2022 Ferrari Portofino M First Drive: The Impressionist Review

Imagine you’re an editor for FloralTrend, invited on a deluxe junket to Paris to experience a new species of water lily. You arrive only to discover your “experience” involves a dark room full of giant paintings of the flowers done by a mostly blind guy. All you can smell is linseed oil, and they all …

Total (Car) Recalls: What They Are and How to Check if Your Car Has One

Everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days—the timeless lyric from none other than Hannah Montana has helped us through more than one internal crisis, and it applies to automakers, too. Once in a while, an automotive manufacturer or one of its parts suppliers will make an error that could potentially put you in danger. Luckily, …

What’s the Best 2021 Subaru Ascent Trim? Here’s Our Guide

Subaru is famous for building durable, go-anywhere vehicles, and the Ascent brings that capability to a larger size. With room for up to eight passengers, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is an AWD three-row crossover that competes in a highly crowded and competitive field. If you’re wondering which Ascent has the best balance of features and …

Obscure, Futuristic ’70s Mazda RX500 Concept Was Immortalized in Die-Cast Form

It’s late 1970. Mazda has been at the rotary engine game for almost a decade, developing the problematic Felix Wankel/NSU design into a formidable, powerful, and futuristic little powerplant. It was the highlight of the forward-looking production 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S. While beautiful, and interesting, the Cosmo Sport merely (albeit expertly) epitomized the now. …

2021 Jaguar F-Pace First Drive: Way Better Than the “Cats” Movie

Quiet Cabin The updated F-Pace is noticeably quieter inside, with little noise intruding on your zen; credit Active Road Noise Cancellation, which still allows enough engine sounds to be satisfying—don’t worry, we’ll resist the urge to say it purrs. We like the drive select mode that now sits flush until you give it a push, …

How Artificial Intelligence Is Cutting Wait Time at Red Lights

Who hasn’t been stuck seething at an interminable red light with zero cross traffic? When this happened one time too many to Uriel Katz, he co-founded Israel-based, Palo Alto, California–headquartered tech startup NoTraffic in 2017. The company claims its cloud- and artificial-intelligence-based traffic control system can halve rush-hour times in dense urban areas, reduce annual …

Land Rover to New Bronco: Welcome to the Party

It’s a good time for the cool kids. Land Rover has just started selling the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90, the short-wheelbase, two-door version of the classic SUV that we named the 2021 MotorTrend SUV of the Year. Anticipation continues to build for the revived-for-2021 Ford Bronco. And Jeep has expanded the original off-road icon …

2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale First Drive: We Didn’t See (or Hear) It Coming

When I first learned Ferrari was offering up a plug-in hybrid supercar with hypercar aspirations, I didn’t think much of it. I knew a bit about the sausage-making, and in some ways the SF90 Stradale is yet another update of the F8 Tributo platform, which dates back to the decade-old 458 Italia—and truthfully there’s some …

2021 Ford Bronco Spied With Roush Decals

It seems as though the aftermarket is already putting its mark on the 2021 Ford Bronco, as evidenced by this four-door model wearing Roush graphics. Spotted by Reddit user 1lkylstsol and used here with permission, this Bronco Big Bend looks seemingly stock save for a couple of giveaways: the Roush-branded red stripe streaking down the …

Top Gear America Tries to Find the Best Pickup Truck in America

Every country has it’s national vehicle: Roadsters are quintessentially British, Italians have their exotic sports cars, the Japanese perfected the compact sedan, but America is all about the pickup truck. Americans buy more pickup trucks than anywhere else in the world, and the best-selling and most capable pickups are made right here. The Ford F-150, …

2022 Kia Seltos Becomes One With the Dark Side

We’ll stop saying good things about Kia as soon as the brand stops making fantastic vehicles. Until then, the South Korean automaker is the juggernaut that seemingly cannot be stopped. The Telluride, Sorento, K5, Stinger, and Soul are all great to drive, easy to live with, and solid values. Predictably, the Seltos follows that trend. …

Previously Windshield-less $1.7 Million McLaren Elva Gets a Windshield

McLaren is offering a windshield on the exclusive Elva roadster for customers who prefer a physical screen. Keep in mind, the Elva’s core appeal was tied up in the fact it lacked a windshield in the first place, so consider this a weird development. This newly windscreened version of the Elva eliminates McLaren’s clever Active …

