Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 Northeast International Auto Show Review

Alexander Carabitses

Hello to all! Now for those who are unaware, the Northeast International Auto Show is one of the countless regional auto shows that is organized by Motor Trend.  The idea is to provide a local auto show to an area that would not have one otherwise.  This is completely a consumer show, and there has never been a product unveil at this show.  As always, its a great outing for looking at and critiquing previous unveils from other auto shows.

2017 Audi RS7:  Although its not a brand new car, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a seat in what is perhaps the greatest car that Audi has ever produced, both in terms of design and performance.  I have no complaints at all.

2017 Audi A4 Allroad:  The interiors of the A4/Allroad/A5 are not bad at all, save for the vents that run along the entire length of the dashboard.  However, the exterior design, despite being brand new, is aging quite fast.

2017 Buick Encore:  This is only a refresh, so interior changes are limited to a new touchscreen.  Otherwise, everything else is the same as before.
(Photo taken at 2016 New York Auto Show)

2017 Buick Lacrosse:  Yes, I had to sit inside once again.  My opinions are virtually the same as before:  Certain plastics feel like they could have been better, but the overall design, both inside and out, is gorgeous.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport:  I did not get  chance to sit inside, but I am still very impressed with this car, based on both its design and reviews that I have read.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic:  Overall, this car has a decent interior.  Materials are cheap, which is to be expected at this price.  However, the motorcycle gauge cluster of the pre-facelifted model is gone which causes the car to lose a bit of its personality.
(Photo Taken at 2016 New York Auto Show)

2017 Chevrolet Trax:  Like its sister, the Buick Encore, the Trax benefits form a fresh face and an updated interior, which is shrouded with plastic and suffers the same personality loss as the Sonic.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica:  It's as close to perfect as one can possibly get, at least as far as minivans are concerned.  I sat in the highest trim level and was very impressed with he quality and interior appointments.  I even heard one woman say that she loved the car and she's not even in the market for a minivan.
(Photo taken at 2016 Boston Auto Show)

2017 Ford C-Max:  The interior changes for this refresh are practically non-extistant.

2017 Ford Escape:  The interior is nice, but when compared to recent redesigns and refreshes of its competitors, this vehicle is still painful dated.
(Photo taken at 2016 Boston Auto Show)

2017 Ford Fusion:  The same can be said for the recent refresh of the Fusion.  It is nice, but still not as good as Mazda or Chevy.
(Photo taken at 2016 Boston Auto Show)

2018 Ford F-150:  Overall, this refresh does not look bad in person, although it's hardly exciting either.

2017 Honda CR-V:  The exterior is decent at best, very European looking.  However, the interior of this vehicle is very nice.  I particularly appreciate that the touchscreen is angled in a way that mimics the natural angle of your hand when you fully extend it in front of you.

2017 Honda Ridgeline:  I like this truck and I can't put my finger on why.  It looks decent at best, both inside and out, but I feel that its uniqueness as a unibody truck gives it an edge.  However, I did hear a woman describe this as a "girl truck", which should offer a clear indication that this is not meant for the average pickup truck driver, but instead, more for the average crossover driver.
(Photo taken at 2016 New York Auto Show)

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport:  Pointless. Just pointless.

2017 Jaguar F-Pace:  I had my second chance to sit inside this very reasonably priced luxury crossover.  I unfortunately have to report that the interior materials, specifically the plastics, look to have been benchmarked after the Toyota Rav4.  This is a damn shame because this is still a great looking, great driving (from what I've read), and great priced crossover.

2017 Kia Cadenza:  The exterior is okay, but the interior is quite lackluster, both int terms of design and quality when compared to its competition, specifically the Chevrolet Impala.
(Photo Taken at 2016 New York Auto Show)

2017 Lincoln MKZ:  After sitting inside, it's safe to ay that Lincoln did a very nice job with this refresh.  However, there are admittedly a few areas where quality definitely could have been better.
(Photo taken at 2016 Boston Auto Show)

2017 Maserati Levante:  Overall, the interior is very nice in terms of appointments and quality.  Of course, the car on display was having an electrical malfunction so the gauge cluster kept blinking on and off.
(Photo taken at 2016 New York Auto Show)

2017 Mazda CX-9: Interior quality is comparable to that of any German car, something that we have grown accustomed to with Mazda.  I sat in a GMC Acadia for comparison, and I have to say that although the GMC is more stylish, the Mazda is a bit more sophisticated.  Overall, I'd say that this is one of the best mid-size crossovers on the market today and a far cry from its predecessor.
(Image credited to Mazda)

2017 Nissan Pathfinder:  I walked by this car and gave the dashboard a quick tap... I heard the sound of hard plastic.  In my book, that is very telling of the overall interior quality.

2017 Nissan Rouge:  I think that although this is only a refresh, Nissan has produced one of the nicest C-segment crossovers on the market.  The materials and the design, both inside and out, are quite nice.

2017 Subaru Impreza: I really have to hand it to Subaru on this one.  Although the exterior design is somewhat dull, the interior is quite nice and the materials are top notch.  I'm not sure how this drives, but if you're in the market for a compact car, I recommend it for sure.
(Photo taken at 2016 New York Auto Show)

(Photo taken at 2016 New York Auto Show)

2017 Toyota 86: This is essentially a light refresh of the Scion FR-S, and as before, I recommend that you buy the Subaru version.  After all, it is much cooler to be associated with WRX buyers than Camry buyers.
(Photo taken at 2016 New York Auto Show)

I've saved the best for last...

Ferrari was here for what I believe was the first time in the show's history.  The cars were exactly the same as the ones that were brought to Boston, but for some reason, seeing them here was a bit more special in my mind.

Also, the Audrain Auto Museum in Newport, Rhode Island brought some of the cars that are currently on display.  For those who are in the area, I suggest giving this place a look, although don't expect more than a dozen cars to be on display at one time.

Anyway, that's a wrap for this week.  I'll be back next week at some point to give a quick review of the Super Bowl car commercials.  Until then, thanks for reading and have a good week.

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