• 2020 Honda Accord

    The 2020 Honda Accord rises high on our list of four-doors—crossovers, sedans, trucks, anything really—thanks to its attractive mix of style, practicality, space, and of course, price. This year, the Accord carries on without change, our TCC Rating doesn’t either. It’s 7.0 thanks to its space and features—and...
  • “Ford v Ferrari”: How Much the Stars Drove, Where the Cars Came From, and More

    Every enthusiast who has read A.J. Baime’s nonfiction book about Carroll Shelby’s and Ken Miles’s mid-1960s sports-car racing effort, “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans,” has been anticipating its adaption to the big screen. Ford v Ferrari finally is here, directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale as Miles and Matt Damon as Shelby.
    Ford v Ferrari stunt coordinator Robert Nagle held that same position for the bre
  • Cruise Controlling: We Drive Five Classic Toyota Land Cruisers

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—When Toyota held a press preview for the 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, it borrowed a bunch of vintage Land Cruisers from the Land Cruiser Heritage Museum to remind us of the history it was honoring with the new model. As a result, and somewhat incredibly, I got to drive five generations of classic Land Cruisers in one day. Here’s what they were like.1960–1983 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
    Driving old cars can be a disappointment, as they rarely turn out to
  • 2020 Chevy Silverado

    The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is leaner, longer, wider, taller, and has the largest bed in the class. There are eight trim levels, seven powertrains, better available trailering equipment, more available safety features, and a long-awaited new diesel engine. Somehow, it all comes together in a less satisfying fashion than its rivals. We rate the...
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  • 2020 Honda CR-V

    Inattention didn’t kill the family sedan, compact crossovers like the 2020 Honda CR-V did. Our jury returns a favorable verdict to the CR-V and its cohort; they’re comfortable, spacious, and in the case of the popular Honda, relatively fuel efficient too. The 2020 CR-V is updated this year—just a fluff and buff, at least until...
  • 2020 Honda CR-V review, McLaren Elva returns, cheap EV lease deals: What's New @ The Car Connection

    2020 Honda CR-V review The best-selling 2020 Honda CR-V compact crossover gets modest upgrades and a new hybrid model. 2020 Toyota Camry AWD debuts, back after nearly 30 years In a bid to compete with crossovers, Toyota introduced all-wheel drive powertrains on the 2020 Camry and 2021 Avalon sedans. 2020 Toyota Tacoma crew cab earns Top Safety...
  • 2021 Toyota Avalon Borrows AWD System from the RAV4

    The Toyota Avalon has always been something of a stealthy, value-priced luxo-barge. But it’s never been a vehicle with the means to confidently take on wet or slick conditions—until now. That’s thanks to the new availability of all-wheel drive on this previously front-drive-only flagship sedan.
    The addition of Toyota’s Dynamic Torque Control AWD system promises to improve stability and confidence when driving through rain or snow. The Toyota Avalon AWD system can send up
  • 2020 Toyota Camry AWD debuts, back after nearly 30 years

    Toyota introduced Wednesday an available all-wheel drive powertrain on the 2020 Camry and 2021 Avalon in a bid to compete with more popular crossovers and SUVs. It’s the first time the Avalon sedan is available with AWD, and the first time AWD has been offered on the best-selling Camry mid-size sedan since 1991. Derived from the RAV4 compact...
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  • 2020 Toyota Camry Adds AWD Option for First Time in 18 Years

    Toyota fans, your all-wheel drive Camry sedan prayers have finally been answered! If you’ve been harboring fevered excitement for a possible redux to the Camry AllTrac since its demise in 1991, you can now order a Camry and its larger sibling, the Avalon, with all-wheel drive. (For the past 18 years, Toyota’s Camry has solely been available with front-wheel drive.) The all-weather-friendly driveline is available as a stand-alone option on Camry’s LE, XLE, SE, and XSE trim level
  • 2021 McLaren Elva Hypercar: $1.7 Million, 804 HP, No Windshield

    Superlatives are grossly overused these days, from the White House press room to the comments on any given Instagram post. So it’s easy to blow off something like McLaren’s Ultimate Series as yet another substance-free attention grab. But that would be wrong, as evidenced by the latest and greatest addition to the lineup, the windshield-less, roofless, 804-hp McLaren Elva.
    Named for the McLaren-Elva sports cars Bruce McLaren designed in the 1960s, the new Elva is spiritually, if not
  • The Lightest Sports Cars You Can Buy for Under $30,000

