MONTHLY ARCHIVES: APRIL 2017

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2016 Chevy Malibu | Baierl Automotive | Wexford PA

 The Chevrolet Malibu for 2016 was completely redesigned. While its attractive new appearance is a noticeable difference from the previous year’s model, you may be thinking what else changed as compared to the predecessor. In order to assist you in finding out, we have developed a comparison detailing all of the main differences in the 2016 Chevy Malibu and the 2015 version.

Exterior

Upon its exterior, changes between the 2015 model and the 2016 model are instantly obvious from initial glance. Plainly put, the 2015 model is bland as compared with the 2016 version, providing fairly simplistic, plain styling, as well as no big memorable or distinctive features. The 2016 Malibu is the opposite, as it touts a front end that is aggressive, has significant character lines down both of its sides and bold edges that have jagged creases. Even though many vehicle consumers were indifferent with the 2015’s design, the 2016 model is certain to inspire a love it or hate it response.

Interior

It is the same exact story on the interior, not surprisingly. As the 2015 Malibu provided a pretty bland, simplistic inside design, the 2016 model touts a bolder appearance and more aggressive shaping which helps to make it stand above the predecessor and rival versions. The 2016 Malibu even provides some very distinctive styling cues, like unique lines on its dashboard which almost appears as if they belong inside a sports car. The interior, of course, also grew in size, and the 2016 Malibu provides more space for rear and front occupants.

Mechanicals

The 2015 and 2016 Malibu both offer 2 powertrains, yet things changed a bit underneath the hood. To be specific, as the 2015’s base engine was a 2.5L 196-hp four-cylinder, the 2016 offers a 160 horsepower 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder. While this means the 2016 provides less power than the 2015 model, fuel economy is up from 2015’s 25 mpg/city and 36 miles per gallon/freeway to 27 miles per gallon city/37 miles per gallon highway.

Drivers wanting more power may upgrade toward a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder -- carried over from the 2015 Malibu. Power’s down somewhat -- from 259 horsepower to 250 horsepower -- yet fuel economy was up, from 21 miles per gallon city/30 miles per gallon highway in 2015’s version to 22 miles per gallon city/33 miles per gallon highway in the 2016 model. This change is mainly because of an eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing 2015’s six-speed automatic.

Technology and Features

Even though the 2015 Malibu was not down on technology -- particularly compared with competitive mid-sized sedans -- the 2016 makes some big leaps forward. Forward collision warning is still offered, for instance, yet the 2016 model added an automatic brake feature. There is a Bose sound system that you could not get with the 2015 model.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay features within the infotainment center. Then there is the available self-parking program and adaptive cruise control, both of which will enhance its appeal as a luxury mid-sized sedan. As a matter of fact, you likely will find everything needed in the 2015 Malibu, yet the 2016 also provides more of what’s needed.

Driving Experience

Both the 2016 and 2015, on the road, provide some drawbacks and advantages. The main benefit of the 2015 included the standard 196 horsepower four-cylinder engine that was amongst the most powerful base level mid-sized sedan powertrains. The 2016 160 horsepower engine is amongst the least powerful, and it really shows. To be honest, we would rather have the additional 36 horsepower back rather than a barely visible fuel economy increase of 2 miles per gallon city/1 mile per gallon highway.

However, otherwise, it is the 2016 Malibu which mainly offers benefits over the 2015. The 2016 specifically boasts an improved ride which is smoother over the bumps, sharper handling, as well as quieter cabin which is more reserved from wind and road noise. While the 2015 was somewhat of an also-ran as far as driving experience was concerned, the 2016 is a lot nearer to the tip of the pile, although we still do not believe it is as good as some of its top competitors.

Visit Baierl Automotive in Wexford, PA today for more information.


