Lotus Unveils 2022 Emira Packages And European Pricing, U.S. Gets To Wait

The 2022 Lotus Emira will serve as the final swan song for ICE-powered Lotus offerings before the storied British sports car maker embraces an all-electric future. But while the Emira looks gorgeously elegant and seems to have the performance essentials to make it stand out from the crowd, we still had some questions especially surrounding the final price tag. Lotus has been listening and has put the Emira’s configurator online that gives us a look at the various packages on hand and initial pricing.   Emira Pricing Puts It In The Running With Porsche And Others Before we go on …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Karma GS-6 – Karma’s Entry Level Hybrid Rises From Fisker’s Ashes

In mythology, the legendary bird known as the phoenix symbolizes rebirth and a new beginning. In the case of Karma Automotive, it’s the rise from the ashes of the original doomed iteration of Fisker Motors. Henrik Fisker promised to bring a revolutionary take on the plug-in hybrid when the original Karma first appeared a decade ago. But a combination of outside factors, as well as Henrik’s errors, doomed it all to fail. The car itself, however, remained a viable platform for creation, with the newly formed Karma Automotive buying the pieces via a Chinese firm. But has Karma finally created …

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Toyota Debuts 2022 Tundra Pickup, All-New Twin-Turbo V6 And Optional Hybrid Sharpen Focus On Rivals

The truck wars in the U.S. remain a hotly contested battleground for automakers. While the bulk of sales are focused almost exclusively on the Domestic Big Three (Ford GM and Ram), a few disruptors are trying to shake up the system. One of them is Toyota, who used the power and appeal of the NFL to formally unveil the 2022 Tundra, which is the most extensive reboot that the truck has ever received. Here are a few things you should know about Toyota’s revamped pickup.   Exterior Styling Is Major Departure From Past Tundras The exterior styling of the 2022 …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Hyundai Venue Denim – As Capable And Value Filled As A Pair Of Slick Jeans

The sport utility market seems to be at its breaking point when it comes to the sheer number of offerings that are available in the market today. From big to small, it’s apparent that the world’s automakers are trying to fill every possible niche in the battle for SUV dominance. The Hyundai Venue is one of those that are trying to make its mark in the compact SUV segment. But does the Venue still have what it takes to bring it to competitors looking to trounce it on value? And why does our tester look like a pair of blue …

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Ford Brings Green To Crimefighting With Creation Of Mach-E GT Police Interceptor Concept, Will Enter MSP Trials

Fighting crime is tricky for many police departments, and it’s natural to assume that electrification and green motoring might not fit into the script at first glance. However, while the bulk of the spotlight is focused on creating EV entries for the civilian market, Ford wanted to cover all angles and unveiled an all-new Mach-E Police Interceptor, which will be spending some time with the Michigan State Police Department.   Mustang Mach-E Will Have Very Formidable Shoes To Fill The latest Mach-E Police Interceptor concept will have two sets of shoes to fill if it gets full approval for police …

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2022 Ford F-150 Lighting Enters Pre-Production Stage, Company Confirms 150,000 Reservations For EV Pickup

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is still not ready for full consumer consumption, but the Dearborn-based company has confirmed that the Lightning has entered a key step in its development with the all-electric truck entering the pre-production phase, which also signals that it will begin real-world testing before it makes its way to dealerships in 2022.   Rouge Electric Vehicle Center Preps For Mass Production The first few pre-production examples of the Lightning are rolling out of Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, a recently added expansion to the broader Rouge plant where the gasoline-powered F-150 is made. The start of …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line – CC Replacement Does An Even Better Audi Impression

The Volkswagen Arteon had alot on its plate when it first appeared in the U.S. in 2018. Not only did it have to replace the languishing CC in the U.S., but it also showed that top-notch Volkswagen design could move beyond the GTI and Golf R hot hatches and into other nameplates that might not have as much firepower under the hood. But does the Arteon truly succeed in finally bringing cohesive luxury to buyers in this regard? We followed up our west coast encounter of the Arteon with a sequel here on the east coast to see if the …

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2021 VW ID.4 PRO S review by Ben Lewis

We really admire VW. After the Dieselgate trauma, the brand was really on the ropes, especially here in the U.S. We wouldn’t have been surprised if the German brand would have pulled out of the US market. But they didn’t. Instead, the fixed what was wrong with the Diesels, and started building exciting new models, like the all-new GTI and the Jetta GLI. VW also threw itself into being one of the leaders in EV tech. The first offering we saw was the E-Golf that we really enjoyed, but like many other carmakers, it was taking an existing vehicle and …

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Mazda Unveils Updated 2022 CX-5, Tweaked Styling Promises To Elevate Elegance And Sportiness

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the few in the utility vehicle segment that has managed to nail the perfect balance of sport-inspired performance and value-focused luxury that can actually blur the line between mainstream and luxury when equipped properly. But even the ultimate jack of all trades needs to be refreshed once in a while, and the company has unveiled the updated 2022 CX-5, which follows closely on the heels of its recently unveiled Chinese market cousin.   Subtle Evolution Focuses On The Essentials The exterior styling of the 2022 CX-5 shares a lot of its basic traits with …

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Rivian Builds First Customer Bound R1T Pickup, Marks Signficant Step For Company

The electric pickup segment has been rapidly growing over the past few years, with entries from Tesla, Ford, and others aiming to take full advantage of this new frontier. The big question on everyone’s minds, though, was which of these companies would succeed in producing a truck that was ready for consumer consumption? It appears that we finally have the answer, with Rivian revealing that it has produced its first customer-ready version of the R1T pickup in a historic day for the electric pickup market.  Being First Came After Years Of Hard Work After months of building pre-production vehicles, this …

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Toyota Confirms September 19th Debut For 2022 Tundra, Will Make Physical Debut At Motorbella

The 2022 Toyota Tundra‘s teaser campaign has been a very interesting ride for us over the past few weeks. Marred by multiple leaks, the Japanese auto giant has been teasing the world with subtle glimpses of its next-generation full-size pickup over the past few months, with each one being more intriguing than the last. Thankfully, it appears that we are in the home stretch, with Toyota confirming that the new truck will make its global debut on September 19th.   Kicking Off The Truck Wars In Style According to Toyota reps, the new Tundra will make its official debut as …

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Nissan Unveils GT-R T-Spec, Features Callbacks From The Past And T-Spec Exclusive Styling

The Nissan GT-R has soldiered on in some shape or form since 2008, with two facelifts in 2011 and 2017 helping to keep Father Time away. In addition to these facelifts, special edition models (along with potent performance numbers) have also played a big role with Nissan using the latter reason to take the veil off of its newest special edition GT-R the all-new T-Spec Edition.   New T-Spec Colors Bring Back Memories Of The Past The exterior styling of the GT-R has not changed very much, and the T-Spec leaves the core albeit aging design alone. Instead, it focuses …

