2018 Chevrolet Equinox 2.0T First Drive: Torque and Treat

July 21st, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

When manufacturers aren’t introducing brand-new vehicles to fill the nooks and crannies that remain between segments, they’re altering the sizes and shapes of existing models to better fit the boundaries that have solidified since those cars were first introduced. With the all-new 2018 Equinox, Chevrolet is doing the latter: The new Equinox has been downsized […]

2017 BMW 5-series Tested in Depth: We Poke and Prod the Latest 5er

July 21st, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Once the gold standard for sports sedans, in recent years the BMW 5-series has morphed into more of a luxury cruiser. Technologically advanced and supremely comfortable, the newest 5-series performs well in many categories but lacks the lively handling of BMWs we fondly remember from the past. A strong turbocharged inline-four engine is standard in […]

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport First Drive: Hyundai’s GTI Fighter Driven

July 21st, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Known as the i30 across the pond, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport has the Volkswagen Golf GTI in its sights. Drawn under the watchful eye of Hyundai’s chief design officer Peter Schreyer, the compact hatchback’s sporty bodywork, clean lines, and attractive proportions make it far more fashionable than either its funky-looking predecessor or its […]

2018 Subaru Crosstrek Driven: It’s Golden

July 20th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Panning through the vast array of compact crossovers in search of a golden high-riding hatch can return mixed results. Just like pioneers rushing to the Black Hills at the first rumors of gold, consumers flock to dealerships, purchasing the mini-utes turned out by factory mines at record rates. Subaru’s Crosstrek has been a favorite of […]

2017 Nissan Titan in Depth: Playing in the Pickup-Truck League Is Easy, But Winning Is Hard

July 20th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The Titan has the same workhorse DNA as its pickup-truck peers, which results in similar physical attributes: immense exterior dimensions, remarkable capability, and extraordinary versatility. What separates the Nissan from its huge-selling domestic rivals—besides their decades of branding and devoted followings? Not as much as you would think. Pickup customers who chance a glance at […]

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo First Drive: Business in Back, Party up Front

July 20th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

German automakers are masters of spinning a single nameplate into an extensive spread of variants, with none better at doing so than Porsche. The Stuttgart-based brand slices its hallmark 911 into 22 slivers of body, powertrain, and drivetrain combinations. Now Porsche’s four-door car is getting in on that action with a subtle stretch of the […]

2017 Ford Edge: An In-Depth Look at Ford’s Crossover Middle Child

July 19th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

It’s easy to see why the Edge is one of Ford’s most popular models: buyers can tailor it to their needs. Sized between the compact Escape and the garage-hogging Explorer, the Edge is a spacious, well-appointed, family-friendly two-row crossover with a distinctive exterior and a competitive list of optional extras. If fuel efficiency is your […]

2018 Ford Fiesta 1.0T Driven in Europe!

July 19th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Large automakers often aspire to produce world cars, models they can sell in many territories with minimal variation. Yet, outside of luxury cars, the actual number of true world cars has always been pretty small owing to the costs associated with meeting various national regulations. While the current Ford Fiesta stands as one of the […]

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia in Depth: From Italy with Love

July 19th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

When Alfa Romeo announced its return to the North American mass market, we admit to having been skeptical. In our defense, the launch of the Giulia took longer than expected, but it was well worth the wait. From its flagrantly sporty exterior to its chic cabin, the Giulia exudes Italian flavor, even in its base […]

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Driven: Bang! It’s Over

July 19th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

“Come to Indy and drive this purpose-built, street-legal drag-racing car,” they say. The lawn isn’t getting mowed. Floors aren’t getting mopped. Dishes remained piled up. We are zeroed in on tackling the most powerful production car America has ever produced. READ MORE ››

Gorgeous Sport: 310-HP Buick Regal GS Revealed!

July 19th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The previous Buick Regal was something of a poor man’s Audi A4, but the new-for-2018 Regal Sportback, with its hatchback body style, aims a bit higher—at the stylish and practical Audi A5 Sportback, perhaps? That makes this more performance-oriented Regal GS, then, Buick’s S5 equivalent, bringing more power, a sharper chassis, and enhanced looks to […]

2017 Audi Q7 Tested in Depth: Proof That People Movers Needn’t Be Boring

July 18th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Audi’s second-generation Q7 debuted as an early 2017 model and immediately took top honors in its first comparison test, where we lauded its carlike handling, zesty supercharged V-6, and overall fun-to-drive character. We gave it a 10Best Trucks and SUVs award for 2017, recognizing it as the best mid-size luxury SUV. A 3.0T Prestige model […]

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-class First Drive: Greater Autonomy

July 18th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

“Leave the driving to us,” the ads for Greyhound used to say. While taking the bus is about as far as one can get from traveling via Mercedes-Benz S-class, that tagline also is appropriate for the latest version of the grandiose big Benz. For 2018, the S-class sees a mid-cycle update that brings powertrain changes, […]

2018 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid Tested: No More Complaining

July 18th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The Toyota Camry is such a well-known commodity that each new generation brings with it the expectation of, well, more Camry-ness. More of the stubbornly consistent formula that has made it thoroughly innocuous and also the best-selling car (pickups excluded) in the United States for 15 years straight: a roomy cabin, a floaty ride, solid […]

Benz with a Bed: The Mercedes-Benz X-class Pickup Truck Is Here

July 18th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Conveniently forgetting the Lincoln Blackwood and Mark LT and the Cadillac Escalade EXT—or, more likely, throwing massive shade at those American automakers—Mercedes has declared that its new X-class is “the first pickup from a premium manufacturer.” The X-class is an offspring of the alliance between Daimler and Renault-Nissan. It will be built alongside the Europe-market Nissan Navara, a […]

Revolutionary War: 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe Tested!

July 18th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Revolutions per minute are suffering a low birth rate. Granted, they’re still something that we generally encounter by the thousands, but their populations are slipping. The Civic Si is the latest to have its revs edged out by the auto industry’s most invasive of species, the turbocharged psi. The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four in this […]

2017 Mazda CX-5 AWD Tested: Walking the Line Between Passion and Practicality

July 17th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Like one of The Flying Wallendas, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 walks a figurative tightrope between passion and practicality. It’s a combination that has helped make the compact crossover SUV the brand’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the past two years. READ MORE ››

2018 Hyundai Sonata: New Cover Art, Same Tune

July 17th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Hall and Oates’s “She’s Gone” was a minor hit when it was first released as a radio single in 1974. However, it wasn’t until the song was rereleased in 1976 that it finally made its way toward the top of the Billboard charts and sealed its place in popular music history. Similarly, one might consider […]

The Lapper Gets Dapper: 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Full Test

July 17th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

A Porsche sedan used to seem like a strange idea, and the first one, the Panamera, did indeed look strange. Mixing two incongruent design briefs—911 styling cues and a need for rear-seat head- and legroom—resulted in a four-door hunchback that appeared as if it had been elongated uncomfortably in traction. Each first-generation Panamera we tested […]

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged / SVR, in Depth!

July 14th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Separated from the top-trim Range Rover Sport by only a supercharged V-8 engine and a few hundred dollars, the Range Rover Sport Supercharged and SVR variants hold their own in a narrow segment of sport-tuned, high-performance SUVs. When driven hard, some stray body motions keep the Sport Supercharged from equaling the efforts of the excellent […]