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Can the new hybrid right the wrongs of the second-gen Insight?

Can the new hybrid right the wrongs of the second-gen Insight?

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The new C-Class doesn't look much different, but looks are deceiving

The new C-Class doesn't look much different, but looks are deceiving.

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The base engine dispassionately propels a passionate coupe

The base engine dispassionately propels a passionate coupe

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Jaguar beats the Germans in bringing a Tesla-fighter to market

Jaguar beats the Germans in bringing a Tesla-fighter to market.

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It packs more appeal than the old Juke — and with a killer Bose stereo

Light and frugal, it packs more appeal than the old Juke.

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The changes don't explain how drastically different it feels

The changes don't explain how drastically different it feels

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Volvo doubles down on wagons, and this one's a winner

Volvo doubles down on wagons, and this one's a winner

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Behind the wheel of BMW’s ragtop Hail Mary effort

Behind the wheel of BMW's ragtop Hail Mary effort

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The sleek sedan goes upscale

The sleek sedan goes upscale.

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Acura returns to its roots to find a winning compact crossover formula

Acura returns to its roots to find a winning compact crossover formula.

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An intimate bubble of fun outside of our normal, average reality

An intimate bubble of fun outside of our normal, average reality.

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Driving the $250,000 reincarnation of Shelby’s GT40-powered Mustang

Driving the reincarnation of Shelby's GT40-powered Mustang.

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America's Ford hot hatch dreams are ending, but not Europe's

The driving style required to get the most out of a Fiesta ST requires braking late into the corner to turn the car on its nose. Which sounds fun until you start dwelling on the potential consequences of running out of hairpin to play on, there being little more than a curb-height wall between you and oblivion. The ability not to worry about that is what separates rally champions such as Ogier from the rest of us, but the ST successfully offers a sense of that driving style to those with average

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A turbocharged competitor to the all-wheel-drive, seven-passenger throne

The brand-new 2019 Subaru Ascent could very well be called the Mulligan. You may have heard the term used by amateur golfers as a sort of do-over for an egregiously bad first shot. But in the case of the Ascent, Subaru's largest-ever vehicle, it means that the Japanese automaker gets one more chance to build a successful three-row crossover for America.

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Hyundai looks to rattle the Civic Si and VW GTI

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster is a revitalized version of a type of car many mainstream automakers are slowly giving up on entirely: the affordable sports car. Rivals like the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen GTI spring to mind but, generally speaking, car companies crank out more and more SUVs and crossovers while this once thriving segment dwindles in numbers. That's too bad, because it takes only a few minutes behind the wheel to realize the crossover and SUV crowd are missing out on a lot of drivin

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The M3 CS is ready to play, and loves to be hurled into any corner

It has exquisite balance, responds accurately and quickly to steering inputs, and its performance envelope takes both gentle and heavy-handed drivers and gives them similar point-to-point speed, no frights, and lets them gorge on giggles.

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The next evolution in cylinder deactivation

When Chevrolet introduced the 2019 Chevy Silverado, by far the most exciting engine reveal was the 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6, and it overshadowed what seemed like just carryover gasoline V8s, a 5.3-liter and a 6.2-liter. And now that the company has announced an all-new turbocharged four-cylinder, which you can read about here, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there wasn't much going on with the V8s, but that's not the case. Though the power is the same, they're packing some seriously co

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Better than the V6

Every automaker is going great lengths to improve fuel economy, particularly in trucks. Ram has gone with ultra-mild hybrid technology, and Ford has gone with turbocharged V6 engines, a new diesel, and a 10-speed transmission. Until now, it appeared Chevy and GMC were going to focus on improving naturally aspirated V8s and adding a diesel. But it turns out Chevy had one other engine up its sleeve: a turbocharged four-cylinder.

Track Test

Here's what the $6,500 upgrade gets you on the track

We get it. Superfans only want to hear about the yin versus yang. iPhone versus Android. Batman versus Superman. The Ford Mustang versus its Bizarro World twinsie/frenemy, the Chevy Camaro.

Quick Spin

Lotus should capture this spirit in the next Exige

You can get the measure of a car brand by the environment in which its products are built. The narrow, bumpy, hedge-lined lanes of eastern England explain a lot about the way a Lotus goes. The character of a company's chief speaks to the brand's intentions as well. Jean-Marc Gales has been portrayed unflatteringly as a Eurocrat bean counter, but his approach has been to strip weight and cost out of the product to the benefit of performance on both track and bottom line, defining brand attributes