No Yoke, the Refreshed Tesla Model S Ditches the Round Steering Wheel Entirely

Despite it appearing in images pulled from Tesla’s own website, as well as making cameos in a handful of the automaker’s test cars, a traditional round steering wheel is not in the cards for the refreshed Model S electric vehicle. Instead, the brand is committing to the funky yoke-style steering device that the updated luxury …

Wanna Go 200 MPH in Tesla’s Model S Plaid? Here’s What You Need

If you dive into the Tesla Model S Plaid configurator, you’ll find lots of caveats—just like you would in our First Test. One of the biggest was regarding the Model S Plaid’s claimed 200 mph top speed. “The indicated Plaid top speed requires proper wheels and tires which will be available in Fall 2021.” According …

Tesla Could Have Built a Quad-Motor Model S Beyond Plaid—Here’s Why It Didn’t

Elon Musk famously named the new tri-motor, high-performance variant of the 2022 Tesla Model S the “Plaid” because like the movie Spaceballs says, it’s the only step beyond “Ludicrous,” the previous top-dog in the Model S lineup. Well what if there is a step beyond Plaid and the cancelled Plaid+? According to a source at …

Ford Bronco Sold Out for Years, Orders Pour in for F-150 Lightning and Maverick

Ford is having a good inning. It is hitting it out of the park with interest in four new vehicles: The 2021 Ford Bronco SUV, which is finally in production; the electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning fullsize pickup truck; the smaller 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid pickup truck; and the electric 2022 Ford E-Transit commercial van. …

First Photos of 2022 Toyota Tundra Pickup Truck Spill Forth

Update: Toyota has decided to fight fire with fire. After murky images of the new Tundra leaked out this morning, Toyota responded by posting a much higher quality picture of the white truck you see before you on Twitter—along with a coy tweet aimed at whoever spilled the beans earlier today. The first photos of …

The 2021 Toyota Mirai Arrives For a Yearlong Test: Will Hydrogen Make Us Happy?

Hydrogen as a motor fuel: alive or dead? While some are already shoveling dirt in the grave, others say hydrogen is finally on the cusp of long-promised growth. It’s been nearly five years since we spent six months with a hydrogen-powered 2016 Toyota Mirai in our long-term fleet, and much has changed in the alternative-fuel …

2022 Lexus LS500h Teammate Driver-Assist-System Review: There’s No “Tesla” in Teammate

So, How Does Lexus Teammate Work? The short answer? It works well. The longer answer is, it feels like a future-looking driver assist designed by Toyota. In other words, the system truly acts as a driver’s partner and less like a carefree system a driver activates and simply tunes out from for a while. There …

Testing the Tesla Model S Plaid: Milestones, Records, and Other Geeky Factoids

Hey, have you heard? The 2021.5/2022 Tesla Model S Plaid can run a sub-2.0-second 0–60-mph time on a prepped raceway surface. Well, sort of. The way we gather acceleration data uses the same launch methodology as the NHRA, drag racing’s sanctioning body. The official timer starts after 1 foot of forward progress—a.k.a. rollout—so that the …

Tesla Model S Plaid Fast-Charging and Range Test: How Far Can It Go?

When the now popular Tesla Model S electric car was first introduced in 2012, there were no Superchargers available. Today, there are 25,000 Tesla Superchargers around the world, and with the Model S Plaid adopting a new powertrain, Tesla was able to re-design the battery to take advantage of the third-gen 250-kW Supercharger. Despite Tesla …

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Gets MPG—Just Not Many

Introduced as an upscale version of the Wagoneer, the Grand Wagoneer entered the market in 1984 and saw a solid run before Jeep ended production in 1991. Already making big waves before its arrival this summer, the full-size luxury three-row SUV is officially back and grander than ever. Jeep’s new flagship SUV, the largest vehicle …

No Shift: New Tesla Model S Has Hidden Drive, Park, Reverse Controls

Tesla can’t just make a car. They have to deliver an experience that’s fresh, innovative, fast as all hell, and sometimes a little perplexing, too. The Model S Plaid follows this recipe to the letter, and it’s probably the best Tesla to date. However, you might have noticed it’s missing a typical shift lever. <!– …

