Mercedes-Benz – Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:21:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AutoGuide.comMercedes-Benz – Ten Cars That Cost $100,000 More than the Corvette but Aren’t Faster Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:45:16 +0000 Ten Cars That Cost $100,000 More than the Corvette but Aren’t Faster Ten Cars That Cost $100,000 More than the Corvette but Aren’t Faster
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When Chevrolet unveiled the C8 Corvette last night, there were a lot of surprises, but the two biggest ones were the 0-60 MPH time and the price. Considered together, Chevrolet’s promise that the C8 will start below $60,000 and hit 60 mph in less than 3 seconds is wildly impressive.

How impressive? We decided to drive that point home by listing 10 cars that cost at least $100,000 more than the C8, but accelerate to 60 in the same amount of time, or longer —for the sake of argument, we’re saying that the C8Corvette hits 60 in 2.9 seconds and we’re using manufacturer times for the other cars. Manufacturers often lowball their acceleration estimates, but we’re trying to prove a point, not land a rocket on the moon, so we reserve the right to make a few allowances for drama.

Bentley Continental GT W12

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Despite its funky W12 engine and its 626 hp, the Bentley Continental GT W12 struggles to get to 60 mph in less than 3.6 seconds. Despite that, Bentley is charging more than $225,000 for it.

Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe

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Coming in just under the wire, the AMG GT R Coupe starts at $159,350, but it hits 60 mph in a lackadaisical 3.5 seconds. It’s worth remembering that the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive setup is one of the hardest to hit fast acceleration times in, but Chevy did remember and moved their engine.

SEE ALSO: 4 Reasons the Mercedes-AMG GT Replaced the 911 on my Lottery List

Ferrari Portofino

On its face, the C8 Corvette wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common with the Ferrari, but both are V8-powered, both have a removable top, and both are made largely of aluminum. So good job, Ferrari, you’re almost catching up to Chevy. It’s just a shame that you have to charge $215,000 to make a car that takes half a second longer (3.5 seconds) to hit 60 mph.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

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Aston Martin has gone for cylinder count over stop-watch count with its latest creation, the DBS Superleggera. Powered by a V12, it can’t keep up with the C8 Corvette, hitting 60 mph in a measly 3.4 seconds and starting at $304,995.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Review

Audi R8 V10 Coupe

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Finally, something mid-engined. Audi, too, has seen the value of the mid-engine layout. Its 562 hp R8 V10 Coupe hits 60 in 3.4 seconds, according to Audi and the price comes in at $169,900.

See Also: Audi R8 RWS Review

Lamborghini Huracan RWD

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Huracan RWD runs to 60 mph in as much time as an R8 (3.4 seconds), because they’re largely the same under the skin. What isn’t the same is the price, which starts at an Italian $199,800.

See Also: Lamborghini Huracan RWD Spyder Summed Up in 6 Real Questions

Mclaren GT

The brand spanking new McLaren GT and its 4.0-liter V8 hit 60 mph in a “good-for-you” 3.2 seconds. The price, meanwhile, is more impressive. Prices start at $210,000.

See Also: 2019 McLaren 720S Spider Review

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Long thought of as the benchmark in the supercar realm, the 911 GT3 RS is one of the most hardcore, track-focused weapons on earth. And yet it hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds, according to Porsche. Still, the starting price is $188,550.

SEE ALSO: Porsche 911 GT3 RS Nurburgring Lap Time: 6:56.4

Ferrari 488 Spider

While the 488 Pista hits 60 mph in 2.85 seconds, Ferrari reports that the Spider (remember that the C8 Corvette comes with a removable top) only does it in 3.0 seconds. You won’t leave the Ferrari dealership without spending less than $256,550 on it, though.

Lamborghini Aventador S

Finally, a car that can match (we assume) the C8. Thanks to a naturally aspirated V12 making 740 hp, Lamborghini reports that the Aventador can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. And how much do you have to spend to match the Stingray’s acceleration? A cool $417,650.

See Also: Lamborghini Aventador S Review

So yeah. The new mid-engine  C8Corvette. It’s pretty impressive.

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Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:09:07 +0000 Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD
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There was a time when all-wheel drive was the exclusive realm of trucks: pickups and SUVs designed to venture far off the beaten path. But these days, you can get all sorts of vehicles with four-wheel traction: sports cars, convertibles, sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, and, yes, electric vehicles.

While most EVs transmit their power and torque to the road through one axle, there are a fair few on the market now (or coming soon) that offer the rare combination of electric propulsion with traction at each corner.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Hybrids with AWD

So if our recent list of all-wheel-drive hybrids wasn’t electrified enough for your liking, here are 10 all-wheel-drive cars and trucks that run on battery power alone – no fossil fuels required – ranked from the least expensive to the most (short of exotic, multi-million-dollar supercars).

Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 - Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD

  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0-60: 3.2-4.4 seconds
  • Price: $49,900-59,900

The most cost-effective and compelling options come from Tesla, whose entry-level Model 3 starts at under $40,000 in standard-range, rear-drive form. Step up to the Long Range model for just under $50k and you get dual motors – one at each axle, driving all four wheels – and its range climbs from 240 miles to 310. The top-of-the-line Performance model pushes $60k and gets that same range, but drops the 0-60 time down from to just 3.2 seconds.

Tesla Model Y

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  • Range: 280 miles
  • 0-60: 3.5-4.8 seconds
  • Price: $52,000-61,000

Dig the Tesla Model 3 but prefer the taller form of a crossover? The new Model Y could be just the ticket. The baby brother to the Model X is a little heavier than 3, so its range and performance suffer slightly – and you’ll pay a little more for it, too. The rear-drive Long Range model starts at $48,000 and delivers the best range of 300 miles. With Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, it goes for $52k and 280 miles but drops the 0-60 time down from 5.5 seconds to 4.8. And for $61k, the top Performance model delivers the same 280-mile range but will sprint to 60 in just 3.5 seconds.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Home EV Chargers

Polestar 2

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  • Range: 275 miles
  • 0-60: under 5 seconds
  • Price: $63,000

Volvo’s electrified brand is following up on the upscale Polestar 1 hybrid luxury coupe (itself soon to begin production) with the new Polestar 2. And this time it’s not only (relatively) more accessible – it’s all-electric, too. With typically Scandinavian minimalist, angular design, the five-door fastback promises a 0-60 time of under five seconds and a range of 275 miles. The launch edition is hitting the West Coast first for $63,000, but we’re expecting more affordable versions to proliferate across the country from around $45k.

