Plug-in hybrids kick ass for environmental reasons, but unless it’s an $850,000 Porsche 918 Spyder, they tend to suck for people who actually love driving. And as of late most of them look like reject four-wheel Gundams—and somehow not in a good way. The 2017 BMW 330e is here to slap some sense into hybrid cars.
The 2017 Genesis G80 Ultimate is like upper-management accommodations at a middle-management price. The 420 horsepower V8 makes you a nice shortcut up the corporate ladder, but you don’t have to be a working stiff to appreciate this car.
When I was a kid, my dad would build control panels out of cardboard, set them up under our dinner table and made me a spaceship. I spent hours “flying” that heap of recycling and I’ll never forget how fast and futuristic I imagined I could be. The cockpit of the Lamborghini Huricán is the closest I’ve felt to outer…
It’s hard to tell if the car turns you into an asshole, or if it just brings out the asshole in you.
I’ll go straight out and say this: the current Volkswagen Jetta GLI has one big problem, and it’s called the Golf GTI.
It wasn’t long before we crossed what had been the East German border, the prow of our borrowed black Rolls-Royce cutting a clean line through arterial highways out of Berlin. Highways turned into two-lanes, two-lanes into little village streets, until we pulled into an unassuming edge-of-town industrial lot. On a far…
When Acura stuffed the NSX’s hybrid system into its three-row MDX people mover, they did what few rarely achieve: they made a big luxury crossover fun to drive. Not only is the MDX Sport Hybrid one of the most fun factory sleepers you can buy, it’s cheaper than most of its cushy hybrid crossover rivals, too.
For all the hype heaped on 2017 BMW M2 at its launch, the car sure has flared some nostrils since. “Garbage gearbox,” my colleague said. “Too fast,” another test pilot told me. “The damn diff keeps exploding,” an owner confided. I had a different experience with the M2. Then again, this one was a monster on a tight…
Hyundai wants you to believe they’re selling you a budget Jetta GLI with the 2017 Elantra Sport. They’re not. But although their fresh-out-of-the-oven compact sports sedan may not yet be as focused as its direct German competitor, it doesn’t stop this hot Elantra from being a fun little car, and a very affordable one…
You can scrape a basic crossover off the floor of a used car lot or spend a fortune on a fresh one with your favorite luxury badge. So where exactly does this high-end Hyundai Santa Fe fit in, and is it really worth BMW money?
The 2017 Alta Redshift MX may be a high-end, high-tech electric dirt bike, but it’s not afraid to get down and dirty. I know this because I crashed a brand new one on a Florida motocross track, and it didn’t even flinch. Actually, it didn’t even stall. I could get used to this “electric dirt bike” thing.
Do you like fun? Joy? Happiness? I have discovered this in car form, and it is the 2017 Toyota 86. Fret not the garbage-speak of too little power. It has enough power to do donuts, and that’s all that matters. It’s light. It’s tossable. It’s everything that’s missing from my life, and I need one now.
Everything about it seems wrong. It’s a front-engine, front-wheel drive family car with soft suspension and no power. And yet this little 1966 MG 1100 is one of the most entertaining cars I’ve ever driven.
As far as crossovers go, the Subaru Forester is some kind of an enigma. Besides a few new safety features here and there, the damn thing has been pretty much unchanged for the last four years, and while its engine is relatively new, it feels like the same Boxer motor Subaru has used since, like, fire was invented.
This isn’t the Alfa Romeo that your dad had in college, the Spider that was great on sunny days but wrecked his bank account over and over again with its repair bills. This isn’t the Alfa Romeo of the 1990s, after it left America and turned out one dismal Fiat-sourced front-wheel drive hatchback after another.
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 has a simple mission: get your ass around without putting it to sleep. In the modern crossover market, that’s actually a noble enterprise. This year the car’s being relaunched as fancier, quieter and more mature—so now we get to figure out if it’s got any soul left.
Of all the modifications one can make to a vehicle, an engine swap is the most interesting because it is the most radically transformative. It’s akin to a heart transplant, except all too often the procedure is carried out by a mad scientist rather than by a skilled surgeon.