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Zach Gale

Car Compare: 2018 Nissan Kicks and 2018 Kia Soul

An attractive SUV-like design and affordable pricing has propelled the Kia Soul to the top of the automaker’s sales charts for years. But before you drive away in a new Soul with a color-contrasting roof, consider the Nissan Kicks. Both tall-roofed hatchbacks have relatively spacious interiors and call themselves SUVs yet don’t offer all-wheel drive. The two cars are also incredibly affordable for new cars, with base prices well under $20,000.

Keep reading to find out how they match up...

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Zach Gale

2018 Nissan Kicks SR First Test: Trusting the Right Numbers

If you think 125 hp isn’t enough grunt for a subcompact crossover like the 2018 Nissan Kicks, take a step back to see the bigger (or smaller) picture. With an as-tested curb weight of just 2,643 pounds, the affordable Kicks is far lighter and more efficient than its competitors. Whether you consider the Kicks a crossover-wannabe hatchback or a genuine entry-level crossover, the Nissan is compelling for the right type of buyer. We tested a loaded $22,630 Kicks SR to determine just how...

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2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid First Test: Hat Trick

“What does the SH stand for?” a curious woman asked while loading groceries into her newish Explorer, referencing the “SHAWD” badging on my Acura’s tailgate. “Super handling,” I responded. After a pause and a slightly confused look on her face, she replied, “But it’s a big SUV, why would anyone want that? … And [is it] even worth the extra money?” she asked. Two fantastic questions about the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. After spending several days in the three-row...

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Kelly Pleskot

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Priced from $22,870

For the 2018 model year, Subaru completely redesigned the Crosstrek, giving it a new platform, updated engine, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Now, the crossover is back for 2019 with expanded feature availability. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, arriving this summer, will start at $22,870, an increase of $160 over the previous model.

The base model gets you standard features such as all-wheel drive, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, remote keyless entry, 60/40-split fold-down rear...

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Audi and Hyundai Partner to Create Fuel Cell Technology

Audi AG and Hyundai Motor Group have partnered to develop fuel cell technology in the hopes of increasing their presence in the fuel cell electric vehicle market and creating a more sustainable future.

Hyundai was the first mass-producer of FCEVs. Most recently, Hyundai introduced the Nexo, the first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV. As part of the cross-license agreement, both groups will have mutual access to fuel cell components. Therefore, Audi will have access to knowledge from the...

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Kelly Pleskot

Toyota Supra Will Drive Differently than BMW Z4, Chief Engineer Says

The Toyota Supra doesn’t arrive until next year, but we already know a lot about the new sports car. In an interview with Supra chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, we learned the model will have a turbo inline-six, a hybrid variant, and a perfect 50:50 weight balance front to rear, as well as double the body rigidity of the Toyota 86. What we still don’t know, of course, is how it drives. But speaking with Motoring Research, Tada confirms the Supra will have a distinct driving experience from...

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Kelly Pleskot

Modified Volkswagen Jetta Will Attempt Bonneville Speed Record

Volkswagen will attempt to set a class record at Bonneville Speed Week with a modified Jetta. To beat the BGC/G record, it will have to go faster than 208.472 mph.

The Bonneville car is based on the 2019 Jetta, which has been completely redesigned. It receives a host of upgrades from stock, including a lowered suspension, limited-slip differential, and special wheels and tires that can handle the Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah.

It also receives a modified version of the automaker’s...

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Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Volvo S60

The last-generation Volvo S60 has been around since the 2011 model year and was refreshed for 2014. In today’s market, that is a long time. But the Swedish automaker has been hard at work redesigning the rest of its lineup, saving the S60 for last. With the release of the V60 wagon, we had an idea of how the S60 would look, and like the rest of Volvo’s redesigned lineup, it’s a major improvement over the previous version. The redesigned S60 enters a highly competitive segment that...

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Erika Pizano

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic Long-Term Update 6: One Bad Apple

When you buy a luxury car, you expect a bulletproof, trouble-free ride, and an outstanding white-glove dealer experience. Eleven months into our long-term test of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic (our 2017 SUV of the Year), that’s largely been the case. However, some small issues have popped up over the last month: T­he GLC’s auto windshield wipers stopped functioning in the middle of Los Angeles’ brief rainy season, and a rear-seat passenger pointed out an unsightly gap between...

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Erika Pizano

Why the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Automatic is So Much Quicker Than the Manual

It used to be that if you wanted the quicker version of a car, you’d order the one with three pedals and a row-your-own manual transmission. Today, however, it’s not unusual for the exact same car to be slightly quicker with an automatic or automated-manual transmission. Modern automatics’ torque converters tend to lock-up sooner than their “slush box” forebears, and shifts are getting very quick. Automated double-clutch transmissions especially shine for their directness,...

