Best Car To Buy

  • Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 finalists

    The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 just clobbered the competition to be named Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019. It's easy to understand why, but that doesn't mean we didn't like the four other finalists. In fact, we'd like to incorporate elements of each to create the perfect Frankencar from parts of our five Best Car To Buy 2019 finalists. Our group of 2019 finalists was as diverse as it's ever been. It even included the first electric vehicle ever to be considered for our award. How would that powertrain be incorporated into our perfect mechanical monster, if at all? Exactly what parts of the...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019: How we arrived at the winner

    We announced Monday that the Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 is the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. But how did we get there? The ZR1 faced off against a class of strong contenders that included the Audi RS 5, BMW M5, Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2, and Jaguar I-Pace. With 755 raging horses...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
    Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2019

    Each year the Motor Authority editors place our butts in a slew of new luxury and performance cars. We drive them on the road and on the track. We treat them like we own them and like we stole them. This year we whittled down a particularly strong class of candidates to five finalists: the Audi RS...

  • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage first drive
    Best Car To Buy 2019: Cars that didn't make the cut

    Each year our editorial team spends countless hours driving hundreds of new cars, trucks, and SUVs. It's harder than one thinks to sort through the good, the bad, and the great, but it's a job we don't take lightly. A lot of vehicles are truly brilliant in terms of performance, luxury, design, or...

  • 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 nominee: Audi RS 5

    Audi struck a cord with enthusiasts when it introduced the gorgeous A5 and S5 coupes in 2007, then doubled down with the fire-breathing RS 5 in 2013. The RS 5 sees some big changes for its second generation, but it still delivers thrills worthy of its Audi Sport RS badge. The 2019 RS 5 has more. It...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace First Edition
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 nominee: Jaguar I-Pace

    Automakers are jumping into the electric pool left and right. To the world's surprise, the first true all-electric luxury challenger to Tesla didn't come from Germany. It came from England. Jaguar beat the Germans by six months, and did it with style. Not only does the I-Pace look good, but it...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT Peformance Package Level 2

    Ford made the leap from muscle car to sports car with the current-generation Mustang, but the Blue Oval didn't finish the job. We drove the latest Mustang GT, and while it's good, it falls short of spectacular. Even the engineers knew it could be better, so they decided to tinker with it in their off time. The result? The Performance Package Level 2. For $6,500, the Mustang GT's suspension gets what it really needs: magnetically controlled shocks, a 67-percent stiffer rear stabilizer bar (22 mm, solid), a 12-percent stiffer front stabilizer bar (33.3 mm, tubular), 20-percent stiffer front...

  • 2018 BMW M5
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 nominee: BMW M5

    Like its smaller sibling, the M3, the BMW M5 is a legendary nameplate that has been a benchmark sport sedan for decades. Its luster faded in recent generations as BMW focused more on pure performance numbers than feel behind the wheel, but now things seem to be back on track. New for 2018, the...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Virginia International Raceway
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2019 nominee: Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

    It's been called the Blue Devil in the past, but we just call it the King of America now. Chevrolet brought back the Corvette ZR1 for 2019, the third time it's offered the nameplate, and once again the car has destroyed much of the competition. The latest Chevrolet Corvette ZR1's heart is a...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at Virginia International Raceway
    One of these cars will be Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2019

    The rush of electric cars is nearly upon us, but that hasn't stopped a flood of great drivers' cars from launching in 2018. In an era when eyes, and headlines, tend to focus more on kilowatt hours and driving range, it's reassuring to see manufacturers still focused on steering feel, manual...

  • Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 Frankencar
    Frankencar 2018: best of our Best Car To Buy nominees

    Swap the keys of four luxury and performance cars among seven editors for a few days, and opinions get formed. Each guy learns the things he likes about each car and the things he doesn't. We start picking nits and picking favorites. The result of this back and forth was naming the Honda Civic Type...

  • Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018: how we arrived at the winner

    The Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 is the Honda Civic Type R. We said as much Monday. With its combination of exhilarating performance and downright value, you would think it would be a shoo-in for the award. Think again. The competition was fast and fierce this year and covered wide ground...

