2021 DBA Mini Remastered Oselli Edition First Drive: Classic Style, Total Riot

My first car was a Mini, a 1968 Australian-built Mini Deluxe. Its previous owner(s) had added chrome wide wheels, a rorty sports muffler, and a Saas wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel, all of which delivered plenty of street cred in the high school parking lot. But the 2021 DBA Mini Remastered Oselli Edition (phew!) is a …

Slim Trim: Maserati’s Sedans and SUV Get Mild Updates for 2022

Maserati is glamming up its lineup for the 2022 model year by introducing three new trims: GT, Modena, and Trofeo. Complementing innovation, performance, and design, the new trims will be available on the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, as well as the Levante SUV. Let’s start with the base GT trim level. So-equipped Ghibli and Quattroporte …

Toyota GR Heritage Parts Program for A70, A80 Supra Detailed Further

Update 7/1/21: There is now a full product list of GR Heritage parts available for the Toyota 2000 GT, the A70 (MkIII) Supra, and the A80 (MkIV) Supra. The list for the two Supras is nowhere near as long and in depth as the one for the rare ’60s-ea 2000 GT, but more parts will …

The LEGO 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Is Cool, Still Doesn’t Have 702 HP

Behold! You can be the proud owner of a 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor for less than a hundred bucks. Better yet, you can gift Ford’s aggressive off-roader to any dirt-loving enthusiast in your life and forever be the favorite friend or family member. Like all things that sound too good to be true, there’s a …

GM Pulls the Plug on Its Chevy and GMC Full-Size Vans … Available CD Player

Of all the vehicles on sale today, it somehow makes sense that the full-size van twins from General Motors—the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana—still offer a CD player as a factory option. It’s part of the vans‘ fanciest available sound system. After all, the Express and Savana have seemingly been on sale since just after …

Watch the Tesla Model S Plaid’s Record-Breaking 0–60-MPH Run

Are you curious what it’s like to be in a new Tesla Model S Plaid as it sprints from 0–60 mph? While we can’t bring the feeling of nearly 1.30 g of accelerative force slamming your body into the electric sedan’s seatbacks, we can offer the next best thing: onboard footage of the new Model …

The V-10-Powered 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept Is Up For Sale, Comes Carroll Approved

Among the many aspirations of Carroll Shelby later in his life was to build a modern Cobra. With the original AC-based sports car having become a valuable classic—in spite of the ready availability of far more affordable knockoffs—Shelby felt the new millenium held promise for a Cobra revival. The famed automotive designer teamed up with …

The LEVC e-Camper Is a PHEV London Taxi for the Wilderness

LEVC has unveiled a few sketches of its upcoming e-Camper, a spry PHEV campervan. The leisure van aims to appease environmentally conscious adventures looking for greener mobility solutions in the campervan market—or those just looking for a way to get out and explore, which is perfectly acceptable too. The Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) …

2021 Maserati Ghibli Trofeo First Test: More Than a Participation Trophy

The Maserati Ghibli has been an easy car to poke fun at since its introduction for 2014. Although it carries the same nameplate as the wedgy Giugiaro-designed grand tourer and distinctive turbo coupe of Maserati’s past, the modern iteration is sometimes dismissed as a collection of dolled-up mediocre Chrysler parts cobbled together in an attempt …

Tesla Arcade Review: How Good Is the Model S Plaid for Gaming?

The new Tesla Model S Plaid—the 1,020-hp version of the electric sedan that can hit 60 mph in an absurdly tiny amount of time—arrives as part of a comprehensive model update that also brings a more powerful infotainment system. What makes it powerful? The system’s chipset comes with AMD’s Navi 23 graphics processing unit (GPU) …

Sung Kang’s Five Favorite Cars from the Fast & Furious Series

We caught up with actor Sung Kang, who plays Han Lue in the Fast & Furious series. His involvement with the movies has turned him into a die-hard car enthusiast, and MotorTrend asked him to name his five favorite cars from the series. 5. Ford Maverick, Fast 5 “The love for the Maverick came from …

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 First Test: A Comfy, 612-hp Cannonball

If something measuring more than 200 inches long and weighing in at nearly three tons doesn’t sound like an ideal candidate for a BMW M badge, well, you’re right. The X7 three-row SUV, BMW’s range-topping luxury SUV with an imposingly gargantuan profile, is about as spiritually far from standard-bearing BMW M sports cars like the …

2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Coming to Off-Road Ford, Ram Pickups

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a serious midsize pickup with legit off-road chops. The truck’s spool valve shocks are serious performers, the underside is up-armored to handle the rough stuff, and it rocks an all-business look that happens to also increase function. The ZR2 treatment is a very successful formula on the Colorado, and the …

We Hate That We Kind of Like This Over-the-Top Rolls-Royce Cullinan

It’s hard to get Mansory body kits right. Well, what we really mean is it’s hard for Mansory to get pretty much anything right. The German tuning brand has a penchant for going well overboard most of the time. That said, we might have found the exception to that rule. Platinum Motorsports, a tuning company …

