Cadillac’s most compact and frugal four-door is perhaps its most compelling, as evidenced by its place among our favorite sport sedans. This small sedan ostensibly competes with the growing class of sub-compact luxury sedans, yet its rear-drive layout and sophisticated chassis are more akin to European offerings a size larger. The CT4’s chassis makes an excellent case for itself against the benchmark BMW 3 Series, and the Blackwing adds M3-like power to that already-phenomenal platform.
Any EPA combined rating is a weighted average that assumes 55% of the mileage will be city driving and 45% will be highway, so it’s doubly amazing that I recorded a 39.3 mpg average with a driving mix that included fully 80% highway driving at 70 mph. In fact, every hybrid is front-wheel drive and that's not all. Ford didn't merely omit the rear drive axles and a differential for the hybrid, it has a completely different rear suspension layout than the all-wheel drive models that come exclusively with the 2.0-liter turbo-four (and vice versa).
Talking about electric cars inevitably comes down to charge times, range, kilowatts this and volts that. Much as the common sports fan doesn't fall in love with the game because of advanced analytics, it's not surprising that the common car fan hasn't exactly been falling head over heels for electric cars. The 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS is not for the geek squad.
We like quirky vehicles that don’t fit into established segments, like the Polaris Slingshot. It’s certainly no surprise, then, that after spending a couple of weeks with a 2021 Slingshot equipped with a proper shift lever and clutch pedal, we walked away secure in the knowledge that the five-speed manual transmission is the way to go for the ultimate three-wheeled experience. The base engine produces 120 pound-feet of torque while the upgraded version kicks out 144 lb-ft. With a curb weight of just 1,653 pounds (1,667 with the automatic), the power-to-weight ratio of 8.1 lb/hp pushes the Slingshot R to 60 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds.
What a nice shade of blue, I thought when I first saw the 2022 Veloster N sitting in my driveway. When I opened the door, I was pleased to see that "Performance Blue" exterior paint mirrored throughout the interior of the sporty little hatchback. The seatbelts, the stitching and, most important, the drive mode buttons on the steering wheel all proudly fly the periwinkle flag.
The BMW M3 and M4 have never been available with all-wheel drive — that is, until now. If it weren’t for the collective automotive world blowing a gasket over a grille design during the M3’s and M4’s initial reveal, the majority of the panic surely would’ve been directed toward the addition of an extra two driven wheels. It caused a kerfuffle when the M5 moved to all-wheel drive, but the execution was so blasted effective that complaints dried up quickly.
The Cadillac CT5‘s mission is to compete on equal footing with the sport sedans built by the German trio of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz along with Japanese brands Acura, Infiniti and Lexus. The 2022 Cadillac CT5 (along with its smaller sibling, the CT4) represents the end of the line for Cadillac’s gas-burning four-doors. The CT5 is larger than its price point suggests.
The 2023 Nissan Ariya, the electric SUV shown to the American public for the first time at the L.A. Auto Show, will carry a base price of $47,995. First, the Ariya has a standard range of 300 miles, and although it dips to 285 or 264 depending on trim level/performance output, all are more than those aforementioned choices. Second, after checking out the Ariya in person at the L.A. Auto Show, it has another advantage that certainly warrants a higher price: its knockout interior.
It's also why the 2022 Nissan Rogue, which otherwise carries over unchanged, welcomes an all-new standard engine under its hood. It has the same adjusting compression ratio system that's been used on the turbo four-cylinder introduced in the Infiniti QX50 and offered in the Nissan Altima.
If forced to choose the true "Ultimate Driving Machine” from BMW’s lineup over the past few years, the BMW 2 Series Coupe would rise to the top of our list every time. The spunky, classic BMW proportions only sweetened the deal for BMW diehards. As is quickly becoming tradition at BMW, though, the next generation of a car many loved before is not sticking with the status quo.
Acura’s most recent totally new models — the TLX and MDX — thwacked us upside the head with authority to let us know that Acura as a luxury and performance brand is well and truly back in great form. Now, the 2022 Acura RDX is here, and it’s packing a bunch of improvements to try and both enhance the driving experience and ensure that it isn’t playing second fiddle to other Acura products in tech or luxury. Both the TLX and MDX offer a high-performance Type S version with turbocharged V6 engines, and the RDX continues to go without such a model in 2022.
It would be easy to dismiss the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport as just the cheaper and smaller crossover Bronco. Cheaper and smaller have their advantages, and by being a crossover, the Bronco Sport is more comfortable, a lot quieter and more maneuverable than its big brother. Instead of focusing on off-roading as the reason for your journey, the Bronco Sport is for those who might have to off-road on the way to wherever they're going.
