The Best Driver’s Car Under $100K—According to Top Gear America

$100,000 sounds like a lot for a car, but when it comes to the performance car spectrum, it’s actually kind of reasonable. Sure, not 300hp Honda Civic Type R-reasonable but compared to the eye-watering price tag of a Bugatti Chiron; $100,000 is reasonable enough. There are so many great driver’s cars available for under 100k, …

Self-Driving Volkswagen ID Buzz Minivans Entering Real-World Autonomous Trials

The Volkswagen ID Buzz delays are a, uh, buzzkill, but at least while we’re waiting until 2023 or so to drive one ourselves the reimagined modern Bus will be put to good use. Volkswagen owns a stake in self-driving startup Argo AI along with Ford, which is part of a broader alliance between the two …

2021 Chevy Corvette C8 Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car to Lead the Field Topless

In just a couple weeks, on May 30, the 105th Indianapolis 500 will run at the legendary Brickyard. And another legend will be there to pace the field: the Chevrolet Corvette. The 2021 race will be America’s sports car’s 18th outing as the pace car, and the second for the C8. This year, the honor …

Alfa Romeo Pays Tribute to Abarth 1000 SP With Retro-Restyled 4C

Historically-informed one-off custom cars are a bit of a thing recently. Ferrari’s Omologato 812 Superfast from last year, the absolutely bonkers ’80s-tastic Aston Martin Victor, the Atlantic-inspired Bugatti La Voiture Noire, and so on. Add Alfa Romeo to the list with their Abarth 1000 SP, a tribute to the 1966 original with the same name. …

Hummer Loaded with Hoarded Gasoline Catches on Fire in Florida

On Wednesday, May 12, Citrus County Fire Rescue responded to an emergency call about a vehicle up in flames outside of a Citgo gas station in Homosassa, Florida. The vehicle in question was a Hummer H2, which almost burned to the ground after a man attempted to transport four five-gallon containers of gasoline. In what …

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 First Test: Still Sweet

The GMC Canyon AT4 is the automaker’s off-road-oriented midsize pickup truck, but don’t think of it as the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2‘s twin sibling. The Canyon AT4 has some off-road goodies but lacks the fancy suspension, front locker, and other rugged parts of the ZR2, although both trucks share the same basic setup and powertrains. It’s …

What’s the Best 2021 Nissan Rogue Trim? Here’s Our Guide

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is a truly substantial upgrade from the last generation, even if the powertrain is still less than impressive. But that’s one of the only demerits in an otherwise worthwhile compact SUV that’s also Nissan’s best-selling vehicle. With four different trim levels and all-wheel drive available on each one, there’s a lot …

Can Jim Farley, a Real Car Guy, Fix Ford?

Many men have tried to improve Ford. In the modern era, few have had the luxury of sitting back and watching the hits and the money roll in. The latest man in the big Ford CEO chair is automotive industry veteran Jim Farley. Ford has a history of choosing leaders from within who climbed the …

Alexa, Thanks For Embedding Yourself in My New Ford

“Alexa, start my Ford and crank the air conditioning” is the kind of verbal command owners of Ford vehicles will be able to seamlessly make from the comfort of their home in the future. The automaker is planning a wireless software update to make Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant a built-in feature for 700,000 Ford vehicles …

The Colonial Pipeline Shutdown Is Over, So Why Is Everyone Panicking?

Don’t do what these folks are doing: Filling up beyond what they need. Panic Is as Panic Does All of this logic isn’t changing anything on the ground in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states. If you live along the Eastern seaboard of the United States, you’re probably thinking about gas today, and not the …

Mazda Just Restored Its Amazing MX-81 Aria Concept Styled by Bertone

At the intersection of Italian design and Japanese technology, Mazda unveiled the MX-81 Aria concept at the 1981 Tokyo Motor Show. It was Mazda’s first model to receive the MX badge (for Mazda eXperimental), a moniker the Japanese automaker would reserve for vehicles that pushed boundaries, and the futuristic MX-81 set the standard. Marc Deschamps, …

