Building a 2019 Acura RDX

The 2019 Acura RDX is one of the best-selling compact luxury SUV’s and the brand’s most popular model. A complete redesign for this year brought with it more daring styling inside and out, plenty of tech features and a turbocharged 4-cylinder in lieu of the naturally aspirated V-6. The RDX, and Acura brand as a whole, occupies a middle ground in the market somewhere above mainstream and below full-on luxury automakers. Acura occupies the same gray area as Lincoln, Volvo…

Building a 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Positioned as the entry point to the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the all-new A-Class sedan is available in front or all-wheel-drive and is based on the same platform as the CLA, which Mercedes-Benz refers to as a coupe, offering more space and practicality. Exterior styling is conservative and proportions are tidy. Inside, the brand’s latest design language translates well into the A-Class with a more cohesive and upscale look than can be found in the CLA, or GLA for that matter. Technology…

VLF Automotive: Sports Cars with Guts

Michigan-based VLF Automotive produces some of the auto industry’s most stylish and powerful vehicles, delivering visceral thrills, tailored craftsmanship, and incorporating coach-built design that evokes the whimsy of a bygone era. In an age where it seems as though most premium sports car makers are chasing volume and, in some cases, imbuing their lineups with questionable styling, VLF’s trifecta of low production, raw power, and classic proportioning makes for spots cars with guts. We’d expect nothing less from Lutz. Headed…

Let’s Golf! Third Auto Builds a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is famous for combining performance without sacrificing practicality. By thoughtfully integrating performance upgrades into the efficient and roomy Golf platform, the brand has been able to build a reputation for the GTI has as a fun car with few compromises and a reasonable price. For 2019 Volkswagen made some trim line changes and added more horsepower and more powerful brakes as standard equipment across the line. Let’s build one of these storied GTI’s to find the…

Building a 2019 BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series sedan has been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. As we previously covered, the 3 Series has carefully evolved throughout the decades and has traditionally placed an emphasis on sporty driving dynamics, technology and crisp design. Styling has generally been conservative, and the seventh-generation model carries on that theme. The exterior is handsomely rendered and features luxury styling cues, like chrome window surrounds, combined with aggressive bodyside sculpting and an integrated decklid spoiler. It all…

Building a [Big Money] 2019 BMW X7

For 2019 BMW has introduced the X7, its largest ever SUV, which slots above the mid-size X5 and X6 in the brand’s massive crossover lineup. The full-size X7 is designed to comfortably seat up to seven passengers, with a far more hospitable third-row seat than can be had in the X5. Competing head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lincoln Navigator and Land Rover Range Rover, the X7 carries a starting price of $73,900. As with most vehicles within the full-size luxury…

Shopper’s Guide: 2019 Kia Crossovers

When it comes to crossovers, Kia has the field covered with a wide variety of vehicles. From the economical Soul to the three-row Sorento, there’s vehicles to fit multiple needs and lifestyles. Today we’ll explore the full 2019 Kia crossover lineup and cover pros, cons, competitors, pricing and safety score. Let’s get started!

2019 Lexus UX

The 2019 Lexus UX is a brand-new sub-compact crossover that slots below the compact NX in Lexus’s crossover lineup. With a starting price of $32,000, the UX competes with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA , Cadillac XT4, and BMW X2. The brand’s signature grill dominates the front of the UX while aggressive sculpting adds character to the bodysides, echoing the larger Lexus crossovers. Out back, a horizontal light fixture connects both taillamps and gives the UX a unique and premium…

Opulent American Luxury of the 90’s

Cadillac and Lincoln delivered classic luxury in droves with their late-nineties full-size sedans. Today we’re exploring the most opulent trim levels of the Lincoln Town Car and Cadillac DeVille. In their day, these vehicles represented the lap of luxury for shoppers seeking a traditional American luxury sedan. 1997 Lincoln Town Car Cartier In the 1990’s the Cartier Edition of the Lincoln Town Car was the crème de la crème for Lincoln’s flagship sedan. Positioned above the base Executive Series and mid-level…

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a mainstream compact SUV with a starting price of $23,595. In size within the brand’s lineup, the Eclipse Cross slots right between the sub-compact Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the larger compact Outlander. Pros: A low starting price will appeal to shoppers who might not have the budget to move from sedan and into a crossover with other brands. Styling is trendy and cohesive and there’s a good amount of standard content. Cons: As a price leader,…

2019 Audi A6

The Audi A6 is the luxury brand’s mid-size sedan, competing with the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, among others. For 2019 the A6 was completely redesigned and features advanced infotainment and safety tech borrowed from the all-new full-size Audi A8. With a starting price of $58,900, the A6 is available in sedan form and comes with standard all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. A four-cylinder is expected to be offered soon and that model will come with…

Third Auto to Attend Seattle International Auto Show

Third Auto’s founder and editor, Brian Rogers, will be attending media day at the Seattle International Auto Show on November 9, 2018. Are there cars you’d like us to cover on ThirdAuto.com, or do you know someone who’s shopping for a new vehicle? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll be sure to provide extra coverage for those vehicles. For ticket and information on the Seattle International Auto Show visit http://seattleautoshow.com.  

2019 Nissan Altima

For 2019 Nissan fully redesigned its Altima midsize sedan, adding a slew of updates to the popular model. Slotted between the compact Nissan Sentra and below the full-size Nissan Maxima, the Altima competes head-to-head with other mainstream midsize sedans. Two key updates for 2019 are the availability of all-wheel-drive, a rarity in the segment, and an optional variable compression powerplant, that Nissan asserts delivers the performance of  six-cylinder and the efficiency of a four-cylinder. As before, the Altima is a…