The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport subcompact crossover may seem like the right type of car for the times, but it falls short in its execution. Brand new tiny crossovers have been popping up left and right from other manufacturers, but the Outlander Sport feels like it's stuck in the past.
If we're looking at it with the glass of water half full, the exterior styling sets itself apart from the rest of the homogeneous little ones out there. It's taut, angular, a little muscular and has some great looking wheel options. Unfortunately, that expressive exterior styling isn't carried over inside. Even in its most expensive form, the entire interior is a black plastic paradise. Powertrain options are a mixed bag with a lot more choices than most other subcompacts provide.
Body-on-frame SUVs like the 2019 Lexus LX 570 might have ruled the market a couple decades ago, but the old-school form factor has given way to smaller, more efficient car-based crossovers. That said, there's still a big market for models like this. Just take a look at the success of the Toyota 4Runner or other luxury SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade or the Ford F-150-based Lincoln Navigator. Crossovers may be more popular, but nothing beats an old-school SUV's chops when it comes to going off-road or towing big cargo.
The Lexus LX is available in two flavors: a five-passenger two-row model and a seven-passenger three-row model. We had a chance to drive both, the first in Michigan and the latter in Oregon. There's a $5,000 difference between the base price on the two models. Both models had the $1,190 Luxury Package (upgraded leather, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row and LX puddle lights). The three-row came with quite a few more options, including a heads-up display, a cool box in the console, a Mark Levinson audio system and a dual-screen rear entertainment system. All in, our two-row tester came out to $88,195 while the three-row would set you back $99,710.
Kis-My-Ft2 have revealed the short PV for their new song "Kimi wo Daisuki da."
"Kimi wo Daisuki da" is the title track to the group's new single to be released on February 6. Written by Fujii Fumiya and arranged by Kameda Seiji, it will be used as the theme song for member Kitayama Hiromitsu's starring film 'Tora-san ~Boku ga Neko ni Natta Wake~' to open in theaters on February 15.
Japan's labor ministry says that employees at nearly half of the businesses inspected by its staff have been required to work illegally long hours.
The ministry conducted on-site inspections at 25,676 business establishments across the country for one year through March. They included entities where deaths from overwork have been reported.
I took the Honda Ridgeline for a long weekend Up North. Most of my time with the truck so far had been in the rain or snow, 40 miles at a time, during my commute to and from the Autoblog office as the Michigan winter dragged on. I had planned trips Up North (always capitalized by most Michiganders) to the family cottage on Lake Huron, but abandoned them due to nasty weather. Even if it was sunny and warm on any given day or week here in the Detroit area, we got weather reports from relatives who live in Ocqueoc year-round that it was still pretty nasty up there.
That would have been fine — I love an icy adventure to Northern Michigan — except the main reason for heading up was to bring a set of furniture, generously donated by my wonderful mother-in-law to the cottage. I didn't want to expose two dressers and a pair of nightstands to freezing rain and snow for four hours, then have to unload them. Finally, though, spring sprang in southeastern Michigan, and we loaded the bed of the Ridgeline with our fresh furniture and drove up to the cottage.