The Venturi Antarctica Is Destined for All-Electric Polar Exploration

The Venturi Antarctica is, literally, a low-carbon polar exploration vehicle fit for a prince. That is to say, Prince Albert II of Monaco, who upon returning from an expedition to the Antarctic summoned Gildo Pastor, President of a Monaco-based high-performance electric vehicle company named Venturi, to develop a zero-emissions solution for scientific research stations. The …

Here’s Every Tesla We’ve Tested So Far

We can largely thank Tesla for making electric vehicles exciting. From the original Roadster to the more practical and mass-market Model 3, Tesla hasn’t missed a beat in creating vehicles that are quick, nimble, and technologically advanced. While other automakers will be flooding the market with high-performance EVs in the coming years, we’ll always appreciate …

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Chassis Deep-Dive: Don’t Call Me Giorgio

Executives on hand at the unveiling of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L were uncharacteristically tight-lipped about their new baby’s architectural pedigree, as if loose lips risked sinking their just-christened ship. Now that trucks are rolling off the newly refitted Detroit Assembly Complex Mack Plant, Jeep veep Jim Morrison finally divulged some family tree details …

2022 Acura MDX Type S First Look: Putting the S in SUV

Acura’s resurrected Type S performance sub-brand makes its way to the luxury marque’s MDX three-row SUV. The 2022 Acura MDX Type S trades the standard model’s 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine for a 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, a unit that also powers the 2021 Acura TLX Type S. <!– –> Equipped with Acura’s torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system …

2022 Kia Telluride Arrives With a New Badge and More Amenities

Remember how a few weeks ago the 2022 Kia K5 got some minor updates and adopted the company’s new logo? Well, the Kia Telluride—our 2020 MotorTrend SUV of the Year—is getting a similar update for 2022, with said new logo and a few nice feature additions. For one, that new corporate logo adorns a slightly …

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid Steering Yoke Review: The Pros and Cons

There have been quite a few attempts throughout time to reinvent the automotive steering wheel. Now comes the aircraft-style yoke—or is it a bloated Formula 1 wheel or, well, just make your own preferred comparison here—in the 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid. Depending on who you talk to, Tesla sources say the yoke replaced the …

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid Interior Review: Where’s the Plaid?

The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid’s tri-motor powertrain was designed to meet two goals: going fast and re-establishing the Model S as the electric car benchmark just as multiple rivals finally start hitting the street. Although much talk justifiably centers on the electric Model S Plaid’s 1,020 horsepower and 2.07-second 0–60-mph performance, the powertrain isn’t …

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid First Test: 0–60 MPH in 1.98 Seconds*!

“No production car has ever done 0–60 mph in under 2.0 seconds.”—Elon Musk After an exclusive MotorTrend first test of the new 1,020-hp 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid, a car with a promised 1.99-second 0–60-mph time, we can confirm the 2.0-second 0–60 barrier remains unbroken. Unless, that is, you write your own rules. But Isn’t …

Land Rover Will Build a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Defender Prototype

Hydrogen, in the abstract, seems like the fuel of the future. When used in a typical fuel cell, the byproducts of the reactions inside the cell (not the means by which the hydrogen is produced, necessarily) are delightfully carbon neutral: electricity, used to power the vehicle, and pure water—which in the Mirai, for example, is …

2022 Land Rover Defender V-8s Get Less Worse MPG Than Wrangler 392

We named the latest Land Rover Defender our 2021 SUV of the Year for its awesome design and incredible performance on-road and off. Land Rover announced the more powerful Defender variant earlier this year in February, confirming what we anticipated would be on its way: A Defender with a V-8 engine. And now fuel economy …

2022 Honda Civic Sedan First Drive Review: A Fantastic Surprise

Interior Innovation This aesthetic shift bleeds into the cabin, as well. The same reduction in exterior stylistic noise turns the prior fighter-jet-aggressive cockpit into a clean, modern environment. Much of the new surface linearity owes inspiration to the adorable and painfully chic Honda e (lowercase!) subcompact EV sold outside the U.S., the Civic aping the …

Lincoln’s First EV Debuts Next Year, Three More Set to Follow

Lincoln will introduce four new electric vehicles, the first of which is to debut next year in celebration of the American luxury brand’s 100th anniversary. Lincoln plans to electrify its entire portfolio by 2030. These Lincoln EVs will be global vehicles, too, with the brand planning to sell its forthcoming electric models in the United …

