Convertibles and luxury compact crossovers are on the menu this week, and despite the sheer number of cars we’re testing this week, no one is complaining. Here’s AutoGuide Now, where we let you into our garage to see what we’ll be reviewing in the near future.
“I will be travelling to Whistler in B.C., Canada to drive the all-new Lexus NX crossover. Smaller than the mid-size RX, the NX will be the first Lexus product to incorporate a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.”
“This week I’ll also be driving the 2015 Nissan Juke NISMO RS. The RS version of the Juke NISMO bumps output out of the tiny 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine up to an impressive 215 HP. Best of all, the front-wheel drive crossover is also available with a six-speed manual transmission like my tester.”
“I’ve been lucky enough to spend time driving several members of the Porsche lineup this year and this week I’ll be adding not one but two vehicles to that list. As you can tell, the open air 911 Turbo Cabriolet is one of them. But before I spend time shooting around in this open-air German rocket, I’ll be heading to L.A.” 2015 Porsche Macan:
“And the reason for that trip? To test the latest product to come with a Porsche badge: the Macan. We’ll be splitting time between a track evaluation and carving along some of the twistiest roads that Southern California has to offer.”
“Summer is upon us, so what better way to celebrate than with a convertible? The E350 has an all-new look and interior for 2014, which saw the car rid itself of its iconic quad headlights. The 350 is the middle of road version of the E-Class, with a 302-hp V6. So will the drop-top E-Class offer the same class and refinement as its fixed-roof counterpart? I’ll find out this week.”
“While I do hope to take the F-Type Coupe to our test track for a comprehensive exploration of its performance when pushed to (and occasionally past) its very high limits, this week it’s in for a road test comparo with a rather special (and ironically rag-topped) Porsche 911. If you live near any of the winding roads along the Niagara escarpment, you’re welcome in advance for the spectacular exhaust noises you’ll no doubt hear over the next few days.”