Rivian R1S & R1T

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  • Range: 230-410 miles
  • 0-60: 3.0-4.9 seconds
  • Price: $69,000-72,500

A newcomer to the field, American startup Rivian is gearing up to launch its Electric Adventure Vehicle in two forms: the R1S sport-ute and the R1T pickup. Both are based on the same underpinnings and promise similar specifications in an effort to shake up the truck market dominated by conventional automakers and beat Tesla’s forthcoming pickup to the punch. At around $70k, they won’t come cheap, but they aim to deliver with range as high as 410 miles and a 0-60 time as low as three seconds flat.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

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  • Range: 279 miles (NEDC)
  • 0-60: 4.9 seconds
  • Price: est $70,000

The first dedicated electric vehicle from Mercedes’ new EQ line is a crossover. The EQC is about the size of the conventional GLC, but with batteries and electric motors in place of an internal-combustion engine, and more futuristic styling to set it apart. So far Daimler has only quoted a 279-mile range on the outmoded NEDC standard, but we’re anticipating a 0-60 time of under five seconds and a sticker price in the low $70k range. Expect final figures to be announced before it reaches showrooms next year – around the same time that BMW will introduce its own challenger in the form of the forthcoming iX3.

ALSO SEE: 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Review

Jaguar I-Pace

Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD - Jaguar I-Pace

  • Range: 234 miles
  • 0-60: 4.5 seconds
  • Price: $70,525

Among the first electric vehicles to come from an established luxury automaker, the I-Pace is the initial salvo in an onslaught of EVs in the pipeline at Jaguar Land Rover. Like so many on this list, the electric Jag is positioned as a crossover, even if it’s closer in form to a hatchback. But whatever you call it, it’s a pretty slick piece of kit that was quickly named World Car of the Year. It’s even yielded a racing version for an undercard support series of the Formula E championship (in which Jaguar also competes).

ALSO SEE: Jaguar I-Pace Review

Tesla Model S

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  • Range: 285-370 miles
  • 0-60: 2.4-4.0 seconds
  • Price: $75,000-116,000

The original Tesla (discounting the Lotus-based first-generation Roadster) is still one of the best electric vehicles on the market. Unlike its smaller stablemates, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive now comes standard, starting at $75k with 285 miles of range and a four-second 0-60 time. The Long Range version will hit 60 in 3.7 seconds and go for 370 miles on a charge for $85k. The Performance model can be yours for $96k, sacrificing 25 miles of range for a three-second sprint. But splash out $116k and you get Ludicrous Mode, electrically rocketing to 60 in a mind-blowing 2.4 seconds (while maintaining the Performance model’s quoted range).

Audi E-Tron

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  • Range: 204 miles
  • 0-60: 5.5 seconds
  • Price: $75,795

Audi has entered the EV game with… you guessed it: a crossover. The debut E-Tron is larger than its rivals from Mercedes and Jaguar –  and bigger, in other terms, than the conventional Q5, but not as big as the Q7 and Q8. It consequently delivers a somewhat lackluster 204-mile range and a 5.5-second 0-60 time. But sure as our climate is changing, you can bet there’ll be more EVs to follow from the German automaker in an array of shapes and sizes.

Tesla Model X

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  • Range: 255-325 miles
  • 0-60: 2.7-4.6 seconds
  • Price: $81,000-122,000

Find the new Model Y too small for your liking, or not prepared to wait for it to start rolling off the line in Fremont next year? Tesla can hook you up with a Model X – the one with the trick “falcon-wing” rear doors – but it won’t come cheap. Pricing starts at $81k, which nets you 255 miles of range and a 4.6-second 0-60 time. Step up to the Long Range model and you get 325 miles and a 4.4-second run for $91k. The $102k Performance model goes for 305 miles and a 3.4-second sprint. Splash out an extra $20k and you can experience the Ludicrous acceleration of 2.7 seconds, if you can stomach the sticker price.

Porsche Taycan

Top 10 Electric Cars with AWD - Porsche Taycan

  • Range: 310 miles
  • 0-60: under 3.5 seconds
  • Price: est $85,000

Porsche has embraced electrification like few others, at one point offering more plug-in hybrids than any other automaker in the business. Now it’s taking the next step by introducing its first full EV. The Taycan is slated to be revealed in September, and is expected to closely follow the lead set by the Mission E concept (pictured), with a range of over 300 miles and a very Porsche-like 0-62 time in the low-three-second range. And there will be more to follow, including a more rugged version and an all-electric variant of the next-generation Macan.


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Mercedes GLB Debuts with Optional Room for 7 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 02:00:20 +0000 Mercedes GLB Debuts with Optional Room for 7 Mercedes GLB Debuts with Optional Room for 7
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The Mercedes GLB has debuted to slot between the small GLA and compact GLC crossovers and somehow has enough room to offer an optional third-row seat.

As a boxier and more rugged-looking offering, the GLB will also be quite high-tech. The new crossover will come with the new MBUX infotainment system that has a voice-activated personal assistant that you can summon by saying “Hey Mercedes.” Users can speak to it quite naturally and it should be able to understand their commands, which could be anything from “Hey Mercedes, find me a pizza restaurant” or “How long till my destination” or even “Tell me the weather.”

Mercedes GLB

Drivers can interact with the system using voice commands, a touchscreen, or a touchpad on the center console. The steering wheel also has buttons and touchpads that can be used to control what’s being displayed on the screens, which will be either two 7-inch units or two optional 10.25-inch widescreens. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available, as is Mercedes’ suite of driver assistance and safety technology, which includes a parking assistant that helps you parallel park. Wireless phone charging, a head-up display, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats are also available.

ALSO SEE: 5 Big Innovations from the New Mercedes MBUX Infotainment System

For the five-seat model, cargo capacity measures 20 cubic feet behind the second-row and 62 cu-ft with the second row folded flat. The second row can also recline and slide fore and aft to make more room for legs or cargo.

In models with the optional third row, the two passengers back there get USB-c ports, cupholders, and a side window airbag. The second and third row also come with child seat tethers.

The interior is a highlight, which shouldn’t be a surprise. The GLB pictured has a lovely brown leather with orange stitching and open-pore wood trim, but black leather and carbon fiber-looking trim is also available. The dashboard is clean and free of clutter and people will love the 64-color ambient lighting.

Mercedes GLB

The Mercedes GLB 250 will be powered by a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine with 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque paired with an eight-speed dual clutch transmission sending power to the front wheels or the optional 4Matic permanent AWD system with variable torque distribution. AWD models also come with Off-Road Engineering Package that includes a downhill cruise control system and information displays about the terrain.

