Car and Driver is out with its latest Top Ten vehicles list.
Corvette Grand Sport
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350/GT350R
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman
The Accord has now appeared in 31 of CD’s yearly Top Ten lists.
Among the introductions at the Los Angeles auto show is a new Jeep Compass. U.S. models will be manufactured in Mexico and will come with a 2.4-liter four that produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options abound with a six speed manual, six speed or nine speed automatic in the works depending on the model and drivetrain selected. Jeep said the Compass will appear in showrooms in the first quarter of next year replacing the current Compass and Patriot in the Jeep lineup.
With crossovers and sport utility vehicles now outselling cars, it is no surprise that everyone wants to get into that act, including Alfa Romeo. It unveiled the midsize Stelvio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV’s and they will have ample get up and go. The top of the line Quadrifoglio gets a bi-turbo V6 with 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque that will produce a 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds. Options include ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell racing seats and high performance Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. The base model gets a 2.0-liter direct injection engine rated at 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque.
Both share architecture that Alfa calls “La meccanica delle emozioni” (the mechanics of emotion) spirit. Both will come with all-wheel drive. In case you were wondering, the name Stelvio comes from one of the greatest driving roads in the world, the Stevlio Pass in the Italian Alps. The Quadrifoglio is already being called the “SUV that Ferrari will never build.” Prices were not announced, nor was the introduction date.
Acura, meanwhile, showed off what it believes is the auto interior of the future, the “Precision Cockpit.” It is said to have “near production interior styling” and technology with a touchpad interface “ergonomically designed to eliminate the need to visually locate a button or a switch.” An advanced vision mode leverages sensors to display cars, pedestrians, cyclists and other objects – even those obscured from vision – using artificial intelligence to predict future pathways. All in all, pretty high tech stuff that we will see, and hopefully adapt, in future vehicles.