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2015 Chrysler 200S AWD V6 Review & Test Drive

Posted: 25 Jul 2014 05:44 AM PDT



Chrysler has set a new tone for the all-new 200 where it embellishes on a completely new design with a contrast that is almost night and day when compared to the outgoing model. All-new for 2015, the Chrysler 200 is a much more appealing vehicle and places its mid-size sedan principles at the forefront breaking away from the ordinary sedan formula.


The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 base powerplant gets a reworking starting with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine touting additional power now at 184 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. The new Chrysler 200 has 4 trim levels (LX, Limited, S, C) whereas the base LX and Limited only get the 2.4-liter engine while the 200S and 200C can be optioned with the increased-power 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine getting 295 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of toque, as found in my all-wheel-drive configured Chrysler 200S test vehicle. Both powertrains are now mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission with an electronic rotary-style shifter – part of a nice luxury touch in the new 200. With the advanced adaptive abilities of the new 9-speed unit, shifts take place quickly and decisively at most speeds. Cruising on the highway around 70 mph or more with a light touch of the gas pedal is the only time 9th gear is used, more as a cruising overdrive to conserve fuel. Use of the 8 gears is a common situation for the transmission to select. The transmission shifts smoothly with some seldom-abrupt behavior when performing slow-rolling starts or during full throttle situations. Basically, the transmission will want to start off in 2nd gear during those times you barely come to a complete stop with a small blip of the gearing and snap into gear under heavy load. Performing full-throttle adaptations when cruising in either 8th or 9th gear will require a full second or two before it hits the proper gear for a down-shift. This was not so much of an annoyance as in any other circumstance the downshifts were performed quickly landing directly into the proper lower gear. In the event that you must overtake a vehicle at highway speeds, the transmission landing into its proper gear at mid-throttle provides more than enough grunt to get the job done considering the ample power from the V6 engine.


The economical side of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 shines well when equipped with the 2.4-liter engine getting up to 36 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg city. Jumping up to my 2015 200S AWD V6 trim you can expect to get an EPA estimated 18 mpg city and 29 mpg city. I consistently saw a combined average of about 25 mpg and about 28 mpg on the highway leaving my city adventures getting about 19 mpg. Having the all-wheel-drive system and V6 engine the new Chrysler 200S it was expected to burn a little extra fuel.


Opting for the V6 engine is the obvious ideal choice for enthusiasts, especially considering the performance out of my Chrysler 200S AWD is among the best for its mid-sized sedan segment reaching 60 mph from a dead stop in 6.1 seconds. Not to mention, the nicely styled 19×8-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels wrapped in 235/40/R19 all-season tires, all-wheel-drive system, and re-tuned AWD Sport suspension for the 200S trim make the new Chrysler 200S a decent performer that remains well-planted on the highway and twisty roads. The ride quality from the AWD Sport Suspension exudes a nice quality for balancing sport and comfort. Never was my 2015 Chrysler 200S upset with unwanted body motion or wavering on hard turns and twisty roads. For the most part, for a midsized sedan, the Chrysler 200S remained compliant and nicely mannered even when pushed a little hard. Though, as expected, the 200S will start to exhibit some understeer with subtle throttle cuts having stability control stepping in rather soft when you daringly push its lateral limits. With the AWD setup it is moderately difficult to unplant the 200S. Steering feel is also pretty spot on for the new Chrysler 200S, with a slight dash of sport and a nice weight through the electric-assisted steering rack.


The appeal of the all-new Chrysler 200S starts and ends with its interior and exterior styling. My 200S AWD V6-trimmed test vehicle with its Bright White Clear Coat exterior paint, hyper black 19-inch wheels and nicely accent-trimmed black interior, all bring out the new coupe-like style of the 200S. The front windshield is raked considerably with the with the A-pillar almost in line with the hood's sloping line. The curvy edges of the front fascia flowing back through the chiseled belt line and ending with the sculpted rear end encase a stylish set of LED tail lights, which all elaborate on a stunning exterior design. Even the optioned HID headlights with LED day-time running lights and LED foglights on my Chrysler 200S AWD tester add a nice luxury aesthetic to the exterior while at the same time the LED foglights provide a nice wide-light pattern emitted directly onto the road for better visibility.