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing vs 2022 BMW M3 – A Battle Of Numbers And Bragging Rights

In our last Blackwing-related slice of coverage, we took a look at the numbers surrounding the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and compared it with one of its rivals to see how the big bad Caddy fared when it came to benchmarking the competition. While we did find some surprises when we compared it to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Cadillac’s insistence on making this model a tweener forces it into a grey area when it comes to rivals. This time around, we chose to take a more direct approach and crunched the numbers to see whether the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing …

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Subaru Unveils 2022 WRX Sedan, Promises New Performance In Familiar Wrapper, Debuts GT Trim [Gallery]

The cancellation of the 2022 New York Auto Show due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns forced automakers to completely rethink how they unveiled products that were originally intended to shine under the spotlight in the Big Apple. Subaru was a firm affected by the abrupt cancellation, but that did not stop them from unveiling the 2022 WRX, which aims to bring new performance to buyers and embrace the familiarity that has become a hallmark trait of the model.   Familiar Impreza Lines Are Enhanced In WRX Transformation When you first look at the 2022 WRX, you can see that it shares …

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder Drive Review

Heading Back To Its Roots For many, the R51 Pathfinder is the peak of the Pathfinder era. It had a stout 4.0 V6 and an optional V8. Power was run through a reliable 5-speed auto to a transfer case with a true low range. Finally it had body on frame architecture, making modifications for off-road much easier. So how does the 2022 Pathfinder stack up? Nissan sent us a pre-production model to test for a week. As such there may be some minor flaws that are still in this vehicle that will be worked out before production begins. 2022 Pathfinder …

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Chevrolet Unveils Refreshed 2022 Silverado, Super Cruise And ZR2 Model Highlight Updates

Evolution, it seems, will be a very prevalent theme for the full-size pickup segment. The 2021/2022 Ford F-150 is reaping the benefits from its suite of updates, and it appears that Chevrolet is eager to throw its hat in the ring, too, with the bow-tie brigade unveiling the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado. Here are 3 things that you should know about this sleeker Silverado.   Reworked Silverado Front Fascia And Interior Aim To Address Weak Points When the outgoing Chevrolet Silverado appeared a few years ago, it was obvious that the truck had some notable weaknesses, with the front fascia and …

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Toyota Announces Official 2022 Corolla Cross Pricing, Sales Start In October

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross was initially an international market-only model, but the Japanese car giant unveiled the U.S. spec version of the model back in June. We had some questions about where the Corolla Cross would fit in the company’s utility lineup. Still, the Japanese auto giant has dropped a hint with Toyota reps revealing the official pricing ladder for the Corolla Cross before it goes on sale in October.   Value-Conscious And Proud Of It The Corolla Cross helps Toyota fill a budget-sized void in its crossover lineup. Base models start at $23,410 when you include the $1,215 …

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2022 CT5-V Blackwing vs 2021 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Market Comparison- A Look At The Numbers In The Sport Sedan Segment

The Cadillac Blackwing series of performance cars promises to be the last true swan song for performance in the world of Cadillac, with the performance mantle being taken up by EV models over the next few years. While we covered the Blackwing models in-depth here, we wanted to see how the Blackwings stacked up against one rival selected at random. We ran the numbers, crunched the prices, and set out to see how Cadillac did benchmarking their competitors. For this go-around, we chose to start with the CT5-V Blackwing and find out how it measured up against the 2021 Alfa …

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Lexus Leaves RC F and RC F Fuji Speedway Edition Virtually Unchanged, You’ll Have To Look Real Hard To Spot The Updates

The Lexus RC F is arguably Japan’s version of the iconic muscle car. Like Detroit’s best, the RC F has a long hood, short rear deck, ad a large 5.0 liter V8 lurking under the hood. The RC F Track Edition pushed the envelope further when it appeared two years ago. It then evolved into the Fuji Speedway Edition, with some of the lessons learned from its predecessor being infused into it. But while the rest of the segment is going through a state of flux due to strong demand for performance SUVs, Lexus revealed that it’s making minuscule changes …

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2022 Toyota 4Runner Debuts Wild Lime Rush Color, Adds New Model And Safety Tech Too

The Toyota 4Runner has been a rugged off-road warrior for Toyota over the years. While the current generation 4Runner is long overdue for a redesign, the current generation model is still a popular choice among off-roaders. The Japanese auto giant has revealed some notable updates coming to the 4Runner for the 2022 model year.   Lime Rush Adds Boldness To Color Pallette   A big change that many buyers might notice on the TRD Pro model is the all-new Lime Rush exterior color. This hue first made its appearance on the Tacoma TRD Pro, and the vivid green is one …

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Cadillac Adds Light Changes To All Of Its Models For 2022, Smart System Comes To All Models

While Cadillac is focused on preparing for the future with all-electric models like the Lyriq EV (which we had the chance to see up close recently) the luxury brand hasn’t forgotten about its ICE powered production vehicle lineup and has revealed a lighting dusting of changes that will hit all of their models for the 2022 model year.   Entire Cadillac Lineup Gets More Safety Gear With New Smart System Before we dive deep into some of the individual changes for each model, we might as well focus on the one addition that unifies them together the addition of the …

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Cadillac Aims Higher With 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, Musical Moniker Is More Than A Gimmick

When Cadillac unveiled the 2023 Lyriq EV SUV, it promised that the model would elevate the levels of luxury that a Cadilac model could provide while also serving as an elegant example of its Ultium technology in action. The Lyriq certainly appears to have the goods to pull it off and it even looks elegant in pictures, but how does it measure up in the real world? Cadillac invited us to GM Tech Center to spend some time with the Lyriq in-person to see some of its inner workings in person.   Near Production Exterior Radiates With Lighting, State Of …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge – Rolls Makes A Performance SUV And The World Takes Notice

Rolls Royce is rolling the dice in the SUV segment with the 2021 Rolls Royce Cullinan Black Badge. When The Cullinan first appeared in 2019, it rewrote the definition of the pinnacle in luxury automobiles. It wasn’t long ago that owning a Phantom or even a Ghost sedan signified that you made it in the world. Still, with SUV demand rising globally, the British ultra-luxury carmaker knew it had to adapt to rapidly changing times. Our initial taste of the Cullinan was brief, with our 30-minute encounter doing little to answer how the large SUV would fare in long-term ownership. …

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2021 Honda CR-V 1.5T AWD Touring review by Ben Lewis