This entry was posted in Baierl Automotive and tagged 2015 Chevy Malibu, 2016 Chevy Malibu, Baierl Automotive, Wexford PA on 04/17/2017 at 11:40 AM

2017 Cadillac CT6 | Baierl Automotive | Wexford, PA

 With the development of Cadillac’s flagship CT6 sedan for 2017, the American luxury brand makes a comeback to the premium-luxury full-size car world, prepared to challenge heavyweights like the Audi A8, Lexus LS, and BMW 7 Series. The CT6 will borrow styling language that is laid down by the ATS and CTS sedans and will place it on a lower and wider platform. Engineers of Cadillac poured everything they had within the vehicle’s chassis and engine, whereas the interior staff outdid themselves as far as features, materials and styling is concerned. With a sum of 4 trim levels, AWD or RWD and 4 powertrain options, which include a new plug-in hybrid, the brand’s 2017 CT6 sedan is seeking to take on as many challengers as it can and win.

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From its uniquely American interior to its Art and Science design language, the Cadillac CT6 for 2017 makes an amazing statement. This high-tech interior ought to hold wide appeal with young consumers, whereas its taut suspension and advanced turbocharged engines might be enough to win hardcore enthusiasts over.

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Caddy’s 2017 CT6 sedan is not provided in long-wheelbase form, which makes it more compact than most competitors. There also isn’t any diesel or V8 option, and the brand’s name still does not hold sway with most owners of foreign cars.

What is New for 2017?

The Cadillac CT6 sedan for 2017 presents its most recent model, a plug-in hybrid, which promises thirty miles of EV-only range, all while still providing a generous sized trunk, and most torque of any CT6 version.

Driving Impressions

It does not matter what engine you pick; as it’ll come to seat-of-the-pants handling and dynamic cornering, Caddy’s 2017 CT6 luxury sedan knows what it is doing. In spite of its bigger dimensions, this model tips the scales a mere seventeen pounds heavier than the mid-sized CTS, and is almost 1,000 lbs. lighter than the BMW 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The weight-saving benefit, along with an ultra-rigid structure and advanced suspension set-up, permits the CT6 to move with an agility you will have to experience to believe. A few editors even felt that it out-Germans the Germans. Even its base, rear drive CT6 with its turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine is a joy to drive. Throw in all wheel drive, the 404-hp turbo V-6 and Active Chassis Package that has four-wheel steering, and you will receive an automobile equally at home upon the Nurburgring as it is the 405 highway.

Bose Panaray Audio Center

Its Bose Panaray stereo center is unique to this Cadillac CT6 for 2017 and has 34 compact speakers placed strategically throughout its cabin. The center has a Bose processor which uses the best technology from the brand’s home entertainment products, and results in seemingly limitless volume, deep bass, and crisp highs.

Active Chassis Package

Provided on the V-6-powered trims, as well as standard upon the Platinum, Caddy’s Active Chassis Package will merge the on-demand all wheel drive system with General Motor’s multiple mode Magnetic Ride Control, as well as four-wheel steering. This combination will promote superior agility at lower speeds, as well as its improved stability at higher speeds.

Interior

Well-appointed, quiet, and roomy even within base form, the roomy cabin of Caddy’s 2017 CT6 luxury sedan will reflect a tasteful combination of real wood, fine leather, as well as distinctive carbon fiber accents which place a contemporary spin on traditional luxury. The 8” configurable instrument cluster was replaced with a 12” unit within the Platinum and Premium Luxury models, yet all CT6s have a more responsive edition of the CUE infotainment center which will include a 10.2” screen and touch pad that is mounted on the console. Supportive, comfortable front buckets are matched with equally accommodating 40/20/40 bench seat in the rear offering an impressive 40.4” of legroom.

Exterior

Focusing on the classic proportions of an impactful rear drive sedan, the CT6 for 2017 has a long dash-to-axle ratio, as well as will embody the most recent Art and Science visual language that is reflected in crisply tailored body panels and its expressive, bold face.

Visit our dealership in Wexford, PA today for more information. 