All-New 11th-Gen 2022 Honda Civic Sedan Pricing Holds the Line

The Honda Civic is small car royalty, and for its all-new, 11th generation, it’s arguably better looking (inside and out) than ever before. We don’t quite know what the new 2022 Civic sedan is like to drive yet, but we now have a very good idea of how much it will cost when it finally …

Adorably Terrible ’92 Geo Metro Convertible Sold for Thousands by Fancy Auction House

This bright blue 1992 Geo Metro Convertible was the headliner of RM Sotheby’s “Handle With Fun” online auction that ended today. The time-limited auction featured a variety of rare and vintage collectibles and memorabilia, including several gumball cross-country racing machines, but this humble subcompact stood out. How could it not? It just seems so wonderfully …

2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 First Test: GT4 Goodness at a Deep Discount

Despite the gains in engine output and highway fuel economy, Porsche-philes were in an uproar when the mid-engine Cayman (and Boxster) turned away from the stalwart flat-six engines in favor of two new turbocharged flat-fours in 2017. Even the Cayman GTS came with one. The only way to get a naturally aspirated six-cylinder Cayman was …

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander First Test: Rogue Buyers, Listen Up

There’s a lot to say about the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. The newly redesigned three-row SUV is Mitsubishi’s most competitive effort in over a decade, and now shares its underpinnings with the much-improved new Nissan Rogue. We’ve already had the opportunity to talk about the context of the new Outlander and what it means for Mitsubishi …

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD First Test: A Very Cool Electric Pony

“How does it feel to drive the new Mustang Mach-E?” asked a passerby as I loaded my belongings into the rear seat of the four-door electric SUV. I paused for a few seconds while resting one hand on the door and summed it up in three words: It feels spectacular. “Oh yeah, how so?” he …

2022 Bentley Flying Spur: More Luxury Is Standard

When W.O. and Horace Bentley put pen to paper and created the Bentley Motor Company in 1919, their objective was simple: build some of the best cars in the world. Now, more than 100 years into the company’s life, Bentley might be closer to that ambition than ever before. We’ve already gone over the excellence …

2022 Ford Mustang Next-Gen NASCAR Cup Series Racer Gallops Into View

Far ahead of its racing debut at next year’s Daytona 500, Ford unveiled the all-new 2022 NASCAR Next-Gen Mustang in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week. Ushering in a new era in stock car racing, the Next Gen changes hit the entire the field; Toyota has already shown off its Camry Next Gen racer, and Chevy …

Holy Hofele! This Custom Mercedes-AMG G63 Should Be in a Music Video

Hofele Design, a German company that has been in the automotive design and engineering business for 35 years, specializes in producing components and concepts exclusively for the Mercedes-Benz brand. It also builds complete bespoke Mercedes-Benz vehicles, as exemplified by a Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 that it recently created for a customer. Dubbed “Limitless,” the HG63 by …

This Not-a-Ferrari Is Getting a Bespoke V-12 Engine

Plenty of Ferrari fanatics want a real 250 GTO. Few, if any, will get one of these iconic and rare sports cars. That’s why folks have been building their dream cars out of less desirable cars, or even whole-cloth from kits or replicas, for decades. Who has $48 million laying around, anyways? That’s where an …

2022 Chevy Bolt EUV’s Range Falls Short of Original Estimates

When Chevrolet revealed the 2022 Bolt EUV, it estimated the electric SUV would manage approximately 250 miles of driving range on a full charge. Turns out the American brand was off by a few miles—specifically, three. The Bolt EUV returns an estimated driving range of 247 miles on a full charge of its 65-kWh battery …

The Ultimate BMW M8 Is a 12-Cylinder Prototype From the 1990s

It might come as news to those less familiar with BMW’s past that the 8 Series is actually a 30-year-old nameplate. First launched in 1990, the original 8 Series was similar in concept to the current coupe that shares its name. Alas, unlike today’s car, BMW’s M division never laid its hands on the original …

What’s the Best 2021 Mazda CX-5 Trim? Here’s Our Guide

The Mazda CX-5 isn’t the newest, highest-tech, most fuel efficient, or most practical compact SUV—but it’s definitely the sportiest. Its shortcomings are few, and it remains one of the top-rated vehicles in our compact SUV rankings. For 2021 the CX-5 has been updated with a larger infotainment screen, a new trim level, and a very …

