2019

  • Destination Frontier

    So, you’re here for the overlanding. We get you. Nature’s beauty, its quiet, and cans of Dinty Moore heated over an open fire—all good. Perhaps isolation, fewer showers, and digging latrines also are your thing—we don’t judge. The 2019 Nissan Frontier that was unveiled Wednesday does it all, but perhaps for less than we expect. Custom-built overlanding rigs easily reach into six figures, the so-called Destination Frontier does it for about $44,000. The one-off rig starts with a 2019 Frontier SV that costs $31,505*, including destination, and adds a 3-inch lift...

  • 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
    First drive review: 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 gets a grip on its mission

    The logo is a snake. The engine sounds a rebel yell upon startup, and from there only shouts more, more, more. The tires are steamrollers meant to provide grip on a racetrack. It sits low and lean, and looks downright mean. It’s the anti-SUV. It’s the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, and...

  • 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster, 2019 New York International Auto Show
    2019 Porsche 911 Speedster costs ‭$275,750‬, and only 1,948 will be built

    Porsche rolled out a new Speedster at April's 2019 New York International Auto Show and is currently accepting orders on the car, which is priced from $275,750‬. Buyers with extra cash to splurge can opt for a heritage package that adds a retro livery and other design cues inspired by the...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line package
    First drive review: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon puts SUVs on notice, if it’s not too late

    It would be easy to write off the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon as yet another misguided attempt to push the people’s automaker in an upwardly mobile direction. See: Phaeton, CC, two cars that undoubtedly stressed the suits back in Wolfsburg as they languished on dealer lots. Perhaps those stiff...

  • 2019 Audi A8 L
    Review update: 2019 Audi A8 L takes it easy

    Just as winter has arrived in Westeros, spring attempts to gain traction in Chicago, but winter won’t let go. A trip to Wisconsin during a mid-April snowstorm gave me more time to learn more about the 2019 Audi A8 L than when I drove it in Spain for our initial review. This time, I could...

  • 2019 Ford F-150 RTR
    Gittin Jr.'s skunk works gets into pickup game with 2019 Ford F-150 RTR

    RTR Vehicles, the semi-official Ford performance division founded by professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr., is expanding into the pickup scene. A couple of years back, RTR, whose initials stand for “ready to rock,” rolled out the F-150 RTR concept truck at the SEMA show. It featured a...

  • 2019 Tesla Model S

    Tesla on Tuesday announced a series of updates for its 2019 Model S and Model X, and key among them is an increase in range for both models including as much as 370 miles for the Model S. The updates see the return of a Standard Range option for both cars, bringing the starting price down to $79,200 for the Model S and $84,200 for the Model X, and more range across the board despite the battery remaining unchanged at 100 kilowatt-hours. The Model S in Long Range guise now delivers an estimated 370 miles on a single charge and the Model X in Long Range an estimated 325 miles. Those figures are...

  • 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR
    First drive review: The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is no performance mirage

    We stop at the top of a ridge in the French Alps, after a round of hide-and-seek played with a low scud of clouds, and I’m shaking in disbelief. I’m shaking because it’s 42.8 degrees Fahrenheit outside. On a clear day, you might see the balmy, mythic sands of St. Tropez glimmering...

  • 2019 Aston Martin DBS 59
    Aston Martin DBS 59 looks back to outright Le Mans victory

    Aston Martin has worked overtime to crank out numerous special editions. The latest pays homage to an iconic bit of motorsport history: the outright win at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby in an Aston Martin DBR1. To celebrate that amazing victory and the machine...

  • 2019 Audi Q3, 2019 New york International Auto Show
    2019 Audi Q3 preview

    Sales of compact crossover SUVs are booming and Audi looks to have one of the strongest offerings in the form of its redesigned 2019 Q3. The new Q3 was unveiled last October at the 2018 Paris International Motor Show and on Wednesday was shown in the United States for the first time, at the 2019...

  • 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING
    2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING celebrate track prowess

    Alfa Romeo is celebrating the track prowess of its Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio models with special NRING editions. The cars were developed exclusively for North America and just 55 examples of each will be built. NRING, of course, is an abbreviation for Nϋrburgring, the legendary German...

  • 2019 Mazda CX-5
    Long-awaited Mazda CX-5 diesel arrives in New York

    It's been three years since Mazda promised Americans a diesel-powered CX-5, and on Wednesday, the Japanese brand fulfilled said promise. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel was revealed at the 2019 New York International Auto Show and the company provided power specifications, fuel economy, and availability...