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Derek Powell

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Expected to Shatter All Previous Auction Records

Bidders, clutch your paddles: One of the first Ferrari 250 GTOs ever built will be offered up for auction during Monterey Car Week, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s. Initial estimates say that this GTO, chassis #3413 GT, will fetch in excess of $45 million when it goes up for sale in August.

Why is the 250 GTO such a special beast? For starters, it was born to race. With a 300-hp 3.0-liter V-12 and a curb weight of only 1,940 pounds, it had a formidable power-to-weight ratio. The body was...

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Alisa Priddle

2019 Chevrolet Blazer First Look: Reinventing the SUV for a CUV World

We knew it was coming. Chevrolet made the Equinox smaller so there would be a midsize hole in the crossover lineup between it and the full-size Traverse. And talk about bringing back the Blazer name has been rampant for a while.

General Motors finally gave us our first look at the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer at an event in Atlanta, but unlike the Blazers of the past, this one is not a body-on-frame SUV, or a two-door, nor does it have a removable roof. Instead, it rides on the same C1 architecture...

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Kelly Pleskot

Toyota Camry Returns to Europe

The Camry has long been the best-selling passenger car in the U.S., but it isn’t such a staple in many other parts of the world. Take Europe for example, which stopped selling the model in 2004 due to slow sales. Now, Toyota has decided to bring the Camry back to the continent where it will replace the Avensis.

The Toyota Camry will come with one powertrain option: a 2.5-liter gas engine with an electric motor. With the addition of the Camry, Toyota will now have eight hybrid electric...

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Kelly Pleskot

2019 Jeep Renegade Revealed in Full

We saw a few pictures of the 2019 Jeep Renegade earlier this month, but now the automaker is releasing a full gallery of images, and more details, on the updated model. Although this is still the Euro-spec version, we now have a better idea of the changes Jeep has brought to its smallest vehicle.

The Renegade receives a new grille made up of redesigned slots. Jeep also changed up the lower front fascia for a more modern look. Offered in the lineup are new fog lamps and headlamps with full...

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Watch: Behind the Wheel of the 2019 Bentley Continental GT

The all-new 2019 Bentley Continental GT could be the sports car of your dreams. On this episode of “Behind the Wheel,” Jonny Lieberman is taking us around the Austrian Tyrol region heading to Italy.

This is the second generation since Volkswagen bought Bentley in the late ’90s. The familiar 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 is now good for 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Paired to the big W-12 is an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, a first for Bentley. It is able to travel 0-60 mph in...

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Angus MacKenzie

Volkswagen SEDRIC Prototype: Riding in VW’s Self-Driving Car

Motor Trend will never publish a First Drive review on the Volkswagen SEDRIC. Nor will anyone else. That’s because the SEDRIC, which Volkswagen Group is currently evaluating for launch sometime after 2023, is a completely autonomous vehicle. It has no steering wheel. No pedals. You just call it up on your smartphone and tell it where you are and where you want to go. When it arrives, get in, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

The SEDRIC prototype made available for our ride...

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Stefan Ogbac

2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium FWD First Test: Slow Motions

Let’s get one thing out of the way: The 2018 Ford EcoSport is not a performance car and is not even interested in having fun. This subcompact crossover is made for A-to-B transport. Some folks are OK with that low bar. But can the EcoSport even accomplish that modest task?

Testing director Kim Reynolds found the EcoSport an honest commuter car with predictable understeer when cornering. He noted there wasn’t enough power to get anyone into trouble. But that’s about as strong as the...

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Erika Pizano

2018 Infiniti Q60S 3.0t Long-Term Update 1: Solving a Seating-Position Issue

Well, coupe life has already started messing with my less than limber Gen X body. I like to sit very close to the steering wheel when I can. Having the seat so far forward is not a problem so much when exiting the Q60, but when I get in I have to squeeze in one leg at a time and kind of fall into the seat. For a few weeks I didn’t give it much thought, but then I noticed I felt some pain in my right leg. I hypothesized I had bruised the thigh while squeezing my frame into the seat and...

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Kelly Pleskot

Porsche Takes Stake in Rimac

To bolster its EV strategy, Porsche is taking a 10 percent stake in Rimac, the Croatian technology and electric sports car company.

“We feel that Rimac’s ideas and approaches are extremely promising, which is why we hope to enter into close collaboration with the company in the form of a development partnership,” said Porsche Finance and IT boss Lutz Meschke in a statement.

Rimac debuted the C Two hypercar at the Geneva Motor Show in March, featuring 2,000 hp and a range of 650...

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Watch: Behind the Wheel of the Ultra-Luxurious Volvo XC90 T8

Volvo’s XC90 T8 Excellence brings Volvo into the big leagues with Mercedes-Maybach, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce.

The Volvo XC90 is a 2018 Motor Trend SUV of the Year Finalist. The XC90 T8 Excellence brings the highly regarded SUV to new luxurious heights with its executive rear-seat package. The car is equipped with power seats, which include a heating and massage system. The vehicle also has iPads mounted to the back of the front seats and connected to an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot. Volvo...

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