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Fiat Chrysler agrees to sell Marelli to KKR's Calsonic Kansei

Automotive Business Review - 1 hour 12 min ago
Fiat Chrysler is selling its parts unit, Magneti Marelli, to KKR and Co.'s Calsonic Kansei in a 6.2 billion-euro ($7.1 billion) transaction, the two companies said.

Jamie Butters joins Automotive News in new role of content officer

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Jamie Butters has joined Automotive News in the new role of chief content officer. The move positions Butters to succeed Richard Johnson when he retires as editor of the weekly print edition on March 1, 2019.

Honda tests V2X technology at intersection in Marysville, Ohio

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Last November, the city of Marysville, Ohio, mounted four cameras above the traffic lights at an nondescript intersection as part of a pilot project with Honda. Residents thought it was a way to trap them with speeding tickets.

Car dealers in Florida and Georgia rebuild after Hurricane Michael

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Dealerships in several states were damaged after Hurricane Michael, but in terms of concentrated wreckage, Panama City, Fla. appears to be ground zero.

Why automakers let some outdated vehicles hang around

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Automakers are usually all about what's new -- new product, new technology, new brand image. But they're also pragmatic businesses willing to milk profits out of vehicles overdue for a refresh.

Amid unease, dealers get clearest look yet at Ford's restructuring plan

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Dealers got the clearest look to date at CEO Jim Hackett's restructuring plan. Executives vowed to freshen showrooms through shorter product development cycles.

New car buyers feel the pinch as interest rates rise and incentives dip

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Customers coming back to the new-vehicle market are finding heftier price tags and dwindling financing options.

Navya has plans for its Saline plant

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Navya, the French maker of autonomous shuttle buses, has opened an assembly plant in Michigan and plans to add a robotaxi to its lineup.

AutoNation: CEO to see which products need a boost

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Next year, AutoNation will be ready to hand off its brand extension strategy to a new leader and decide in which elements of the brand extension to invest its capital and management expertise.

Roger Penske joins speaker lineup at World Congress

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Roger Penske, a household name in the auto world for more than a half-century, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Dealers sue Mazda over multi-tier bonus plan

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Florida dealership Kuhn Mazda and the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers are suing Mazda Motor of America Inc. in two lawsuits alleging its new Mazda Brand Experience Program 2.

Cox Automotive to shed staff as it restructures

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Cox Automotive plans to cut more jobs as the company restructures its priorities in a shifting industry landscape.

Automotive News Mexico launches

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
The Automotive News Group has created Automotive News Mexico, a Spanish-language news organization devoted to covering North America's fastest-growing auto market.

Enterprise, Avis invest to stake claim in mobility future

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
Rental car companies are partnering with some mobility players, acquiring others and leveraging their scale and expertise to play a key role in the future of transportation.


Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
The buzz about Porsche's Rennsport Reunion VI at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, Calif., last month just doesn't stop. So we decided to give it another, closer look.

Nissan store in Boulder, Colo., goes all in on the Leaf EV

Automotive Business Review - 3 hours 15 min ago
A Colorado Nissan dealership amps up electric vehicle sales via a well-trained sales force and marketing alliances with local companies, aimed at getting consumers in an electric state of mind.

FCA agrees to sell Magneti Marelli to KKR's Calsonic, report says

Automotive Business Review - 4 hours 48 min ago
Fiat Chrysler has agreed to sell its car-parts unit, Magneti Marelli, to KKR and Co.'s Calsonic Kansei in a deal valued at up to $7.1 billion, Bloomberg reported.

10 Best Commuter Cars for US Roads

China car times - 8 hours 48 min ago

Many people think that if they need to save money on their daily fuel consumption that they must drive a boring, plain car. That’s simply not the case anymore since more and more stylish vehicles are also striving to be fuel-efficient. We’ve put together ten vehicles that aren’t just fun to drive, but each of these could also be considered to be the best commuter car.

We all know that hybrid and electric cars offer the best fuel mileage, but we wanted to go with regular gasoline cars for this article (minus one that we couldn’t resist). We also attempted to stick to reasonably priced vehicles for the most part. If you’re looking to save money on fuel, chances are you aren’t interested in spending that savings on the car itself. Now the hard part will be deciding which one is the best commuter car for your needs.

