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Three-row speed Demons
Hot rod Euro SUVs are great fun and all, but what if A) you’re looking to spend about half the average base price of our five super-utes (say, mid-$60Ks) or B) you need three rows of seats? That kind of cash will only get you one of the smaller two-r
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Holy Turbo Terrors!
As enthusiasts, we’re taught from a young age to view front-drive cars with contempt. They are flawed. Wrong-wheel drive. Plagued with torque steer if you give them any power. They are the product of corporations cutting costs to please shareholders.
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Swan Song
After 103 years, Lincoln is getting out of the business of making sleek, stylish sedans to concentrate on building the elephantine SUVs that everyone wants now. That’s sad news for car enthusiasts, but at least the brand is exiting the way it entered
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Great Coach-Built Lincolns
During the rollout of the 2020 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition, the press has fallen all over itself comparing the car to the midcentury modern JFK “suicide-door” fourth-gen Continentals. But 334,345 of those cars were mass-produced by Lincoln
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Keep Polishing
There’s a diamond in there somewhere. Chevrolet launched the original Suburban during the first year of FDR’s first presidential term, in 1933. That makes the Suburban the longest-running nameplate in automotive history. I strongly suspect that 87 ye
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Motor Trend
Editor-in-Chief Mark Rechtin @markrechtin Int'l Bureau Chief Angus MacKenzie @Angus_Mack Senior Features Editor Jonny Lieberman @MT_Loverman Detroit Editor Alisa Priddle @alisapriddle Features Editors Scott Evans @MT_Evans, Christian Seabaugh @C_Seab
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My Funny Valentine
Technology certainly can change in a half century. The process of erecting the convertible top of my 1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite starts with digging its folded steel tube frame out from behind the seats, spreading its fingerlike tubes, connectin
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Reference Mark
A man envisions a future of electric cars, starting with a high-powered, six-figure, midsize super sedan, followed by a platform-sharing SUV, then migrating to smaller, more affordable vehicles in mass quantities. Sales will be mostly handled online
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Mt Garage
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ 26/36/30 mpg Base Price $25,930 As Tested $26,130 Fun, practical, affordable, and fleeting, a Civic Si joins our long-term fleet. Sometimes in this line of work, there’s that one car you just never seem to drive. Not some
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2021 Lucid Air
RANGE TEST It’s 8:09 a.m., and we’re doing 66 mph on I-580 in the Bay Area, heading east from Hayward, California, when the odometer of the Lucid Air we’re riding in shows we’ve gone 100 miles since leaving the company’s headquarters at daybreak. The
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The Big Picture
Overlanding has become a thing in America. Before the coronavirus pandemic tapped the brakes, people all over the country were jumping into their 4x4s and taking the road less traveled, turning away from the interstates and the neon-lit desolation of
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2021 Ram 1500 TRX
FIRST LOOK Blame social media for coming up with the nickname. Ram execs swear “TRX” is not pronounced “T. rex.” They say internet forums made it up. Not like Ram is going to stop the chatter, because the false name makes a certain sense. As Jurassic
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Mt Confidential
NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOU TO BUY… Have a spare $3.3 million and want the ultimate addition to your toy box? Word out of Newport Pagnell is a handful of the 25 Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger continuation cars—brand-new James Bond DB5s with functional an
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2023 Cadillac Lyriq concept
FIRST LOOK Cadillac enjoyed two years of increasing sales pre-pandemic, but MotorTrend hasn’t exactly been singing the praises of its heart-of-market XT4, XT5, and XT6 crossover vehicles. The brand hopes to change our tune with the 2023 Cadillac Lyri
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Rear View
NOV 1970 PRICE: $0.50 Stop if you’ve heard this one before: Our November 1970 cover was dedicated to the “four-wheel drive mid-engine Corvette,” which, we speculated, would be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. The mid-engine Co