This entry was posted in Baierl Automotive and tagged 2017 Cadillac CT6, Baierl Automotive, Wexford PA, on 04/17/2017 at 11:30 AM

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid | Baierl Automotive | Wexford, PA

 For 2017, the Kia Optima Hybrid was fully redesigned. Its base Premium will not disappoint with its plethora of standard features, yet we believe upgrading to the EX will be worth the cost. Firstly, it’ll include the Premium's Convenience package (for starters, with quieter front windows and driver assist aids). Also, the EX adds features like heated front seats, navigation and leather. More importantly, the EX's bench in the rear may be folded down in order to increase the size of the cargo space, a handy feature which some additional hybrid sedans do not offer.

Features and Trim Levels

The FWD Kia Optima Hybrid for 2017 comes well-equipped no matter what model you choose. Its base Premium is available with dual zone climate control, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, and keyless ignition and entry. Its Premium's Convenience package provides an excellent value for the added features you receive, whereas the EX will take that and adds goodies like leather upholstery and Harman Kardon sound system. A 2.0L engine and electric motor combine to generate 192 horsepower. The majority of hybrids possess a continuously variable transmission, yet the Optima Hybrid will stick with a 6-speed automatic transmission for more traditional shifting feels.

Trim Tested

Typically, each car is available in several versions, even though trim levels share multiple aspects. Although we haven’t completely tested the new Optima Hybrid just yet, we may glean a bit of insight by relating our opinions from the full test of the Kia Optima LX Turbo for 2016 (1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo; seven-speed dual clutch automatic). They have various engines, yet most of our additional opinions still apply to the hybrid.

Driving

Although we have not driven the Optima Hybrid for 2017 yet, we’ve tested the mechanically associated Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. We’ll expect that the Optima is going to pull away seamlessly from a stop because of initial electric only power. However, outright performance and handling are more than likely to be somewhat disappointing.

Comfort

Overall, the regular Optima provides a comfy ride, and we predict the same for the Hybrid. However, the seats are less than perfect. In the Optima’s front seats, there is a lack of side bolstering, and the ones in the back do not provide enough thigh support.

Interior

Inside the 2017 Optima Hybrid, there is not much visual excitement inside, yet it’s wisely designed for function. The available features and quality of materials make you feel like you are receiving just a little more for your money. Here is the only downside: the rear visibility is mediocre.

Ease of Use

The Optima for 2017 receives high marks for the easy-to-use infotainment center, as well as readable physical buttons which are placed logically. The main controls all are within reach, and there isn’t guesswork with buttons which are somewhat out of the way.

Getting out/Getting in

Tall door openings that are free from obstructions permit occupants to access their seats without any more effort than they would expend in additional sedans. The doors are suitably short in length to offer accessibility in snug parking spaces.

Roominess

Its seats in the front have an abundance of space for large occupants, and its range of adjustments cover tall and short passengers. Its outboard seats in the rear benefit from plenty of legroom, yet headroom is simply adequate for an average adult.

Visibility

The cabin of the Optima feels airy and big because of narrow roof pillars and large windows, yet the rear seat headrests and high rear decklid obscure its rearward view. Its optional parking sensors and standard rearview camera assist in reducing its blind spot.

Quality

A generous amount of plastic is used all throughout its interior; however, it is attractively grained and sturdy. Squeaks and creaks are nonexistent, and it feels as solid as any additional sedan in the segment.

Utility

The trunk, with 13.4 cubic feet of storage, is somewhat above the segment average for a mid-sized hybrid sedan. It’ll gain additional points for its 60/40-split rear seats within the EX version, although its opening is on the smaller side. Inside, there is an abundance of space for personal objects with many pockets and bins.

Technology

We give kudos to Kia for their easy-to-use infotainment center with quality graphics and an abundance of redundant physical buttons in order for you not to become lost in the menus.

Stop into our dealership in Wexford, PA today for more information.  


