Infiniti’s G sedan has catapulted the brand into legitimacy over the last 8 years. It offered a solid sport/luxury sedan package (based on the Nissan Z) at a price that has made it continually one of the best bargains around. The G was so well placed in the market that it never needed more than one model, and it solid in vast quantities. Because of this I was a bit skeptical when Infiniti announced they were brining out a lower model, the G25, for the G lineup. My question going into this test drive was, is the G25 a legitimate consideration in its market or should people just forget it even exists and spend a little extra for a G37? Continue reading Test Driven: Infiniti G25x vs. G37x
At Mainstreet in Motion at the Meadowlands at the end of July, I was already somewhat familiar with the LaCrosse, having driven one for two laps around the Buick circuit in Philadelphia. But, I took the opportunity to drive the rest of the lineup during the event in New Jersey, so here’s a few thoughts on it. Continue reading Test Driven: 2011 Buick Lacrosse Lineup vs. 2011 Acura TL FWD
The Countryman is a big Mini, their entry into the emerging small crossover market. Honestly, for this new segment of SUV hot hatches, the Countryman is pretty much the poster child. I would be very disappointed in Mini if they didn’t have a car in this segment because it seems like it is literally tailor-made for them. All of the haters who say it is too big are comparing it to the Cooper, which is stupid because they don’t take part in the same market segment at all. Continue reading Test Driven: Mini Countryman S
Just because you’re the smallest kid in class doesn’t mean you have to be the meek one. Chrysler’s the ultimate example of this idea, and we’ve seen them innovate or direct the car market in different ways since it got its start. In 1934, despite its failure, the Airflow was the first car designed in a wind tunnel for mass production; nowadays, almost every car on the road is tested in one. In 1982, they resurrected the convertible market with the LeBaron–a terrible car in most respects, but it made the market relevant again. And, in 2005, the 300C brought the classic, comfy RWD sedan back to relevance, and they haven’t looked back.