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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback First Drive

The Right Car for the Right Audience<p>Connecting with millennials is no easy task. Big companies spend millions upon millions trying to figure out how to reach this tough-to-crack market, and so far few in the auto industry have succeeded. There’s no doubt that the Chevrolet Sonic is meant to appeal …

Indie Music

Car Salesman Confidential: Fear and Desire

I once worked for a man — who was a very good manager — who told me, “It’s far easier to fire someone than it is to turn them into a success.” I couldn’t agree more.<p>The job of all sales managers, like all coaches, is to turn their players — their salespeople — into winners. But it’s very, very hard …

Salesforce

1997 Acura Integra Type R

The ultimate affordable boy racer.<p>From the March 1997 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>At a blaring 8400 rpm, the Acura Integra Type R's pistons are pedaling at about 80 feet per second—much higher than the commonly accepted threshold of 67 feet per second. That's close to the piston speeds in Formula 1 and …

Audi Quattro vs. Porsche 911 and Six Others | Archived Comparison

From the July 1984 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>And you thought we had risked it all racing up and down treacherous mountain passes to name the Camaro Z28 the best-handling American car <i>(C/D,</i> May). Well, we're back on the rock, dancing with the same seraphim of the Angeles Forest, but we've upped the ante …

2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

More Outback sedan than plus-size WRX.<p>Although Subaru excels at building quirky sporty cars, including two of the best low-buck fun machines available—the BRZ and the new-for-2015 WRX—the company has struggled at times with the formula for its less exciting Legacy sedan, which, along with the …

2015 BMW M3

BMW blows it.<p>The new F80-generation M3 is drawing its share of cyber hate, mainly because of its engine configuration. Engines are (or should be) holy to a company whose name translates to “Bavarian Engine Factory,” and special powerplants should be part of what you pay for in any M car. But the …

Super Sedans! The 9 most powerful four-doors in America

With a bang-for-the-buck calculation, to boot!<p>The Hellcat moniker is officially way too good to use only on the Dodge Challenger. Enter the Charger SRT Hellcat, which brings the angry-kitty badge and ludicrous 707-hp supercharged V8 to Dodge's four-door sedan—because think of the families, you know?<p>…

The latest bulletproof Benz is not messing around

IED-proof armor. Gas-attack countermeasures. Aramid shrapnel armor.<p>Mercedes-Benz's typical customers don't need doors filled with ballistic armor and windows thick enough to stop assault rifle rounds, but the S600 Guard is not a typical appliance. Neither are the diplomats, plutocrats, and …

Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 is like an elephantine ballerina

For a 9,000-lb SUV, it's almost graceful.<p>There are some things you should know about the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 before you watch it charge around Zandvoort like an angry, six-legged bull on roller skates. It weighs nearly 9000 lbs. Its three-axle setup is cribbed from the Austrian military's …

Off-roading

All-New Armored Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard Debuts

We’re guessing that most of the customers for an armored black Mercedes-Benz S-class aren’t the nicest folks in the world—perhaps dabbling in imports/exports, some light oppression, those sorts of things—and now they have a new version on which to spend their ill-gotten gains, the S600 Guard. …

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR: Poised to Clash with Cayennes

A 'Ring-honed, 550-hp beast—from Land Rover?<p>Yet another abbreviation for performance has arrived, but this one comes from an unexpected place. Land Rover, a brand that usually trumpets the mudslinging and stair-climbing prowess of its SUVs, is introducing a new, Nürburgring-tuned version of its …

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Priced From $60,990

Rest of 2015 Challenger Lineup Also Priced<p>Pricing has been announced for the entire 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup, including the Challenger SRT Hellcat. America’s most powerful mass-production car ever will start at $60,990 for a manual model (includes $995 destination and $2100 gas-guzzler tax).<p>SRT …

Sports Cars

1999 Audi S4 Quattro vs. BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG, Saab 9-3 Viggen | Archived Comparison Test

From the September 1999 Issue of <b>Car and Driver</b><p>Is it us, or are European luxury-car manufacturers marching boldly into car markets other makers have been shrinking from? They already offer a batch of premium wagons here, and more are on the way. Ditto for sports cars and convertibles, two more …

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic First Test

Suggested Attire: Three-Piece Suit<p>When we attended the first media event for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the test cars were hidden in a dimly lit room. There would be no driving. Nor could we critique its exterior styling, because the sheetmetal was covered in fabric. This event, held early last …

The Best 30 Under $30K: Comparisons, Tests, and More!

For less than the price of the average new car, you could have one of these great new cars. Heck, get two.<p>First, the bad news:<p>The average new-car transaction price in the U.S. has crept above $30,000, which is about two grand more than it was five years ago, and enough to make inflation look like …

15 of the Greatest Turbocharged American Cars Ever

So you think turbocharged engines are synonymous with imports? Think again. Here are a dozen American-made forced-air specials that waved the stars and stripes with pride.<p>So you think turbocharged engines are synonymous with imports? Think again. Here are a handful of American-made forced-air …

Sports Cars