Sedans Luxury cars 12 Photos Review • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 review: Raising the entry-level bar Car Industry 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 52 Photos More From Roadshow Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 81 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 0 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Mercedes-Benz,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comments 26 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 56 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. More about 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 49 Photos 18 Photos 68 Photos Mercedes-Benz 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class redefines entry level 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan: A class above Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. 69 Photos 4 10 Photos Enlarge ImageIt’s a good’un, and an affordable one, at that. Andrew Krok/Roadshow We’ve already reviewed the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class and loved it, but we didn’t know quite how expensive it would be. As it turns out, it’s pretty darn affordable for the quality it packs.The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 will start at $32,500 for a front-wheel-drive model. If you live in snowier climes or just want the extra peace of mind of four driven wheels, adding all-wheel drive tacks another $2,000 onto the equation.There’s a solid amount of standard equipment in there, too. All A-Class Sedans get Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to LED headlights and safety systems like automatic braking and hill-start assist. Its 2.0-liter I4 gas engine puts out 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, and it comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.Of course, the price only goes up from there. There are plenty of ways to send the price to the stratosphere — the 7-inch screens can be updated to 10.25-inchers, there are aesthetic packages galore and other available techy bits like keyless access and a suite of active and passive safety systems.With the A-Class Sedan’s price where it is, expect the forthcoming CLA-Class to be a bit more expensive. Not only do Mercedes’ swoopy-coupe variants typically cost more, the CLA-Class is more powerful and a little better equipped than the A-Class with frippery like gesture control. Tags Post a comment Share your voice Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle More From Roadshow
“When you’re alone you don’t do much laughing.” – PG Wodehouse“Did you know,” said my friend the other day, while stuffing her face with food, “that Winnie the Pooh is the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations?” She then, proceeded to wash the burgers down with a Coke and started chomping on her fresh order of fries. I said I did not, and watched her suck the salt off a French fry with amusement as I reminisced happy memories from our past of similar nature.There is no telling what makes a person tick when it comes to choosing chums for life, I concluded, after having trifled away another invaluable hour of my life, watching my amiable friend gobble and guzzle. Awash in the friendship day fever, my peer rambled on about her forthcoming merry-making and I was forced to resign myself to a silent expression of disapproval not much unlike Aristotle and Cicero, who too, would have sunk into chairs, profoundly dejected by the redefined, abysmal notions of friendship espoused by the masses today.The emergence of social media, like a siren’s song, has lured multitudes into the sea of virtual reality where human contact has been replaced by electronic forms of interaction. The spirit of friendship, akin to a flower uncared for, is wilting away. Cyberspace, by a sustained blitzkrieg of discombobulation, has lulled masses into a false sense of security wherein they refuse to exercise judgment when it comes to revealing intimate details of their lives to complete strangers disguised as friends. So deeply enmeshed it has become with the lives of individuals that the mere thought of disengaging themselves from it, is distressing enough to make them clutch their brows and break into fits of hysteria. Face-to-face conversations have now become part of a dying institution. People today, have many acquaintances in the digital realm, but few friends outside of it. True friendships, are results of deliciously inexplicable happenings, built and nurtured on moments of shared excitement, passion, uncertainty and fierce camaraderie. The human ability to forge bonds of friendship is a characteristic trait, as is the innate desire for cooperation and companionship. To say, that one does not desire occasionally, to break free from the mundane task of being one’s self and pretend to be somebody else entirely, would be paltering with the truth. But on occasions, when a fellow needs a friend, I find the prospect of dropping down into a cozy sofa with a friend and watching her demolish several plates of food oddly comforting.
Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer December 23, 2014 Google said Monday that it has taken another big step forward in developing self-driving cars by building a fully functioning prototype of its own design.“Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype,” Google said in a blog post.Google unveiled its latest model – a tiny two-passenger car – in May, generating worldwide buzz. But on Monday, the company admitted that it was just a mock-up that lacked much of what you’d expect in a car.“It didn’t even have real headlights!” Google said.Google has said that its car would be built without a steering wheel, gas pedals and brakes, which are, in theory, unnecessary because passengers can just sit back and relax while technology handles the steering. To drive on public streets in California, however, Google must install traditional controls, just in case a human driver needs to take over.Google GOOG 1.65% plans to build about 100 prototype cars and test them for the next few years, the company said.Previously, Google’s tests of the futuristic technology involved modified Toyota Priuses and Lexus SUVs. Over the past few years, the company had logged hundreds of thousands of miles in such cars on public roads.Since showing off the mock-up in May, Google has been hard at work on coming up with new prototype. The process involved using different versions to test individual car components that handle the steering and braking along with the computers and sensors required for autonomous driving technology.“We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year,” the company said.As of last month, seven companies including Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Tesla have received permits to test self-driving cars on public roads in California, making it a hotbed for the technology. 2 min read