2022 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrive AWD First Look: x(Drive) Marks the M Spot

BMW’s not done tweaking its latest M3 sedan and M4 coupe, as the German automaker announced the forthcoming arrival of the all-wheel-drive 2022 M3 Competition xDrive and M4 Competition xDrive (xDrive is BMW-speak for AWD). As the “Competition” in the two cars’ names imply, both of these 2022 models build on today’s rear-drive M3 Competition …

Toyota bZ4X Concept First Look: Finally Kicking Off Toyota’s Electric Future

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally getting our first look at Toyota’s electric future. The Toyota bZ4X Concept is the first of seven dedicated battery-electric vehicles that will live under the new “bZ” moniker, and while some details such as its range, battery size, and charging capabilities have not been disclosed, it …

Toyota Says It’ll Build an All-Electric Pickup Truck Soon

A few years ago, the idea of an electric pickup truck seemed … unimaginable. Trucks are meant to haul, tow, and play in remote places where electric car chargers are hardly found. Fast forward to today, and we’re seeing a wave of electric trucks that will hit the market soon from names familiar (Ford with …

2022 Lexus ES First Look: Same Svelte Sedan, More Touchscreen

Until recently, the Lexus ES sedan has been classically Toyota: Pretty boring, incredibly competent and refined, and … essentially a plus-size Camry wearing a luxury badge. This changed with the arrival of the current-generation ES, which featured sleek, attractive styling and perhaps one of the best integrations of the luxury brand’s current design language (and …

Audi A6 E-Tron Concept First Look: A Luxury Sedan Goes EV

It’s official: Audi is electrifying the A6. The German luxury automaker has just revealed the Audi A6 E-Tron Concept, a close preview of the coming 2024 Audi A6 E-Tron, at the Shanghai auto show. While Audi’s first serious electric-vehicle efforts have been the low-volume E-Tron SUV and E-Tron GT fastback sedan, this sleek-looking A6 EV …

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime First Test: Toyota’s Best Hybrid Ever

Toyota’s hybrids have been called many things, but “interesting,” “fun,” or “fast,” likely hasn’t been on that list. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid SUV changes all that. Not only is it arguably the best hybrid Toyota has built to date, but it’s also the quickest non-Supra Toyota we’ve tested in the past five …

Another 2022 VW Taos Prototype Drive: This Time With Multiple Suspension Tunes

This isn’t our first time behind the wheel of a not-quite-ready-for-prime-time version of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos: Last fall, we sampled the new 1.5-liter turbo engine, and this time we were invited to drive more prototypes with suspension tuning that both was and wasn’t close to final. Frankly, at this point we just want to …

Audi to Sell New A6 EV Hotness Alongside Old, Different A6 Gas Model

The electrification of the auto industry presents a conundrum for automakers transitioning legacy models from gas- and diesel-powered internal combustion engines to electric motors: what if the industry is ready before the customer is? In the case of the Audi A6, the brand says it’s planning on selling two versions: one gas and one electric, …

Genesis Electrified G80 First Look: Genny Goes Electric

Genesis makes its electric vehicle plans official with the appearance of the Electrified G80 at the Shanghai Auto Show. We expect the EV model to show up on our shores within the next year or two, as well, given the brand claims the Electrified G80 is a global vehicle. The parent company of Genesis, Hyundai …

Lincoln Zephyr Reflection Concept First Look: One Beautiful Sedan

There’s no denying that Lincoln is in a better place than it’s been in years. The Navigator and Aviator have taken the American luxury brand in a bold, distinctive direction. There’s no reason the Lincoln Continental couldn’t have distilled this down into a similar experience, but as you’re probably aware, the Continental never managed to …