  • 2018 Honda Civic Type R

    Every year at Motor Authority we drive hundreds of vehicles to tell you what's best—swank luxury sedans to hypercars that chew through miles. This year we had a wide-ranging mix including a superb Porsche Panamera, a stunning Lexus LC 500, an upstart Kia Stinger GT that we loved to drive. But what's our Motor Authority Best Car to Buy 2018? It's the new Honda Civic Type R. It's our new best friend, but with way better mechanicals than our old best friend. The 2018 Honda Civic Type R starts life as a Civic, but adds a new 4-cylinder with turbocharging and VTEC. It shoves you into the...

  • 2018 Lexus LC 500
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 nominee: Lexus LC

    The Lexus LC is a concept car come to life. It started life as the LF-LC concept at the 2012 Detroit auto auto show, and the public's response was so overwhelming that Lexus put it into production. We're glad it did because this grand tourer drives as good as it looks. From the arrowhead LEDs that...

  • 2018 Kia Stinger GT
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 nominee: Kia Stinger GT

    Kia is taking on giants with the Stinger. Priced below a BMW 3-Series and sized like a Lexus GS, the Stinger is aimed squarely at European sport sedans, and it has the European roots to back it up. Penned by former Audi design boss Peter Schreyer and developed by the former head of BMW M...

  • 2017 Ford GT
    Best Car To Buy 2018: cars that didn't make the cut

    As a staff we drive hundreds of new cars, trucks, and SUVs every year. We do the hard work of sorting through the best and worst of them so you don't have to. Many of the vehicles we drive are true achievements in performance and luxury. Others not so much. And then there are those that are quite...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 nominee: Porsche Panamera

    The Porsche Panamera isn't the crazy bit of heresy that the Cayenne was. After all, a sedan/hatchback isn't as far a leap for a sports car maker as an SUV. But like the Cayenne, it's a Porsche, and that means it has to be sporty, even if it doesn't have two doors and an engine located anywhere but...

  • 2017 Honda Civic Type R
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2018 nominee: Honda Civic Type R

    Honda fans in America have wanted patiently. As other countries got four generations of Civic Type Rs, we looked on longingly. Now it's our turn. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R shoves 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque through its front wheels and handles it expertly. A front suspension...

  • 2017 Honda Civic Type R

    History may record these as the best days for drivers. It is the era before emissions standards eliminate the internal combustion engine and before the autonomous car. It's an era of horsepower enabled by new engine technologies rising out of the same regulations that intend to make our planet cleaner. It's an era of new autonomous features that take some of the tedium out of driving teamed with creative new luxuries that add comfort in ways nobody ever expected. In short, it's a hell of a time to review cars. Over the past year, we've driven a host of new and significantly updated models...

  • 2016 BMW M2
    Let's make the BMW M2 better

    Less than 24 hours ago we told you the BMW M2 was the vehicle you must have in your garage, by awarding it the Motor Authority Best Car to Buy 2017 title. That still holds true, but the reality is, it's not perfect. The BMW M2 could be better. If you want that show but no go Let me be clear...

  • 2016 BMW M2 Coupe
    BMW M2: Motor Authority's Best Car to Buy 2017

    Each year, Motor Authority drives the quickest, fastest, and most luxurious vehicles on the planet to tell you which are the best. This year we had a bumper crop of amazing new machines. The Acura NSX is back, and so is the Audi R8—and we're finally driving the rally-tastic Ford Focus RS...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro convertible
    Best Car to Buy 2017: Previous winners

    When we name our Best Car to Buy 2017 on Monday morning, the winner will join an esteemed list of performance cars. It's a big honor, and it's one we take seriously. Our staff has spent hours behind the wheel of each of this year's nominees. Needless to say, this year's challenge may have been our...

  • 2016 Ford Focus RS
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Ford Focus RS

    By their nature, hot hatches are a little juvenile. They start out as economy cars and add turbocharged power, big wings, wide tires, sport suspensions, and all manner of tack-on parts to toughen the look. The new Ford Focus RS is no exception. It looks like it just dropped out of the latest Fast...

  • 2017 Audi R8 vs. 2017 Acura NSX
    Acura NSX vs. Audi R8: We compare tech versus higher tech

    Supercars give automakers a chance to show off the fullest extents of their design and engineering capabilities. They use lightweight materials, advanced powertrains, and state-of-the-art suspension technologies to create the fastest, best handling, and most exotic automobiles on the planet. But...

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