What’s the Best 2021 Mazda CX-5 Trim? Here’s Our Guide

The Mazda CX-5 isn’t the newest, highest-tech, most fuel efficient, or most practical compact SUV—but it’s definitely the sportiest. Its shortcomings are few, and it remains one of the top-rated vehicles in our compact SUV rankings. For 2021 the CX-5 has been updated with a larger infotainment screen, a new trim level, and a very …

2021 Ferrari 812 GTS First Drive: Frightening, Just Like You Want It to Be

It’s almost easy to come to the conclusion serious skill is no longer a prerequisite to driving a new Ferrari, but this review of the 2021 Ferrari 812 GTS quickly disavows you of that notion. Ferrari’s V-12-powered drop-top GT is a frightening car to the uninitiated—but once you learn its mysterious ways, it becomes the …

2021 Ferrari 812 GTS First Drive: Frightening, Just Like You Want It to Be

It’s almost easy to come to the conclusion serious skill is no longer a prerequisite to driving a new Ferrari, but this review of the 2021 Ferrari 812 GTS quickly disavows you of that notion. Ferrari’s V-12-powered drop-top GT is a frightening car to the uninitiated—but once you learn its mysterious ways, it becomes the …

Subaru’s New 2023 Electric SUV Gets a Name: Solterra

Subaru’s long-anticipated electric SUV, which is being co-developed with Toyota, is almost here. And now we have a name to put to this new Subaru EV: Solterra. According to Subaru, the name is an amalgamation of the Latin words for “sun” and “Earth,” so you can bet that while the Solterra’s powertrain is a change …

The UK Sets Rules Defining, Legalizing Self-Driving Cars

With the rise of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) becoming more capable when handling lane keeping (self steering) and the braking and acceleration of vehicles so equipped, the UK government is about to set rules to narrowly legalize self-driving vehicles on roads. And it believes such technology would help ease urban congestion and improve road …

The 2022 Honda Civic Looks Great Lowered and on Iconic Tuner Wheels

Moments after the official images of the upcoming 11th generation Honda Civic sedan hit the airwaves, the enthusiast community began pitching potential changes. Some want a complete “do over,” while others appreciate the 2022 Civic’s design departure from its older sibling’s rather aggressive nature. Regardless of what side of the fence you’re viewing things from, …

The 2022 Honda Civic Looks Great Lowered and on Iconic Tuner Wheels

Moments after the official images of the upcoming 11th generation Honda Civic sedan hit the airwaves, the enthusiast community began pitching potential changes. Some want a complete “do over,” while others appreciate the 2022 Civic’s design departure from its older sibling’s rather aggressive nature. Regardless of what side of the fence you’re viewing things from, …

Ford CEO Promises Electric Versions of “Iconic Vehicles,” Hints at Bronco

Ford is doubling down on its commitment to electric vehicles, spending $22 billion over five years on electric SUVs, trucks, and vans for retail and commercial customers. We talked to Jim Farley, who became Ford CEO on October. 1, 2020, for an update on the Blue Oval’s efforts to become a dominant e-mobility player, including …

The 2021 Ford Bronco’s Fuel Economy Is Not Good, Trails Even the Thirsty Wrangler

The Ford Bronco will wear a few hats: reviving an iconic model, tussling with the Wrangler for off-road-oriented SUV supremacy, headlining a new sub-brand that includes the smaller Bronco Sport. No one expected that brief to include miserly fuel economy, and with the official EPA fuel economy numbers spilling out a little earlier than expected …

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan First Look: A Sleeker Compact SUV

Volkswagen enthusiasts might not want to hear this, but the glory days of the Golf are long gone. The Tiguan compact SUV has been a major sales success both here and abroad—VW sells over a million units per year worldwide. That’s why it’s important for VW to keep the Tiguan looking fresh and full of …

