Auto Notes - July 2019
Top safety award. The 2019 Kia Stinger, in the large car category, has earned the highest designation of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on May 24. The Stinger wins the award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.
To qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in six various evaluations, as well as advanced or superior ratings in front crash prevention and a good headlight rating. Several classes of vehicles are rated a Top Safety Pick with fewer models receiving the + designation. Kia has won 10 Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ awards for 2019 models, including two Niro Hybrid wins and one for the Optima 4-door sedan.
Earlier this year, Subaru won several + awards for 2019 small cars (Crosstrek 4-door wagon, Impreza 4-door sedan, and WRX 4-door sedan), midsize cars (Legacy 4-door and Outback wagon), and SUVs (Forester and Ascent). All three models of Genesis (G70, G80, and G90) also have + ratings, as does select models from Mazda, Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Audi, Lincoln, Acura, and Honda.
Pacifica top minivan. The Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) has named the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as the “Best Family Car” in the 2019 GAAMA Family Car Challenge held in late May. It was the third time GAAMA has given the Pacifica Hybrid its top award. The Texas Auto Writers Association recently named the 2019 Pacifica “Family Car of Texas,” and the Northwest Automotive Press Association has given the model top awards.
Additional accolades for the Pacifica this year are from Cars.com, which named it “Family Car of the Year” for the second consecutive year, and Good Housekeeping, in conjunction with Car & Driver, gave the model the top minivan award.
With more than 100 safety and security features, the Pacifica has the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, available 4G Wi-Fi, plus an extensive list of technology features. It also has multiple storage and cargo areas to meet the demands of families, outdoor enthusiasts, and those that use the van for commercial purposes.
Ohhh … powerful. If one desires pure power then the 2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe may be the answer. Now available to order, the Cayenne S has a 2.9-L twin-turbo V-6 engine that provides 434 HP and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. From a standstill, it can reach 0-60 MPH in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 164 MPH.
The 2020 Cayenne S receives upgraded standard equipment, including a Sport Chrono Package, 20-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, a fixed roof spoiler, a body with sharper proportions, availability of three Lightweight Sport Packages, and has the Porsche Traction Management all-wheel-drive system, among other features.
Delivery to dealers is expected in late fall of this year and the base price for the S Coupe will be $88,600.
Mid-engine Vette. It’s been long awaited, but on July 18, Chevrolet will unveil the mid-engine Corvette C8 that is expected to have DOHC V-8 engine options (4.2-L or 5.5-L) with either a manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. The new Vette will feature an all-new electrical architecture that has high-quality sensors and computers to enhance performance and handling.
It’s reported that it will have an upscale interior that is driver-focused and offers plentiful technology. Pricing starts at $70,000, but for higher performance editions of the mid-engine C8 the price could be as high as $135,000-140,000. All the pertinent facts will be determined on July 18.
Hot Kia. Two automotive press associations awarded the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride category wins at recent events. The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) named the SX V-6 AWD the Best Mid- and Full-Size Family SUV at its recent Mudfest competition, while the Texas Motor Press Association (TMPA) awarded the Telluride first place in the SUV category at the Texas Off-Road Invitational.
“Jurors were impressed by the Telluride’s off-road prowess, which rivaled that of traditionally rough-and-ready SUVs in muddy, steep, rocky, and sandy terrain,” said Eileen Falkenberg-Hull, vice president of TMPA. “It also took on the challenge of driving through hub-high water with ease.”
Powered by 3.8-L GDI six-cylinder engine, the Telluride offers on-demand AWD, a spacious interior, 18-inch wheels/tires standard (20-inch optional), navigation, power liftgate, and a plethora of safety and tech features.