2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport – Drive Report

DSC_0045A new pocket-rocket has arrived courtesy of Hyundai. The 2017 Elantra Sport with a 201-HP turbo 1.6 liter and either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed direct shift automated dual clutch transmission provides the new found fun in the auto market. The Elantra has received some structural, chassis, brake and tire changes to help keep all the performance manageable.

It’s a fun car for hauling the family and also for scooting around the back roads. Read my review right here, just click.

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2017 Kia Niro – Drive Report

DSC_9967The Kia Niro is all-new. It’s new to the market having made its global debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The Niro is hybrid-powered and EPA-rated at 50mpg. Looking more like a hatchback than an SUV, the Niro is a pretty-near-perfect urban transporter. In addition to the low fuel consumption it has a compact exterior combined with a roomy 5-passenger interior.

Niro’s driving range on a single tank approaches 600 miles. And, there’s five different models with prices starting just under $23K and running up to near $30K.

Read my road review right here, just click.

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2017 Lexus RC F – on the track and off

 

Lexus’ RC F has lots of track creds. 467-HP 5-liter V8, 8-speed direct shift transmission, Torsen limited slip as well as torque vectoring differential, big Brembo brakes, 35-series tires on 19-inch wheels, top speed 170mph, 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 secs, and a 12.5 sec. quarter.

I drove it on the track at Road America and also drove it around the streets of Chicagoland.

Read more about the very fun and also luxurious RC F right here.

@1ChicagoCarGuy

 

 

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2017 Infiniti Q60 – Drive Report

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 4-passenger coupe is all-new and now has three engine outputs to choose from–208-HP, 300-HP or 400-HP. Rear-wheel or all-wheel drive can be had and there’s lots of hi-tech driver-assistance safety features that will help keep you out of trouble.

It’s good looking too, and turns heads as you motor around. The cockpit is quiet and comfy for long weekend road trips with whomever.

Read more right here, just click.

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2017 Infiniti QX30 – Drive Report

The very coupe-like QX30 from Infiniti with its bold styling certainly sets itself apart from other compact crossover SUVs. Priced starting around $30K it’s the entry into the luxury Infiniti brand. It seats five and has a fairly spacious cargo area for its compact size. Whether you are an active lifestyle empty nester couple who have ventured into urban living or a younger couple seeking a vehicle with distinctive looks and luxury features, the Infiniti QX30 deserves a look. The 2018 model is unchanged in price as well as product content.

Read my review right here, just click.

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2017 Honda CR-V – Drive Report

DSC_9733Honda completely redesigned the CR-V for 2017 making this class-leading compact SUV even better. Restyled and sculpted on the outside, more modern and upscale on the inside, and a new 1.5-L turbo engine pushing you down the road make the 2017 Honda CR-V a must-drive if you are car-shopping. Prices run from around $24K to $34K with front or all-wheel drive offered in every trim level. Something for everyone!

Read a bit more on the CR-V and my drive reportĀ right here.

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2017 Mercedes AMG GLC43 – Drive Report

AMG did its thing with the GLC. Biturbo 3.0-L V6 with 362 HP; enhanced nine-speed automatic; performance 4Matic all-wheel drive; mixed-size tires with 255/45 R 20 on 8 x 20 up front and 285/40 R 20 on 9.5 x 20 in the rear; 21s are optional; 155mph top speed; 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds.

Oh yeah. It seats five; has a nice cargo area; a nice audio system; and, loads of luxury.

Read more in my drive with this performance luxury crossover SUV right here, click please.

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