Tesla Model S Plaid and Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye: More Alike Than You Think

A strange thought lingered briefly in my mind the other day for about the same 9.34 seconds it takes the new Tesla Model S Plaid to clear the quarter mile: Is the Model S Plaid essentially just an electric Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye? The electric Jekyll to the Charger’s internal combustion Hyde? Initially it sounds …

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4Matic First Drive: Big Luxury in Every Sense

The 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class S680 4Matic is a glittery thing. The grille and the front intakes, the trim down the middle of the hood and across its broad rump, the frame around the greenhouse, the exhaust pipes, and the wheels all sparkle as brightly as a diamond-encrusted Rolex in a Miami nightclub. Subtle it ain’t. …

Ford’s Electric Mustang Mach-E SUV Outsold the Gas Mustang Last Month

Reading into sales figures can be a bit like reading tea leaves or palms. Sometimes, you can draw clear conclusions: Of course a lame cheap hatchback is outsold by, say, a full-size pickup truck. This is America, after all. But Ford’s announcement that, in June 2021, the gas-fed Mustang coupe and convertible were outsold by …

GM Invests in Low-Cost Geothermal Lithium Mining Project

Given the current state of battery technology, lithium is an essential material in most EV batteries. But most of it is sourced overseas. GM, in the midst of an EV push centered around its Ultium battery tech, wants to change that, announcing a major investment in a California lithium extraction project taking place at a …

2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Review: Farewell, We’re Ready for the New Tundra

Age is just a number, right? Well, not in the automotive world. In an industry that’s reinventing itself faster than ever, the 14-year-old Toyota Tundra stands as one of the oldest vehicles on sale. First released in 2007—with a major face-lift in 2014—the current Tundra is without a doubt on its last leg. But a …

2022 Honda Civic Touring Sedan First Test: New Generation, New Story?

All it takes is one look at the 2022 Honda Civic sedan to tell that it’s a decidedly different car. Gone are the outgoing Civic’s busy front mug, C-shaped rear light banks, and noisy character lines. In their place is a more mature exterior with a wider stance, glassier greenhouse, and sharp beltline. Inside, the …

G-Wooden? Watch a Mercedes-AMG G63 Painstakingly Crafted From Wood

Today we have a video of Mercedes’ inimitable G63 AMG SUV being made from a few boards of Fujian cypress. But this isn’t just any old video of Mercedes’ inimitable G63 AMG SUV being made from a few boards of Fujian cypress: This anonymous woodworker, whose skill is clearly matched only by his obsessive-compulsive tendencies, …

How to Navigate Car Culture with Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew

Getting older and growing apart from your friends is a sad fact of life. Kevin Hart and the Plastic Cup Boyz—John “Burgandee” Clausell, Ron “Boss” Everline, Will “Spank” Horton, Harry Ratchford, and Joey Wells—are lifelong friends and will do anything they can to stay close with one another, but careers, family, and life in general …

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 First Test: Still Sweet

The GMC Canyon AT4 is the automaker’s off-road-oriented midsize pickup truck, but don’t think of it as the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2‘s twin sibling. The Canyon AT4 has some off-road goodies but lacks the fancy suspension, front locker, and other rugged parts of the ZR2, although both trucks share the same basic setup and powertrains. It’s …

Adorably Terrible ’92 Geo Metro Convertible Sold for Thousands by Fancy Auction House

This bright blue 1992 Geo Metro Convertible was the headliner of RM Sotheby’s “Handle With Fun” online auction that ended today. The time-limited auction featured a variety of rare and vintage collectibles and memorabilia, including several gumball cross-country racing machines, but this humble subcompact stood out. How could it not? It just seems so wonderfully …

All-New 11th-Gen 2022 Honda Civic Sedan Pricing Holds the Line

The Honda Civic is small car royalty, and for its all-new, 11th generation, it’s arguably better looking (inside and out) than ever before. We don’t quite know what the new 2022 Civic sedan is like to drive yet, but we now have a very good idea of how much it will cost when it finally …

Mazda Just Restored Its Amazing MX-81 Aria Concept Styled by Bertone

At the intersection of Italian design and Japanese technology, Mazda unveiled the MX-81 Aria concept at the 1981 Tokyo Motor Show. It was Mazda’s first model to receive the MX badge (for Mazda eXperimental), a moniker the Japanese automaker would reserve for vehicles that pushed boundaries, and the futuristic MX-81 set the standard. Marc Deschamps, …

The Colonial Pipeline Shutdown Is Over, So Why Is Everyone Panicking?

Don’t do what these folks are doing: Filling up beyond what they need. Panic Is as Panic Does All of this logic isn’t changing anything on the ground in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states. If you live along the Eastern seaboard of the United States, you’re probably thinking about gas today, and not the …

Alexa, Thanks For Embedding Yourself in My New Ford

“Alexa, start my Ford and crank the air conditioning” is the kind of verbal command owners of Ford vehicles will be able to seamlessly make from the comfort of their home in the future. The automaker is planning a wireless software update to make Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant a built-in feature for 700,000 Ford vehicles …

Can Jim Farley, a Real Car Guy, Fix Ford?

Many men have tried to improve Ford. In the modern era, few have had the luxury of sitting back and watching the hits and the money roll in. The latest man in the big Ford CEO chair is automotive industry veteran Jim Farley. Ford has a history of choosing leaders from within who climbed the …

What’s the Best 2021 Nissan Rogue Trim? Here’s Our Guide

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is a truly substantial upgrade from the last generation, even if the powertrain is still less than impressive. But that’s one of the only demerits in an otherwise worthwhile compact SUV that’s also Nissan’s best-selling vehicle. With four different trim levels and all-wheel drive available on each one, there’s a lot …

2022 Volkswagen Taos Earns Best-In-Class Highway MPG

Volkswagen has announced official EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2022 Taos, its new entrant for the crowded subcompact SUV segment, and the numbers are good. Due to go on sale this summer and starting at $24,190, the Taos comes with a single engine choice: A 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 158 hp and 184 lb-ft …

2022 Kia Stinger’s I-4 Packs 300 HP, Tops 30 MPG

We know that when it comes to sports cars—or, more specifically, in this case, sport sedans—fuel economy isn’t exactly front of mind for most buyers. They typically want something a bit more rowdy and a bit less mundane than the Toyota Corollas and the Camrys of the world. But isn’t it nice to know that …

2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Review: The Ideal Jeep?

