2017 Lexus RX 350 Review

Almost ubiquitous with the term “luxury crossover,” the Lexus RX was redesigned last year with a far more lavish look and feel inside and out. 

It’s a daring breath of fresh air for the model that essentially pioneered this premium, upscale segment. We like the current Lexus RX, even though it’s not quite as polished to drive as some rivals. With its solid feel and eye-catching looks, the RX rates a 7.3 out of 10 on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars this year.)

The RX is available as either the gas-only RX 350 or the hybrid RX 450h. A special F Sport trim level is available that adds its own adaptive suspension setup. 

For 2017, the RX gains as standard some previously optional features: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and automatic windshield wipers are the highlights. 

Lexus RX styling, comfort, and performance

It may be a bit of a cliche

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2016 Cadillac SRX Review

The 2016 Cadillac SRX carries over unchanged for the 2016 model year, with the XT5 replacing the nameplate for model year 2017.

The SRX is GM’s luxury five-seat crossover SUV. It’s a counterpart to the big, truck-based Escalade, but they’re as different as they can be when it comes to capability and road manners. The Escalade is all about blingy bluster, and for some, heavy-duty work–the SRX is geared to toting four or five adults around town, through whatever weather comes its way.

The SRX tucks a conventional crossover-SUV shape under Cadillac’s usual array of stark angles and sculpted curves. It’s the oldest model in the Cadillac lineup, but still looks fresh and tasteful–especially in light of what we’ve seen of its upcoming replacement, the XT5. The Art amp; Science styling theme is more muted here than on past Cadillacs, but the SRX is still an edgy outlier when compared with vehicles

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2015 Cadillac SRX Review

The 2015 Cadillac SRX is a smaller, more carlike counter to the macho, super-luxurious Escalade. At the same time, it takes aim at a completely different crowd—those who want a comfortable, manageable utility vehicle that performs well but is more mild-mannered and economical to drive and own.

The SRX is the most dated model in the Cadillac lineup, yet it still still does manage to look contemporary. It wears the edgy Arts and Science design that we’ve come to know from Cadillac, and its upscale interior harkens more to the brand’s newest sedans than any of GM’s lesser vehicles.

Power for all SRX models comes from a 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, with a six-speed automatic transmission. You can get this vehicle with front- or all-wheel drive, and the all-wheel-drive models use a Haldex system with electronic limited-slip differential; the latter is a great choice for snowy climates and bad weather. Overall,

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Which 2016 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi?

CARS.COM — Bluetooth technology that allows hands-free use of a cellphone in a car now is almost universal, and the ability to operate smartphone apps through a vehicle’s audio system with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is rapidly heading in that direction. Conquering the next frontier for in-car connectivity — turning vehicles into Wi-Fi mobile hot spots for wirelessly connecting multiple devices — also is gaining momentum.

Related: Which 2017 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi?

Since Audi became the first brand to offer built-in Wi-Fi in 2011, the list has grown to 16 brands and nearly 100 vehicle lines for the 2016 model year, and it includes non-luxury brands and pickup trucks. Moreover, most automakers now are using faster 4G LTE systems.

In these cars, SUVs and trucks, a tablet or laptop — not just a smartphone — can remotely connect to office networks, play movies and TV shows, access

... read more at: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-2016-cars-offer-in-car-wi-fi-1420692485384/

GM recalls 3.64 million Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC vehicles for airbag issue: full list

General Motors is recalling more than 3.64 million Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles registered in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the software that controls the airbags on those vehicles may not deploy the devices during collisions.

The problem is rooted in the airbag sensing and diagnostic module, or SDM, which was supplied by Delphi. As for specifics, the short version is that the software associated with that module can prevent airbags from deploying and seatbelt pretensioners from activating during crashes. The longer version, for the curious, is that:

“The supplier of these SDMs included a diagnostic ‘oscillation test’ routine in its SDM software which can be improperly activated by pre-crash vehicle dynamics and which can, in rare circumstances, interfere with the SDM’s proper deployment of frontal airbags or pretensioners as required.”

ALSO SEE: Is Apple canning the electric car it never publicly discussed?

In other words, the SDM

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1106056_gm-recalls-3-64-million-buick-cadillac-chevrolet-gmc-vehicles-for-airbag-issue-full-list

Hyundai Ioniq Electric Will Be Available For Sale In US This Week

County man attacked by roommates

MOULTRIE, Ga. — A Colquitt County man was injured when he was attacked Sunday by his roommates when he tried to collect the rent they owed.

A Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched at 11:50 p.m. to Colquitt Regional Medical Center to investigate an assault.

There, Elmer Villatoro, with the assistance of a translator, told police that the three men, who were all intoxicated, attacked him in the area of their residence in the 300 block of Dogwood Drive.

Villatoro also was intoxicated, police said, and told them that the men who attacked him over the rent also took his cell phone so he could not call for assistance. He got a ride to Regency Village Drive, where he was picked up by an ambulance.

Villatoro had swelling to the face and head and he was bleeding from his mouth, police said.

Due to the head injuries and Villatoro’s impairment from alcohol, police said,

... read more at: http://www.moultrieobserver.com/news/local_news/county-man-attacked-by-roommates/article_f8ef0ed2-ab52-11e6-88b7-13d45ca012bc.html

Sensing trouble, automakers prepare to bargain with EPA, CARB on emissions

For most new-car buyers, haggling is a necessary evil. Now, car companies themselves are learning just how unpleasant haggling can be, as they try to find common ground with the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board on the subject of auto emissions.

A recap 

One month ago, Donald Trump went to Detroit, where he announced a review of the EPA’s decision to maintain the status quo on emissions regulations for cars from the 2022 to 2025 model years. 

However, the president didn’t suggest that he wanted the EPA to revoke the waiver that CARB received 2009, which allows CARB to set its own emissions standards. That could create a very complicated, confusing situation for automakers:

1. One set of emissions guidelines for California, the 13 states that follow CARB rules (Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington), and the District

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1109879_sensing-trouble-automakers-prepare-to-bargain-with-epa-carb-on-emissions

Oregon Considering “Climate Test” Legislation For Fossil Fuels

2016 Chevy Camaro A Runner-Up For Detroit Free Press Car Of The Year

It’s fair to say General Motors and, specifically, Chevrolet had a very good 2015. As we begin 2016, Chevrolet was bestowed yet another award.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu was awarded The Detroit Free Press Car Of The Year title, and was noted as a return to midsize car greatness after a generation of ho-hum legroom and a half-baked package.

But, another bowtie-branded vehicle was close to clinching the award, too. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was heralded as a jack-of-all-trades sports coupe with innovative new features, excellent engine offerings and a sublime chassis thanks to the Alpha platform.

Following closely behind the 2016 Malibu, and beating out the 2016 Camaro, however, was the all-new 2016 Honda Civic. But, in the end, the 2016 Malibu did a little bit more to impress the judges over the Civic.

But, hey, two-out-of-three ain’t bad.

... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2016/01/2016-chevy-camaro-a-runner-up-for-detroit-free-press-car-of-the-year/