    Power-to-weight ratios matter, and what these sports cars lack in horsepower they more than make up for in their abilities to attack the roads with venom. Credit their superlight curb weights, which, combined with sporty suspension tuning allow for tons of dynamic goodness—even if none will challenge a Tesla or a V-8–powered muscle car in a stoplight drag race. The lightest among these bantam-weight sports cars is also our favorite: The 2020 Mazda Miata, but the rest on this list are
  • Wild Ride: We Strap Into Honda’s Ridgeline Baja Race Truck

    BARSTOW, California—Last November, it didn’t take long for 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner and Honda driver Alexander Rossi to be front and center during a shocking moment shortly after the start of the world-famous SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race in Mexico.
    Contesting his first-ever off-road event and heading south at speed in the Honda Ridgeline Baja race truck, Rossi and navigator Evan Weller blasted up and over a series of humps on the dirt trail. It was a straightforward portion of t
  • The Best and Worst Car Keys, According to Me

    Do you ever stop and think about the key that you use to enter and start your car? Well, since I’m a detail freak and I spend time in a variety of automobiles on a regular basis, I tend to fixate on such minutiae. I also hate bulky items in my pocket, so I’m rather particular about keys. And I’ll tell you, there’s some serious diversity in the world of automotive keys.Let’s start with possibly my least favorite key in the industry. It comes out of England and it&rsq
  • Memories of Automotive Smells—Only Some of Which Were the Car

    We know better now, of course, but off-gassing is still very much a thing in new cars. With all the synthetic material in vehicle interiors, modern cars continue to let loose a sustained barrage of lightly-tethered petrochemical fume matter—what we used to call new-car smell—for occupants to breathe deep in the months after a new machine is first pressed into service. Then, one day, the new car smell is gone. Where to, we’ll never know, but we have a pretty good idea it isn&rsq
  • 2020 Toyota Tacoma crew cab earns Top Safety Pick award

    Toyota's mid-size pickup received a 2019 Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the organization announced earlier this month. The award comes thanks to a new set of optional headlights that boosted it toward the top of the class in safety. While the 2020 Tacoma crew cab didn't ace all of the IIHS safety tests, it...
  • 2021 Ford Bronco Details That Will Carry Over from the Baja Race Truck

    Ford surprised everyone earlier this month when it dropped the hard-core Bronco R, which is not, of course, the production 2021 Bronco SUV due to officially appear early next year. Instead, it is a purpose-built race truck—we got a chance to to ride in it, too—destined for the brutal Baja 1000 off-road race in Mexico. While it is obvious that the ’21 Bronco won’t come without a windshield or with gaping holes in its bodywork, or that crazy wide stance, there is plent
  • 2020 Chevrolet Trax

    The 2020 Chevrolet Trax may lack eye-grabbing options, but its most stand-out feature can’t be found anywhere in the order guide: price. If you’re going to buy a Trax, buy a cheap one. The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a baby crossover designed for those who want good visibility and ease of entry/exit with a city-friendly footprint. Overall...
  • 2021 Kia Optima Sports Fastback Looks and Really Shines

    The redesigned 2021 Kia Optima has finally been revealed ahead of its official global debut in Korea on December 12. Like earlier teaser photos suggested, the stylish midsize sedan sports a new look featuring the latest iteration of Kia’s corporate grille, which is now called the “tiger nose evolution.”
    The grille has a three-dimensional look, headlights integrated into it, and a pattern modeled to look like shark skin. Like its predecessors, the low-slung coupe-like roofline r
  • F-150 vs. Ram 1500, Jeep Wrangler Ecodiesel review, Volvo boosts PHEV range: What's New @ The Car Connection

    2020 Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500: Compare Trucks It’s a heated battle between two of the top four full-size pickups sold in America today—and it’s the runner-up that gets the nod. 2020 Volkswagen Passat to start from $23,915 2020 Volkswagen Passat, the mid-size sedan overshadowed by the Jetta and Arteon sedans, stays the course. 2020...
  • 2020 Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500: Compare Trucks

    The Ford F-150 has sold more copies than the average Kinko’s; the Ram 1500 keeps gaining on it and rivals from Chevy and GMC with methodical doses of technology and talent. Both full-size pickup trucks are at the top of their towing and hauling and passenger-carrying game—but which one should you buy? The latest 2020 Ram 1500 does it...
  • 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel First Drive Review

    ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah—According to Jeep, the 2020 Wrangler JL diesel will satisfy the number-two demand it hears from its enthusiasts. (The top demand, a pickup, has been filled by the Gladiator, while the number-three request is for a new Grand Wagoneer. That’s coming.) Never mind that there isn’t much U.S.-market historical precedent for such a Jeep engine—Willys offered a 3.2-liter British Perkins diesel four in the CJ5 and CJ6 from 1961–65, while a 2.2-liter
  • Mercedes-AMG GT C Road-Trip Review: Two Friends, One AMG, Zero Clue

    Earlier this year, myself and my childhood friend Jake decided it had been too long since we hung out. Instead of swapping obnoxious memes and good-naturedly insulting each other over text, it was high time we did that in person, especially considering we live in the same state—me in L.A. and him in San Francisco. A road trip through the American Southwest would be a perfect tonic, and while he sorted shelter and a loose schedule, I would handle the wheels.
    It was just the two of us, and i
  • How the 2020 Corvette C8 Turned This Vette Hater Into a Believer

    Over nearly a decade of driving and reviewing Corvettes, I never quite “got” America’s sports car. To me, it always seemed to fall stubbornly and annoyingly shy of its true potential. The Corvette has long delivered incredible performance—not just for the money, but period—yet it’s also needed to remain relatively affordable. Translation? Anything not having to do with performance suffered, meaning the cars had rough edges and mediocre-quality interiors that n
  • Burn Rubber in This 800+HP, Gulf-Liveried Ford Mustang

    Are you a power junkie? Love blue and orange Gulf Oil liveries? Well, you’re in luck—the Gulf Heritage Edition Mustang is here to take your money. The limited-edition pony packs more than 800 horsepower and can sprint from zero to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. The mighty Mustang is available as a coupe or convertible for $139,995 and wears the paint scheme worn by the Ford GT40 cars that won the 1968 and 1969 editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
    The hefty price tag includes a
  • Tested: How Close Is a Professional Racing Simulator to the Real Thing?

    Motorsports fans, driving enthusiasts, and video-game players have heard a lot in recent years about the realism of racing games and simulators. But just how valuable are these increasingly complicated collections of digital code as training tools to top-level professional race car drivers, teams, and engineers? Ford recently offered us a chance to find out.
    In 2014, the Blue Oval opened its Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina, to help the company with its race-car devel
  • On Track: Future Jeep Grand Cherokee, Grand Wagoneer, Ram Plans

    Even with massive changes in the works for FCA given its planned merger with PSA and negotiations on a new four-year labor agreement with the UAW, the strategy remains on track to build more, bigger, and more profitable Jeeps and Ram pickups. It makes us tired just thinking about all the things that FCA CEO Mike Manley is juggling, but the top man—at least until the merger takes effect—says his team is going full tilt on product plans and portfolio overhauls that were in the works be
  • 2020 Volkswagen Passat to start from $23,915

    The restyled 2020 Volkswagen Passat will start at $23,915 (including a $920 destination fee), the company announced Monday, and the range-topping SEL model will start at $32,015; it will be the only variant to retail for more than $30,000. The Passat's base price remains essentially unchanged from what it was for 2018—the last time the full...
  • BMW's 2020 lineup, VW Golf R overview, Tesla leads Germans: What's New @ The Car Connection

    What’s New for 2020: BMW With more models than ever, the 2020 BMW lineup includes new four-door coupe-like sedans, M-branded SUVs, and bigger batteries for hybrids. 2020 Lexus RX earns Top Safety Pick due to improved headlights Updated headlights and reinforced bumpers bump the 2020 Lexus RX into a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS for crash...
  • What Tesla’s EV Pickup Truck Needs to Beat the Rivian R1T

    The Tesla “Cybertruck” electric pickup truck may be the automaker’s boldest play yet, one that any truck enthusiast should pay attention to, as Elon Musk will pull the covers off on November 21. But the much-hyped vehicle already has to hit ludicrous speed to catch up to the Rivian R1T, which has enjoyed a yearlong headstart to capture the world’s attention. Soon, Tesla’s outspoken CEO can end his Twitter teaser campaign and share all the real-deal details of his co
  • 2020 Lexus RX earns Top Safety Pick due to improved headlights