  • 2019 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition

    Infiniti is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and as part of the celebrations it unveiled the 2019 Q50 Signature Edition sport sedan on Wednesday at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The rather non-descript special edition isn't about anything particularly fancy, but instead bundles some of the Q50's most popular features into one place. For example, many of the Essential Package features are present and standard. They include heated seats and a steering wheel, remote engine start, navigation, Infiniti's InTouch services for voice destination entry, and more. The ProAssist...

  • 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320
    2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 now cleared for NHRA competition

    Last year, Dodge dropped the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320—a mouthful of a name with a short quarter-mile time. Ahead of customer deliveries, Dodge announced on Tuesday that the car has been cleared to race in NHRA Stock and Super Stock competitions. Clearing the muscle car for racing in both...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
    Final C7 Chevy Corvette is a Z06, and it's headed for a charity auction

    Chevrolet on Thursday finally came out and confirmed something we've all already known for a long time—that the next-generation C8 Corvette moves to a mid-engine layout. The automaker also confirmed that the C8 Corvette's reveal will happen on July 18, 2019, meaning the past six decades of...

  • 2019 Dodge Challenger and Charger Stars & Stripes Edition
    Dodge rolls out Challenger and Charger Stars & Stripes editions

    Dodge on Thursday rolled out the 2019 Challenger and Charger Stars & Stripes Edition muscle cars, which the automaker bills as a salute to the nation's armed forces. The upgrade is available with the GT, R/T and Scat Pack models and adds a number of special touches—inside and out. The...

  • 2019 Audi TT RS
    2019 Audi TT RS refined with round of updates

    The Audi Sport division has implemented a round of updates for the TT RS for the 2019 model year. The TT RS is already a fast, agile car that does a good job of handling a track, despite it sharing a platform with the humble Volkswagen Golf (that says more about the Golf, really). For the update...

  • 2019 Audi TT
    2019 Audi TT preview

    Audi's third-generation TT sports car has received some tweaks as it passes the midway point in its life cycle. They include revised looks and increased standard equipment, but sadly no extra power. The updated TT in base trim offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 220 horsepower and 258...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018

    The battle for electric car supremacy is starting to really heat up now that established automakers are joining the fray. The most recent salvo was launched by Audi in the form of the 2019 e-tron, a mid-size crossover SUV with a 95-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a reasonable $75,795 starting price. Ahead of the showroom arrival in May, Audi on Thursday confirmed that the EPA-rated range for the e-tron is 204 miles. In comparison, EPA range ratings for the Tesla Model X start at 238 miles and top out at 295 miles, while Jaguar's I-Pace comes in at 234 miles. Audi explains the gap with...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 53 sedan
    First drive review: Sweet on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E 53 AMG sedan

    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E 53 AMG is conflicted. The pugnacious luxury sedan that arrived this year is sandwiched between a Hammer and a scythe. No, really. The former was a 1980s wonder machine that helped set the table for a tradition of sleeper sedans, and the latter is a modern-day...

  • 2019 BMW 3-Series Long Wheelbase
    BMW's 3-Series spawns long-wheelbase variant for China

    BMW's newest 3-Series is the biggest yet, but the automaker will present an even bigger version at this month's Auto Shanghai 2019. Yes, BMW has another generation of its 3-Series Long Wheelbase, with the car once again to be sold exclusively in China. It's one of the models built by the BMW...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 coupe
    First drive review: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG is adulthood served

    Stick around long enough and: 1) What’s old is always new again, 2) Reading large-print books becomes not only preferred but also, mandatory. For Mercedes-Benz, which first plunked an inline-6 under the hood of a passenger vehicle in 1926, reading from the same large-print playbook is...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
    First drive review: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI channels GTI better than ever

    The Tail of the Dragon sits at, or near, the top of any list of great driving roads in America. This 11-mile ribbon of U.S. Highway 129 between Tennessee and North Carolina entices enthusiasts with more than 300 turns and 1,000 feet of elevation change. Unfortunately, it also attracts...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line package
    2019 Volkswagen Arteon arrives this April, costs more than CC predecessor

    The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will finally reach the United States in April as the brand's halo sedan/hatchback after a lengthy delay. Buyers will find a $36,840 price tag, including destination, attached to a base model, Volkswagen announced Thursday. The base model will arrive as the SE trim with...

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