Why the Lamborghini Urus Doesn’t Make Sense

Lamborghini Urus

Don’t kid yourself. You’re not going to buy the new Lamborghini SUV. You’ll be excited about it and eat up all the blog posts announcing its imminent arrival, but you won’t step foot in a Lambo dealership unless you’re just there to ogle.

Trust me when I say that Lamborghini dealerships don’t exactly smile upon oglers (I had a bad experience).

Yes, the Lamborghini Urus, or whatever its production moniker becomes, will sell out, just not to folks like you and me. And not because of financial reasons alone.

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J.D. Power’s 2014 Ten Best for Initial Quality

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

The auto press usually focuses on new cars this time of year, but another reason the midwinter months can be exciting is from the used car perspective. Around this time of year, some of the cars that were brand new last year are starting to appear on used car lots. 2014 models have had their time in the spotlight, and now’s your chance to try to find one for a bargain. There likely won’t be a hugely significant price change, mind you, but you can (we hope) expect a barely year-old vehicle to be in decent shape. Even if these cars are still on new lots, you can expect the dealerships to offer some great deals to move that inventory and make way for the plethora of ’15s and ’16s they’re receiving.

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10 Cars Unveiled in Detroit We Can’t Wait to See

2016 Nisan Titan

This has been quite a big week for the auto industry, as manufacturers unveil the first lines of their 2016 portfolios at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The annual auto show has a long history of being one of the most pivotal events of the year for auto manufacturers. This is the time of year to get excited. This is when we begin to have a sense of what is to come in the next 11 months of automobile production and when we get to see in what direction the industry will head. This is one of the biggest events in the auto industry for a reason.

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Choices, Choices: Jaguar SUV, Porsche Macan or Used Cayenne?

Jaguar C-X17 SUV

It’s finally happened. After years of rumors and rendered speculation, Jaguar has unveiled what will likely become a production SUV.

To some, it’s unthinkable. To others, it makes perfect sense.

In one sense, Jaguar is a luxury and sports car maker that creates sleek and powerful vehicles that devour the open road. On the other hand, the carmaker needs to make business sense for itself and sell as many vehicles as possible.

The truth is, to be a mass-market automaker, a crossover/SUV has to be on showroom floors. Porsche knows all about this, thanks to the massive success of the Cayenne and the almost certain success of the new, smaller Macan.

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For Better or Worse, Car Companies Sell Their Souls and Evolve

Lexus GS teaser

In order to survive in this new, post-recession, economic Armageddon of a world we live in, automakers are selling their souls for a chance to compete for a dwindling pool of car buyers.

That might sound like a bad thing, but it’s just the cost of doing business. Plus it means new vehicles are reaching dealer showrooms; it’s just that some of those vehicles aren’t what buyers expect from their beloved brands.

Porsche started the trend almost a decade ago with the 2003 Cayenne SUV, a vehicle launch that had Porsche purists fearing for the very existence of the company. Of course, everything turned out just fine. Porsche still builds the sports cars it has always been famous for in addition to benefiting from the massive infusion of cash the Cayenne created.

Yeah, part of the Porsche soul has been sold to the Cayenne, but the SUV’s sales fund the development of future sports cars. A win for everyone!

Other automakers are beginning to follow suit. Lexus, for example, is about to undergo a major brand evolution to keep up with its German competitors.

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The 10 Best Vehicles for Snow and Ice

Toyota_tacoma

I’ve driven a lot of cars in the snow and am surprised at how much difference I’ve seen even in vehicles that otherwise are comparable to each other.

As winter begins to set in across the country, we figure it’s a good time to create a list of the best cars, trucks and SUVs for plowing through deep snow and easing over slippery ice. Here are my top ten, but feel free to drop a comment and let us know what you drive in the snow and how it does.

Toyota 4Runner/ Tacoma

Throw any weather situation at either of these Toyotas and you’ll make it through just fine.

Audi A6 Quattro

I had a boss once who loved his A6 so much he’d take me out on snowy mornings and speed through the twisties, trying to make his car come unstuck. He succeeded only once, and broke an axle for the effort.

Honda CR-V

I chose this over the Pilot because it’s lighter. The Pilot gets a little top-heavy, which makes going down icy hills a heart-racing experience, while the smaller CR-V crawls easily to the bottom.

Subaru Forester

A low center of gravity and all-wheel drive combine to make the Forester a winner in the snow and cold.

Jeep Wrangler

If you’ve got a hard top and doors on your Wrangler, nothing should stop you from reaching the top of the mountain.

Volvo XC90

Lots of ground clearance, lots of weight, but a low center of gravity make the AWD version of the XC90 a great winter car.

Suzuki SX4

Being a 2,500-pound small car, this thing stays planted. And with the ability to choose AWD or lock it into 4WD, the SX4 is a great commuter car for snowy highways. Just don’t take it on the trails.

Lexus RX

As long as you’re not running low-profile 18-inch summer tires, this little Lexus will serve you well through any winter storm.

Porsche Cayenne

This is for those who want a little extra flashiness in the their snowy commutes, plus the added benefit of the residual heating function, which will keep the Cayenne heated for up to 20 minutes after shutting the engine off.

BMW 328i xDrive

With dynamic stability control and intelligent all-wheel drive, what else do you need in a winter car? Oh… headlamp washers? Okay, you get those, too.

What do you drive in the snow?

-tgriffith

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