reviews

  • In 20 years these 8 features will be lame (or maybe cool)

    In the late 1980s, Nintendo launched a game controller called "U-Force" that used infrared motion sensors to play games without touching the controller. "Piano black," as gloss-finish black trim is often called, is basically the junior varsity equivalent for more-affordable cars.

  • 2022 Land Rover Defender Review | Keeps what's great and adds a V8

    The 2022 Land Rover Defender is proof that you can have a super-capable off-road vehicle on the trails without getting beat up on the morning commute. All it takes is money, and even though the Defender starts at a higher price point than the Wrangler, Bronco and 4Runner, all of those models can creep right into the Land Rover’s territory with options. None are graced with the same refined road manners as the Land Rover, however.

  • 2022 Cadillac CT4 Review | Blackwing, price, mpg, pictures

    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.

  • 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid MPG and Suspension Deep Dive | 39 mpg and 1 twist beam

    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).

  • 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Track Review | Ignore the geeks, just drive it

    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.

  • 2021 Polaris Slingshot R Review | Making a case for the manual

    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.

  • 2022 Hyundai Veloster N Driveway Test | Interior worthy of a hot hatch

    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.

  • 2022 BMW M3-M4 Competition AWD First Drive Review | Security blanket

    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.

  • 2022 Cadillac CT5 Review | An athlete in a fine suit

    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.

  • Nissan Ariya interior is a game changer for Nissan and EV SUVs

    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.

  • 2022 Nissan Rogue First Drive | New turbo engine is better late than never

    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.

  • 2022 BMW 2 Series First Drive | Does bigger, faster equal better?

    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.

  • 2022 Acura RDX First Drive | RDX redux gives us what we want

    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.

  • 2022 Ford Bronco Sport Review | What's new, price, pictures, mpg

    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.

  • 2022 Toyota RAV4 Review | What's new, Hybrid mpg, price, pictures

    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.

  • 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive Review | 1 fewer row, 1 more touchscreen

    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.

  • 2022 Ford Maverick Review | A smaller truck can be a smarter truck

    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.

  • 10 best sport sedans for 2021 and 2022

    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.

  • 2022 GMC Sierra Preview | GM's 'premium truck' is actually now premium

    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.

  • 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe First Drive Review | Is 4 really greater than 3?

    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.

  • 2022 Chevy Silverado Preview | Massive updates, but you'll have to wait

    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.

  • 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior Review | What do you get for $41,100?

    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.

  • 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe Road Test | You don't need the V8

    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.

  • 2022 BMW M5 CS First Drive Review | Uber M5 adds lightness (and awesomeness)

    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.

  • 2022 Ram 1500 Review | Still great, but is it still best?

    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.

  • Ford Bronco Suspension Deep Dive | 35-inch reasons to avoid Sasquatch

    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.