Last year at the Detroit Auto Show, Nissan made waves with the futuristic, swooping design of its Resonance crossover concept, and surprisingly, most of that bold styling will actually make it to production on the 2015 Nissan Murano late this year. The Japanese automaker’s redesigned midsize crossover SUV debuted at the New York International Auto Show this week, retaining the floating roof and strongly sculpted sides of the Nissan Resonance while sporting more refined versions of the concept’s V-Motion front end and LED boomerang headlights. Inside, the 2015 Nissan Murano carries over the modern, lounge-like atmosphere of the Resonance, featuring NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seats, a wide center console, and an overall open feel thanks to the large windows and an expansive power panoramic moonroof. Buyers will be able to opt for advanced technology that complements the new Murano’s progressive styling, including the NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation and app compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity and an eight-inch color display with multi-touch control. When it comes to safety, a newly available Cross Traffic Alert will use radar to notify drivers of approaching vehicles as they back out of a parking spot, while other optional driver-assistance systems will include Blind Spot Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection and Predictive Forward Collision Warning. “Most times, an automaker will incorporate aggressive style themes into a concept vehicle that are never intended to see a dealership lot, but Nissan is showing that it’s serious about injecting some excitement into the midsize-crossover segment with its 2015 Murano,” said Joe Lage, general sales manager of Rosen Nissan Gurnee, a Chicago Nissan dealership. “Even with its daring design, though, the new Murano is built to be a highly practical ride for commuters, whether you’re looking at its intuitive technology or its impressive fuel efficiency.” Shedding about 130 pounds compared to its predecessor, the 2015 Nissan Murano is expected to be roughly 20 percent more fuel efficient in combined city and highway driving. Contributing to those fuel savings will be aerodynamic improvements on the crossover’s exterior, low-rolling-resistance tires and tweaks made to its 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Like the current model, the 2015 Murano will be available in either front-wheel drive or Intuitive All-Wheel Drive.
In a show of impressive ingenuity, the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit currently arriving at dealerships boasts a smaller exterior while offering its passengers nearly five cubic feet of added interior space compared to its predecessor. That kind of clever engineering is on display throughout the new Fit subcompact, which now returns up to 41 mpg on the highway, an improvement of six miles per gallon over the prior 2013 model.
The 2015 Honda Fit achieves its excellent fuel efficiency with a new 1.5-liter Earth Dreams Technology four-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and a newly available continuously variable transmission (CVT) with G-Shift Control. Helping the new Fit provide its class-leading interior space are a center-mounted fuel tank and a second-row Magic Seat that offers multiple configurations, including the ability to fold up the seat bottoms to fit taller gear like an upright bicycle. Outside, Honda’s subcompact now sports slimmer headlamps, sculpted side panels, LED taillights and a dramatically curved roofline that concludes at a standard body-color spoiler in the rear.
“Honda has done a tremendous job of improving the new Fit in every category, whether it is fuel efficiency, maneuverability, spaciousness, style or technology,” said Tony Pescatore, general sales manager of Chicagoland Honda dealer Rosen Honda. “The redesigned Honda Fit may be smaller in stature outside, but it delivers a huge amount of value on the inside with smart features that other automakers usually reserve for their larger cars.”
Coming standard with Bluetooth connectivity, auto on-off headlights and a multi-angle rearview camera, the 2015 Honda Fit makes a strong appeal to tech-savvy subcompact buyers. Available features include the next-generation HondaLink infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, Smart Entry Push Button Start, a one-touch-operated moonroof and the Honda LaneWatch display, which uses a camera on the right-side mirror to give drivers a clear view of the next lane.
Each year, the staff at Automobile Magazine looks over the entire selection of passenger cars sold in the United States and votes on the 10 cars that should join the Automobile Magazine All-Star list, an assortment of what are often the very best, most critically acclaimed vehicles in the entire industry. The compact 2014 Mazda3 stood out enough from the pack to earn itself a spot on the list.
Automobile Magazine was blown away by the Mazda3′s level of sophistication and design, despite the affordable price point at which it is sold. Built with Mazda’s patented SKYACTIV technology, the Mazda3 was designed to be lightweight and is supported by an advanced traction control system, so it brakes responsively and carves out corners with ease. It has a completely reimagined internal combustion engine, combined with both automatic and manual transmissions for maximum efficiency and performance, resulting in a cool 30 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. The magazine editors went on to say, “The stylish 3 breathes new life into the crowded compact-car arena: it drives with even more poise than before, returns superb fuel economy, and has an interior that shames pricier cars.”
With all those components and features taken together, the value of this compact car is outstanding. Plus, it has plenty of that inherent, fun-to-drive nature that the Mazda brand is famous for (hence that “zoom-zoom” tagline), making the Mazda3 one very good all-around car. But there’s only way for you to find out for yourself – get behind the wheel and buckle up! Sign up today at our Waukegan, Illinois Mazda3 dealership and you can schedule a test-drive for this or any other Mazda model in our inventory that’s caught your eye. Find the car of your dreams at Rosen Mazda!