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 …

Unplugged Performance Reveals Insane Model S Plaid Pikes Peak Racer

On June 10, 2021, Elon Musk formally kicked off deliveries of the 1,020-hp Tesla Model S Plaid. Approximately two days later, on June 12, Unplugged Performance debuted its race-prepped Model S Plaid that’s set to compete at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (with our resident pro racing driver, Randy Pobst, behind the wheel). You …

Spec Check: 2022 Ford Maverick vs. 2021 Honda Ridgeline

Considering the compact 2022 Ford Maverick and midsize 2021 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks are in two different classes, this breakdown of the specifications is not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. What these Ford and Honda trucks share in common, however, are construction methods. Rather than traditional body-on-frame construction, the Maverick and Ridgeline both rest on car-like …

So, I Bought a 1994 Dodge Caravan With a Manual Transmission

As the hand struck who-knows o’clock, the online car shopping vortex sucked me in once again. For months I’d been on the hunt, motivated by whimsy as much as need. Instinctually I punched in my search parameters. Image? Has. Color? Green. Transmission? Manual. Price? A Camaro’s convertible top costs more. By that point I was …

The Ford Ranger SVT V-8 Prototype Tested: Smoke Machine With a Bed

On the occasion of the reveal of the 2022 Ford Maverick—the first truly compact pickup truck from the company since the old Ranger was discontinued in 2011—we took a look in our archives and noticed that the 1996 Ford Ranger SVT V-8 prototype is actually out-muscled by the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost version of the …

2022 Ford Maverick vs. New and Old Ford Ranger: Spec and Size Check!

The 2022 Ford Maverick has everybody with a lick of interest in the pickup truck market sizing it up—literally. Its relatively diminutive size is as noteworthy as its low price and standard 40-mpg-city hybrid powertrain. But how much different in size it is to offerings from other brands is a key to understanding what, exactly …

Next-Gen Audi RS3 Keeps Its 400-HP-Plus Five-Cylinder Engine

There’s good news and then there’s even better news. The first bit is that Audi, like many automotive manufacturers, has committed to a sustainable future. The expansion electrification of their lineup, with the all-electric E-Tron GT and Q4 E-Tron leading the way. The other piece of good news, the one we’re more excited about? Audi …

Kaido House Has Mastered the Art of Custom Diecast Models

Diecast car collecting has been around for over five decades, but in recent years has seen a pretty significant upswing—and with it a wave of customizers that pride themselves in dissecting and personalizing these 1/64-scale specimens. Meet Jun Imai, an artist, diecast customizing wizard, dedicated car enthusiast with an admitted obsession with Japanese cars of …

Mazda’s Dealership Experience Is as Nice as Our 2020 CX-30

Our long-term 2020 Mazda CX-30 has been with us for 11 months now, and it has finally called for its first service. That’s less of a commentary on Mazda’s service intervals and more of a reflection of how close to home we’ve stayed in the lost year of 2020. Nevertheless, with our Mazda asking for …

2022 Kia Carnival vs. Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna: Minivan Luxury Liners

Comfort, Entertainment, and More Besides the usual apps, the Carnival’s rear entertainment feels as up to date as the streaming stick in your house, and it offers Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch options, plus wireless device mirroring via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. We also like the handy power seat controls on the front passenger seat …

Production-Limited 2022 Chevy Corvette Special Edition Celebrates IMSA Racing Success

Let’s just say the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race cars did pretty well in the 2020 IMSA series, taking home the Manufacturer’s, Drivers’, and Team titles. To commemorate this, Chevy whipped up a special edition package for the 2022 Corvette Stingray: the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition, which debuted at Belle Isle in Detroit. …

2021 Volkswagen Arteon Big Sur Concept: With Some Vinyl and New Rims, You Can Recreate It

In a league of its own, the Volkswagen Arteon offers midsize sedan comfort, a premium vibe, and the sporty look of a coupe. The graceful VW four-door coupe is one of the few vehicles on the market delivering the best of the sedan and style worlds. Volkswagen decided its most premium car needed something more…like …

Loki Basecamp’s Cybertruck and R1T Campers Are Insane (and Insanely Expensive)

Loki Basecamp is launching its EV Series of slide-in bed campers for the Rivian R1T, Tesla Cybertruck, and Ford F-150 Lightning. Kinda cool, right? There’s no doubt the Loki Basecamp camper looks futuristic, sleek, and modern—although it’s no CyberLandr, that’s for sure. You can place your pre-order for the unit on the company’s website with …

Lucid Air: What You Need to Know About the EV’s Four Trims

The complete Lucid Air picture is starting to come into sharper focus. It had better, we might add, as two Air trims—both the Grand Touring and Dream Edition—are supposed to be on sale in the second quarter of 2021, which, according to this laptop, is right now. Four Air models have been announced in total. …

2022 Nissan Z Set to Debut on August 17

Almost a year after Nissan pulled the wraps off of the Z Proto concept, the Japanese automaker is set to reveal the production 2022 Z on August 17, 2021. Possibly bearing the name 400Z, in reference to its likely 400-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, the next-gen Z is due to largely mirror the Z Proto concept …

Is the New Toyota Land Cruiser’s Twin-Turbo V-6 Headed for the Next Tundra?