Sometimes you wonder about something that’s a best-seller. Are they really good, and everybody knows about it? Like all those Marvel movies. Or maybe they’re just cheap and convenient. Like convenience store coffee from the pot that’s been there since the Clinton administration. So, here we have the 2021 Honda CR-V, Honda’s best-selling vehicle, and one of the best-selling vehicles of any kind. But what do those numbers really mean? Is this a superhero you can cheer for, or a nasty cup of joe that’s going to take a whole lot of sweeteners to get down? Let’s look. Clean and …

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Road Test Review – 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 – An X7 M In A Fine Velvet Suit

BMW usually has a pretty consistent game plan when it comes to making performance models. It’s willing to sprinkle the vaunted M badge on all kinds of models, but it leaves the largest models (X7 and 7-Series) alone. Those models get a special trip to BMW tuner Alpina where they are transformed into exceptional performance luxury specials. Alpina is making history in 2021 by unleashing the Alpina XB7 onto American shores for the first time. But can Alpina’s first U.S. bound SUV entry to shake up the ultra-luxury performance SUV segment? Alpina Exterior Touches Transform XB7 The BMW X7 is …

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Ford Goes For A Swim With Ranger Splash Package, Is Tribute To 1990’s Era Special

Fans of 1990s nostalgia (or those that actually grew up in the decade) will undoubtedly remember the Ford Ranger Splash package. The Splash was Ford’s attempt at channeling the west coast design trends that defined the 1990s. It came with package exclusive decals, a lightly tweaked interior, and a flare side bed. Ford is looking to channel some of this magic for the current Ranger and has revealed that it will be reviving the Splash treatment for the new Ranger.   Tamer Styling Package Still Spices Up Ranger’s Game With Sharp Graphics Unlike the original Splash, Ford designers chose to …

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Morgan Confirms All-New 3-Wheeler, Will Use Ford Sourced Three Cylinder Engine

When Morgan Motor Company revealed that the current generation Morgan 3-Wheeler was going away with the P101 Edition, the British carmaker confirmed that it was not the end of a three-wheeled Morgan having a place in the current lineup. The company has confirmed that an all-new 3-Wheeler is coming and released a lone teaser image and some early details about its upcoming cyclecar.   A 3-Wheeler In Everything But The Name Morgan stopped short of whether it will be using the long-running “3-Wheeler” moniker, but we suspect that it will continue to do so when this new iteration makes its …

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Whoops, Subaru Canada Unveils Beefier Forester Wilderness Model Early

The Subaru Forester has managed to carve a very compelling niche for itself in the utility vehicle market. With a combination of quality, capability, and in recent years, standard equipment, the Forester has always risen to the occasion time and time again. But there’s always room for growth, and thanks to an ill-timed reveal by Subaru of Canada, we now get to see that the Forester will be the latest Subaru model to earn the Wilderness badge for the new model year.   Forester Bulks Up In Wilderness Trim While Subaru’s plans for an epic surprise rapidly turned into dust …

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Subaru Teases 2023 Solterra EV, Latest Fruit Of Partnership With Toyota

The Toyota bZ4x teased a glimpse into what an electrified future could look like at Toyota. It would come with a very odd moniker and also bring some slick green vehicle technology to green vehicle buyers. With the Japanese auto giant’s partnership with Subaru going well, it should come as no shock to hear that Subaru will be getting a version of their own. It lurked in the shadows for a while, but Subaru finally released the first teaser images of the upcoming Solterra EV SUV.   Exterior Styling Is 100% Subaru. Before we dive deep into what makes the …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Honda Civic – Tamer But Still In Firm Benchmark Territory

The Honda Civic is in a very elite club when it comes to being familiar with drivers across the U.S. The Civic was one of the models that helped the Japanese automakers get a foothold in the U.S. compact car market, and the Civic has not relinquished its grip on the segment since it appeared several decades ago. But the outgoing Civic was very controversial, especially with its exterior styling. The company wanted to re-embrace its performance heritage but ended up letting the designers go too wild with their creativity. Honda has learned their lesson with the 2022 Civic, but …

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2022 Kia Niro Hybrid Gets Revamped Badge, Tweaked Pricing Ladder

As a wise man once said, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It appears that the folks at Kia took this lesson to heart when it came to the 2022 Kia Niro and as a result, it appears to be fundamentally unchanged from the outgoing model. However, look closer and you’ll see that Kia made some minor revisions to the Niro which allow it to march in unison with the rest of the updated Kia lineup.   New Badging Is Sole Update In 2022 Niro When we said minor revisions, we’re not kidding in that regards with Kia designers …

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Hyundai Releases 2022 Kona Pricing, Base Model Starts At $23,375

Hyundai promised bigger and better things from the 2022 Hyundai Kona when the Korean car giant first unveiled it some time ago. We got to see all the changes that Hyundai made to the exterior and the interior of the revamped compact CUV while also learning that a fire-breathing Kona N would also be joining the family for performance-seeking buyers (this author included.) But amid all the extra horsepower and technology, Hyundai forgot to disclose just how much of your hard-earned money would be needed to add a Kona to your garage? The wait is over on that, with Hyundai …

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Nissan Eying Nismo Global Expansion Plans, Still Working On Future Products

Nissan may be going through a massive lineup reboot, but the Japanese auto giant has not lost sight of the importance of the Nismo performance sub-brand to their long-term sales strategy. It has been a while since we heard anything from Nismo outside of the GT-R sports car, but a new statement by a high-ranking Nissan exec appears to confirm that Nissan still sees potential in the performance market.   Expanding The Global Footprint Requires Some Pieces That’s according to NISMO Global CEO Takao Katagiri, who opened up on Nismo’s future in a recent interview with Automotive News. Katagiri admitted …

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2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Review by Ben Lewis

We’ve been looking forward to the review of the Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo for some time. As part of the Mazda 3 chassis family, we’ve enjoyed the Mazda 3 Sedan and Mazda 3 hatchback immensely. And when Mazda started squeezing the 250-horsepower 2.5-liter, turbo 4-cylinder in these models (as well as the CX-5), we have hoped for a thrill machine like the old MazdaSpeed 3. Close, but no cigar. While the turbo motor does make these mounts quite quick, it seems that Mazda was leaning much more towards sophistication. Nice cars. But they didn’t get your blood up. Well, we …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz – Rewriting What An Adventure Vehicle Is While Doing Truck Stuff

When Hyundai first introduced the 2022 Santa Cruz to us during our brief time with it in Metro Detroit, the Korean car giant made it clear that it shouldn’t be called a truck. Instead, the company likes to call it a “Sport Adventure Vehicle” and claim that it’s the best mixture of two segments, the comfort, and performance of an SUV and the open bed flexibility of a pickup mixed into one interesting canvas. The Santa Cruz is far from the first offering to attempt to straddle the line with the Honda Ridgeline and even axed models like the Subaru …

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Hyundai Teases “Hydrogen Wave” Sports Car, Promises Seven More Entries

With the bulk of the automotive world focused on traditional electrification, it can be easy to forget that some firms are still studying the feasibility of hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cells. Hyundai is perhaps one of the biggest supporters of Hydrogen, and the Korean car giant has revealed that it has taken the next step by teasing the all-new Hydrogen Wave sports car and some future plans too.   Hydrogen Wave To Define Clean Performance The sports car in question is tentatively called the “Hydrogen Wave,” While we doubt that this name will stick around for production, the vehicle itself …

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Comparison Battle – 2021 Ford Bronco Manual vs Bronco Automatic – Which Flavor Of Bronco Is Best?

