Pros Punchy engine Extensive customizability Quiet cabin Cons Leisurely transmission shifts Disconnected steering What’s New Bentley commemorates the end of Mulsanne production with the 6.75 Edition by Mulliner, which is limited to 30 units and features a bespoke blue color, black exterior accents, unique interior ventilation controls and seat stitching, chrome badges, and a clock

Pros Whimsically fun to drive Clever traction control system Compact dimensions Cons Limited range Could be more efficient What’s New The Cooper SE is an all-new model for 2020 Overview Mini released its first electric way back in 2008, and what was a quirky science project 12 years ago is now a legit, no-compromise EV.

Pros Strong V-6 engine Comfortable ride Big trunk Cons Hard rear seat cushion Limited driver assistance tech availability on LT trim What’s New Lineup reduced to LT and Premier variants Base 2.5-liter I-4 discontinued along with LS grade Discontinued as of January 2020 Overview The Chevrolet Impala was once one of the most popular models

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It has been 50 years since the original Range Rover launched, and to celebrate the milestone, the British marque is introducing an ultra-limited edition model of its flagship SUV. The 2021 Range Rover Fifty is coming soon with special color options and copious badging. And, yes, some of the SUVs will make their way to

Pros Thoughtful design Competitive pricing Massive cargo capacity Cons New features arrive for the 2021 model year Awkward (some might say ugly) bodywork What’s New Factory-installed trailer hitch available 2500 standard roof and 3500 standard and high roof models available with 136-inch wheelbase Overview Although Dodge once produced American-badged versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van,

Pros Gorgeous exterior design Balanced chassis Spacious wagon variant Cons Stiff suspension Unimpressive efficiency, no hybrid Insufficient stock tires What’s New Diesel option is gone New Checkered Flag limited edition model Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard on all models Overview The XF is Jaguar’s midsize sedan, slotted above the XE and below the

Pros Beastly optional V-8 Strong value Impressive acceleration and handling Cons Bouncy unladen ride High-ish load floor Poor fuel economy What’s New The NV is unchanged for 2020 Overview Introduced for the 2012 model year, the Nissan NV is a full-size van that serves as the big sibling to Nissan’s NV200. Although the smaller van

Pros Excellent fuel economy Great brake pedal feel Lots of standard driver assistance tech Cons Noisy gas engine Less powerful than outgoing model Small third row What’s New Completely redesigned for 2020 featuring a new, more distinctive look New hybrid system features a four-cylinder engine instead of a V-6 Overview The original Toyota Highlander was

Pros Surprisingly surefooted handling Excellent fuel efficiency Cavernous interior Cons No Stow N’ Go second-row seats Not available with a second-row bench Driver assistance tech is only available on the priciest model What’s New The grille now has a honeycomb pattern Touring grade gets a garage door opener, and one-touch second-row power windows with sunshades

Pros Surprisingly good to drive Fuel efficient Generous EV-only range on plug-in model Cons Not much cargo space Rough engine activation What’s New Six-way power front passenger’s seat now standard Overview The Ford Fusion hybrid and plug-in hybrid have provided efficient midsize sedan options  since they arrived for the 2013 model year. Unlike some hybrids

The M5 super-sedan is about as BMW as BMWs get these days (at least, next to purer stuff such as the much smaller M2). It is one of the company’s most recognizable models, with lineage that extends back to the earliest days of M GmbH. When BMW recently face-lifted the regular 5 Series, updates to the

Pros Excellent ride and handling Powerful engine Seats five Cons Too many drive mode adjustments Numb steering What’s New The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless charging, and the “Hey BMW” command for the iDrive infotainment system are now standard. Executive package now adds soft-close doors, power rear sunshades, ventilated and massaging front seats, four-zone climate

Pros Strong engine The last M4 without an oversized kidney grille Lots of standard equipment Cons Disconnected steering Firm ride Not fun to drive What’s New Carryover for 2020 Limited production M4 CS remains in the lineup Overview The BMW M4 is essentially a coupe and convertible version of the M3 sedan. As the range-topping

Pros Excellent ride and handling Punchy engines Surprisingly practical Cons Turbocharged engines don’t sound good Expensive options What’s New The enthusiast-focused 718 Cayman T and 718 Cayman GT4 join the lineup. Overview Once more expensive than its convertible sibling—the 718 Boxster—the Porsche 718 Cayman is now the least expensive way to get yourself into the

Pros Laughably quick Industry-best driving range Endless versatility Cons Inconsistent build quality Steep learning curve Overview Tesla effectively created the luxury electric segment with the introduction of the first Model S back in 2012. Eight years later, larger, more established automakers are still trying to catch up. It’s a car that changed the game and

