L.A. Times' Car Reviews

Porsche 911 Turbo S takes superlatives into the fast lane

The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is impressive enough in a straight line, ripping from zero to 60 in less than three seconds.

Jetta TDI Value Edition good for wallet, fuel economy

Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money.

Fiat's 500L falls flat while Kia's Soul soars

Kia's redesigned Soul and Fiat's all-new 500L are the latest models in the quirky "toaster" class of sub-compact cars.

Rapid Review: Taking Bentley new Continental GT V-8 S to the track

Roaring down a racetrack at 140 mph, plowing through a chicane, carving up a hairpin turn, this is not the typical environment of Bentleys.

A Maserati with Chrysler parts?

It is a mix of emotions only an Italian car can evoke.

 Car review: 2015 Chevy Tahoe SUV is quieter, more refined

General Motors Co.'s lumbering full-size SUVs are dinosaurs from a bygone era, but don't expect them to go extinct just yet.

2014 Toyota Highlander: Bigger yet smaller, sadly

Maybe the Muppets weren't such a good idea.

Car review: Subaru refines 2015 WRX and STI

They are the bad boys of Subaru's lineup.

First Times Drive: 2015 Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid

Same great hatchback flavor. Now with less fuel!

Car review: Jeep unpacks Cherokee nameplate for 2014 crossover

Consider the original Jeep Cherokee a founding member of the compact SUV club.

BMW's 435i convertible is a lovely way to take an open-air drive

Forget the turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the three-stage neck-warming system, the color heads-up display.

Top 10 vehicles that moved us in 2013

Consumer confidence, job growth and low interest rates are fueling the growing and profitable U.S. auto industry, the economic pundits say....

Review: The new CLA is the bottom-feeding Benz

The bottom-of-the-line Benz always faces a tough question: Is it a real Mercedes?

First Times Drive: Acura RLX Sport Hybrid AWD

Consider it Acura’s flagship flagship.

Luxury auto brands give eco-friendly a spin

With eco-friendly cars taking center stage at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show, it was no surprise luxury carmakers wanted to tout their stuff too.

Rapid Review: Mitsubishi's 2014 Outlander SUV

Like an owner who resembles his or her dog, Mitsubishi’s 2014 Outlander is just as much an oddity as the brand itself.

Car review: 2014 BMW X5 versus Land Rover Sport in luxury SUV market

Think of mid-size luxury SUVs as a stable of thoroughbreds.

Rapid Review: Aston Martin's 2014 Rapide S

Take a good look at Aston Martin’s Rapide S, a task made easy by its breathtakingly sleek design. The look carries all the gravitas of...

100 years later, Aston Martin stays true to its classy sports car lineage

Over the last 100 years, Aston Martin has ferried royalty, seduced James Bond and won world racing championships. It's also been through...

Chevy SS and Corvette Stingray Convertible bolster brand's lineup

These are happy days for the fun side of Chevrolet, as 2013 has been a very good year for the performance division of General Motors'...

Jeep takes new path with diesel 2014 Grand Cherokee

This is not your grandfather's Jeep.

2014 Cadillac CTS likely to help brand gain ground

Since its introduction in 2003, the Cadillac CTS has been working two jobs. General Motors Co. has used the sedan to straddle the space...

Battle of the plug-in hybrids: Accord, Volt and Fusion Energi

The Honda Accord covered my 11-mile morning commute to downtown Los Angeles, downhill on the 110 Freeway, without burning a single drop of...

Rapid Review: 2014 Buick Enclave -- is it good enough?

The confusion of the guy in the tollbooth was understandable. As the seven-passenger SUV rolled into his station, it's clear the sparkly...

2014 Acura MDX gets a makeover

Acura made its name on upscale sedans and coupes, but its MDX crossover has quietly become the meal ticket for Honda's luxury division.

New Toyota Corolla is much improved, but new Mazda3 outshines it

Compact cars are like toasters. Almost everyone, at some point, has owned one. They do their job without drama. Only rarely do they burn...

 Review: Mercedes-Benz S550 is a triumph of technology

The days when luxury in a car meant shiny chrome on the outside and dead trees and cows on the inside have long faded. This is 2013, when...

2014 Infiniti Q50: Competent but not a game changer

Infiniti has a simple plan to break the German stranglehold on the sport sedan segment — build an "overwhelmingly superior"...