Finding the Best Commuter Car

How would someone pick the best commuter car? For people that use their car to drive back and forth from work every day, the vehicle starts to become like a living space. It’s bound to have lots of necessities that you need in your daily life and you’ll want something that also keeps you connected with the outside world.

As commuting times increase, one needs to think about more than just fuel economy. While we agree that’s important, it can’t be the only consideration. All of the cars placed in our list feature at least 30 mpg highway, but they also have so much more.

You want a car that features plenty of comfort, adequate cargo room, and some appealing interior features as well. Of course, a reasonable price is critical (but it’s okay to dream about #10).

That’s the criteria we used when we picked the top 10 best commuter car models currently available. Get behind the wheel of one of these and start enjoying your ride to work.

1. Porsche 911 Carrera (30 mpg highway)

There are few cars as iconic as the Porsche 911. All models now come with turbocharged engines, except for the GT3. Not only is this a fun ride, but also fuel-efficient with a rating of 30 mpg on the highway. Figures like that are good enough to earn a spot on the best commuter car list.

Aside from its fuel mileage, there’s a lot to look forward to while driving this sports car. The impeccable handling brings drivers to life plus it offers a premium interior that allows for customization. Daily drives are a breeze with the practical and comfortable cabin. It’s like this car was designed to drive every day to work. Just don’t forget to take it out for fun too.

2. Ford Focus ST (30 mpg highway)

If you’re looking for a joy to drive and an all-around exciting vehicle that doesn’t break the bank, the Ford Focus ST is the best commuter car for you. The practical hatchback design makes it easy to carry anything with you plus it achieves 30 mpg on the highway.

This spunky car comes equipped with a 2.0-liter inline four engine that produces 252 horsepower. This gives it plenty of acceleration. On top of that, it has playful handling with sharp, responsive steering. If we had a list going of the best commuter car under $30,000, the Ford Focus would be near the top of our choices.

3. Audi TT Coupe (30 mpg highway)

Later in this list you’ll see the Volkswagen GTI which offers better fuel economy than this, but the Audi TT is a higher-performance GTI with all-wheel-drive. Because of this, it deserved to make the list for the best commuter car. Even though there’s additional weight to accommodate the AWD setup, it still offers decent fuel economy numbers.

On top of that all-weather capability, it also offers superior performance. The sporty handling excites drivers and allows for confident driving no matter what the conditions are. The virtual instrument panel also keeps driver distraction to a minimum and is a great addition to this exciting coupe.

4. Ford Mustang Ecoboost (30 mpg highway)

There are many reasons that the Ford Mustang has been a fan favorite for so many years; it’s fun to drive. With the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, it’s also good on the wallet too. For drivers who want a sporty ride and superior fuel efficiency, this would be the best commuter car.

We’re going to tell you about the Camaro in a minute, but this car offers a little more power. It produces 310 horsepower plus 320 lb-ft of torque, so you can take the party anywhere you want. You’ll find that the Mustang is more than just a fun car to take to work, but also provides a sensual shape that allows you to stand out in a crowd. What we love most about the newest lineup of Mustangs is that Line-Lock now comes standard on all the pony cars.

5. Chevrolet Camaro Four-Cylinder (31 mpg highway)

The amazing Chevrolet Camaro is also a fan favorite. In fact, putting these two cars side by side on a list just leaves the door open for more debate about which is better. Let’s get past determining which one we like the best and stick to the list of best commuter cars. Even with the big V8 and automatic transmission, this sporty car will still achieve 28 mpg on the highway.

For more fuel efficiency, however, you would want to take the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder instead. It produces 275 horsepower plus 295 lb-ft of torque, so it isn’t as powerful as the Mustang. With that said it does get slightly better fuel mileage plus it will hit 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. What’s nice about the Camaro is you can score a perfectly fast and efficient car for only around $30,000. Why spend more if you don’t have to?

6. Volkswagen GTI (34 mpg highway)

While most people are paying attention to the Golf R with all-wheel-drive, the GTI is screaming for attention. It’s a front-wheel-drive but is a complete blast on the road. It’s also cheaper than the Audi TT and offers about four mpg more on the highway as well when you opt for a manual transmission.

