2011 Jaguar XK Coupe

Matt Tierney

Even after several years on the road, the XK still turns many heads, at least in mid-Michigan. I spent many happy hours in the magazine's Four Seasons 2007 XK, and I found plopping into the driver's seat of this Jag to be like having a pint with an old friend ... we picked up right where we left off. I gladly reacquainted myself with the XK's great handling, lovely transmission, and fine steering. Unfortunately, it's still hindered by a slow infotainment system and random error messages. (For instance, the check-engine light went on for me following a warning message that the fuel cap wasn't closed properly, even though I verified that it was properly sealed.)

Since our 4S car departed, though, I've become a father, and this XK turns out to be the worst car I've driven for cramming a baby seat into those two-plus-two rear seats. Not only can the front passenger seat not be slid back very far with the kid seat back there-as is the case in so many other four-seat coupes-the seatback can't even be flipped back into the upright position. Needless to say, I won't be doing any kid shuttling in an XK anytime soon.

Rusty Blackwell, Rusty Blackwell

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Magnificent vehicle.

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