Car Reviews

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Convertible Review – Heritage only goes so far

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 Convertible Review – Heritage only goes so far

Heritage can be a lodestar or it can be a crippling anchor holding you back, and few cars illustrate that quite so well as the Corvette. America's homegrown sports car star has the history, sure, but it's fair to say that in its last few generations it's felt more "quarterback gone to seed" than all-out contender. The 2020 Corvette Stingray changes that.

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2020 Mazda6 Review – Poised and Practical

2020 Mazda6 Review – Poised and Practical

My first surprise when the 2020 Mazda6 arrived was the color. Mazda sure does love its Soul Red - and with good reason - but the Signature-spec sedan was a far more sober Machine Gray metallic. The second surprise was the price.

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2020 Porsche 718 Cayman T Review – Wiser Choices

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman T Review – Wiser Choices

Wisdom, as an enthusiast, basically boils down to knowing when to spend and when to save, and few cars illustrate that quite as neatly as the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman T. Purists and badge-zealots may sniff that, because it doesn't have "911" on the trunk, this isn't the "proper" Porsche coupe. They're wrong.

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2021 BMW 330e Review – No, really, it’s a plug-in hybrid

2021 BMW 330e Review – No, really, it’s a plug-in hybrid

Some electrified cars can't stop shouting about their green credentials, but the 2021 BMW 330e sedan is a little more surreptitious about its plug-in hybrid status. Then again, were I a member of the latest 3 Series family, I'd probably not want my electric drive to potentially overshadow the rest of the features that have long made BMW's compact sedan a best-seller. It's all about balance, and when it comes to going green that can be a tricky thing to judge.

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review – Not just a weekend toy

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review – Not just a weekend toy

Growing up is tough: usually, age brings with it responsibility and, when you're a punchy little enthusiast plaything like the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata, "sensible" is the bogeyman. While that purity of purpose keeps long-time Miata fans happy, though, the pool of potential owners willing to make compromises in everyday driving isn't getting any bigger. We know Mazda's little icon is fun, but can it be flexible?

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2020 Audi Q5 Hybrid Review – 55 TFSI e doesn’t compromise for electric

2020 Audi Q5 Hybrid Review – 55 TFSI e doesn’t compromise for electric

Audi's strategy with electrification has been "don't rock a smooth-sailing boat," and it's sticking with that recipe for the 2020 Q5 55 TFSI e. If the e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback feel much like regular Audi models that just so happen to be all-electric, the Q5 plug-in hybrid sticks even closer to that recipe.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Review – Because too much is just right

2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Review – Because too much is just right

In 2020 we take our reassurance where we can find it, even if that's in the sound and feel of an SUV door when it closes. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 is known for plenty of things - not least its wanton profligacy, Brutalist proportions, and conspicuous dedication to excess - but even with 577 horsepower to play with it's those doors I keep coming back to.

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2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 2.0T Review – Looking backwards

2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 2.0T Review – Looking backwards

VW is teetering on the edge. On the one side, the exciting side, there are all-electric cars like the 2021 ID.4 crossover: zero-emissions, instantaneous electric torque, and eye-catching styling that screams "this is Volkswagen's future." The 2020 VW Passat R-Line 2.0T represents the other side of that line, and while that doesn't automatically make the sedan bad, it does make it trickier to get enthusiastic.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Review – Power with personality

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster Review – Power with personality

Appearances can be deceiving, though the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster seems an unlikely car to illustrate the truism. Middle-child of the AMG GT line-up, it's short of neither power nor personality, and you'd be forgiven for assuming a 550 horsepower rear-wheel drive convertible would be a handful. Sure enough it's a head-turner, but there's more here than meets the eye.

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2020 Mazda3 Review – Paying for Stick

2020 Mazda3 Review – Paying for Stick

Somewhere along the line, a manual transmission went from being the cheap option to something drivers get as a treat. How else to describe the 2020 Mazda3, where the six-speed stick is still available but only if you cough up for the most expensive Premium trim. When you're paying at least $27,500 (plus $945 destination) for the privilege of rowing your own gears, I think it's fair to expect a more rewarding experience as a result.

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2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe Review

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe Review

I might not, had it been my $108,050, have opted for the bright Lava Orange paintwork on the 2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe. Some cars require help standing out, while others get all the attention they need without resorting to eyeball-searing trickery. Porsche's more shapely SUV falls firmly into the latter category.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC Review: Embracing the SUV

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC Review: Embracing the SUV

America loves SUVs. Despite the best efforts of many to coax US drivers into sedans and wagons, demand for sports utility vehicles just keeps growing; with the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA, the German automaker decided to simply go with the flow. More SUV-like than its hatchback-styled predecessor, it's a version of the entry-level luxury crossover that seems particularly tuned for American tastes.

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