We love the hatchback versatility and upscale interior that comes with this car. The engine is also lively and the transmission provides the perfect amount of performance with efficiency. If you want to buy a used GTI from a few years ago, you’ll have the best commuter car under 10k. That’s something to consider if you’re looking to save money.

7. Mazda 6 (35 mpg highway)

If you want a fun to drive mid-size sedan, you aren’t going to find much better than the Mazda 6. This option as the best commuter car comes equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower. Sure, this isn’t a speed demon, but it’s sufficient, especially when you pair it with the six-speed manual transmission.

If you have more money to sock into the purchase, you could even opt for the Signature or Grand Touring Reserve trim to add some more upscale features and materials to your car. Either way, the newer models come with freshened interior and exterior design. You’ll also be quite pleased with the handling and interior room.

8. Mazda 3 (37 mpg highway)

We can’t leave the Mazda brand before we discuss the Mazda 3. Sure, its compact design isn’t for everyone, but if you don’t need the room, it’s the best commuter car by far. You can choose between the 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 2.5-liter instead and still achieve more than 30 mpg on the highway. Of course, we’re going to recommend splurging on the larger engine and six-speed manual transmission.

If safety is a priority to you then you’ll also be happy to know that the Mazda 3 has some solid crash test scores as well. Even though you can get one of these new for less than 20k, you’ll still have access to some high-end features and top-notch interior. What a great way to treat yourself and not break the bank.

9. Honda Civic Sport (39 mpg highway)

You can’t talk about fuel efficiency without mentioning the Honda Civic Sport. It’s a hot hatchback and lots of fun to drive. On top of that, it’s our top pick for the best commuter car that isn’t a hybrid or electric. If you opt for a six-speed manual transmission, you’ll see about 39 mpg while driving on the highway.

The turbocharged engines give life to this line of cars while providing a ride quality that balances athleticism and comfort. There are also plenty of safety and technology features that come standard with the new models. The roomy cabin offers more space than you would imagine and the interior comes complete with high-quality materials.

10. BMW i8 (76 mpg)

We broke the rule we set at the beginning of the article, but it just wasn’t possible not to mention this beauty. Of course, at over $140,000 it isn’t an attainable dream by most, but it’s okay to picture yourself driving it. The BMW i8 deserves a lot of recognition because it goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. That’s due in part to the turbocharged three-cylinder which comes from the Mini Cooper. This powertrain is aided with two electric motors.

Of course, if you choose to drive your i8 in Sport mode, you’ll only see about 30 mpg, but sometimes you just have to live a little. What’s most exciting about this model is that they now offer a convertible model in the lineup. Think of all the places you could travel with this exquisite car. With this futuristic design, you’ll be sure to turn plenty of heads, if you can afford to.

Worst Commuter Cars

If we’re going to do an article about the best commuter cars, it only seems fair that we tell you about the worst. In picking our top five worst commuter cars, we choose models that are fun to drive and enjoyable. These aren’t vehicles you would expect to buy for fuel economy and aren’t generally considered great for anyone that wants to save some money.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (13 mpg highway)

Yes, this isn’t technically a car, but it needs to be discussed because it’s an amazing SUV. This 4×4 features a V8 engine that produces 707 horsepower, but it doesn’t care the least about saving you money at the pump. With that said, the Trailhawk is one of the best off-road vehicles. Unless you need to cross mountains and streams to get to your job, it probably won’t make sense as a commuter car.

Dodge Durango SRT (19 mpg highway)

Conserving your fuel isn’t the goal of the Dodge Durango SRT. This SUV cares only about performance and it does a fantastic job. The 6.4-liter HEMI V8 produces 475 horsepower and the engine is happy to drink the fuel up. For those that want to haul lots of kids and gear, this Durango will leave you quite content. It has what you need to hit 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. You won’t even look like a soccer mom in it with the 20-inch wheels and menacing appeal.

Mercedes-AMG SL65 (16 mpg highway)

Anyone spending more than $200,000 doesn’t need to think about fuel economy and saving money on gasoline. These high-performance roadsters won’t do anything to help you conserve your cash. What it will give you is a memorable ride with the 621 horsepower 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine. When that’s paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, you can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. If you have the money to opt for the active suspension, you’ll even achieve some superior handling.

