Car Reviews

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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2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Review

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Review

"What's with the bee?" An angry insect might not be the most obvious mascot for a 485 horsepower muscle sedan, but the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack certainly has enough sting to keep the hive happy. And, though it's not the Hellcat that tops the Charger line-up, kicking off at under $40k makes this particular Dodge a very interesting one indeed.

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2015 Chrysler 300S Review

2015 Chrysler 300S Review

The first Chrysler 300 was a near-perfect expression of stereotypical Americana. Big, blunt-nosed, and aggressive, its high shoulder-line and crisp edges were 60s muscle on a modern forecourt; think Felix Leiter and his CIA issue suit in the classic Bond films of the sixties.

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2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Review

2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Review

I am not a rapper. I'm not even - to my parents constant disappointment - a superstar DJ. Instead I'm a 5'8 British man, and I really shouldn't like the 2016 Cadillac Escalade. In fact, as someone who believes in climate change and gets vaguely embarrassed by expressions of outlandish and obvious excess, I should probably hate it.

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2016 Lexus GS F First Drive

2016 Lexus GS F First Drive

“Man, this is nice,” my driving partner says, as if a little surprised. We’re just seated inside the 2016 Lexus GS F, awash in colorful leathers, soft Alcantara, and crisp digital displays. While I’m trying to figure out how far we are from the Circuito de Jarama track, our destination for the day, 8:30a.m. traffic engulfs Madrid on the roads all around us.

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2016 Toyota 4Runner Review

2016 Toyota 4Runner Review

It felt almost blasphemous, turning up at Tesla's Model X launch in the vast 2016 Toyota 4Runner. Stood in line outside, surrounded by Tesla owners - many of them preorder customers for the new electric SUV - discussing the longest trip on a single charge they'd made, or the money on gas they'd saved, or just how generally superior to dinosaur-juice burning cars their electric steeds turned out to be, I couldn't help but dwell on the 4Runner's 4.0-liter V6 engine and its 18mpg mileage.

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