Discovering Automaker’s Awesome Original Websites: Japanese Luxury Roundup

In the mid-1990’s most automotive brands that existed at the time began launching websites as digital was rapidly becoming the next frontier and offered an opportunity to showcase products and influence consumers as they perform research. Early examples of auto manufacturer websites provide a unique window into brand identity as there were wild variations in style and tone compared to the much more uniform websites of today, where virtually all have a nearly identical layout and user experience. Lexus: The…

2018 Infiniti Q50

The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is a midsize luxury sedan that has a starting MSRP of $35,200. Combining a blend of sportiness and luxury, the Q50 places a major focus on technology and offers a suite of convenience and safety features.  With the availability of a base 4-cylinder engine, a sensible hybrid, and a powerful 6-cylinder engine, the Q50 appeals to a wide swath of buyers. Less opulent and refined than competition from Mercedes-Benz and  less dynamic than offerings from BMW,…

Lux SUV Olympics: Going For Gold!

hen shopping for a family-friendly three-row SUV that has luxury features and lots of utility, the choices are plentiful. In this evaluation we’ve narrowed down the choices to luxury brands only, as they generally offer upgraded dealer service, longer warranties, and more creature comforts than mainstream brands. However, shoppers on a budget or uninterested in all the gizmos can check out some top mainstream picks like the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Ford Explorer, and Kia Sorento.

2018 Infiniti QX80

Mercifully redesigned from its maladroit predecessor the newly released 2018 Infiniti QX80 has swapped the gaudy McMansion-on-wheels style for a more elegant and classy interior and exterior design philosophy, although it’s still a bit odd overall. Under the hood you’ll find a powerful 400-hp V-8. The cabin is lined in premium materials and the overall driving experience is relaxed. With a starting MSRP of $64,750, the 2018 Infiniti QX60 offers a unique alternative to the popular Cadillac Escalade and higher-end trims of the GMC Yukon. More value-minded shoppers still looking for a big traditional SUV experience can check out the QX60’s platform mate, the Nissan Armada.

2018 Infiniti QX60

The 2018 Infiniti QX60 is the brand’s most popular model, and for good reason. The three-row crossover-style luxury SUV combines style and efficiency in a family-friendly package. The Nissan Pathfinder upon which it’s based remains the choice for value shoppers, however with a starting price of $43,300 the QX60 offers a much more upscale ambiance. Pros: Smooth Ride, Powerful Engine, Flexible Interior Layout, Stylish, Efficient Cons: Some Interior Materials Lack Opulence, CVT Transmission Hampers Spirited Driving What You Should Know: Although the hybrid version…

Luxury Brand Sales in October 2017

Wow, Lexus and BMW were neck and neck in October sales! Even closer were Audi and Buick, just a few hundred units difference. Mercedes-Benz numbers includes 2,446 van sales, when we remove those the monthly tall comes out to 29,623, still well ahead of second place BMW. So, what is Mercedes-Benz doing so right to be this far ahead? A combination of a robust SUV lineup and its push downmarket with the CLA and GLA have postured the brand to…

Infiniti And Beyond: With Its Recent Hot Steak, What’s Ahead for the Brand?

Propelled by the popular QX60, Infiniti is quickly catching up to Acura on the sales chart. Last month there was a difference of just 201 sales in the United States between the two brands. Sales are up double digits year to date while Acura’s are down by around 5%. Whether or not this momentum can be maintained is entirely contingent upon the brand’s SUV lineup. Holding court in the compact luxury SUV field is the QX30, sibling to the Mercedes-Benz…

Who Will Kia’s Stinger Hurt The Most?

As Kia continues its ascent into the premium category with the flashy 2018 Stinger, questions arise over what models it will compete most closely with. On one hand, its RWD layout and performance focus mean it could conquest muscle car fans in need of more space than what’s offered in a Camaro or Mustang. In terms of brand identity, Kia is more traditionally aligned with Ford and Chevrolet. However, now that features once exclusive to luxury cars like heated leather…

Cars That Look More Expensive Than They Actually Are

When it comes to cars, sometimes you get more than you paid for, or at least it can appear that way. A select few cars are styled in such a way that they look more expensive than other vehicles within their class. Although priced no more than their contemporaries, these vehicles have a more premium appearance that belies their price. Tasteful applications of chrome, restrained lines and proper proportions lend an air of elegance to designs that punch above their…