The 2020 Mercedes GLB will be available in late 2019. Pricing and fuel economy should be announced closer to the on-sale date.

ALSO SEE: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Review

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Top 5 Best BMW 3 Series Alternatives – The Short List Tue, 28 May 2019 14:30:24 +0000 Top 5 Best BMW 3 Series Alternatives – The Short List Top 5 Best BMW 3 Series Alternatives – The Short List
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The BMW 3 Series is a living legend.

Generation after generation, this sports sedan has delivered the goods: scintillating dynamics, luxury appointments, and impeccable German pedigree. But would you believe, this blue-chip Bimmer isn’t the only game in town?

Arguably, BMW’s venerable 3 Series sets the luxury sport sedan standard. It’s well-built and efficient, engaging and refined, but there are myriad excellent alternatives to this Bavarian four-door. In fact, here are five of our favorites.

5. Jaguar XE

We start with something from the British Isles. Jaguar’s XE offers subtle styling inside and out with pleasant dynamics and a broad range of powertrains. This sports sedan can be had with a fuel-sipping diesel under the hood, two potencies of turbo-four and even a supercharged V6 that’s rated at 380 horses. For enhanced versatility all-wheel drive is available with every engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board.

SEE ALSO: Top 5 Retro Car Features That Need to Make a Comeback – The Short List


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4. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Now, for a classic 3 Series rival, the smart and sophisticated Mercedes-Benz C-Class. In a lot of ways, this challenger is all about diversity. You can get it in sedan, coupe, and even cabriolet formats. A plug-in hybrid drivetrain is offered, as is a high-performance AMG version, an ideal foil to the speedy BMW M3. There’s a tasteful elegance to Stuttgart’s offering, a maturity the 3 Series seems to lack. And that interior? It’s a ‘beaut, bringing to mind a baby S-Class. Under the hood there’s power-a-plenty. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard, though you can also get force-fed V6 and even a hand built V8 for all-out performance.

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3. Tesla Model 3

Now, for a 3 Series alternative that, increasingly, is stealing both sales and mindshare away from this esteemed Bimmer. The Tesla Model 3 is fast, upscale and comes with four doors, making it a perfect fit for this list.

Broadening the Model 3’s appeal, it’s available in several flavors from a mid-range, rear-drive version with about 264 miles of range, to a performance variant with four-corner traction and enough juice to go 310 miles between charges. That hot-rod example can also hit 60 miles an hour in just 3.3 seconds, topping out at 155. Beyond all this, the Model 3 offers loads of high-tech gadgets, from a gigantic control screen on the dashboard to Enhanced Autopilot, Tesla’s semi-autonomous driver aid.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Sexiest Cars – The Short List

Another feather in its cap, Model 3 sales are booming. Supposedly, this car was the most-popular luxury vehicle in the U.S. last year, with nearly 146,000 delivered, handily outpacing combined sales of the 3 and 4 Series.

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2. Genesis G70

Next up, something more conventional, though still completely out of left field: the Genesis G70. This South Korean upstart is unexpectedly excellent. In fact, we’ve taken such a shine to this four-door, it easily drove away with our 2019 Car of the Year award. With expressive design, a luxurious interior and excellent road manners the G70 is hard not to fall in love with. Of course, the optional 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6, which can rocket this car 60 miles an hour in as little as 4.5 seconds, doesn’t hurt, either. Even the base four-cylinder engine is plenty stirring and can be paired with a manual gearbox.

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1. Alfa Romeo Giulia

Unquestionably, one of our favorite upmarket sports sedans is the Alfa Romeo Giulia. A driver’s car through and through, it melds classic exterior styling with segment-leading dynamics. Seriously, even the base model, which features a 280-horsepower turbo-four is amazing to drive. But if you’re a true enthusiast, you’re going to want the Quadrifoglio model, which features Ferrari-sourced, 505-horsepower V6 that makes all the right noises and delivers astonishing performance, zero-to-60 in less than four seconds.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Badass Sedans – The Short List

There you go, five of our favorite luxury sport sedans, but, of course, there are other options, from the new Volvo S60 to Infiniti’s shapely Q50. But what is your favorite BMW 3 Series alternative? Leave a comment down below.

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Top 10 Hybrids with AWD Mon, 27 May 2019 20:14:50 +0000 Top 10 Hybrids with AWD Top 10 Hybrids with AWD
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Hybrids are gaining traction – and we don’t just mean they’re growing in popularity. There’s also an increasing number of electrically assisted automobiles on the market that also offer the benefits of all-wheel drive.

Not just crossovers and SUVs, either – of which there are many, from the humble likes of the Toyota RAV4 to the uber-luxurious Bentley Bentayga. Or supercars, for that matter, like the Acura NSX, BMW i8, and the discontinued Porsche 918 Spyder. We’re talking about standard-production passenger cars that you can buy today.

So if you want your next car to have all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain but don’t need (or want) the larger form of an SUV (or the performance of a six-figure sports car), here are 10 hybrids with AWD that are currently waiting for you at your local dealership, ranked by price. Stay tuned: We will have a list of SUV and crossover hybrids with AWD very soon.

Top 10 Hybrids with AWD

Toyota Prius AWD-e

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  • Hybrid
  • 121 hp / 105 lb-ft of torque
  • 50 mpg (combined)
  • $27,310 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

The cheapest model on our list is also the most fuel-efficient, and one of the latest to couple four-wheel traction with hybrid propulsion. Refreshed for 2019, the Toyota Prius is now available with a new AWD-e system that adds extra electric motor on the rear axle to give it extra grip. It takes a small hit in fuel economy, which Toyota estimates at 52 miles per gallon in the city, 48 on the highway, and 50 on the combined cycle – slightly down from the standard, front-drive Prius’ 58/53/56. But it’s still one of the most efficient all-wheel-drive vehicles you can buy.