First Times Drive: VW's Scirocco R is a tasty bit of forbidden fruit

Of all the forbidden fruit that automakers keep from the U.S. market, one of the most intriguing is the Volkswagen Scirocco (Sure-Rocco).

2014 Kia Cadenza is worthy entry into luxury market

It was a mistake to leave a copy of the window sticker on the front seat of the loaded 2014 Kia Cadenza.

First Times Drive: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Now this is a Fiesta you’ll actually want to go to.

Today's Porsche 911: High tech still delivers old-school thrill

The sharp left appeared out of nowhere.

1967 Porsche 911: Simple charm and a lot of personality

A raspy boxer engine hangs off the back end. Two oval headlights and a flat hood point toward the asphalt. A large tachometer occupies the...

Chevrolet Cruze diesel adds fuel efficiency but sticks to recipe

Like the American kid who returns from study abroad with a German accent, Chevrolet's latest Cruze sedan will come with a decidedly European...

2014 Corvette Stingray shifts away from tradition

The roar of eight cylinders echoes off the hillsides as the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray rushes past vineyards and sun-faded barns....

Car review: Chevy loads 2014 Silverado truck with more improvements

In the automotive world, no one is more loyal than a truck owner.

Lexus takes bold turn with new IS sport sedans

If BMW is considered the ultimate driving machine, Lexus is viewed more as the ultimate easy chair.

Car review: 2014 Cayman is true to Porsche's heritage

At first glance, the 2014 Cayman seems like the essence of Porsche: A simple, fast, gorgeous coupe that stays glued to the pavement.

First Times Drive: 2014 Nissan Versa Note

At the New York Auto Show in April 2012, Nissan made it clear that it had a busy 15 months planned.

Range Rover gets a makeover for 2013

It's the Bel-Air buggy, the minivan of Malibu, the lorry of Laguna Beach.

First Times Drive: Full-size GMC Sierra ups its V-6 game

Six-cylinder engines are fast becoming the new darling of the full-size truck segment, so it’s no surprise that General Motors’...

Electric cars are getting as cheap as gasoline rivals

What would it take to get you into an electric car today?

2014 Subaru Forester remains more rugged than refined

Subaru, long the bastion of all-wheel drive and rugged practicality, is an automaker on a hot streak. And the all-new 2014 Forester...

Rapid Review: Audi's 2014 R8 lineup gets a refresh

To look at the unique proportions of the Audi R8 -- wedge-shaped nose, short hood, large greenhouse -- it’s easy to forget this all-...

Car review: Jaguar sets bar high for 2014 F-Type

In a 1961 debut that reverberated worldwide, Jaguar pulled the covers off its E-Type coupe at the Geneva Motor Show and redefined beauty...

Ram 1500 truck gets thoughtful upgrades for 2013 model year

It looks like a truck, drives like a truck and hauls like a truck. So the 2013 Ram 1500 is, you guessed it, very much a truck.

First Times drive: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 diesel

In the tense days of this nation’s twin gas crises in the 1970s, one automaker dominated U.S. roads with diesel cars: Mercedes-Benz....

2014 Acura RLX fails to impress when compared with its peers

Strip away the $61,345 price tag and ignore all of its competitors, and the 2014 Acura RLX isn't a bad car.

Mazda6 injects fun into a family sedan

If Mazda can't figure out a way to sell its excellent all-new sedan — the 2014 Mazda6 — the automaker should just give up...

Rapid Review: 2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i

Just because German luxury brands are bringing smaller vehicles to the U.S., that doesn’t mean they’re coming here with...

The Shelby GT350 and Focus ST: Building out Fords to a whole new level

The 2013 Shelby GT350 takes a standard Mustang GT and adds more than $40,000 in performance upgrades — bringing the whole package to...

Toyota offers little to rave about in 2013 RAV4

It's all crossovers these days.

First Times drive: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Don't worry, baby boomers, Chevrolet hasn't forgotten about you.

Rapid Review: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid

For all the advantages of diesel cars — fuel economy, robust torque, bomb-proof durability — many U.S. buyers just aren't that...

Review: Tesla's electric Model S is a truly competitive premium sedan

The Tesla Model S may be a silent car, but other automakers will no doubt hear it coming.

Rapid Review: Chevy's 2013 Camaro ZL1 convertible

If cars were judge solely on the sounds coming from the tailpipe, the Camaro ZL1 convertible would be among finest automobiles Chevy has...

