On this page you'll find the latest updates to our Long-Term Road Tests. The topics covered in these ongoing vehicle reviews range from things like fuel efficiency and comfort to highlights of specific features like GPS and audio technology. Check back frequently as our auto reviews are updated on a regular basis.
Where Did We Drive It? As has often been the case with our 2016 Tesla Model X, we used most of its electrons in January to get us from our SoCal homes to the Edmunds office and back. In fact, my co-worker Ed Hellwig almost ran out of electrons while commuting to the office one day, which you can read more about in his comment below. I'm sure that was fun for him.
We took delivery of our beautiful Titanium Flash Mica 2016 Mazda CX-9 in December, as Dan Edmunds noted in the CX-9's Long-Term Introduction. Dan also added some break-in miles over the holidays with a trip up to Oregon, during which he voluntarily tested the fold-flat "sleeping configuration" of the rear seats. But that's a story for another time.
Where Did We Drive It? A ski trip over the holidays and a month's worth of commuting duties put our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica over the 10,000-mile mark this month. The Pacifica has been in our fleet for about six months now and we've had the chance to take it near and far, with lots of positive feedback about its versatility and initial quality. This far into the test, though, we are still falling short of the EPA's highway fuel economy estimates and the Pacifica has developed a few squeaks and rattles.
Where Did We Drive It? Our long-term 2017 Ford Escape covered some 1,300 miles during January, easily eclipsing its rather tepid December total but falling well short of its monster November tally.
It traveled widely within the Los Angeles basin, serving as a surfboard transporter, a cargo hauler and a daily runabout for an editor with an especially long commute (southern Orange County to Santa Monica — ugh!).
Where Did We Drive It? It's the end of the line for our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. It's been a full year and we just passed the 20,000-mile milestone. Josh's Central Coast adventures overlapped with the beginning of January, but the Civic spent most of its time this month in the Central Valley with Brent, who's the sole member of what we like to call our Fresno office.
Where Did We Drive It? Our 2017 Lincoln Continental joined the long-term test fleet in January and quickly proved itself to be a comfortable cruiser. Despite arriving in the middle of the month, the Continental has already covered more than 2,000 miles.
The Lincoln spent some time in the city with Edmunds CEO Avi Steinlauf, while Content Strategist Josh Sadlier drove it to Palm Springs and deemed it "one of the quietest highway cars in recent memory." Additionally, the Continental got the star treatment from photographer Kurt Niebuhr, who shot the Long-Term Introduction on location in the San Fernando Valley.
Where Did We Drive It? In January we lost our marbles. Somebody thought it was a good idea to drive our 2016 Nissan Titan XD from our offices in Santa Monica, California, to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. So we did. And then we drove it back. The 13-day road trip accounted for 6,083 of the 6,800 miles that the truck covered last month.
After miles of ice and snow, we put the Titan back to work in suburbia. We shuttled supplies for household projects. We hustled the kids to and from school. We commuted to and from the office. At the end of the month, we'd gotten to know our Nissan even better.
Where Did We Drive It? January was a quiet month for our 2016 Chevrolet Volt. After December's road-trip adventures we mostly stayed in town this month, yet we still added about 1,500 miles to the odometer. Notably, we passed the 20,000-mile mark, although a bit behind schedule. The Volt will leave the fleet soon, probably with about 22,000 miles.
Where Did We Drive It? January was a busy month for our all-wheel-drive 2016 BMW 340i xDrive, and as the miles have steadily piled on, we've grown accustomed to the character of BMW's most popular sedan. Along the way, we've noticed some of the smaller details that long-term tests are designed to highlight, and we've even discovered some new quirks. In particular, Southern California's once-in-a-decade winter rainstorms wreaked havoc on our already challenged roads and brought forth an issue that many in snow country will surely experience.
Well before three-row crossovers became one of the hottest segments in the industry, Honda was there with the Pilot. It has seen plenty of changes since its debut 14 years ago, with 2016 marking its second complete redesign. It has become a vital piece of Honda's lineup as it offers families a more rugged-looking alternative to the Odyssey minivan.
For 2016 the Honda Pilot offered five trim levels — LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite — and as with most Hondas there were no stand-alone options.
All versions of the Pilot offered the same 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and either front- or all-wheel drive, with the exception of the AWD-only Elite. A six-speed automatic transmission was standard for all LX, EX and EX-L models, while the Touring and Elite models came equipped with a new nine-speed automatic.
We had a good idea of what we wanted going into the shopping process. The appeal of a top-trim Elite gave us access to all of Honda's latest features, such as adaptive cruise control and various electronic safety systems. What it didn't have was a second-row bench seat, which was replaced by captain's chairs that come on the Elite trim. It limits overall passenger capacity, but it does make third-row access that much better.
Honda agreed to lend us the vehicle for one year to see how it measured up against its predecessor. Here's a summary of how it measures up against Pilots of the past.