The AWD system in this Prius is unique in that it only connects the rear axle from zero to 6 mph regardless of conditions for stronger and more confident launches, and at speeds at up to 43 mph if wheel slippage is detected. When slippage is not detected and at speeds over 43 mph, the electric motor is essentially disconnected and the Prius continues to operate as a front-wheel-drive car.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Toyota Prius and Prius AWD Review


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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 137 hp / 134 lb-ft of torque
  • 35 mpg (combined)
  • $35,970 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Though billed as an SUV (and with most of the off-road capability to back it up), the Subaru Crosstrek is essentially a jacked-up, rugged wagon version of the Impreza (much as the Outback is to the Legacy). It’s also the only electrified vehicle Subaru currently offers, packing the Japanese automaker’s signature flat-four engine and all-wheel drive, but augmented with a pair of electric motors with plug-in capability. Short of the Prius, you won’t find a more fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive passenger car (however far it may push the definition) on the market.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Home EV Chargers


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Volvo S60/S90 T8 eAWD

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  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 400 or 415 hp / 472 or 495 lb-ft of torque
  • 29-31 mpg (combined)
  • $56,040 / $64,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Volvo’s T8 “Twin Engine” powertrain is an impressive feat of engineering, extracting upwards of 400 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – thanks to the addition of a turbocharger, supercharger, and electric assist (with plug-in capability to boot). In addition to XC60 and XC90 crossovers, Volvo offers the trick powertrain here in both the S60 and S90 sedans (but not, for the time being, in the V60 and V90 wagons). They’ll deliver 31 and 29 mpg, respectively, on the combined cycle. And if you go for the performance-oriented S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, you’ll have 415 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque to play with, which is more twist than you’ll find anywhere here this side of a Porsche or AMG Mercedes.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Volvo S60 Review: The Best-Driving Volvo Yet


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BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance

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  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 248 hp / 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 mpg (combined)
  • $56,695 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

BMW offers a wide array of hybrids, including sedans, crossovers, hatchbacks, and supercars – but you can’t get all of them with all-wheel drive. The 530e offers the automaker’s xDrive system as an option, and only takes a slight hit in fuel efficiency as a result: 28 mpg on the combined cycle with all-wheel traction, compared to 29 without. The 330e is slated to return next summer, based on the new 3 Series and with more muscle, but don’t expect it to offer all-wheel drive like the plug-in 5 Series.

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Audi A6/A7/A8

  • Mild Hybrid
  • 335 hp / 369 lb-ft of torque
  • 25 mpg (combined)
  • $59,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Ever the champion of all-wheel drive, Audi has taken the bold step of equipping three of its top passenger cars with a mild hybrid assist as standard. The A6, A7, and A8 all come with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, augmented by a 48-volt electrical system to channel 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It returns the same 25 mpg (on the combined cycle) in the mid-sized A6 sedan and the svelte A7 Sportback, but just 22 in the larger A8 limousine.

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Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

  • Hybrid
  • 377 hp / 341 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 mpg (combined)
  • $62,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Honda’s luxury division, Acura has made all-wheel drive integral to its hybrid approach in the MDX crossover, NSX supercar, and this, the RLX sedan. The 3.5-liter V6 makes 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque (as available in the standard RLX), but the Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive adds three electric motors – one up front, two in the back – to boost output up to a combined 377 hp and 341 lb-ft, all the while delivering 28 mph on the combined cycle.

ALSO SEE: Where is Acura From and Where is Acura Made?


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Mercedes-AMG E53/CLS53/GT53 4Matic+

  • Mild Hybrid
  • 450 hp / 568 lb-ft of torque
  • 24/23/21 mpg (combined)
  • $73,545 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

The letters AMG have long stood for Mercedes performance, but the German automaker’s in-house tuner has stepped into the electric age with its new 53 models. The powertrain mates a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six with a 48-volt electric supercharger to a nine-speed automatic and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive (both tuned by AMG). It produces 429 hp and 384 lb-ft, but with the 21-hp/184 lb-ft EQ Boost kicking in, it’ll deliver as much as 450 hp and 568 lb-ft. And there’s no shortage of body-style choices: you can get it in the E-Class sedan, coupe, or convertible, in the CLS four-door coupe, and in the new flagship GT 4-Door Coupe (as well as the GLE crossover).

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Lexus LS500h AWD

  • Hybrid
  • 354 hp / 257 lb-ft of torque
  • 26 mpg (combined)
  • $84,055 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

Every iteration of the Lexus LS, stretching back 30 years now, has been powered by a V8. Not the latest version, though: this one’s available exclusively with V6 engines. But you can get it with a hybrid assist, and (unlike its LC coupe counterpart) all-wheel drive. The latest LS500h isn’t as powerful as the twin-turbocharged LS500, but it’s two to three times as potent as the other all-wheel-drive hybrid Toyota product that kicked off our list. It’s also about as plush, roomy, and laden with tech as anything else on the market, and will return a respectable 26 miles per gallon of gasoline on the combined cycle.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers


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BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 389 hp / 442 lb-ft of torque
  • 22 mpg (combined)
  • $96,545 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

The electrified version of BMW’s flagship 7 Series, the new 745e is bigger, brawnier, and altogether more upscale than the aforementioned 530e. With a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, it’s also considerably more potent than the four-cylinder 740e it replaces. But the increased output comes at the expense of fuel economy: where the previous 740e was rated at 27 mpg on the combined cycle, the new 745e returns just 22 mpg, putting it near the bottom of this list in terms of efficiency (to say nothing of its very high purchase price).

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Porsche Panamera 4/Turbo S E-Hybrid

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 457 or 677 hp / 516 or 626 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 / 20 mpg (combined)
  • $104,150 / $187,450 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Porsche offers not one, but two plug-in hybrid versions of its four-door grand tourer. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric assist to deliver a combined 457 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which would already make it one of the most powerful on this list. But the Turbo S E-Hybrid goes even further, with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 electrically boosted to a massive 677 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, rated at 23 and 20 mpg, respectively, on the combined cycle, but either can be had in the standard-wheelbase four-door, stretched Executive, or Sport Turismo wagon body-styles, offering a wide array of choices.

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Top 10 Best Convertibles: 2019 – The Short List Tue, 21 May 2019 15:17:04 +0000 Top 10 Best Convertibles: 2019 – The Short List Top 10 Best Convertibles: 2019 – The Short List
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After another brutal Midwestern winter, warm weather is finally upon us once more. This makes convertibles top of mind, and here’s a list of our favorite ones.

Whether you’ve got a middle-class budget or can afford six-figures, there’s a wide range of droptop cars available from manufacturers all around the world. Underscoring this point, here are 10 of our favorite convertibles, an eclectic list with a little something for everyone.

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Best Convertibles

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

And we start in Italy with the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. What other car offers such dramatic styling and purity of purpose for the same money? Starting at less than $70,000, it truly is a reasonably attainable exotic. Not a convertible in the traditional sense because it has a removable fabric roof section rather than a contraption that folds away like a piece of origami, it nonetheless provides an open-air driving experience, allowing you and one lucky passenger to see the sky above and listen to its 237-horsepower engine crackle and churn with every gear change.

ALSO SEE: Top 15 Best AWD Sports Cars


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Ford Mustang

Neither the fastest nor fanciest car available, the Mustang is nonetheless an icon, a four-wheeled piece of rolling Americana. Available in fastback and convertible body-styles, Ford’s fabled filly unquestionably deserves a spot on this list thanks to its heritage, affordability and, of course, performance. Droptop models can be had with a thrifty EcoBoost four-cylinder engine or the mighty 5.0L V8 endowed with 460 horses.

SEE ALSO: 9 Things to Know About the Range Rover Velar


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Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Aston Martin’s DB11 is, hands down, one of the prettiest cars available today. With a long nose, clean flanks and perky rear, it’s a stunner from just about every angle. And even the convertible Volante version is gorgeous, losing none of the coupe’s elegance when engineers chopped the top. A 503-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 borrowed from the folks at Mercedes-AMG makes an equally compelling argument.

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Jeep Gladiator

Next up, the Jeep Gladiator. Wait, hold on, hold on. Why is a JEEP of all things on this list? Well, it turns out every version of this off-road-focused pickup is a convertible. And just like a taco you can have either a hard shell or soft – removable rigid panels or an easily folded fabric roof. Gladiator is our wild-card pick here, melding the go-anywhere capability of a Wrangler with the versatility of a midsize truck. It looks nice, drives well for what it can do, and is far more versatile than anything else presented here.

ALSO SEE: The Only 15 ‘Real’ SUVs Left on the Market


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Chevrolet Corvette

As it has been for generations, Chevrolet’s Corvette coupe is an unfathomable performance bargain, delivering near-supersonic speed at an entirely blue-collar price. For droptop aficionados, the convertible version is similarly affordable, starting at less than $62,000. Even in bargain-basement guise, it packs heat in the form of a 455-horsepower small-block V8, which enables it to hit 60 miles an hour in as little as 3.7 seconds. And if the Corvette is still out of your budget, the more affordable Camaro is also available as a droptop.

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Jaguar F-Type

What’s not to love about the Jaguar F-Type? This British performance machine comes in both coupe and convertible formats, is clothed in gorgeous styling, and offers a multitude of drivetrain configurations. You can get a base turbo-four, a potent six or even a fire-breathing supercharged V8 with up to 575 horsepower in the range-topping SVR model. No matter the model, this Jag is one of our favorite droptops.

SEE ALSO: Infotainment System Winners and Losers – The Short List


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Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster


The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is a Germanic take on the classic convertible formula, with more angles and hard edges than, say, Jag’s F-Type. With an almost impossibly long hood and a curt rear end, this Benz is all drama, especially when you pop the hood. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is standard, delivering either 469 horsepower in “base” form or a stout 550 in the GT C model. Unfortunately, it ain’t cheap, starting north of $125,000. Mercedes also offers many other convertibles if this is out of your budget — the C-Class Cabriolet, E-Class Cabriolet, and SLC Roadster are all great options.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata/RF

But no convertible compilation would be complete without the Mazda MX-5 Miata. This car proves you don’t need 500 horsepower or a second mortgage to have a blast behind the wheel. In fact, a mere 181 ponies and about $25,000 is all that’s required. Small, lightweight and surgically precise, this droptop will absolutely dance in the hands of even less-than-perfect drivers. Maximizing the open-air fun, you can get a lid that’s either soft or hard, so take your pick.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Cars for Teens – The Short List


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Porsche 911

Porsche’s 911 is one of the most hallowed automobiles in production today. Including it on this list is simply a no-brainer. The 911 is offered in a huge variety of models. Of course, there are plenty of convertible options, from the base Carrera Cabriolet to an open-air version of the 911 Turbo S, there’s plenty to choose from, especially if you count the Targa models. But no matter which one you lust after, this Porsche is guaranteed to please. In fact, we’re sure even the good doctor himself would be proud (that’s Dr. Porsche). If the 911 is a bit too rich, Porsche also offers the more affordable 718 Boxster, which is definitely one of our favorite convertibles as well.

SEE ALSO: 9 Things to Know About the Mercedes-AMG S63 – The Short List


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Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus

Now, unquestionably, one of our favorite convertibles available today is the Audi R8 V10 Spyder. In high-output “Plus” form this Teutonic speed-machine brandishes 602 horsepower and can hit 60 miles an hour in a breathtaking 3.5 seconds. Not quite as fast, the car’s skimpy cloth roof opens or closes in about 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 MPH. Base price for a standard model is around $180,000, grab a Plus and you’re closer to 210. YIKES! If you’re looking for something more affordable, Audi also offers the A3 and A5 Cabriolet and the TT Roadster.

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Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks: 2019 Fri, 26 Apr 2019 13:38:42 +0000 Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks: 2019 Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks: 2019
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There aren’t many all-wheel-drive hatchback vehicles on sale in North America these days.

After all, most consumers will just buy a crossover or SUV if they are in the market for a spacious vehicle with AWD. Many are willing to pay a little more and sacrifice a small amount of fuel economy in exchange for added capability, ride comfort, and a higher driving position, and it’s easy to see why. A small market still exists for sportier, compact all-wheel-drive hatches, however. Often more affordable than their crossover counterparts, an AWD hatchback is a good option for people who still want the extra confidence that four-wheel traction offers but don’t feel that they need something as tall as a crossover and want to save some money.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Station Wagons: 2019

In this list, we’ll count down our favorite all-wheel-drive hatchback vehicles on sale in North America. Like we mentioned previously, though, the list of all-wheel drive hatches on sale in the U.S. and Canada is exceedingly small, so we didn’t have a very large pool of vehicles to choose from in the first place. Consumers are beginning to value practicality and capability more and more, though, so perhaps this will change in the coming years.

Here are AutoGuide’s Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks for 2019.

Best AWD Hatchbacks

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback (Not Available in U.S.)

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will only be sold as a sedan in the U.S. market, but Canadian consumers will have a choice between the sedan and the hatchback bodystyles. All-wheel drive is optional on this little German runabout (front-wheel drive is standard), which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only available transmission.

When we drove the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, we said it the automaker had “completely rewritten the luxury compact car,” rulebook with the new entry into the segment. We particularly liked its technology, which is hard (if not impossible) to find at this price point elsewhere in the industry. It’s too bad this one isn’t available in the U.S.

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ALSO SEE: 2019 Mercedes A-Class: 7 Things to Love and 2 to Hate

Toyota Prius AWD

2019 Toyota Prius-AWD Toyota Prius

We’re kind of cheating by allowing the Toyota Prius AWD on this list. It’s more of a liftback than a hatchback, but Toyota really upped the appeal of the Prius by adding AWD for the 2019 model year, in our opinion, so we’re making a concession. AWD vehicles are also less efficient than two-wheel drive ones, but the Prius AWD is similarly efficient to the FWD model.

With this change, the Prius is now more of a realistic option for those living in Canada and northern parts of the U.S. This AWD system is a little different than a traditional one, consisting of a single electric motor on the rear axle that powers the rear wheels from zero to 6 mph for better acceleration and then up to speeds of 43 mph when slippage is detected.

Toyota says the Prius AWD is one of the most fuel-efficient AWD vehicles on sale in America — and it has a convenient liftback to boot. This is a hard package to fault, although the looks are still a bit questionable, don’t you think?

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Volkswagen Golf R

What’s not to like about the VW Golf R? It has a 288-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission — all stuffed into a refined and practical hatchback package. There’s also an optional DSG seven-speed automatic transmission if that’s more up your alley. As the only performance-oriented vehicle on this list, it’s definitely a winner.

Don’t forget about the optional VW Spektrum exterior colors either, which consist of more than 40 different exterior body colors for the Golf R, including bold shades of green, pink, purple, yellow, blue and more.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers

The only downside to the Golf R is that it’s the only Golf model with AWD and it’s also the range-topping Golf variant. That means you have to spend quite a bit of money to get AWD in VWs popular hatchback. Maybe that will change for the upcoming MK8 Golf.

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The redesigned 2019 Mazda3 is available with optional all-wheel drive. The updated hatchback is powered by Mazda’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Sharp looks, a refined interior, and a slick 8.8-inch touchscreen also sweeten the deal.

It’s unclear if the optional SkyActiv-X spark controlled compression ignition gasoline engine, which promises to be ultra efficient and both fun-to-drive, will be offered with AWD in the Mazda3. It’s also not clear when the Skyactiv-X engine will arrive in the North America Mazda3, with the Japanese automaker electing to put it on sale in Europe first.

The only downside here is that you cannot get the Mazda3’s six-speed manual transmission with AWD.

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ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best AWD Coupes

Subaru Impreza

Completing our list is the Subaru Impreza. Until Mazda introduced AWD to the Mazda3, this was really the only true inexpensive, all-wheel-drive hatchback on sale in the United States and Canada.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Cars for Teens – The Short List

Powering the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-door is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated boxer engine, which is rated at 152 hp and 145 lb-ft. Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is standard, as is a five-speed manual transmission. A CVT automatic is also available as an option.

The Impreza is inexpensive, no-nonsense, practical and safe — all areas that we feel are important to buyers who are in the market for all-wheel drive hatchbacks. All of these qualities make it one of the best AWD hatchbacks you can buy.

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2019 Mercedes A-Class: 7 Things to Love and 2 to Hate – The Short List Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:08:09 +0000 2019 Mercedes A-Class: 7 Things to Love and 2 to Hate – The Short List 2019 Mercedes A-Class: 7 Things to Love and 2 to Hate – The Short List
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The 2019 A-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s freshest compact offering. Here are nine things to know about it – seven you’ll love and two you’re sure to hate.

As premium small cars go, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is attractive and affordable. Too bad the previous-generation model had poor interior quality, refinement, and backseat space. But righting these wrongs is the brand-new A-Class. At least for the time being, American motorists can purchase an A220 with either front- or 4Matic all-wheel drive. The example tested here featured a wide range of options including four-corner traction.

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9. Priced to Sell

Kicking things off, point No. 9 is pricing. The 2019 A-Class starts at $33,495 including $995 for delivery, a not-unreasonable sum. Go with all-wheel-drive and that base figure swells by an additional $2,000. Either way, you get German engineering and that famous Mercedes-Benz emblem that’s certain to make the new neighbors across your subdivision cul-de-sac seethe with jealousy, all for about as much cash as a Toyota Avalon.

ALSO SEE: 2020 Mercedes CLA Review

8. It’s Well Equipped but Watch Out!

For that much money, you’d expect this car to be well equipped, and it is. Right out of the box, you get two seven-inch screens on the dashboard. Support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, as are eight-way power front seats, LED headlamps, push-button start, and more safety equipment than there are words in the dictionary.

SEE ALSO: Is Mazda a Luxury Brand?

Of course, the model evaluated here is anything but entry level. Stuffed with options like heated and ventilated front buckets, an array of driver-assistance features and the AMG-Line package, it stickered for $51,935. Go easy on the extras if you want an affordable A-Class.

7. She’s a Looker

Point No. 7 is styling. The A220 is a looker from just about every angle. Somewhat resembling a miniaturized CLS, visually this car fits in nicely with the broader Mercedes-Benz lineup. That grinning front end, cleanly styled flanks and perky backside make it surprisingly ritzy for something shorter than a Nissan Sentra.

This Benz’s overall length is a hair more than 179 inches (4,549 mm), comparable to an Audi A3 or Acura ILX, though the A-Class’s wheelbase is longer by several inches than the hub-to-hub spans of these rivals, clocking in at 107.4 inches (2,728 mm). Only the extended front overhang and short dash-to-axle measurement give away that it’s a front-drive-based car; the other proportions are surprisingly dramatic.

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6. Upscale Interior

Next up, the A220’s interior is nicely finished, with plenty of stitching and soft plastics. It’s a HUGE step up from the outgoing CLA’s chintzy and cramped cabin. Even the back seat has enough head- and legroom for six-footers to fit comfortably. Yes, some of the switches could feel nicer, and, no, you won’t love all the shiny plastic, but its cabin is still well built and upscale.

ALSO SEE: 5 Big Innovations from the New Mercedes MBUX Infotainment System

5. S-Class-Caliber Technology

Point No. 5 is technology. The 2019 A220 offers S-Class-rivaling features in a compact package, things like adaptive cruise control with steering assist AND the automaker’s new MBUX infotainment system, which is colorful, quick, customizable and most importantly, easy to navigate.

SEE ALSO: 9 Things to Know About the Mercedes-AMG S63 – The Short List

Our tester was fitted with a pair of 10.25-inch screens in lieu of the standard seven-inchers. They’re bundled in the optional Premium Package, which also includes things like an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and blind-spot monitoring. They’re a welcome upgrade over the smaller displays.