    The 2020 Lexus RX has received a Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thanks to some strategic improvements to its crash structure and an updated set of headlights. For the first time, the 2020 RX swept the insurance watchdog's crashworthiness tests, receiving a "Good" in each category. For the first time, the RX was...
  • What’s New for 2020: BMW

    BMW has an onslaught of new product for 2020 with an updated or new powertrain, body style, and performance package for each of its many models. With Gran Coupe four-doors and Competition performance trims, not to mention the M performance sub-brand and the M Sport appearance packages, BMW offers a vast array of models, and never has it been this...
  • 2020 BMW Z4

    Two-seat roadsters deliver a lofty payload: Salvation from humdrum road boredom. The 2020 BMW Z4 convertible fits the spiritual bill with a pair of turbocharged inline engines and road-hugging handling. It begs to be driven simply for the joy of driving. With the top down in the new M40i version, that simple joy becomes an extended thrill. The...
  • 2020 Lexus LC

    The 2020 Lexus LC is not a car for introverts. Its sharp lines draw attention in even the most crowded parking lots, and its prodigious power puts it in genuine sports-car territory. It’s not perfect, but it does many things exceptionally well. We rate the 2020 LC at 7 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The 2020 LC leans more...
  • In Photos: The Hottest Modified 2020 MkV Toyota Supras of SEMA 2019

    The 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show has happened. If you don’t know what that is, the SEMA show is basically the world’s largest gathering of automotive performance and styling parts, as well as everything else that goes along with vehicle modification—from tires to tools and from lubricants to fuzzy/furry steering-wheel covers, SEMA has it all. It happens in Las Vegas around this time every year, and is known as the place to showcase the hottest vehicle
  • 2020 Lexus RC

    Sporty, stylish, and with a wild option that’s almost ready for a race track, the 2020 Lexus RC is a reminder that coupes can be compelling choices. Overall, we rate this remarkably broad two-door lineup at 6.2 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) This year, the lineup includes RC 300, RC 350, and RC F versions powered by turbo-4...
  • In Photos: The Wildest Custom Jeep Gladiator JT Builds of SEMA 2019

    We have been all over the 2020 Jeep Gladiator since the day it debuted, and it seems that tons of aftermarket parts manufacturers and shops have been, too. Witness the myriad Gladiators on display at the 2019 SEMA show. At its core, SEMA is an industry-only trade show for some car manufacturers and many more parts makers to show off all their project cars and available goodies. For insiders, SEMA is the world’s biggest toy show for those crazy about cars and trucks. This year, the most pop
  • Whoa: We Drive Ford’s GT Le Mans Race Car and Mustang GT4 Racer!

    ALTON, Virginia—Virginia International Raceway is located in the south of the state, a stone’s throw away from the North Carolina border. I first competed here in 2003 driving a Daytona Prototype; my co-driver Terry Borcheller and I qualified on pole and managed to pull off a win. As a result and not surprisingly, VIR has been one of my favorite tracks ever since.
    This place is old school: it’s narrow, with a few technical sections and blind crests, and is generally very fast.
  • Toyota Mega Cruiser: Did You Know Toyota Made a Hummer H1 Lookalike?

    If you thought the Hummer H1 was unique, you need to meet the Toyota Mega Cruiser. When the Japanese armed forces were looking for a new ride for the 1990s, they asked many of the same questions as the U.S. military—and came up with the same answers.
    It’s hard to say if the Mega Cruiser’s resemblance to a certain High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle is coincidence or copy. Like the Hummer, the Mega Cruiser has a high-mounted radiator (albeit not horizontally oriented like
  • Drive Capsule: Retracing a Century-Old Southern California Journey Today

    “Southern California is easily the motorist’s paradise over all other places on this mundane sphere. … The matchless climate and the ever-increasing mileage of fine roads, with the endless array of places worth visiting, insure the maximum of service and pleasure to the fortunate owner of a car, regardless of its name-plate or pedigree.”—Thomas Murphy, On Sunset Highways (1915).
    Set against the backdrop of a nascent California, the century-old tome On Sunset Highwa
  • Vroom for Rent: In Japan, People Are Renting Cars and Not Even Driving Them

    Car-sharing services in Japan, apparently, are witnessing an increasingly common trend: Many of their customers return rental cars with zero miles driven. Mind you, the cars are used during the rental period—they just don’t go anywhere.
    “I rented a car to eat a boxed meal because I could not find anywhere else to eat lunch,” said one of the customers who responded to surveys by leading car-sharing companies Times24 Co. and Orix; they have more than 12,000 cars distributed
  • Lamborghini’s Maurizio Reggiani on His Favorite Models, Electrification, and the V-12’s Future

