The BMW 3-Series has long been the gold standard for German sports sedans. It was the car that had it all – good looks, plenty of power, and incredible handling. All these traits combined to make the 3-Series the Ultimate Driving Machine for almost 40 years.
Other brands have chased BMW over the years to come up with cars that delivered the exciting experience the 3-Series gave its owners. Unfortunately, BMW lost the way with dreadfully dull the F30 3-Series, giving other brands a chance to catch up. The F30 3-Series had painfully numb steering, an overly harsh suspension, and a very reluctant throttle despite the excellent B58 engine.
Thankfully, the all-new 2019 BMW 330i addresses most of those issues with significant improvements to the chassis and engine, and interior. Are these changes enough to propel BMW back to the top of the sport sedan segment?
First launched in 2010, the all-electric Nissan Leaf became one of the first mass-market full-EVs available for purchase, with everyone wondering how things like Nissan LEAF charging would work and, of course, once charged, how long was the battery really going to last? Safe to say, the car has more than proved its worth as, nine years on, the Leaf has become the best-selling electric car in the world. The original Leaf was truly a cutting edge piece of technology at the time, but it also highlighted the problem with the developing segment of electric cars. With an original range of 73ish miles, the Nissan Leaf couldn’t do much more than short commuting duty.
Fast forward to February 2018, and the launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf. The new Leaf debuted with a 40kWh battery pack and a 151-mile range, over double the original Leaf’s range. While this went a long way in solving the range anxiety problem for most, those of us who live in sprawling places like Texas still need a bit more range to feel comfortable.
This week I’m driving the all-new 2020 BMW 330i MSport around Central Texas to try some of the best BBQ in all of Texas. The G20 3-Series is brand new for 2020 and represents the volume sedan for BMW in North America.
I owned an F30 2016 BMW 340i MSport until last month and absolutely loathed the driving experience once the honeymoon wore off. I’m happy to report that the G20 platform in initial impressions goes a long way in correcting all that was horribly wrong in the F30.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been the benchmark in the luxury sedan segment as the measurement of excellence. Audi and BMW specifically have taken aim at the S-Class with their newest A8 and 7-Series offerings, and despite all being excellent cars, none quite convey the same flagship feeling that the S-Class sedan does.
Where the S-Class sedan has direct competition from several other brands, there is one model in the S-Class family that stands alone at the top of the ultra-luxury, four-seat convertible segment – the Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet.
First debuting in the United States in 1986, the Nissan Pathfinder name has grown to become somewhat of an iconic one in a sea of otherwise generic SUV names. Over those 33 years, the Pathfinder has evolved from a hardcore body-on-frame SUV based on the Nissan Hardbody to a curvy, three-row crossover that platform shares with Nissan’s Altima, Maxima and Murano. More of a family hauler than the off-roader of yesteryear, the Pathfinder has lost a lot of what it was known for best – off-road prowess.
All is not lost though. As a nod to the Pathfinder’s off-road roots, Nissan has introduced the new for 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition.
We’re testing the 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet this week, and checking out what makes it worth its $200k+ price tag. This is real luxury folks, not fake luxury. Things like this built-in fragrance atomizer set the AMG S63 Cab apart from lesser vehicles. Full review coming soon!