The 2021 Ford Bronco is shaping up to be a huge thorn in the side of the Jeep Wrangler. While the hardtop versions are currently being held back by the company to address lingering quality issues, the soft top models are slowly making their way into dealer lots. Along with the choice in tops, the Bronco also offers buyers either a seven-speed manual or an optional 10-speed automatic. This presented a very compelling question for us, which transmission choice is better? We were eager to find out.   Manual Equipped Bronco Does A Good Wrangler Impression While the crowded streets …

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2022 Porsche Taycan Gains Android Auto And New Colors

The Porsche Taycan and its shooting brake sibling, the Taycan Cross Turismo, were designed to carry Porsche into a green future thanks to their clean lines and their advanced lineup of driving technology. But even these futuristic super EVs need an update once in a while to keep rivals like Tesla from snatching their vaunted spot in the EV sales race. Porsche has delivered the goods and has announced some new tech upgrades and a few splashes of extra color for the 2022 model year.   Vibrant Colors Infuse Depth Into Taycan Pallette Charts The Taycan has always been a …

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2020 Kia Sportage SX AWD Review

Kia Sportage Old but Pertinent We are expecting an updated Kia Sportage for 2023, but for now our local media fleet has a 2020 model still available. We decided to take a look at this soon to be replaced model to see how it compares to the newer competition.  Outside Reminiscent of the Subaru CrossTrek, the Kia Sportage appears to be a lifted, more off-pavement capable version of a compact sedan. However, unlike the CrossTrek, there is no sedan counterpart for the Sportage. In the front, the familiar Kia grill is actually small by today’s standards. The hood bulges on …

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Mazda Releases Official MX-3 Pricing, Confirms Owners Can Borrow Other Mazdas

This year has been a very interesting one in terms of new vehicle launches. While the Ford Bronco hogged the spotlight in regards to its own developmental journey, the Mazda MX-30 has had an interesting story of its own that has taken place in the limelight. First making its original debut in 2019, the MX-30 has undergone its fair share of changes to help it make the transition into formal production and Mazda has now announced the final pricing ladder for production versions.   California Exclusive MX-30 Comes With Value Focused Pricing And Perks The MX-30 will come in two …

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First Drive Review – 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – Can It Replace The GT350?

Ask a group of Mustang enthusiasts which current iteration of Ford‘s iconic muscle car is the best pony of the bunch, and the chances are good that they will point to the recently axed Shelby GT350 model. Both the standard version and the hotter R variant made their mark on the track, where they proved to be excellent corner-carving weapons. However, their manual-only demeanor left them out of reach of an ever-growing pool of enthusiasts, and their ultra-stiff suspensions made them unsuited for the everyday commute. But Ford thinks it has the answer to these drawbacks with the 2021 Mustang …

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2022 Kia Stinger GT2 RWD V6 Review by Ben Lewis

It’s hard to believe that the Kia Stinger debuted 4 years ago as a 2018 model. There was so much talk about it – here was an up and coming brand, breaking free of the inexpensive–but-rugged reputation, and getting ready to soar. And they brought out a rear-wheel-drive performance sedan to take on the likes of BMW and Mercedes! So, we really looked forward to getting back into a 2022 Stinger. Was it as good as we originally thought? How has it aged? And should you be stopping by the Kia dealer on your way to the Audi or BMW …

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2022 Ford Explorer ST-Line Brings Sporty Looks Without the Hardware

Beauty, it seems, is sometimes in the eye of the beholder, and while having a performance-focused car is the dream of every enthusiast, sometimes the full package can be out of reach for buyers. Ford has thought of this with the ST-Line package, which brings the performance looks without the increased price of the associated hardware. This trim has been a staple in Europe, but it has had a decidedly subtler run in the U.S., with the axed Fiesta ST-Line and the recently launched Edge variant being the lone entries. But Explorer buyers will soon get in on the act …

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The Stuff Between the Monterey Car Week Events

The logistics of Monterey Car Week can be excruciating. Truly the only way to do it with any style is if you can helicopter into to every hour’s event. If you can’t afford that, you at least can find interesting bips and bops while you are moving from place to place. Here are some photos of the people, places and things that were good for a quick snapshot, often times one-handed, and poorly framed.  

Porsche transports you back in time and space during Monterey Car Week

In the heart of Monterey, Porsche transformed the Barn at Molera into a yesteryear Zentrum. The wonderfully-cozy outdoor space has its own orchard, barn looking edifice, and of course its own resident Porsche 917. If you approach as I did, from the orchard entrance, it really does make you feel like you’re in a quaint little Italian village. As you stroll towards the barn, where musicians were warming up during my time there, the 917 peeks out from behind the trees. Also on hand was a 911 50th Targa, and a Carrera GT. Everything the consummate Porsche-file would desire for …

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Lexus leaves the SUVs home, brings LF-Z concept and wide range of cars to Pebble Beach

The big reveal for Lexus was the new LF-Z concept reveal. The LF-Z is another BEV put out to test the waters, reception by the public. It features the now-landmark grill, but with no interlaced openings, just the flat white front, but does feature an illuminated Lexus badge. Along with the concept, the already established LC 500 convertible, RC-F and IS F-sport were in attendance for display as well. One featured display was the RC-F race car. Tagline: Seek and Destroy, which is on the surface the antithesis to the usual Lexus persona. But a good looking race car, nonetheless. …

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2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn Overdose 300 photos

The concept lawn. What a concept. It’s the nucleus around which the entire Monterey Car Week orbits. It anchors the past, present and future of automobiles in the chosen few cars set on this practice putting green. All of these cars are or have touch-points that reach back for inspiration, and build upon beautiful and sometimes radical visions of the future. One such radical future-think was the Audi Skysphere. It was conceived to extend or contract a foot in length. Project Sandbox is the perfect example of all worlds colliding. Part 911/959, part rally car. The key to doing the …

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Aston Martin goes the perfect green for 2021 Pebble Beach Concours

To the naked eye, it’s arguably the most diverse color for a car maker’s palette. Green. Add to that today’s connotation, and the mere use of the term and color is tricky to negotiate. I for one am not a fan of most chosen greens, save for the 18th one that Aston Martin’s 2021 display booth faces. That being said, there is something to  behold in person, as your brain takes in this particular green that Aston has donned these fantastic cars with. They literally had to snap me out of mesmerizing stare, as they were preparing to host a …

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Mercedes brings its own vintage plaid to Pebble Beach and the next SL as well

Sorry, but the SL preview was strictly eyes-only. There were two notable, new features never found on any previous SLs, and both of which are aft of the front seats. More on that later. But if you could not make it to Monterey Car Week, and shame of you, make it a bucket list item, then here are my photos of the Mercedes pavilion this year. Champagne as always is free flowing at so many events, if that helps anyone motivate to get to the events.

