Toyota introduced the RAV4 Hybrid back in 2015, and although the hybrid remains a lower-volume variant, its importance in the RAV4 lineup continues to grow. Toyota brought the hybrid model back with the fifth-gen RAV4 and hopes to increase its share in a segment of two. The hybrid may only represent about 12 percent of
After we saw the redesigned Navigator, we had high hopes for Lincoln’s smaller three-row, the Aviator. Lincoln met those expectations, and the Aviator was one of our favorite models to debut at the L.A. auto show this year. Technically replacing the MKT in Lincoln’s lineup, the Aviator will face the same competitors as its predecessor when
To say we’re excited to finally drive the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco would be a serious understatement. After all, who wouldn’t love a boxy, Raptor-influenced, alternative to the Jeep Wrangler? At the same time, though, we understand that no matter how cool the new Bronco ends up being, there are always going to be fans
Nissan revealed the production version of the GT-R50 by Italdesign, and sure enough, it stays true to the concept. Orders have begun, but only 50 copies will be sold. The concept had a gray and gold exterior, but customers can specify whichever color combination they’d like on their own model. As we learned while driving
The G-Wagen isn’t a logical vehicle. It’s the kind of car you buy because you want it and because you can. It may have started life as a utilitarian off-roader, but for the last several decades, it’s been luxed up to the point that many owners won’t hit the trails in one. Thanks to an
The Detroit Big Three are cutting cars left and right in favor of SUVs and crossovers. Just last week, General Motors announced it would discontinue six car models and stop allocating funds to the plants that make them, and earlier this year Ford said it would shed all cars in the U.S. except the Mustang.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD debuted this week, and let’s just say not everyone is a big fan of how it looks. Now, General Motors is revealing the High Country model, which has a tamer grille than some other variants. The High Country sits at the top of the Silverado HD lineup. Below it are
On the occasion of its official auto show premiere in Los Angeles, BMW divulged a good bit more information about the technologies that will debut on the production version of its controversially styled Vision iNext concept car in 2021. Here are four tidbits we learned from the reveal. Autonomy for all BMW’s R&D honcho Klaus
Mazda’s trick Skyactiv-X engine has the auto industry’s eyes on it because it will be the first gas mill to operate primarily on compression, though a small spark is still needed to ignite and control the combustion process. But not all countries will get the cutting-edge engine right away. At the recent L.A. auto show,
Back in 2011, Nissan decided to turn the Leaf into a race car, and the result was the original Leaf NISMO RC. Now there’s a new version that Nissan claims is more than twice as powerful as before. View 16 Photos Revealed in Tokyo this week, the new Leaf NISMO RC uses two electric motors
Mercedes-Benz is updating the two-door GT for 2020, and the biggest news is the new GT R Pro model. But the other AMG GT coupe and convertibles also get upgrades. The lineup is debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show right now. Mercedes tweaked the design of the GT lineup, offering updated headlights, a new
Earlier this year, Ford revealed the U.S.-spec version of the Ranger pickup truck at the Detroit auto show, marking its return to the U.S. market after a seven-year absence. And although we knew the Ranger would need to compete with other midsizers such as the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma, it will soon face even stiffer competition from
Nissan unveiled the refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima and 2019 Nissan Murano at its L.A. auto show press conference on Wednesday. In addition to showing subtly revised sheetmetal, Nissan also had an announcement to make. The brand plans to show a new concept vehicle at the 2019 Detroit auto show. “This January in Detroit Nissan will
The Santa Fe XL will be discontinued after the 2019 model year. Before the Santa Fe XL, Hyundai had the seven-passenger Veracruz, which was discontinued after the 2012 model year. The 2020 Palisade still uses some Santa Fe underpinnings, sharing modules with the smaller crossover. But the number of changes, including a new chassis for
Riding on a new platform, the 2020 Kia Soul will be offered in a range of models, including the sporty GT-Line, the rugged-looking X-Line, and the style-oriented EX Designer Collection. Compared to its predecessor, the wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer and the vehicle is 2.2 inches longer overall. Inside, cargo capacity with all seats in
At the 2019 Los Angeles auto show, Kia introduced two new electrified models, the 2019 Niro EV and the 2020 Soul EV. Both electric vehicles use the same liquid-cooled 64-kWh lithium-ion battery found on the 2019 Hyundai Kona EV along with a 201-hp electric motor with 291 lb-ft of torque and standard Level 3 fast charging.