    Maurizio Reggiani is a car guy through and through. He studied engineering in Modena, Italy, before leading engine assembly at Maserati in the mid-1980s. From there, he had a multiyear stint at Bugatti, where he was responsible for the quad-turbo V-12 powertrain that found a home in the EB110 supercar. Reggiani joined Lamborghini in 1998 as head of R&D for powertrain and suspension; he became chief technical director in 2006. He also leads motorsports division Lamborghini Squadra Corse and h
  • In Photos: The Overland Camping Trucks and SUVs of SEMA 2019

    In case you missed it, overlanding is officially a thing. For the uninitiated, overlanding is all about adventures—you guessed it—over land, usually on big wheels equipped with knobby tires. Overlanding is not necessarily rock crawling, blasting across sand dunes, or fording through streams, but can incorporate these elements and more. It is all about going off paved roads in a vehicle that’s both capable of doing so and has everything you need to survive (often comfortably) in
  • 30 Years of Infiniti: A History + Driving Historical Models

    In the run up to the launch of its first car, the Q45 luxury sedan, Infiniti rolled out an ad campaign featuring serene scenes from nature and flowery essays on its guiding principles, with nary a car to be seen. The idea was sound: Take a head-on approach to brand building by espousing the values that could (and would) make Japanese luxury unique. But instead of creating desire, Infiniti created confusion. John Q. Public didn’t really get the point.
    Complicating matters, when everyone fin
  • 2020 Ford F-150 review, 2020 Honda Civic Si first drive, Karma Revero PHEV plans: What's New @ The Car Connection

    2020 Ford F-150 review The best-selling pickup gets a 6.2 on our overall scale. 2020 Hyundai Sonata has a modest price bump for a big jump in content The redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata starts at only $750 more than the outgoing model, but the mid-size sedan is better equipped and more capable. 2020 Lincoln Continental review The 2020 Lincoln...
  • Hyundai set to lead the charge on hybrid, plug-in, fuel cell, and electric vehicles

    Hyundai plans to launch 13 more alternatively-fueled vehicles by 2022, bringing its total number of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell, and electric vehicles to 16. With the announcement on Thursday, the South Korean automaker is poised to lead all Asian automakers and compete with luxury German makes for the most models offered with...
  • In Photos: Every Ford in the Blue Oval Booth at the 2019 SEMA Show

    If there is one show that caters to every enthusiast regardless of their preferred automotive brands, it’s the SEMA show. Each year, people from all over the globe descend on Las Vegas to check out the latest goodies for their preferred ride. Whether it’s bolt-ons, drivetrain components, complete builds, or power adders—SEMA has it all.
    Ford fans will naturally beeline to the Blue Oval’s booth, which this year hosted the GT supercar, Cobra Jet, and several speci
  • 2020 Hyundai Sonata has a modest price bump for a big jump in content

    The 2020 Sonata will start at $24,330 (including a $930 destination fee), Hyundai announced Thursday. That's $750 more than the base price of the outgoing sedan—an increase Hyundai claims is offset by additional standard equipment. Hyundai redesigned the Sonata for 2020, making the price bump for a new model a bit more palatable. The list of...
  • 2020 Ford F-150

    Donuts and Ford F-150s really don’t change. Why mess with success? The 2020 Ford F-150 has more varieties than the breakfast pastry and we’re sweet on all of them. The best-selling full-size pickup truck soldiers on this year with minimal changes—active safety features now can be had on less-expensive versions—and we...
  • 2020 Lincoln Continental

    The 2020 Lincoln Continental is a return to form for big, luxurious American sedans at a time when hardly anyone buys them anymore. Still, if you’re in the market, the 2020 Continental offers great value, lots of power, and plenty of classic style. We give it a TCC Rating of 7.5 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) No one...
  • 2020 Nissan Rogue review, rare supercar auction, Tesla pickup courts geekdom: What's New @ The Car Connection

    2019 Ford Edge earns the automaker its first IIHS Top Safety Pick of 2019 Ford hadn't scored a safety award from the IIHS for the 2019 model year until the agency rated the latest Edge crossover SUV. 2020 Chrysler Voyager earns top 5-star safety rating from feds Based on the Pacifica minivan, the Chrysler Voyager earned top marks from federal...

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