Rapid Review: 2013 Ford Focus ST

After eight years of watching Europe have all the fun with small, fast cars, we're finally getting our piece of the hot-hatch action from...

Ferrari FF review: Ferocious yet practical

In the late 1940s, Enzo Ferrari reluctantly agreed to build road cars as a way to finance his racing outfit.

Rapid review: 2013 Audi S8

That Audi would launch the fire-breathing S8 to compete with German mega-sedans, including the Mercedes-Benz S63 and the BMW Alpina B7, isn'...

Car review: Ford incorporates European flair into 2013 Fusion

It's rare to see a hint of Maserati or a dash of Aston Martin in a family sedan.

Car Review: Nissan Pathfinder takes a new road

To see theevolution of the SUV market, park the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder next to its first-generation ancestor from 1985. They share...

Car review: Looks aside, Ford C-Max hybrid has leg up on Prius v

As Ford took aim at the Toyota Prius, a brand now synonymous with green motoring, it needed a car that looked the part.

Car review: Cadillac makes a right turn with 2013 ATS

Let's get down to brass tacks. Cadillac's all-new compact sedan, the 2013 ATS, is not a better car than its target, the BMW 3 Series.

2013 Audi Allroad wagon's intrepid turn

If anecdotal evidence gleaned from trips through L.A.'s moneyed coastal enclaves like Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Manhattan Beach is any...

2013 Honda Accord re-engineered into a well-rounded sedan

Honda's nerds have done it. They've cracked the code, solved the riddle, unscrambled the jumble that, until now, has perpetually...

Car review: 2013 Lexus ES' styling gets an adrenaline shot

If your radio dial has ever tripped across an easy-listening station promising all the best the adult-contemporary genre has to offer,...

Porsche Boxster S burns through canyons, cash

Porsche has a new roadster out, the 2013 Boxster S. It's faster, more handsome and more practical than ever before, yada yada yada, they...

2013 Cadillac XTS sedan falls short of its flagship status

Cadillac's all-new flagship sedan, the XTS, is apparently a little confused about the difference between intern and interim. You and I...

Car review: 2013 Acura ILX light on power, driver enthusiasm

With summer barreling through the calendar faster than you can say "water wings," it's likely you have a family reunion looming on the...

Car review: 2013 Mercedes SL550 is pedestrian-friendly excellence

If Europeans didn't walk so darn much, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 might be a better-looking car. Clearly they don't appreciate the...

Car review: Nissan loads Altima with style, substance

You're not going to see Lindsay Lohan crash a 2013 Nissan Altima into the back of a garbage truck. Your 10-year-old won't be hanging a...

Car review: 2013 Ford Escape thwarted by high tech

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "To be simple is to be great." Memo to the minds behind Ford's 2013 Escape: Read more Emerson.

Car review: Bugatti Veyron leads entrants in 200-mph supercar club

Life is different driving 200 miles an hour.

Saturday Drive: 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Mk II

The car: 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Mk II

Saturday Drive: Icon FJ40

The car: 2012 Icon FJ40

Saturday Drive: 2012 Tesla Model S

The car: 2013 Tesla Model S

Saturday Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Golf R

The car: 2012 Volkswagen Golf R

Saturday Drive: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

The car: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Saturday Drive: The story behind 'The Avengers' Acura NSX

If you were one of the 18 billion people who went to see "The Avengers"recently, you probably noticed the film concludes with Robert...

Saturday Drive: 2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition Volante

The car: 2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition Volante

Saturday Drive: 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

The car: 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

Saturday Drive: 2013 Nissan GT-R

The car: 2013 Nissan GT-R

Saturday Drive: 2012 Buick Regal GS

The car: 2012 Buick Regal GS

Saturday Drive: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

The car: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Auto review: 2013 Subaru BRZ is an honest-to-goodness sports car

You look fat in that. Of course I'll be late. Your baby reminds me of Gollum's uncle.

Review: Infiniti JX offers comfort even in the third row

Jerry Seinfeld once said, "There's no such thing as fun for the whole family." Ask anyone who has tried cramming himself or his kin into the...

Review: Hyundai Azera perfectly parked in large sedan segment

In a quiet, forgotten corner of the automotive landscape there is a segment of vehicle called the large sedan. These cars tilt toward luxury...

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