Luxury Cars

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550

    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen doesn’t look much different than the boxy SUVs from each of the 40 years preceding it. Typically, if a vehicle is indistinguishable from its predecessors, that’s a bad thing. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is anything but typical. I went to San Diego, California to spend some time with both the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 and AMG G63 to see what’s different, and in this case, if change is good. Here are 8 things you need to know about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 and AMG G63. This is some black magic The G550 drives like the old G-Class, but better. The...

  • 2019 Audi Q8, Park City to Telluride
    2019 Audi Q8 review update: Luxury crossover lode runner

    Lights flicker underneath champagne-dry powder that dusts the old marquee at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah. The Egyptian’s been here since the 1920s. Back then, Park City was a glorified, dusty camp attached to a silver lode; a long ride but a world apart from Salt Lake City, which...

  • Lexus LF-1 Limitless, 2018 Detroit auto show
    Help wanted at Lexus: Now seeking Cadillac Escalade fighter, start immediately

    Starved for a newer brute 'ute with curb appeal, Lexus dealers tell the automaker they could use a competitive SUV to fight the literal and figurative juggernaut in the class, the Cadillac Escalade. "I think every dealer would raise their hand for that product, certainly...Right now, we've got a...

  • 2019 Genesis G70
    Don't hold your breath for a Genesis performance skunkworks, boss says

    For a baby brand like Genesis, learning to walk comes first. Manfred Fitzgerald, who is the global boss for the nascent luxury brand, told Car and Driver that a high-performance sub-brand—a la BMW's M Division or Mercedes-Benz's AMG—likely won't come soon. "We're trying to set our...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain, January 2019
    2020 Porsche 911 S models start at $114,550, configure your own

    The 2020 Porsche 911 is here and it's spectacular. So far, Porsche has only announced the S and 4S models in coupe and convertible form, and we've driven the coupes. Without fanfare, Porsche added the 2020 models to its car configurator when the coupes were introduced in November at the 2018 LA...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain, January 2019
    2020 Porsche 911 S and 4S first drive review: Unflappable by design

    Valencia, Spain may hug the Mediterranean coast, but this morning it’s a chillier than normal 45 degrees and the massive tires on the 2020 Porsche 911 have gone stiff in the crisp air. That’s no good when the next thing they’ll do is scrabble for grip during track laps that could...

  • 2020 Cadillac XT6, 2019 Detroit auto show

    You know the type. The suburban home with Hardie board siding, a gabled garage, and HOA-friendly lawn decorations. If it weren’t for the new 2020 Cadillac XT6 parked in the 2+1 garage, there'd likely be a Denali or Jeep Grand Cherokee parked next to the Escalade instead. Now, there are more options that include a crest. The new, three-row XT6 crossover from Cadillac that debuted Sunday ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit may as well be the big Cadillac Escalade’s newest, and most expensive spend-up accessory and its frequent garage companion. Next...

  • Cadillac Super Cruise
    Entire Cadillac lineup to get Super Cruise by end of 2020

    In 2018, Cadillac launched the world's first hands-free driver-assist system, giving consumers a glimpse of a self-driving future. To date, the system has only been offered on the soon-to-be-dead CT6 full-size sedan. On Friday during its Capital Markets Day presentation, Cadillac announced Super...

  • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, 2018 LA Auto Show
    The Bentley GT Convertible's best feature is one we'll hardly see

    Simon Blake is a disappearing artist. His most significant contribution to the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible is that it goes away in less than 20 seconds. That’s hardly enough time to consider Blake’s—and Bentley’s—achievements with the power-folding cloth...

  • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
    2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque first look: Sleek has a sequel

    When it first arrived in 2012, the Range Rover Evoque was quickly derided by pearl-clutching off-road purists who were still debating the merits of air conditioning, power windows, and fuel-injected engines. The sleek, small, luxury SUV grated those folks because the Evoque didn't have a hulking...

  • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover
    2018 Range Rover HSE Td6 first drive review: Tech overhaul, not tech overload

    The Range Rover has set a high bar for luxury SUVs. It was one of the first of its kind and few can compete with its ability to go anywhere, any time, in any weather in a leather-lined interior. Introduced for the 2013 model year, the current Range Rover has aged with grace, but it is aging as new...

  • 2019 Audi A8
    4 features the 2019 Audi A8 won't get, at least for now

    The creamy-smooth 2019 Audi A8 full-size luxury sedan goes on sale in November in the U.S., but several slices of its very elaborate technical pie will arrive later. Some of the features may not hit U.S. shores at all, but that die is not yet cast. Chock full of tech or shorn of the leading-edge...