A Toyota executive recently let slip that the upcoming 2022 Tundra pickup truck will be getting at least two new powertrains, and that the step-up powertrain option will “blow us away.” Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota, didn’t elaborate on that enticing proposition, but he did outline that the new Tundra‘s base …

2022 Ford Maverick vs. Hyundai Santa Cruz Specs Comparison: Your Needs Determine the Winner

Compact pickup trucks are back, thanks to a pair of new models from pickup truck first-timer Hyundai and pickup sales king Ford. The 2022 Ford Maverick and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will launch at the same time and will compete head to head in the marketplace, but their real-world battle is still a few months …

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser First Look: Forbidden 4×4 Fruit

One of the best-known vehicles in the world is getting a long-awaited replacement with the debut of the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser. Unfortunately for Americans, we won’t be getting it. The new model, known internally and to Land Cruiser enthusiasts as the 300 Series, is a melding of the tried-and-true 200 Series that’s been around …

2022 Toyota GR 86 Gets a Taste of Boost Courtesy of Aftermarket Tuner

Welp, that didn’t take long. With the announcement of Toyota’s and Subaru’s second-generation GR 86 and BRZ, it was all but guaranteed the little sports cars would get a number of aftermarket go-fast goods and aesthetic upgrades. And HKS Japan isn’t wasting any time leaving its mark on the model. Last weekend, during the annual …

2022 Jaguar I-Pace First Look: Setting Jag’s EV Pace

Jaguar has plans to ditch the internal combustion engine, but right now its only electric vehicle is the I-Pace. And to keep its lone EV competitive, the British brand gives the I-Pace a mild refresh for 2022. <!– –> It might not look like much has changed from the outside, and that’s because, well, little …

2022 Nissan Pathfinder’s Price Cuts Richer Path Through Rival SUVs

What’s slightly more expensive to start than a Kia Telluride, a Honda Pilot, or a Ford Explorer? That’d be Nissan’s all-new 2022 Pathfinder. As you’d expect in a segment as competitive as this, the margins separating these contenders are razor-thin. The new Pathfinder starts at $34,560—sliding in just above those other three segment stalwarts by …

2022 Nissan Pathfinder First Drive: Back on the Right Track

To be honest, the 2013–2020 Nissan Pathfinder lost us. Its jarringly abrupt transition from a burly, square-jawed, broad-shouldered, rear-drive-truck-based bushwhacker to a kinder, gentler, lozenge-shaped, FWD-car-based soft-roader prompted us to dub it the “Mallfinder.” That pejorative has dogged the model ever since. Towing capacity dropped by one ton, and the Pathfinder’s off-road clearance dimensions went …

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review: Still on the Podium?

Debuting for 2019, Volkswagen’s current A7-generation Jetta represented a meaningful step forward for a nameplate that had lost some of its luster over its previous few iterations. It impressed us enough, in fact, to earn a third-place ranking among compact sedans in our MotorTrend Ultimate Car Rankings. How’s it holding up against the ever-increasing competition? …

Ford Unleashes 2021 F-150 Raptor Horsepower, Torque Numbers

Interestingly, the 2021 Ford Raptor isn’t the truck that’s been breaking the internet for Dearborn lately. That’s been the job of the new F-150 Lightning and the new Maverick compact pickup truck. It’s still a beloved member of Ford’s truck lineup, and it (along with the rest of the F-150 range) received some major updates …

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Teased Shadily, Reveals Sleeker Form

Ahead of its global premiere, the all-new 2022 Honda Civic hatchback is being dangled in front of us. Honda released a teaser image of the five-door version of the 11th-generation Civic sedan, and the latest iteration of the popular compact hatchback will officially debut during a virtual concert event later this month. Based on the …

Science Goes Out for a Spin on Motor MythBusters!

