Driving Notes

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD handled well on the autocross course. Photo: Chris Wolski

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

The 2017 Passat comes with more features offered on lower trims. Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard across all trims, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is now standard on both R-Line and SE trims.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton Pickup

Nissan's Titan half-ton gets the same beefy 5.6L Endurance V-8 found in the larger gasoline-powered Titan XD, and the smaller package makes the truck a lot easier to maneuver.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2017 Ford Escape 1.5L 4WD

Ford's sturdy Escape compact SUV arrives for the 2017 model year with a heavy refresh oriented toward safety upgrades and lower-displacement engines.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Subaru's Rear Automatic Braking System

The Subaru Outback returns for the 2017 model year with a feature that could help fleets reduce the risk of low speed collisions that occur while the driver is backing up the vehicle.

Photo courtesy of GM.

2016 Cadillac CT6

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 is a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD), 5-passenger large luxury performance sedan. It is one of eight all-new vehicles that Cadillac will launch by the end of the decade as part of its $12-billion product investment.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

Chevrolet's 2016 Tahoe large SUV adds adaptive headlights, forward collision alerting, lane keep assist, and a safety alert seat.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid

Many companies have implemented fleet sustainability programs to achieve self-imposed reductions in CO2 and GHG emissions. However, the one segment that is sometimes the least compliant with corporate sustainability goals is the executive fleet. It is important for management to lead by example when initiating a fleet sustainability program to generate corporate-wide acceptance. The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid provides management with the ability to do so.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Infiniti Q70 5.6L

Infiniti's Q70 offers enough refinement to merit consideration as daily driver for a senior executive that has been helped by a 2015 refresh that improved the vehicle's infotainment system and brought Japanese Ash wood trim into the interior.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2017 Audi A4 2.0T

Technology bubbles to the surface of Audi's redesign of its entry luxury A4 for 2017 for a vehicle whose use in sales fleets has been mostly concentrated in the pharmaceutical industry.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Lexus RX350

As the brand's top-selling nameplate, the RX doesn't need seismic changes, and the enhancements are more substantial than you may expect.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

For 2016, GMC’s Sierra 1500 Denali is now available with the Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission that generates 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. This full-size truck offers a versatile mobile workstation with wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Lexus GS 200t F Sport

Overall, the 2016 Lexus GS 200t exudes “race enthusiast” rather than conservative executive vehicle, and achieves this on a budget — making it a counterpoint choice for fleets compared to others in its class.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen simplified its Touareg lineup for 2016 after giving its luxury SUV a mid-cycle update in 2015 by offering just the 3.6L VR6 and eliminating the Touareg Hybrid.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Lexus ES350

The ES350 entry luxury sedan may not be as sporty as some of its competitors but it provides a tasteful, pleasing mixture of plush interior creature comforts and a softer ride that smooths out roadway bumps.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Lincoln MKX

The MKX enters the 2016 model year with several new features, including new styling that features a more understated split-wing grille, available 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost engine, and active suspension that includes adaptive dampers.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Infiniti QX80 AWD

The 2016 Infiniti QX80 AWD with 5.6L engine is a full-size body-on-frame SUV that competes at the high end of this vehicle segment. It is perfect for executives who want to stand out, and who crave luxury coupled with power.

Photo by Mike Antich.

2016 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is a mid-size crossover SUV with three rows of seating for 7 passengers. The CX-9 is powered by a new four-cylinder 2.5L direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Photo by Martin Romjue.

2016 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD

Jaguar's modest 2016 refresh of its XJ sedan brings vastly improved connectivity and technology to the flagship.

Photo of 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali by Mike Antich.

2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali

The Yukon XL Denali is powered by a standard 6.2L V-8, coupled to an eight-speed transmission, generating 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It is equipped with a comprehensive safety package and is loaded with 4G LTE technology.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE300d

For fleets offering a luxury option to drivers or management, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE300d 4MATIC makes a pretty good case to make the selector. It’s the diesel powerplant that ups the ante.

The Nissan Titan XD gasoline joins the Titan XD diesel to round out the truck's engine lineup. Photo: Chris Wolski

2016 Nissan Titan XD with 5.6L V-8 Gasoline Engine

The 5.6L Endurance V-8 gasoline engine joins the Cummins 5.0L V-8 Turbo Diesel to round out the 2016 Nissan Titan XD engine lineup. The Titan XD is designed to bridge the gap between half-ton pickups and heavy-duty models. Here are my driving impressions.

Photo by Mike Antich.

2016 Buick Encore AWD

The all-wheel-drive Encore Sport Touring model is a small crossover utility vehicle that is powered by a peppy 1.4L turbo engine. It offers seating for five in a very quiet cabin, and is equipped with an impressive array of safety technologies.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2016 Ford Explorer 4WD

Ford gave its top-selling SUV a heavy refresh for the 2016 model year that included a more efficient inline-4, rugged exterior styling, optional 20-inch wheels, and available Terrain Management System adjusts torque depending on the driving conditions.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

2016 Jaguar XF S

Jaguar has made no secret that it wants to find a niche in fleets. The XF is a sporty, dynamic step in the right direction.


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