The former racing driver is the managing partner of the Formula 1 team and also leads the Mercedes motorsports program. He has a 30 percent stake in Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix. Teamed with Niki Lauda, Wolff has produced results exceeding expectations with drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. 48. DAVID FREIBURGER View 51 Photos MOTOR TREND
Powertrain options start with the third-generation DOHC 5.0-liter “Coyote” V-8, rated at 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a T-56XL six-speed manual transmission. Opting for automatic shifting currently gets you a second-gen Coyote rated at 435 hp and 400 lb-ft and a 6R80 six-speed (when Ford’s 10-speed automatic becomes available in crate
Just a couple hundred miles after hitting 5,000 in the odometer, the A-1 light on our long-term 2018 CR-V LX illuminated. My busy schedule at the time didn’t allow me to go to the dealer right away, so after hitting 5,500 miles Motor Trend’s intern and test analytics expert JC Anne Hancock took our CR-V
I like to think America’s love of the automobile is tied up with the freedom it represents. The car allows you to travel far and wide, on your schedule. To me, few vehicles encompass that sense of freedom more than our long-term 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon. It really is capable of driving anywhere and
It’s a beautiful, warm early October evening in 2017, and I’ve spent the better part of the day photographing Flyin’ Miata’s new turbocharged ND Mazda Miata for an upcoming Automobile magazine story. We’ve been leisurely zigzagging our way through the most scenic parts of Central California. We are on our way north to Monterey to
The Los Angeles auto show is already shaping up to be an exciting show, but now we have one more car to look forward to. Earlier today, Mercedes announced plans to reveal a new version of the AMG GT called the GT R Pro. The line, “Closer to motor racing than ever before,” suggests we’re
When we first drove the 2016 BMW 330e, we came away impressed with how much the plug-in hybrid felt like a regular 3 Series. Well, a regular 3 Series with way more torque. Even with a tiny 14-mile range when running on electricity alone, the 330e showed that hybrids can actually be pretty fun to
The Toyota Corolla hatchback returned to the U.S. market earlier this year, bringing with it a sleek exterior design, modern interior, and all the benefits that come with the TNGA platform. Now, Toyota has taken that car and tweaked its body to create the 2020 Corolla sedan. With the obvious exception of the trunk, the
Hyundai and Jaguar beat the competition in IntelliChoice’s 20th annual Certified Pre-Owned Car Awards this week. With the awards in its 20th year, Hyundai won in the Popular category while Jaguar earned top scores in the Premium category. IntelliChoice, a MotorTrend Group subsidiary, evaluates manufacturers’ certified pre-owned vehicle programs in nine areas for its CPO Car
An upscale leather interior with diamond stitching compares well against Mercedes and other rivals. Add a bargain price tag into the equation, and it’s clear the compact G70 holds a unique position in the luxury sport sedan category. Honda Insight Comeback hybrid View 82 Photos The Honda Insight has come a long way from its
Mazda has confirmed key information about the CX-5 we learned last month from a leaked product bulletin. The Mazda CX-5 will indeed get a new top-of-the-line Signature trim, as well as a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature debuted today at the Seattle auto show, packing the turbocharged engine and six-speed automatic found
WE LIKE Looking at it, being in it, great base engine WE DON’T LIKE Sport suspension, hybrid brake tuning, safety optional Volvo has been on a tear since it earned 2016 SUV of the Year honors with the XC90. By offering consistent avant-garde styling, safety, and value, everything it’s sent since ends up in the finalist category.
WE LIKE Class-leading interior, incredibly quiet cabin WE DON’T LIKE Road noise from 21-inch tires, fake exhaust tips The fifth-generation A6 moves to a new platform with a choice of suspensions that make for the best-riding A6 in a while, albeit one that’s a bit firm on uneven surfaces. Zach Gale said the A6’s excellence
The new Ford Ranger isn’t even on sale in the U.S. yet, and we’re already a little disappointed. That’s because, despite offering the super cool Ranger Raptor in other markets, Ford’s already said it won’t bring that model to the U.S. But with the introduction of the Storm concept, there are now two foreign-market Rangers that are making us jealous.