Ever wonder if that crazy car jump in the latest blockbuster action movie is really possible? Or if a regular human being could propel the Flintstones mobile with nothing but their Chevro-legs? The Motor MythBusters team—Tory Belleci, Faye Hadley, and Bisi Ezerioha—has the same curiosity about all things car and are setting out to debunk …

The 2022 Ford Maverick Is Shockingly Affordable

The 2022 Ford Maverick might be the Blue Oval’s smallest truck, but it’s still a big deal. It presents a tantalizing alternative to the doldrum of cheap SUVs and giant pickups we see endlessly patrolling our roads without resorting to outlandish styling or garish gimmicks. It’s a small truck for people who don’t need or …

2022 Ford Maverick First Look: Small Truck, Small Price, Big MPG

Where did all these Ford game changers come from all of a sudden? The 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup offers up to 563 hp, 300 miles of range, and 10,000 pounds of towing capacity, and it affordably ($41,669 to start!) electrifies the best-selling truck in the world. And now this truck, the new 2022 Ford …

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

With over 200,000 examples sold every year, the Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular three-row SUVs sold today. All-new just last year, it features ample cargo space, a strong safety suite, and four distinct powertrain combinations. With a half-dozen trim levels, buyers face a wide array of possibilities. To help narrow it down, …

2022 BMW X3 and X3 M First Look: Are You Into X and M?

The days of BMWs with separate kidney grilles are coming to a close, with the 2022 BMW X3 and X3 M adopting the conjoined nostrils that mark the mugs of many modern Bimmers. It’s not just the X3’s grille that gets an update, as BMW also tinkered with the small luxury SUV’s front and rear …

2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe First Look: A Gran Grille for the Gran Coupe

With every BMW variant released with a plus-sized grille, the brand seems to be asserting that its new styling direction is no momentary aberration. The 2022 BMW 4 Series stays the new course set by its two-door 4 Series siblings, which is to be expected. After all, the hatchback remains most notable for the differences …

2022 BMW X4 and X4 M Grow Bigger Snouts and Are More Powerful

We promise, we won’t mention the updated BMW X4’s bigger grille. The time for that is dead and gone. The upsized nostrils aren’t even that bad here—they’re certainly not as garish as those on the 4 Series, M3, or X7, which ushered in the new schnoz design in Bavaria. Besides, the grille isn’t the only …

The Future Summit 2021 Is a Sneak Peek of the Cars (and Thinking) of the Future

The cars of the future are coming sooner than you think, and the world’s top automotive industry executives are wrestling with change that is as revolutionary as the switch from the horse to the car more than 120 years ago. From gas power to electrification, from driving yourself to being driven, these are the monumental …

2022 Ford Maverick: Why There’s No AWD Hybrid Version of the Small Truck—Yet

Lost amid the hoopla surrounding the launch of America’s cheapest hybrid and its only pickup truck to boast a full hybrid powertrain as standard: The 2022 Ford Maverick boasts an entirely new electric traction motor that is the first one developed and manufactured fully in-house at Ford. Its form factor isn’t terribly different from the …

2022 Ford Maverick’s Force-Vectoring Springs Come From a Sensational Hot Hatch

A multilink rear suspension is the gold standard for ride and handling; a solid beam axle is the ticket for max payload and trailering. The front-drive hybrid version of the 2022 Ford Maverick uses neither, but its rear suspension design threads a needle between these concepts with a trailing twist beam that leverages Ford’s patented …

2022 Ford Maverick Tows and Hauls Less Than Hyundai Santa Cruz

Quick on the heels of Ford announcing its electric 2022 F-150 Lightning, the company has finally unveiled the latest addition to its truck- and SUV-heavy lineup: the 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup. Yes, the Maverick can tow and haul—a little. That said, the Maverick is not the right tool if you’re looking for traditional truck …

2021 Ford F-250 vs. Ram 2500 HD, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD: Gentler Giants

The heaviest loads and trailers demand a 1-ton diesel dually pickup. But those are unwieldy to maneuver, and their ride quality can be downright punishing when they’re not fully loaded. Plus, to tow more than half of those trucks’ max capacity you need a commercial driving license (CDL). Scale back your towing needs to “operator …

2021 Honda CR-V Touring First Test: Still the Best

They—whoever they are—say it is difficult to be humble when you’re the best at what you do, but apparently they forgot to tell that to the 2021 Honda CR-V, the family hauler that we rate number one among compact SUVs. It’s not hard to believe that Honda would make the best compact SUV in the …

Should You Buy Your Dream Car? Top Gear America Says, Yes!

Everyone remembers them, you probably had one growing up (possibly still do)—a Lamborghini Countach poster circa the 1980s. The Countach is a dream car unlike any other, adorning more walls and inspiring generations of automotive enthusiasts all over the world. But everyone knows it’s a piece of crap. Never meet your heroes, kids, you’re often …

Japan First to Get Factory Right-Hand-Drive Chevy Corvette C8s

We got our first look at the mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 back in July of 2019, and even at that early date, GM confirmed that the C8 would get factory-built right-hand-drive (RHD) versions for those associated markets: Australia, Japan, and the U.K. But it’s taken this long for these RHD Corvette C8s to debut, and …

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Small Truck, Not Exactly Big Fuel Economy