Inside of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a restyled interior that appeals to its ease of functionality and over-all visual appeal. The controls throughout the new 200 were designed with thought behind them in their placement and intuitiveness. This is also evident within the latest version of Chrysler's Uconnect system fed through the 8.4-inch touchscreen as part of a Navigation system options package. Virtually the same system found in other similarly equipped Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, the new Uconnect interface is among the best in the business for infotainment systems in its user friendliness and quick responsiveness. The system nicely combines most vehicle settings and controls along with audio and navigation interaction. The limited amount of physical controls and turn-knobs rest on a slanted plane along the center console, placing the important stuff within a short reach of the driver or front passenger. It all comes together brilliantly. Even still, the cabin remains surprisingly quiet with the slight exception of the V6 engine's growl – it tends to find its way into the cabin with a subtle drone at times but not overly annoying.


The seating positions and comfort up front are ideal, too. The nicely-bolstered sports seats up front with cloth inserts surrounded by two-tone leather accents along the bolsters add a nice sporty taste to the interior. The black-chrome and bluish tinted trim throughout the interior and outlining the driver gauge cluster along the padded dashboard all work well to accent the color scheme of the interior and its "S" embroidered color-accented seats for the 200S trim. The shortcomings of the interior are limited to the over-all interior space being on the smallish size for a midsized sedan mostly in the rear. Rear seating isn't too friendly for 6-feet-tall individuals in the head and legroom departments. Trunk space slightly makes up for the smallish back seating area with a copious 16 cubic feet and the 60/40 split seat back has a nice trunk pass-through door accessed behind the fold-out armrest with cup holders.


Leaving several option groups and packages for the taking within the 200S and 200C trim levels makes the Chrysler 200 a nicely customized midsized sedan for almost any lifestyle. My 2015 Chrysler 200S AWD V6 was optioned with only a couple of packages being the Comfort Group (heated steering wheel, heated front seats, remote start system, humidity sensor, Parkview rear back-up camera, auto dual-zone climate, illuminated vanity mirrors and rear a/c-heater vents), Navigation and Sound Group 1 (7-inch color driver information display, GPS navigation, Uconnect 8.4-inch screen w/SXM radio and Bluetooth, 9 speaker Alpine audio system, Uconnect Access with assist and 911 emergency dial up, SXM Traffic and Travel Link and auto-dimming rearview mirror), Premium Lighting Group (HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED foglights) and 19-inch hyper black aluminum wheels. All together these options add about $3,780 to the price of my Chrysler 200S AWD V6's starting at $28,695 bring it to an as-tested $33,470 including a $995 destination charge. Still, the starting price of a base 2015 Chrysler 200 LX is a nice $22,695 (including $995 destination charge), a desirable point for a midsized sedan.

In all, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200S AWD V6 is a sharp-looking midsized sedan that assorts itself from fitting into the common crowd, which is a good thing. Additionally, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 appeals to the masses with a lot of customization in its feature sets and options with the ability to perform up to its stunning sporty looks through the V6 engine and class-leading 9-speed automatic transmission. I would certainly give the new Chrysler 200 a serious look if you are someone who is looking to break out from the normal and appease your visual sense with something exceptional that carries through your other senses with what's on the inside.

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Copyright: 2014 AutomotiveAddicts.com


  • Price: Base 200 LX $22,695 / As-Tested 200S AWD V6 $33,470
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6 DOHC 295 horsepower @ 6400 rpm / 262 ft-lbs. torque @ 4400 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 108 in.
  • Track: f/r-62.1/62 in.
  • Overall length: 192.3 in.
  • Overall height: 58.7 in.
  • Fuel tank: 15.8 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,473 lbs.
  • EPA total interior passenger volume: 115.9 cu.ft.
  • Headroom: f/r-37.7/37.4 in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.2/37.6 in.
  • Luggage capacity: 16.0 cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 39.5 ft.

In Our Garage: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 02:47 PM PDT



Everyone knows the Suburban (you can't miss them on the road), but the all-new 2015 is probably the best one yet in terms of luxury, drivability and versatility. This week we check out this big people and "stuff" hauler. Check back for our impressions in the upcoming review.


Pastrana and Higgins Climb to the Clouds on Mt. Washington

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 12:31 PM PDT

Subaru Launch Control

I’ve driven up Mt. Washington in a 1977 Volvo 240 wagon. I used a calendar to measure the time it took to reach the peak.

Pastrana and Higgins will attempt to do it in a little over 6 minutes…

Nissan’s Snazzy Backup Camera in the 2014 370z NISMO

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 11:49 AM PDT

2014 Nissan 370z Nismo

2014 Nissan 370z Nismo

While I wait to experience Nissan’s amazing new Smart Rearview Mirror, see video below, I wanted to showcase Nissan’s current auto-dimming rearview mirror, equipped with a crystal clear back-up camera LCD, a compass, and Homelink Universal Transceiver.