This entry was posted in Baierl Automotive and tagged 2017 Kia Optima, Hybrid, Baierl Automotive, Wexford PA on 04/17/2017 at 11:12 AM

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid | Baierl Automotive | Wexford, PA

 The Honda Accord Hybrid, after sitting out a year, comes back for 2017 with better efficiency, more standard safety and tech options, and more power. Concerning better efficiency, Honda asserts it’s a fact in reality if not on paper.

The previous Accord Hybrid that joined the lineup just three years before as a 2014 model, boasted an EPA rating of 50 miles per gallon for city driving, 45 miles per gallon highway, as well as 47 miles per gallon combined. It was that 50 miles per gallon figure in particular that had both the carmaker and auto buyers salivating. Though, the Honda Accord Hybrid for 2017 is rated at 49/47/48 miles per gallon, respectively. In spite of the lower city miles per gallon figure on its EPA sticker, Honda reports the new Accord Hybrid actually is more efficient than its previous one. The reason they give? Changes to its EPA testing cycle. If the new model utilized the same test as the previous one, Honda states, the new hybrid Accord might match the older 50 miles per gallon city number, while additionally earning added miles per gallon in combined driving. With this out of the way, let us move onto what the fuel-efficient vehicle is like to drive.

Although the Honda Accord Hybrid for 2017 might be more efficient than its previous model, Honda did not urge any hyper-miling challenges while presenting it to the media, as the carmaker did with its previous version. Instead, it had the goal of showing that while absolutely it is efficient, it additionally drives like an Accord—that long has had a somewhat more dynamic edge than the competitor the Toyota Camry.

It hits the mark, for the most part. Test drives had testers energetically piloting the Accord Hybrid upon twirling two-lane streets through hill country inside California's Napa Valley, and straight-shot—and occasionally traffic-clogged—highways.

However, even before they reached the twisties that comprised most of their driving, it was obvious this Accord was a breed apart. With an overall 212-hp, the Accord Hybrid for 2017 has sixteen more ponies than the predecessor and twenty-seven more than the standard four-cylinder Accord. Also, at 232 lb-ft, it’ll create impressive torque.

Multi-mode Drives

On first acceleration, the Accord Hybrid for 2017 pulls quietly and strong, like an electric vehicle. And that is because although it has a 2.0L gas engine, the Accord Hybrid was made to act something like an e-vehicle, where electric motors power their wheels. As the gas engine may power its front wheels, its role often is as a generator.

Within that mode, referred to as Hybrid Drive, one of the Honda Accord's 2 electric motors will drive its front wheels whereas the Atkinson cycle gas engine powers a 2nd generator/motor that supplements current from the car's lithium-ion battery pack. Within Engine Drive mode, its front wheels are driven by both the electric motor and the gasoline engine. EV Drive, a third mode, permits the fuel-efficient model to be powered upon electricity alone for brief distances and under lighter loads.

If all of this sounds complex, do not be concerned: The Hybrid is wise enough to smoothly transition to the suitable driving mode depending upon need. It all makes for assertive and quiet driving, at least as you aren’t flooring it. If you do, the gas engine usually drones, and power transmission feels rubbery, like a continually variable transmission. The Accord Hybrid, interestingly, doesn’t utilize a conventional transmission, yet instead will engage a lock-up clutch connecting the gas engine to the electric propulsion motor which drives its wheels.

Over various streets, the Hybrid felt comfortable and buttoned up. Though, within harder cornering, the low-resistance, efficiency-minded tires protested more than its chassis.  Brake feel, that has a tendency to be "grabby" upon hybrid vehicles because of their dual role for energy regeneration and stopping, felt linear and natural in the first test.

Value Built In

Like the previous Accord Hybrid, the new model comes at a premium. Now available, a base hybrid begins at $30,440, over $6,000 above the base Accord that has an automatic transmission. However, that is an orange and apples comparison, because the Accord Hybrid is better equipped and actually is seen as a top-line trim. 


