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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

It’s become de rigueur to declare driving dead. If we are headed for autonomous transport, ask the pundits, why bother having fun behind the wheel? Just clamber into your soulless people hauler, select “Stultifying Ambient Tedium” on your Pandora playlist, and tune out. At Motor Trend, dear reader, we are not ready to give up …

The Honda Accord's New Turbo

I ruffled a lot of feathers when I called the ninth-generation Accord V6 the last real American muscle car. Many of those feathers were attached to a bunch of cuckoo birds whose favorite small-block ’70s midsizers wouldn’t have a prayer in heaven or hell of catching an Accord V6 down a quarter-mile. My opinion that …

New Aston Martin Vantage

The Aston Martin Vantage is the storied British marque’s volume car. And with the unveiling today of an all-new model, that volume just got turned up. “The new car starts where V12 Vantage, not V8, left off,” says Miles Nurnberger, Aston’s head of exterior design, as he walks us around the production car in an …

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is essentially a short-wheelbase, five-seat version of the Santa Fe. Competing directly against the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge, the Santa Fe Sport has two engine options and features a two-tone interior. First, although many automakers send us tarted-up versions of their entries, kudos to Hyundai for having the …

2017 Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda’s Scout sub-brand isn’t exactly an original theme in the Volkswagen Group, with Audi, VW and SEAT all offering similar off-road-ready versions of existing models. Yet the idea has always fitted best with the Czech company’s practical and no-nonsense approach. The Octavia and Superb were the first to benefit from the Scout treatment, and now …

2017 Audi RS 3

We’ve praised the Audi A3’s driving dynamics, but one thing we have struggled to embrace is its stubby proportions and muted styling. The sedan looks much the same in RS 3 form, just tacking on a sportier grille and new side sills, diffuser, and exhaust tips almost as part of a costume. The diminutive sedan …

Land Rover

Land Rover has a problem with copycats—for example, just look at the LandWind X7, a Chinese SUV which bears a striking resemblance to the Range Rover Evoque. Speaking to Auto Express, Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern says that the automaker is “wary of showing new concepts” over fears of another copycat situation. McGovern thinks …

2017 Jaguar F

Love it or hate it, one thing that’s undeniable about Los Angeles is that it’s a true car town. Though it wasn’t initially designed that way, the sheer size of L.A. combined with the lack of interconnected mass transit systems makes the use of an automobile essential for anyone who wants to check out the …

2018 Subaru WRX

The Subaru Impreza WRX is one of my favorite enthusiast sedans. It’s invigorating, just a bit raw and makes you want to drive it more and more. Our tester has subtle blue paint and aggressive black wheels, which strike the right tone. It’s sporty without being stupid. Inside is black leather, red stitching, and plastics …

2018 Volvo XC40

At first glance the 2018 Volvo XC40, which arrives in the U.S. in May next year, bucks the conventional wisdom about how a modern Volvo should look. There’s no studied elegance to the exterior surfaces, no calming Swedish zen to the interior ambience. Instead, there’s a pugnacious swagger to the XC40 inside and out, with …