The BMW i3 comes into 2015 with only a very small change from the 2015 which is a price increase of $1,050. Those of you who bought the 2014 model might be wiping your brows in relief of dodging this bullet, but wait. The real difference is the 2015 model is equipped with the Combined Charging Standard (CCS) DC quick charge receptacle, satellite radio and heated seats as standard equipment for 2015 where the 2014 offered the CCS as a $700 option. Adding the other two parts would easily bring the price up to the hiked price on the 2014 model which means there isn’t much of a change after all, simply putting more equipment in as standard fare.
Adding the range extender to the i3 the price will come in around $47,200 with the base model starting out at $43,350. The range extender give the i3 a modified version of the motorcycle engine which uses a 2.3-gallon tank giving the i3 a 186 mile range instead of the 81 miles that will be achieved on a full charge without the range extender. Either model of the i3 offers 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque to enjoy with amazing efficiency to seriously enjoy.
The old saying that “good things come in small package” is very true of the entire line of the BMW 2 Series. These cars have a great deal of power, performance and dynamics to enjoy and now for this year BMW has equipped two of them with all-wheel drive, answering the call from the masses to add this control to these great cars. Only offered with two doors on these small Beemers, the 2 Series gives BMW lovers a starting point to build their longstanding relationship with BMW and offers some of the best and most necessary luxury features on the market.
With the addition of the AWD (called xDrive for BMW) the 2 Series easily takes on the Audi A3 quattro and Mercedes-Benz CLA 4Matic to show off exceptional handling, precision control and a power punch that is unexpected in a small car of this caliber. All of this makes the 2 Series one of the best entry level luxury sport coupes available that can also be had as a convertible and comes in much less than the 4 Series.
Even though the top of the line GT is always going to be the gold standard and show off with is muscular V8 engine that offers a roar and a pull that will plant you in the front seat with your face plastered in a permanent smile the four-cylinder EcoBoost Mustang has a lot to love. In previous years the four-cylinder was easily discernible from the GT and everyone who saw your Mustang would know you were driving one that was somewhat less than desirable. That is no longer the case, in fact now the simple reality is only a few features give the two a different look from the outside, making this one of the most attractive sub-GT versions of the Mustang ever.
Not only does an EcoBoost powered Mustang show off with great stylings and features that make it attractive to just about any Pony Car lover, (except those who must have the GT), but this version is a lot of fun to drive. With a smaller engine and an easy shift throw the EcoBoost makes driving and moving through the gears a smooth and fun transition which allows you to feel in full control of the car.
Lexus has a long and storied history of offering luxury cars at a price that many can afford. With a badge that hasn’t been known for speed and power, but rather one that offers a smooth ride, luxurious feel and more features for the money than any other, a serious sports car has been missing for quite some time. Enter in the brand new Lexus RC. The RC is a sports coupe with a fixed roof and only two doors that hasn’t been seen from the Lexus brand in well over 15 years.
The Lexus RC 350 is made to show off against the likes of the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5 and Cadillac ATS Coupe with the RC F model taking on the BMW M4 and Audi RS 5. Offering a very aggressive design and amazing luxury features the RC is a coupe that will surprise and amaze any owner with price, features, capability and power on any road. For long time Lexus lovers the look of the RC might suggest it is built on the IS platform, but it is in fact built on its own platform making it unique and all its own.