Porsche Sonderwunsch: Your Source for Factory Quality One-Offs and Restorations

You may be familiar with Porsche’s Exclusive Manufaktur personalization program, or its Classic setup that provides parts and restoration support to classic Porsche models. Meet the zenith of these two services: Porsche Sonderwunsch. If you’re thinking that sounds like the word “sandwich” in German, rest easy—”sandwich” is the same in German as it is in …

Life After AMG: How CEO Tobias Moers Is Re-Energizing Aston Martin

Having worked for Daimler AG for 26 years, seven of them as the successful CEO of the company’s in-house hot-rod shop, Mercedes-AMG, it’s fair to say that running storied British sports car brand Aston Martin was not a career move Tobias Moers had ever considered. But when billionaire Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll—who was assembling a …

Ex-UAW President Dennis Williams sentenced to 21 months

DETROIT — Dennis Williams, the 11th president of the UAW, who stressed financial discipline and railed against corruption while simultaneously bilking union members out of more than $132,000, was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in federal prison. The UAW’s president from 2014 to 2018, Williams is the highest-ranking UAW member to be sentenced in a …

Is The 2021 Honda Ridgeline’s HPD Package Worth It?

According to Honda’s research, exterior styling and vehicle image matter a lot to the under-40 crowd, and that’s a crowd it would love to sell a whole lot of 2021 Honda Ridgelines to. To sweeten the appeal, Honda’s introduced an HPD appearance package for the refreshed Ridgeline, but at $2,800, is it the best way …

Are Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Finally—Finally!—Ready For Prime Time?

I’ve subscribed to the theory that “hydrogen is the fuel of the future (and always will be)” for most of my 30 years on this beat, but a confluence of recent developments suggests maybe we’re nearing a tipping point for the universe’s smallest known molecule. Accelerated development of fuel cells for use in heavy-duty trucking …

Radford’s Upcoming Sports Car Will Be Based on a Lotus

Radford Motors is certainly an interesting idea—reviving a colorful British coachbuilder for a line of customized, Lotus-based sportscars. It’s got some big names attached, a nice departure from the usual obscure founders and opaque financial backers. For one, Ant Anstead is involved, the Wheelers Dealers mechanic through the most recent season, and also host of …

The Ford F-150 Lightning Returns as an Electric Pickup Truck

The forthcoming electric Ford F-150 pickup truck officially has a name: Lightning. Ford’s announcement confirms recent rumors and tantalizing patent filings suggesting the Blue Oval planned to resurrect the dormant F-150 sport-truck trim for its battery-electric full-size pickup. <!– –> Historically, Ford applied the Lightning badge to the most on-road-oriented F-150 trim. The original F-150 …

2021 Ford Bronco Is Even More Powerful Than Originally Reported

Last summer, we got our first look at the revived Ford Bronco. At launch, the upcoming “big” Bronco will get both a 2.3-liter “EcoBoost” turbocharged I-4 and a twin-turbocharged “EcoBoost” V-6. As Ford is wont to do, the initial power and torque figures were estimates pending final calibration. Now that things have been calibrated, though, …

The Delage D12 Looks Like a Hallucination From Mushroom Mountain

French automaker Delage returns nearly seven decades after shuttering its doors. The company’s latest machine bears the name D12, and it’s a far different animal from the first single-cylinder runabouts the company originally built and sold in the first decade of the 20th century (or the Grand Prix racers with advanced—and tiny—V-12 engines that came …

Want to Buy the Tooling for the Lotus Elise? Bring a Factory

Things are changing at Lotus. The brand’s only U.S. offering, the long-running Evora, is set to expire as the Emira gears up to roughly fill the shoes of all extant internal-combustion Lotuses. We lost the Elise and Exige sports cars a while ago, and a direct successor never appeared. Abroad, the Elise/Exige continued on, but …

Classic German Messerschmitt Microcar Recreated With Modern Power

We’ll soon be able to travel again, so in case you’re planning your first excursion, we have a suggestion: Go to Europe and buy a new Messerschmitt Kabinenroller! A German outfit called Messerschmitt-Werke has a new, slightly-modernized version of everyone’s favorite mid-century motorcycle-adjacent deathtrap, now with modern gasoline and electric power. The new Messerschmitt is …