AMG GT loses roof and windshield courtesy of Bussink Speed Legend

Add to the growing list of topless, and windshield-less performance cars that are being introduced. Bussink Speed Legend made its rounds on the streets during Monterey Car Week. AMG afforded them a place at their location that showcased their partnership as well. Fit and finish looks ready for orders. The unique top bar allows for a more standard placement for rear-view mirror as well as suspected roll-over protection.  

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2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Dawn Patrol 140+ Car Gallery

2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Dawn Patrol is the pre-dawn arrival of the show field cars. Only the die-hard PBC fan will get up at 3 am, and make the trek from far-flung lodging, and negotiate the labyrinth of barricaded Monterey back roads. But, hopefully the result of the best photos here of Dawn Patrol are to everyone’s liking. My highest thanks to photographer Sherman Chu who provided me the best Dawn Patrol guidance a few years ago.     Featured image : © Kimball Studios

Ford Goes Sub-Zero With Mustang and Mach-E Ice White Edition Packages

We’ll admit we felt like we were being transported to our local bar trivia game when Ford reps played the final hype music for the unveiling of the Ice White Edition Package for both the Mustang and Mach-E EV CUV. Our host sometimes plays music clues to slyly provide a free answer to trivia players (assuming that they can catch on to the song lyrics.) In this case, Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby played proudly through the speakers before switching to another song about ice. At this point, we suspected ice was somehow involved, and our suspicions were proven correct …

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Polestar 2 – Touring America near you

  Polestar’s new car, simply the Polestar 2, kicked off their American “2 on Tour” and I was their first customer. Having just had three flight change notifications since 1 am, and arriving from Indianapolis, I was a very unlikely first customer, and almost did not make it to San Jose, where the Tour kicked off. Having just landed, and grabbing a very meek Chevy Spark rental, I drove 3 minutes to the Westfield Valley Fair mall, which served as the starting point of my 3 day Monterey Car ‘Week’. But first, many of you might be asking what or …

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Hyundai Unveils 2022 Elantra N, Will Target Civic Si And Volkswagen GLI

The U.S. version of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N was originally supposed to make its debut at the 2021 New York Auto Show but the rapidly rising threat of the Delta variant of COVID-19 forced show organizers to cancel the event. Hyundai had a plan B and took to the internet to formally unveil the newest member of the growing N brand family which aims to potentially dethrone the Honda Civic Si and other compact performance entries.   Elantra N A Sharper Instrument Of Sportiness The standard Elantra is already a very sporty compact sedan with the recent revamp it …

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Car Shopping: What You Need to Know About Vehicle Depreciation

When it comes to significant purchases, apart from a home, they don’t tend to get more significant than a new vehicle. However, unlike a home, a vehicle is a depreciating asset, which means that it will lose, not gain, value over time.    That’s why, if you’re planning to buy a new vehicle any time soon, you should know a bit more about depreciation and the factors that affect it.   What is vehicle depreciation? Vehicle depreciation normally refers to the drop in value between the time that you purchase the car and the time that you come to sell …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Ford F-150 Limited – The Evolution Of An Icon

The pickup truck wars are the most hotly contested battleground in the automotive marketplace. With the recent surge in demand for pickups and SUVs, the battle for sales has become a much more important priority for Ford, GM, and Ram. Ford has been the king of the hill for over three decades, and the F-150 has confidently held off challenges from GM and Ram. But the game is constantly evolving, and Ram in recent years has made several key moves that put it within striking distance of potentially rewriting the pickup sales hierarchy. Ford engineers didn’t want that to happen …

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Road Test Review – 2021 McLaren 720S – Ferrari Who? McLaren Drops The Gauntlet On Rivals

The 2021 McLaren 720S is in a class of its own when you have the chance to look over some of the things that it brings to the table. It has styling that looks like it was sculpted by a choreographed team of artists and madmen with cleavers, performance this side of a Ferrari, and engineering that’s second to none. But while the 720S certainly has the goods in theory to make a solid first impression, we were curious to see if the 720S could translate some of those attributes into the real world and whether it could indeed live …

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Lincoln Brings Enhanced Luxury, Style, And Technology To 2022 Navigator, Debuts ActiveGlide Technology

The Lincoln Navigator has arguably re-emerged as one of the biggest sales successes that the brand has seen in recent years. Once relegated to being a mere afterthought behind the Cadillac Escalade, the current generation Gator proved to be a solid full-size luxury SUV contender, and we even had the chance to take one for an adventure in northern Michigan a few years ago. But evolution is useful for any model, and Lincoln has given the 2022 Navigator some new tricks and improvements for the new model year.   A Nip And A Tuck Defines Navigator Exterior Updates The exterior …

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Nissan Revives The Sports Car With 2023 Nissan Z, 400 hp Twin-Turbo And Manual Are Old School Cool

The Nissan 370Z first arrived on the scene a decade ago. While that chapter of Z was initially seen as a significant chapter in the history of the Z moniker, it subsequently became a relic over the years. It still had its fans, ut father time, and the evolution of the segment was not kind to it. Nissan has ended this era of stagnation with the debut of the 2023 Nissan Z, which rockets the car back into relevancy.   Old Platform Brand New Styling Before we get into all the new things that make the 2023 Nissan Z a …

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Ford Bronco Riptide Concept Hits The Sand, Is All About Summertime Fun

When the Ford Bronco was revived, the Dearborn auto giant made it pretty clear that it aimed to take on the Jeep Wrangler in every possible sector of the off-road market. But while the launch has been hobbled by recent issues with the Bronco’s hardtop roof, the company is still eying a strong profit in offering custom accessories (long dominated by the fore-mentioned Wrangler.) Over 200 accessories have already been confirmed, but Ford has unveiled the all-new Bronco Riptide concept to help bring some of these options to life.   Stylish One-Off Has The Beach In Its Sights The Bronco …

