Pickup trucks have raised the level of luxury so much in recent years that Cars.com named the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn / Limited its 2020 luxury car of the year. GMC trucks lagged behind in the luxury sphere at the time – but no more, especially thanks to the arrival of the 2022 Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate and AT4X, two new tippity-top training levels to be launched early next year. GMC also does not lag behind Cars.com’s weekly countdown of the most popular news articles, with Sierra’s two best trims looking their way up to our top two.
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Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman came close with both the Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate and AT4X, and can attest that pickup shoppers who do not want to sacrifice capacity for comfort are in for a truck treat. Denali Ultimate combines everything on the optional list and then adds unique 22-inch wheels and an upgraded interior – and the result is competitive not only with the Ram 1500 but also previous pickups bearing a Cadillac brand.
” The skin looks good and feels good, the seams are right straight, the complementary colors and real wood structures … lifts the truck to compete against the best from Ram, says Bragman.
At the same time, the AT4X retains most of the luxurious interiors while optimizing the exterior and suspension for a space beyond the sidewalk, where Denali Ultimate drivers do not dare to pedal.
Truck dealers who are okay with only having the option of the engine at the top level (a 6.2-liter V-8) and feel prepared for what will surely be a price tag at the highest level can get Bragman’s full impression of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate and AT4X by following the link below to Cars.com’s issue of the 2nd week’s news story.
Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek’s extensive critique of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S. Bruzek praises the performance version of the luxury Acura sedan for its technically enhanced driving pleasure. and – despite infotainment disruptions and somewhat subdued acceleration over its Genesis G70 3.3T competitor – it still preferred it over the G70 for its specified purpose.
“Type S looks more like a dedicated performance car than the G70 3.3T, even if it does not feel as fast,” writes Bruzek. The way the TLX Type S handles, controls and manages the power through its transmission and AWD is completely seamless. The multimedia control system is difficult to use compared to the touch screens you find elsewhere in the class – have fun with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto without a touch screen – but Type S is so robust in other areas, I was less discouraged by this than I was in the regular TLX.
Follow the link below to article # 3 on this week’s countdown for Bruzek’s full version of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S.
This week’s top five rounds out the Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder’s quick-spin review of the all-new Rivian R1T electric pickup for 2022 at No. 1; a preview of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X all-electric SUV at No. 4; and a report on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s rigorous new side impact assessment where only 1 in 20 small SUVs (2021 Mazda CX-5) received a good rating of No. 5.
In addition, we have headlines on Land Rover Range Rover, Toyota Corolla Cross and Lexus IS, so do not stop reading until the numbers double. Here are the top 10 news that Cars.com readers could not get enough of in the past week:
1. 2022 Rivian R1T Quick Spin: The first very real electric pickup
2. 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate, AT4X: Close
3. 2021 Acura TLX Type S review: A sensory delight
4. 2023 Toyota bZ4X: Toyota’s first all-electric vehicle officially unveiled
5. IIHS sharpens crash tests; Many SUVs fail
6. Redesigned 2022 Land Rover Range Rover adds third row, starting at $ 105,350
7. What is the best offer for a new car for October 2021?
8. Is the Toyota Corolla Cross 2022 a good SUV? Here are 6 things we like and 4 we do not like
9. 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance Quick Spin: Higher, but Better?
10. 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 updated with even more luxurious details
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