Posts tagged "luxury"

2014 BMW 435i xDrive - Deciphering Luxury Sports Coupe Code - Review, Video

2014 BMW 435i xDrive. A new series designation for the "Father of Modern Luxury Sport Coupes" brings a more purposeful design, greater fuel savings and performance enhancements, starting at $48,300 for the all-wheel drive variant. <br><br> They piled the options on our Alpine White tester bringing the price to $63,725. And that was without the optional Driver's Assistance package.<br>
“Drive…He Said” bids R.I.P. to the BMW “3-Series Coupe,” 1975-2012. What started as the father of modern compact luxury sport coupes, added two more doors, proving driving purity, refinement and practicality could cohabitate. This year starts a new model series numbering scheme at Bayerische Motoren Werke A.G.: Odd-numbers = 4-doors; Even-numbers = 2-doors. Except when... Read more »

2015 Volvo V60 T5 - Sport Vagn Ho - Review

"Parked Near Jets", the Power Blue Metallic 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E compact executive 5-door sport wagon has landed in the U.S.<br> <br> Starting price for front-drive models is $35,300. In well-equipped Premier Plus trim, with Sport and BLIS driver assistance packages make that $42,225.<br>
“Drive…He Said” sighs each time Europeans or Australians receive an elongated five-door Touring/ Estate version of some luxury sports sedan or another. From the land of pickled herring, Henning Mankell mysteries and assemble-it-yourself furniture, Volvo has always been a notorious proponent of the station wagon. Perhaps not since the early 1970′s P1800ES three-door “Shooting Brake” has... Read more »

2014 Lexus GX460 - Dismissive of Snowfall Records - Review

Starting at $49,000, the three-row, 4-wheel drive 2014 Lexus GX460 luxury SUV can do some fine donuts in the snow.<br>  <br:As if the GX460 weren't already luxurious enough ours was the "Luxury" edition, driving the price to $62,000. <br>
Forty-seven days of snow fall this winter in Chicago. Seventy-four inches of total accumulation. And it ain’t over…YET! The 2014 Lexus GX460 3-row luxury mid Sport Utility Vehicle doesn’t mind it a bit. “Drive…He Said” hit the 4-wheel drive button located below the keyless start button. Flicking the transfer case lever on the center console to... Read more »
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2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn 4x4 - Mammas Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys - Review

The top version of the 2013 Ram 1500 4x4 crew-cab full-size pick-up truck with short (5'7"). With the name "Laramie Longhorn" it celebrates "Mammas Who Let Their Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." <br>  <br>Starting at $47,470 comforts include heated seats and steering wheel, cooled front seats, power pedals and folding side-mirrors, HDD navigation on an 8.4" touch infotainment screen with voice commands and a Wi-Fi Hot Spot. It gives a new definition to "Roughing It." <br>  <br>Our "Prairie Pearl Coat" tester rang-up at $55,630 with extras like 8-Speed auto gearbox with active grille shutters, power-sunroof, active air-suspension, trailer brake control, and Ram Box storage bins.<br>
Few images represent “ruggedness” better than those of the “American cowboy.” Day in, day out they accept the challenges of the rough outdoors. What umbrella? What indoor plumbing? Dedicated to putting steaks on our plates. Truth is many-a-cowboy have traded in their bridles and stirrups for ATV saddles. In their rides off the range, has... Read more »

2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD and 2013 Audi A4 Quattro - For This Driving Dimension - Review / Comparison

Belles of the AWD compact luxury sport sedan ball. (Top to Bottom): The 2013 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro and the 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD.
In another dimension drivers are as capable as a space-shuttle orbiter pilot.  Roads are dry as a bone. The only congestion on them is for those who have the sniffles. Occupants are light as feathers. Heavy cargo: there isn’t any. There the conventional wisdom of rear-wheel drive for optimal vehicle control works just fine. Reality... Read more »

2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Sedan - Badge Snobs need not apply...though they may want to

The badge snobs in us here at "Drive...He Said' searched far and wide on the grille and hood for an ornament, an emblem or something that would announce the arrival of the latest guest to the mid-size luxury sedan party.
What’s in a “Badge”, ask ye of little faith? When it comes to luxury cars, we here at “Drive…He Said” surmise ” A lot.” The hood / grille of every Mercedes flaunts the “Three-Pointed Star“, BMW, the “Blue and White Propeller”; Audi, the “Four Inter-Connecting Rings“, Jaguar a “Leaping or Frowning Cat“, Cadillacs their French... Read more »
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2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design - Parked Near Jets

If the [just about to be] recently departed SAAB automobile line was “Born of Jets” (as a former ad campaign proclaimed) we at “Drive…Said” thought it was safe to claim the progeny of the single major surviving Swedish car maker, Volvo, are, “Parked Near Jets“.  We tested our theory with Volvo’s new for 2012 S60... Read more »

2011 Infiniti M37x review - a car deserving of an X rating

2011 Infiniti M37x review - a car deserving of an X rating
Instead of applying it to images of the human form lets try giving an “X” rating to a car, like the 2011 Infiniti M37x that visited “Drive…He Said” this week.   An “X” for “eXotic“: Both inside and out, Infiniti’s re-designed luxury executive sedan / saloon entrant has discarded anything resembling a tetragon for enough... Read more »