Variety and customization are the name of the game these days, and while the 2022 Toyota RAV4 is hardly a make-your-own, bespoke creation, it does offer an unmatched variety of models for different tastes and needs. The latter is the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime, and it's terrific. Fuel economy is exceptional, and the driving experience sets a nice balance between comfort and response.
Hey, didn’t we already do this? Well, yes and no. Jeep launched the redesigned (now with three rows!) 2021 Grand Cherokee L earlier this year. In short (sorry), you take the three-row L model, hack off a few inches of length and an accompanying 250 pounds or so of mass, and you get the new, standard Grand Cherokee. Despite its advanced age, which is a theme when it comes to Stellantis products here in the United States, the outgoing Grand Cherokee was actually a pretty solid entry.
The Maverick is peerless, with its small stature and a standard hybrid powertrain. The closest competitor is the also-new Hyundai Santa Cruz. The Maverick leans into the fact that it’s a pickup, and built by a company that’s been selling countless pickups for many, many decades.
Yes, it's a stereotype that the Italian sport sedan is fun to drive, but the fact is, well, it is. The Giulia comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 280 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful four-cylinders in the segment. It's paired with a snappy and smooth eight-speed transmission and either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is GM’s upmarket half-ton pickup, with a supposed emphasis placed on interior quality and materials rather than bare-bones durability. In reality, the most recent generation hardly lived up to that promise as it showed few upgrades over its Chevy Silverado sibling, which itself possessed a ho-hum interior clearly overshadowed by Ram and Ford that at least match it in most other respects. GMC's supposedly premium entry just didn't cut it.
The 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is the latest of the 4 Series family to land with the all-electric i4 hot on its heels, both following in the footsteps of the regular two-door Coupe and the new soft top Convertible. If it weren’t for that hatchback, there would be very little practical reason for this Gran Coupe variant to exist. Just like the other 4 Series models, the Gran Coupe gets The Grille.
After only three years, GM went to the very unusual step of going back to the drawing board and giving the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado an all-new interior design. First, we have not seen the new Silverado in person, let alone driven it, so right now we're just looking at the same pretty pictures you are. Second, the Work Truck, Custom and Custom Trail Boss trims keep the old interior design and technology – given their lower price points, that's probably OK.
With its swoopy shape, clever headlights and the fact that it has a truck bed, a lot of what makes the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz interesting is on the outside. It’s the range-topping Limited, though, which means it not only comes with the 281-horsepower 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder and all-wheel drive, but an abundance of luxury equipment for that luxury price.
The Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe, with 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, isn’t as superlative of a performance machine as, say the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe (review coming soon), but with a 0-60 time of just 4.3 seconds, it’s not a slouch by any means. It’s a little off-putting at first, but the digital dial on the steering wheel ignites one’s curiosity and invites you to explore what it has to offer.
THERMAL, Calif. – “This thing’s a ballistic missile,” I exclaimed to no one in particular after hopping out of the 2022 BMW M5 CS at The Thermal Club’s South Palms racetrack. The M5 CS, a one-year-only limited-production version of the M5, is BMW’s most powerful and quickest production car ever. BMW put it through a weight-saving program, which is precisely what the large and weighty midsize super sedan needed.
The 2022 Ram 1500 remains every bit the exceptional pickup it's been since being completely redesigned three years ago. From the humble Tradesman all the way up to the indulgent Limited (with the stupefying Ram TRX on its own high-octane plane of existence), the Ram is a thoughtfully designed truck with distinctive features and a compelling lineup of build combinations. Last year's updated Ford F-150 saw the addition of a hybrid powertrain Ram can't match, plus chassis refinements that wipe out much of the Ram's previous on-road advantages.
It has been over a year since I pieced together a Ford Bronco speculative suspension deep dive using preliminary specifications, comparisons to the overseas-market Ranger Raptor, and teaser photos of a naked chassis. You can basically ignore that fact, because everything it included can be still found on the 2022 Ford Bronco Badlands. It had the stabilizer bar disconnect mechanism shared with the Badlands, locking front and rear differentials that are common to the Badlands and the Wildtrak, and the Sasquatch combination of HOSS Bilstein dampers and 35-inch tires that comes standard on Wildtrak and can be added to any trim as an option.
Most compact SUVs are marketed in a way that encourages you to envision fun family outings spent taking advantage of their all-wheel drive and enhanced practicality in the great outdoors. Let's face it, though: relatively few families will actually do that, and some compact SUVs frankly wouldn't be very good at it. The 2022 Subaru Forester is the real deal, though, and its owners are far more likely to actually live the life the owners of other SUVs only envision.
The 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is the company’s most popular nameplate, both here in the U.S. and abroad. As a result, the Tiguan hits that sweet spot for a lot of buyers by offering loads of space without resorting to overpaying for something larger they don't really need. There's also the matter of internal competition: there are other Volkswagens in the same size ballpark that we like better.