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Ropin’ Baddies: Grappler Aims To End Police Chases Safely
TECHNOLOGUE Are you easily mesmerized by reruns of World’s Scariest Police Chases or compelled to click on YouTube chase videos? One such all-night binge session, ending with a video of a serious T-bone crash with a civilian, left Leonard Stock unabl
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Jim Hackett
Jim Hackett is not a prototypical car guy. Nor is he a straight-line thinker or talker. But after more than two years as CEO of Ford, amid some head-scratching and skepticism, his unorthodox methods and esoteric train of thought are making some sense
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Your Say…
I just reread the July 2019 issue for the third time; it’s like candy for me. Congratulations on another well-conceived, well-executed, and enjoyable issue. I wanted to thank you folks specifically for the “Battle for the Soul of American Luxury” pie
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This Is stupid
My face hurts from smiling. My ears are ringing. My shoulders ache. Behind me, four Skittle-colored SUVs tick-tick-tick in the mountain air. Go ahead, hurl insults. Grocery getter. Mall crawler. Chelsea tractor. Family hauler. Too big. Too heavy. Too
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Dreams Of England
Is there anything better than a British beast of a grand tourer? Specifically, one that’s stuffed with a 12-cylinder powerplant, covered in fist-bitingly gorgeous sheetmetal, and lined with fine, sweet-smelling leather? Why, yes. Two of them. That As
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The Mojave Road Run
Ferocious winds ripped across the undulating plains of the Mojave Desert, battering our brave little overland convoy. We had been battling scorching heat, freezing mountain air, and 60-mph gusts for the past 150 miles—all of which we’d attacked off-r
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Every Car Has A Story And Everyone Has A Car Story
At the start of the 2019 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, I found myself at the front of the pack of this year’s participants, a highly curated collection of some of the rarest (and most valuable) motorcars in the world—including a 1932 Mercedes-Benz SS
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What’s Overlanding, Anyway?
I don’t know about you guys, but as one of the 80 percent of Americans who live in an urban area, I don’t want to see any of you when I go on vacation. Going from one crowded megacity to another to relax sounds pretty miserable. That’s probably why I
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS
There’s something extraordinary about Park City’s landscape during late spring. The snowcapped mountain peaks and deep blue skies provide a pleasant, peaceful atmosphere. This part of North Utah is the perfect place to launch the new GLS-Class, which
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Off-road Survival List
Overlanders need to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Vehicle extraction gear is a must, but so is readying yourself for the possibility that you might need to walk out of the desert or woods or call for help in places where your iPhone doesn’t wo
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2020 Cadillac XT6
My day began with an Uber ride to LAX in a pre-bailout Chrysler PT Cruiser that smelled like cigarettes and felt like its suspension consisted of cold hockey pucks. When I got off the plane in Washington, D.C., Cadillac shuttled me and three other jo
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Best Behavior
This story almost didn’t happen. Well, that’s not strictly true; it’s not so much that we almost didn’t traverse the Mojave Road but more like we almost weren’t allowed to tell you about it. The MotorTrend masthead might seem big, but truth is the co
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Should Tesla Worry?
Foot on brake. Foot on accelerator. Wait three seconds, and launch control is ready. I sidestep the brake pedal, and it’s like being fired from a railgun, my head slamming against the headrest as the low-slung four-door leaps off the line. The front
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Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro
Feasting at Mercedes’ quasquicentennial fête, at a table behind me sits five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider. Two days before and 600 miles to the east, it was Schneider’s eyes that were watching me through the rearview mirror of Mercedes’ latest,
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2020 Audi RS 6 Avant
Launched back in 1994, the all-wheel-drive Audi RS 2 Avant could out-accelerate a contemporary Corvette or 911 and run to 163 mph on the autobahn. On the numbers alone, the new 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant—with 591 hp, a claimed 0–60 time of less than 3.6 se
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Worthy Of The Name
It was one of those bone-cold, muddy-sky, northern European days as a steady drizzle dampened Formula 1 qualifying, rooster tails blossoming behind all the cars. The 1984 European Grand Prix was being held at the just-opened “New Nürburgring,” and wh
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2020 Land Rover Defender
It’s been a long time coming. But the 2020 Land Rover Defender appears to be worth the wait. The new Defender combines a 21st century take on iconic Land Rover design cues with state-of-the-art body, powertrain, suspension, and electronics. And it pr
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The Windows Of mercedes-benz
When I was a kid, Eddie Rickenbacker was a boy’s perfect hero: prewar auto racing hero, World War I fighter pilot (America’s Ace of Aces), and postwar owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, the moment of his life that still lingers with m
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VERDICT: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar P380 SE R-Dynamic
Base price $70,595 As tested $76,041 Service life: 12 mo/23,845 mi Avg Econ/CO2 19.4 mpg/1.0 lb/mi There have been three memorable moments involving Land Rovers in my life. The first time I saw one, an original Range Rover, all black and tinted, was
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Acura Type S Concept
The Type S Concept shown at Monterey Car Week solidifies Acura’s image as a performance brand. The Type S version of the second-generation TLX sedan gives us an idea of what we can expect from future Type S models: actual performance. The front end i
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The Art Of Survival
Morning: The last time I walked through these doors, this was a functioning car factory. Now I feel like a tomb raider. An early ’90s keyboard and computer sit on a deserted desk, the plastic yellowed with age. Off to the left is the dramatic circula
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Mt Confidential
Want a $60,000 C8 Corvette? Better hurry because sources in Detroit confirm that price isn’t going to last. Not that anyone should be surprised: It’s become standard practice to launch new Corvettes at a low price that’s then quickly ramped up. Devel
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Mt Garage
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB Fuel Econ: 21/32/25 mpg Base price $41,295 As tested $50,630 Back in April, Detroit editor Alisa Priddle traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to help build a 2019 Volvo S60 at the plant. “Sometime in the next few months,” she wro
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Swan Song: Getting The Most Out Of The Old 911
REFERENCE MARK @markrechtin Typically, when a vehicle comes to the end of its five- to seven-year production cycle, folks are relieved to see it go. With dated styling and obsolete technology, it is almost archaic in its form and function. There’s ra
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Squares Square Off
When we first drove the Kia brand’s boxy-chic new entrant in the emperor’s-new-minivan class, we declared the 2020 Telluride’s chief competitors to be the Honda Pilot, the Toyota Highlander, and the new Ford Explorer. There are enough other rivals to
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We Answer Your Most Common Question What Should I Buy?
It’s one of the most common questions we’re asked from friends, family, and complete strangers. “I need a new vehicle. What should I buy?” The answer, of course, isn’t simple. Do you want something fun or something practical? What is practical, anywa
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Mud ’n’ Ruts
In January, we Big Tested eight compact SUVs and ranked the rugged but aging Jeep Cherokee seventh, adding this caveat: “If you’re planning to take your compact CUV off-roading, bump the Cherokee to the top of your list.” But then we wondered, with s
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How To Save Thousands On Your Next Car
As the model year comes to a close, plenty of great deals are available on dealer lots—especially for long-in-the-tooth vehicles for buyers who don’t need the latest, greatest technology. That said, there are still a number of pitfalls to watch out f
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Tustin, We Have Liftoff
If had headers, they’d be glowing cherry red right now. If it had brakes, they’d be sizzling and billowing smoke. In fact, we should all take a cooldown lap while singing along to Prince’s “Little Red Corvette.” I tap out this monthly
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