2021 Volkswagen ID4 AWD Debuts as Cheapest All-Wheel-Drive EV You Can Buy

Volkswagen has introduced the all-wheel-drive version of its new ID4 electric SUV; upgrading to four driven wheels costs ID4 buyers a cool $3,680. The 2021 Volkswagen ID4 AWD is available in two trim grades, the $44,870 Pro and the $49,370 Pro S. Both prices exclude the $7,500 Federal tax credit and possible state incentives for …

The Government Confirms Obvious: Electric Cars Cheaper to Maintain Than Internal Combustion Vehicles

We all know EVs have fewer moving parts than their engine-powered counterparts. There are no engines to maintain, no belts to check, no oil to change; the list goes on and on. As you might imagine, having fewer mechanicals to check and maintain makes running EVs significantly cheaper, and the U.S. Office Of Energy Efficiency …

Splash! We Imagine a New, Fun Ford Maverick Compact Truck Variant

Every era has a sine wave of retrospective coolness. The ’90s bright, flashy color palette became deeply uncool for a few years, but the passage of time has a way of highlighting the positive. Take the 1993–1998 Ford Ranger Splash is not really a sporty pickup in the modern sense, but as was the fashion …

SARD’s Tuned Toyota GR 86 Looks Ready to Race in “Gran Turismo”

The Toyota GR 86 isn’t even on sale yet in the United States, yet we’re already seeing tuned and restyled versions coming from the usual suspects out of Japan. The latest one is a product of SARD, a tuner and racing outfit specializing in Toyota products. The company is probably most recognizable to Americans as …

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid: How to Use Launch Control to Eclipse Ludicrous Speed

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid has many things in its arsenal to put down some insane acceleration numbers. For starters, it includes three electric motors—one at the front axle, and one at each rear wheel—to total 1,020 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. A set of 21-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (265/35 up …

Tesla Predictive Shifting Test and Review: Well, It Almost Works

It started this past January with a tweet from Elon Musk: “No more stalks. [Cars guess their] drive direction based on what obstacles it sees, context & nav map. You can override on touchscreen.” Along with the steering yoke and insanely fast acceleration of the new 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid EV, we’ve now had …

Before the X5 M, BMW Built a Wild 700-HP V-12 Prototype

The BMW X5 M, you probably know it well by now. It’s what happens when BMW takes the normal X5 and grants it with supercar power and sports car handling. Since its introduction roughly a decade ago, the X5 M has been changing our perception of what a performance SUV can be. And it was …

Ford Tremor vs. Raptor: What’s the Difference Between These Off-Road Pickups?

Ford’s current lineup of off-road vehicles is stacked. Besides the radical, revived Bronco and new Bronco Sport, the iconic F-150 Raptor has been redesigned, and a new Tremor package available on every Ford truck increases all-around capability. Both the Tremor and Raptor are designed with off-road use in mind, but for different performances and different …