Breathe In the Lucid Air’s Futuristic, Big-Screen Infotainment System

Lucid is poised to take on Tesla head-on in a way few other EV automakers have. The company’s first car, the upcoming Lucid Air, promises blistering performance, impressive range figures, and now, it looks like the in-car UX is up to par, too. Thanks to a recent release from Lucid (accompanied by a video that …

Next-Gen Range Rover Sport Spied In Electric Form

Land Rover plans to introduce a half-dozen electric vehicles within the next five years, with the first such model launching in 2024. While the British brand’s announcement of its electrification plans failed to disclose the specific model it intends to debut its battery electric powertrain in, Land Rover seems likely to initially bring this tech …

Is the Toyota Crown Headed for America? Tantalizing Trademark Raises Possibility

Toyota hasn’t sold a car wearing a Crown badge in the U.S. for decades, and certainly never the current-generation luxurious Crown sedan. Could that be changing? A trademark application was recently filed on Toyota’s behalf with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the Crown name for “automobiles and structural parts thereof.” While historically …

Lamborghini Reveals Sinister Huracán Super Trofeo Evo2 Racer

The Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo was already a Pro-Am monster; a true production-based race car purpose-built to race in Lamborghini’s own globe-trotting one-make series. An ultimate track toy, you might say, although toy doesn’t do the beautiful violence of a Huracán Super Trofeo in action justice. Yes, it’s not as intense as the Huracán …

Rolls-Royce Boat Tail First Look: A Real Land Yacht

As the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down and everyone in, we believe Rolls-Royce designers were sheltered in their mood rooms, bored out of their tweed suits, with nothing to do but draw excessively. “Excuse me, designer Gordon. I think I have an idea our billionaire clientele would die for,” designer Alfred motioned to the thin, …

Cadillac Escalade-V Performance SUV-hemoth Is on Its Way

A track-capable Cadillac Escalade? Are these words that belong together? GM has apparently decided they do, because the company is on the cusp of launching a sporty variant of its plus-sized luxury SUV, as these spy photos of camouflaged prototypes reveal. An Escalade-V model has been rumored for years, and now these shots lend those …

2021 Honda Odyssey vs. 2021 Toyota Sienna: Familiar Foes, Clear Winner

When the new 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan debuted last year, it was a bit of a shock that the lineup was hybrid-only. But the move makes sense: In order to differentiate itself from the rest of the minivan pack, Toyota left the traditional powertrain behind while still offering a competitive price. The Sienna is also …

2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition: For the Eco-Friendly Sith Lord

Not one to miss out on the blacked-out special-edition trend, the 2022 Toyota Prius Nightshade Edition becomes the 11th Toyota model to infiltrate the market in dark guise. It is the first hybrid model in the Toyota lineup to get the bold Nightshade styling treatment, too. The Nightshade appearance package adds blacked-out wheels, headlight accents, …

As Electrified Future Looms, Jaguar Land Rover Tries to Reimagine Itself

Jaguar has a new name for its global strategy that encompasses big changes to the Jaguar Land Rover vehicle lineup as the brands reposition themselves and transition to an electric future: Reimagine. The changes, announced in February, will result in a smaller, more focused portfolio in the interim. No new Jaguars will be added to …

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA35 First Test: The Hot Hatch of SUVs

“[We] could feel it within seconds,” we wrote in our First Drive of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250. Within a few feet of setting off, we knew: This little Mercedes drives like a real SUV. Fast forward a few months and we found ourselves rolling out in the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA35. Once again, we could feel …

2022 Volkswagen Taos First Drive: Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

When Volkswagen first announced it would bring a subcompact SUV to the U.S., we harbored hopes we’d get the nifty little T-Roc, a cool crossover from the automaker’s European lineup. Instead of the T-Roc, though—or at least something derived from its bones—we were surprised and perhaps a little disappointed to learn the 2022 Volkswagen Taos …

2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo First Test: Power Can’t Solve Everything

We’ve called the Mazda CX-30 lots of nice things. Stylish. Upscale. Agile. But quick? Not quite. Over thousands of miles behind the wheel, the standard CX-30’s acceleration has left us wanting more. That changes for 2021, as a turbocharged engine is added to the options list. In our first drive of the 2021 CX-30 Turbo, …

