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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country T5 AWD

Volvo S60 Cross Country tall, awkward lookingvolvoS60

I really liked the last Volvo S60 sedan I drove and was curious about this new Cross Country model that adds all-wheel drive, plus more pronounced fender flares to give it a somewhat different look.

AWD continues to gain popularity, especially in the northern climes such as ours. Subaru offers its Legacy sedan with it, but doesn’t make it look as tall and awkward as the Volvo. In fact, from a rear three-quarter view the new Volvo looks an awful lot like the ancient American Motors Eagle sedan, which was obviously way ahead of its time as an AWD sedan. I think it’s the Volvo’s ride height, which is 2.5 inches taller than the standard S60 sedan, plus the short rear-end Continue reading 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country T5 AWD

2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T

Sonata loses styling pizazz as it attempts to blend into mid-size marketsonata

Looks aren’t everything and price isn’t either, but on both, the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata falls short of its predecessor.

The previous Sonata, the South Korean car maker’s mid-size sedan, featured chiseled good looks with a side accent line that gave it a fresh, energetic look that borrowed more than a bit from several recent Mercedes-Benz models. But as with all mainstream car firms, once they experience a little success, they blah-down the styling to make their cars look more generic. So it is with Sonata. While pleasant looking, it reminds of a Ford Fusion from the rear and nearly every other mid-size sedan in profile.

Too bad, looks HAD been Sonata’s secret weapon until now.

Its price also has been a major selling point, as have the prices of most Hyundai and Kia models. While the tested Sport 2.0T with 245-horse turbocharged I4, is reasonably priced, starting at $28,575. It’s loaded with a monster $4,950 “Ultimate” package that pushed the Venetian Red (metallic red) test car to $34,460, including its $810 delivery fee. By way of reference, last week’s similarly equipped Subaru Legacy with a boxer 6-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, was about a grand less.

For the record, a base Sonata SE with a 2.4-liter I4 that creates 185 horses starts at $21,960. As with most mid-level sedans today, there’s also a hybrid starting at $26,810 and a Limited 2.0T, much as this was equipped, starting at $34,335. So you could get into a Sonata at a lower cost than the test car. A 1.6-liter I4 turbo model is coming soon too, as an Eco model. Continue reading 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T

Braking News: 2015 Subaru Legacy

Who needs the Chicago Auto Show to create a buzz?

subaru legacy, 2015 subaru legacy, subaru, subaru cars, subaru automobiles, savageonwheels.com, chicago auto show. Subaru apparently didn’t or just maybe they wanted the buzzing about their 2015 Legacy, based on their concept model shown here. Spy shots all over the place. The formal intro will come at the show which runs February 8-17. The only info they are willing to pony up at this time is that the latest Legacy will be sportier and more sharply styled than the outgoing model. Read more here.

chicago-auto-show-logoBTW, Mark and I will be at the Chicago Auto Show next week to see all the cool new stuff. I can’t wait! Like a kid in a candy shop. Heck, I’m excited just blogging about it. Easy Paul, deep breaths, stay focused. Follow along here and we will be adding videos to our YouTube channel.