Pros Extensive, usable range “Ludicrously” quick Great ride and handling balance Cons Gimmicks detract from functionality Unimpressive build quality Overview Around three years after the launch of the game-changing Model S in 2012, Tesla started building the taller, heavier Model X SUV. Like the Model S, the Model X was the first electric car in

Pros Hard-top folding roof Sporty AMG variant Clever neck heater and Magic Sky Control Cons No smartphone mirroring or driver-assist tech standard Tight trunk with the roof down Can get very expensive What’s New SLC 300 Final Edition AMG SLC 43 Final Edition Overview The SLC-Class, formerly badged as the SLK, is the smallest convertible

Pros Sonorous V-6 and V-8 engines Standard active safety tech Balanced dynamics Cons Polarizing exterior design Heavy for its size Unimpressive fuel economy What’s New Drop Blue Vortex Metallic exterior paint option Mark Levinson premium audio available as a standalone option Overview The RC is a coupe version of the Lexus IS sedan, and it’s

Pros Stunning exterior and interior design V-8 soundtrack Exceedingly comfortable Cons Long gearing Tricky touchpad-controlled infotainment Overcomplicated hybrid transmission What’s New Flare Yellow added as an exterior paint option Blind-spot monitoring now standard Limited production Inspiration Series Overview We saw a preview of a new flagship from Lexus in the form of the LF-LC concept

Pros Massive cargo capacity Gorgeous TourX wagon Smooth and quick powertrain Cons Cheap-feeling interior Middling efficiency, no hybrid Being discontinued this year What’s New Satin Steel Gray Metallic now optional on TourX Overview The current-gen Regal debuted as a 2018 model and is mechanically similar to the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia sold in other parts of the

Pros Extensive, usable range “Ludicrously” quick Great ride and handling balance Cons Gimmicks detract from functionality Unimpressive build quality Overview Around three years after the launch of the game-changing Model S in 2012, Tesla started building the taller, heavier Model X SUV. Like the Model S, the Model X was the first electric car in

Pros Hard-top folding roof Sporty AMG variant Clever neck heater and Magic Sky Control Cons No smartphone mirroring or driver-assist tech standard Tight trunk with the roof down Can get very expensive What’s New SLC 300 Final Edition AMG SLC 43 Final Edition Overview The SLC-Class, formerly badged as the SLK, is the smallest convertible

Pros Sonorous V-6 and V-8 engines Standard active safety tech Balanced dynamics Cons Polarizing exterior design Heavy for its size Unimpressive fuel economy What’s New Drop Blue Vortex Metallic exterior paint option Mark Levinson premium audio available as a standalone option Overview The RC is a coupe version of the Lexus IS sedan, and it’s

Pros Stunning exterior and interior design V-8 soundtrack Exceedingly comfortable Cons Long gearing Tricky touchpad-controlled infotainment Overcomplicated hybrid transmission What’s New Flare Yellow added as an exterior paint option Blind-spot monitoring now standard Limited production Inspiration Series Overview We saw a preview of a new flagship from Lexus in the form of the LF-LC concept

Pros Massive cargo capacity Gorgeous TourX wagon Smooth and quick powertrain Cons Cheap-feeling interior Middling efficiency, no hybrid Being discontinued this year What’s New Satin Steel Gray Metallic now optional on TourX Overview The current-gen Regal debuted as a 2018 model and is mechanically similar to the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia sold in other parts of the

Pros Roomy, comfortable back seat Twin-clutch AWD system Adequate entry-level engine Cons Poor body control Cheap interior, uncomfortable front seats No active safety tech on lower trims What’s New Galaxy Silver Metallic and Bronze Alloy Metallic are no longer available Espresso Metallic and Dark Moon Blue Metallic are newly available Overview The Envision is Buick’s

Pros Exciting soundtrack Supercar styling and construction Superbly neutral handling Cons Bare-bones interior, tiny cargo space Stiff suspension High steering effort at low speeds What’s New 4C Spider Italia limited edition in Misano Blue Metallic Overview When the 4C launched as a new model for 2015, it served as a reintroduction to Alfa Romeo for

At an Automotive Press Association fireside chat with the media, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra says that 2020 will go down in history as a tragic year. “We’re at a critical point.” GM, like most businesses, is struggling to cope with an industry-shuttering global pandemic and now a nation struggling to make meaningful

