2017 Honda Civic in Depth: The Small-Car Favorite

April 28th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Handsome, fun to drive, and historically reliable, the Honda Civic is a favorite among compact-car shoppers for good reason. Available as either a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, or a four-door hatchback, the Civic’s fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, spacious back seat (in sedan and hatchback models), and generally well-built interior help it stand out near the […]

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 First Ride: No Swedish Fishiness Here, Only Goodness

April 28th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Surströmming, as those who’ve walked on the wild side in Sweden know, is fermented herring. Typically canned, the local delicacy produces indelicately pungent aromas when its packaging is opened. In one way, Volvo’s XC90 SUV, S90 sedan, and V90 wagon were like cans of surströmming: When yanked from captivity and thrust under the noses of […]

2018 McLaren 720S Dissected: Chassis, Powertrain, Styling, and More!

April 28th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

McLaren marches to a speedy techno drumbeat. It’s been only six years since the company’s supercar-making Automotive division launched its first product, the MP4-12C. McLaren gave that car what was essentially a heavy facelift—and a far less clunky name—just three years later, rechristening it the 650S. Now the mostly new 720S is here, based around […]

Pennywiser: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Tested!

April 28th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Hyundai doesn’t just want to be Toyota, it wants to break Toyota, in part by relentlessly copying the Big T’s jiujitsu. To­yota created the mass-market hybrid, and it’s pretty much had the corner on it, as others chipped futilely at Fortress Prius with unworthy competitors, including the failed Honda Insight, or shied away from hybrids […]

2017 Chevrolet SS Manual Final Test: Fanboys’ Last Chance!

April 27th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

It’s a common phenomenon: Brand enthusiasts zero in on an overseas model and imagine that if it were appropriated for stateside consumption, it would not only upend the performance-per-dollar hierarchy, but also require dealerships to hire extra security to handle the teeming masses waving their checkbooks. “I’d be first in line!” they say. In this […]

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel 4×4 Crew Cab Tested: Ever More Super

April 27th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

We all know that person who makes a resolution each new year. The one who promises to better himself and become stronger, smarter, and more capable. The Ford F-250 promises much as it enters the 2017 model year. Dearborn’s heavy-duty hauler is all-new from the ground up, and it’s as if it were hellbent on […]

2017 Nissan Titan XD, in Depth: The Tweener Tow Rig

April 27th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Nissan employed Goldilocks thinking for its new Titan XD pickup: it’s not a light-duty truck (too wimpy). It’s not a heavy-duty truck (too beefy). Instead, it’s midway between. This nontraditional mashup blends the best and worst of light- and heavy-duty pickup attributes, with mixed results. There’s the obligatory optional diesel powertrain and beefed-up chassis that […]

Four Play: 2017 Audi A4 Allroad Tested

April 27th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The tracks in the virgin powder tell the story: Four of them, each flanked by its own spent roostertail of snow, are hallmarks of all-wheel-drive grace. That Audi’s A4 Allroad doesn’t perpetually turn the driveshaft that powers its rear axle differentiates it from every Quattro model sold in the U.S. since the original 1983 Quattro […]

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Concept: We Ride in the Army’s Experimental Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Truck

April 27th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

If you are anything like us, the first question you have when learning about a hydrogen-powered military vehicle is basically this: “So, what happens when, you know, people shoot at the hydrogen tanks?” Charlie Freese, General Motors’ executive director of global fuel-cell activities and our driver today, assures us that the tanks—which store hydrogen at […]

2017 Ford Edge Vignale First Drive: Blueblood Wearing a Blue Oval

April 26th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The globalized nature of the auto industry creates plenty of anomalies. This Canada-built, diesel-engined luxury Ford Edge aimed at the European market is one of the more interesting ones. Consider the Edge Vignale to be a visitor from a parallel dimension—or an insight into what Uncle Henry thinks buyers on the other side of the […]

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Depth: The Original Family Jeepster

April 26th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been the favorite go-anywhere rig for outdoorsy folks and active families since 1992, and for good reason. Its image as an off-roader is backed up by actual ability, and if it’s capable of tackling the tough trails of Moab, Utah, it’s good enough for a snowy school run. With an […]

2017 Audi A6 3.0T Competition Tested: This or an S6?

April 26th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Among mid-size sedans, attractive design is easy to come by. Any number of average-priced family four-doors can be loaded up with big wheels and the latest electronics, and fancy versions approach the interior refinement that once was the exclusive province of German luxury sedans like the Audi A6. The current-gen A6 no longer stands out […]

In Depth: Exploring the 2017 Ford Explorer

April 25th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The Ford Explorer is a formidable three-row crossover—on paper. Unfortunately, subpar build quality, awkward interior packaging, and a thirsty standard V-6 engine fail to live up to the expectations set by its reputation, popularity, or specification sheet. The arrival of Sync 3 blesses most 2017 Explorers with one of the segment’s better infotainment systems, and […]

2017 GMC Acadia V-6 FWD Tested: Makes More Sense without the Denali Badge

April 25th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The association between GMC and its highfalutin Denali sub-brand is stronger than ever, with every model in the lineup currently offering a leather-clad, chrome-heavy top trim level with a price tag to match. We tested a new, fully loaded GMC Acadia Denali that rang in at nearly $53,000, which is beyond the starting price of […]

Max-Miles Murci: We Drive a 250,000-Mile Lamborghini!

April 25th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Supercar owners tend to heed the adage of Indiana Jones when it comes to their precious exotics: “It’s not the years, honey—it’s the mileage.” Hence the paradox that the very cars that are designed exclusively for the pleasure of driving tend to be the ones that get driven the least, instead being locked away in […]

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO Tested: On the Shoulders of Giants

April 25th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Nissan loyalists know that “NISMO” is a portmanteau for “Nissan Motorsports,” while to everyone else it is very nearly mean­ing­less. And the brand is almost as empty of product as the word is of meaning. It’s a little extra snowcap on the towering mountain of power that is the GT-R. It’s wheels and a wing […]

2017 Honda Pilot in Depth: The SUV That Doesn’t Think It’s One

April 25th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

If you need a minivan but don’t want the stigma associated with it, the spacious Honda Pilot is the next best thing. Admittedly, it looks more minivan-esque than many of its SUV rivals, but unlike most vans, the Pilot offers all-wheel drive along with its configurable interior. Its standard V-6 engine is a strong performer, […]

2017 Mercedes-Benz B-class EV Review: Premium Economy Class

April 24th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Overview: The Mercedes-Benz B-class, a subcompact hatchback with a slightly elevated seating position, is sold elsewhere in the world with gasoline engines, but the United States sees only the battery-powered B250e electric vehicle. Its 177-hp, front-mounted electric motor and its 28.0-kWh battery are good for an EPA-estimated range of 87 miles. Plugging into a 240-volt […]

Pretty Sick: We Ride in the 2017 Ford GT!

April 24th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Lap after lap, Scott Maxwell gnaws deeper into the curbing. By drawing a straighter line through a shallow chicane on the road course that lies in the shadow of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Canadian pro driver with class wins at Sebring, Daytona, and Le Mans is searching for—and finding—more speed. What started as a […]

2017 Porsche Boxster 718 Manual Tested: The Slowest 718 Is Still Crazy Quick

April 24th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

When Porsche revised its roadster line last year, rechristening it the 718 Boxster, restyling it slightly, and swapping in turbocharged 2.0- and 2.5-liter flat-four-cylinder engines for its beloved 2.7- and 3.4-liter flat-sixes in standard and S models, respectively, we knew we would have to test every powertrain permutation of each to see exactly how the […]