Dodge Challenger SRT (16 mpg highway)

You want to have a horsepower war, then you want a Dodge Challenger SRT. If you have a desire to save money at the gas pump, don’t even think about this car. This muscle car is amazingly powerful with 485 horsepower but you could step it up a notch with the Hellcat Redeye and 797 horsepower. The Hellcat will go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds during testing.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe (16 mpg highway)

This four-door coupe comes in an amazing performance version that features a 560-horsepower twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine. With the sport-tuned chassis paired with either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission. Not only does this car get poor gas mileage, but you aren’t going to comfortably fit adults in the back seat.

Final Thoughts

Considering you can find low-cost vehicles that are the best commuter cars, it only makes sense to save more money on your daily commute. After all, what’s the point in spending all that time driving to work if you can’t put some money away. With one of our top ten options, you not only save cash on your drive to work, but you’ll also look good along the way. Enjoy your ride in a stylish, comfortable cabin and you might even start to enjoy the long drive each day.

10 Expensive SUVs Worth Their Price Tag (And 5 That Aren’t)

China car times - 21 October, 2018 - 15:05

According to CBS News, SUVs sales make up 43% of the market share. This growing popularity is the reason so many automakers are turning to produce more innovative vehicles for their customers, but some of them are downright expensive. There’s a large selection of SUVs to choose from these days, so it requires more diligence to make sure you get what you want. Before you run out and purchase one of the most expensive SUVs, check this list to see if it’s worth its price tag.

1. 2018 Ford Expedition Platinum Max

This Ford is going to run you close to 80k, but it’s fully loaded with every convenience feature and luxury you desire. There’s an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot that supports as many as ten devices. There’s also a panoramic sunroof which makes you feel like you’re inside a convertible.

In the long-wheelbase setup, the Expedition Platinum Max offers intense amounts of space and comfort. It’s the perfect home away from home. In addition, the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine produces 400 horsepower and comes paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission.

You’ll have plenty of room to hold eight people or put down the third-row seat for more cargo room. The nice part about this setup is you can lower the seat down with the simple push of a button. No more fumbling with latches and levers while trying to muscle your way to more space.

The high-quality materials inside the cabin give it a sleek, expensive feel. Don’t let that fool you; this SUV has plenty of utility to back it up. In fact, it can tow up to 9,300, so don’t be afraid of getting it dirty. While you typically wouldn’t think of Ford as a brand to offer such a capable and luxurious SUV, we give the green light on this purchase.

2. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

When Dodge put together its 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat, no one imagined that that same supercharged HEMI V8 would find its way into a Grand Cherokee. To our surprise, this popular SUV received quite the upgrade and added price. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk provides mind-blowing acceleration and incredible performance.

It’s 0 to 60 mph time is just 3.5 seconds, which means it could run side-by-side with the discontinued Dodge Viper if it wanted to.  Sure it’s going to cost you over $85,000, but it’s worth every penny. Anyone who’s interested in performance will care that this SUV comes equipped with heavy-duty Brembo brakes, a Bilstein adaptive suspension, plus standard Quadra-Trac all-wheel-drive.

Don’t forget to take a peek inside this expensive SUV. It featured a user-friendly infotainment system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, plus Nappa leather-trimmed seats with suede inserts.

3. 2018 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Jaguar created their first SUV with the F-Pace. While it isn’t the most expensive SUV, it does rank up there at almost $80,000. Considering the high price, it’s interesting to see that it’s already become the brand’s best-selling model. To our surprise, the F-Pace makes up half of all Jaguar sales in the nation. That should tell you there’s something exceptional about it.

If you want to purchase one of the most expensive SUVs, you can’t go wrong with an F-Pace. This SUV features quick reflexes, sporty handling, and high-quality design. You might even think you’re sitting behind the wheel of a performance sedan instead of a people hauler.

While the cabin is awfully roomy, we were a little disappointed at the interior quality itself. Don’t get us wrong, it’s clear that money was put into it, but it feels slightly bland.

If your desire is for power, you won’t be disappointed at all. The SVR contains a 550-horsepower supercharged V8 under its hood. It’s the same one used in a company’s F-Type sports car.