Ford Spending Big for More Electric and Commercial Vehicles

Flush with momentum after the unveiling of the all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning full-size pickup truck which has booked 70,000 reservations, Ford today said it expects that four of 10 vehicles sold globally by 2030 will be electric. To hit this target, Ford announced today that it is increasing spending on electric vehicles to more …

Doge Doge What Now? GM’s Going to the Moon With NASA

Move over Elon Musk, SpaceX, and Dogecoin, because General Motors is heading to the moon. The American automaker announced plans to develop a new generation of lunar vehicles for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Artemis program, which aims to bring human astronauts back to the surface of the moon by 2024. Like its …

Ford F-150 Lightning vs. Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV, Cybertruck: Electric Truck Specs Comparison

The Tesla Cybertruck broke the internet in 2019 with its radical and futuristic design, taking the world by storm and launching an endless supply of memes. Inspired by the Lotus Esprit S from the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, Tesla’s all-new pickup appeared ready for an apocalypse and generated 250,000 orders within days …

Looks Like Electric Ford Bronco, Explorer, Ranger, Lincoln Aviator Coming

Ford will continue its strategy of electrifying its most important vehicles, and that likely includes an electric Ford Bronco, an electric Ford Explorer three-row SUV, an electric Lincoln Aviator three-row SUV, and an electric Ford Ranger compact pickup truck, among others. The automaker is also working on next-generation electric versions of the F-150 Lighting pickup …

Military Discount for the MotorTrend App!

This Memorial Day, MotorTrend wants to say thank you to the proud service members of the United States Military by offering a 40 percent discount on a one-year subscription to the MotorTrend App. In partnership with ID.me, any active service member, veteran, or dependent can enjoy MotorTrend’s first military discount when they sign up with …

2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Bronze Edition: Bronze Is the New Black

Toyota is introducing a Bronze Edition of the Highlander Hybrid for 2022. The Bronze Edition treatment spruces up the somewhat dowdy family SUV by way of radiant bronze-colored wheels and a handful of interior enhancements. The Bronze Edition is exclusive to the gasoline-electric Highlander Hybrid and comes painted in one of two colors: Cement (a …

Who Invented 0–60 MPH? Why, It Was Tom McCahill, Of Course

Fifty years after Tom McCahill invented “zero to 60,” it remains the road-test’s benchmark number. Simple to understand, easy to compare, McCahill’s 0-to-60-mph yardstick captured the public’s imagination. Bolstered by frequent use in automotive advertising, nought-to-sixty took on a significance way beyond its true value. Nobody cared about other figures. Forget quarter-mile times, esoteric 45-to-65-mph …

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Adopts New Trim Level Structure for U.S.

Earlier this year, we got our first look at the all-new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The compact luxury sedan yet again cribs from the flagship S-Class to add some luxurious pop to its small form factor. The new C-Class, with the chassis code W206, is new from the ground up, wearing sheetmetal with plenty of nods …

2022 Bentley Bentayga S First Look: Like the Speed, Only With the V-8

Want a Bentley Bentayga Speed, but find it’s a bit too, uh, speedy for you? Well, has Bentley got the mega-luxe SUV for you. Place your moneyed peepers on the 2022 Bentley Bentayga S, a tensed-up, hunkered-down variant of the popular “entry-level” Bentayga V8 that adds a helping of handling know-how previously only available on …

Regular People Can Buy the Cheapest Ford F-150 Lighting Electric Pickup, Too

Can you purchase the commercial-focused 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro even if you’re not a commercial customer? Yes! We felt it necessary to clear the air around the least-expensive iteration of the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup, which goes by the name Pro and is geared toward work use (but not restricted to it). So, …

Porsche, but Make It Fashion: Aimé Leon Dore Creates a Stylish, Adventurous 911

No, it’s not the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, but like the children’s school founded by the male model of Blue Steel fame, this 1978 Porsche 911 SC is a passion project with ties to the fashion industry. Credit Porsche’s relationship with …

New York Proposes Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Ratings for Trucks, SUVs

A newly proposed New York bill would mandate that SUVs and trucks be given a pedestrian and cyclist safety rating. Should the bill be signed into law, it would be the first of its kind in the U.S., and unique from the existing safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the …