2022 Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition: Literally a Limited Edition

The Ram 1500 Limited has been around for a decade now, and to commemorate the luxurious pickup truck, Ram is introducing a 10th Anniversary Edition model. Yep, it’s a limited-edition pickup celebrating a…Ram Limited pickup. Joining the lineup for 2022, the Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition is an even more upscale version of the …

Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew: A Journey into the World of Classic Cars

“The art of building a car knows no color,” said actor/comedian Kevin Hart in an exclusive interview with HOT ROD in anticipation of the new show Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew. His words are true, and that’s a fact I’ve witnessed over my nearly two decades in the industry. Cars bring people of all walks …

GM CEO Doesn’t Want Electric Cars Available Only to the Rich

The first splash in a new wave of electric vehicles from General Motors is the $112,595 2022 GMC Hummer EV full-size electric pickup truck. So, does that mean GM sees EVs as transportation for the rich? Not at all. GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra wants “equitable climate action” and put some money behind her …

2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale First Track Drive: A Big Argument for Big Thinking

Fiorano. The word, let alone the actual place, bursts with visions of Michael Schumacher obsessively knocking off lap after lap of Formula 1 testing; of Ferrari 288 GTO and F40 prototypes finessing the ragged edges of their track chops; of Big Ideas pressure-tested under il Commendatore‘s watchful gaze before he spirited away to the great …

Here’s How the Awesome Rivian R1T Camp Kitchen Works

When that trail-induced hunger hits, bust out the kitchen and whip up some eggs and bacon. No biggie—if you have the right setup. The Rivian R1T electric truck hides a nifty secret in its self-contained outdoor Camp Kitchen, a big deal for those who prefer to cook outside in the fresh air rather than inside …

Cheers to the Heineken B.O.T. Self-Driving Beer Delivery Robot

It currently is a day of the week—which one? Doesn’t matter, but kicking back at the end of it with a cold snack is surely a great way to wind down. But who wants to get up from the couch, work-from-home desk, or patio to grab their first (or second, or third … ) brewski …

Volvo Concept Recharge First Look: Fully Upgradable

The Volvo Concept Recharge heralds a new era for the brand, and maybe for the industry—one in which platforms are engineered for evolution. Lots of cars offer over-the-air software updates to keep customers engaged in, and in love with, their vehicles. But in the fast-moving automotive future, keeping a car’s technology current will require more …

Sad! Chevy Killed a New, Z06-Powered Camaro Z/28

My most excellent source—Deep Burble—recently told me the sad tale of the stillborn sixth-generation Camaro Z/28 that almost was, but never will be. I just had to say something. Yes, friends, Chevrolet was all set to build a follow-up to the absolutely brilliant, Best Driver’s Car winning fifth-gen Camaro Z/28. Now it ain’t. Feeling blue? …

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT First Look: Prepare Thyselves, Purists

Porsche finally pulls the wraps off of its track-oriented Cayenne: the Turbo GT. Limited to the slinkier Cayenne Coupe body style (sorry Cayenne SUV fans), the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Coupe joins a long line of driver-focused GT-badged Porsches, including the 911 GT3 and 718 Cayman GT4. At first glance, the Cayenne Turbo GT …

2021 BMW M3 Competition vs. Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Comparison Test: Four-Door Fire

On paper, the attractive Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and the new, funky-looking 2021 BMW M3 Competition are spun from the same bolt of carbon-weave cloth. Both cars are rear-wheel-drive, front-engine members of the compact luxury sedan segment. Each boasts a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine displacing about 3.0 liters. The Alfa and BWM share the same ZF-sourced …

Tesla Offers Free Supercharging for Fourth of July Holiday in California

Tesla drivers in California, good news: Supercharging is free for the Fourth of July holiday. On June 28, Tesla sent out the following message to some Tesla owners through the Tesla App: “Avoid the rush this 4th of July holiday and charge for free before 12pm and after 9pm at select California Superchargers between Friday, …

It’s Ridiculous: The Story Behind Fast 9’s Mid-Engine, Hellcat-Powered ’68 Dodge Charger

You can only ask this question in the context of a Fast and Furious film: How do you top a ’68 Dodge Charger with a jet engine in the trunk? Easy—a ’68 Charger with a Hellcat in the back seat. How does a Hellcat engine, even one tuned to Demon specification like this one, top …

Fast 9 Is Here: The Deep Impact of the Fast & Furious Franchise on Car Culture

Maybe you love the Fast & Furious moves, or perhaps you’ve never forgiven them for that reference to the “MoTeC exhaust”—but either way, it’s impossible to deny the impact the movies have had on society and car culture. With 10 films, including this year’s Fast 9, Fast & Furious is one of the most successful …

G82 BMW M4 Coupe Likely Getting Higher Performance CSL Variant

If you’re a hardcore fan of Bayerische Motoren Werke, you’ll be abundantly familiar with what is perhaps the most iconic BMW M3 of all: the E46 M3 CSL. If you aren’t a hardcore BMW fanperson, the CSL name traces back to the 1970s, when it appeared on a powerful 3.0 coupe variant; many years later, …