The arrival of Hyundai’s funky and stylish compact pickup truck is quickly approaching, and we’re eager to get behind the wheel for a test drive. After the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz broke cover this past spring, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally released fuel economy estimates for it. So, what kind of mpg …

Tesla Model 3 and Y Lose Adjustable Lumbar Due to “Almost no Usage”

If your friends have a bad back, you might not want to consider a Model 3 or Model Y anymore. Tesla is taking lumbar support for the front passenger’s seat out of both of those models moving forward, even though it’s a common feature among premium cars. This comes right after Tesla announced it will …

2021 Kia Niro EV Adds More Features, Keeps Same Price

Meet the 2021 Kia Niro EV, which is almost exactly the same as the 2020 Niro EV. For 2021, Kia hasn’t squeezed any additional driving range from the electric SUV, nor changed its bodywork, fiddled with its interior, or improved its front-mounted motor’s outright power. The story pretty much mirrors that of the Niro hybrid, …

The Ultimate BMW M4 Will Set You Back $530,000, and It’s Not Road Legal

If you have the scratch, and the skill, you can own the ultimate BMW driving machine: the latest M4 GT3. Based on a 2021 M4 Competition, the GT3 is just what it looks like: a pure race car, designed for competition. It joins a broad lineup of race-only BMWs, including the M8 GTE, M4 GT4, …

2022 Kia Carnival vs. 2021 Toyota Sienna: High-Spec Haulers

In theory, doing the right thing is easy. Want to lose weight? Eat fewer calories and exercise more, right? Similarly, you might be tempted to think creating the right minivan is easy, too. All you need is a big, blobby shape, lots of seats, and a couple of sliding doors, and the job’s done, right? …

2022 Volkswagen Taos Gets Basecamp Accessory Package for More Effective SUV Cosplay

Volkswagen is introducing an outdoorsy accessory line for the all-new 2022 Taos. The accessories add a rugged look to the compact SUV and are available bundled together in a package or sold separately. Inspired by the Basecamp line for the Atlas, the package includes custom plastic body cladding, front and rear fender flares with integrated …

Tesla’s New AMD Graphics Chipset Should Have Sony PS5 Performance

During Computex 2021 (aka Taipei International Information Technology Show), AMD disclosed it is providing APU- and RDNA2-based GPUs to Tesla to use in its new Model S and Model X’s infotainment systems. That explains Tesla’s bold claims, noted on its website, that “[u]p to 10 teraflops of processing power enables in-car gaming on-par with today’s …

2021 BMW 430i Coupe First Drive: The Nose Isn’t the Problem

Let’s get the barf emojis, raised eyebrows, and pointing and snickering aimed at the redesigned-for-2021 BMW 4 Series‘ new flared nostrils out of the way now. The huge dual grille openings resemble many things—buck teeth, the nasal passages on a bare skull, etc.—but few will recognize that they mark a return to the original tall, …

2022 Kia K5 Gets New Badge, Features, Slight Price Hike

When a company completely rethinks its midsize sedan strategy, dropping a two-decade-old name and giving it sharp styling, it’s not likely to enact large changes to the four-door family vehicle come the following model year. So it is with the 2022 Kia K5, which brings some minor updates but no significant updates to an already …

Bugatti La Voiture Noire First Look: An $18.9 Million Atlantic Tribute

Update: Bugatti finally released images of the finished La Voiture Noire, which are embedded in the gallery below. What’s got 16 cylinders, four turbochargers, 1,500 hp, 1,180 lb-ft of torque, and an $18,905,235 price tag? That guy, aka the one of one Bugatti La Voiture Noire. Too rich for your blood? Well, don’t sweat it …

Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 First Look: Truly Super

In honor of its 95th anniversary, Milanese coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera unveiled its latest creation, the Arese RH95. Marking another milestone in the company’s history, the Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 embodies a streamlined design philosophy and enviable Italian finesse. Built on a well-known mid-engine exotic, which we highly suspect is a Ferrari 488 Pista, the …

2022 Ford Maverick Small Truck Debuts Next Week, Hybrid Powertrain Teased

While it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Ford’s forthcoming compact pickup would take the name Maverick, it turns out the Blue Oval never actually confirmed that tidbit … until now. It’s official: The 2022 Ford Maverick is coming on June 8, 2021. The company also announced an ad campaign starring Gabrielle Union. Arguably the …

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S First Test: Hoop, There It Is

There are some things that should be against the law when it comes to cars. You know, like driving a 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S with the top up. OK, maybe we’ll allow it when driving in a thunderstorm or at temperatures below zero, but that’s about it. The reason is obvious: The Targa 4S …

Apple CarPlay Head Unit Review: We Add the Sony XAV-AX7000 to Our 1998 Porsche Boxster

