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2014 Cadillac ELR First Test

NOT the Escalade of Plug-in Hybrids<p>Cadillac sells more than 25 Escalades for every ELR extended-range plug-in hybrid, but the slinky Volt-based coupe is every bit as important as the gargantuan luxury SUV. While the non-hybrid Escalade can finally celebrate a 20-mpg highway rating, the ELR is one …

Electric Vehicles

2017 Mercedes G-Class Could Look Like Ener-G-Force

Although updated through the years, the current Mercedes-Benz G-Class dates back to 1979 making it one of the longest-running models on the market. That said, current rumors suggest an all-new model is set to arrive in 2017. Shown here are renderings of what the new G-Class could look like, with …

Autos

2015 Bentley Flying Spur V-8

Less can be more.<p>Why would any potential buyer of a Bentley Flying Spur—a rolling symbol of a life lived large—ever choose an engine that has less power and fewer cylinders than the existing 6.0-liter W-12? We can pretty much discount price. The new V-8 model is $20,700 cheaper than the one powered …

Automotive Design

2015 Subaru WRX: Introduction

Perennial Favorite Comes Home For A Year<p>"As far as street-legal rally cars go, there's still nothing better than a WRX." I wrote that line following my first drive of the 2015 Subaru WRX late last year – one of the better motoring experiences I had in 2013. Sure, a particularly involving drive …

2015 Lincoln MKC First Drive

New MKC Breathes Life Into Concept of American Luxury<p>The 2015 Lincoln MKC is not merely a little luxury crossover — it is the future of a luxury brand that has withered for decades.<p>Now, like the automotive Lester Burnham, Lincoln hopes to regain some of its swagger and prove that it’s never too …

Ford Fusion

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

We give the Optibrid a second chance to make a good first impression.<p>The current Kia Optima sedan has been a runaway success for the brand, changing hearts and minds from Oregon to Orlando with its sleek styling, spacious and well-made interior, and, of course, killer warranty since the model first …

2015 MINI Cooper Adds New Five-Door Model

Unless you’re a diehard fan of the MINI Cooper, it probably takes a second or two to differentiate the current design from the previous two …

Fuel Efficiency

Spied: Bentley SUV Prototype w/ Continental GT Face

The first Bentley SUV prototype has been spotted testing. While the prototype is covered in tight-fitting matte black camouflage, the front end, profile, and taillights are clearly visible. Unlike the poorly-received Bentley EX9 F concept, with its single large headlight and foglight, the prototype …

Automotive Design

2014 Honda Civic Si Sedan

Civic Sigh: Still wanting for greatness.<p>The final breaths of the naturally aspirated Civic Si should arrive at the top end of a glorious 7000-rpm tear. Instead, the 2014 Honda Civic Si is sucking wind as it’s left behind in the sport-compact segment. Although it remains true to the 29-year-old …

Maserati ramping up production of Ghibli, Quattroporte

While Porsche may be relatively new to the four-door game, Maserati has been building the Quattroporte with few interruptions since 1963. But like its rival from Stuttgart, the Trident marque is rapidly shifting from a sports car company primarily to a manufacturer of high-end family …

2015 Ferrari LaFerrari [w/video]

The Red Icing And Candles On This Year's Hybrid Hypercar Cake<p>What a year it's been for enthusiasts who love high-performance, higher-dollar automobiles. The past twelve months or so have been consumed with the three horsemonsters of today's hybrid hypercar enlightenment: the Porsche 918 Spyder, the …