One other very cool feature is how you interact with all this tech. There are three different ways including a touchpad on the center console, touch-control buttons on the steering wheel spokes and even a touchscreen, though that is a bit of a reach from the driver’s seat.

4. “Hey, Mercedes!”

Actually, there’s a fourth way to manipulate MBUX; you can also use your voice. Buried in the dashboard like some water main under an intersection is a digital assistant, much like Apple’s Siri or Amazon Alexa. You summon her by saying, “Hey, Mercedes!”

She (or it?) can help you get directions, do local searches for things like nearby restaurants and tell you the weather forecast, all without taking your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. This system even has a bit of snark. Just ask her about Audi…

ALSO SEE: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Review

3. It Feels Like a Real Mercedes-Benz

Point No. 3 is refinement. Despite its smaller dimensions, the A-Class feels like a real Mercedes-Benz. It’s quiet inside, plus the ride is refined and well isolated. Bumps are absorbed and digested with zero harshness, just like in a proper luxury vehicle.

A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission available in this car. That sounds like a recipe for juddering and clunkiness, but this gearbox proved to be a paragon of refinement during testing, with none of the usual bad behavior these things are notorious for exhibiting.

2. Hey, Where’s the Hatch?

But now for a couple things you probably won’t like. Point two, the A-Class is only offered as a sedan in the U.S., however, Canadian drivers can purchase a hatchback version of the car. Basically, they get choice and we get screwed.

SEE ALSO: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Review

Yes, a brand-new version of the CLA “four-door coupe” is also in the works. It should go on sale in America before the end of the year. It’s basically the same thing as the A-Class but with fancier styling. Beyond that, Mercedes will also offer a gorgeous CLA Shooting Brake, sort of a station wagon version of the car. They revealed it at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and it’s something else we’re unlikely to ever get. Doin’ us a heckin sadness, fren.

1. Economy-Car Performance?

Finally, let’s talk about performance. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is the sole engine offered here. It’s quiet and smooth but only delivers 188 horsepower. That’s less than you get in a base Honda Accord!

Fortunately, the A-Class’ overall performance is still very good thanks to its resourceful transmission and tons of low-end torque, which peaks at 221 pound-feet.

On paper, this car looks like a total slug, but it can still get you 60 miles an hour in around seven seconds, which is totally respectable. Hatchback models offered in Canada are graced with 221 horses and 258 pound-feet, which still isn’t that much for a 2.0-liter turbo, but it’s still a welcome upgrade. In any case, bring on AMG versions!

Of course, it’s entirely likely they’ve tuned these cars for efficiency rather than outright performance. With all-wheel drive our tester stickered at 25 miles per gallon city, 33 highway and 28 mpg combined.

Far better than the outgoing CLA, which, yes, will be replaced by a new version later in the year, this 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class at long last makes a compelling argument that small can be premium.

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2020 Mercedes GLS Debuts with Mild Hybrid System Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:40:09 +0000 2020 Mercedes GLS Debuts with Mild Hybrid System 2020 Mercedes GLS Debuts with Mild Hybrid System
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Two versions of the overhauled 2020 Mercedes GLS have debuted, and the full-size three-row SUV will only be available as a mild hybrid. Not only has the SUV grown in size, but it also gets a new style and the latest new technology and safety features.

Making its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the Mercedes GLS 580 4Matic is the first Benz to pair the excellent 4.0L twin-turbo V8 to EQ Boost, the brand’s 48-volt mild hybrid system. The mild hybrid system helps reduce fuel consumption, but also provides a boost of torque when needed and helps makes the stop/start system smoother. Altogether, this means this big SUV is going to be fast — it can accelerate to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. The V8 alone provides an already stout 483 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, but the EQ Boost system adds up to another 21 hp and 184 lb-ft.

ALSO SEE: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Review

The Mercedes GLS 450 4Matic pairs EQ Boost with the turbocharged 3.0L inline six-cylinder, for a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.9 seconds. The inline six outputs 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, with EQ Boost adding the same 21 hp and 184 lb-ft. Both GLS models will get a nine-speed automatic transmission and AWD as standard, while the new E-Active Body Control suspension system, which is made possible by the 48-volt electrical system, is also available. This system is supposed to balance handling and comfort but also enhance off-road ability. You’ve probably seen videos of this tech in action on the smaller GLE — the suspension can bounce the SUV up and down to help it get traction if it’s stuck. An air suspension is standard.

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This new SUV will be available with either six seats (with two second-row captains chairs) or seven (two bench-style seats), which doesn’t affect the price. The seats are all adjustable electronically and Mercedes says the third row should be able to fit an adult up to 6.4 feet tall. The third row is also heated for the first time.

Standard features include navigation, a Burmester surround sound system, 64 ambient lighting colors, wireless device charging, 115V AC plug, nine USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind spot assist, active brake assist, attention assist, active parking assist with a surround-view monitor, car-to-X communication, and more. A head-up display, augmented reality navigation, gesture controls, heated and cooled cupholders, executive rear seat package, heated and ventilated rear seats, driver assistance package with stop-and-go traffic assist, upgraded audio, five-zone climate control, and more, are also available.

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The GLS will come with the latest version of Mercedes’ new infotainment system, MBUX, the highlight of which is a virtual assistant you can activate by saying “Hey Mercedes.” The AI system gets smarter the more you use it and drivers can speak to it quite naturally, not unlike how they interact with Siri or Google Assistant. The dual 12.3-inch widescreens (one is a touchscreen) will also come standard.

Built to compete with vehicles like the BMW X7 and Cadillac Escalade, the 2020 Mercedes GLS sits atop the brand’s SUV lineup as the largest and most luxurious model and will be available closer to the end of the year. The GLS will be built in Alabama.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Models Gain MBUX Infotainment System, Fresh Look Tue, 16 Apr 2019 21:40:19 +0000 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Models Gain MBUX Infotainment System, Fresh Look 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Models Gain MBUX Infotainment System, Fresh Look
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The folks at Mercedes-AMG have updated their high-performance GLC lineup for 2020. Both the SUV and coupe models will debut at this week’s New York auto show, each one benefiting from numerous enhancements for the latest model year.