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2022 Infiniti QX55 Review

QX55: Beauty and the CVT? All new for 2022 is the QX55 from Infiniti and what a looker it is! Infiniti has done an excellent job in the design of the QX55, making it stand out from the competition. Exterior From any angle the QX55 looks beautiful. The design has flowing curves and sharp creases. The LED headlights, bulging hood, large grill, front splitter, we could go on, all combine and work together to complete eye catching design. From the front the grill is the most prominent feature immediately drawing the eye to the giant Infiniti logo in the center. …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Lexus NX 300h Black Line Edition – A Sporty Send Off Before The Next Gen Arrives

Lexus is preparing a new iteration of the urban-centric NX CUV, but before that model arrives, the Japanese luxury giant has unleashed one last sporty surprise into the marketplace with the 2021 NX 300h Black Line Edition. Black Line Edition models blend sporty styling cues with an interior that puts distinction and refinement in the driver’s seat. The RX Black Line Edition has been a success for Lexus so far, but can some of this sales magic translate into a smaller CUV?   Black Line Edition Adds Depth To NX Range That depth starts on the exterior of the NX, …

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2021 Lamborghini LPI-800-4 Makes Thunderous Debut At Pebble Beach 2021

Lamborghini made waves when it revealed that it was reviving the legendary Countach for the 2022 model year. While the model will be an extremely limited special, it will also be a key piece of company history with the Countach being the first production Lamborghini hybrid model ever produced. The exterior styling is a welcome time warp to the past with plenty of classic Countach cues on hand including the rectangular headlights as well as the simple curves and angles that adorn the bodywork. Performance for this particular model will come from the Sian concept’s 6.5 liter V12. This engine …

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Audi Skysphere Concept at Pebble Beach 2021

The Skysphere Concept is an unusual and highly experimental design ethos from Audi.  In being so very unlike their current range it seems to make a bold statement about the elegance of cab-backward, front-engine GTs.  Or at least those are the proportions, but that long hood is surely filled with batteries and motors in this case. None of Audi’s current quattro-intensive range approaches this level of dash-to-axle ratio and this ultralong hood is a striking addition.  The glasshouses for the front and rear lighting elements are interesting and the tactility of the 3D badge up front is quite something. It …

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Bentley Motors at Pebble Beach Concours 2021 Villa and Concept Lawn

Bentley brought a powerhouse fleet to their Pebble Beach Villas in 2021! We even get a look at the Bacalar concept from the concours lawn.  Aside from the bubble canopy in back it looks fairly production-ready in its details.  The new Flying Spurs and Conti GT’s are also very very appealing.  After you enjoy this 50-photo gallery shot by JC, read some our full drive reviews of Bentleys over here.    Gallery – Bentley Motors at their Pebble Beach Villa and the Concours Concept Lawn   https://www.car-revs-daily.com/2021/03/31/road-test-review-2021-bentley-bentayga-a-nip-and-a-tuck-for-bentleys-suv-spearhead/   https://www.car-revs-daily.com/2021/05/12/road-test-review-2021-bentley-flying-spur-the-pinnacle-of-luxury/    

Pebble Beach 2021 – Genesis X Concept Gallery

This sexy design from Genesis embellishes the look of the upcoming G70 production car — a fave around here — with a mean widebody stance and some BMW Batmobile 635CSi vibes.   This two-door’s tail is a thing of beauty in itself and the entire design’s proportions and details are dramatic and sexy.   The roofline looks a bit practical versus the hypercars this Genesis X sits among at the Pebble Concept Lawn but this EV is still a stunner nonetheless. Photos by James Crabtree 2021 Genesis X Concept – Pebble Beach Gallery

Multitude of Monzas at Pebble Beach

Why would Ferrari bring so many Monza’s to Pebble Beach? Might they be performing a “Concours Delivery” to their clientele? Dozens of Monzas were covered and numbered, but some were showing some ankle, and a bit more. How cool would it be to say that your new Ferrari Monza was shown, and delivered to you, at Pebble Beach? Very. Here are a few shots, from outside the cordoned zone for onlookers and gawkers.

Pebble Beach Concept Lawn Sneak Peeks from Saturday Night Preparations

The veil just doesn’t get lifted magically at any event, including the always prestigious and hotly anticipated annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance main attraction; the concept law. For tomorrow’s dawn patrol throngs, workers must toil many hours to get everything into place. Some early reveals are always possible. Tonight is nothing different. An evening stroll in the jam packed, bustling 17-mile drive, down the stairs and we see a couple of cars that not everyone might have seen before, or at least not on these shores. Acura brought the swansong NS-X Type S, and it’s very well put together, looking …

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2021 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions

Gooding & Company had a strong Friday showing at the 2021 Pebble Beach Auction. Throngs of interested attendees loaded the company’s prestigious event at this year’s return of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and what has broadly become a peninsula-wide Monterey Car Week. Half of the show is the very long lines of traffic to get to the event, with buyers and sellers driving a fantastic rolling supercar and classic vintage show quite literally. The auction is headlined by more than a few stunners, including a 250 mile 1995 McLaren F1 that could fetch $15,000,000, and a 1959 Ferrari 250 …

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2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the Lexus GX460, and found its luxury, combined with impressive off-road equipment made it one of the most capable off-road luxury SUVs. Like the Lexus, the Toyota 4Runner finds itself in a specialist segment of the SUV market. Most buyers want car-like comforts, safety equipment and thoughtful utility. But actual go-for-it, extreme all-terrain capability is low on the list of people who will challenging the mall or Home Depot. A smaller group, though, still lives for what an SUV can do, where it can take you, and how it will get you back. For that crowd, Toyota …

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Viva Italia, Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 Propels Supercar Maker Into The Future With Green Tech, Retro Name

Lamborghini nearly broke the internet a few weeks ago when it revealed that the Countach was returning to the automotive world before a subsequent set of leaked images derailed Lamborghini’s unveiling plans. But the leaks stop here because Lamborghini has officially unveiled the 2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, which is perhaps the most important transitional Lamborghini model that the Italian supercar maker has ever produced.   It Has Sian DNA But Goes In Its Own Direction When you first look at the Countach, we wouldn’t be shocked if you assumed if it was the production version of the Sian. The …

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Bentley Blings Up The Flying Spur With New Mulliner Model, All Three Engines Can Be Equipped With Package

Monterey Car Week is well underway, and with all the glitz, glamour, and flair on display, it would seem a bit lacking if the folks at Bentley did not find a way to draw eyes to its booth. The British luxury carmaker has a strong reputation for always showing off something truly extravagant and expensive to attendees. The firm has not been disappointed with the debut of the all-new 2022 Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner.   Mulliner Has Ultra Luxury Appointments For The True Jet Setter Unlike the Mulliner Driving Package on other Flying Spur models we have experienced, this particular …

