2015 Subaru Outback

2015 Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback has always been beloved by outdoor enthusiasts, but the newly designed 2015 Outback will urge them to wander farther, thanks to a copious amount of improvements.

 

Yhe 2015 Outback takes a few more tenths: The body is 0.6 inch longer, 0.7 inch wider, and the wheelbase extends by 0.2 inch. Additional space for shoulders, hips, and rear legroom net a 2.7-cubic-foot increase in passenger volume, to 108.1.

Although the Outback keeps the same 2.5-liter H-4, Subaru says it’s been enhanced for lighter weight, improved efficiency, and quieter operation. It produces slightly more power (from 173 horses to 175), while peak torque remains at 174 lb-ft. The 3.6-liter H-6 engine that makes 256 hp also carries over, dispelling the rumor that it would be dropped in favor of the 250-hp 2.0-liter H-4 turbo from the 2014 Forester.

Interior passenger space increases by almost three cubic feet.  Interior climbs upscale.  Higher trims offer heated seats front and rear, two position memory for driver’s ten-way power seat, and 576-watt surround sound audio with ten harman/kardon speakers…

2015 Acura TLX

2015 Acura TLX

The 2015 Acura TLX has morphed from prototype to production form at the 2014 New York auto show, revealing that the luxury brand’s four-wheeled future doesn’t exclusively involve crossovers like the MDX and RDX.

The TL’s 3.5-liter V-6 has been revised to now output 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque in the TLX and is now mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission that is controlled via a unique push-button Electronic Gear Selector in place of a traditional lever shifter. The 3.5-liter is also now the top-tier engine available for the TLX, bumping the old 305 horsepower 3.7-liter off of the options list.

Moving beyond the world of the six-speed transmission, offering a new eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox with the 2.4-liter engine, and a swanky new nine-speed automatic with the 3.5-liter V6. This is arguably the biggest news surrounding the TLX, though do note, fuel economy hasn’t vastly been improved in the process.

The TLX 2.4 musters up 24 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg highway, while the front-drive V6 is rated at 21/34 mpg. Optioning for the V6 SH-AWD reduces things to 21/31 mpg.

LED headlights brighten the front-end appearance, and there are also LED turn-signal repeaters in the mirrors, taillights, and even the license plate surround. Beyond that, though, the TLX is a tidy and conservative styling job that is unlikely to provoke any product-liability suits related to scorched retinas.

The suspension, braking, and an alphabet soup of stability and traction control systems have been upgraded as well to work with the the new transmissions, P-AWS, and SH-AWD systems. Driver selectable modes Econ, Normal, Sport, and Sport+ give the person behind the wheel a bit of control over how the various vehicle systems perform…

2015 Infiniti Q70 L

The 2015 Infiniti Q70 sedan is getting an extensive refresh as a new long-wheelbase version dubbed the 2015 Infiniti Q70L. With a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase, the Q70L is almost as roomy as many full-size luxury sedans. The 2015 Infiniti Q70 debuts at the 2014 New York auto show.

Designed to appeal to the executive carriage trade, the L version adds 5.9 inches to the Q70’s wheelbase (from 114.2 to 120.1) and 7.3 inches to overall length (from 194.7 to 202). Height, width, and track are the same for both models. Infiniti’s design team has put most of the added length to work in the L’s rear seat, where legroom stretches by 5.6 inches (36.2 to 41.8) and knee room swells by 5.9 inches (26.6 to 32.5).

V-6 and V-8 gasoline engines also return. The range starts with a 330-horsepower, 270 lb-ft 3.7-liter V-6, and ends with a 420-hp, 417 lb-ft 5.6-liter V-8. Those figures are revised down to 416-hp and 414 lb-ft for the long-wheelbase model.

For those seeking higher fuel economy figures, a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid model remains available. In its 2014 guise, the Q70 hybrid managed an EPA-rated 31 mpg combined (29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway). All models use a seven-speed automatic transmission and most offer the option of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Available safety features include Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Spot Warning and Blind Spot Intervention, and Cruise Control and Distance Control Assist as well as the Infiniti Safety Shield, which includes Predictive Forward Collision, Around View Monitor, Backup Collision Intervention, and Forward Emergency Braking systems…

2015 Porsche Boxster GTS

The Porsche Boxster has been a fantastic entry-level sports car for many years and with the introduction of the S-line continues to set the benchmark in its class. Now the German car maker presents the 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS to ensure its lead.

2015 Porsche Boxster GTS

Diving into the details of the Boxster reveals an added 15 horsepower and 7 pound-feet of torque, bringing the total to 330 horses and 273 pound-feet. Porsche’s Sport Chrono package and Active Suspension Management (PASM) come with the package as well.

Dynamic engine mounts, selectable damper stiffness, and throttle response are all modified at the push of a button. Put everything in sport mode, and a PDK-equipped Boxster will hit 62 mph in 4.7 seconds.

Such an extensive list of enhancements doesn’t come for free, and the 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS cost a fair bit more than the models on which they are based. In the case of the open-top Boxster, the GTS’s $74,495 list price (with destination) is a $10,200 premium over a Boxster S…