2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class First Drive: Great Again, With Even More to Offer

Getting the Goods The new 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the same dazzlingly effective MBUX user interface system that made its debut in the S-Class last year, and it offers much the same level of functionality. No, you don’t get the trick 3-D digital instrument panel, nor the augmented reality head-up display that are the S-Class’ …

2022 Subaru WRX Pokes Its Hood Scoop Out for the First Time

Fans of turbocharged, all-wheel-drive, rally-bred compact sport sedans have seen their options dwindle over the past decade from, well, two icons—the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru WRX—to one, the Subaru WRX. At least the most recent WRX was a good performance bargain, even if it lacked the outright titillation of earlier models. Could the next-generation …

2024 Honda Prologue: The Brand’s Electric SUV for North America Has a Name

The slow drip of information about the new electric SUVs coming from the Honda and Acura brands continues with this latest droplet from the information faucet: the higher-volume Honda model will bear the name Prologue. The 2024 Honda Prologue is due to arrive in 2024, and its name signifies its role as the forerunner of …

2021 Ford Bronco First Drive Review: The Long-Awaited 4×4 SUV Is Absolutely the Real Deal

The 2021 Ford Bronco is easily one of the most anticipated vehicles of our fledgling decade, and we won’t keep you in suspense: Our initial impression after driving the new two- and four-door Bronco is that it absolutely lives up to the hype. Driven on-road or off, viewed as a getaway/adventure vehicle, a family truckster, …

2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro First Look: Beyond Le Mans

Regulations, rules, and red tape govern cars both street legal and for competition. For the well-heeled, these aren’t fetters, but instead challenges. And the 2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro revels in its lack of restraint. This is a hypercar with Le Mans prototype-level performance (and pedigree), but without being held back by racing rules …

2020 Ram 2500 Laramie 4×4 Yearlong Test: How It Spent Winter

Yes, it’s summer, but we only recently found this winter report tucked between the seat cushions of Guffman, our long-term 2020 Ram 2500 Laramie 4×4. So, we figured we might as well share how the truck spent the colder months in Michigan, where the truck is based with our Detroit staff. When we ordered Guffman, …

Rolls-Royce’s Landspeed Collection Is Lightly Salted Luxury

There are lots of special-edition Rolls-Royces with interesting details and backstories. Heck, there’s one with the entire Arabian peninsula on its hood. Or how about another that includes a cryptographic mystery concealed in glyphs hidden around the car? The special models Rolls-Royce recently pulled the wraps off of, however, are a little more traditional. These …

2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic One-Year Review: Hello to a Family Friend

Mercedes runs deep in my family. From my grandma’s inimitable diesel S-Class—white with pink pinstriping—to the late-’80s E-Class models my parents drove for years, I grew up road-tripping from their backseats. Later, I learned to drive in a 1988 300TE, the same wagon I’d taken naps in during long highway drives a decade earlier. Although …

Mazda MX-5 Miata Will Survive Company’s Electrification Push

Even though Mazda’s MX-5 Miata sports car is lightweight, small, and easy on gas, those environmental positives won’t be enough to save it from the automaker’s eventual pivot to full electrification. But that doesn’t mean the Miata is going anywhere. In a technical briefing for media about the company’s “Medium-Term Technology and Product Policy,” the …

The 2022 Civic Si Will Definitely Be Available as a Sedan

We’re in the midst of a blizzard of 2022 Honda Civic news, and it looks like the flurries will keep on coming until the verdict is rendered on the new Civic Type R—which we’ve really only been able to speculate about so far. But that’s for another time. For today’s slice of the Civic pie …

In the Army Now: Meet the Mil-Spec Citroën Ami

Okay, we admit it, our obsession with Citroën’s tiny Ami electric car is beginning to border on the unhealthy. We’ve already written multiple articles on this 8-hp French penalty box, and are eagerly awaiting its arrival to les Etats-Unis as part of the Free2Move rideshare fleet. Truth is, for people who do what we do, …

SpeedKore’s Mid-Engined ’68 Charger Is a Fast and Furious Muscle Machine

Vin Diesel’s Fast saga character, Dominic Toretto, has a thing for classic Dodge Chargers (and family—it’s a whole thing). So, it’s no surprise a 1968 Charger appears in the latest Fast film, F9. What is surprising, however, is the fact this classic muscle machine houses its engine behind the cabin. You’ll recall that an original …

Hotly Anticipated Chevy Corvette C8 Z06 Delayed Years

Were you expecting the hotter C8-generation Corvette Z06 soon? Prepare to wait a while. The more powerful, track-ready Corvette variant has been spied testing a lot the past year—and a steady stream of juicy details have trickled forth, including that the latest Z06 will have a 600-hp-plus 5.5-liter flat-plane-crankshaft V-8 with twin cams (instead of …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …