• BMW Z4

    Donald Brown

    The redux of BMW’s Z4 roadster has been somewhat shaded by the anticipation surrounding its Toyota Supra sibling, but the Bimmer is now revealed in its final form, and it looks good. Whereas its predecessor—introduced with a retractable hard top in 2009—had grown heavy and less interesting before it was dropped from the lineup after 2016, the all-new…

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  • Buick Regal GS

    Donald Brown

    Don’t get too excited—the latest Regal GS isn’t what you think it is. Yes, it has torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, a 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6, and knockout good looks, all of which are sure to flash as hot pings on most people’s performance-car radar. In actuality, the Regal GS is merely a nice near-luxury car with a V-6 engine.…

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  • Hyundai Elantra Gt

    Donald Brown

    New for the 2018 model year, the Hyundai Elantra GT joins the growing compact hatchback segment and is pitched as a crossover alternative that’s more fun to drive. To back that up, Hyundai has made a six-speed manual gearbox standard on all models and added the Elantra GT Sport, a variant that sits above the standard Elantra GT with…

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  • Hyundai Santa Fe

    Donald Brown

    For 2019, Hyundai’s mid-size two-row crossover, the Santa Fe Sport, is renamed as the just-plain-old Santa Fe, while the brand’s mid-size three-row crossover, formerly called the Santa Fe, becomes the Santa Fe XL. Which is confusing, yes, but also logical. The smaller Santa Fe has been redesigned (the larger XL gets its turn next year), and it…

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  • Chevrolet Malibu RS

    Donald Brown

    Usually the latest underhood hardware comes with great fanfare. When automakers develop new powertrain technologies or components, they tend to brag—and rightly so. This stuff costs a lot of money and takes a long time to develop. It’s not every year that a carmaker introduces an engine or a transmission, which is why the car…

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  • The GMC Sierra 1500

    Donald Brown

    For decades, General Motors’ Chevrolet and GMC lines of pickups have been textbook examples of badge engineering. Although GMC in recent years has touted the Sierra 1500 using terms such as “luxury” and “premium,” the truck has been virtually identical to its Chevrolet sibling. But the brand finally branches out with the completely redesigned 2019 Sierra, which…

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  • First Drive: Aston Martin DB11 V8

    Donald Brown

    My friend Bob owns a fleet of cars that includes a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, and several Porsches. He always purchases the top-spec version, because like Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel, he likes the ones that go to 11. (For example, Bob would never buy a 911 GT3 RS because the GT2 RS has more power.) For…

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  • Ram Pushes Some Hybrid Tech to Pickups, with eTorque

    Donald Brown

    Bringing hybrid technology to light trucks isn’t a new, or novel, idea—a small increase in mpg is a large percentage when fuel economy is in the teens. General Motors previously offered hybrid Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras. Chrysler, way back in the Daimler days, co-developed a longitudinal hybrid transmission that was all but stillborn in…

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  • Acura RDX A-Spec

    Donald Brown

    Acura is replacing the visually and dynamically bland last-generation RDX, recasting the small crossover as a striking, purposeful thing. The Acura RDX A-Spec model tested here looks better than a frosty Asahi with a side of gyoza. It features blacked-out accents, gray 20-inch wheels, and bazooka tubes for tailpipes. The interior matches the sheetmetal’s allure with polished-metal…

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  • The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

    Donald Brown

    Just as Bob Dylan went electric, so, too, is the Porsche Panamera. The Turbo S E-Hybrid is a 680-hp gasoline-electric beast that now sits at the top of the lineup as the most powerful Panamera model currently sold. Like the non hybrid Turbo, the Turbo S E-Hybrid features a 550-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. The hybrid, however,…

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