Pros Elegant exterior styling Sweet, smooth V-12 engine Precise steering and handling Cons Cramped second row seats Outdated infotainment system Now a decade old The Aston Martin Rapide is a large luxurious sport sedan with a V-12 engine and a dazzling cabin with space for four occupants. The Rapide debuted for 2010 and has received

The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 is upon us, and Ford has hailed it as the “pinnacle” of the non-Shelby Mustang range. Sure, it’s got a bit more power and a slightly more aggressive demeanor. But what are you really getting with the Mach 1, and is it really the slam-dunk, top-dog Mustang that Ford says

Carlos Ghosn, the executive who saved Nissan only to be arrested in 2018 and held in Japan before later fleeing in a dramatic, made-for-the-movies escape while out on bail, has long insisted that the Japanese automaker launched an elaborate plot to remove him. The alleged setup resulted in actual criminal charges and imprisonment, so you

It’s back for 2021: The Ford Mustang Mach 1. The supersonic Concorde jet first allowed civilians to travel faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1) on March 2, 1969. That same model year Ford introduced the Mach 1 performance package to connote the top performing “civilian” Mustang. Meant to rank just below the mighty

In my April “Green Issue” column, I fearlessly predicted that the long-term carbon-neutral future of personal transportation would be electric vehicles powered by renewable energy. Projections by Deloitte and Bloomberg New Energy Finance Group peg global EV penetration at around 20 percent by 2030, rising to 57 percent by 2040. If accurate, we could have

You can probably think of a time when hitting the brakes earlier would have made a big difference. A split second or a few feet can turn an ordinary drive into a headache—or worse. Whether by unavoidable circumstances or momentary lapses in focus, collisions happen. To change that, automatic emergency braking (AEB) is proliferating across

Automakers are really into the idea of taking the performance pie and slicing it up into stair-step sized pieces for buyers. BMW’s increasingly dense lineup of “performance” cars springs to mind—there’s the base car, the M Sport version, the full-on M models, the racy Competition versions, and the top-of-the-line CS or GTS versions that often

An affordable car that can park itself with no one inside? Come on, that’ll never happen. Except it already has, and the 2020 Hyundai Sonata’s delightful “Smaht Pahk” ad showcases how easy the tech can be. To find out how much of that ad was Hollywood magic, we spent some time with the surprisingly attractive

“C’était un Rendez-vous” (which translates to “It Was a Date”) is probably one of the most famous least-well-known car films: An eight-or-so minute high-speed run through the nearly empty streets of Paris, the whole thing shot from a camera fitted to the bumper of what sounds like a Ferrari (it was actually a Mercedes 450SEL

Tesla’s Model S electric sedan first went on sale in 2012 offering a then-eye-popping 265 miles of range per charge. In the interim, the sleek four-door EV has added battery capacity as well as many miles to its EPA-rated driving range figures. Now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the Model S Long Range Plus

Pros Actually fun to drive Good hatchback cargo capacity Quiet, comfortable ride Cons Plasticky cabin Missing driver-assist features Newer competitors available What’s New 4-liter turbo-four engine now standard on all models New hatchback exterior color option Overview The Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact sedan and four-door hatchback that debuted for the 2012 model year to

Pros Composed driving manners Massive interior capacity Standard V-6 engine Cons Tight third-row seats Questionable build quality Drab interior What’s New LT Premium package becomes available Heated steering wheel added to Premier and High Country Overview The Chevrolet Traverse is a family-oriented three-row SUV. This second-generation Traverse was introduced for the 2018 model year and

Pros Powerful, quick, and fun Aggressive angular styling Removable or foldable roof Cons 2020 C8 Corvette is worth waiting for Cheap-feeling cabin Build quality concerns What’s New Ultra high-performance ZR1 model joins the lineup Overview The Corvette is Chevrolet’s signature sports car. The C7 generation was introduced for 2014, and it is available as a

Pros Huge size means huge versatility Optional four-wheel drive Available MBUX infotainment Cons Base model lacks tech No V-8 engine option Overview The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a large commercial van that’s available in a variety of body styles and configurations to suit many jobs and tasks. Mercedes has been building cargo vans for over 100

Pros Beautiful styling Brilliant twin-turbo engines Superb interior Cons Falls apart when pushed Over two-ton weight The DB11 is the latest vehicle in Aston Martin’s decades-long heritage of luxurious grand touring sports cars. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the DB11 is available in coupe or convertible form, with either a V-8 or V-12 engine

You’ll Like Superb exterior styling Torquey V-8 engine Standard manual transmission Cons Brittle ride quality Loses composure on track Confusing interior layout What’s New Seven-speed manual transmission now available Convertible model announced for 2021 Track-focused AMR version joins the lineup Overview The Aston Martin Vantage is a two-door luxury sports car. The name Vantage has