2022 Buick Envision’s Not-Racy Sport Touring Package Adds Racier Bits

The second-generation Buick Envision enters its sophomore model year with minor changes to its optional Sport Touring package. Notably, the compact SUV’s sportier getup sees the addition of aluminum accelerator and brake pedals, as well as additional “ST” (for Sport Touring) logos throughout the interior. Specifically, those extra STs appear on the floor mats and …

2022 Chevrolet Blazer Drops Base Engine, Gains Style

It’s about that time for various 2022 model year updates, refreshes, and changes to start circulating. Add the 2022 Chevrolet Blazer to the list. It’s a Chevy-giveth-and-Chevy-taketh-away sort of affair, with some colors departing, some appearing, and some alterations to packages and equipment. But the headliner is the departure of an engine option: Once available …

2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible First Look: Drop-Top Demon

If you’re like us, you’re probably not too happy with the Godzilla-size kidney grille that the BMW M3 and M4 Competition wear. However, look at the 2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible xDrive and your opinions might change. The grille is growing on us, and the topless profile certainly helps the two-door achieve a sportier, more …

Aston Martin Victor First Drive: This Retro Supercar Is a Dream

Very few people on earth get telephone calls like this one from Aston Martin: “We’re thinking of doing a one-off car and wondered if you might be interested?” And yet, according to Simon Lane, director of Q and special projects for Aston, that’s the (paraphrased) question asked of the eventual owner of the wicked Victor …

Tesla Is Ditching Radar in Transition to Camera-Only Autopilot System

For the last several years, Tesla’s vehicles have come equipped with an array of cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and radar sensors utilized by Autopilot and other safety systems. But from May 2021 onward, Tesla will ditch the radar sensors in its cars and move to a Autopilot system that only uses cameras, which the company has …

2022 Aston Martin V12 Speedster First Drive: Utterly Pointless, and We Love It

The 2022 Aston Martin V12 Speedster costs the equivalent of a million bucks and doesn’t come with a roof. Or even a windshield, for that matter. It’s expensive and impractical and breaks no new ground in terms of its layout, technology, or design. It’s a rich person’s toy, a 12-cylinder, twin-turbo plaything for people with …

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro: This Electric Truck Is Built to Work

Ford has a new name for the work truck version of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning full-size electric pickup truck. It is the F-150 Lightning Pro, and it goes on sale in May 2022 for under $42,000. We also have a better idea of how Ford is able to offer the Ford F-150 Lightning lineup …

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet First Test: Open Air Artillery

Welcome, everyone, to the quickest cabriolet we’ve ever tested. That’s right—as far as soft-tops are concerned, the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet sits at the tippy-top of our testing data heap. We’d love to say this is the quickest aire libre rocket sled we’ve shot down the strip, but alas, Porsche’s own 918 Spyder …

Toyota Teases Pair of Mysterious Tacoma Pickups

It is now an annual expectation that Toyota updates the TRD Pro versions of its Tacoma, Tundra, 4Runner, and Sequoia off-road trucks and SUVs. Typically, these changes are minor (a new paint color here, a new snorkel intake there), so we’re not going to read too much into Toyota’s release of two photos depicting what …

Isn’t It Ioniq: Here are the U.S.-Bound 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Specs

After the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5‘s tremendously exciting world debut earlier this year, we’re finally privy to some detailed specs on the U.S.-bound EV crossover SUV. Thankfully, strong power, good range, and fast charging makes the retrofuturistic Ioniq 5 much more than just a pretty electric face when it lands on dealer lots later this …

The Genesis GV70’s Price Undercuts German Luxury SUV Rivals

Genesis is developing a habit for cramping BMW’s style. First it usurped the 3 Series as our go-to luxury compact sedan with the G70. Now the Genesis GV70 compact SUV is trying to get in on the X3’s turf, and the stunning new offering is priced to go toe-to-toe with ze German and other heavy …

2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 First Test: Hybrid Hype

“I’ve loved being in this thing,” we heard over our shoulder as we made the trek down Highway 1 after a short weekend getaway. That comment came from our high school friend, Luke, who was riding in the back seat of the 2021 Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge. Our little trip was planned to mark a …