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Lexus IS Convertible / IS250C / IS350C Review

Lexus IS Convertible / IS250C / IS350C Review

Hardtop convertibles offer drivers the best of both worlds: top down in sunshine and top up in less favorable conditions.  A number of automakers have embraced the concept since the first model from Mercedes-Benz rolled off the assembly line back in 1998.
One of the newest entries into the hardtop-convertible market is the Lexus IS Convertible.  Available in two models, the IS 250 C with a 2.5-liter V-6 and the IS …

Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet Review

Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet Review

Summer is in full swing and that means one thing: convertible season is upon us.  While a convertible can be any ol’ drop top, a cabriolet has a specific definition, namely a convertible that seats at least four.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, which comes as an E350 and an E550, is such a vehicle.  Going against the trend of a power-operated retractable hardtop convertible, this is a true ragtop and it …

Nissan 370Z Review

Nissan 370Z Review

Spring is in the air and it’s our custom at Executive Road Warrior to put the roof down.  What better car to welcome the return of sunshine and warm weather than the Nissan 370Z.
The Nissan 370Z roadster traces its lineage back to the vaunted Datsun 240Z
New for 2010, the elegant yet muscular roadster is the perfect reason to drive to your next meeting.  Despite an industry trend towards hardtop convertibles, …

2011 Infiniti QX56 Review

2011 Infiniti QX56 Review

While the old adage ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ may be applicable to some brands, the people at Infiniti chose to throw that logic out the window with their 2011 QX brand where sales were already up 200% in 2010.  Infiniti took their tag line of “inspired performance” to task by focusing updates on several areas – most impressively with their technology – and executed pretty successfully.
I …

Review: Acura ZDX

Review: Acura ZDX

At the Acura ZDX’  introduction at the New York Auto Show last year, Acura vice president Jeff Conrad opined that the car “takes the best attributes of a stylish coupe, a versatile sedan, and a flexible SUV,  and successfully blends them into a head-turning vehicle for active and adventurous individuals to explore their passions.”
My introduction to the 2010 Acura ZDX was a bit different – and more painful. The car’s …

Competent but Boring: We Review the Kia Soul, Kia Forte, and Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Competent but Boring: We Review the Kia Soul, Kia Forte, and Hyundai Genesis Coupe

South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia (both owned by the same parent company) are relatively new entrants to the U.S. market and come from a country where the population values technology over performance.
While some may find the tall greenhouse awkward, the Kia Forte, created in the company’s California design studio, isn’t objectionable and it is certainly clean and uncluttered.  It is offered in three trim levels and the EX …

Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Review

Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Review

There’s no mistaking a Corvette – be it from 1953 or 2010 – with any other car on the road.  For me, the 2010 Corvette Convertible’s silhouette with the top down is the best representation of a true American icon.
Pressing the ignition button gives the driver a taste of what is to come as the engine comes to life with a mighty roar.  After such an auspicious start, it was …