The Lexus ES350 was a hot topic this week in AutoGuide.com’s new car section, followed by a series of other sedans marking different segments.
Powered by a 3.5-liter V6, the front wheels get 268 hp to pull a big load of leather, sheet metal and premium “stuff.” A six-speed automatic is the only choice here.
People also likes the easy-selling Honda Accord. Recently named the 2014 Green Car of the Year, the mid-size sedan comes to market with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, four- and even six-cylinder variants. If variety is the spice of life, then the Accord is probably salt. It’s cheap, common and a sure bet for one-size fits all applications.
Dodge’s Dart sedan was also a popular pick this week. It’s sort of an in-between. It’s a bit big for the compact segment, but too small to mix with the Accord and make Mrs. Dash… Just like the bigger Japanese car mentioned a moment ago, it too calls variety a friend. In this case, it’s transmissions. There’s an autobox, a dry dual clutch and even a stick.
But the Italian-based sales dud can’t have all the fun. Chevrolet’s Cruze came in just behind. It offers two particularly fuel-friendly packages: the Eco and clean diesel models. Just like Dodge, Chevrolet is borrowing from its friends overseas by using an Opel based oil burner. Hooray Germany, hooray diesel.
Finally, the Chevrolet Impala rounded off this week’s list. A four-cylinder is available, but the V6 model is the one to pick here.