An entire industry has emerged around smartphone mounts for your car. Magnets clipped to an air conditioning vent, suction cups on the windshield, cheap plastic mounts meant to fit in the cupholder; we’ve seen it all. But if you’ve driven a new car in the past five years, you know there’s a more elegant solution. …

2022 BMW i4 M50 First Look: M3 Performance in an EV Package

The BMW i4 is getting a high-performance sibling, and it goes by the name i4 M50. Underneath the skin, the i4 M50 is much the same vehicle as the run-of-the-mill i4 eDrive40. This means the lesser i4’s interior, 84-kWh battery pack, so-called “Gran Coupe” body style, and updated iDrive infotainment system are all accounted for …

7-Eleven to Install Hundreds of EV Chargers at Its Convenience Stores

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven is preparing for the electric vehicle‘s future in North America with plans to dramatically increase the number of EV chargers it owns and operates, going from a mere 22 such chargers at 14 stores scattered about four states to a total of at least 500 chargers at 250 stores located by …

Toyota Confirms the Inevitable: A Corolla Cross Hybrid Is Coming

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is due to add a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain to its options list next year. The announcement of the likely 2023 Corolla Cross Hybrid was made during the reveal of the small SUV. While details are still scarce, we expect the Corolla Cross to share its hybrid components with the Corolla …

Jaguar F-Type Goes All in on V-8 Power for 2022

Want a 2022 Jaguar F-Type? Well, the number of decisions you have to make to put one in your driveway just got a lot shorter. Jaguar’s desperate to simplify its lineup, a product of slumping sales and a focus on an electric future. In the meantime, there will be fewer models and fewer variants of …

The BMW 228i Gran Coupe’s Wonky Shifter Is a Car Wash Nightmare

As I pulled up to the pay kiosk at my local drive-through car wash, I noticed a sign posted that read, “Tesla drivers, make sure you know how to put your vehicle in [N]eutral before entering car wash.” I smiled, assuming that many Teslas must have struggled to enter the wash before management decided to …

Yeehaw! Ford Opens Registration for Bronco Off-Roadeo Driving School

The Bronco Off-Roadeo, an off-road school and wholescale Ford Bronco brand experience, has been calling out to current owners and order-holders of the Bronco and Bronco Sport for some time now. After awaiting specifics on the special experience, we’re finally getting some concrete details: Registration is now open for the Horseshoe Bay, Texas location (near …

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro First Look: It Even Lifts, Pro

Of all the changes both large and small on the 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, there’s absolutely no mistaking one of them: The exclusive new Electric Lime Metallic paint color. The hue’s name is accurate, that is for sure. It’s the exclusive color for this year’s TRD Pro, joining a list of previous TRD Pro …

Letting the Day Go By: A Dream Drive in a Bentley and a Rolls-Royce

A dream drive in a pair of cars from two of the world’s most prestigious automakers, Bentley and Rolls-Royce? Were the world working as usual, we’d jet to old Blighty, pick up our rides in the shadow of Big Ben, and cruise up to a hotel in an old Scottish castle with haunted rooms and …

2022 Toyota GR 86: Engine Specs Revealed

“Put a smile on your face.” That’s what Toyota Gazoo Racing Chief Engineer Toshiaki Noda said the 2022 Toyota GR 86 is “guaranteed” to do once you get behind the wheel. We’ll vet that claim as soon as we get our hands on one. For now, we finally have the new GR 86’s all-important specs—stuff …

Toyota Improves the Tacoma Trail Edition’s Off-Road Chops for 2022

The Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition returns for 2022 with some notable changes. Based on the SR5 trim and strictly available with four-wheel-drive and a Double Cab body style, the Trail Edition tacks on some extra adventure-ready flare to the already-capable best-selling midsize Tacoma. Most notable for the Trail Edition—and returning for 2022—are those lockable in-bed …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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, …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Paul Walker’s “Fast and Furious” Toyota Supra Is Up For Sale

Here’s your problem: You’re dying to go see the latest Fast and Furious installment, F9, when it opens on June 25th, but you just don’t know what to drive to the theater. Well, friends and neighbors, out of a fog of NOOOOSSSSSS comes the solution: Paul Walker’s orange 1994 Toyota Supra from the first F&F …

Porsche Is Building a Hotter, Track-Devouring Cayenne Coupe

You don’t trot out Walter Röhrl for fast laps at the Hockenheimring if you’re just doing a photo op with a pedestrian SUV. That’s why Porsche has our complete attention with the latest release, which features the legendary rally driver (and, more recently, Porsche test driver) getting some wheel time in a new version of …

In Name Only: How Ford’s Electric F-150 Lightning Compares to the 1993 SVT Lightning

Lightning is back. Except, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning shares absolutely nothing with the original Lightning pickups that first debuted in the early 1990s. Even the old sport truck’s iconic Lightning badge has been redesigned for the all-new EV pickup truck by the same name. And though it is often said history repeats itself, in …

