Automobile

The 2019 Audi Q3

It’s easy to get lost in the spectacular views of northern Italy’s Alpine region. The jagged peaks of the Dolomites jutting up from the earth, the crystal-clear lakes filling the valleys, and the lush green hillsides are overwhelming. It should be easy, ascending and descending the never-ending switchbacks, to erase memories of the uninspiring first-generation Audi Q3. But it’s not. Introduced ...

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2018 Audi R8 RWS

On the great list of maladies you may consider likely in transforming the benign all-wheel-drive Audi R8 into a rear-wheel-drive special model—Death himself riding shotgun, wizards and fairies controlling the car’s otherwise innate balance, thrill-turns-to-regret oversteer—you can add zilch and nada. In virtually every use, this supercar remains the almost-too-tame, composed partner it has always been. It’s not boring—a 540-hp V-10 stuffed ...

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2019 Bentley Bentayga V-8

The Bentley Bentayga W-12 has paved the road to opulent utilitarianism for soon-to-arrive mega-luxury SUVs from Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Rolls-Royce. Yet the big B’s early move means that it has already started churning out derivative models, including a diesel, a plug-in hybrid, and our subject here, the 2019 Bentayga V-8, a gilded eight-cylinder grapple designed to more effectively snag aspiring shoppers ...

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2018 Ford F

Accepting its wider-set facial features, its smattering of new active-safety technologies, and three new or updated engines, Ford’s 2018 F-150 lineup is the same excellent collection of pickup trucks as before. We bestowed a 10 Best Trucks award on it for 2017, and the updated lineup won the honor again this year. Tested here is the F-150 that provides the best value among ...

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2018 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey remains one of the best minivans on the market, trailing only the 10Best Trucks and SUVs–winning Chrysler Pacifica in terms of ease of use, features, and practicality, and just edging past the Chrysler in driving pleasure. Since our last update, more logbook admiration has come in for the Honda’s superb forward visibility (although it’s not as superb as the Pacifica’s), ...

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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-class

As with the four-door sedan on which they are based, the Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe and cabriolet offer style that mimics that of the larger E- and S-class models. The svelte junior Benz two-doors serve as an entry point to the motoring high life, where sleek lines and luxurious cabins mean more than practical considerations such as interior space or luggage capacity. Driving ...

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet is building out its commercial-truck business with three new medium-duty Silverados, the first Class 4, 5, and 6 chassis cabs with the Silverado name. The 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD broke cover at the Work Truck Show organized by the National Truck Equipment Association in this week. The chassis-cab trucks will offer Duramax diesel power, optional air springs, and straight ...

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Is it just us, or has the automotive world gone crazy? Well, okay, crazier. As evidence, we offer the fact that manufacturers now not only routinely drag their high-performance cars to the fabled Nurburgring to break lap records, they’re now doing the same thing with their hyperactive SUVs. Two SUV protagonists currently vying for ’Ring lap-time supremacy and the brand ...

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage

For once, I’m glad that the English weather is delivering as anticipated. Shakespeare’s home county of Warwickshire is covered with a chill grayness, what his Bardness once described as “barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold,” and the roads are damp and greasy. This is the perfect location to answer some of the more significant questions we have about the new ...

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2018 Jeep Renegade

The Renegade offers what most other subcompact crossovers don’t—true off-road capability and a distinctly butch design. The littlest Jeep samples the company’s iconic Wrangler and wraps it in a more approachable package. Although both of its four-cylinder engines are wimpy, the Renegade does have a standard six-speed manual transmission and a robust all-wheel-drive system. Its rugged interior can be outfitted with ...

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