Curious about the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s Performance? [Video]

If you were waiting for an honest, first hand assessment of the driving impressions of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, we have a great video for you. The boys at TFLcar went out east to test the 707 horsepower, all-wheel drive monster on country roads, highway and a brand new racetrack.

You can read the story behind the driving impressions (here).

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There’s more going on than just a refresh: 2018 Hyundai Sonata Turbo

 

The 2.0-liter “Theta” turbocharged engine makes 245 (@ 6,000 rpm) and 260 lb-ft of torque (all the way from 1,350 rpm up to 4,000 rpm). It’s a frisky power-plant, one that helps the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Turbo get up and dance. It weighs under 3,500 lbs, but it feels lighter. Acceleration, deceleration, cornering and overall handling are commendably athletic. Still, this power is a carryover from last year. The eight-speed automatic transmission has been updated to work more efficiently in power delivery and fuel consumption.

Additional information about the Sonata is available (here).

Hyundai beefed up the independent multi-link rear suspension and enhanced the steering with better heft, feel and a beefy, flat-bottom steering wheel. These enhancements translate into a smooth commuter that’s legitimately fun to drive. That’s a hell of a combination.

While many think the only enhancements for 2018 are esthetic, they would be wrong. Sure, a majority of sheet metal along with the nose and tail are all-new, performance is indeed part of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. I must add that, aside from the new steering wheel, the center stack and dashboard are updated. New goodies like Android Auto and Apple Carplay are now standard.

If I had one issue with the 2018 Sonata, it’s interior noise. I could definitely hear tire and wind noise. It’s an issue they need to address soon.

How will the 2018 Hyundai Sonata hold up against the big sellers from Toyota and Honda? This heavy refresh was meant to buy the Sonata a little bit more time before they come out with something new to compete against the all-new Camry and Accord. I think it’s a good effort, enough to slow some of the loss – for now.

In this video, I get a chance to play with the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited Turbo in the hills of Southernmost California. It was a good day in the office!

Nathan Adlen
Nathan Adlen

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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Can a Side-by-side ATV take on a Jeep Wrangler?

Here’s a fun video by the team over at The Fast Lane Car (TFLcar) where they pit a Honda Pioneer Side-by-side ATV against a Jeep Wrangler on their challenging Cliffhanger 2.0 off-road trail. While the TFLcar team is known for fun and unusual pairings, this is the first time they tested a side-by-side.  The crazy thing is: the Pioneer is not that much cheaper than the Jeep Wrangler.

Enjoy the video!

 

 

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Buyers Guide

Via: TFLcar.com

If you are in the market for a new Jeep Grand Cherokee, then you are probably know how many options there are. So, Tommy and Nathan decided to sit down and make TFL’s own comprehensive Jeep Grand Cherokee Buyer’s Guide. This video breaks down all of the different trim levels and options to help you pick a Grand Cherokee that best fits your needs.

ENGINE OPTIONS

The Grand Cherokee has a few different options for powertrains. First is the 3.6L Pentastar V6. This engine makes 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Power can be sent to two, or all four wheels through an 8-speed auto. The V6 can be had on every trim level with the exception of the SRT.

Next is the 5.7L Hemi V8. This power plant produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, a significant upgrade from the V6. Again, power is sent to the wheels through the same 8-speed transmission. This engine is available on some of the higher trim levels and will cost you roughly $3,000 more.

There is a dark horse to mention here in the 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel. Unfortunately, FCA is under investigation with this engine for potentially installing a cheat device. So, it is currently not for sale on the Grand Cherokee. However, if you could buy it, it would make 240 horsepower and a whopping 420 lb-ft of torque.

Finally there is the range topping 6.4L Hemi V8 which makes 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available exclusively on the SRT trim level. It sends power to all four wheels through a specially tuned version of the same 8-speed auto in the rest of the range. This combo is enough to rocket the Grand Cherokee to 60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds. This performance comes at a price, with the SRT being the most expensive trim available.

Although it isn’t out yet, there will also be a 6.2L Supercharged Hemi V8 available in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. This motor is a transplant from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat which makes 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Look out for more on that in the near future.

TRIM LEVELS

Now that we know about the different engines you can buy on your Grand Cherokee, we can breakdown all eight – yes, eight – trim levels available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Rather than explain them all, I will simply list them here and make you watch the whole Jeep Grand Cherokee Buyer’s Guide to find out what comes with each trim:

In order, you have the Laredo, Laredo E, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk (although this one is not out yet).

Be sure to watch the entire video for a comprehensive explanation of the different trim levels and options available throughout the range. Also be sure to stay tuned to TFLcar for more Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews and news.

The 2018 Toyota Camry – Top Five Surprising Facts with Video

By: Nathan Adlen (TFLcar)

The 2018 Toyota Camry, that TFL car was invited to drive in Portland, Oregon earlier this week, is actually three distinct vehicles. The V6, which has a 301-hp, the 4-cylinder, which has either a 203 or 206 hp (depending on the trim level) engine, and the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which make 208 hp via its electric motor working with its gas engine.

An eight-speed “Direct Drive” automatic is the only transmission available on I4 and V6 models.

All three vehicles receive updated power, all-new styling and an all-new interior; even the platform is new. According to Toyota, this is the first of their vehicles to fully embrace the “TNGA” (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. The TNGA platform will soon underpin several of their global products.

Utilizing this new platform allows for several changes. The cargo capacity for the trunk on all three 2018 Toyota Camrys 15.1 cubic feet. Yep, even the Camry Hybrid has the spec thanks to Toyota engineers moving the hybrid system’s batteries from the trunk to the space under the rears seats. According to Toyota, this move lowers the center of gravity, gives the hybrid the same trunk-space as other Camrys and it aids in handling.

In black and white, the Camry drops its utilitarian roots and looks, dare we say it, sinister. [photo: TFLcar]
The TNGA platform also aids in the 2018 Toyota Camry’s (slightly) longer, lower and wider stance.
One of the more noticeable changes is the double wishbone rear suspension which is available in all three cars. The rear suspension setup is a double-wishbone connected to wheels that are 16 – 19-inches, depending on the model. Toyota says this new suspension layout aids ride and handling.

PERFORMANCE
Sorry sailor, there is an embargo on driving impressions, efficiency numbers and pricing (Wednesday, June 21st), but these features are permitted. Fortunately, we are permitted to show the car in action and give you facts. There will be more videos following the end of the embargo too.

In this video, we cover five surprising facts about the 2018 Toyota Camry.

How does the 2017 Jeep Compass do off-road? [Video]

The 2017 Jeep Compass is an all-new vehicle that slots between the tiny Jeep Renegade and larger Jeep Cherokee. It replaces the old Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. It shares its platform and many components with the Jeep Cherokee, but it manages to have a completely unique personality.

In this video, our friends from The Fast Lane Car (TFLcar) take the 2017 Jeep Compass on to Box Car trail in Moab, UT. This event happened at the same time as our friend Charlene Bower filmed for her annual event and a portion of one of our newest shows, EMpowered Women!

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One of the most compelling aspects of the 2017 Jeep Compass is its ability go to places where many other crossovers could never hope to go.

Check out the little brother of the 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep Renegade taking on a tough trail!