1979 Volkswagen Elektrotransporter EV Bus Being Restored by VW America

Electric vehicles were right there at the beginning of the automobile, and have never really gone away, although battery technology was never advanced enough to make them all that practical once gasoline internal-combustion engines were perfected. That’s changing now, but it’s also fascinating to look back at how we got to this point. Past EV …

Ford Takes in More Than 44,500 F-150 Lightning Orders in 48 Hours

As soon as Ford debuted the all-new, all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup, it offered interested customers a place in line for a refundable $100 deposit. The number of reservations that pile up early has become something of a bragging-rights measuring stick among highly anticipated new electric vehicles—think of the Tesla Model 3 or the GMC Hummer …

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning’s Battery Tech Uses Less Rare Metal

We still don’t know how big the batteries will be that power the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning to 230 or 300 miles, but today we learned a bit more about the chemistry they’ll use, and the new joint venture that will build them. Even better, it’s a novel chemistry that’s good news on the safety, …

Ford’s Electric Truck Is First F-150 With Independent Rear Suspension

The electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning fully ditches the full-size pickup’s internal combustion engine, leaving in its place a frunk—you know, a front trunk. The amazing frunk is perhaps the most obvious visual result of the F-150’s electric transformation, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wholescale changes that Ford …

Owner of Super Loud BMW Sued by Neighbors for Disturbing Their Peace

We’ve all been annoyed by idiotic or disruptive drivers in our neighborhoods, and now a couple of homeowners are taking a novel approach: According to TireMeetsRoad.com, they’re suing their irritating BMW-driving neighbor for $15,000. Their claim: Loss of “quiet enjoyment.” The car in question is a way-lowered BMW owned by a gentleman named Bryan Hillman. …

Tesla Roadster Prototype Pops Up at Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, is hosting a two-week exhibition featuring a prototype of the next-gen Tesla Roadster. The battery-powered convertible will be on display starting May 19 through June 2, 2021. This pop-up event follows the showing of the Cybertruck last summer during the Petersen’s reopening. We had a chance to …

Top Gear America Desert Shootout! Jeep Gladiator vs. Polaris RZR

We all need to get away sometimes, and if you live in the American Southwest, getting out to open land to thrash your favorite desert toy can be the perfect escape. But, there are a myriad of vehicles to choose from—take these offerings from Top Gear America hosts, Dax Shepard and Rob Corddry: The 2020 …

Mazda 6 Sedan and CX-3 Crossover To Die After 2021, Future Uncertain

In a brief statement, Mazda has announced it will “discontinue the CX-3 and Mazda 6 for the 2022 model year.” That means after the current run of 2021-model-year 6 sedans and CX-3 small SUVs are sold, they won’t be replaced by 2022 models, at least here in the United States. Mazda noted its decision is …

What’s the Best 2021 Honda CR-V Trim? Here’s Our Guide

Pictured: The 2018 CR-V LX we drove for a year. Did we still like it after 12 months? If you’re considering a 2021 Honda CR-V, you’re in good company. The fifth-generation CR-V was crowned MotorTrend’s 2018 SUV of the Year for its roomy, well-built interior, solid driving dynamics, and great feature-per-dollar value. A midcycle refresh …

2021 Buick Encore GX 1.3T FWD First Drive: Reasonable Doubt

If Jay-Z was seeking a Buick when he asked for an “encore” in his 2003 song of the same name, then the legendary Brooklyn-born rapper is in luck, because the American brand now sells two Encores: the subcompact Encore and the larger, but not quite compact, Encore GX. Yet despite the SUVs’ shared monikers, the …

2022 Kia Carnival First Test: Is this All-New MPV an MVP?

If you read our First Look review, you already know the all-new 2022 Kia Carnival is quite the looker, chock full of style and technology. You would also know that Kia considers the Carnival an MPV, not a minivan, despite its front-wheel-drive powertrain, dual sliding doors, and spacious, kid-friendly seating arrangements. Whatever you want to …

What’s the Best 2021 Genesis GV80 Trim? Here’s Our Guide

So you know you’re interested in a Genesis GV80, the first SUV from the luxury division of Hyundai/Kia. Great first step, but now there are some decisions to make. Genesis offers each of its powertrain combinations (four-cylinder RWD, four-cylinder AWD, and six-cylinder AWD) at different feature levels (Base, Advanced, and Prestige), but the content included …

2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe First Test: Who Needs the Turbo Models?