You Can Buy Ken Block’s Menacing 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck

Following the end of an eleven year exclusive partnership with Ford in January, rally driver and drifting master Ken Block listed a handful of his souped-up Fords for sale. Among them, a 1986 Ford RS200, aka the world-famous hoonigan’s favorite car of all time. Block is now parting ways with the star of Climbkhana 2, …

Jeep’s Hands-Free Driving Tech Sets Its Sights on Super Cruise and BlueCruise

Adaptive cruise control is so 2020. It’s the price of entry for vehicles above a certain price point, and indeed every trim level of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L gets this advanced driver assistance feature. To really wow buyers, automakers must offer a hands-free system like GM’s Super Cruise or Ford’s BlueCruise, the latter …

Polestar Teases Made-In-America 3 Electric SUV

Polestar, the eco-performance brand spun out of Volvo and owned by Geely, is forming a beachhead in the U.S. And not just with imported vehicles like the (now discontinued) Polestar 1 and the (currently in production, with new upcoming variants) Polestar 2, but now with a manufacturing footprint and an upcoming EV. The Polestar 3 …

2021 Ford F-150 XLT PowerBoost Hybrid Review: Thunder Before the Lightning

Gasoline-electric hybrid pickup trucks have always been a good idea, and it’s frankly disappointing it’s taken this long for an automaker to build a good one. As good as the 2021 Ford F-150 XLT Powerboost is, though, it’ll be even better when the last few programming wrinkles are ironed out. We’ve driven and tested several …

Is Your Jeep Feeling Chippy? The Brand’s New Gorilla Glass Windshield Might Solve That

Jeep owners who have reported their windshields getting a bit chippy over the course of their ownership experience may now finally have an option that will keep their glass intact. Jeep has recently announced that its dealers can now order a Gorilla Glass windshield for modern Wrangler SUVs and Gladiator pickups. <!– –> In case …

What’s the Best 2021 Toyota Corolla Trim? Here’s Our Guide

All-new from the ground up just last year, the 2021 Toyota Corolla sedan is once again a strong contender in the compact segment it entered way back in 1968. And although Toyota offers a comprehensive array of trim levels, what really matters is what’s under the hood. The 1.8-liter four in the L, LE, and …

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring First Look: Wingless Wonder

It’s Touring time! For the 2022 model year, the popular wingless Touring trim returns for the 992 GT3, bringing with it a knapsack of subtle aesthetic changes over the standard be-winged GT3. More importantly, this also stokes the digital flames of Porsche-centric Facebook groups and forums wherein Touring fans argue as to why their spoiler-free …

In Spite Of…Everything, Lordstown Endurance Electric Pickup Said to Be On Track

Lordstown Motors appears to be shifting chairs on the deck of the Titanic. The electric truck startup kept a scheduled media event one day after CEO Steve Burns and chief financial officer Julio Rodriguez resigned after an investigation by the company’s board. The virtual meeting with the Automotive Press Association out of Detroit started with …

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT43 4-Door First Test: Pretensions of Performance

Brand purity and authenticity seem to be in peril. At least in the auto industry. Some examples stand out as being notably egregious: Four-door cars are widely being labeled as coupes; signature design elements, such as BMW’s Hofmeister kink and kidney grille, are losing their once traditional forms; and SUVs are morphing into lifted sedans. …

1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Gets Stunning Ringbrothers Restomod Makeover for Charity

Ringbrothers has revealed a one-off 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer produced to support Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization focusing on disaster response and humanitarian crises. Fundraising company Omaze is giving away the overhauled classic Blazer in an online sweepstake that began on June 7 and will run through September 16. After some years of customizing Blazers—among …

Busting Myths About Electric Vehicles at Reuters Car of the Future Conference

The warnings about electric vehicles abound: Dealers don’t want to invest in vehicles no one wants, the electric bits are too expensive to buy and maintain, and finding a place to charge these vehicles is a nightmare while finding a plug is a scavenger hunt. But executives taking part at the Reuters Car of the …