Not that these luxury vehicles needed any dressing up, but each version should gain new head and taillights, redesigned optional 21-inch wheels and reworked exhaust pipes. There’s also an AMG-specific grille with vertical black slats. S models gain matte silver accents and rear bumper diffuser fins. Graphite Grey Metallic is a freshly available paint color.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

More substantively, an electronically controlled locking differential is standard on every model, from the GLC 63 Coupe and SUV, to the ultra-high-performance S version of the Coupe. There’s a new dynamic handling mode with up to four settings and, of course, the automaker’s slick new MBUX infotainment system has been added for 2020. An interior assistant is optional, which uses a 3-D camera to know where the driver or front passenger is reaching so the vehicle can offer, for instance, illumination support or simplified access to stored favorites.

Supporting that new infotainment system is an updated steering wheel with the automaker’s Touch Control buttons, perfect for manipulating MBUX. There’s also a new touchpad and a handy digital assistant that you summon by saying, “Hey, Mercedes!” Think of this as the automotive equivalent of Apple’s Siri or Amazon Alexa.

Inside, you’ll find standard MB-Tex-covered sport seats with Dinamica microfiber trim, though S models also gain a performance steering wheel, AMG badges on front headrests and a special instrument cluster with red accents.

Adaptive air suspension is standard across the board, as is 4Matic+ all-wheel drive, which provides variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles. Motorists can tweak how this system performs, as there are up to six different drive programs: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. S models also gain a Race mode for maximum performance.

All AMG versions of the GLC 63 are powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. In standard form, this powerplant cranks out 469 horsepower with 479 pound-feet of torque. Opt for an S model and each of those figures grows to 503 and 516, respectively. These higher-caliber models also feature dynamic engine mounts for greater performance and refinement. But no matter the potency, each of these engines is hand-assembled in Affalterbach, Germany by master technicians.

SEE ALSO: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Review

An AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission routes torque to the pavement. It features a wet clutch pack instead of a torque converter, an arrangement that’s supposedly lighter and more responsive. This gearbox helps the GLC 63 blast to 60 miles an hour in 3.8 seconds. The S variant can do the same deed in as little as 3.6. Top speed is 155 miles an hour (250 km/h) for the “standard” model, 174 (280 km/h) for the S.

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 range goes on sale in the U.S. late this year. Pricing information has not been released at this time.

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Mercedes GLB Concept is Not the Tiny G-Wagen We Hoped For Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:00:53 +0000 Mercedes GLB Concept is Not the Tiny G-Wagen We Hoped For Mercedes GLB Concept is Not the Tiny G-Wagen We Hoped For
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The Mercedes-Benz GLB Concept previews a new compact crossover that will slot between the GLA and the GLC as a more rugged offering.

The concept, which debuted at the Shanghai auto show, has seating for seven passengers (which is remarkable considering how small it is) and is designed with off-roading in mind. Although we were hoping for something boxy that looked like a mini G-Wagen, the GLB concept still looks pretty good and nearly ready for production.

With an upright stance, short overhangs, and exaggerated body cladding, the GLB Concept has attractive proportions and there’s nothing too outlandish that might be cut for a production model, though we doubt the aggressive off-road tires, integrated roof box, and roof-mounted lights will make it.

ALSO SEE: Where is Mercedes Made?

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB 2019

The interior is a highlight and we also think almost everything you see here in the photos could make it to production, as we’ve already seen many of these features in Mercedes’ newer cars like the A-Class and CLA. The dual widescreens, new touchpad interface, and turbine-style air vents are sure to appear in the production car, but we also hope the orange accents, honeycombed open-pore wood, and gorgeous brown suede/leather makes it because that color and texture combination is gorgeous.

Mercedes says the third row can seat two “medium-sized occupants” comfortably and folds flat into the trunk when not needed. The second row can slide forward and backward to make more room for the third-row occupants and can also fold down to create a totally flat cargo area.

You can expect the Mercedes GLB to get the latest iteration of the excellent MBUX infotainment system that comes with a virtual assistant you can summon by using the command “Hey, Mercedes” and gets smarter the more you use it.

ALSO SEE: Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan Lands With 302 HP 2.0L Turbo

Power for the Mercedes GLB Concept comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that outputs 224 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be paired to an eight-speed DCT and a full-time all-wheel-drive system.

Expect a production version of the new Mercedes GLB to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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Where is Mercedes Made? Wed, 10 Apr 2019 17:06:02 +0000 Where is Mercedes Made? Where is Mercedes Made?
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We’ve already covered where BMW, one of Germany’s largest automakers, comes from and where it makes its cars. Now its time to do the same for one of its arch rivals, Mercedes-Benz.

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In this post, we’ll provide a brief history of Mercedes-Benz, where the company was first incorporated and where its various assembly plants are located today. Just like our other posts like this, we will only be focusing on the Mercedes-Benz plants that serve the North American market, as it operates many plants that do not serve the US or Canada in any capacity.

Where is Mercedes From?

Mercedes-Benz is a subsidiary of Daimler AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

The company can trace its origins back to the Benz Patent Motorwagen, which was the world’s first motorized vehicle designed to generate its own power entirely. The man who designed and built it, Karl Benz, is credited with inventing the automobile.

The Benz Patent Motorwagen was invented in 1885, with sales beginning in summer of 1888. The success of the vehicle forced Karl Benz to upscale his once tiny engine manufacturing company, Benz & Cie. By 1899, Benz & Cie was pumping out just under 600 vehicles per year, making it the largest automaker in the world at the time. It also grew from 50 employees in 1889 to around 430 in 1899.

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Benz & Cie. eventually faced stiff competition from fellow German automaker Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG), founded by Gotlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. The two continued to compete until 1926, when a post-WW1 economic crisis forced them to merge into Daimler-Benz AG. This formed the framework for the companies we know today as Daimler AG as Mercedes-Benz.

Where is Mercedes Made?

Bremen Plant – Bremen, Germany

  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class (Sedan, Wagon, Coupé, Cabriolet)
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Coupé and Cabriolet)
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC, GLC Coupé
  • Mercedes-Benz SL

Kecskemét Plant, Kecskemét, Hungary

  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA (Sedan and Shooting Brake)

Rastatt Plant – Rastatt, Germany

  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA

Sindelfingen Plant, Sindelfingen, Germany

  • Mercedes-Benz CLS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Sedan and Wagon)
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class (Sedan, Coupé, Cabriolet)
  • Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG GT (all variants)
  • Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Coupe
  • Mercedes-Maybach

Tuscaloosa Plant, Tuscaloosa, USA

  • Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLE Coupé
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan (for USA)

Magna Steyr (contract plant) – Graz, Austria

  • Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Where are AMG engines made?

Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains – Affalterbach, Germany

  • AMG V8 Engines

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