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Acura Unveils Fiery Sendoff To 2022 NSX With 600 Horsepower Type S, Limited To 350 Copies

The urge to add more power is a tough temptation to resist for many automakers. That includes the folks at Acura who decided to answer a seemingly timeless question: What would happen if you took an Acura NSX, tinkered with it slightly, and added a bit more power to the engine? You might end up with the 2022 Type S, which rewrites the rules of what an NSX can bring to the road and the track.   Sharper Styling Points Type S Towards The Track The bulk of the bodywork retains its futuristic design, and to casual observers, it might …

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2022 Lamborghini Countach Leaked? New Photos Suggest Cat Is Out Of The Bag

The internet can be a fleeting mistress sometimes, and as they say, once you post it, it’s online forever. In the case of Lamborghini, it appears that they are learning a very costly lesson in this regard, with leaked images of the 2022 Lamborghini Countach making their way onto the internet.   Retro Styling Mixed With Modernism Defines This Countach Iteration We spotted this particular set of images on the Facebook Group Unpopular Car Opinions. While the water cooler talk there is certainly enough to spur debate and entertain visitors, the mysterious appearance of these images certainly has us interested (much …

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Chevrolet Teases Silverado EV, Confirms Four Wheel Steering And More

It has been a while since we heard any new information surrounding the Chevrolet Silverado EV. With the Hummer SUT hogging all the spotlight for the moment, the Silverado’s stealthier approach to its debut is understandable. That said, the bow-tie brand doesn’t want it to vanish off the minds of potential buyers completely and has revealed that the new model will come with four-wheel steering.   Shrinking The Turn Radius And Perhaps A Second Chance At Redemption While today’s announcement is a nice sign of technological progress, it’s not the first four-wheel steering system that Chevrolet and GM as a …

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San Hima Bike Rack: The Easy Way

San Hima Hitch Mounted Bike Rack San Hima makes a variety of cargo solutions, and one of those is a hitch mounted bike rack. With so many options on the market at varying prices, how does the San Hima bike rack stack up to the competition? What sets it apart from the others? Is it worth the price? Full Disclosure: Vicoffroad.com sent us a San Hima hitch mounted bike rack free of charge for our review Installing the San Hima Bike Rack When we opened the box, we were pleasantly surprised to find that no assembly was required. We removed …

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Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Teases Suspension, Claims Segment Leading Capability

The 2022 Toyota Tundra is approaching its highly anticipated global debut, which means we get to see more teasers of the Tundra. While an ill-timed dealer leak forced Toyota to reveal one lone image of the truck, the Japanese auto giant has decreed that the teaser campaign must go on, and this time around, we get to see some of the new suspension components that will make their debut on the TRD Pro version of the model.   Tundra Ditches Leaf Springs For IRS Setup At first glance, Toyota’s teaser images might not seem to reveal much other than splashes …

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Lamborghini Revives Legendary Countach Nameplate, Confirms That New Iteration Is Coming Soon

We have seen our fair share of surprises over the years from automakers; Ford successfully pulled the wool over the globe’s eyes earlier in the 2010s when they unveiled the Ford GT supercar and a handful of other surprises that were greeted with as much enthusiasm as finding presents under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. But Santa will definitely need to upgrade his sleigh for this one, with Lamborghini revealing that it’s bringing back the Countach (this is not a joke, folks) and even slipped a lone teaser video in too.   An Icon Reimagined Lamborghini quite literally surprised …

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Kia Catches A Wave With Soul EV Boardmasters Edition, One-Off To Headline British Surfing Event

Remember back when dune buggies and other beach-focused rides dominated the coastlines and beaches of the world? While the 1960s may be long gone, Kia wanted to try and channel some of these vibes into a vehicle that could not only be at home on the beach but also have the ability to plug in and charge. I thas done so with the Soul Boardmasters Edition, which will help organizers of the 2021 Boardmasters surfing competition in Cornwall, England. Suspension Lift Enhances Soul Concept’s Off-Road Capability An immediate change that buyers will notice when they look at the concept is …

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2021 Lexus GX 460 Review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander, a great vehicle, and we noted that it’s probably a tough sell in the SUV segment to offer something that is not bristling with the latest and greatest. The Lexus GX has been with us for a long time. So the question we asked – is the big Lexus ready for the mountains, or ready to be put out to pasture? Let’s look. Big and Bold The GX 460 is no shrinking wallflower, that’s for sure. The brand is well known for the large hourglass grille shape, and it in a vehicle of …

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GMC Releases Early Design Sketch Of Hummer SUT, Showcases Edgier Design For Pickup

The General Motors Design Instagram page has recently become a welcoming fountain of information. This arm of GM’s broader social media empire has occasionally teased us with many very interesting sketches, typically of vehicles that are still in the distant future or relics from the past. However, GM Design decided to focus on the present and released an early design sketch of the Hummer EV pickup that never made it off the drawing board.   Edgier Design Could’ve Added More Tesla DNA To Design The sketch in question limits our view to the rear of the Hummer, but while some …

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Morgan Unveils Plus Four CX-T Roadster, Off-Road Droptop Has The Beaten Path In Its Sights

When you first think of Morgan Motor Company, usually the words trail busting and off-roading don’t pop out rapidly in your mind. The iconic British sports car maker has always preferred to stay mainly on the pavement, with some hardcore loyalists scoffing at any notion of taking one of their hand-built creations off-road. The company is out to prove these skeptics wrong and has unveiled the 2022 Plus Four CX-T Roadster, which takes Morgan into uncharted waters.   An Off-Road Capable Morgan? It’s Not A Joke While this surprising move might seem a bit insane at first glance, observant Morgan …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited – Radical Refresh Puts Tucson In Step With The Times

When Hyundai revealed plans to radically update the Tucson, they had a hefty order on their hands. The Tucson is one of the most popular SUVs that the company sells, and Hyundai engineers knew that they couldn’t drop the ball when designing this latest chapter of the SUV. But does this futuristic SUV finally take the Tucson name into more premium territory? Or is it still a step short in accomplishing all of its objectives?   Futuristic Styling Pushes Tuscon’s Modern Design Into The Spotlight To find out, Hyundai allowed us to spend a few days with the Tucson, and …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country – Rugged Volvo To Serve As Last Remnant Of V90 In The U.S.

