SAE refines levels of automation in push for system clarity

The levels of driving automation, the industry’s go-to framework, were updated this week to clarify differences between Level 3 and Level 4, part of an effort to better define and group the capabilities of autonomous technologies that are on the road and under development. The six levels, established by SAE International in 2014, describe the …

Callin’ This Crossover Weak? Watch Ford’s Bronco Sport Climb Hell’s Gate

An epic video of Loren Healy driving a Ford Bronco Sport Badlands up Moab, Utah’s infamous Hell’s Gate obstacle during Bronco Safari 2021 has begun circulating around the web. Unlike the many disastrous videos of modified trucks, SUVs and Jeeps tumbling to their demise down Moab’s steep slick rock slabs—clips that are hard to watch …

How Does an 8-HP French Rental Car Sound?

We’ve talked about the return to les États Unis of French automaker PSA, the purveyors of Peugeot, Citroën, and ex-GM divisions Opel and Vauxhall. Hey, that’s cool—we’re eager to try some of those funky Frenchmobiles, like the slick Peugeot 508 SW Sport Engineered wagon or the far-out Citroën C4. Turns out the first French car …

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed First Drive: An Above-Average Bentley

The 16 different Bentley sedans, coupes, and convertibles MotorTrend has tested over the past decade have on average weighed 5,373 pounds, with an average of 573 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. The new 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed weighs just more than 5,000 pounds and packs 650 hp and 664 lb-ft; in terms of …

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline First Look: Exploring Jeep Territory

Ford says our long collective house arrest has us itching to hit the trails, accelerating a trend that has seen Explorer owners reporting a 56 percent increase in off-road use over the last three years. To ensure these increasingly outdoorsy family SUV customers don’t defect to the forthcoming three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the company …

Challenge Accepted: Behind the Scenes of Top Gear America with Rob Corddry

To hear Rob Corddry tell it, his first day of shooting Top Gear America was almost his last. As he was hustling a decommissioned Police Interceptor through an abandoned neighborhood with The Stig hot on his tail, the reality of what he signed up for truly sank in. “Oh, God. What have I gotten myself …

2021 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2001 Acura Integra Type R: Nothin’ But a Good Time

Editor’s Note: Rob here, and I’m excited to present this peek behind the curtain, a rare opportunity for MotorTrend readers to finally understand a bit about how the sausage really gets driven. Please send thank-you cards to my publicist, Sam. Per normal protocol, an editor gives a writer notes aimed at improving a story. A …

Back to School: TGA’s Rob Corddry Gets a Racer’s Lesson in Performance Driving

There are so many things I wish I could do. I’m not talking about a COVID lockdown to-do list. This isn’t about baking a certain variety of bread no one liked until boredom drove them insane. And I’m not talking about finally guilt-reading those classic novels I faked my way through in college. Faulkner is …

Highway Robbery: There’s a New MT Boss in Town

Welcome, tiny percentage of MotorTrend readers who actually read the editor’s monthly musings! Man, are you in for a treat. You’ve probably already noticed something’s different, not quite right. Or … is it so wrong that it couldn’t be more right? What tipped you off? My warm, gentlemanly greeting? Or was it my devil-may-care style …

Ferrari 812 Competizione First Look: The A Team

The Ferrari 812 Superfast just got a little less super with the arrival of the 812 Competizione and Competizione A (apparently the names Superfaster and Superfaster A never stood a chance). The two models are the latest evolution of Ferrari’s front-engined V-12 supercar, with the Competizione maintaining a traditional coupe body style and the Competizione …

Ford Ready to Unleash E-Transit EV Van—For Nearly Fifty Grand (!)

In our first look at the 2022 Ford E-Transit van last year, we were told it’d come at “less than $45,000.” Consider that promise kept—barely. The E-Transit, a rear-drive van powered entirely by electrons, will start at $44,990. While that seems like a lot for an electric work van, a regular gas-fed Transit starts at …