How Gasoline Engines Can Survive in an Electric Car Future

Combustion engines won’t completely disappear any time soon, if ever. Certain transportation tasks or operating environments simply don’t lend themselves to battery– or hydrogen-powered electric propulsion. A century and a half of research and development has greatly increased the efficiency of combustion engines, and engineers have loads of additional tricks up their sleeves that promise …

The 4-1-1 on the Hottest 911s: Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 GT3 Compared

If you don’t consider yourself a Porschephile, the Porsche 911 model lineup can be maddeningly complex. The 992-generation 911 (which launched in 2019) consists of Carreras, Cabriolets, and Targas, S and 4S models, multiple versions of the 911 Turbo, and a 911 GT3—and there are more on the way. In the coming years, we’re expecting …

The Worst Part About the Ford Bronco Sport Is Its Name

Driving the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is an exercise in explaining what it is and, equally important, what it isn’t. The new Bronco Sport is many things—off-road–capable, great to drive, and well designed—but what it isn’t is the Ford Bronco. I couldn’t drive anywhere in the Bronco Sport without hearing one of the following …

How the Ford F-150 Lightning Electric Truck Is so Darn Cheap

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning caught our attention for two reasons: it is an electric full-size pickup, and it’s set to wear a starting price of $41,669 when it goes on sale in May 2022. Weeks after the electric Lightning was unveiled to the public, people are still talking about it, thanks to its relatively …

2022 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door First Look: Feeling Six-y

When the competition involves Porsche, Audi, and BMW, it is vital to fine-tune the mechanicals, upgrade tech features, and maintain a fresh appearance. Enter the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, a luxury fastback that drives like an untamed sports car. While Mercedes is mum on details related to the V-8-powered 2022 GT63 and GT63 S 4-Door …

Vin Diesel Announces “Fast and Furious” Saga Ending Soon

UPDATE 6/14/21: Actor Vin Diesel, star of the blockbuster “Fast and Furious” movie franchise, told The Associated Press in an interview this weekend that the series’ core storyline is being wrapped up by 2023 or 2024. There will only be two more movies in the main Fast universe following this month’s release of F9, the …

Subaru Outback’s Onyx Trim Finds Its Way to the 2022 Ascent

There’s a lot to like about the Subaru Ascent, the company’s large three-row SUV. It features a standard turbocharged engine that feels as peppy as many six-cylinder options, and includes the sort of interior amenities and safety scores families crave. For 2022, Subaru doesn’t mess with success, but it does add a new trim level—the …

2022 Subaru Forester Gets Sharper Styling, Likely Wilderness Trim

It’s been just over three years since Subaru rolled out its current Forester SUV, and the auto industry’s update cycle dictates a new or revised model should arrive soon. Right on schedule, what we believe will be the U.S. market’s 2022 Subaru Forester has broken cover in Subaru’s home market of Japan. Fresh Digs As …

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 First Test: Don’t Call It Carroll

Ever since the Ford Mustang ditched its live rear axle, it’s seemed as if the Blue Oval was only interested in providing ultimate handling prowess on Shelby versions. Various “performance packs” and special editions never got it done, and you had to slide into a Shelby GT350 or GT500 to go around a corner properly. …

Maserati’s Next-Gen GranTurismo Is Gorgeous Even in Camouflage

The silent, smooth, uninterrupted torque delivery of an electric powertrain is exactly the sort of experience befitting a high-dollar, mega-luxe grand tourer. And it looks like Maserati agrees, if the the new GranTurismo is any indication. The next generation of the brand’s iconic 2+2 will feature the company’s first 100 percent electric powertrain, but that’s …

The EV Tech That Will Improve Range, Cost, and Environmental Impact

With most crystal balls indicating an impending mad dash toward widespread adoption of electric cars, the R&D community is working overtime to solve the thorny problems limiting the market penetration of plug-in vehicles to around 4 percent of global passenger vehicle sales: not enough range or raw materials, and too much mass and cost. Here …

Jaguar Land Rover to test Defender fuel cell prototype

The concept will be partially funded by a 8.7 million pound ($12.3 million) grant from the UK’s government-supported Advanced Propulsion Centre. JLR said in 2019 it was looking at fuel cells as an alternative to battery electric solutions to powering its heavier Land Rover SUVs. Read more here:: Automotive News