2015 Acura TLX Video

It has a different name, but Acura's new TLX looks to resurrect the company's misfire with the last TL sedan. In this video, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says it mostly does the job with a variety of engines and powertrains.

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By David Thomas | December 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

What We Know About the New Audi Q7

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The Audi Q7 may be a bit long in the tooth but it is the epitome of a luxury SUV. The new Audi Q7 — lighter, more efficient, larger on the inside — turns down the wagon road in terms of styling.

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Even though the SUV is making its first public appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, Audi only released details of the European version. We can tell quite a bit about what will be essentially the same vehicle but the company declined to confirm certain specifics like a model year. This is what we can safely tell you until the SUV's debut in Detroit on Jan. 12.

By Joe Bruzek | December 15, 2014 | Comments (2)

Infiniti Previews Q60 Concept

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On the heels of the stunning Q80 Concept that debuted at last month's Los Angeles Auto Show, Infiniti plans another concept reveal for the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, only this one will likely see production as the next Q60, the coupe counterpart to the Q50 sedan.

Related: More 2015 North American International Auto Show News

The automaker released a teaser pic of the Q60 Concept, and we'll know more when it hits Infiniti's auto show stage on Jan. 13.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

How a Lexus ES 350 Saved Christmas

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You probably saw a Christmas tree strapped to the roof of every other car the day after Thanksgiving. Discounted trees fly out the doors of hardware and department stores quicker than pants unbuckle after an excessive turkey dinner. I planned to snag one of those door-buster trees on Black Friday but didn't have the most cargo-friendly tree hauler: a 2015 Lexus ES 350.

Related: How to Transport Your Christmas Tree Safely

In my deal-hunting crosshairs was a 7.5-foot-tall, LED-lit artificial tree with 1,433 branch tips on sale for $79 from $199. Even boxed, I wasn't too hopeful the tree would fit in the sedan's trunk because the ES 350 lacks a folding backseat. Knowing it had no chance in the trunk, the plan was to fit the box in the cabin straddled across the backseat and over the reclined front passenger seat.

Then the inevitable happened: the store sold the last tree minutes before I walked in. The last tree standing was a scraggly, hastily assembled floor model on which I made an offer to store management. Deal accepted, but the store simply took the tree off the display rack and stuck it in a shopping cart. Now I have a shopping cart stuffed with two parts of a partially assembled tree, no box and no folding backseat. Ah, yes, the holidays.

By Joe Bruzek | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 BMW 6 Series: First Look

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Competes with: The coupe and convertible compete with Porsche 911 and Jaguar XK; the Gran Coupe competes with Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Audi A7/S7

Looks like: The 6 Series adopts the 4 Series' flared bumper openings

Drivetrain: 315-hp, turbocharged six-cylinder (640i) or 445-hp, turbocharged V-8 (650i) with eight-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive; 560-hp, turbocharged V-8 (M6) with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Subtle updates grace the 2016 BMW 6 Series, which, typical of BMW, still comes in all manner of styles. You can get a 6 Series coupe, convertible or four-door Gran Coupe. Three engines pair with rear- or all-wheel drive and two automatic transmissions. Top among them is the high- performance M6 model, which can still come with a manual transmission to please the sports-car traditionalists.

Related: BMW to Build Plug-in Versions of Several Vehicles

Come January, we’ll see the 2016 6 Series at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. BMW says the car hits dealerships in the first quarter of 2015.

By Kelsey Mays | December 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Acura Issues Stop-Sale on Certain TLX Sedans

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Bloomberg News reported Dec. 9 that Acura told dealers to suspend sales of certain V-6 versions of the redesigned 2015 TLX because the parking brake may fail, and the car could roll away if parked. Parent company Honda said it would notify TLX owners beginning Jan. 6, Bloomberg said. A Honda spokesman told the news agency the company is still investigating whether the condition has led to any accidents.

Related: 2015 Acura TLX Review

Honda told Cars.com that it notified dealers to stop sales on Dec. 4, but the order only applies to certain cars. "Acura notified its U.S. dealers to stop the sale of certain TLX V6 [sic] vehicles until they receive specific inspection and repair instructions from Acura," the automaker said in a statement. "Only certain vehicles are included in this action, and nearly all new TLX V6 [sic] vehicles being delivered to dealers currently are unaffected by this stop sale order."

That suggests the automaker has already come up with a fix, and virtually all cars leaving the assembly line right now have been remedied. Honda did not elaborate on the cause or solution. It also didn't say how long sales would be stopped or whether current V-6 TLX owners should bring their cars in. The automaker only said Acura will provide more information when it's available and encourages drivers to use the parking brake whenever they park.

By Kelsey Mays | December 10, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: First Look

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Competes with: BMW X6 and any other SUV billed as a "coupe"

Looks like: A BMW X6 wearing a Mercedes CLA-Class face mask

Drivetrain: 362-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6; nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late summer 2015

Coupe-inspired SUVs aren't exactly lighting up the sales charts — BMW sold 421 units of the X6 in November — but Mercedes-Benz isn't letting that keep it from launching the 2016 GLE Coupe. It pains me to call this thing a coupe because it's an SUV and has four doors, though the coupelike inspiration is there with a sleek fastback profile, and Mercedes is gearing this odd duck for sports-car-like performance rather than off-road prowess.

Related: Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

GLE is Mercedes' new nomenclature for the former midsize ML-Class SUV, a 'ute that features two rows of seating and room for five occupants. That configuration carries over to the GLE Coupe. The GLE 450 AMG 4Matic trim level will be the first to debut late next summer with its standard twin-turbocharged V-6, automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

By Joe Bruzek | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: Car Seat Check

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Lincoln's largest SUV got refreshed for 2015, but the Navigator's passenger and cargo volume are unchanged this year. Seating for eight is standard again, but our test model's optional second-row captain's chairs reduced capacity to seven. Accessible Latch anchors make the second row car-seat friendly, but the third row’s tether anchor position and lack of room complicated installation of our booster and forward-facing convertible.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Lincoln to Debut Revel Audio in Next-Gen MKX

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You'll have to wait until 2015 to see the redesigned Lincoln MKX, but Ford's luxury division unveiled details of the forthcoming SUV's audio systems. Thanks to a 10-year deal that Lincoln inked with home-audio brand Revel, the next MKX will have two available Revel premium stereos. Eventually, Lincoln's whole lineup will offer Revel audio in place of today's available THX stereos.

Related: Lincoln MKX Concept Photo Gallery (22 Photos)

Revel is one of many brands under audiovisual giant Harman International Industries, whose other properties include Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. You probably recognize a few of those names, which appear in Lexus, Toyota, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and BMW stereos. But Revel, formed in 1996, markets home audio systems based on "science-based speaker architecture," Lincoln says. This marks the brand's automotive debut.

By Kelsey Mays | December 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Touareg: First Drive

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Luxury SUVs continue to be popular, and as fuel prices continue to drop throughout the year, their popularity is likely to increase. Volkswagen's timing is good with its update of the Touareg SUV for 2015.

Related: Research the Volkswagen Touareg

The Touareg (properly pronounced "TWAH-regg," and named after a large nomadic Saharan desert tribe) was last redesigned for the 2012 model year. For 2015, VW freshened its expensive five-seat off-roader with some mild appearance updates; you're not likely to notice them in passing, but the minor changes add up to a more attractive package.

By Aaron Bragman | December 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

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