4. 2018 Lincoln Navigator L Black Label

Another one of the most expensive SUVs that’s worth every penny is this model Navigator. With styling features brought right from the Continental, the Navigator offers a luxurious SUV everyone will want. Of course, it does run close to 100k, so not everyone will be able to get their hands on one.

When you hear the name “Black Label,” you just know to expect fine styling and quality. This SUV doesn’t disappoint with its luxury touches. The Black Label trim represents the highest level you can find from the automaker and even offers some unique paint options as well. In addition, there are 30-way power adjustable front seats, so comfort isn’t lacking.

In fact, out of all the expensive SUVs in the world right now, these offer the most comfortable seating. It also isn’t afraid to show off its power. With a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, it produces 450 horsepower and is paired with a competent four-wheel-drive system.

The L designation simply means that it’s the company’s extended wheelbase version, so you know there’s plenty of room inside. Not only are all the materials constructed from high-quality products, but the luxuries inside prove that it’s possible to build a high-end SUV.

5. 2018 BMW X5 M

Breaking through the 100k price range, this option from BMW surely stands out on the road. Because they wanted to continue building “the ultimate driving machine,” they also changed with the times to manufacturer this X5.

With all the hype about the company’s i8, this expensive SUV offers 200 more horsepower to bring the number to 567. That power is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, sport-tuned suspension, and 21-inch alloy wheels with superior grip.

There’s also a launch control and leather-covered front seats. As you make your way around turns, you’ll feel the side bolsters working to keep you in place. You might also be interested in the X6 M which features the exact same powertrain but offers a tapering tail and lowered roof design.

6. 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

It should come as no surprise to see a Porsche on our list of expensive SUVs. In fact, they were one of the first to release an SUV back in 2003. Since then, this vehicle has continued to grow in popularity, but is it worth it’s almost $125,000 price tag?

This model year brought with it a complete redesign. In addition, it drives like a sports car and offers exceptional amounts of explosive power. That’s because it’s equipped with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 541 horsepower. All the while, drivers and passengers relax in the upscale cabin.

Many people fall in love with the functional, yet attractive interior. It’s overflowing in extravagant trim and practical convenience features. Not only does it come with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, 21-speaker Burmester sound system, and quad-zone automatic climate control, but there’s virtually no cabin noise while driving.

7. 2018 Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid Excellence

If the word “excellence” shows up inside the name of an expensive SUV, you better take a second look. This Volvo XC90 features accommodations suitable for all business-class executives. Four bucket seats include superior ventilation, heat, plus massage functions. With the rear beverage cooler, you can store your favorite drinks. Plus, it comes with crystal glasses. While this alone doesn’t justify the $105,000 price, there’s plenty of other reasons to take a look at this vehicle.

The first reason is that this SUV features a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The electric motor works together with a supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine to produce 440 horsepower. The only downside to this model is that the power mode only runs alone for less than 20 miles.

8. 2019 Lamborghini Urus

This isn’t Lamborghini’s first SUV. In fact, they have a reputation for expensive SUVs if you remember back to the LM002 which featured a V12 engine. Because it was made in the 1980s, it sure was ahead of its time. Now, the Italian automaker offers up the Urus, which is ideal for any family that wants to also drive a supercar.

This SUV is edgy and will set you back 200k. It’s powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine that outputs 641 horsepower. In addition, it comes complete with four-wheel-drive, an air suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes which stop on a dime.

Because it’s a Lamborghini, you know the cabin has plenty of luxuries. There’s even a starter button located under a red flap placed on the center console. This allows everyone to feel like they’re launching a high-powered rocket.

9. 2018 Bentley Bentayga

If you have an SUV that’s powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine and 600 horsepower, you better believe it’s worth a $229,000 price. That’s what we found in the Bentley Bentayga, and we simply can’t say enough good about it.

This SUV offers a top speed of 187 mph and was also one of the most expensive SUVs in the world (until we reach #10 of course). The Bentayga offers up the same broad appearance and power that their sedan and coupe models contain.

You could save a little money by opting for the turbocharged V8 engine instead. This motor only produces 542 horsepower, so we can’t fully understand why someone would downgrade. With that said, all models come complete with four-wheel-drive and lots of customization options.