This entry was posted in Baierl Automotive and tagged 2017 Honda Accord, New Car, Hybrid, Baierl Automotive on 04/17/2017 at 11:00 AM

 2017 Toyota Camry | Baierl Automotive | Wexford, PA

 The Toyota Camry is unchanged for 2017. A redesign in 2015 brought in many modifications including the almost new exterior (only roof was left unchanged), a rigid body and new infotainment options. XSE trim was added in the redesign and this offered some upscale interior touches in the sporty version of Camry. Adaptive safety technology was also introduced in the redesign.

For 2017, you have four trim levels (LE, SE, XSE and XLE) and these range from the basic to the sporty and more luxurious. The XSE trim represents the middle ground between the base LE and top of the line XLE both in terms of feature content and price. You have two engine choices, four cylinder or V6. The top two trims are eligible for V6 along with optional advanced safety features. The top trim levels get more standard features such as a wireless device charging pad and upgraded infotainment systems.

Impressive Power

The sedan has been designed to thrill. It comes with two engine choices, the standard 2.5 liter four cylinder (178 horse power and 170 lb-ft. of torque) and 3.6 liter V6 (268 horse power and 248 lb-ft. of torque). 

The standard feature highlights for the LE trim include 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, power front seats, keyless remote entry, sunroof, Bluetooth, rear view camera and sic speaker sound system. The SE has 17-inch steel wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel, sport tuned suspension, simulated leather upholstery and paddle shifters.

The XSE steps it up with 18 inch wheels, dual zone automatic climate control, LED running lights, wireless charging pad, 10 speaker premium audio system, smartphone app based navigation system and HD radio. XLE adds 17-inch steel wheels, heated front seats and leather upholstery. The V6 models add keyless ignition and entry.    

Camry is a strong performer in its class. The powerful engine is as powerful as its competitors. The acceleration is strong in a straight line, posting 6.2 second dash to 60 mph. With effortless acceleration, confident handling and intuitive break response makes the sedan easy to drive on all roads. The manageable size and light steering makes it easy to park.

With excellent isolation from engine, road and wind noise the Camry is one of the quietest car in its category. Whether accelerating at full throttle or cruising on the highway or just idling, only luxury cars are quieter.

The EPA rates the Toyota Camry with V6, a 35 mpg, giving it a highway cruise range of 600 miles. The Camry hybrid is at 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined.

Interiors

The interiors are comfortable and spacious with wide accommodating front and back seats that are big enough for adults. The center stack is well organized with climate control systems, knobs to control the infotainment systems and intuitive buttons. The fabric trimmed seats are standard. Ultrasuede is standard for XSE models whereas leather covers the seats for XLE trim.

Toyota has worked for years to improve the comfort of Camry and it shows. The seats are comfortable, large and supportive. The top of the line XLE trim has leather seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and other comforts. The base LE model has cloth seats. Irrespective of the trim level the driver’s seat is eight-way power adjustable. It has power adjustable lumbar support that is ideal for long drives. The front passenger seat can be manually adjusted and moves four ways. As the seating position is unusually high, tall individuals may wish for more headroom.

The base LE model has single zone manually adjusted climate control. The XSE and XLE hybrid models have dual zone automatic climate control. They are for the driver and front seat passenger. The Camry has eight cup holders with an average of two beverages for each person.

The wide and tall windshield of the sedan ensures that the driver of the Camry has a clear view of the road ahead. The doors are large but light and this makes getting in and getting out a breeze. The Camry fulfils all the expectations placed on mid-sized sedans as it has much to offer. Even though some rival sedans may be a little sportier or flashier, the Camry remains an honest pick and traditionally the bestselling car in the U.S.

 


This entry was posted in Baierl Automotive and tagged 2017 Toyota Camry, Baierl Automotive, Wexford PA, New Car on 04/17/2017 at 10:32 AM

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