• 2018 Volkswagen Atlas 2.0T FWD

    Luuk Lijten

    According to the ancient Greeks, the Olympian god Zeus forced the titan Atlas to carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders for all eternity. Much like the Greek deity it’s named after, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is tasked with carrying a heavy burden: attracting more North American consumers to VW showrooms. Targeting the heart of…

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  • 2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid

    Luuk Lijten

    A six-figure price tag used to be a clear sign of exclusivity in the automotive world, but rapidly ballooning sticker prices have eroded the inherent specialness of cars residing around the $100,000 mark. Heck, high-end pickup trucks can cost nearly that much now. Lexus’s stunning LC coupe, which starts at $92,995, is an impressive achievement in…

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  • First Drive: 2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8

    Luuk Lijten

    My friend Bob owns a fleet of cars that includes a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, and several Porsches. He always purchases the top-spec version, because like Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel, he likes the ones that go to 11. (For example, Bob would never buy a 911 GT3 RS because the GT2 RS has more power.) For…

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  • Ram Pushes Some Hybrid Tech to Pickups, with eTorque

    Luuk Lijten

    Bringing hybrid technology to light trucks isn’t a new, or novel, idea—a small increase in mpg is a large percentage when fuel economy is in the teens. General Motors previously offered hybrid Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras. Chrysler, way back in the Daimler days, co-developed a longitudinal hybrid transmission that was all but stillborn in…

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  • 2019 Honda Ridgeline

    Luuk Lijten

    The Honda Ridgeline has earned our 10 Best award for mid-size pickup trucks two years running (unlike our approach to 10Best Cars honors, we categorize 10Best Trucks and SUVs by segment), beating out the likes of General Motors’ Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, as well as the popular Toyota Tacoma. So, naturally, we’ve been itching to put this…

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  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-class Hatchback

    Luuk Lijten

    In 2012, Mercedes-Benz decided to turn the A-class from a high-roof hatchback (with a sandwich-floor layout designed for electrification) into a much lower, wider, and longer compact car with decidedly sporting aspirations. At the time, the move seemed slightly counterintuitive. But it has proved to be the correct decision: The current A-class has become a huge global…

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  • 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec

    Luuk Lijten

    Acura is replacing the visually and dynamically bland last-generation RDX, recasting the small crossover as a striking, purposeful thing. The Acura RDX A-Spec model tested here looks better than a frosty Asahi with a side of gyoza. It features blacked-out accents, gray 20-inch wheels, and bazooka tubes for tailpipes. The interior matches the sheetmetal’s allure with polished-metal…

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  • 2018 Nissan Maxima Review

    Luuk Lijten

    With sufficient comfort to please a luxury buyer, enough athleticism to keep an enthusiast driver engaged, and ample gadgetry to appeal to tech connoisseurs, the Nissan Maxima is a well-rounded full-size sedan. Its sporty, aggressive lines add visual punch and invite attention. The Maxima makes a value play, too, as many of its virtues are standard across…

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  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster / Veloster Turbo

    Luuk Lijten

    As Larry David might say, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster is pretty, pretty good. The Seinfeld creator often says this with more than a little sense of relief and an acknowledgment of unexpectedly favorable outcomes for his bumbling travails in the show Curb Your Enthusiasm. Only there really isn’t anything unexpected about the new, second-generation Veloster’s satisfying overall execution. Hyundai is…

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  • 2018 BMW i3s with Range Extender

    Luuk Lijten

    With the original i3 EV, BMW aimed to apply its engineering prowess in unconventional ways—not just with weight-saving construction techniques that mated a carbon-fiber composite passenger cell to a mostly aluminum chassis, but also with eco-friendly elements such as natural-fiber cabin finishes, leather seats tanned with an olive-oil extract, a key fob made of a castor-oil-based…

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