First Look: 2011 Saab 9-4x

The new 2011 9-4x is more of a Saab than the rebadged 9-7x SUV, but it remains to be seen how distinguishable the compact luxury crossover will be from the model on which it’s based, the Cadillac SRX.

Certainly the 9-4x, which will make its debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, has an elegant design, but it takes more than just quality styling and an ignition switch located between the front seats to make a Saab. Whether engineers were successful in making the driving experience significantly different from the Cadillac SRX will be crucial to the 9-4x’s identity and consumer reception.

As is the case with its platform, the 9-4x’s engines are shared with GM’s Cadillac SRX. A 265-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 is the standard engine, offered with a six-speed automatic and a choice of front-wheel drive or Saab’s XWD all-wheel-drive

... read more at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2011-saab-9-4x/

Cars with Unexpected Tow Ratings

Many drivers assume that if you want to tow something, you need a giant truck with a beefy V-8 engine. That may be true if you’re transporting a trailer full of race cars, but many smaller vehicles are perfectly adequate for moving light to medium loads. Vehicles in nearly every class come from the factory with tow ratings: minivans, compact crossovers, full-size sedans, and even luxury SUVs.

Still, there are some vehicles that don’t seem particularly well suited to towing: would you ever haul a trailer with your luxury sedan, your economy car, or your convertible? We found that numerous automakers have bestowed tow ratings on vehicles that we wouldn’t expect anyone to use for trailering. Of course, SUV and truck owners may laugh at the notion of 1000 to 2000 pound tow ratings. While low, those ratings mean the cars listed here could easily pull a small utility trailer,

... read more at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/cars-with-unexpected-tow-ratings/

2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon Premium

After the demise of the Dodge Magnum, it’s refreshing to have a wagon offering from a domestic manufacturer. It’s likely that the CTS wagon will find very few takers — if the slow-selling Magnum and the now-redesigned wagon-like first generation Cadillac SRX are any indication — but in my opinion, this CTS wagon looks great and is hard evidence that Cadillac is willing to take chances to regain its world class status.

The interior has some shortcomings, though. The nav graphics could use an update but I really like the retractable screen for its space saving benefits. To me, the flat, unsupportive seats are the biggest interior flaw. They have no side bolstering and the bottom seat cushion is hard and too short to provide much thigh support.

I thought the ability to adjust the extension of the hatch door was a bit gimmicky until

... read more at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2010-cadillac-cts-wagon-premium/

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Spied Under Heavy Camouflage

It might be wrapped in swirly black-and-white camouflage on nearly every surface, but the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V was hard at work testing in the snow. We captured some spy shots of the upcoming performance sedan, and a few signature features give us our first clues as to how the final production car might look.

The next-generation Cadillac CTS-V is expected to have even more power than the outgoing super-sedan, which packed 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque under its hood. Cadillac is rumored to employ a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, as it did with the outgoing CTS-V, but this particular engine could be related to the 625-hp LT4 engine in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. That would give the Cadillac CTS-V’s V-8 engine significantly more power on tap than the 550-hp 2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and 577-hp E63

... read more at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-cadillac-cts-v-spied/

In Defense Of: The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon


If you are unfamiliar with the type of car pictured above, then may I congratulate you on finally getting a WiFi connection all the way up there in your cave on the moon. Yes indeedy, this is the much-publicized Cadillac CTS-V wagon.

No, on the other hand, it is not a press car. Let me explain.

Along with TTAC and a few other outlets, I am privileged to write weekly for a small community newspaper of quite good quality. I mean, apart from the bits that I contribute, obviously.

There it was that I rifled off one of my usual grammatically suspect musings, declaring the CTS-V wagon as rare as seeing Elvis riding a unicorn, and indicating that it was a car only a lunatic would ever really buy. A day later, I received this picture:

“…The chances of actually seeing one are not

... read more at: https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/in-defense-of-the-cadillac-cts-v-wagon/

Honest SUVs—Where Have They Gone?

