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The Sensible Man’s AMG Is More Than Enough Car for Us

A couple months ago, I was fortunate enough to get some (limited) seat time in a Dodge Challenger Hellcat — an American, 707 horsepower ode to …

10 Reasons a Crossover Will be Your Next Performance Ride

What Will the Future Hold?<p>A few tears were shed around <i>Motor Trend</i> HQ when the sun set on the venerable Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Mitsubishi walked away from the icon that made a name for them here in America. Who would be next? Well, instead of living in fear and clutching your performance …

Hyundai set to bring CarPlay to select cars early next year after delay

While Hyundai was one of the first major car brands to promise CarPlay in its vehicles as a selling point nearly two years ago, the automaker so far hasn’t actually shipped the update to add the feature it promised to customers. Compare that to Pioneer’s CarPlay support announced around the same …

Hyundai

Tesla Starts Shipping "Signature Series" Model X Cars To Customers

Electric car company Tesla Motors has quietly hit a milestone in delivering its long-awaited crossover SUV, the Model X.<p>Over the past couple of …

Classic Recreations Crams EcoBoost V6 into Shelby Mustang Continuation Cars

A company called Classic Recreations has been producing Shelby Mustang Continuation cars for a while now. These are essentially modern built versions …

Sports Cars

Tesla Freakonomics: Why Fans Should Hope Early Drivetrain Data Was Correct

Our recent article on the reliability implications of a Plug-In America survey of early Tesla Model S owners was met with skepticism from the …

Editor’s Choice: An Alternative Top 10

The traditional annual Bike EXIF Top 10 is governed by web traffic, social shares and links. It’s a reliable snapshot of what both regular readers and casual visitors enjoy.<p>But relying on cold, hard data means that some very worthy custom motorcycles don’t get the exposure they deserve. Several of …

The Toyota 86 GRMN Is Lighter, More Powerful and No Longer a Concept

A hardcore race-spec version that’s unfortunately still missing one vital component.<p>When the Toyota GT-86 (or Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S) released to much acclaim and applause of its extraordinary handling and “fun factor,” fans were a little disappointed to learn of the car’s fairly low power output …

Toyota

New Audi Q7's Secret Sauce Is On The Inside

Audi maintains its reputation for great interiors with the new 2017 Q7 crossover. That’s good because the outside of this new generation model is tame by the Ingolstadt automaker’s normally creative standards.<p>The previous, arched back Q7 is at least distinctive, but the new version’s squared off …

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Rated at 526 HP, 429 LB-FT of Torque

Since its debut late last year, the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang has been rated at “more than 500 hp.” Now, the Blue Oval has given us some concrete figures. The GT350’s flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V-8 pumps out 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, and revs to a stratospheric 8,250-rpm redline.<p>That rating …

There's no escaping these problems with my Ford

<i>The on-board computer on Shannon Stout’s Ford Escape went on the blink. It’s out of warranty. Is she out of luck?</i> <b><br>Question</b>: My 2005 Escape is having …

If you want to know whether it's environmentally worse to travel by air or car, you have your answer

Worldwide, commercial jets pour an estimated 700 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, leading to headlines like this one in The New York Times not long ago: "Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel."<p>But it turns out that air travel's notoriety as a most-wanted carbon …

New York Times

Lexus hybrid sedan fails to deliver on luxury promise

Some words just sound right. To say "smile" turns up the corners of the lips into the very thing it defines; to say "love" is to open up, then embrace that which was once parted. The perfect word transcends the object it defines into something more.<p>"Lexus" is one of those words. The subtle flow of …

Follow These Steps If Your Car Runs Out of Gas on a Road Trip

Get to the right lane immediately, put the car into cruise control, turn off the music, burn some sage and hope for the best. It's too late to stock up gas in the back of the trunk for emergencies, so concentrate on the matter at hand.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy<i>.</i><p>Particularly for …

