For the first time, I was able to open the sunroof on a test car in the month of February without cranking up the heater. It was the warmest day ever at three Washington, D.C. area airports on Tuesday, and by a wide margin according to the National Weather Service. Just about all locations recorded a high temperature in the 70’s. (Early tomorrow morning it may snow. Really, it might.)
The 2018 Ford Expedition will become the first SUV with an aluminum body when it hits showrooms this fall. With a redesigned steel frame, the upcoming model is 300 pounds lighter than the current Expedition. Ford said the full size SUV will come with 40 new features for the brand such as 15 cup holders, in-vehicle WiFi hotspot, sliding second row seats, and an electronic shifter dial on the center console. It will first be displayed to the public at the upcoming Chicago Auto show. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will be married to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Subaru’s overall vehicle lineup incurred less depreciation than any other automaker according to a new 5-year Cost to Own survey from Kelley Blue Book. This is the second time that Subaru has captured the award, the last time in 2015. The survey includes out-of-pocket expenses like fuel, insurance and vehicle depreciation. The best luxury brand was Acura.
Dodge has plopped a 392 cubic inch, 475 horsepower V-8 into the Durango to create what it claims is the most powerful three row SUV on the market. 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds and the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds. The Durango SRT also has what its maker claims is best in class towing capacity at 8,600 pounds. It will go on sale in the fourth quarter.
Rodger Daltrey’s rather unique Rolls-Royce will be auctioned off in London with proceeds going to a group that battles cancer in teenagers. The Wraith model has many one of a kind features including the group’s famous bullseye logo and a laser-etched depiction of the front man’s iconic microphone swing. “I’m certain the car will serve as the ultimate collector’s piece for any Who aficionado,” Daltrey said.