U.S. dealerships in this Fall.

2023 INFINITI QX60 Starts At $52,395

The 2023 INFINITI QX60, in PURE, LUXE, SENSORY and AUTOGRAPH trim levels, is powered by a 295 horsepower 3.5-liter direct-injected V-6 engine, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission allowing select all-wheel-drive grades to tow up to 6,000 lbs and delivering fuel economy of up to 26 mpg highway. The 2023 INFINITI QX60 starts at $52,395 (with AWD and including $1,195 destination and handling). It's equipped with INFINITI InTouch™ with a 12.3-inch display featuring wireless Apple CarPlay® and USB-based Android Auto™, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, heated front seats, a panoramic moonroof, leather-appointed first and second-row seating and a power liftgate. INFINITI Premium Care maintenance program includes up to three years of inspections, oil changes and tire rotations.

2023 Honda Civic Type R Coming This Fall

The all-new 2023 Honda Civic Type R, the most powerful Honda production vehicle ever offered in the U.S. based on the all-new 11th-generation Civic Hatchback, is powered by a 315 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinger engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission featuring a lighter flywheel and a revised rev-match system. Exclusive to Type R, a new enhanced version of the Honda LogR® Performance Datalogger combines the Type R's onboard computer and sensors with a new built-in vehicle app. Pricing and additional details on the 2023 Honda Civic Type R will be provided closer to launch this Fall.

2023 Nissan Kicks Starts At $21,585 Now

The 2023 Nissan Kicks, in S, SV, SR trims and powered by a 122 horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine paired with an Xtronic transmission, resulting in 31 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined, is on sale now with a starting at $21,585 (including $1,295 destination and handling). It comes with Nissan Safety Shield® 360, a 7-inch touchscreen audio system, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity, three USB ports, and push-button start. 

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Coming Later This Year

The all-new 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid electric SUV, will be available in ES, SE and SEL trims, and expanding to include a 40th Anniversary special edition later this year and a Ralliart edition in early 2023. Power comes from a twin-motor 4WD PHEV system, featuring more powerful front and rear motors and a larger drive battery than its predecessor, and seven driver-selectable drive modes. MSRP pricing for the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be available later in the year, closer to launch.

2023 Mazda CX-9 Touring Starts At $40,025 This Fall

The 2023 Mazda CX-9 Touring, now the standard model, is powered by a 250 horsepower (using premium 93 octane fuel) Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual and sport modes. Upgraded trims are the Touring Plus, Carbon, Grand Touring and Signature levels. All CX-9 models are equipped with G-Vectoring Control Plus and Off-Road Traction Assist. Driver assist safety features including Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Smart Brake Support with collision warning, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist. The 2023 CX-9 goes on sale this Fall with a starting MSRP of $40,025 (including $1,275 for destination and handling).

2023 Nissan Rogue Starts At $28,655

The 2023 Nissan Rogue, offered in S, SV, SL and Platinum trims with front-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, is powered by a 201 horsepower 1.5-liter VC-Turbo engine mated to a new generation Xtronic transmission. The 2023 Nissan Rogue was completely redesigned and reengineered for the 2021 model year and is on sale now starting at $28,655 (including $1,295 destination and handling).