For about $900,000, you can order one of the rarest cars on Earth

The street-legal legend was originally built by Panoz in order for the marque to enter its Adrian Reynard-designed Esperante GTR-1 racer in that year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.<p>Race specifications (homologation) required that each entrant have a road-ready variant produced in order to compete.<p>Weighing …

Sports Cars

The Best Cars of 2015

As the year winds down, we reflect on the cars that topped our road test Ratings for 2015.<p>These models outperformed, outscored, and outclassed their …

Tesla’s mysterious rival is building the ‘ultimate connected experience'

The problem is, we've had no idea what that means — the company hasn't shared many details about its cars or what sets them apart. Until now.<p>We recently spoke with the Richard Kim, Faraday Future's lead designer, to try and get a better idea of what will make its cars so special.<p>Kim shared some of …

Electric Vehicles

The 9 Racetracks You Have To Drive Before You Die

These are the spots where racing history was made.<p>There's a reason some tracks have been around for decades and others are popular for a minute and then fizzle out. The legendary ones are fun to drive and make racers into heroes. Here are the ones you need to find a way to drive before your time is …

Le Mans

CES and cars: Chevy's new EV, Toyota's maps and chips shape the future of driving

CES isn't traditionally a car show, but automakers and their suppliers will show off what future cars can do, with technology powering safety and self-driving, convenience and comfort.<p>As technology opens up new safety and entertainment capabilities in cars, the Consumer Electronics Show has become …

New 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior raises the bar

There were a lot of loaded, descriptive words thrown out during Mercedes-Benz’s intimate press conference describing the new E-Class. “Luxury”, …

Let's Compare The Cheapest Car Today To The Most Expensive Car 100 Years Ago

It’s almost 2016, which means, if my math is correct, 1916 will be exactly one century ago. There were plenty of cars in 1916, and, generally, they …

Never mind the cows and the traffic lights: everything you need to know about driving in India

Driving a car on Indian roads is like being in a bumper car surrounded by three-year-olds in other bumper cars who are coming at you from all different directions. You spend most of your time praying that you won’t hit anyone, although accidents are inevitable.<p>In India, there is no such thing as a …

India

The Jaguar F-Pace is the most stunning SUV I've ever seen

That's what happened last month at the LA Auto Show, when Jaguar Land Rover finally and officially revealed its much-anticipated F-Pace crossover SUV in North America.<p>There has never been a Jag truck before (the XF Sportbrake station wagon, not sold in the US, doesn't count).<p>But given the …

Jaguar Land Rover

The best cars we drove this year

Buying A New Car Can Trim Your Carbon Footprint, But There's More To It

If you drive an older, less efficient vehicle, ever think about swapping it for a new, more efficient one? It's a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. But there are a lot of factors to consider.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>All the recent talk about curbing climate change has many wondering …

Electric Vehicles

Prisoner Mistakenly Released Kills Woman

One Mom's Genius Solution to a Toy Car Overload

You'll never guess what she used to corral her sons' favorite racers.<p>If you're a mother of young kids, chances are you might slip on a Matchbox or Hot Wheels car at any given minute. These tiny toys have a way of multiplying like bunnies, and when they're not strewn all over the playroom, maybe</i> …

Ford wants to transform your car's rear wheel into a unicycle

Fighting through traffic is a drag. If only you could pop off a wheel from your car and ride it to freedom...<p>A Ford patent published on Dec. 15 (and …

BMW's AirTouch concept turns your entire car into a touchscreen controller

Last CES, BMW teased the future of its human-machine interface with a gesture control demo — a capability that debuted later in 2015 on the new 7 Series. Once again, BMW will be showing a new form of system control at CES 2016 next week: AirTouch, they're calling it, which sounds like a much more …

Touchscreens

What Happens When You Fill up With the Wrong Fuel? (W/Video)

Can your diesel car run on gasoline?<p>Putting regular gas into a diesel fuel tank or vice versa is never a good idea. The chances of the vehicle even running are slim, but the team at <i>Fifth Gear</i> decided to see if they could run their car on the wrong fuel. What could go wrong?<p><i>Fifth Gear’s</i> Jon Bentley …