The addition of all-wheel drive to passenger cars is nothing new, but experts say the option is becoming increasingly popular.In fact, new reports suggest within the next four years, 30 percent of all cars on the road will power all four wheels. Traditionally, all-wheel drive systems appealed mainly to customers who were often faced with bad weather, such as those relegated to our nation’s delightfully frosty snow. The systems usually cost at least a penalty of a few mpg and an additional $1000-plus onto the window sticker. Still, the availability of all-wheel-drive is increasingly becoming a major shopping point for buyers, particularly in the luxury segment. Audi’s stratospheric rise through the luxury car ranks is thanks in no small part to the availability (and capability) of its Quattro system. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Infiniti also have all-wheel drive available on almost all of the models in their lineups. The Germans aren’t the only ones building cars … [Read more...] about 30 Percent of Car Buyers Opt for All-Wheel-Drive; Would You?
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Both Jaguar and Mercedes‘ AMG division are working on all-wheel-drive cars aimed primarily at the U.S. snowbelt and markets such as Switzerland and Austria, where rear-drive luxury sedans are becoming a minority. The Jaguar all-wheel-drive system, which is expected to go into the XF and XJ, will launch on the larger sedan in 2013. By then, most Jags will also come with eight-speed automatic transmissions. The electronically controlled AWD system will also find a home in Jaguar’s upcoming midsize crossover, which is expected by 2015. As for AMG, it has ready-to-use hardware in the form of Mercedes’ 4Matic system, which is already available in most Mercedes models. In fact, Benz is moving towards using AWD for all its higher-powered models – the V-8-powered E550, for example, is offered exclusively with 4Matic in the U.S. However, a senior AMG marketing executive told Motor Trend there is some resistance within the division to the use of AWD. Driving all four … [Read more...] about Jaguar, Mercedes AMG Going All-Wheel Drive
At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda showed off its refreshed Mazda6. The midsize family sedan gets a few exterior tweaks, a new premium trim level, and an optional turbocharged engine. It’s a welcome update to what was already an excellent car, but with the new engine making 310 lb-ft of torque, we had to wonder if all-wheel drive would have been a better choice than the Mazda6’s current front-wheel-drive setup. Turns out, that’s not an option with the current car, but it may be with the next generation. Speaking to Australia’s CarAdvice, Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s North American president and CEO, said all-wheel drive won’t fit in the current Mazda6. “I think we are not able to combine four-wheel drive and the 2.5-liter turbo. We have a layout issue with the sedans. That’s why a four-wheel drive isn’t deployed on the Mazda 3 and 6 so far,” he said. Still, Mazda recognizes that if it wants to move … [Read more...] about Mazda’s Next-Gen Sedans May Get All-Wheel Drive
The EcoBoost powered Fusion has become incredibly popular, and similar to its sibling, the 2.3L EcoBoost packing Mustang, they’re easy to modify for a little extra grunt. Suffice to say, Ford has done a great job with the Fusion line and have their eyes not only on owners of V6-equipped Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords, but some other distinguished German models that command a five-figure premium over the 2017 Fusion Sport. Since the newest-generation Fusion launched in 2012, midsize car buyers have been asking for a performance version, says Wade Jackson, Ford Fusion marketing manager. “It’s not just Fusion buyers who want something hotter,” Jackson says. “Owners of other midsize sedans, along with our own dealers, ask repeatedly. So buyers get a 2.7-liter EcoBoost that makes 325 horsepower and a more impressive 380 pound-feet of torque.” These consumers also crave a car that’s much more distinctive inside and out, Jackson went on to explain. … [Read more...] about The All Wheel Drive 2.7L Ecoboost 2017 Ford Fusion Is Packing 325HP & 380 Lb-Ft!
Now in its sixth generation, the BMW M5 is new for 2018. It’s bigger, lighter and now includes all-wheel drive. Lighter is good, but the rest is disheartening for us car folk. Nostalgic types and purists may sulk. And for those groups, it gets worse. The only transmission is a ZF-supplied eight-speed automatic. Quite simply, no car, not even the iconic M5, is immune to the realities of the times. The masses want more space inside and AWD assurance on the road. Thankfully, BMW took these particularly sour-for-car-nerd lemons and made a mighty fine lemonade. The sweetener came from a choice tree.Named MxDrive, the most critical part of the M5's AWD system are its three modes: four-wheel drive (4WD), 4WD sport and 2WD. The M5 only drives the front axle when the driver wants it. And even in 4WD the electronic center differential only diverts power to the front axle when it senses the electronically controlled limited-slip rear is out of traction. You can also independently … [Read more...] about 2018 BMW M5 first drive: All-wheel drive, but not all the time
Ford Motor Company has included two new hybrid versions and a new all-wheel-drive V6 Sport in its Fusion sedan family. The Fusion V6 Sport and the new Fusion Platinum add to a lineup featuring three EcoBoost engine choices, along with two hybrids, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development said, “Fusion offers people a lot more car – including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other midsize sedans.” Fusion V6 Sport features pothole detection technology that, in less than the blink of an eye, adjusts the shock absorbers to greatly reduce the severity of impact transmitted to occupants. Power and handling are complemented by unique, performance-inspired style inside and out. The look is distinguished with a glossy black-finish mesh grille; 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler and dual twin exhaust outlets. Fusion Hybrid and … [Read more...] about Ford unveils all-wheel drive and hybrid versions of Fusion at Detroit Motor Show
At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda showed off its refreshed Mazda6. The midsize family sedan gets a few exterior tweaks, a new premium trim level, and an optional turbocharged engine. It’s a welcome update to what was already an excellent car, but with the new engine making 310 lb-ft of torque, we had to wonder if all-wheel drive would have been a better choice than the Mazda6’s current front-wheel-drive setup. Turns out, that’s not an option with the current car, but it may be with the next generation. Speaking to Australia’s CarAdvice, Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s North American president and CEO, said all-wheel drive won’t fit in the current Mazda6. “I think we are not able to combine four-wheel drive and the 2.5-liter turbo. We have a layout issue with the sedans. That’s why a four-wheel drive isn’t deployed on the Mazda 3 and 6 so far,” he said. Still, Mazda recognizes that if it wants to move … [Read more...] about Mazda’s Next-Gen Sedans Reportably May Get All-Wheel Drive
With winter still exerting its chilly wrath across much of the country, many car shoppers want one key feature in a new car: all-wheel drive (AWD). With power delivered to all four wheels, there’s a better chance of getting traction in ice, snow, and slush. While we’d advise that fitting any car with winter tires can improve your cold-weather driving experience, an all-wheel-drive car does improve the chances of avoiding a costly bill from a friendly tow-truck. Fortunately, buying a car with all-wheel drive doesn’t have to break the budget, as we’ve proven here with a list of the ten most affordable cars with AWD. We’ve focused on user-friendly cars and crossovers with full-time AWD, so you won’t find any trucks with off-road-style, part-time four-wheel-drive systems. 1. 2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sedan Manual $18,690 including destinationSubaru (well, except for the sporty BRZ), and the cheapest of the lot is the Impreza. The downside, of course, is … [Read more...] about The Top Ten Cheapest 2014 All-Wheel-Drive Cars
Through the first-half of 2017, midsize car sales plunged 18 percent as nearly every nameplate in the category suffered from declining sales.Year-over-year, sales of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, Mazda 6, and Chrysler 200 collectively fell by nearly 200,000 units.We know where the buyers are going. Compact crossovers such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue — each of which now sell more often than even the top-selling midsize cars — are 2017’s soup du jour: more space for Buster the Bernese, better sightlines for the driver, all-wheel drive for those weekly Rubicon excursions, and a superior image to boot.But if the trend we’ve seen through the first-half of 2017 holds, midsize cars won’t merely lose the U.S. sales race to compact crossovers. 2017 appears primed to be the first year in history in which compact cars also outsell midsize … [Read more...] about We Know Crossovers Are Killing Midsize Sedans, but Now Compact Cars Are Beating Midsize Cars
So I’m driving along the other day, and I get up behind this Toyota Sienna that looks like it has a body kit. And not just a body kit, but powder coated wheels, too. This thing looked like your standard airport rental Sienna had been turned over to the people in charge of making Hyundais appealing in their last model year before a redesign.It turns out that this vehicle is available for order from your local Toyota dealer. It’s called the SE Premium, and Toyota pitches it as a minivan that offers “extra swagger” for your whole family, as if your whole minivan-owning family already has enough swagger to go around, but some extra couldn’t hurt.While I was on the Toyota configurator looking this thing up, I reached another conclusion: Toyota is now selling a version of the Sienna with a starting price of $46,000 with shipping. And guess what? If you add optional all-wheel drive, along with all the accessories — including something called “deluxe … [Read more...] about Doug Drives: Luxury Car Companies Should Build Minivans