2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 First Test: Big, Bold, and Unrepentantly Quick

Presence, Power, and Class Underneath the hood is the crown jewel, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with mild hybrid technology that generates 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. That power gets sent to all four wheels through an AMG-tuned nine-speed automatic. The combination shocks with its stupid-fast acceleration, which belies the GLS63’s docile appearance. Those …

Will Future Mitsubishis Look as Good as the 2022 Outlander?

The new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV has launched amid positive reviews, raising the prospect this is the start of a long but slow crawl back to relevancy for the Japanese automaker that’s lost much of its luster in North America. In 2016, Nissan rescued beleaguered Mitsubishi, buying a controlling stake and bringing it into the …

F-150 Lightning Strikes Again: Ford’s EV Pickup May Revive a Classic Name

The upcoming all-electric Ford F-150 pickup truck will revive the “Lightning” name, per a source cited by Car and Driver. Ford hasn’t used the Lightning name on a production vehicle since the early 2000s when it was applied to the sportiest version of the F-150. A quick dive into the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …

Australia’s Ford Ranger Raptor Off-Road Pickup Taken to the Power of X

Australia’s car culture is cool, but you probably already knew that. While its homegrown cars—including rear-wheel drive utes and big-horsepower, V-8 sedans—have mostly died off, the pickup culture remains strong. To wit, Australia is one of the lucky recipients of the Ford Ranger Raptor, the jacked-up, widebody version of the global midsize pickup we get …

Sign and Drive: 2021 Infiniti Q50 Adds Special Signature Edition

Is the Infiniti Q50 the Lincoln Town Car of 2021? Hear us out for a second. Like the long-gone Town Car, the Q50 packs a rear-wheel-drive punch under sedan skin. It also now includes a “Signature” trim line. Sure, Infiniti technically calls its latest Q50 model the Signature Edition, but the point stands: both of …

Summer Road Trip Plans? They Could Be Impacted By These Looming Problems

The second summer of the pandemic is almost here, but the outlook is totally different this time around. With millions of Americans vaccinated and eager to get out of their immediate and unchanging surroundings, there’s a lot of anticipation of an almost-normal travel season ahead. And there will be frustration, too. There are still pandemic-related …

Off-Roading a Lifted Chevy Caprice: Only On Roadkill

Can you think of a better ride—a ’99 Chevy Caprice—to a bar in the middle of the desert? Why are inappropriate cars the most fun? You’d think with a lifetime of off-road driving behind him, David Freiburger could come up with a better choice for a desert-bombing vehicle than a lifted Chevy Caprice on 26-inch …

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE Drive: When Sporty Meets Efficiency

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid delivers more power and better fuel economy than its gas-powered stablemate. It also drives better, is a bit quicker, and doesn’t compromise interior space. The hybrid-exclusive XSE displays more aggressive styling compared to the other trims, and it delivers decent value. We recently spent a week driving a 2021 RAV4 …

Nissan sells its Daimler stake, following Renault

FRANKFURT — Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. said on Tuesday it was selling its roughly 1.5 percent stake in German carmaker Daimler AG through an accelerated bookbuild offer, following a similar move by alliance partner Renault in March. The French carmaker, with Nissan, had exchanged stakes with Daimler a decade ago to strengthen their industrial partnerships. …