The Jeep Wrangler is one of our all-time favorite vehicles, though certainly not because it drives well. It never has, and, Iacocca willing, it never will. No, we love this stalwart 4×4 because of its single-minded focus on its rough-and-tumble mission, which imbues it with a rich character rare in today’s marketplace. Of course, for …

Can the Ram 1500 TRX Still Be Cool Without 702 HP? We Think So

The 2021 Ram 150 TRX is an awesome truck—full stop. And we don’t mean that in the colloquial sense of awesome, we mean that in the literal sense—its astounding acceleration, cross-country abilities, and relative civility inside inspire awe—and earned it our Truck of the Year award. It’s a supertruck, the first of its kind, and …

Meet the Hypothetical 2022 Honda Civic Coupe

Honda’s 11th-generation Civic will only be sold as a four-door sedan or hatchback. The two-door coupe model, which was available on the outgoing Civic up until the 2020 model year, isn’t returning. This marks the first time ever that the U.S.-market Civic isn’t offered with a two-door body style. <!– –> So, what if the …

Volkswagen Turns Up the Golf GTI Clubsport to 45

Volkswagen is at it again, and this time with a special edition of the Golf GTI Clubsport to commemorate 45 years of the iconic hatchback. The quickest GTI variant that we folks Stateside can only gawk at from afar, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 is the latest in a storied line. Essentially a spiffed-up …

Road Trip! Our 2020 Subaru Outback Heads to Utah for a Top Gear America Shoot

When you’re heading to Park City, Utah, and a hotel set amongst mountains and ski lifts, you need all-weather traction, ground clearance, and a sense of invincibility. So my own BMW X7 xDrive40i should be perfect. Well, it should be… but getting winter tires in the 22-inch X7 fitment at the end of the winter …

2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV First Look: GM’s Electric Motor Pool Grows

GMC’s Hummer sub-brand—yes, a revival of that GM brand, shuttered back in 2010—adds a new member to the family in the form of the 2024 Hummer EV SUV. Sharing its key design details with the previously unveiled GMC Hummer EV pickup, the Hummer EV SUV alters the truck’s formula slightly by way of its enclosed …

Volkswagen Takes Fresh Swing at Tesla With “Project Trinity”

Everyone wants a crack at Tesla. Elon Musk’s all-electric brand has set the automotive world on fire for better part of the last decade, and it still delivers pace-setting EV performance, range, and speedy charge times that most longstanding automakers have trouble matching. But that isn’t going to stop Volkswagen from taking the fight to …

Novitec’s Rolls-Royce Cullinan Is Ghoulishly OTT

We’ve covered Novitec before. It’s best known for taking standard Ferraris and boosting these cars’ engine outputs to ludicrous numbers, all the while “adding” a bit of “style” to the mix. Most of the company’s designs—like the F12 N-Largo—are pretty over the top, and its take on the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is no different. <!– –> …

Software Update Needed: 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric SUVs Await Bug Fix

No one said it would be easy. Volvo has committed to sell only electric vehicles by 2030 and today hosted a virtual unveiling of the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge, a coupe/SUV mashup that also becomes the second offering in the Recharge lineup of electric vehicles. But how is Volvo’s first EV offering going? Circling back …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Reimagined as SRT-10–Inspired Muscle Truck

The desert-buzzing, low-flying fun monsters known as the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX have shown us just how fun trucks can be when they can go anywhere, do anything, and provide laughs and thrills in equal measure. But somewhere along the way, we’ve arguably forgotten about the original fast trucks that opened the …

Latest—and Last—Ram 1500 Built to Serve Edition Honors the Coast Guard

Ram has released the fifth and final iteration of its limited-run Built to Serve trucks, a series of special-edition 1500 pickups designed to honor those who serve in our military. The latest truck honors the Coast Guard and is available in either Spitfire (orange) paint or Bright White. (Apparently, Ram is not ready to recognize …

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Costs More Than Its Nissan Platform-Mate

We recently got our first look at the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, and it’s a monumental leap forward in comparison to the vehicle it replaces. Not to diminish the new Outlander any, but the ancient and uncompetitive previous Outlander wasn’t a segment standout anyway. The new one appears to be a real contender, with interesting styling …

Toyota GR Supra: 15 Things to Dislike About the Sports Car

If you recall from the last update, Thomas Rosquin, manager of search and business intelligence for MotorTrend, drove our 2020 Toyota Supra on a 500-mile road trip. Upon return, he sent me a list of 10 things he loves and this list of 15 things he does not. I’m inclined to agree. 15 Things We …

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited First Test: Reinventing Reputations

Historically, the Hyundai Elantra wasn’t the most stylish or fun to drive offering in its segment. Need proof? Take a look at this story tracking the Elantra’s progress as we reviewed each subsequent generation. By the 2011 model year, its design and driving capabilities began to stand out. Now, we’ve gotten our hands on the …

2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport HPD First Test: Truckier By a Nose

“Can someone move the Pilot?” someone would call over the radio. “That’s the Ridgeline,” would come the eye-rolling response. Don’t get us wrong, we like the Honda Ridgeline here at MotorTrend, but that exact conversation must’ve played out 50 times during our 2017 Truck of the Year competition. Everyone mistook the Ridgeline for our long-term …

2021 Honda Accord EX-L 1.5T First Test: Honda Knows Best

Returning to the trailhead exhausted and faint-brained after a 12-mile hike through the canyons and across the creeks surrounding Mount Baldy, there was no car I’d rather be greeted by than the 2021 Honda Accord. Like an old friend, I knew the Japanese midsizer would welcome me without judgement for my foot stink or quivering …

Hyundai Sonata N Line Review: Is This Hot Hyundai Hot Enough?

It’s no secret that Hyundai’s N division is on the come-up. It’s run by ex-BMW M division head honchos and has proven that it’s more than capable of holding its own against storied performance badges like Type R and GTI. Hyundai’s N Line cars, however, are a different story. Much like BMW’s M Performance models, …

Buy Ken Block’s Record-Setting Subaru WRX STI, (Potentially) Become Rally Hero

Can you make your car waltz around a city street or wooded backroad like Ken Block? Probably not. Of course, the inability to hold hundred-foot all-wheel-drive slides and place a front wheel within millimeters of a dock drop-off hasn’t stopped tens of thousands of Gymkhana fans from imitating their rally hero, on- or off-camera. Most …

Long Term Arrival: 2021 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design AWD

The tricky thing when trying to establish your brand as a player in the luxury stratosphere is pushing yourself past merely premium accoutrement. This is what confronts marketers from marques such as Acura, Buick, Genesis, Infiniti, and Volvo when proving bona fides against established German luxury. Volvo has long produced sturdy premium vehicles with just …

2021 Volkswagen ID4 First Test: VW’s Everyday Electric SUV

Thanks largely to Tesla, manufacturer of the quickest car we’ve ever tested, we’ve come to expect great rapidity from electric vehicles. But if EVs are going to become mainstream (and both governmental and automaker pledges indicate that is going happen eventually, ready or not), then they can’t all be high-priced rocket ships for early adopters. …

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Pricing Betrays a Well-Equipped Three-Row SUV

Jeep’s all-new Grand Cherokee L, the first-ever three-row Grand Cherokee SUV that also ushers in the next-generation Grand Cherokee (the two-row version arrives for 2022), is almost here. To prepare Jeepers eager for a seven-seat Grand Cherokee, the automaker has released official pricing for the three-row family hauler. The Grand Cherokee L will be costlier—but …

It’s a Wrap! This Sweet VW Jetta GLI Concept Honors Its Past

If there’s one piece of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI’s history we all recall, it’s the little sports sedan’s Blue Lagoon hue from the mid-2000s. Wait a minute? You don’t remember this short-lived GLI color? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Even so, VW has introduced this Blue Lagoon Jetta GLI concept as a nod to a …

COVID-19 Forces Cruise Origin to Rethink and Redesign Its Robo-Taxi

Timing is everything. Cruise, a self-driving vehicle startup, developed the 2022 Cruise Origin autonomous ride-hailing vehicle and showed it to the world in January 2020. Two months later the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly the Origin, a six-passenger pod for ride-hailing, was being viewed by new sets of health-critical eyes. A …

Ringbrothers Works Spooky Magic on this ’68 Mercury Cougar Restomod

You can’t swing a custom, billet-hewn Cougar emblem these days without scratching up a few high-dollar restomods. There’s an entire spectrum out there, ranging from the crate-motor-and-decal jobs to the Singer types. Ringbrothers is no Singer, but its builds are certainly special. We’ve seen a number recently, and all embody some fundamentally interesting idea. Whether …

Walk On Air: 2021 Cadillac XT5 and XT6 Get Mild Hybrid System in China

Good news! As of 2021, the Chinese-market Cadillac XT5 and XT6 will get a 48 volt mild hybrid system, new gold paint, and—if the above photo, which we swear on our mothers’ lives was actually included with the press release, is any indication—the ability to levitate. As of model year 2021, the Chinese-market XT5 and …

Can Top Gear America Save Rally Racing?

