The Nissan Rogue Sport crossover is small, attractive, and relatively cheap. Despite sharing a name with the larger Rogue, the Rogue Sport is a completely different vehicle. It's the least expensive vehicle in Nissan's portfolio with optional all-wheel drive. What it doesn't offer, despite its name, is a sporty driving experience, and it can get surprisingly pricey if a buyer isn't careful with options.
When Toyota showed its new Auris hatchback at the Geneva Motor Show, we expected there to be an announcement about the car's eventual availability in the U.S. market under some other name. Earlier Aurises have been sold as Scion iMs and Corolla iMs, Now, at the New York International Auto Show, Toyota is introducing the car as the sporty Corolla Hatchback.
The major difference between naming the hatch Auris or Corolla is that the European car gets just one non-hybrid powerplant, a 1.2-liter turbo engine. But the U.S.-market Corolla Hatchback gets just one engine to begin with: a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated direct injection four-cylinder unit with Dual VVT-i. The power output isn't yet announced, and neither are any other engine choices or hybrid systems to follow.
The powerful and sophisticated 2018 Acura MDX luxury SUV begins arriving at Acura dealerships tomorrow with a faster, more capable and modern user interface, vivid new colors and a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 starting at $44,200, just $150 more than the outgoing model. The Acura MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time3 and has been recognized by Edmunds.com as the “Most Wanted Luxury Midsize SUV” (2017) and as “Best Luxury Three-Row SUV for the Money” (2017) by U.S. News & World Report.
For 2018, the Acura MDX features a redesigned dual-screen user interface(ODMD 2.0) with more intuitive menus and command structures complemented by a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (previously resistive type) with a 30-percent faster response time. It includes support for Apple CarPlay™, which seamlessly integrates compatible iPhones in the car, allowing users to get directions optimized for traffic, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music. It also supports Android Auto™ compatibility – putting some of the most useful Android phone apps on the MDX's display.
Nissan is said to be preparing a sporty Leaf Nismo to help entice younger buyers into its mass market EV.
Alfonso Albaisa, design chief for the new, 150-mile Nissan Leaf, recently told Autocar that the automaker is preparing a “racier” version of the EV. He also said developing Nismo parts for the new Leaf wouldn’t be much of a challenge – so it seems a Leaf with a sporty Nismo lip kit, a rear hatch spoiler, larger wheels and more is on the horizon.
TORRANCE, Calif. – The redesigned 2018 Honda Fit is here – the sportiest and most fun-to-drive Fit yet – and to amplify the Fit's enhanced fun factor, Honda is debuting a new integrated marketing campaign, titled "Fit for Fun," focusing on the 'fun' attributes of the vehicle including: a new Sport trim, striking new colors and enhanced technology including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Fit also now has available Honda Sensing® safety and driver assistive technologies on all trims. The "Fit for Fun" campaign is the brand's most robust multicultural, mobile and social-driven campaign to-date and rolls out with new TV creative and social content incorporating the fun and versatility of Fit, as communicated by comedians and influencers throughout.
"Honda has created a campaign for Fit specifically geared toward younger car buyers who lead busy lifestyles and are uber-connected," said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Honda Marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Millennials are the most diverse group of buyers out there, and the Honda brand has seen an increase of 12 percentage points in multicultural millennial buyers since 2010. We have created an engaging and comedy-driven campaign that speaks directly to these buyers where they spend the most time consuming media -- online."
The sporty and versatile new 2018 Honda Fit will begin to arrive at Honda dealerships today with a stylish new look, updated technology, available safety features and a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) starting at $16,190. The 2018 Honda Fit also adds a new Sport trim, as well as two new exterior colors, Helios Yellow and Orange Fury.
The refresh of the third generation Honda Fit enhances the 5-door subcompact's already best-in-class combination of passenger space, fuel efficiency, sophistication, practicality and affordability.
Acura is giving the TLX a thorough refresh three years into its life cycle. The biggest changes are outside. All TLXs now feature a rendition of the pentagon-shaped grille found on the Precision concept and the MDX. In addition, the hood, fenders, lights, and front bumpers are tweaked. Other changes are exclusive to higher trim levels and engine options. The V6 model gets a unique rear bumper with dual-outlet exhaust and 18-inch alloy wheels rather than the four-cylinder's 17-inch wheels.
The most visually unique variant of the TLX lineup is the new A-Spec model. It comes with a more aggressive front bumper, side skirts, and rear bumper with faux diffuser. Fog lights, round dual exhaust outlets, and a black-painted rear spoiler are also standard features. The A-Spec receives some performance upgrades as well. Front-wheel-drive TLX A-Specs get firmer shocks and more responsive steering on the front-wheel-drive version, while the Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) version adds firmer springs and a stiffer rear anti-roll bar. Wider tires on 19-inch wheels also come fitted to A-Spec models.