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2020 Hyundai Venue
Hyundai’s crossover chess board is nearly complete. The recently introduced Palisade fulfills the role of profits-raking king, and now, five nameplates down the roster in the subcompact segment comes the brand’s pawn: the all-new 2020 Venue. Before w
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The Battle For The Soul Of American Luxury
Sixty years ago, Detroit was one of the richest cities in America. The largesse was on display in its magnificent theaters, the mansions of auto-industry czars, and the 18-foot-long luxury sedans cruising Woodward Avenue, many bearing the Cadillac cr
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2020 McLaren GT
The McLaren GT is not simply a kinder, gentler 720S. OK, dig and you’ll find plenty of 720S DNA. But the GT is very much its own car, specifically designed and engineered by McLaren to carry two people and their luggage across continents, in comfort
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What’s Next… Cars
What’s New: It’s Aston’s take on a Ferrari mid-engine supercar, aimed squarely at the new F8 Tributo revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March. If it looks anything like the concept and revives the Vanquish name, we’ll be extremely happy. The Vanqui
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2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
After a brief cancellation, the Toyota Yaris Hatchback is back as a rebadged Mazda2. The Yaris Hatchback shares the cab-rearward look of the Mazda, though it features a decidedly Toyota face. We’re a little skeptical, but Toyota promises “tenacious h
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What’s Next… Trucks
What’s New: Many EV startups promise the world only to crumble before their first car gets out the door, but Michigan-based Rivian seems to be doing this right. The R1T pickup will be its first model. Powered by a motor at each wheel, the R1T will be
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2020 Nissan Versa
For the third-generation Versa, Nissan aims to change the way we see A-to-B transport—which explains the new model’s substantial makeover and generous equipment list—but only as a sedan. The Versa Note hatchback goes out of production after the 2019
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The Soul of New American Luxury Is in California, Not Detroit
Americans are at our best when we look forward instead of at what others are doing. Cadillac and Lincoln used to epitomize this idea. When your slogan is “Standard of the World,” you have to live up to that promise. When the first tailfins sprouted f
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2020 BMW 750Li xDrive
Back in its 20s, the BMW 7 Series knew exactly what it was. Sleek, powerful, athletic, the 7 Series was confident. It was the Ultimate Driving Machine for the masters of the universe. Now in its mid-40s, the 7 Series has lost confidence in itself, in
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Third Time Is The Charmer
I’ve hardly driven 100 feet out of our parking lot before I’m already talking to myself: “Wow, this thing’s steering and brakes feel worlds better than the Prius.” I’ve just belted into the Toyota’s archnemesis—Honda’s latest Insight Touring—having d
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Mt Confidential
Positive customer reaction to the driving dynamics of the newest generation of electric vehicles is prompting Audi CEO Bram Schot into taking a long, hard look at hydrogen fuel cell powertrains. “The average customer is very, very excited about drivi
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High Hopes
During my early days at MotorTrend, there was a running joke that Kia had abandoned the long-term Borrego it had lent us. Long-term test vehicles typically stay for a year, but our burnt-orange Borrego was a fixture for almost twice as long before it
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
My expectations were the size of the Great Smoky Mountains. The assignment: drive the new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI on the famous Tail of the Dragon stretch of Route 129 outside Knoxville, Tennessee. The expectations were warranted. This latest GLI h
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Sedan Savior?
In a high-walled interior courtyard within Hyundai’s Namyang design studio, a team of Hyundai designers pulled back silk drapes on a pair of 2020 Sonatas—a red sedan equipped with a 1.6-liter turbo-four Smart Stream engine and a gray version powered
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Speed Kills: But The Reasons Why Are Subject To Discussion
Every few years, some consumer advocacy group trots out a report that alarmingly purports that Americans are slaughtering one another on the nation’s roads and that we’d be so much safer if everyone would just slow down. Fear sells, after all. And, w
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Life On The Assembly Line: We Build A New Volvo S60
Sometime in the next few months, someone will buy a Volvo S60 sedan with a panoramic sunroof that I installed. Good news: The experienced operators on the assembly line at Volvo’s spanking new plant near Charleston, South Carolina, didn’t let me mess
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Ola Källenius
There’s a new sheriff in town. Ola Källenius, 49, took over as CEO of Daimler AG on May 22, replacing longtime boss Dieter Zetsche, who faced mandatory retirement but will return as chairman of the supervisory board in 2021. Zetsche, CEO for 13 years
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Mt Garage
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB Fuel Econ: 26/29/27 mpg Base price $29,880 As tested $30,005 Aglance at the window sticker on any Hyundai Kona will reveal a few things. Perhaps you’ll notice the five-star NHTSA safety rating, or maybe the solid EPA numbers and rel
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Your Say…
The “King in the North” comparison from way back in the October 2017 issue was one of your best stories ever. But those three trucks are now old (with all three of them having been replaced), and there's an entire company of new trucks waiting to pro
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In science class we learned “entropy is always increasing.” We may not remember what this fundamental tenet of the second law of thermodynamics really means, but it comes to mind as we face a daily fire hose of new products, services, clutter, inform
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The Truck That Would Not Die
I grew up driving a 1983 Toyota truck, a slow, four-cylinder 4x4 Hilux that was my parents’ answer to a question too many police officers asked me in my short 16 and a half years on this planet: “Son, do you know how fast you were driving?” Although
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Future Cars
Last year, automakers like Ford abandoning the manufacturing of sedans for more popular (and profitable) SUVs was shocking news. But even though some of those cars haven’t gone out of production yet, it already feels like reality. The feeling only ge
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The Driver's Choice
It’s become an article of faith among some enthusiasts that a real driver would always choose a stick shift over flappy paddles. OK, quick quiz. Money no object, which would you choose: Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS or the 911 GT3 Touring? Turbo and PDK with
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Ultimate Off-Roader: Six-wheel Toyota Will Venture Off-planet
Have you been paying attention to the international moon race going on right now? I’d somehow missed that countries ranging from India and Israel to China and Japan all have moon missions underway or imminent. China’s Yutu-2 rover is currently prospe
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2020 Ford Escape
The irony is not lost on us. The all-new, redesigned 2020 Ford Escape looks more carlike yet makes its debut as the automaker exits the sedan market. Still, we get the logic. Ford has a similar-sized crossover coming that’s designed for the urbanite
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What’s Now… SUVs
What’s New: Despite fears that the new Bronco would be a warmed-over overseas-market Ford Everest, that’s thankfully not the case. With a boxy shape, round headlights, and a rectangular grille, the new Bronco should be the retro off-roader fans have
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2020 Lincoln Corsair
The Corsair makes a clean break from the MKC it replaces, so much so that it adopted a new name that drops alphanumeric monikers. Like the new Escape, the Corsair was engineered on Ford’s new front-drive unibody car platform. However, the Lincoln tea
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What’s Now… Trucks
What’s New: Ram won’t officially confirm it, but who wouldn’t want a 707-hp Hellcat-powered high-speed off-road SRT Ram TRX? The 2016 concept (pictured) made its debut on the previous platform/body with a 575-hp 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi and a none
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS
It might take a few seconds to notice the design changes on the new Mercedes-Benz GLS, but if you look closely, you’ll notice the shape of the grille has changed slightly, and the lower vents are more angular. Mercedes also streamlined the design of
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