Last week, I had a great opportunity to spend time with the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD, Nissan engineers and designers around Phoenix, Arizona. After spending hours driving, towing, hauling and off-roading, I learned a lot about this truck. Here is what I discovered.
Call me old fashioned, but when wintry weather arrives, I like a big heavy truck or car, wide rubber tires and a large engine. I know, ice is ice, but still I just feel better driving in those conditions. Yet, this time, I had the light, 18.L four-cylinder 2016 Toyota Corolla SE with special tires in my driveway. All my talk about needing the heavier vehicle was mostly proven wrong. The Corolla SE did pretty well and even carried my family of 5 around town.
A few weeks ago, Lexus flew me out to Raleigh, North Carolina to check out the all-new 2016 Lexus RX 350 and 450h SUVs. Avid readers of this site know I am a pretty big fan of the outgoing models and these new ones have big shoes to fill. Can they? I’m a bit mixed.
Auto shows, like the recent one – the 2015 L.A. show – are great places to look at new products and upgrades to existing ones. They are also great places to pick up gossip between automakers like Toyota being pissed at Ford over a failed hybrid collaboration. Like really pissed.
For years, hybrids have often gotten a bad rap of being pokey to drive and underpowered (see: Prius). This is quite often true with auto makers sacrificing performance for fuel economy. However, if one automaker has gotten hybrids figured out, it is Toyota and Lexus. This Lexus hybrid quite simply defies expectations.