2018 Audi SQ5 Driven: More of the Same, But Better

May 23rd, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

It’s been a while since Audi has done anything to surprise us. But who needs surprises when sales are strong and the cars are good? Audi has been on a roll for years now in the States, and the popular Q5 crossover has been a big part of that success—the first-generation Q5 had its second-best […]

2018 BMW 530e PHEV First Drive Review: Battery Motoren Worken

May 23rd, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Meet John Green, the 42-year-old, single, surfer, fit, gluten-free target customer for the 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance, the newest plug-in hybrid version of the 5-series. READ MORE ››

2017 Hyundai Sonata Tested in Depth: Good, but Good Enough?

May 23rd, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The Hyundai Sonata is a story of upward mobility. It started at the bottom and today, almost two decades later, it has arrived—a formidable mid-size-sedan contender. Well built, spacious, and reasonably fuel efficient, the Sonata has all the hallmarks that consumers in this class want. The brand even offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of […]

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Diesel 4×4 Tested! It’s HOW Quick?

May 22nd, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The 48 contiguous United States sprawl across approximately 3.12 million square miles of land, or more than 33 times the surface area of the entire United Kingdom. Over there, they invented tiny roadsters that slip tidily down narrow lanes lined with hedgerows. Here, well, it’s different. READ MORE ››

2019 Volvo XC40 Spied: The Swedes’ Baby Crossover

May 22nd, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

What It Is: A new Volvo crossover that will anchor the small end of the Swedish automaker’s SUV lineup. Previewed last year by a concept called the 40.1, the XC40 will continue the styling renaissance begun by the flagship XC90, but with a more youthful character to go along with its smaller size and lower […]

La La Land: Honda Clarity and Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Cars Compared!

May 22nd, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

This is a fantasy comparison test, but not our usual kind. There is no exotic sheetmetal on display here, no towering horsepower or physics-defying handling. Certainly nobody daydreams about driving 300 miles without leaving Los Angeles. But that’s exactly what we did to evaluate the Honda Clarity and Toyota Mirai, tracing a path between each of […]

2017 Fiat 124 Spider In-Depth Review: The Not-Miata Miata Evaluated!

May 19th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The Fiat 124 Spider is a Mazda MX-5 Miata swaddled in Italian evening wear and implanted with a turbocharged Italian heart. A joint production agreement between Fiat and Mazda yanked the iconic 124 Spider nameplate from retirement to adorn a Miata that has had its curvy bodywork and naturally aspirated engine swapped for retro-inspired Italian […]

2018 Volvo XC60 First Drive Review: The XC90’s Mini Me

May 19th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

The redesigned Volvo XC90 kicked off the brand’s renaissance in 2015. Now that the 90-series family (XC90, S90, V90, V90 Cross Country) has been fully fleshed out, Volvo has launched the first of its mid-size 60-series models: the XC60. Like its still-to-come sedan and wagon brethren, the XC60 is built on the Scalable Product Architecture […]

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata and Miata RF In-Depth Review: Putting the Affordable Sports Car to the Test!

May 19th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Mazda’s mitey MX-5 Miata has a loud cabin, a firm ride, and barely enough trunk space for two carry-on bags. And it’s a riot. The car’s lack of just about everything is what makes it so much fun to drive, the modus operandi of an affordable sports car. While this review contains facts, features, and […]

2017 Hyundai Sonata Review: It’s Good Enough

May 18th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Overview: The 2017 Hyundai Sonata sings a familiar family-sedan tune. Spacious, relatively fuel-efficient, and not especially fun to drive, the Sonata aims at the masses of mid-size-sedan consumers who care more about comfort and convenience than driving engagement. In short, the Sonata is the South Korean brand’s take on the Toyota Camry. READ MORE ››

In-Depth Review: Like a McDonald’s Value Meal, the Nissan Rogue Is Popular But Not Very Good

May 18th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Like the Big Mac, the Rogue is a popular seller that’s far from the best choice you can make. Its powertrain behaves coarsely, acceleration is arduous, and it’s pricier than its top competitors. The Rogue’s serious lack of driving dynamics and lackluster performance are offset in part by a comfortable cabin, above-average cargo space, and […]

2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.0T First Drive: Good Things Come with Threes

May 18th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

While it’s natural to give prominence to a car’s total horsepower, the more character-defining statistic often is its specific output: how much juice it squeezes from each liter of displacement. Often, the higher this number, the greater the engineering effort that was put into the engine. So while the new baby Euro-spec Volkswagen Golf has […]

2018 Acura TLX First Drive: Despite Appearances, More Than a Nose Job

May 18th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

When Honda launched its Acura brand in the mid-1980s, it hit the streets strutting with a pair of sporty, luxury-leaning models powered by state-of-the-art engines. The Legend sedan’s SOHC 24-valve 2.5-liter V-6 was one of Honda’s first swings at the engine type, while the beloved and multiple 10Best Cars–winning Integra hatchback had a DOHC 16-valve […]

2017 Nissan Titan V-8 4×4 Single Cab Tested: Just a Regular Truck

May 17th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

In the nearly 15 years since the Nissan Titan arrived on the full-size-truck scene, the image-conscious, ferociously brand-loyal buyers cultivated for decades by the domestic brands have almost completely shunned it. Without much wow factor to break through, the Nissan is a nice enough truck whose biggest flaw is being decades late to a segment […]

2017 Nissan Titan V-8 4×4 Single Cab Tested: Just a Regular Truck

May 17th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

In the nearly 15 years since the Nissan Titan arrived on the full-size-truck scene, the image-conscious, ferociously brand-loyal buyers cultivated for decades by the domestic brands have almost completely shunned it. Without much wow factor to break through, the Nissan is a nice enough truck whose biggest flaw is being decades late to a segment […]

2017 Range Rover Evoque Tested: Style Over Practicality

May 17th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

It doesn’t take much to explain the appeal of the Range Rover Evoque. Just look at it. Nearly 10 years after the LRX concept that inspired it arrived on the scene, the Evoque still turns heads. Its proportions and detailing make it arguably the most avant-garde member of Land Rover’s stylish Range Rover lineup. READ […]

We Drive the Next-Gen, 2018 BMW M5!

May 16th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

It’s a week after the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuted, and it is still blowing up the internet. Its specs have already been tattooed on the faces of more than a few of Mopar’s faithful. But Dirk Hacker, vice president of engineering at BMW’s M division, hasn’t heard word one about America’s newest and most […]

2017 Acura MDX, Tested in Depth: New Look, Same Great Taste.

May 16th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

We lauded Acura’s three-row crossover as master of the genre when this generation first set tire to pavement in 2014. Its attractive and distinctive design, available torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, sporty handling, and practicality remain its strongest characteristics. A new set of standard safety technologies and a facelift this year have added to its charm, and […]

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Dissected: Powertrain, Performance, Chassis, and More!

May 16th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Once upon a recent time, Fiat Chrysler’s SRT division slapped a supercharger on a big V-8. The engineers huffed, the marketers puffed, and they blew the garage down with not one, but two production cars packing 707 horsepower and wearing Hellcat badges. Now there’s a third vehicle stuffed with the blown 6.2-liter, except it’s not […]

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Tested in Depth: Is GM’s Million-Dollar Baby a Safe Bet?

May 16th, 2017 Automotive, Uncategorized

Its easy, carlike handling combined with SUV-like seating height and practicality make the Equinox an appealing choice. Chevy comes out swinging, as the Equinox’s feature-rich options sheet offers all sorts of modern infotainment and active-safety features. It’s in the hunt for fuel-efficiency street cred, too, with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that sips fuel with the […]