10. 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan isn’t just the most expensive SUV in the world, but also the most luxurious. It’s named after the largest uncut diamond, and it delivers on all the high expectations set up for it. Starting at $325,000, this SUV features a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine that produces 563 horsepower.

It also comes with four-wheel-drive and sporty performance. While that might seem odd for a Rolls-Royce, it actually suits customers perfectly. There’s also no limit to the number of options available. You might feel like you’ve stepped into a Bond film when you add on the Event Seating package. This comes with twin foldable seats and a retractable table in the rear compartment. We aren’t sure you would desire to take a Rolls-Royce SUV tailgating, but if you wanted to, you could.

Expensive SUVs that Aren’t Worth it

Now that we’ve examined the top ten expensive SUVs we recommend, it’s time to take a look at the duds. Here are five expensive SUVs that we can’t endorse.

1. 2018 Maserati Levante

Maserati isn’t doing well and this SUV proves they’re becoming desperate. They want to increase sales so they hopped aboard the SUV bandwagon, but it’s simply not worth the lavish price. Over the past few years, the Italian brand’s quality suffered. They just aren’t building their vehicles the way they once did. With that lowered quality, you would think the prices would start to come down, but they haven’t.

Maybe Maserati is attempting to infiltrate the mainstream market, but then the prices need to reflect that. With all the luxury automakers offering expensive SUVs, there’s no reason even to consider purchasing this model. Opt for Bentley, Lamborghini, or Porsche instead.

2. 2017 Tesla Model X

We are crazy for Tesla and love what they’ve created, but the Model X is a slight disappointment. Sure, there are some neat features and gadgets inside. On top of that, it does have some crazy acceleration, especially for an electric vehicle. With that said, the Model X just doesn’t stack up the way it should considering it costs almost $80,000.

As they continue to produce it, we are convinced they’ll work out the bugs and increase the quality. For the first few model years, we simply can’t get behind it. As of now, it features some strange noises, poor-quality brakes, and expensive repair bills.

If you’re dead set on owning one, wait for just a few more model years to reach production. Your bank account will thank you.

3. 2017 Range Rover Supercharged SV Autobiography Dynamic

That’s a mouthful! This special edition Range Rover sets consumers back almost $200,000 making it one of the most expensive SUVs to purchase. The problem is that this SUV doesn’t offer too much more than it’s cheaper counterparts.

Sure, it has some additional power, a comfortable interior, and decent off-road capability. The reality is that you could purchase the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk which is a better option. Not only that, you would save more than 100k to do that. It once was the fastest SUV to purchase, but not anymore.

The bottom line is that this SUV doesn’t feature anything special that warrants the high price. Save your money and buy something cheaper.

4. 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser

Don’t get us wrong; we aren’t opposed to the Land Cruiser. It’s a decent SUV and offers everything you need. What we do resist is the price. Starting at 85k is just ridiculous for what you receive. There’s really nothing special to set it apart from a $40,000 SUV. That’s why you aren’t going to see an overwhelming amount of this expensive SUV on the roads.

The SUV isn’t just ordinary looking, but there’s nothing special about its performance either. On top of that, the back seat is slightly cramped and it’s not at all aerodynamic. We also aren’t fond of the lack of trunk space. Sure, it performs well off-road, but you can get that from many other SUVs at half the price.

5. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL63 AMG

This is one of the most expensive SUVs from the past few years, and there’s plenty to be found online. Even though it’s a few years old, the price continues to stay high, but it’s simply not worth it. Not only does it disappoint from an appearance standpoint, but it also doesn’t feature anything special inside.

It came with some options such as an off-road mode and sunroof, but those things should have been expected with a luxury SUV. With that said, it is a reliable SUV and offers plenty of power. We just can’t get behind the expensive price tag for something that should’ve only cost about $50,000 in the first place.

Final Thoughts

If you want to invest in one of the most expensive SUVs on the market, make sure you read your reviews carefully. Just because the price is high doesn’t mean it has everything you want. Many times, you’re simply paying for a name even if that company doesn’t deliver the performance, options, or appearance. If you’re going to spend 100k or more on an SUV, it better be well worth it.

China poses challenge for Nissan-Google partnership

Automotive Business Review - 21 October, 2018 - 05:01
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's plan to roll out Google connectivity faces a roadblock in China.
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