Rally racing is the most dynamic motorsport on earth—or at least it used to be. From the 1970s to the late 1990s, rally racing did wear that crown and rally cars were some of the most coveted vehicular icons of their time. The sport birthed world-renowned stars in both driver and vehicle, like Colin McRae …

This Double-Decker RV Takes #VanLife to the Next Level—Literally

Wait … your upfitted #VanLife Mercedes-Benz Sprinter only has one floor? Lame! Are you really living your best Instagram life if you can’t take photos of the desert sunset from your van’s balcony? I guess that means you don’t have an elevator in your rig, either. Yikes. Get with the times and check out the …

2022 Nissan Pathfinder, Rogue, or Murano: Which SUV Should You Buy?

Hey, we get it—sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to decipher some automakers’ lineups. The debut of the all-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder might have perked-up the ears of some potential buyers but also left more than a few scratching their heads as to what the heck the differences are between some of the mid-sized and …

2022 Nissan Frontier vs. Old Frontier Interior Comparison—Well, There Is No Comparison

Whew! Just like that, the final tendrils of the 2000s wither away from showroom floors. After 16 model years of production, the staid and stalwart Nissan Frontier pickup has been thoroughly redesigned for 2022, gussied up with new duds inside and out. While the macho Toyota-Tacoma-baiting exterior aesthetics are a handsome departure from the boring …

Watch Every Car Commercial From Super Bowl LV, 2021’s Big Game

Let’s put our differences aside for a minute because whether you’re rooting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, we can all come together to appreciate a quality Super Bowl commercial. Especially if it includes cars. That’s why we’ve gathered every automotive ad from 2021’s Big Game for …

2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo Full Test: A Remarkably Serious Exotic

Do we really need to test supercars? Casting big old bags of aspersions all over the place, I watch what people who own space-shape looking trophies like the 2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo do with them. With few exceptions, they aren’t taking ’em to track days, if you know what I’m saying. Here’s what I see. …

2021 Jeep Compass or Chevrolet Trailblazer? Pros and Cons of Each SUV

What’s more important: having actual off-road capability, or looking like you do? We’ve seen enough Jeep Wranglers on 22-inch wheels to know that true capability isn’t always why people buy SUVs—appearances matter, too. To that end, the 2021 Jeep Compass and 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer seek to provide a weekend adventurer look in a subcompact package. …

The Ford Bronco 4600 Race Truck Is Today’s Slice of Radness

Ford hasn’t stopped making waves with the new 2021 Bronco since the reborn model broke cover in the middle of last year, and today it added yet another member to the ever-growing Bronco family. Meet the Bronco 4600, a hardcore off-road racer designed to do two things: first, compete in the Ultra4 stock class later …

2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 First Test: Is the Upgraded A90 Quicker? Sorta

Early adopters of the 2020 Toyota GR Supra are not going to pleased. Just a year after its highly anticipated—and somewhat incredulous—debut, the six-cylinder A90-generation Supra gets a big boost in output—an extra 47 horsepower and 3-lb-ft torque—for 2021. (There also is a new, less-powerful Supra 2.0 four-cylinder model.) The sporty coupe’s notoriously jumpy suspension …

All-New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Is Coming Soon—Here’s a Peek at It

The Nissan Pathfinder skips the 2021 model year as the Japanese brand prepares to release an all-new iteration of its mid-size three-row SUV for 2022. Details about the next-gen Pathfinder are scarce at the moment. That changes come February 4, 2021, when Nissan officially unveils the latest generation of Pathfinder. Nissan officially announced the news …

GM’s X-Cars: Anatomy of a Miserable Failure

How bad does your car have to be before it attracts a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice? Welcome to the story of General Motors‘ X-body project, started in the late 1970s as a response to the onslaught of front-wheel-drive imports that were making inroads thanks to a combination of affordability, reliability, and high …

Elon’s Talking Shift: Tesla CEO Says New, Shifterless Model S Selects Drive and Reverse Itself

Tesla no longer has a public-relations department, so when the automaker’s chief executive officer, Elon Musk, tweets vehicle-related information (as opposed to stuff such as “Bitcoin is my safe word” or “420 is ten times better than 42”), the automotive media treats it as the de facto company line. Musk’s latest eye-opening Tesla-related tweet was …

Overlanding in Supercars? What Has Top Gear America Done Now!?

Don’t worry, things have not gone completely off the rails at the MotorTrend offices, despite last year’s best efforts. As fun as it would be to watch, supercars are not built for overlanding (but maybe they are nowadays?), and even the Top Gear America hosts wouldn’t subject those rolling pinnacles of art and engineering to …

2021 Lexus UX200 F Sport First Test: Experience or Appliance?

Your phone, laptop, smartwatch, heck, even your smart speakers are all a massive pain in the neck. Not for you, but for the people who made them. User experience and interface designers agonize over products for months or even years to deliver an intuitive user experience, and you always notice when they haven’t. It’s the …

No One Puts Enough Respect on the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren’s Name

Cast your mind back to 2002. Covid-19 wasn’t anything to anyone, Elon Musk was only known for creating PayPal (and, after selling it, buying a McLaren F1), and Porsche, Ferrari, and Pagani were setting the automotive world alight with the Carrera GT, Enzo, and Zonda. It was one heck of a time to love cars, …

Conquer the Dakar Rally With This Collection of Bowler Land Rover Defenders

In nearly every single parameter, the new Land Rover Defender improves over the old warhorse Defender it replaced. While Land Rover’s O.G. Defender’s capability as an expeditionary lance and an agrarian implement is undeniable, the British brand worked extraordinarily hard to develop a new Defender that drives and performs like something from the 21st century, …

Look the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor in the Face

We’re less than a week out from the debut of the next-gen 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, and the anticipation is killing us. Happily, Ford continues to chum the waters with this briefest of sneak-peeks, which Ford CEO Jim Farley posted to his Twitter account. Enter Sandman! The all-new Raptor debuts Feb. 3! #F150Raptor pic.twitter.com/u1Gd0ZFeCw — …

2021.5 Tesla Model X First Look: Yoke and Plaid Redux

It’s classic middle child syndrome. The internets are ablaze with news of the yoke-controlled, ridiculously quick, 520-mile-range Tesla Model S Plaid+. But will anyone notice the Model X is getting many of the same changes? Tesla’s big SUV gets its own version of the new Model S‘s interior, including the Roadster-inspired yoke, landscape-style center screen, …

TNC’s Jeep Wrangler Is the Rugged-Chic Way to Hit the Trails

Forget muscle cars and hot rods—the most customized and personalized vehicle genre on the planet has to be off-road SUVs and trucks. One of the first stops a proud new Jeep or Toyota Tacoma owner makes on the way home from the dealership is their local 4×4 shop for bumpers, roof racks, lifts, wheels, tires, …

2022 Hyundai Tucson N-Line First Look: Sportier Looking, Not Any Sportier

Whatever you think of the way the new Hyundai Tucson looks, there’s little doubt that it does plenty to set itself apart in a relatively sedate segment. But if the looks of the regular 2022 Tucson weren’t quite enough to digest—or be excited about—already, Hyundai has an even angrier Tucson N-Line version in the works, …