When Volvo revealed that it would not be offering the V90 station wagon in the U.S., we thought about what customers will be missing when they step inside their local Volvo dealer. In addition to the V90, the Swedish car firm is also discontinuing certain trims of the V60 as it focuses on enhancing the appeal of its rugged Cross Country models. But while the Cross Country will be the only V90 variant sold in the U.S. from now on, does it have what it takes to carry on the family legacy?   Exterior Styling Retains Core Essentials, Enhances Trail …

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2021 Nissan Kicks SR Review

2021 Nissan Kicks SR Review Nissan has updated the Kicks with new styling outside, some improved surfaces inside, and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Underneath, it remains largely the same as the 2020 model. Exterior On the outside the Kicks gives the appearance of a vehicle that would be used for outdoor activities. The slightly higher ride height and roof rails with cross members let people know that it wants to go exploring with some kayaks or bikes up on top. Being designed for a younger crowd the Kicks comes in vibrant and eye-catching colors. Our tester was adorned …

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Latest Acura NSX Type S Teaser Hints At New Levels Of Speed, Promises Very Potent Send Off

Acura first revealed that it was planning a hotter NSX Type S model a few weeks ago, but other than a minor teaser video not much has come to light about the mysterious model. An all-new teaser video, though, appears to highlight that some very potent firepower is lurking in the engine bay and that it aims to shake up the supercar segment.   Faster, Stronger, But More Powerful? Acura’s latest teaser video does not leave much to the imagination, but the brief clip does show that the engine will receive some much-needed love from Acura engineers. The bulk of …

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BMW M8 And M8 Convertible Bring Price Cuts For 2022, Will Appear In Competition Form Only

BMW had high hopes and equally high expectations for the M8 coupe and convertible when they first appeared in 2020. The idea seemed like a promising one too, take the 8-Series and shove a massive twin-turbocharged V8 into it with all the usual performance upgrades that come with an M-badged model. However, BMW later discovered that it grossly overestimated the demand for such a vehicle, especially in a world where SUVs rule the sales charts. It got so bad that both models didn’t even get a 2021 model year. But BMW plans to address these initial setbacks and has made …

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Lexus RX To Receive Black Line Edition Model For 2022, Will Join RXL In Offering Sporty Styling Package

When Lexus first revealed that the RX lineup was to receive the Black Line Edition treatment, the package was originally limited to the RXL extended-wheelbase model, which is the company’s half-baked attempt at creating a three passenger CUV for minimal investment. That announcement left us wondering about the standard RX and whether the Black Line would migrate to that variant of RX? Lexus revealed that it’s bringing things full circle and will introduce the Black Line Edition to those models for 2022.   Darkened Styling Adds Substance To RX’s Styling This version follows the path set by other models equipped …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition – Celebrating A Key Anniversary, Even If It’s Fashionably Late

Happy 20th anniversary Toyota Prius, but wait, you might be asking, how can the Prius possibly be celebrating its 20th birthday in 2021? Part of it comes down to timing, but Toyota also wanted to use the occasion to celebrate the over 1.9 million sales that the Prius has managed to achieve since it first appeared back in 2000. Despite this edition being fashionably late to the party, Toyota is confident that the 2020 Edition can still be a solid sales player, but does it stand out enough from other green rivals?   Tasteful Evolution And Sleek Red Paint Adds …

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Toyota Avalon Dead After 2022 Model Year, Latest Victim Of SUV Craze

The Toyota Avalon was a very luxurious alternative to the Camry. Also, it filled a niche spot for those who wanted some of the poshness commonly associated with Lexus but didn’t want to fully pay the premium price to transition to the Lexus badge. The Avalon managed to work this straightforward formula for 25 years, but it appears that the end is near for the big four-door, with a new report confirming that the Avalon will see its end after the 2022 model year.    Avalon’s Comfort And Serenity Not Enough To Stave Off SUV Tide As mentioned, the Avalon …

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514 Day Auto Show Drought Ends With July 2021 Chicago Auto Show

  From the last major auto show to this now first major auto show, Chicago book-ended the pandemic. It was nice to get back to the Windy City for a good day out with cars, and plenty of construction workers making it all come together. Jeep had the best product introduction of their new Compass and Wrangler offerings. Ford brought the F-150 Lightning, Bronco (non-sport), and segment busting, super-versatile Maverick compact pickup truck. Kia introduced their new logo, along with the EV6. Nissan showed the better in-person Proto-Z, looking ready to roll into dealer showrooms with a blend of old …

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GMC Unveils Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept, Previews Future GMC Cues

GMC’s AT4 brand has rapidly become a potent sales force for the brand over the past few years. GMC reps claim that AT4 badged models have allowed them to win over new customers, and their blend of capability and comfort has allowed them to fight toe to toe with rivals. GMC is focused on the future of AT4 as well and has unveiled a glimpse of this upcoming reality with the all-new GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept.   An Overlander Capable Of The Toughest Trail Busting The concept uses the existing Canyon AT4 as its source material, but it takes …

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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL 2.5 S-AWC Review by Ben Lewis

Who doesn’t love a good comeback story? The movies are full of them – our star gets knocked down, struggles, and makes an epic comeback. Well Mitsubishi is sort of like that. For a while with vehicles like the rugged Montero SUV, the high-performance 3000 GT and Eclipse and (heavenly halo, please) Evo rally-car for the street, it was a niche player with a big following. Sort of like Subaru is now, when you think of it. Then our hero got knocked to the ground. The models in the lineup were tame, and lack of funds meant that many of …

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Hyundai Unveils 2022 Santa Fe XRT, Appearance Package Adds Rugged Look To Family Hauler

The current trend in the world of SUVs has seen many automakers add various styling touches to select models in an attempt to make them look more rugged and trail-ready. Typically that means splashes of black-colored trim and perhaps a few other minor tweaks to help make them look the part. Hyundai is the latest automaker to jump onto this trend and has unveiled the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT, which aims to blaze a trail of its own into this growing fad.   Santa Fe XRT Looks The Part The 2022 Santa Fe benefitted from a mid-cycle refresh last …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 – Private Jet Luxury For The Open Road

Ever wondered what would happen if you took a private jet, sliced off the wings, and infused all of its luxuries into a large SUV? The idea of a luxury-laden large SUV is nothing new. Still, ultra-luxury automakers’ current push into this once unoccupied space is a recent development with Bentley and Rolls-Royce all entering the fray. With these big British luxury names throwing their hats in the ring, it only fits that Mercedes-Benz wanted a slice of the pie for itself and has created the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS600. But can this first-ever Maybach SUV lure buyers away from …

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Latest 2022 Toyota Tundra Teaser Focuses On TRD Pro, Shows Off Its Off-Road Gear

The 2022 Toyota Tundra has had a very bumpy road when it comes to its teaser campaign. The initial round of teasers began a few months ago, but the Japanese auto giant was forced to do damage control when leaked images of the truck emerged. This time around, Toyota did something a bit different and used the latest round of teasers it released to shine the spotlight on some of the things that help make the TRD Pro model tick.   Tundra TRD Pro Setting The Bar For Comfort? Toyota claims that the TRD Pro will set the bar for …

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