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2022 Volvo C40 Recharge First Drive

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge First Drive

I'll confess, at first I was scratching my head over the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge. Volvo's second BEV - and its first to be designed from the outset as solely-electric - may give an old name a new lease on life, but the compact crossover itself isn't a huge departure from the XC40 Recharge already on sale. Or, for that matter, from the Polestar 2.

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2022 Honda Civic Hatchback First Drive

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback First Drive

In many ways, for many perfectly sound reasons, this 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback shouldn't exist. The regular Civic is a mainstay of the compact sedan segment, a perennial best-seller, and a rare outlier in the market transition to SUVs and crossovers. This more practical, more enthusiast-friendly version with its manual gearbox option, though, would seem at first glance like a tougher sell to the accountants and product planners.

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2022 Ford Maverick First Drive – The 40 mpg pickup

2022 Ford Maverick First Drive – The 40 mpg pickup

The 2022 Ford Maverick may be a brand new pickup, but in the most important ways it feels like a throwback to a golden age of trucks. Ford's decision to combine a standard hybrid drivetrain, a $19,995 starting price, and dimensions that nod back to more manageable, everyday pickups feels so at odds with today's lavish, gadget-loaded monsters, it's easy to assume there has to be a catch. Turns out, even the promise of 40 mpg is an understatement.

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2022 Rivian R1T First Drive – The Next Electric Benchmark

2022 Rivian R1T First Drive – The Next Electric Benchmark

Here's a spoiler: the 2022 Rivian R1T is really, really good. Not just "good for the first attempt of a brand new automaker," or even "good for one of the first all-electric pickups," but just really good, period. For a truck that once seemed almost certainly destined for the vaporware pile, that's frankly astonishing.

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2022 Porsche 911 GTS First Drive – Choose Wisely

2022 Porsche 911 GTS First Drive – Choose Wisely

One GTS badge; two wildly different cars. The 2022 Porsche 911 GTS sees the return of what has quickly become a modern icon: three letters that signify a car all about delighting the person behind the wheel. Porsche, though, knows its market well, and for the 992-series GTS that means both flexibility and surprise.

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2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed First Drive – An unlikely Nostradamus

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed First Drive – An unlikely Nostradamus

The new Bentley Continental GT Speed may be helping close out a golden age of big gas engines with equally big personality, but its legacy is more than just power and profligacy. On paper, it's an amply over-endowed love letter to one of the British automaker's enduring successes, with over 100,000 W12 engines built since 2003. In practice, though, the GT Speed paints an unusually prescient picture of what we might expect from Bentley's fast-approaching future.

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2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor First Drive: Lower EV price, bigger appeal

2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor First Drive: Lower EV price, bigger appeal

When the Polestar 2 launched last year, the biggest criticism we could level at the Tesla Model 3 rival was that it was a little too expensive. Now, the 2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor is coming to address that fact. Dropping the second motor and making some of the niceties optional helps trim a healthy $14k from the sticker price, compared to what until now a Polestar 2 would've cost you.

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2022 Toyota GR 86 First Drive: Smile Machine

2022 Toyota GR 86 First Drive: Smile Machine

The idea of some attainable, low-risk fun sounds pretty good right now. Toyota probably didn't expect to be launching its 2022 GR 86 coupe in the midst of a global pandemic, the world rippling with geopolitical instability, and the markets convulsing like a seasick stomach, but suddenly a fairly cheap, punchy little two-door to distract us from the woes of the world feels just what the doctor ordered.

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2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer First Drive: Social Climber

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer First Drive: Social Climber

The 2022 Grand Wagoneer takes Jeep into uncharted territory. Not in the usual, off-the-grid way that has delighted generations of Wrangler drivers, but an arguably even more challenging rise through the ranks of the luxury three-row SUV. Everything is big here: big truck, big V8, a big tech story, and not least a big price tag, with Grand Wagoneer ownership starting north of $87k.

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing First Drive: Heart of a Hooligan

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing First Drive: Heart of a Hooligan

Cadillac's love affair with the big, ballsy V8 may be coming to an end, but the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing isn't letting its 668 horses leave with anything less than a gut-wrenching howl. Writhing behind the crisp-edged veneer of American Luxury is a racing-inspired beast; capable of being tamed for the road, sure, but unmistakably crafted with the track in mind.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing First Drive Review: A Hero’s Farewell

2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing First Drive Review: A Hero’s Farewell

If you're bidding farewell to internal combustion, say goodbye with a bang. That's the recipe for the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing, anyway, arriving just in time for the automaker to concede that gas engines have had their moment and electrification is the way forward. Question is, then, is today's Blackwing just tomorrow's dinosaur?

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2022 Audi RS e-tron GT Review

2022 Audi RS e-tron GT Review

It seems a long time since I was lucky enough to get a first crack of the Audi e-tron GT about three years ago. At that point the sleek four-door EV was still a prototype, though even then its focus was fairly clear. While Audi's high-performance electric grand tourer may be the mechanical twin of the Porsche Taycan, here that all drives to a different tune. Porsche touts the Taycan as a four-door all-electric sportscar, as close right now to a four-seater electric 911 that you can get. Audi's e-tron GT, meanwhile, is a genuine grand tourer, albeit one with the same propensity for speed as the Taycan.

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