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Technologue
As a Delta 2Million Miler, I’ve spent lots of flight time airborne dealing with dodgy Wi-Fi, watching progress bars stall and web pages time out. So my ears perked up when I learned about a revolutionary new satellite antenna that promises to provide
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James Hetfield
Guitar-shredding James Hetfield, the lead singer of Metallica, is known around the world for his music, but he’s also a passionate car customizer who recently donated most of his collection to the Petersen Automotive Museum. You can also see them in
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Your Say…
Readers Respond to September’s “Driving While Black” I must commend you for including Dr. Sorin’s article on driving while Black in your September issue, and I would like to emphasize a few key points in response. As a Black motorist who has driven a
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The Great Escape
I earned my driver’s license among the pothole-pocked streets of Lower Manhattan, where “good” places to drive are few and far between. My suburban friends had twisty back roads and empty fields. At best, I had Brooklyn’s Second Avenue waterfront. Th
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Reference Mark
@markrechtin We will shop for and buy cars again. Leases are up. Or maybe a long-held car is costing more to maintain than a new car payment. Certainly, some folks are masking up and braving the threat of COVID to go car shopping because they have to
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Performance Coupes
SCORE 8.1/10 Base Price $28,000-$71,500* MINOR The Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is the big news for 2021, but all it shares is the name. The loudest news belongs to the Mach 1. Based on the retired Bullitt, the Mach 1 bridges the GT and Shelby by offe
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Minivans
SCORE 8.2/10 Base Price $35,500-$50,000* MINOR Besides adding AWD and aggressive design for the first time ever, the Chrysler Pacifica is expanding its trim levels, with the polished Pinnacle serving as the most luxurious version. With Caramel Nappa
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Trend 10.20
TWO FIRSTS IN THE WORKS FOR JEEP: A FACTORY-INSTALLED V-8 AND A PLUG-IN HYBRID The Jeep Wrangler identity is built on doing one thing and doing it well. Facing the future, the off-road brand’s flagship has decided to go both ways: green and mean. The
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Performance Convertibles
SCORE 8.3/10 SCORE 8.0/10 Base Price $27,500-$33,500* (MX-5); $27,000-$31,000* (124) UNCHANGED We’re tacking the Miata to the end of the coupes section because Mazda offers a retractable hard top on the MX-5, and its sibling, the Fiat 124 Spider, is
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Mainstream Electric Vehicles
SCORE 8.7/10 Base Price $39,000-$56,000* UNCHANGED We’ve spent much time behind the wheel of the Model 3 compact sedan, and we’ve been satisfied with the improvements made since launch, including more cushioned seats, premium vegan “leather,” and imp
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Intake
Cars like the Audi S4 have a complicated set of responsibilities. They have to be fast, high-tech, comfortable, well-built, efficient, safe, and satisfying to drive—not to mention good-looking. Personally, I prefer the looks of the old car, but that
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Premium Performance Coupes
SCORE 8.4/10 Base Price $59,995-$78,945 UNCHANGED Our 2020 Car of the Year had its launch pushed back due to COVID-19, but kudos to Team Corvette for continuing to make minor tweaks and changes for 2021. The biggest news is that GM’s fantastic Magnet
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Luxury Electric Vehicles
SCORE Not Yet Ranked Base Price $76,000-$78,000* MINOR The biggest news for 2021 is the arrival of the E-Tron S, E-Tron Sportback, and E-Tron Sportback S, injecting more performance into Audi’s electric field. The E-Tron S and Sportback S will delive
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Mt Confidential
Maserati’s MC20 supercar has come together in record time. Sources in Modena say work on vehicle architecture ideas took place in 2018, but actual development of the car did not start until January 2019. With start of production scheduled before the
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Luxury Compact Coupes
SCORE Not Yet Ranked Base Price $44,995-$75,500* UNCHANGED The full A5 lineup received a major update for 2020, which improved both styling and technology but didn’t upgrade the cars to the three-screen interior design we’ve seen on the A6 and other
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