Pros Spacious cabin Rich interior materials Optional ultra-adjustable front seats Cons Anonymous styling Some suspension harshness Small-ish infotainment display What’s New Features and equipment carry over from 2019 Overview Today, Continental refers to Lincoln’s full-size luxury sedan, but that name has been used by the automaker’s flagship offerings dating back to the 1940s. The current

Pros Comfortable front seats Good hybrid fuel economy Strong V-6 acceleration Cons Performance trails segment competitors Limited headroom Body roll in corners What’s New Features and equipment carry over from 2019 Overview The Lincoln MKZ is a premium midsize sedan. Introduced for the 2013 model year, the MKZ took the place of the Lincoln Zephyr

The Lexus IS compact sports sedan has been with us now for more than two decades, and it’s earned a place at the podium with the segment’s other top competitors. With the coming death of the GS midsize sedan, the IS now has an even bigger role in appealing to the Japanese luxury brand’s customers.

Lexus opened a Pandora’s box of controversy when it introduced its now-ubiquitous spindle grille in the early part of the prior decade. While the brand’s signature front face may always remain a little bit polarizing, Lexus has given many of its new vehicles a generally cohesive look. The ES and RX have more streamlined, less

One of the most common mistakes an aspiring racer can make is to spend all their money on speed parts and none of it on the driver. Even a naturally gifted driver can benefit significantly from coaching. Lexus engineers have taken this truism to heart in developing improvements to the 2021 Lexus IS sedan. The

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Toyota is building trucks and SUVs as fast as it can to meet the surprisingly strong consumer demand for new vehicles. The Japanese automaker is adjusting where it can, such as cancelling car rental orders to use its reduced capacity to make as many vehicles as it can for retail customers, said Bob Carter, Executive

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UPDATED, 6/15/2020: Because 2020 is just one of those years, it seems, and because truth sometimes is stranger than fiction, the 2021 Ford Bronco’s rescheduled reveal falls on O.J. Simpson’s birthday, July 9. The apparent coincidence was noticed by the Detroit Free Press. A Ford spokesperson confirmed to the Free Press and MotorTrend that the Bronco’s

To earn the No. 3 spot on the compact-SUV sales chart, the current Nissan Rogue clearly enjoys wide customer appeal. The 2021 model shrinks a bit outside, while the interior grows in some measurements and shrinks in others. How does the 2021 Nissan Rogue stack up against top-selling competitors like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V,

It’s so easy to lose track of time. One week melts into the next until February becomes July and you look back and think, “What the heck happened?” I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Lexus definitely does, too. Case in point: the 2020 Lexus GX 460. In automotive terms, it

Curious what the most popular vehicle segment outside of full-size trucks is in America today? You’re looking at it—among SUVs in general, compact crossovers and SUVs are huge sellers, fitting into a just-right size and price range that seems to work for the majority of buyers. Single and eager to appear adventurous? Get a small

If you’re new to sim racing, you won’t be blamed for feeling overwhelmed by the specifics of piecing together a proper simulator setup. These days, getting serious about hardware for virtual motorsport generally means you’ll need a PC, a seat, a rig, and a steering wheel and pedals, and it also means ditching the traditional

Update: More apparent trouble with Harbor Freight jack stands, according to the owner of a replacement set for his recalled units, as reported by The Drive. According to the owner, one jack stand failed dramatically at the welded seam under the weight of a Volkswagen Golf (as seen in the Facebook photos below). Harbor Freight told The

The automotive world was treated to a rare look inside the politics of the American auto industry last fall when General Motors filed a racketeering lawsuit against Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for allegedly bribing UAW officials in a bid to undercut it. But, with the automotive world being a complex place, that was not the only

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The 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans was originally scheduled to take place this weekend, from June 13-14, but the world’s most famous, glamorous, and important sports-car race is just one of countless events delayed due to the global pandemic. And while the French endurance classic won’t complete its 88th running for real until September

Update: Nissan has released a teaser image of the 2021 Rogue ahead of its debut on June 15. The Nissan Rogue has been the automaker’s bread-and-butter model in the United States for years, having surpassed the Altima sedan as the brand’s bestseller in 2016. As such, the Rogue is a hugely important model for Nissan,

Acura will discontinue the slow-selling RLX after the 2020 model year, which means it might be the perfect time to snag one if you’re in the market. Right now, you can find discounts of up to $12,000 on the large sedan. The biggest deal isn’t being advertised on TV or online, though. According to CarsDirect,