Just as the most expensive wine on the menu isn’t always the best choice for everyone, picking the priciest Porsche Cayenne Coupe model simply because you can isn’t the smartest choice. By track-testing five Cayennes over the last few years including the $148,150 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe you see here, we’ve learned the Turbo …

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Can Power Your House, a Lot Else—for a While

The Great Texas Blackout of February 2021 earned the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid some great press. Out of the misery of that situation sprouted a PR win for Ford: Folks reported plugging their fridges, phones, and other electric gear into the high-output 120- and 240-volt plugs in the beds of their F-150 Hybrid trucks …

2021 Acura TLX Type S First Drive: The Badge Is Back!

Yes, it’s finally here. Nearly 13 years after the coveted badge left U.S. shores, the 2021 Acura TLX Type S will reach U.S. dealers on June 23. Think of the Type S, and the Acura CL probably comes to mind—a vehicle that helped show Americans front-wheel-drive cars could be exciting to drive. The return of …

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning First Ride: This Electric Truck Impresses

Ford was the quiet one—excuse the pun—in the electric full-size pickup truck wars. While General Motors created serious buzz with the return of the Hummer name on a GMC-badged pickup, and Rivian has had people salivating for the 2021 Rivian R1T electric pickup that comes out soon, there were crickets from the Blue Oval’s Glass …

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV Has Frunking Fantastic Storage

The Volkswagen Beetle had its trunk up front when it came out in the 1930s, but it took the Tesla Model S in 2012 to make the word “frunk” part of the vernacular. As in, a front trunk—combined helpfully into a single, catchy word. With more and more electric vehicles entering the market, and fewer …

How Much Ford’s F-150 Lightning Electric Truck Costs vs. Regular F-150, Chevy, Ram

Ford says the new F-150 Lightning EV pickup is the smartest truck the company has ever made. It also happens to have the full weight of Ford’s electric future riding on its battery-laden frame. Sure, the Mach-E was a nice place to start, but the electric F-150 is the true litmus test for Ford. Can …

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV Pickup By the Numbers: Must-Know Facts and Figures

If you were wondering if the all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning battery electric pickup could live up to the hype implied by its Lightning moniker—last seen on a quick, sporty pickup built by Ford’s SVT division—wonder no more. Its maximum approximate output and capabilities put it in the upper echelon of the half-ton truck segment …

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pickup Peeks Out From Behind President Biden

The much-anticipated Ford F-150 Lightning, the all-electric F-150 that revives an iconic pickup name, is set to debut May 19—but a certain someone is receiving an exclusive first look a day early. That someone is President Joe Biden, who visited Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, today, to play up EVs and the …

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup Is 4.5 Tons of American Pride

Four-and-a-half tons. That’s 9,000 pounds and change. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup was never going to be a bantamweight fighter in the “light truck” class, but there’s something about seeing the number in print—and comparing it to other large pickups, but we’ll get there in a minute—that gives the new Hummer pickup’s curb weight …

2022 Genesis G70 First Drive: Catching Up With Family

The most recent new vehicles from Genesis reveal the Korean luxury brand is occupying the space between being in its element and still deciding what it wants to become. Indeed, since the Genesis G70 sport sedan won our 2019 Car of the Year award, Genesis has made even more significant progress, leaving even the excellent …

Vehicle Emissions Analysis: How Clean Is the U.S. Car Fleet Today?

HOW WE MEASURE Real MPG-E FOR EVs WITHOUT A TAILPIPE Measuring electricity consumption is tough, with no convenient circular pipe sticking out. Instead, we clamp inductive loops around the cars’ high-voltage cables to measure electricity consumption independent of the vehicle systems; we can then compare that to what the dashboard says. Finally, we use a …

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF First Test: More Exotic Than Most Supercars

A hidden cost of living our lives inextricably intertwined with technology is that most of us are perpetually tense. So, put your phone down—unless you’re reading this article on it, of course—and close that spreadsheet on your laptop. Relax your jaw, drop your shoulders, and breathe in; it’s time to bask in one of autodom’s …

Will President Biden Commission an Electric “Beast” Limousine?

President Joe Biden was in Michigan today where the all-new electric Ford F-150 Lightning slipped into view, giving us a tantalizing (but slightly obscured, mostly) view of the future of the American pickup truck. It’s just one of several EV trucks in the works, part of a push to put a best-selling segment in a …

No Malarkey! President Biden Drops F-150 Lightning’s 0–60 MPH Acceleration Time

While being the President of the United States sounds like a pretty stressful gig, it does come with a few perks. One of them just so happens to be an exclusive test drive of the all new Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup truck. And while we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get all the …

No Bull: Lamborghini is Going All Hybrid and Electric By 2025

Electrification. Hybridization. Sustainability. These are no longer buzzy words that are a part of some “future wave.” It’s all happening right in front of us, and no one is allowed to cut against that grain. Not even Lamborghini. Which is why the Italian automaker announced today that, by 2025, every Lamborghini on sale will be …

2022 Toyota Tundra Pickup Foists Its New Face on the World

The next-gen Toyota Tundra is nearly here, so naturally the slow-drip reveal of its basic appearance and details has begun. Toyota is kicking off the run-up to the new full-size truck’s debut with a full-frontal look at the Tundra’s front end. It’s about time: The current Tundra has been on sale in much the same …

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Expected to Get a Fresh Face

When Chevrolet introduced the current Silverado 1500 in 2018, the internet erupted with various opinions—not many of which were positive. That’s not surprising for the anonymous web world, but it’s clear that the super-slender headlights, big air intakes, and prominent grille form a busy fascia that deviates greatly from the traditional, boxier Chevy front ends …

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 First Look: Benz’s V-12 Lives!

