Luxury Cars

  • 2020 Cadillac CT5, 2019 New York International Auto Show

    Somewhere between Cadillac's inability to convince buyers it's a luxury brand on par with the Germans and buyers' increased preference for crossover SUVs, the Cadillac ATS and CTS have languished as great sport sedans that can't seem to find an audience. At the 2019 New York International Auto Show, GM's luxury brand unveiled a new sport sedan that may inspire more customers: the 2020 Cadillac CT5. The CT5 replaces both the ATS and CTS sedans, though we view it as a replacement for the CTS. Cadillac calls it a compact car, but it has mid-size proportions and a smaller CT4 is coming. The CT5's...

  • 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 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...

  • Bugatti La Voiture Noire
    Bugatti La Voiture Noire won't be ready for at least two years

    The Bugatti La Voiture Noire was one of the star debuts of the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, but its owner won't see theirs for at least two years. The showstopper from Geneva lacked an engine and a complete interior, Carscoops reported Tuesday. When Bugatti builds the one-off supercar...

  • 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
    2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe: Jumping on the fastback SUV bandwagon

    Porsche's Cayenne can soon be ordered in a sleeker, sportier shape thanks to the arrival of the 2020 Cayenne Coupe, which the German performance marque unveiled Thursday. Like other players in the segment, such as the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, the Cayenne Coupe sacrifices space in pursuit...

  • Bentley Continental GT V8
    Bentley Continental GT adds V-8 engine, loses none of the charm

    Bentley Continental GT buyers can now have their opulent coupe with four fewer cylinders. On Monday, the British luxury automaker revealed the new Continental GT V8 and GT Convertible V8, which gives potential owners a (relatively) more fuel-efficient option compared to the burly 6.0-liter V-12...

  • 2019 Audi Q8 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

    Ask me if I consider luxury crossovers to be vital to the human experience, and I’d say probably not. Ask me again on icy roads, in the middle of a blizzard, on an interstate in the middle of Colorado, while being massaged in my seat? Different answer. Luxury SUVs have a time and place and sometimes that place is called Vail. Crossovers like the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and 2019 Audi Q8 probably aren’t vital to the human experience, but they do make it better. The same could be said for a lot of things—like ketchup. What makes these two crossovers special? Like ketchup...

  • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
    First drive review: 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible offers a break from the digital world

    “Digital detox.” That’s what Bentley design director Stefan Sielaff promises in the 2020 Continental GT Convertible, and the opportunity sounds appealing. We are so inescapably immersed in the digital, the synthetic, and the artificial that a retreat to reality and authenticity...

  • 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider
    First drive review: 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider sounds serious, delivers on the track

    Arizona Motorsports Park sits beside Luke Air Force Base outside Phoenix, so visiting drivers are treated to a non-stop free display of air power courtesy of F-16s and F-35s. The base is home to the F-35 demonstration team, whose preparations for the 2019 air show season provided overhead...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550
    8 things you need to know about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 and AMG G63

    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...

  • 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

    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 base," Fitzgerald said in the report published Wednesday. "We have to get the basics." That means that if a rumored performance Genesis G70 to take on the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG does come to fruition, it would be part of the regular lineup instead of part of a sub-brand, like Hyundai's N. The...

  • 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
    2020 Cadillac XT6 luxury three-row crossover first look: Welcome to the aspirational neighborhood

    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...

  • 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

    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 engine and traded on its looks—even Victoria Beckham said she helped design it. The Evoque's secret was that it was a very competent off-roader on its own right. The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque that arrived Thursday stays close to the same formula—sans one Spice Girl's...

  • 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
    2019 Kia K900 first drive review: Tighter and more European

    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...

  • 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...

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