Car Reviews

2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 First Drive

2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 First Drive

If at first you don't succeed…how about 400 horsepower? That seems to be the guiding philosophy behind the redesigned 2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400, the latest luxury sedan from a Japanese brand tired of being relegated to third-pick status amongst fans of conspicuous consumption.

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2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Review: Chinese takeout

2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Review: Chinese takeout

Volvo is on a roll right now, its XC90 SUV named North American Truck of the Year and anticipation levels high for the S90 sedan unveiled in Detroit last month. Even smooth-talking Swedes can't sustain a whole company on two flagships, however, and so the meat of the range remains the leftovers from before Geely's purchase of the brand.

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2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review

2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review

How is it possible for an automaker's best-selling vehicle to be the one that's landed the farthest from the tree in terms of brand identity? In a world where the Porsche name is synonymous with segment-defining sports cars, the great paradox is that the Porsche Cayenne SUV remains the most popular model in the showroom, outselling the 911 and the Boxster by a huge margin.

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2016 BMW 650i Coupe Review

2016 BMW 650i Coupe Review

The luxury coupe is back in fashion, and would you believe it, BMW was already there waiting for us to realize. Sitting pretty as the grand tourer of choice for the teutonic set is the BMW 650i Coupe, sixteen feet of twin-turbo excess that - for $90k or thereabouts - will alternately cosset and hurtle you and three of your family, lovers, or friends.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Review

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Review

Volkswagen doesn't have a lot of friends right now out there in auto-land - the foot-in-mouth associated with the TDI diesel scandal has had far-reaching implications in terms of public trust in the brand - but those that continue to stick up for VW during this dim period do so because of cars like the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R. This hot hatch's spec sheet reads like a wish list pried from the imagination of every teenager who's ever lain awake at night building and re-building the ultimate version of the ten year-old Golf parked in their parents' driveway.

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2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 5.0 California Special Review

2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 5.0 California Special Review

As I've discovered on several occasions, often it's only when you go topless that things start to make sense. Ford's 5.0 liter Mustang is a good example: when I drove the 2015 coupe last year, I questioned the need of such a large, naturally-aspirated V8 when the company's EcoBoost engines were so polished.

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2016 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe manual Review

2016 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe manual Review

Jaguar's F-Type is a notoriously tail-happy car. California's rarely-wet roads are notoriously slippery in the rain. What better time, then, than the depths of winter and El Niño's finest to test the 2016 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe with its spanking new manual gearbox option?

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2016 McLaren 650S Spider Review

2016 McLaren 650S Spider Review

I thought I knew what visceral meant. I also thought I'd never get used to the attention you draw, pulling up in a supercar. The McLaren 650S Spider educated me on both, first by smearing my body into a paste as it slammed me back against the seat with its fist of acceleration, and second with a jolt of unexpected patriotism.

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2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

"Try the Tahoe" I was told when, a month or so ago, I admitted that Cadillac's vast, attention-seeking, and generally louche Escalade had wormed its way into my cold British heart. According to the commenters, I'd have just as much success - not to mention save a few tens of thousands of dollars - with the 2016 version of Chevrolet's SUV. So, I thought I'd put that to the test.

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2016 Audi S7 Review

2016 Audi S7 Review

The "four-door luxury coupe" might have seemed like an odd fad initially, but its matured into a legitimate segment. Audi's take on the category, the 2016 S7, has an excellent starting point in the shape of the slinky A7, ramping up the curb appeal with bigger wheels and more aggressive strolling front and rear. Nothing too outré, mind, but enough to single the car out as something special.

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EcoReco M3 Electric Scooter Review

EcoReco M3 Electric Scooter Review

What with Uber, Zipcar, Lyft, and more, does your average Millennial really need a car? EcoReco would probably agree, its M3 electric scooter promising both "last-mile" convenience and a good dose of fun. I'm not quite a Millennial, but I was curious whether a car-less lifestyle was something achievable without riding a kid's toy.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0L V8 Review

2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0L V8 Review

You could make a solid argument that the GT is the "true" Mustang. No compromise V6, and no fancy-pants EcoBoost turbo; the GT packs Ford's naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8, with the performance and soundtrack to match.

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