2022 Kia Soul Gains Fresh Badge, Loses Manual Transmission

It’s been time to throw some respect the Kia Soul’s way for a while now. Though it was first marketed as a hamster-toting, mini-hatchback, it’s grown into one of the most usable, easy-to-live-with subcompact SUVs on the market right now. We’d even go so far as to call it fun to drive, and it’s among …

How the Mustang Mach 1 Stacks Up to the Shelby GT350 and GT500

There are few things that somehow get better as they age. Tom Brady, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and the Ford Mustang are three examples of Father Time seemingly taking a hands-off approach. The new Ford Mustang Mach 1 is excellent, and it represents the tippy-top of the non-Shelby Mustangs—it essentially replaces the GT350. We’ve gone on record as …

2022 Infiniti QX60 First Look: Boring No More

It isn’t often the case that an automaker debuts a concept whose design faithfully transfers over to the production model. Wild wheels are downsized, seductive curves are straightened, and bold looks are generally watered down by safety regulations and manufacturing realities. The all-new 2022 Infiniti QX60 is the exception to that rule, debuting with styling …

Stripped Subie: Dealer’s New WRX Reportedly Gutted By Thieves

Gone in 60 seconds? More like gone in six hours. At least that’s how long we assume it took the thief (or thieves) to strip and gut the cabin of this new Subaru WRX STI. The above video (which, we should warn, includes a couple of F bombs) shows a red WRX STI missing its …

A Ford Maverick ST Could Be Lightning in a Compact Truck Bottle

The signs are right there in front of you: the 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup has some latent performance potential. With its available turbocharged 2.0-liter “EcoBoost” engine and optional all-wheel-drive, the little Maverick should already be a solid performer. Credit the fact the 250 hp four-pot only has to move around 3,700 pounds of truck. …

Mustang Mach-E GT’s 270-Mile Range Beats Initial Estimates by a Lot

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition have exceeded their projected range based on early estimates by the automaker. On Wednesday, Ford announced the EPA-estimated driving ranges of the two Mach-E GT models. <!– –> Initially, the Blue Oval estimated the driving ranges for the Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang …

Aston Martin’s Latest Q Creation Honors the Company’s Oldest Car

A century ago, Aston Martin’s A3 was a state-of-the-art sporting machine. Known as chassis no. 3, but commonly referred to by its alphanumeric designation, this roadster was the third of five prototypes that helped to launch the brand in the early 1920s. Now, the company is paying tribute to this oldest surviving Aston Martin with …

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback First Look: Spoilers Are Out, Smooth Lines Are In

We’ve seen and driven the all-new 11th-generation Honda Civic sedan. Now, just as night follows day and controversy follows Elon Musk, the hatchback version of the new-gen 2022 Honda Civic follows the more conventional body style. First, and most important: Yes, there will be a stick-shift Civic Hatchback, and not just in the entry level …

Nikola invests $50 million in Indiana hydrogen energy hub

Battery-electric and hydrogen-powered truck maker Nikola Corp. said Wednesday it plans to invest $50 million in cash and stock in a hydrogen energy project in the Midwest. The project involves a gasification plant in West Terre Haute, Ind., acquired in 2016 by Wabash Valley Resources, which intends to convert it into a hydrogen production plant …

2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Interior Review: Dress for Less

As Automakers vie to build the most attractive small crossovers on the market, many offer flashy trim choices to entice potential buyers. The 2021 Hyundai Venue Denim is the top-trim version of Hyundai’s boxy compact crossover SUV, with unique looks setting it apart from lesser models. We’ve already been through the Hyundai Venue Denim’s pros …

New Audi RS3 Has a Trick Up Its Rear Axle

There is a lot to like about the current Audi RS3, which was introduced for the 2017 model year—in particular, the small sport sedan’s rear-biased, clearly performance-oriented Haldex all-wheel-drive system. But if there’s anything the Germans are good at, it’s improving upon the already damn good. Hence, Audi has developed the system further for the …

2 Fast 2 Furious Cars: How Fast Are They, Really?

Editor’s Note: In the run up to the launch of “F9” on June 25, the latest movie in the “Fast and Furious” saga, we mined the archives for this furiously fun story, a version of which originally appeared in the July, 2003 issue of Sport Compact Car. Thereʼs always been something special about movie cars. …

The Next Honda Civic Si Is Closer Than You Think

The newest Honda Civic sedan is already in dealerships, and the hatchback model is nigh—so, when can we expect the sporty Civic Si models to arrive? The wait won’t be long, according to leaked internal Honda documents that appeared on civic11forum.com, which reveal that the Si will closely follow the new hatch this fall. According …

2022 Porsche 911 GTS First Look: The Sweet-Spot 911 Returns

There is a new 911 out—well, actually, there are five. The sweet-spot GTS, a staple of the 911 range for the last 12 years, is back in the latest 992-generation 911 lineup. Even though the 2022 911 GTS isn’t a GT-department product and is “just” a part of the regular 911 family, the GTS has …

2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition First Drive: Tweaked by Tobias

The 2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition is more than just a showy variant of the storied British automaker’s entry-level sports car put together by the marketing department to make the most of Aston’s return to grand prix racing. No, the Vantage F1 Edition is a landmark Aston Martin. It’s the first Aston Martin with …

Hyundai’s Elantra N Looks Ready to Take on the Civic Type R in New Teaser Pics

Back in November, we had a chance to drive a camouflaged prototype of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N, the hottest version of Hyundai’s Elantra compact sedan. If the Veloster N serves as the precursor to the Elantra N, then we know good things are coming. The release of two teaser images of the 2022 Elantra …

(Wealthy) Californians Can Buy 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Manuals After All

Rich people in California, rejoice! It turns out that you will be able to purchase a brand spanking new 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 with a six-speed manual transmission in the Golden State after all. In case you missed it, due to an antiquated California noise regulation, it looked like Porsche would be unable to sell …

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross First Test: Exactly What It Needs To Be

Hop into the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the first thing you notice are a set of massive shift paddles mounted to the steering column. Huh? They look like they were taken straight out of the Lancer Evolution X from years ago, and they immediately convey a wildly specific message. It’s a message the rest …