Nissan Frontier to Enjoy a Short Surprise 2021 Model Year Before Redesign

As far as impending redesigns go, the one coming for Nissan’s Frontier midsize pickup has been unusual. It’s not because the current Frontier has been on sale for 17 years with minimal changes—although that is odd. But rather because for the 2020 model year, expected to be the old Frontier’s last, Nissan installed the all-new …

Not Even Vega-ly Good: The Woeful Tale of the Chevy Vega

The Chevrolet Vega is remembered as one of General Motors’ worst cars, a troublesome rust-bucket prone to gas tank fires and melting engines. It’s easy to assume that the Vega was a sign of GM’s hubris, cobbled together on the cheap like the AMC Gremlin for a public that would stop buying imported subcompacts as …

This Lifted, Chopped 1992 Mazda Miata Is Ready for the Wasteland

If you’re torn between something small and fun to drive around country roads and something capable of handling the rough washboard fire trail to your lakeside cabin, fret no further. This very rad and very rough-and-tumble Safari’d 1992 Mazda Miata just might be the off-road sports roadster you’ve been looking for, and it’s up for …

Is the Original Tesla Roadster Already a Collector’s Item?

Holding out for the next-gen Tesla Roadster? Keep waiting. While Tesla says the new open-roofed supercar will enter production sometime this year, we reckon the second-gen Roadster is well over a year away. Hey, we warned you of this when we showcased the rather impressive drop-top Model S conversion carried out by Ares Design and …

Getting to Know Top Gear America Host Dax Shepard

Top Gear America host Dax Shepard’s car love is no secret. He was on Conan talking about his 700-horsepower Buick Roadmaster station wagon, and he’s appeared in MotorTrend previously showing off his garage. There’s much more to Shepard’s car obsession than what he owns, though. “I’m into all cars,” Shepard told us. “I can’t think …

Don’t Call It a Remake! Why Top Gear America Stands on Its Own

MotorTrend is the number one automotive media destination in the world for a reason: We know what we’re doing. You already know that, though. You’ve trusted us and other brands in the MotorTrend family—such as HOT ROD, Four Wheeler, and Roadkill—for more than 70 years. You’ve also trusted Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon …

CES UX Tech: Screens, Displays, and Augmented Reality

CES 2021 is all virtual this year, and bone-crushingly dull to cover by contrast with the tantalizing (if foot-numbing) time we’ve had covering it live in previous years. Nevertheless we’ve trolled the Zoom rooms and parsed the squillion email product pitches to bring you the crème de la digital, virtual crème. Mercedes’ freshly minted EQ …

Want the Midas Touch? Buy This Pair of Rare Gold Vintage Ferraris

Pining after a “Resale Red” Ferrari? Yikes, sounds like someone didn’t get the memo—red Ferraris are out, friend. If you want to impress the masses and signify that you are more than just a hefty checkbook with legs and a garage, outfit your new Maranello Meteor with a coat of something a bit more unique. …

YouTuber Finds the Lancia From Top Gear’s “Botswana Special”

Almost 15 years ago, the Top Gear team went to Botswana. The presenters at the time—Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond—were each given a budget of £1,500 (about $2,000 at the time) to purchase a two-wheel-drive vehicle with no off-road pretensions to make the trek from the African country’s eastern border to its western …

The 2021 Nissan Armada Starts at Nearly $50,000

Despite its bold new look, the 2021 Nissan Armada isn’t exactly all new. The big body-on-frame off-roader was recently given a deep refresh with a new face and big updates to the interior that bring it in lockstep with the Nissan Patrol, the Armada’s more global sibling. And though the updates are sizable, they don’t …

Surprise! Stellantis Retaining All Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Brands, Plants, and Jobs

Don’t expect French automaker Peugeot to return to the U.S. anytime soon. Now that PSA Group has merged with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to create Stellantis, adding another brand to the U.S. market has lost its urgency. At this stage, no final decision has been made, says PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares, who held his first …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX, Now With More Supercharger and More Hennessey Delivers 1,012 HP!

We’re stoked to see that Hennessey—creator of various Goliath, VelociRaptor, Mammoth, and Maximus mega-powerful truck builds—has gotten around to fiddling with the Ram 1500 TRX. You see, MotorTrend’s 2021 Truck of the Year is the hottest hot-rod off-road pickup truck to hit the market since the Ford F-150 Raptor hit the scene over a decade …

Europeans Get This Rad, Sporty Ford Ranger MS-RT

While it’s related to our Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck, the version Europeans get nevertheless is different. And to put a finer point on this fact comes the new Ford Ranger MS-RT, a sporty-looking version based on the Wildtrak trim. It’s no Ranger Raptor—the Wildtrak sits just below that bona fide sport truck in the …

No Surprise: The Most Satisfying, Involving, and Purest 2020 Porsche 911 Is the One with Three Pedals

If you want a real sports car that you can comfortably drive every day that’s also a luggage-capable weekender and even a track day adrenaline supplier, then you pick a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera. If you want the most satisfying, involving, and purest form of that 911, then you pick the one with three pedals. …

2022 Ford Fusion Crossover-Style Wagon Spied with Full-Dash Interior Screen

In a move to spice up this absurd Bizarro World timeline, new spy shots of a mysterious long-roof prototype hints that Ford is readying a lifted five-door midsize wagon/SUV to clash with the Subaru Outback. Remember, this is the same Ford that canceled all traditional sedans and hatches in favor of a lineup populated only …

“If 2020 Was a Car, What Would It Be?” We Asked, and Here Are Your Answers

Just ahead of the end of the dirty-diaper dumpster fire that was 2020, we asked our Twitter friends: “If 2020 was a car, what would it be?” The responses ranged from blindingly obvious to the subtlest shade of, well, shade. Some of you kept it topical to current events in the automotive industry, while others …

1 of Just 50: Check Out This Porsche 911 Turbo S Gemballa GTR 8XX Evo-R

Even if you’re not a Porsche aficionado and can’t tell a Macan from a 911—if that’s you, why are you even reading this?—stuff like the 991-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S tend to separate themselves based on their aero modifications and performance. (In that model’s case, credit is twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six that belts out a cool …

Here It Is! World’s Greatest Drag Race 10

With military bases closed to the public to protect against potential foreign agents (of molecular size), the usual procedure for World’s Greatest Drag Race had to be scrapped. Gone was any option for using those velvet-smooth, 3.0-mile military runways. Thus, our three-year stint at Vandenberg Air Force Base came to a close. But where to …

Ford’s ‘Finish Strong’ Ad Delivers a Message of Hope Amid a Global Pandemic

The 2021 Ford F-150 is hugely important to the Blue Oval. After all, it marks the latest generation of the company’s highly profitable full-size pickup truck. In fact, Ford had a pricey F-150-centric ad campaign tee-ed up and ready to roll come January 1, 2021. At the last minute, though, the automaker decided to divert …

2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport First Test: Sporty Enough?

