- Alfa Romeo
- Aston Martin
- Land Rover
It wasn’t the first time I had seen the Cadillac XT6. I’d seen plenty of it in photos, but I had also seen it in the metal more on more than one occasion. But this time, I saw a trio of them. In traffic. In Sport trim with dark pewter paint. No longer did I see a big SUV that departed from the elegance that was the CTS and the XT4 with their swooping lines and big boomerang headlights for no good reason. Well, I did still see that departure, but there was more of a reason.
Surprising is the best way to describe Kia’s latest new models. The all-new Stinger made such a splash that it earned our car of the year award, and we were left wondering what’s next to come from the Korean automaker. The answer is the Kia Telluride, a three-row crossover that is a bit late to the game but can one-up almost every rival in the segment.
The Macan is the gateway to the Porsche club. It’s incredibly popular, racking up hundreds of thousands of sales in its few years of existence. But it’s also been criticized in the past for being a bit too focused on athleticism and not quite focused enough on luxury. The latest Macan is going through an update that will help balance it out and broaden its appeal to a wider audience of car buyers.
When the new Mercedes-Benz GLS arrives later this year, it’ll be the perfect foil to the well-received BMW X7 that came out recently. Both are luxury SUVs with three rows of seating, designed to help buyers move into something bigger for their growing families.
Over an Americano at the carbon fiber counter of Monticello Motor Club’s coffee bar, the head of the BMW X3 and X4 M project delivered a piece of spin that you’re all likely to hear over the coming months: The X4 M is an M4 but taller. And after driving X4 M Competition around Monticello’s 3.5-mile road course and through the winding roads of the Catskills, I can happily report that he was wrong.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class had a huge impact on the industry. Fifteen years ago, the idea of a four-door coupe was born with the first CLS and the industry has was inspired, as almost every four-doored vehicle now has a coupe-like profile that was pioneered by the CLS-Class.
It’s time for the age-old debate: Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic? These two compacts have been duking it out since the ’70s and that has led to these two hatchbacks, which are extremely likable and easy to recommend. Both hatchbacks are hugely successful but choosing a better hatchback comes down to which vehicle offers the most value for the money.
The hamsters are gone! The little rodents that once defined the funky Kia Soul are retired now, but the segment-blurring box on wheels remains the weirdo you all know and love. Although it has grown up in many respects, it still doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s mostly a good thing.
All-wheel drive is becoming an important factor when it comes to buying a new car, which is why so many people are flocking to SUVs and crossovers. But why get a crossover when you can get a sporty sedan with extra traction? That’s the thesis behind the new Nissan Altima, which now offers AWD along with a sleek new look.
The Supra name isn’t supposed to be taken lightly — it’s supposed to be the flagship Toyota performance machine. Yet for many on the outside looking in, it seems like the Japanese automaker has outsourced its sports car to BMW. Yes, the Supra was co-developed with the BMW Z4, and it utilizes mostly BMW parts, including one of the most important parts of all, the engine.
For years, if you wanted an AWD hatchback without getting an over-the-top hot hatch, there was only one option: the Subaru Impreza. But Mazda has entered this domain with the new Mazda3, which is now being offered with all-wheel-drive. Is the new Mazda set to upstage Subaru in its own territory?
The new Mazda3 is here with a new trick up its sleeve: AWD, but is that enough to make it the best in the class? We brought out the 2019 Honda Civic to see if the new Mazda can topple the best compact on the market. The Civic has been recognized as one of the best all-around compact cars thanks to its abundance of space, excellent fuel mileage, and fun driving dynamics. How will Mazda’s new hatchback fare against the best in the biz?
BMW, like the rest of the world, is on a mission to convince the marketplace that its cars are even more luxurious, premium, and valuable than ever before. They’ve changed their slogan from Pure Driving Pleasure to Ultimate Driving Machine, they’re charging more money, and they’ve shelved the 6 Series in favor of the 8. And it’s in that last change (and perhaps only in that last change) that everything comes together.
The Kia Forte is the Korean brand’s compact car that competes with vehicles like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Offered in both sedan and hatchback forms, it’s been completely redesigned for 2019. Now in its third generation, the Forte gains more technology, interior space, refinement and even a dramatic new look inspired by the brand’s Stinger fastback. After a week in the saddle, here are a few pros and cons of this fresh-faced Kia.
When it attended the Geneva Motor Show in March, BMW brought out a heavily revised version of the 7 Series. Under the skin, the 7 is essentially unchanged, but the nose, hood, front fenders, bumpers, lights, and interior have all been updated to keep up with the increasing demands of the luxury market. The changes are all based on feedback that BMW got from its customers (most of whom live in China and the US) and all are designed to help them show off their ability to own a 7 Series.
It’s quiet at the top of the rain-soaked mud-and-gravel track that’s been carved out of the Grecian hillside. The auto start/stop system outfitted to the Range Rover Evoque SUV has killed the engine, leaving my co-driver, Ken, and myself to ponder the very existence of the path forward – obscured entirely, as it is now, by some of the thickest fog the Aegean can conjure and then hurl up at the peaks that frame this sliver of the Mediterranean.
I like it. I like the new Volkswagen Jetta GLI a lot and that’s not just because it’s cheap or I got to drive it down the Tail of the Dragon and into Knoxville, Tennessee — though those two points certainly don’t hurt. I like because it performs enormously well and offers everything it has to give generously. I like it because it sounds good and it looks about right and it drives about right. But there’s still a little something missing.
When the BMW X1 and X2 debuted a short while ago, it was hard to get overly excited about these crossovers. Since they use a platform from MINI, they didn’t feel as engaging as “true” BMWs, and, worst of all, they had less personality than their MINI counterparts.
The 2019 Mazda3 is an entirely new car from its approach to styling, a completely redone rear suspension setup, a distraction-free interior, and an additional drivetrain option that powers all four wheels. It’s impressive that even with all this new stuff, however, that the Mazda3 feels so naturally like its old self in all the best ways.