2015 Subaru Outback
2015 Subaru Outback. Click image for article

Temporal disturbance by Andy Lin

It’s the beginning of August and a long weekend. Of course, instead of checking the weather forecast and the quickest way to the cottage, you’re wondering why the Weekly Digest wasn’t up yesterday, all 3 of you who read this thing (thank you, by the way, for reading this thing). Well, all will become clear on Tuesday, when we drop a rather hefty comparison – once you see the number of photos in the gallery for this thing, you’ll see why I wasn’t able to get anything else done on Saturday. So, to switch it up a bit, I thought I’d give you the top stories from this month instead of the usual Weekly Digest.

Automotive News

Surprisingly, the most popular news story this month was the unveiling of the 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan. This, in a month that also saw the pricing of the 2015 Acura TLX, the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer confirmation. Toyota also made the charts for its free piston engine reveal.

Editor’s Picks

Lest you think we’re all about being serious journalists all about serious journalism, Senior Editor Jonathan Yarkony selected two stories to illustrate two causes very dear to his heart: wild speculation, in the form of the legendary mythical salt-truck unicorn Mazda RX-7 with 450 hp rotary turbo; and fine literature, as found in an otherwise unassuming autoTRADER.ca ad for a 1985 Dodge 250.

Previews & First Drives

The two top stories this month were both written by Jacob Black, who got to drive the 2015 Subaru Outback and 2015 Lexus NX, two very different beasts with two very different audiences. We also profiled the diminutive Honda HR-V, set to launch late this year.

But otherwise it was a litany of coupes and sedans, quite unusual in our current diet of hatchbacks and crossovers: 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Paul Williams, 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C with Mark Stevenson, 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat with Brendan McAleer, Brendan also took on the curiously sporty 2015 Porsche Macan, and the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán with Michael Bettencourt.

2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat2015 Lexus NX Hybrid
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat & 2015 Lexus NX Hybrid. Click image for article

Test Drives

In an automotive landscape increasingly populated by automatic transmissions, Tom Sedens bucked the trend with a 2014 Honda Accord Sport outfitted with an honest-to-goodness manual. Jacob took the 2014 Kia Forte5 for a different type of sporty ride. Of course, we can’t forget about the eminently toss-able 2015 Volkswagen GTI, driven by Peter Bleakney, nor the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, which spent a week with James Bergeron.

Comparison Tests

Speaking of comparison tests, this month saw the ineffable (and maybe better left that way) BMW 335i GT pitted against the Volvo V60, which surprisingly isn’t your father’s wagon. A competition of an entirely different sort took place in the opulently appointed cabins of seven luxury flagships, as Peter Bleakney put their high-end audio systems to the test. If only there was a comparison test which focused on … oh wait, I wasn’t going to spoil things.

Forum Threads

Vehicle purchase threads ahoy!

Hammy asks Could it be three new cars in one year? VW Gti…. (Let’s remove the suspense and say: It could.)

Winklovic presents Winkovic’s Wonderful Wheels Search (Where’d the “l” go in the name?)

Hoss shouts: Help Me Stop Dithering! (Unfortunately, this enterprise seems doomed to failure, because asking the internet to help you not waste time is like asking asking a dog to stop chasing its tail.)

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That’s it for this week’s monthly roundup. If you honestly can’t abide by the previous sentence or the headline, and would like to write me hate mail for my lack of temporal logic, you’re my kind of people.

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