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New 2016 Buick Envision SUV Proves Disappointing

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The 2016 Buick Envision's window sticker starts out with "Design and Engineering Led By Buick in the United States of America." This seems curious. So why is Buick, a traditionally all-American brand known for selling velour-lined sedans to modest family doctors and country lawyers, pushing the Envision's origin story? Turns out this new-to-America upscale compact SUV is built in China with 85% Chinese parts. But regardless of where the 2016 Buick Envision was brought up, our first impressions show that it needs more time in finishing school.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT takes on a Trio of V6 Muscle Cars

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Garish horsepower numbers have become de rigueur in the world of muscle cars, where supercharged and big displacement V8 engines dominate drag strips and fuel fantasies of aerosolized rubber. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT bucks that trend by proving that humble six-cylinder power is more than enough for the vast majority of drivers - and certainly easier on your bank account when it comes time to fill up at the fuel pump.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu LT 1.5T Review: Downright Competitive

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Our 2016 Chevrolet Malibu LT was optioned up with the $1995 True North Package, a $1995 Leather Package, and a $995 Convenience & Technology Package for a $32,080 total, fees included.

SUV Review: 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - While it’s a worrisome possibility that I’m slowly becoming one of those crotchety “Hey you kids get off my lawn!” kinda guys, I won’t apologize for my general love of most things “old school.” I think that a sport utility vehicle ought to mostly still look like a working truck instead of something overly sleek, aerodynamic or, gawd forbid, cute. This is why I am a big fan of the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LT sport utility vehicle.

2016 Chevrolet SS Quick Take

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - You might have a little trouble finding the 2016 Chevrolet SS on the Chevrolet website, because it's not under "Cars" with the rest of the sedans. Instead it's listed under "Performance," alongside the Camaro and Corvette. And where else should it be? The Chevy SS offers 0-60 performance well under 5 seconds, a top speed in excess of 150 mph, a suspension that adjusts between freeway comfortable and performance taut with the flick of a switch, and even a 6-speed manual transmission to route the 415 horsepower from the 6.2-liter V8 engine to the rear wheels.

Comparison: 2016 Mustang EcoBoost vs 2016 Camaro 2.0T

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - It’s rare, in my experience, for the stars to align and grant a journalist like myself with two similarly-equipped cars that compete in the same segment on subsequent weeks, but that’s just what happened recently when a Bright Yellow bundle of joy landed on my doorstep just a week after I handed back the keys to an EcoBoost Mustang. Happenstance, or divined by the manufacturer fleet gods? The Mustang-versus-Camaro battle has waged on for decades, but it seems especially prescient these days: both pony cars are better and more competitive than they’ve ever been, and at the same time to boot.  

2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T Manual Tested

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - The Chevy Camaro offers three engine choices. Two of them lie on the spectacular side of the spectrum, but the third, the new 2.0-liter turbo four, isn’t quite up to the excellence of the rest of the car. It’s the engine with the faint turbo whistle, the one that moans like no Camaro should. A Camaro with an inline-four sounds about as appealing as a tofu salad at a Chicago steakhouse. Judged only by the numbers, though, it’s still respectable.

Critics' Notebook: 2016 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - In the week leading up to taking delivery of this 2016 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ, I was a little intimidated. I was about to take a very big vehicle on some very small roads. To be tackled first on a Friday drive were the skinny streets of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, followed by 30 miles of the windy, treacherous, thin lanes known as the Taconic State Parkway in New York’s Hudson Valley. My intimidation evaporated fairly quickly, however, as the Suburban proved itself to be very manageable throughout.

Riding the rail trails: Melbourne to Yea in the Holden Trax LTZ

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Most wagons and SUVs will take a bike in the back without the need for removing a wheel (albeit with a bit of jiggling), but we opted to do the drive in the 2016 Holden Trax LTZ, using the increasingly popular option of a roof-mounted bike carrier. The cross-bars are Holden genuine accessories (a $330 option) and clamp on to the Trax’s standard roof rails. They feature a generic gutter-mounting system for accessory carriers, which matched our own Thule bike racks perfectly.

Road test: Vauxhall Zafira tourer SE 2.0 CDTi

Posted By GMbeat on Articles - Since 1999 the "classic" Zafira has dominated the compact MPV sector in the UK. Across Europe, more than 2.2 million have been sold, with almost a quarter in the UK. When they first arrived, MPVs were all about the versatile and practical way they could transport mum, dad, 2.4 children and all their worldly goods and chattels. But, over the years, these hugely popular vehicles have become much more about refinement and quality. The Zafira Tourer is Vauxhall's attempt to dominate this more upmarket sub-sector – and it is a very good attempt indeed.