  • 2019 Kia K900

    Stepping out of the Archer Hotel in Napa Valley’s morning light, it’s hard to remember the lineup of gleaming white and black cars aren’t German. They are South Korean Kias, and they are sharp. The first-generation K900 was head-scratcher with a price starting in the $50,000 range and an available 5.0-liter V-8 it seemed out of place in the Kia showroom, but it introduced luxury features to the brand that have now moved to the rest of the lineup. The second-generation 2019 K900 continues to introduce technology and features to the Korean automaker’s lineup that will...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 2018
    2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class first drive review: A better baby Benz

    The route south from Seattle to Yakima, Washington, winds through the Mount Rainier National Park. Streams and valleys bracket the road, the scenery changes from green to brown, and Mount Rainier stands majestically in the distance, snow-capped even in September. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a...

  • 2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review
    2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review: Deep dive into crossover luxury

    “Underway on nuclear power!” That was the message from the USS Nautilus following its 1954 launch as the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. From behind the wheel, the optional 335-horsepower, 380-pound-feet, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 in the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is silent and...

  • 1997 Lexus LS 400 and 2018 Lexus LS 500
    2019 Lexus LS 500 F-Sport retrospective: A far cry from the original

    The relentless pursuit of perfection has not been easy for Lexus, but things got off to a solid start in 1989. At the Detroit auto show that year, Toyota unwrapped both a sedan and a brand that were about six years in the making. The result was a flagship four-door luxury sedan to challenge staid...

  • 2018 BMW M5
    2018 BMW M5 recalled for faulty fuel level sensor

    The 2018 BMW M5 is a powerful beast, but some owners may also think they are getting fantastic fuel economy. Sorry, that's not the case. The 2018 BMW M5 is being recalled for a faulty fuel level sensor. The fuel gauge in the new M5 may show more fuel than is actually in the tank. That's because a...

  • 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive
    2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive review: Faith at unholy speeds

    Believe what you’ve heard about the blissfully open and unfettered stretches of the Autobahn. These long, gently curving and pencil-straight stretches of German highways are the last bastion for drivers to flex their figurative muscle and courage, directly proportional to the angle of their...

  • 2019 Ferrari Portofino

    Ferrari hears the sweet ring of the cash register with every new car sold. The Italian company banks a profit of $80,000 per car sold and tops the industry, per a study from German economics professor Ferdinand Dudenhoffer. Motor1 translated the study's findings to show Ferrari's well-off margins, which are current for the first six months of the year. Rival Lamborghini does not make its financial results public. Ferrari's profit margin is over four times greater than the second-most profitable company, Porsche. Porsche makes about $19,000 for every new car sold, and it handily outdoes its...

  • Philippine President Duterte looks on as cars are crushed
    Watch $5.5M worth of smuggled cars get crushed

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has instituted a crackdown on crime and smuggled vehicles. The latest casualty was a group of 76 luxury cars and performance vehicles. A video shows Duterte watching in a white hard hat as bulldozers and construction equipment rolled over the cars Monday, which...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
    2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS first drive review: Stylish, safe, and comfortable

    Growing up in Sindelfingen, Germany, as the daughter of a Mercedes-Benz engineer who worked on three generations of the E-Class, Jennifer Schefczik heard the same thing over and over. “Child, the E-Class is always about style, safety, and comfort,” her dad told her. Some 20 years later...

  • 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, Napa Valley, July 2018
    2018 Lamborghini Huracán Performante first drive review: Admission to an exclusive club

    Getting behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder is like knowing the secret handshake for an exclusive club. You have to be able to afford the price of entry, know the strange rituals to simply operate the car, and understand the dark art of the ALA active aerodynamics...

  • 2019 BMW M850i
    2019 BMW M850i priced from $112,895, arrives in December

    BMW on Monday announced pricing and timing for the arrival of the 2019 BMW 8-Series in the U.S. The new line-topping luxury coupe will come as a single model called M850i xDrive when it arrives in dealers on December 8, and it will be priced at a rather healthy $112,895 to start. That jumble of...

  • 2019 BMW X4
    2019 BMW X4 M40i first drive review: the evolving SUV coupe

    Greenville, South Carolina’s Swamp Rabbit Trail shadows the Reedy River along 22 miles of a former rail line. It includes a section named for American Tour de France hero George Hincapie, who resides nearby and leads bike rides for dedicated cycling tourists. It is partially lined by...

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