Auto News: Top 3 Brands, McLaren 570GT, 2017 Acura MDX

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J.D. Power Dependability Study 

If you’re frustrated with car technology, you’re certainly not alone.

The number of owner complaints over vehicle communication and navigation systems is up this year, according to a new 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability study. The study ranks cars after three years of ownership, so the study involved 2013 models.

The top three ranked brands on the list are Lexus, Porsche and Buick, which received the least amount of owner complaints. Dodge came in dead last on the list.

Researchers say overall, technology is driving complaints up as drivers report continuing  problems with their 2013 model year bluetooth, voice recognition and infotainment systems.

New 2017 McLarent 570GT

McLaren will debut the third member to its Sports Series lineup in Geneva next month. It’s the 2017 570GT that will go for around $200,000.  

McLaren says that the new 562-horsepower 570GT is the most luxe and refined model it has produced to date. It’s part of its more “affordable” Sports Series that is so far made up of the 570S Coupe and 540C Coupe (the 540C isn’t available stateside.)

The 570GT isn’t a track car. The automaker says it’s designed to function as an everyday driver and sporty driving machine made for weekend getaways.

Acura Teases 2017 MDX

Acura’s best-selling vehicle is getting a sharper, sportier look for 2017.  It will debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

The MDX is Acura’s best-selling model and the second best-selling midsize luxury SUV in the States. It helps that it’s priced about $10,000 grand less than its midsize competitors the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML350, and Audi Q7.

Expect pricing to remain on point with the MDX’s current $43,015 starting price. The 2016 AWD bumps that up to $45,015.

Acura isn’t releasing updated powertrain details yet. The current model offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 290-horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. It uses FWD with a nine-speed automatic transmission and is also available with AWD.

Photo Credit: Lexus


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