I have a good friend who’s car shopping. She currently drives a rather understated, grey 2014 Chevrolet Suburban. Marriage and three rug rats plus regular runs back and forth to their summer cottage means she’ll likely buy another Suburban. The second-row bucket seats and specious area behind the third row in the big Chevy work well for her.

As is the case for many people, a minivan is actually the perfect fit for her needs but she wouldn’t be caught dead behind the wheel of a “mommy mobile.” But now she tells me it’s time to drive something cool and it seems she thinks adding the RST Edition package to a Suburban magically turns the cumbersome, body-on-frame SUV into some rad vehicle with wicked street cred

This seems to be a growing trend: throw on some big wheels (preferably black), pick the glitzy paint

... read more at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/honest-suvs-where-have-they-gone/

Honest SUVs—Where Have They Gone?

I have a good friend who’s car shopping. She currently drives a rather understated, grey 2014 Chevrolet Suburban. Marriage and three rug rats plus regular runs back and forth to their summer cottage means she’ll likely buy another Suburban. The second-row bucket seats and specious area behind the third row in the big Chevy work well for her.

As is the case for many people, a minivan is actually the perfect fit for her needs but she wouldn’t be caught dead behind the wheel of a “mommy mobile.” But now she tells me it’s time to drive something cool and it seems she thinks adding the RST Edition package to a Suburban magically turns the cumbersome, body-on-frame SUV into some rad vehicle with wicked street cred

This seems to be a growing trend: throw on some big wheels (preferably black), pick the glitzy paint

... read more at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/honest-suvs-where-have-they-gone/

2018 Lexus RX 350L Review: new three-row version of popular crossover

PORTLAND, Ore.Why on Earth does Lexus still make the Jurassic GX 460? It’s old, inefficient, body-on-frame and completely atypical of the rest of the three-row luxury segment. Well, the answer lies in that segment descriptor: three rows. People want them, yet Lexus didn’t offer anything else between the two-row RX and the $85,000, Land Cruiser-based LX 570.

Despite this lineup gap lasting for two decades, Lexus decided to finally attempt filling it with a seemingly quick-and-dirty solution: Lengthen the RX 350, shoehorn in a third row, add an L to the name, wipe hands together, call it a day. The resulting 2018 Lexus RX 350L does indeed have a third row of seats and is generally a far superior vehicle to the GX. It’s better to drive, massively more efficient, and its beautiful interior is up to the current Lexus

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/07/10/2018-lexus-rx-350l-crossover-review/

2018 Lexus RX 350L Review: new three-row version of popular crossover

PORTLAND, Ore.Why on Earth does Lexus still make the Jurassic GX 460? It’s old, inefficient, body-on-frame and completely atypical of the rest of the three-row luxury segment. Well, the answer lies in that segment descriptor: three rows. People want them, yet Lexus didn’t offer anything else between the two-row RX and the $85,000, Land Cruiser-based LX 570.

Despite this lineup gap lasting for two decades, Lexus decided to finally attempt filling it with a seemingly quick-and-dirty solution: Lengthen the RX 350, shoehorn in a third row, add an L to the name, wipe hands together, call it a day. The resulting 2018 Lexus RX 350L does indeed have a third row of seats and is generally a far superior vehicle to the GX. It’s better to drive, massively more efficient, and its beautiful interior is up to the current Lexus

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/07/10/2018-lexus-rx-350l-crossover-review/

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV: Around the Block

Amid all the controversy surrounding Cadillac’s ambitious future plans and new naming scheme stands the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. There’s nothing too ambitious or forward-looking about this old-school, truck-based SUV, but the Escalade has done more for Cadillac’s public image than any other model in recent memory, and reports say that the Escalade name will survive on even as other Caddy SUVs are renamed XT3 or XT5. So even though there’s plenty of anticipation for the upcoming Cadillac CT8 or CT9 flagship sedan, it strikes us that the Escalade already carries the torch for this American luxury brand.

The Escalade definitely sits at the top of the current lineup in terms of numbers. It’s the biggest and most expensive Cadillac by far, as our test ... read more at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2015-cadillac-escalade-esv-around-the-block/