In case you haven’t noticed, the number of series production V-12 cars on sale is worryingly low. Before today, your options were a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, two Aston Martins, a few Rollers, and a BMW. Pagani makes a V-12, but calling the Huayra a series production car is… generous. Now, Mercedes has very kindly thrown …

Big Flex: Chevrolet Silverado HD Trucks Gain Multi-Flex Tailgate Option

The still-new-to-Chevrolet Multi-Flex tailgate option, which you may know by its GMC name, MultiPro, is spreading to more Silverado models for 2022. Last year, the MultiPro tailgate was made available on the light-duty Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and rebranded as “Multi-Flex;” now, for 2022, Multi-Flex is available on the Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD models. Unlike …

Ford Wants to Bring Billboards Inside Your Car, Beamed to the Dashboard Screen

For whatever benefits the vehicle-as-a-service might net a consumer, this new Ford patent hints at a possible downside: inescapable ads blaring on your car’s infotainment screen. The same onboard data connections proliferating throughout vehicle lineups that allow for built-in WiFi and over-the-air vehicle updates could be a pipeline for in-car advertising. What if you drive …

The 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe Will Have Up to 382 HP, Normal-Looking Grille

These images might look like spy shots, but in reality they’re just the latest release of information and photos from BMW to generate interest in the upcoming 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe. Mission accomplished; the fact that the top-flight M240i xDrive will pump out 382 horsepower is a big deal. That’s no incremental improvement over …

Tesla Model S Plaid Shows Off Active Rear Wing, Speed at Laguna Seca

While we await Tesla’s new Model S Plaid+ variant, which the automaker claims will be the quickest accelerating production car in the world (as judged by zero-to-60 mph and quarter-mile sprints), we came across news that one of the electric vehicle brand’s forthcoming super sedans recently underwent testing at Laguna Seca raceway in Salinas, California …

What, Exactly, Is an Automotive Platform?

“Platform sharing.” Sharing anything suggests altruism or ecological benevolence. Sharing an automotive platform or architecture therefore seems like a good thing, while the closely related phrase, “badge engineering,” is loaded with negative baggage. A Cadillac Cimarron was a cynically badge-engineered Chevy Cavalier unworthy of its wreath and crest, while we’re all thrilled that the fun-loving …

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness First Drive: Exactly What It Promises

Subaru has sold some 2.5 million of its toughened-up Outback station wagon/SUVs globally since 1994, and the brand’s most well-known model has become more capable with each subsequent redesign. But according to some of Subaru’s customers, as good as the current, sixth-gen Outback is for on-road commuting and light off-roading, it could be tougher still. …

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander First Test: Rogue Buyers, Listen Up

There’s a lot to say about the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. The newly redesigned three-row SUV is Mitsubishi’s most competitive effort in over a decade, and now shares its underpinnings with the much-improved new Nissan Rogue. We’ve already had the opportunity to talk about the context of the new Outlander and what it means for Mitsubishi …

2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 First Test: GT4 Goodness at a Deep Discount

Despite the gains in engine output and highway fuel economy, Porsche-philes were in an uproar when the mid-engine Cayman (and Boxster) turned away from the stalwart flat-six engines in favor of two new turbocharged flat-fours in 2017. Even the Cayman GTS came with one. The only way to get a naturally aspirated six-cylinder Cayman was …

Holy Hofele! This Custom Mercedes-AMG G63 Should Be in a Music Video

Hofele Design, a German company that has been in the automotive design and engineering business for 35 years, specializes in producing components and concepts exclusively for the Mercedes-Benz brand. It also builds complete bespoke Mercedes-Benz vehicles, as exemplified by a Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 that it recently created for a customer. Dubbed “Limitless,” the HG63 by …

2022 Ford Mustang Next-Gen NASCAR Cup Series Racer Gallops Into View

Far ahead of its racing debut at next year’s Daytona 500, Ford unveiled the all-new 2022 NASCAR Next-Gen Mustang in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week. Ushering in a new era in stock car racing, the Next Gen changes hit the entire the field; Toyota has already shown off its Camry Next Gen racer, and Chevy …