The 2014 Nissan 370z NISMO edition adds a massive rear wing spoiler to further disrupt the already limited rear window real estate. Needless to say, without some additional help, backing up the Z takes a bit of guesswork, potentially life threatening kind of guesswork that we would rather avoid. The backup camera LCD built into the rearview mirror changes everything. Nissan has thoughtfully provided that perfect companion who, and this is a metaphor of course, tirelessly stands behind the car and waives his or her hands like an aviation boatswain’s mate on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Take a look at the photos below to see just how much of a difference the camera really makes.


2014 Nissan Back Up Camera

Impossible to see anything directly behind the car.

2014 Nissan Back Up Camera

Twisting your melon around doesn’t improve things much.

Stick the transmission in reverse though and…

2014 Nissan Back Up Camera

Of course, the mirror still acts like a traditional rearview mirror as well. And the best part is that if it breaks, it still works (as a traditional mirror).

2014 Nissan Back Up Camera

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2015 Porsche Cayenne Gets Refreshing, Updates and Plug-In-Hybrid

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 05:22 AM PDT



Fresh off of the almost-instantaneous success of the all-new Porsche Macan, the 2015 Cayenne gets some design refreshing to look much like its smaller sibling. It's not a bad idea when you think about it. The Porsche Cayenne always had a soft spot in enthusiast's hearts as one of the very few SUVs capable of really being sporty and compliant on a race track. Now, Porsche takes it to a new level for the Cayenne's new look possibly to ride off of the inspiration that the all-new Macan has captivated as a new entry into the Porsche lineup, even with the Cayenne having a 12-year head-start.


For 2015 the Cayenne receives a new Plug-In-Hybrid version and does away with the 4.8-liter V8 in place of a new 420-horsepower twin-turbo V6. The Cayenne S E Hybrid shares many internals with the new Panamera S E Hybrid with limited all-electric range of about 18 to 30 miles. Power from the Cayenne S E Hybrid comes by way of 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery back, its 333-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine and a 95-horsepower electric motor. Total system output comes to 416 horsepower. The Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Diesel powertrains carry over with the only changes being the exterior refreshing with the rest of the 2015 trim levels.


The new 2015 Porsche Cayenne will start at $61,700 for the Cayenne Diesel, $74,100 for the Cayenne S and $76,400 for the Cayenne S E Hybrid and $113,600 for the Cayenne Turbo – all prices excluding the $995 destination charge. We expect it will reach our U.S. market in November.


Here is the all-new 2015 Porsche Cayenne in action below… We Like what we see!

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Stuttgart/Atlanta. A sharper design, boosted efficiency and an extensive set of standard options are characteristics of the new Porsche Cayenne.  A sports car among sport utility vehicles (SUVs), the Cayenne offers seating for five paired with high performance driving typical of Porsche.

The new generation of the Cayenne will be launched in four versions in the United States: Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, and the world premiere of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. This model, together with the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder, make Porsche the world’s only car manufacturer to offer three plug-in hybrid models. Another highlight is the entirely new 3.6 liter twin-turbo V6 engine for the Cayenne S. It was entirely developed by Porsche and shows both improved performance and fuel economy compared to its predecessor.

The Cayenne is a unique success story at Porsche, with the company introducing the first model in 2002. This vehicle made the idea of a sports car in the SUV segment a reality – and it set standards right from the start. Sales have exceeded all expectations: Over 276,000 first generation vehicles were produced (2002 to 2010), and approximately 303,000 units of the second generation, which was introduced in 2010, have been produced so far.

Sharpened exterior design

In this latest version, Porsche designers have given the Cayenne an even sharper design with precise lines and purposefully placed light refracting edges. The design of the front body, the front fenders and the hood are entirely new. Another new feature are the airblades, which are air fins located on the right and left of the vehicle’s front end used to guide air to the intercoolers for cooling, while also making a strong visual statement.

At first glance, the new Cayenne can be clearly made out as a Porsche by its Bi-Xenon™ headlights, which are standard on the Diesel, S, and S E-Hybrid models, with “hovering” four-point LED daytime running lights. Standard on the top model, the Cayenne Turbo, are high performance LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS).

The rear section of the new Cayenne was also thoroughly updated. The layout of the rear lights creates a three-dimensional effect; the brake lights – like the LED daytime running lights in front – are designed in four elements. The license plate recess, tailgate handle and lights are now integrated more elegantly into the tailgate lid. The vehicle's horizontal lines were also re-designed, giving the vehicle an even fuller stance on the road. The newly designed exhaust tailpipes are now integrated in the lower rear fascia.

In the interior, designers devoted much of their effort to the driver’s space. The driver now gets a new multifunction sport steering wheel with shift paddles as standard. Its look and functions are based on the steering wheel of the 918 Spyder. The rear seating system has also been updated to be even more comfortable, and seat ventilation can now be ordered as an option for the rear seats.