Small changes sometimes bring big improvements. Just ask Lexus. The 2021 Lexus IS didn’t start from a blank piece of paper; instead, it continues on the same platform it’s been on since 2013 but receives small styling and mechanical upgrades to make the sedan better. The IS is the Japanese luxury brand’s most important sedan, …

This Wild 1969 Dodge Charger Has a Viper V-10 AND Twin Turbos

The definition of the word lucid in its simplest form describes something that is “straightforward and clear.” It can be used in various ways to describe certain things, but is most often associated with the thought process and the rational or sensible way to view a given situation. Crucial decisions are sometimes made when moments …

2022 Ford Fusion Crossover-Style Wagon Spied with Full-Dash Interior Screen

In a move to spice up this absurd Bizarro World timeline, new spy shots of a mysterious long-roof prototype hints that Ford is readying a lifted five-door midsize wagon/SUV to clash with the Subaru Outback. Remember, this is the same Ford that canceled all traditional sedans and hatches in favor of a lineup populated only …

The Toyota Land Cruiser Is Dead, Long Live the Toyota Land Cruiser

When was the last time you saw a Toyota Land Cruiser? You can’t go a block without seeing multiple 4Runners, Highlanders, Tacomas, and RAV4s—or even the occasional Sequoia—but spotting any generation of a Land Cruiser is a rarity. For all its name recognition and iconic history, there just aren’t that many running around the U.S. …

2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo Pros and Cons Review: Thrills and Chills

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2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Pros and Cons Review: Ultimate Track Tool

Pros Supreme balance Fantastic teacher Great track tool Cons Jittery suspension Tire noise Underpowered This car has all the makings of a Best Driver’s Car winner: engine mounted in the proper place directly behind the driver and revving to a glorious 8,000 rpm, a delightful manual shifter (unique this year), unflappable carbon-ceramic brakes with excellent …

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Well, 2020 has been different, that’s for sure. As a result, the MotorTrend Best Driver’s Car is a bit different, as well. Having to work around a pandemic, we had to shrink our field of contenders and the number of judges. That said, those cars we cut likely wouldn’t have cracked the upper echelon of …

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Pros and Cons Review: Lunch Money Stealer

Often, history is made simply by breaking a cycle. Sounds easy enough, but sometimes a thing hasn’t been done for a good reason. The GT500 has never been the best Mustang, just the one with the biggest engine. Not anymore. The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has changed history. <!– –> “This car is the …

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe Pros and Cons Review: Defying Logic

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Plug-In Hybrid Jeep Wrangler 4xe Rubicon Costs Over Fifty Thousand Dollars

Early EV adopters paid a hefty premium for the right to say “they got it first.” Tesla, for example, didn’t release its budget-friendly Model 3 until six years after the luxurious flagship Model S made its debut. New 48-volt mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid tech has followed the very same trend, often ending up in …

Give the Gift of the Ultimate Japanese Project Car: A Barn-Find 1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R

Surprising your significant other with a new car payment on a Lexus this holiday season? Not cool, bud. If you’re going to make rash, irresponsible financial decisions, you gotta think bigger than some lame ES350 in Moonbeam Beige Metallic from a December to Remember—we suggest hopping on this heaping scoop of “rotisserie restoration” and “dealing …

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There is a notion that the Japanese automakers could do no wrong in the 1990s, but anyone who thinks that clearly has forgotten the 1995-99 Honda Odyssey. A minivan seems like a pretty difficult thing to screw up, but Honda managed it—and Isuzu also paid the price. Cast your mind back to the early 1990s: …

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Pickups are fun and relatively cheap entries into the world of rear-wheel drive performance. Older trucks especially are simple to work on, offer sensational parts availability from both catalogs and scrap yards (where millions of their brethren sit waiting to be picked apart), and can be made to accept a wide variety of drivetrains and …

Fiat Kills the 500L and 124 Spider and I Alone Will Miss Them Both

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the Fiat 500L and 124 Spider won’t live to see the 2021 model year. I happened to mention to my colleagues at MotorTrend (via Slack, of course, because this is still 2020) that I would miss both cars, particularly the former. This incited an avalanche of abuse directed toward both the …

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Lamborghini Jalpa Essential History Despite the myopia of popular car culture, the Countach wasn’t the only Lamborghini produced in the 1980s. Even with the public’s overwhelming fixation on Lambo’s superstar V-12 wedge, a small number of V-8–powered mid-engine sports cars were sold alongside the bigger, badder, and significantly more expensive Countach. They don’t get nearly …

Unique Off-Road SUVs that are Cheap, Cool, and Fun

Want more budget-friendly off-road SUVs? We’ve already told you about a handful that should, with some careful searching, come in under $5,000. But if none of those get your juices flowing, here’s a few more that you might not have considered. ZJ / WJ Jeep Grand Cherokee By far the most popular suggestion sent our …

Barn Find! 1969 RS/SS 396 Big-Block Chevy Camaro Found After Almost 40 Years!

Barn finds are something we all dream about discovering, but few of us actually do. Today the term “barn find” refers to any really cool classic car that’s found stuffed away in some dusty corner, old field, or the like, so it doesn’t actually have to be a barn (although that is a pretty cool …

This 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T Was Rescued from a Rusty Fate

There were no shortage of history-making events in 1971. The Apollo 14 astronauts landed on the moon, the war in Vietnam continued to rage on, Intel released the world’s first microprocessor, and Dirty Harry made his big screen debut. But none of it mattered all that much to Frank Kassel at the time. His attention …

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Want a mid-engined Mercedes? Tough luck, Richie Rich. Despite decades of building some of the most desirable sports and supercars to ever tear a tire and sublimate a straightaway, the amount of mid-engined cars with Mercedes’ tri-pointed star on the front grille can be counted on one hand. Recently, Mercedes-Benz stirred hearts—and offshore bank accounts—with …

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You can order everything else on Amazon, so why not short-trip urban rides in the, um, Zoox? Envisioned as a strictly geofenced, mostly low-speed robotaxi, this tiny autonomous cube built by recent Amazon acquisition Zoox seats four, features four-wheel steering that permits it to maneuver into very tiny spaces, and is equally happy driving in …

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Forget racks on racks because Toyota’s TRD-Sport trailer is a bed on, in, and with a bed. Created for this year’s SEMA360 show (the online replacement for this year’s canceled in-person SEMA event), the TRD-Sport trailer concept uses the bed of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck as the canvas for an adventure-ready camping rig. In …

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The 2020 Dodge Charger Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition is a marketing stab by the folks at FCA that capitalizes on the lunacy that was the original 1969 Daytona. As an homage to the original car, only 501 of these 717-horsepower beasties will be produced, a number that is supposed to mirror the 1969 production numbers. …

Period Correct Teams Up Again With McLaren on Limited Apparel Collection

Following a successful collaboration with McLaren in 2018 which begat tasteful F1-themed hoodies, hats, jackets, duffels, and even some primo socks, automotive-themed lifestyle brand and fashion atelier Period Correct teamed up with McLaren once again, this time for a limited apparel run centered around the McLaren 720S and 765LT. <!– –> PC whipped up a …

Remember Isuzu? Its History Is *Much* Wilder Than You Think

When was the last time you thought about Isuzu? If you live in the U.S.A., it’s probably been quite a while since that Japanese automaker has crossed your mind given the last Isuzu passenger vehicle sold in America got its tags in 2009. Don’t worry, though—Isuzu is doing fine without us, as one of the …

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR First Look: More Go With Less “Oh, No!”

