Week in Review: Small Work Week, Lots of Big News
The weekend is once again upon us, giving us plenty of time to reflect on the week that was–also giving us plenty of material that we’d love to use for the Week in Review but can’t because some stories are just bigger than others. We implore you to look at editor Matt Askari’s 2014 Audi R8 “Speed Dating” article, where he drives all six different versions of the new sports car. Or Jason Davis’ new regular feature, Photo of the Day, where he goes talks about the method behind the pictorial madness with his photos and how it can help you.
Enough beating around the bush, though. Let’s get down to the big stories.
Sunday, May 26
Infiniti is on the warpath to come up with new, exciting products that will challenge the industry’s best in an attempt to become one of the world’s largest luxury automakers. Currently, the smallest crossover the brand offers is called the Infiniti EX, and it’s about to get renamed and revamped in the coming years. Infiniti needs something smaller and cheaper, though, which is why the brand is leveraging its partnership with Mercedes-Benz to create a new subcompact crossover that will share plenty under its sheetmetal with the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA and CLA. Expect it to be called the QX30, slotting below the QX60–the current Infiniti JX–and the EX, which is likely to get a QX badge soon enough as well.
Monday, May 27
We enjoyed our Memorial Day holiday off, and we hope you did, too.
Tuesday, May 28
We’ve heard for a while that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray would be receiving a V-8 engine with 450 horsepower and at least 450 pound-feet of torque. Thankfully, Chevrolet saw fit to increase those numbers even more for the production model, bumping them to 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet. But if that’s not enough from the 6.2-liter monster of an engine, the Active Exhaust option yields five more horsepower and five more pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet has some major competitors from Germany, Japan, and Italy on its radar.
Wednesday, May 29
Since its 1999 debut, the BMW X5 midsize crossover has been among the most popular vehicles in BMW’s lineup. For 2014, we finally a new, third-generation model. While it doesn’t look much different than the BMW X5 is replaces, BMW has made it slightly larger, lighter, and packed it with a ton of technology. Perhaps the highlight of the 2014 BMW X5 its a new system that will allow the vehicle to drive itself–including steering–up to 25 mph in traffic jams. Other new features include a more powerful V-8 engine, trim lines that allow for further customization, and greater aerodynamic efficiency.
Thursday, May 30
There are plenty of compact crossovers out there, but which one is the best? Your faithful crew of auto journalists here went to find out. Taking the 2013 Ford Escape, 2013 Honda CR-V, 2014 Mazda CX-5, 2014 Subaru Forester, and 2013 Toyota RAV4–unquestionably the five best crossovers in the segment–we ventured to find out which one is the best you can get for right around $30,000. Read our crossover comparison and let us know if you agree or disagree with our results. Feel free to drop us a comment here or on Facebook to let us know what you think.
Friday, May 31
While bossman Keith Buglewicz’s First Drive of the 2014 Acura MDX is kind of a big deal, a kind of bigger deal on Friday was the release of pictures and details of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The car is getting an emergency nose job after just one year on the market in addition to plenty of engine, suspension, and other refinements to help breathe some new life into it. When we reviewed the 2013 car, we couldn’t help but note the lackluster rear leg room; Chevrolet has remedied that by redesigning the front seats for to yield an inch and a half more room in back. Do you think the emergency refresh will help bolster sagging sales?
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