Author Archives: Benjamin Hunting


2016 Chevrolet Cruze First Drive

2016 Chevrolet Cruze First Drive

Automakers of the world underestimate the engineering acumen of General Motors at their own peril. After decades of less-than-stellar entry-level sedans wearing the Chevy badge, GM got serious about the compact segment in 2011 when it brought the Chevrolet Cruze to dealerships across America. Finally, here was an affordable Bowtie-wearing commuter that didn't just look good, but offered a driving experience on par with the Japanese rivals that had dominated small car sales for so many years.

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2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler Review

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler Review

It's one of the most puzzling conundrums in the auto industry: how does an anachronism like the Jeep Wrangler rattle off ever-increasing sales numbers each and every year? By any rational measure, the Wrangler's old school platform lags behind its SUV competitors by at least several generations, and yet each year hundreds of thousands of customers look past the clunky steering, rough ride, and wince-inducing fuel mileage to embrace its rugged image and drive one home from the dealership.

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Audiofly AF240 Headphones Review

Audiofly AF240 Headphones Review

Over-the-ear headphones get your hopes up. Those who choose to wear bulky cups balanced on top of their heads expect to be rewarded with above-average sound quality to make up for the lack of convenience, particularly on consumer-grade cans designed to be used outside of a studio environment. The Audiofly AF240 represent the first attempt by the Australian company to bridge the gap between the earbuds it's known for, and the new territory that comes with the over-the-ear market.

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The 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe is the 6 Series to have

The 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe is the 6 Series to have

Once you accept the conceit that a 'coupe' is simply a styling concept and not a rigid term that's been co-opted to describe the number of doors grafted on to a given automobile, it becomes much easier to navigate the world of German luxury. The 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe simply has more arms to hold you than the more traditional 6 Series coupe we reviewed earlier this year, and in the world of premium cars, more is always better.

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Qualcomm’s Halo wireless EV charging is ready for prime-time

Qualcomm’s Halo wireless EV charging is ready for prime-time

Picture this: you get up in the morning, have you coffee, grab your keys, and head to the garage. After slipping behind the wheel of your brand new electric vehicle, you hit the 'power' button and…nothing happens. Confused, you stab the button again, only to be greeted with the same blank screens. It's only then that your eyes trail over to your sideview mirror, where you see the charging cable nestled in its station, instead of connected to your automobile. A momentary oversight the night before now has you taking the bus to work, instead of driving.

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We go Electric Racing at the Formula E Long Beach ePrix

We go Electric Racing at the Formula E Long Beach ePrix

It's not easy to give birth to a brand new global racing series. It's even harder when you're bucking the trend of nearly 100 years of motorsports by leaving the roar of internal combustion behind in favor of embracing the future of electric mobility. Formula E, now in its second season, juxtaposes the familiar open-wheel format with avant-guard battery-powered drivetrains, and in the process flips much of the established racing order on its ear.

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2016 BMW 750i xDrive Review

2016 BMW 750i xDrive Review

How do you review a luxury cruise liner or a private jet? Certainly not from the captain's bridge or the pilot's seat. So it goes with the 2016 BMW 750i xDrive, the latest long-wheelbase expression of the German brand's flagship, a technological tour-de-force that centers the spotlight on those few lucky enough to be able to afford not only a six-figure sedan, but also a driver to go with it.

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LG G5 Camera samples from the NY Auto Show

LG G5 Camera samples from the NY Auto Show

I spend a lot of time on the road in my role as an automotive journalist, and that means I'm always on the lookout for versatile tools that allow me to capture as much of a given experience as possible without taking up a huge amount of space in my luggage. Until recently the demands of video and photography have compelled me to juggle a variety of cameras and recorders to make sure I can not only snap in-the-moment pics for social media and online sharing but also grab more composed shots suitable for publication.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

In a world where full-size trucks are increasingly plush palaces of rolling excess loaded for bear with luxuries that rival traditional premium sedans, the mid-size pickup segment has fallen out of step. For more than a decade these somewhat smaller options - like the class-leading Toyota Tacoma - have focused more on utility than 'wow' factor, a symptom of the less significant market that exists for trucks outside the full-size spectrum and the fact that there was so much profit to be made with their bigger brothers.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Drops Its Retractable Hardtop Just Before 2017 New York Auto Show

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Drops Its Retractable Hardtop Just Before 2017 New York Auto Show

It was perhaps the worst-kept secret at the 2016 New York Auto Show - after all, Mazda had sent out invitations to the media weeks in advance asking them to help 'blow the roof off' - but that doesn't mean that the new hardtop edition of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata didn't cause a stir when it was revealed the night before the show was scheduled to start. Officially, Mazda is calling the new MX-5 model a 'retractable fastback' or 'RF,' due to the sloping nature of its roofline, which stands in stark contrast to the more up-and-down look of the previous retractable hardtop edition.

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2017 Subaru Impreza Debuts Ahead Of 2016 New York Auto Show

2017 Subaru Impreza Debuts Ahead Of 2016 New York Auto Show

The all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza has rolled out under the bright lights of New York City the night before the official kick-off for the 2016 New York Auto Show, with the four-door sedan taking a bow (the hatchback will have to wait for the show's opening day). Wearing styling that appears to borrow from both the Impreza concept that was shown off at the Tokyo Motor Show last fall as well as the swooping curves of the Mazda3, an entirely new platform sits underneath the Impreza - dubbed the Global Platform architecture - which is intended to improve driving dynamics as well as safety.

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The Best Green and Energy Efficient Cars For 2016

The Best Green and Energy Efficient Cars For 2016

It's hard to think of an automotive segment that's seen more investment and faster growth than energy-efficient green cars. Whether using a pure battery electric drivetrain or a plug-in hybrid design, eco-friendly automobiles are fighting to be part of the mainstream, Although issues such as range, affordability, and charging infrastructure still loom large when discussing green cars,
the technology behind these models is impressive - and shows no signs of slowing down.

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