If there’s a vehicle that had us conflicted, it was the previous Jaguar F-Pace SVR. Its brutally entertaining supercharged V-8 thrilled, but the interior was…unimpressive. And that’s a real issue in its segment of big-sticker SUVs with jaw-slacking performance, as such models are now in abundance. The F-Pace SVR had the moves but not the …

Latest 2021 Ram 1500 Built to Serve Edition Pickups Honor the Marines

Ram is paying tribute to five branches of the U.S. military with a battalion of special-edition pickups. Celebrating the active service members, reserve members, and veterans who make up seven percent of the U.S. population, these thousands of 2021 Ram 1500 “Built to Serve Edition” come complete with unique paint colors and patriotic design cues. …

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 First Ride Review: Big Talent

There’s the merest hint of a twitch, caught instantly with the tiniest flick of the wrists. Andy Preuninger keeps his foot down. The corner opens onto a short straight running between trees with hints of the red and gold and brown of autumn among the green. The tach needle swings past 8,000 rpm, a steely …

Elation Hypercars Freedom Is a 1,900 HP Hyper-EV Hopeful

Hyperbolically powerful EVs are sprouting all over the automotive landscape like weeds these days. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S makes an already frankly ludicrous 750 horsepower, but the Lotus Evija, Rimac C2, and Tesla Roadster all have it beat. Now there’s a new player in the game. Elation Hypercars, an American-based “hyper-EV” company, has just …

Yenko’s Back With a TRX-Rivaling 800HP Supercharged Chevy Silverado Pickup

Hennessey, the creator of the Goliath 800, has some stiff competition when it comes to high-horsepower warranty-backed off-road Chevy-badged offerings. Meet Yenko’s entry into this space: the 800-hp 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Yenko Off Road. If you feel like this Yenko hot rod Chevy was introduced earlier this year, you’re not entirely wrong. You’re also not …

Ford Ranger Now Available Without a Pickup Bed In Europe, Just as Option Disappears from America

Say you’re looking for a small pickup truck, minus the pickup bed. It might seem pointless—does a bedless pickup become just a truck? A two-seat oddity?—but if it strikes you as such, you probably don’t live in the commercial realm, where upfitters bolt any number of useful, typically specialized configurations to the chassis behind the …

2021 Dodge Durango Scores Big Black Friday Discounts—For Four Days

Dodge’s long-serving yet somehow still relevant (and satisfying) three-row SUV, the Durango, was just refreshed for 2021 with updated styling inside and out, additional towing capability, and upgraded infotainment and tech options. And now all that freshness will be available with a pile of cash on the hood courtesy of Dodge’s “Power Dollars” incentive program. …

2020 Honda Civic Si Road-Trip Review: Comfortably Sporty

A lot of folks who aren’t car enthusiasts tend to believe you’re making a lot of compromises when you buy the sporty version of a car. Miserable ride quality, useless rear seats (if any), equally useless trunk, terrible fuel economy, and more. In some rather extreme cases, that’s true. It’s not true at all for …

2020 Mini Cooper SE First Test: I Wish I Could Recommend It

All signs point to the 2020 Mini Cooper SE electric car as being the superior variant of the storied little hatchback. A battery-powered drivetrain should eliminate unwelcome vibrations from the occasionally lumpy gas options, and instant torque should provide a scaled-up electric go-kart experience as suggested by the Cooper S badge epoxied to the hatch. …

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Chevy Trailblazer RS: Tiny Tots Go Head To Head

The lifted red hatchback you see in front of you isn’t your daddy’s Trailblazer, and we mean that quite literally. The old truck-based SUV we once knew as the Trailblazer is still long dead. Despite the fact the name gets rebooted for 2021, the new Trailblazer is a small crossover that’s meant to do battle …

2022 Honda Civic Prototype Interior Review: Drawing Positive Vibes from a Sketch

The new-for-2022 Honda Civic marks the model’s 11th generation and is set to be a major evolution of the current car, making big strides in sophistication and maturity as it moves upmarket. That was clear the first time we saw the new Civic in prototype form, but it is inescapable when you see what’s planned …

2022 Infiniti QX55 First Look: Some FX Given

Stop us if you’ve heard this before. An automaker realizes SUVs of all shapes and sizes sell like hotcakes and to maximize profit, it releases a swoopy “coupe-like” variant of one or more of its traditional—squarer—SUV models. If that sounds familiar, then it’s because BMW, Audi, and Mercedes all do it. Now you can count …

Watch Mercedes-AMG’s GT Black Series Rip ’Round the ’Ring for New Lap Record

Just a week after Mercedes-AMG announced its GT 63 S 4-Door (once again) became the quickest executive car around the Nürburgring, the brand shared its GT Black Series sports coupe is now the fastest road-legal production car around the famed German track. GT3 driver Maro Engel set an officially certified time of six minutes and …

2022 Honda Civic Sedan Prototype First Look: This Compact’s Going Classy

In a time when the future of the sedan is in doubt, the 2022 Honda Civic doubles down with a more mature design, a promise of additional features, and all the sporty charm enthusiasts of compact Hondas love. It is being previewed by the Civic Prototype pictured here, which is said to closely shade the …

2022 Subaru BRZ First Ride: Shotgun in the New Sports Car!

Since its debut in 2012, the Subaru BRZ has focused on delivering great handling. We’ve heaped piles of praise upon it—and rightly so. Small, light, agile, great suspension, great balance, low price, the ability to carry four tires with the rear seats folded flat—those are the ingredients that make up a great sports car. Remember, …

2022 Subaru BRZ First Look: The Subaru/Toyota Sports Car Lives!

As much as we like to believe automakers are in the business of satiating enthusiasts’ appetites, we know each company ultimately desires one thing above all else: profitability. Crossovers and SUVs offer the opportunity to make lots of money. So do pickup trucks. Affordable, rear-drive sports cars, though? Not so much. In spite of this, …

2022 Subaru BRZ Design Deep Dive: Refreshing or Revolting?

The low-slung Subaru BRZ, with its flat-four engine and enthusiast-pleasing rear-drive layout, is an affordably priced and extremely satisfying sports coupe. And it doesn’t seem that Subaru has changed the formula significantly: The redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ is shaping up to be another car built for those who love to drive—and we can’t stress enough …

2021 Lamborghini Huracán STO First Look: Hardcore Goes Harder Core

There’s a new Lamborghini Huracán sheriff in town. To celebrate both the brand’s own Super Trofeo one-make race series and the Huracán’s success in GT3 racing (three consecutive GTD class victories at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and two straight GTD titles at the 12 Hours of Sebring), Lamborghini is launching a new high-performance …

2022 Honda Civic Type R: What We Know About the Hot Hatch

There’s no denying the current Honda Civic Type R is a tough act to follow. Having won multiple comparison tests and an astonishing 4th–place finish in our 2018 Best Driver’s Car competition, the Type R is a front-drive performance miracle that audaciously takes all comers—no matter the opponents’ specs or price point. So how could …

2021 John Deere Gator XUV835R First Test: Big-Boy Toy

My dad has never hesitated to press his cars into temporary off-road agricultural duty. I vividly recall riding with my sister on a large board roped to the rear bumper of our ’70 VW Beetle as Dad ran a pattern throughout the back yard in an effort to work sand down through the Bermuda grass …

Buy This 807-HP Mopar Crate Engine, Give Your Car Demon Power

We’ll always miss the Challenger Demon, the limited-production street-legal drag-strip-demolisher that wowed back in 2017. We’re glad Dodge revived much of its spirit with the new Super Stock, and in case that isn’t enough for you, Mopar is now offering a new crate engine that can give your project car the heartbeat of both mighty …

Mazda CX-30 vs. Buick Encore GX: Small SUV Showdown

If you check out MotorTrend‘s Buyer’s Guide for cars, trucks, and so on, you’ll eventually notice there are 10 segments for SUVs alone. It is easily the most diverse and most popular automotive assemblage. But perhaps the most perplexing of all is the subcompact SUV segment and its luxury subcompact counterpart. These baby SUVs are …

