Review: 2011 Lincoln MKX

Photos copyright ©2010 John Neff / AOL

The first-generation Ford Edge was a handsome CUV, and the 2011 model merely modernized the original’s lines. The original MKX, however, was something of a design orphan. It’s front end was inspired by concepts like the 2003 Navicross and 2004 Mark X. But that influence was short-lived, and the MKX quickly wound up as the odd man out in Lincoln’s lineup.

Today’s Lincoln fleet is much more cohesive, with every 2011 model tracing its design lineage back to the 2007 MKR concept and its dual-winged grille. While controversially proportioned on some models (*cough* MKT *cough*), Lincoln’s new corporate face looks right at home on the MKX. In fact, we dare say that those dual wings have never looked more comfortable than on the upper lip of this crossover’s face – at

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/21/2011-lincoln-mkx-review-road-test/

2013 Acura RDX

Bucking The Downsizing Trend For All The Right Reasons

Sometimes in life, you hit the nail right on the head, sink a hole-in-one or strike a perfect bullseye. It happens in all walks of life – from the original Star Wars trilogy to the Apple iPod. It even happens from time to time in the automotive realm. Take, for instance, the 1965 Ford Mustang or the original Acura Legend.

Other times, we’re not so lucky. Like the ill-begotten Star Wars prequel trilogy, the automotive world has played host to a long line of underwhelming encores. The Mustang II comes to mind, and so does the Acura RL.

Of course, every so often, automakers release a car to market that’s just isn’t quite fully baked, like the ill-timed and poorly received Edsel from Ford. Though not nearly as obvious,

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/02/2013-acura-rdx-first-drive-review/

2011 Saab 9-4X

Against The Odds, Saab’s First Crossover Comes Good

As we assembled media and executives sat down to dinner in Washington, D.C. the night before driving the 2011 Saab 9-4X, a waiter leaned over my shoulder with a bottle of sparkling water and poured it into a waiting rocks glass filled with ice and a lemon. He paused, staring intently at my glass. Clearly flummoxed, the dinner service ground to a halt. “May I, sir?” As I had no earthly idea what was troubling him, I nodded. “Certainly.” He picked up the glass, reached into its mouth and fished out the lemon only to squeeze it with much theater. The wedge yielded but a drop or two of juice. “Dry!” he pronounced with a mixture of pride and embarrassment. Perhaps reading the confusion on my face, he followed this proclamation by saying “You can

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2011/05/17/2011-saab-9-4x-first-drive-review/

Cars That Lose Value The Fastest

Hi! We notice you’re using an ad blocker. Please consider whitelisting Autoblog.

We get it. Ads can be annoying. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog – and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. And free is good, right? If you’d be so kind as to whitelist our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. Thanks for that. And thanks for reading Autoblog.

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/photos/cars-that-depreciate-fastest/

Zombie cars: 6 discontinued vehicles that aren’t dead yet

Hi! We notice you’re using an ad blocker. Please consider whitelisting Autoblog.

We get it. Ads can be annoying. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog – and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. And free is good, right? If you’d be so kind as to whitelist our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. Thanks for that. And thanks for reading Autoblog.

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/photos/7-discontinued-cars-that-arent-dead-yet/

New York Preview: 2008 HUMMER H2 gets more power, interior refinement – Autoblog


2008 HUMMER H2 interior

Open the door and one thing is immediately apparent: the cheesy, ridiculous and very dated-looking old interior is history. Good riddance. It’s been replaced by an updated cabin environment that shows that the “new GM’s” attention to vehicles’ interior spaces extends to the gigunda ute. Thank God. Gone are the massive round heating and cooling vents. Ditto for the delivery-truck-grade steering wheel, instrument cluster and super-80s-GM-look center stack. Proper blue backlit gauges dressed up with chrome bezels stare back at the driver, who now grasps a steering wheel out of the GMT900 parts pin, while sitting in a completely redesigned seat. The reorganized center stack incorporates an analog clock, and the available navigation system and new HVAC controls are the same ones we saw in the Cadillac SRX we tested. The heater

... read more at: https://www.autoblog.com/2007/03/27/2008-hummer-h2-gets-more-power-interior-refinement/

IIHS Award Top Safety Pick to Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX have just earned a Top Safety Pick Award. The IIHS tested for performance in front, side, rollover and rear test crash situations and both models earned “Good” ratings for each test, the highest level possible.

When The Edge and MKX first came out in 2007, both earned “Good” ratings in every category except for rollover performance where the models earned an “Average” rating. According to the IIHS, the roof in the previous models could only support 3.5 times their weight. Now, the current and updated models now have a stronger roof that supports 4.5 times their weight, which means improved structural integrity in the event of a severe rollover.

Both models are equipped with front airbags, seat-mounted torso airbags for the front passengers, front and rear side curtain airbags and a

... read more at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/iihs-award-top-safety-pick-ford-edge-lincoln-mkx-41689/

Restyled 2013 Lexus RX Leaked Online in Brochure

Lexus’ RX crossover is the car that helps pay for more exciting rear-drive products like the LFA and GS, and for the 2013 model year, the popular crossover is being restyled. Images of the 2013 Lexus RX from an brochure have been leaked in advance of the crossover’s debut.

While the images – which appear to be from a legitimate Lexus brochure – show a Lexus RX that’s not to North American specs, the U.S. version of the 2013 RX will almost certainly have the Nike-swoosh like LED daytime running lights pictured, plus the Lexus spindle grille that’s far bolder than the trim it replaces. The fog light surrounds have been updated as well, providing an edgier appeal.

Then there’s the 2013 Lexus RX F Sport model in the brochure. The new, sportier RX sports a rear-drive drivetrain with a 400-hp V-8…just kidding. In

... read more at: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/restyled-2013-lexus-rx-leaked-online-in-brochure-109713/

2012 Volvo XC60 R-Design

Of the current Volvo offerings, the XC70 is the most station wagon-like of the bunch. But the fact that the XC60 handily outsells the XC70 is proof that what the market wants is different from what many purists and I believe Volvo should be building.

To its credit, though, the XC60 has attractive, modern styling, particularly in the beautiful lamp housings. It drives pretty well as crossovers go, and the turbocharged six-cylinder engine provides plenty of oomph. This Volvo is comfortable and spacious inside. I personally have a hard time falling in love with the XC60 because I love old-school Volvo wagons, but I can easily see how lots of people more hip than I am could dig this car.

2015 Cadillac CTS-V Spied With Z06 and M5

Cadillac let loose a gaggle of 2015 Cadillac CTS-V prototypes for testing, and our spy photographers were there to document the outing. Joining the four Cadillac CTS-V sedans were a BMW M5 benchmark vehicle and a camouflaged 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

As before, the 2015 Cadillac CTS-V is fully obscured under that befuddling wrapping. High-performance front and rear fascias, as well as sportier side skirts, give the CTS-V a much more aggressive presence than the standard model. If the gaping front intakes and thick-slatted vertical grille make it to production, it’ll be considerably easier to spot on the road than previous iterations of the CTS-V.