Japanese, German and American cars all came together to comprise this week’s most researched five at AutoGuide.com.
A surprise success, that Buick Encore is a crossover that wasn’t necessarily expected to made much of a splash when it launched. Beating expectations and besting forecasts, it went on to be a big hit for Buick in the U.S. where the company still deals in relatively low volume. In Canada, General Motors also sells a Chevrolet-branded version called the Trax.
The two top spots this week are occupied by cars from the General because in second place you’ll find the Chevorlet Impala. Shrugging off the previous generation’s less-than-desirable image, the new car is actually pretty good to drive, provided you pay for the V6 engine and mid-level trim at minimum.
Infiniti’s Q60 luxury coupe was also on the list this week. A carry-over product from before Infiniti chose to re-name its entire product line, you can think of the Q60 as a G37 Coupe that entered the witness protection program. Same old dog, brand new name.
But if it’s metal you’re after, look no further than the Mecedes-Benz CLA-Class. Unless you don’t like the idea of owning a front-wheel drive German four-door “coupe.” In any case, the semi-affordable four-cylinder runabout is a new option for people who would like to own something from the tri-star brand, but can’t swing the payments on a C-Class.
Of course, you could always step down to a semi-luxury brand like Acura. Honda’s premium brand will happily re-package a Civic with new sheet metal and a somewhat revised interior, should that be of interest. There’s a mild hybrid option that uses Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist system to offer improved fuel economy as well as the 2.0–liter base engine or more powerful 2.4-liter unit.