Zagato’s Iso Rivolta GTZ Is a Corvette Z06–Based Transatlantic Classic

Before it came to mean a fuel-saving technology that married electric and internal combustion power, “hybrid” in some contexts meant a sophisticated European car motivated by a powerful American engine. The DeTomaso Pantera is arguably the most memorable of all these creations, but there were many running the gamut from the Franco-American Facel Vegas to …

Jet Set: This Porsche 911 Comes With a Matching $10 Million Private Jet

The Porsche 911 Turbo S is a very quick machine indeed, and in its most recent iteration, it also is one of the best-driving 911s you can buy. We even pitted the mightiest 911 against the also-mighty McLaren 720s Spider and Mercedes AMG GT-R Roadster, and the new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet came out on …

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Costs More Than Honda, Toyota Competition

At $24,595, the entry-level 2021 Hyundai Sonata undercuts the price of the base 2021 Honda Accord and 2021 Toyota Camry by $1,130 and $1,370, respectively. Logically, the racy Sonata N Line ought to maintain a similar price advantage to the similarly sporty Accord Sport 2.0T and Camry TRD. Except logic seemingly falls short here, as …

Liquid Tesla? EV Automaker’s $250 Tequila Is Already Sold Out

“Merchandising!” Short of “the Schwartz,” there’s arguably nothing more important to Spaceballs‘ Yogurt than merchandising. It seems Tesla’s chief executive officer, Elon Musk, took this to heart, too. Not only does his company’s electric vehicles feature nods to the 1987 Mel Brooks comedy (we’re looking at you, Ludicrous mode and Model S Plaid), his other …

Affordable Racing Sim Gear Review: Logitech G923 Wheel and GTR GTA Pro Simulator

As difficult as it may be to believe, take a look outside from your work-from-home space: it’s already November 2020. For much of the country, that means cold temperatures, and plenty of rainy, snow, and ice in the near future. Those conditions conspire with the pandemic to bring a big slow-down to the track-day and …

Ford Mustang GT500 Predator Crate Motor: Turn Everything Into Prey

The Mustang GT500 rewrites rulebook regarding expectations for Ford’s pony car. Not only is it the most powerful production Mustang ever, it also has a snappy dual-clutch gearbox, can be had with carbon-fiber wheels, offers some of the most friendly and capable handling on the market today, and runs the 1/4 mile in 11.3 seconds …

Zagato’s Iso Rivolta GTZ Is a Corvette Z06–Based Transatlantic Classic

Before it came to mean a fuel-saving technology that married electric and internal combustion power, “hybrid” in some contexts meant a sophisticated European car motivated by a powerful American engine. The DeTomaso Pantera is arguably the most memorable of all these creations, but there were many running the gamut from the Franco-American Facel Vegas to …

Land Rover Defender Pros and Cons Review: Surprise, Surprise

Pros Incredible ride Fabulous design Great inline-six engine Cons Some interior cheapness Tiny third row Build quality concerns Perhaps as a result of being deprived of the Land Rover Defender in America since 1998, we were unsure what to expect with this new one. A few of our staff members have some experience with the …

2021 Kia Seltos Pros and Cons Review: Honey, I Shrunk the Telluride

Pros Real SUV styling Well-tuned CVT Surprisingly spacious interior Cons Some cheap interior materials Four-star NHTSA safety rating The 2021 Kia Seltos is really, really good. Although its direct competition includes more than a dozen other subcompact SUVs, the Seltos is such an excellent all-arounder that we’d also recommend it to those shopping a segment …

2021 Genesis GV80 Pros and Cons Review: A Seriously Impressive Luxury SUV

Pro Original approach to luxury Jaw-dropping interior Incredible value Con Harsh ride Underpowered 2.5T Unintuitive infotainment system When we picked the Genesis G70 as our 2019 Car of the Year, we turned a lot of heads from Sindelfingen to Nagoya. “Is it really that good?” were the first whispers, followed by “What do you know …

2021 Cadillac Escalade Pros and Cons Review: The Boss Is Back

Pros Elegant interior Class-leading tech Unabashed style Cons Subpar ride quality Chevy parts here and there Retrograde fuel economy The Cadillac Escalade didn’t invent the concept of the luxury full-size SUV, but it’s been so dominant for so long you’d be forgiven for thinking so. Even as the competition caught and surpassed it, the biggest …

2021 MotorTrend SUV of the Year: Here Are the Finalists!

As automakers walk away from sedans as family transportation, it seems ever more categories and niches are being created for the now-omnipresent SUV. Across these multiple sizes, shapes, and price points, we tested the latest models at the 2021 MotorTrend SUV of the Year competition—thoroughly evaluating nearly 30 vehicles in all, with the group ranging …

Muscle Cars Compared: 1968 Mustang vs. Camaro, Firebird, Cougar, Barracuda, and Javelin!

Back in 1968, they called them “sporty,” but for the six pack of cars Motor Trend editors tested for the January 1968 issue—the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, and Mercury Cougar—muscle car is now the far more appropriate term. Interestingly, of the nameplates featured in the story we’ve pulled from …

2021 Honda Civic Sedan Ditches Its Manual Transmission, Just Like the Accord

The Honda Civic will get a complete overhaul for the 2022 model year, when we expect to see it gain a new exterior design and a more modern cabin. In the meantime, the popular compact car soldiers on with a more limited menu of options. The sporty Si model is on hiatus (you can still …

The 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock Is Rarer Than a Demon

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is still dead, but the new-for-2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock fills a similar role in the lineup. Officially, the 807-hp Super Stock is not a replacement for the Demon. With one less pony in its stable, a widebody kit, and standard items such as a front and rear passenger seats, …

2021 McLaren 765LT First Drive: Quicker, Lighter, Sharper

Sixth gear, nudging 170 mph, and Stowe Corner, Silverstone’s deceptively fast right-hander, is closing fast. Stay off the brakes … Stay off the brakes… Now! The steering wheel squirms slightly and the McLaren 765LT‘s nose dips sharply as the four 15.4-inch carbon-ceramic rotors are clamped by Brembo calipers. Flick the left paddle. Fifth gear. Flick …

Hyundai Reveals 800-HP, Electric Mid-Motor RM20e Sports Car

It seems like yesterday when we drove the midship Veloster N RM19 prototype around the Nürburgring and closer to home at the California Proving Ground. Now, Hyundai has further refined its mid-engine sports car, with the latest iteration pumping out more than 800 horsepower from an electric powertrain. Once again based on—and vaguely shaped like—the …

2021 Ram 1500 TRX’s Know & Go App Teaches Owners With Augmented Reality

Not tech-savvy? Sorry, not an option in 2020. Trucks are more feature-packed and technologically advanced than ever before. To help educate owners and get them engaged with their vehicles, Ram Trucks has developed a new mobile app called Know & Go, which will debut with the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX and then roll out to …

Honda SUV e: Concept Previews Sleek Electric SUV Unlike Any Honda EV Before It

There are many electric SUVs rushing the market right now, with more coming later this year. So far on the electric vehicle front, we haven’t seen much from Honda—SUV-shaped or otherwise—until now. The automaker is debuting a sleek electric SUV concept at the Beijing Motor Show, the SUV e: Concept, not long after having discontinued …

Nefarious-Sounding Hyundai Elantra N Sedan Blats Into View

Hyundai has revealed an all-new Elantra N TCR race car—and also previewed the Elantra N performance street car, to boot. The TCR (for Touring Car Racing) is the latest in a budding line of TCR customer race cars released by Hyundai, following the $155,000 Veloster N TCR and the Euro-market i30 TCR hatchbacks. (VW, Honda, …

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 vs. 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP: Supercars, Writ Small?

