The XJ doesn’t kowtow to the zeitgeist of big luxury cars. In fact, it’s as if nobody remembered to tell the XJL that it’s a full size luxury sedan in the first place. What it is, is a very big sports sedan with a timeless design sensibility both inside and out. It does its job with characteristic British wit and charm, and without feeling like the inside of an IMAX theater made of iPads.
The latest Camry proves that Toyota is serious about making more exciting cars in every segment, even the traditionally boring ones. While it may not be about hot-laps at the track, there's a lot to be excited about in a car this thoughtfully engineered.
The Jaguar XE is proof once again that Tata Motors is doing a fantastic job of letting Jaguar do what it historically does best: building luxurious sports sedans. If you're shopping in this category, you haven't done your homework until you drive this car.
The Qashqai has proven a perennial favourite in Europe over the past decade, and this newest one continues to deliver on its promises of practicality, ease of use, and efficiency. Canadians historically share some common automotive tastes with the Europeans, particularly their affection for practical hatches, so don't be surprised when Qashqai becomes a household name.
Fifteen years on, Infiniti isn’t targeting the same type of person as with the G35--they’re targeting the same person. The Q60 has become better-looking and more mature with time. We should all be so lucky.
Taken as an exercise in substance without scale, the QX30 starts to make a lot more sense. Infiniti’s done their own bodywork for the QX30, and it’s gorgeous. Where the GLA looks a bit squished and stunted, the QX30 looks muscular and sculpted. It’s low and wide; a more expressive face in a segment populated by more upright trucklets.
If Lincoln can follow this Continental with unique models that bring this new energy and style to other segments, they've got a real shot at reclaiming their prewar status as a premier American luxury marque.
While new Discovery will undoubtedly be more efficient, better-handling, and more competitive than the LR4, I can’t help but feel that we are losing an icon to progress. From its humble beginnings as a hail-mary from the parts bin, to this distinctive and luxurious swansong, the big, boxy Discovery is a true original, and will be sorely missed.