Better efficiency

Power and torque were boosted while improving efficiency.  For Porsche, these are not incompatible or contradictory goals; they were enabled by numerous individual modifications to the entire drivetrain. All new Cayenne models feature an improved “auto stop-start function plus” and optimized thermal management. Active air flaps are now being used for the first time in the Cayenne models. They are located behind the center air intake and are controlled by engine management. They are opened or closed according to the specific driving situation and cooling demands. This allows them to adjust the air volume that is available for cooling. When they are closed they improve aerodynamics, which reduces air drag and thereby improves fuel economy.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The technical progress made here is immense compared to the previous Cayenne S Hybrid. The new model has a lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.8 kWh, which enables pure electric driving. The power of the electric motor was more than doubled, from 47 hp to 95 hp, resulting in an all-electric top speed of 78 mph. Combined with the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 (333 hp), a total system power of 416 hp at 5,500 rpm and a total system torque of 435 lb.-ft. from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm is available. This enables driving performance on the level of a sports car: zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 151 mph. The traction battery can be charged from the electric power grid or while driving. Porsche Car Connect is standard on this vehicle, and allows the driver to pull relevant vehicle data from a smart phone.

The hybrid tradition at Porsche extends back to 1899 and the Lohner Porsche – the world’s first vehicle to have a battery-powered electric drive as well as a combustion engine, which was designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche. In the current model line-up, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is setting standards worldwide as the first plug-in vehicle of the premium class. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is now transferring this forward-looking technology to the premium SUV segment. Extraordinarily powerful hybrid technology has also already been implemented in a sports car, in a super sports car no less – the 918 Spyder. This car serves as an example of technology transfer from motorsport to production cars. The most advanced form of hybrid drive technology is currently implemented in the 919 Hybrid, and it is also being studied for production vehicles.

The Cayenne Diesel combines sportiness with even better fuel efficiency. The 3.0 liter, turbocharged V6 engine in the Cayenne Diesel produces 240 hp at 3,800 to 4,400 rpm and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. With this output, the car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 135 mph.

The new 3.6 liter twin-turbo V6 engine of the Cayenne S, which was developed entirely at Porsche, is another example of how downsizing with reduced engine displacement and fewer cylinders does not compromise core values. The twin-turbo V6 develops a maximum power of 420 hp at 6,000 rpm – a gain of 20 hp. The car’s torque of 406 lb.-ft. is available from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm (gain of 37 lb.-ft.). The previous power density of

83 hp per liter engine displacement was increased to 117 hp (gain of around 40 percent). With its standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, the Cayenne S accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds (5.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package) – 0.4 seconds faster than the previous Cayenne S. The vehicle’s top speed is 160 mph.

Finally, the Cayenne Turbo is characterized by a high level of performance readiness, uninterrupted forward thrust and an ability to handle any driving situation. 4.8 liter engine displacement, eight-cylinders and twin-turbochargers result in engine power of 520 hp at 6,000 rpm, its torque is 553 lb.-ft. from 2,250 to 4,000 rpm. This lets the Cayenne Turbo accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds (4.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package), with a top speed of 173 mph.

Chassis tuning of the new Cayenne was optimized for even greater comfort, naturally without compromising its dynamic pace. This makes the spread between comfort and sportiness even greater than before – and it validates the Cayenne's claim to being the sports car in the SUV segment.

The new Cayenne models will launch in the US market starting November 1, 2014. MSRP for the new Cayenne models are as follows:

Cayenne Diesel $61,700
Cayenne S $74,100
Cayenne S E-Hybrid $76,400
Cayenne Turbo $113,600

MSRPs are excluding destination charges of $995.

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Back-Road Driving Footage: Video

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 10:49 AM PDT



The new 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, yeah, you know all about it and the 707 horsepower it pumps out by now. So check out this driving footage directly from the Portland, Oregon media event. Enjoy!

2016 Acura NSX Caught Testing at Nurburgring: Video

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 08:26 AM PDT



It has been a while since we heard much about the upcoming Acura NSX as some enthusiasts have made their minds up that Honda/Acura would not introduce such a car and fill Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld's order from 2012. It seems new spy shots and exclusive video of the 2015/2016 Honda NSX (Acura NSX) are now showing up evident of the NSX making its way closer to production. Shown here, in its production body covered up by camouflage wrapping, is the forthcoming NSX that should be officially 'ready' later this year or early next year.


Do you think the NSX and its 3.7-liter V6 engine hybrid concoction will be a real competitor among the likings of other sports and exotics on the current market?