Maybe being stuck at home for the last five months has warped our sense of normalcy, but the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP strike me as two very odd cars. AMG’s offering is a luxurious subcompact sedan with a slightly detuned version of the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever …

2020 Suzuki Jimny First Drive: Tiny 4×4, Massive Appeal

Compared with many of today’s compact SUVs the 2020 Suzuki Jimny is slow, crude, and cramped. It drives a lot like a mid-’80s rear-drive Japanese car. But it’s also so honest and unpretentious, so full of character and charm, and so surprisingly capable at doing what it was designed to do that it makes you …

2021 Ford F-150 Power, Towing, and Payload Capabilities Detailed

Ford has finally dropped a truckload of detailed information about its new-for-2021 F-150 pickup. How much does the 2021 Ford F-150 tow? How much can it haul? How powerful are its engines? We now have the maximum payload and towing capacities for each of the F-150’s six available powertrains, along with how much power each …

2020 Subaru Outback Road-Trip Review: 2,000 Miles and Lessons Learned

After 2,000 miles in a car, you really start to figure out what your ride does well—and what needs improving. It’s no different with our 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx long-term test car, which senior copy editor Jesse Bishop drove from Los Angeles to Colorado and back. From long highway stretches to stop-and-go traffic and slow …

Take a Gander at Jeep’s 80th Anniversary Edition Lineup

As any automaker having a birthday is wont to do, Jeep is celebrating its 80th birthday with special editions all across its lineup. (1940 was the year the U.S. military solicited companies to pitch a design for what would eventually become the World War II Jeeps produced by Willys and Ford; the word wouldn’t become …

Lordstown Endurance Electric Pickup: Peek Inside Its Screen-Heavy Cabin

Lordstown Motors is continuing the slow tease of its Endurance electric pickup this week, now revealing interior photos ahead of the truck’s launch next year. Much like the interiors of the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T, the cabin of the Endurance is dominated by screens rather than physical buttons. A long frame on the dashboard …

What Is Tesla’s “Tight Wolverine” Electric Pickup Truck?

At Tesla’s Battery Day, founder Elon Musk dropped a typically cryptic reference to a smaller version of the Cybertruck for markets outside of the U.S. This is a truck that Musk has talked about before—more on that in a minute—but what he called it during the Q&A session is what perked our ears up. “Tight …

2021 Ford Puma ST: Ford’s Euro-only CUV Gets a Sporting Edge

Remember when the ST badge was reserved for the Focus? Then it migrated to the Fiesta, the Explorer, and Edge. Well, now it’s the Puma’s turn. The cutesy little crossover that we don’t get in the states—which by itself is curious, given America’s hankering for SUVs—just received the ST treatment. It’s the first performance SUV …

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Takes Rear-Seat Luxury to the Max

Rolls-Royce showed off the all-new 2021 Ghost, the brand’s “entry-level” luxury sedan (ha!), at the beginning of September. It’s a cleaner, statelier design that doesn’t reinvent the Ghost concept so much as hone it to a sharp edge. Built on the brand’s aluminum spaceframe chassis, the luxury sedan now has a platform befitting its station, …

Ioniq Concept Cabin Previews the Future of EV Interiors

Hyundai recently announced it will rejigger the Ioniq lineup—currently a trio of gasoline-electric hybrid, plug-in, and electric hatchbacks—into its own EV brand. That vision includes rethinking what an electric vehicle should offer, not only in terms of driving range but also interior design. As such, Hyundai is showing its new Ioniq Concept Cabin, which previews …

Lynk & Co Zero Concept: One Swede Chinese Electric SUV

It may seem like a nascent startup to us Americans, but Lynk & Co is already well-established in China, reporting more than 300,000 overall sales since the first vehicle went on sale in 2018. That’s quite a bit. Its range in that market is heavy on small crossovers that share an architecture with its corporate …

Infiniti QX60 Monograph Concept First Look: Designed for the Future

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “monograph” is defined as “a written account of a single thing.” In the case of the Infiniti QX60 Monograph concept, it is a designed account of a single thing and, perhaps unsurprisingly, that thing is an SUV. It previews the changes that are coming to Infiniti’s design language …

Aston Martin Slashes Prices on the DBX, Vantage

Good news if you’re looking to buy an Aston Martin: The automaker is slashing prices by tens of thousands of dollars on certain models. Buyers will see price reductions on the 2021 Aston Martin DBX, Vantage Coupe, and Vantage Roadster. Initially, Aston Martin said that the DBX would go for $192,986. Now, Aston Martin has …

Toyota GR Super Sport Hypercar Makes Surprise Debut at Le Mans

This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was all about Toyota. Again. For the third year in a row, the Japanese brand took the checkered flag at the famed French endurance race. But Toyota didn’t simply make news for winning the race. In fact, the company made sure to steal the spotlight just before the …

Yeah, Buddy: 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch Will Offer a Manual After All

Ford’s launch of the reborn 2021 Bronco SUV couldn’t have gone much better. Its retro-flavored styling struck the right balance between old-school and modern. The lineup is appropriately broad, with models aimed at city slickers and boulder bashers alike. And the First Edition sold out, saw its production doubled, and then sold out again. But …

2021 GMC Yukon First Test: Bigger—But Is It Better?

The Sierra pickup truck may be the heart of GMC, but the Yukon has always been the soul. The original GMC Yukon Denali became a pop culture icon soon after its debut for 1999—given as much street cred as its big brother, the Cadillac Escalade. The new, fifth-generation 2021 GMC Yukon attempts to reinject that …

Hybrid Hat Trick: Toyota Wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the Third Year in a Row

They say the third time’s a charm, but for Toyota at Le Mans, it’s more like the third time is just as charming as the last two. Toyota Gazoo Racing’s No. 8 TS050 Hybrid race car took the overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing five laps ahead of Rebellion Racing’s No. …

Touring Superleggera’s Aero 3 Is an Ode to an Italian Legend

Before you consider the new Touring Superleggera Aero 3, think of Carrozzaria Touring Superleggera itself, the Milanese coachbuilder and design house that thrived in the 1930s-1960s. You’re instantly prone to visions of the gorgeous, streamlined, almost fragile-looking automotive creations that emerged from its doors. Those cars often did so with Touring’s signature Superleggera or “super …

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe vs. Maserati Levante Trofeo: Hulking Hatches Compared

The automotive industry is an inherently forward-looking one. How far forward ebbs and flows, but at a minimum, it’s always focused on the next model year, the next model, and the next generation. Work begins five to seven years before the public can put a dollar down, and the next one is already in progress …

MSO McLaren Senna GTRs Get More Power, Classic Le Mans Liveries

McLaren is paying tribute to its success at the 1995 Le Mans with five special edition Senna GTR models. These cars boast special liveries as well as unique interiors. Plus, they offer a healthy boost in power over the standard track car. The British automaker’s bespoke division, McLaren Special Operations, spent at least 800 hours …

2021 Nissan Maxima Gets Feature-Filled 40th Anniversary Edition

We don’t completely agree with Nissan’s claim that the Maxima is a sport sedan—its too soft and lacks the ultimate agility that aligns with the best of that breed, but we will go along with the idea that it’s a sporty sedan. We appreciate its potent V-6 engine, well-tuned ride, and plush interior. For 2021, …