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Fiat 124 Spider review: It's not a 'Fiata' after all

When Fiat Chrysler and Mazda announced in 2012 a joint venture to build a sports car that would in time become Mazda’s new Miata and Fiat’s new 124 Spider, cynics dismissed the effort as nothing but a sneaky way to build one car and pretend it was two. And when the two resulting vehicles were unveiled...

  • McLaren builds a car for the masses, with a $200,000 price tag

    McLaren builds a car for the masses, with a $200,000 price tag

    The supercar company McLaren, in an effort to boost factory capacity and bring new buyers to its brand, has gone downmarket. The 570S, the exclusive British builder's first sports car, is being advertised as an affordable, daily driver — an attainable McLaren, available to any auto enthusiast with...

  • QX30 Review: Infiniti makes a play for premium SUV buyers

    QX30 Review: Infiniti makes a play for premium SUV buyers

    Infiniti, eager to capitalize on the current obsession with crossover utility vehicles, is coming to the market with a new one. As of September, the luxury Nissan division is adding the QX30 to its current range of QX50, QX60, QX70 and QX80 CUVs and SUVs. It's meant to compete for attention with...

  • Review: 2017 Bentley Bentayga offers big bang for big bucks

    Review: 2017 Bentley Bentayga offers big bang for big bucks

    In 2011, Bentley’s new CEO decided to get into the luxury SUV market. Wolfgang Durheimer, the incoming boss, had migrated across parent company Volkswagen Group from the Porsche division. He saw what the popular Cayenne crossover had done for Porsche’s bottom line. Durheimer gave the Bentley engineers...

  • Driving the 2017 Ferrari California T HS

    Driving the 2017 Ferrari California T HS

    One of the many delights of the just-concluded annual Monterey Car Week is Casa Ferrari. Every year, the luxury Italian car maker takes over a vintage filling station north of Big Sur, now home to the Carmel Highlands General Store, and dresses it up like a Tuscan villa. Ferrari owners and prospects...

  • Review: The BMW X1 is a happy throwback

    Review: The BMW X1 is a happy throwback

    Almost all of the world’s automobile manufacturers now make SUVs. Today’s car shopper has access to a broad variety of these sturdy, sporty daily drivers, from highly affordable versions sold by the American, Japanese and Korean car companies to the high-end super cruisers built by luxury marques...

  • New Porsche 911 Carrera goes turbo

    New Porsche 911 Carrera goes turbo

    Porsche has been making 911s since 1963. So a new one is no big deal. And outwardly the 2017 is just last year's model with a new paint job. But inwardly this is a dramatically different machine. The 911 has gone turbo. For this 911 Carrera 4S, the German car company has replaced the traditional...

  • VW's Beetle Dune: A new spin on a classic beach buggy

    VW's Beetle Dune: A new spin on a classic beach buggy

    If you were a young person in the 1960s, you almost certainly rode in a Volkswagen Beetle. If you were lucky, you owned one. And it was bitchin'. If you lived in Southern California, you might have ridden in a VW dune buggy, maybe in Baja or at Pismo Beach. And it was boss. You could buy a beater...

  • Range Rover Sport HSE Td6: a posh drive through El Niño's wickedness

    Range Rover Sport HSE Td6: a posh drive through El Niño's wickedness

    Land Rover has made its Southern California reputation by selling cars capable of fording rocky streams and climbing icy slopes to drivers who rarely face anything more challenging than a lentil soup spill in the Trader Joe's parking lot. But with a powerful El Niño bearing down upon us, the 2016...

  • Mazda unveils a smaller, lighter Miata that still delivers thrills

    Mazda unveils a smaller, lighter Miata that still delivers thrills

    The bestselling two-seater in history is back. Mazda, betting that the economy has recovered and Americans are ready to buy cars just for the fun of it, has unveiled its new Miata. The popular drop top joins a growing list of small sports cars, signaling a post-crash resurgence of interest in vehicles...

  • Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a beast, but surprisingly well behaved

    Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is a beast, but surprisingly well behaved

    The F12 Berlinetta was introduced in 2012 as the most powerful non-race car Ferrari ever built. Its naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12 engine cranks out 740 horsepower, and 508 pound feet of torque. With a weight of only 3,300 pounds, the F12 goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds,...

  • Driving the Model S P85 D long-distance

    Driving the Model S P85 D long-distance

    Beyond the speed and luxury offered by Tesla’s Model S, the real key to its success — and its premium price — is the longest driving range offered by any electric car. The EPA’s official range for Tesla’s new, faster Model S P85D is 253 miles. That’s more than double the distance offered by more...

  • Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS review: Fast, fun and surprisingly comfortable

    Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS review: Fast, fun and surprisingly comfortable

    Porsche doesn't make any bad cars, even any mediocre cars. It's only a matter of good, better or best. And the 911 Targa 4 GTS is assuredly among the best all-around cars Porsche makes. Sporty, stylish and super-fast, it handles like a dream and is as competent in a sharp switchback as it is comfortable...

  • Car review: Alfa Romeo's minimalist 4C delivers maximum delight

    Car review: Alfa Romeo's minimalist 4C delivers maximum delight

    The new Alfa Romeo is a throwback to the Italian company's great racing days — a lightweight, turbo-charged, four-cylinder sports car, stripped to the essentials. Have they gone too far? This car is a real hooligan. Propelled by 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive...

  • 2016 Toyota Tacoma stays quiet and comfy on and off pavement

    2016 Toyota Tacoma stays quiet and comfy on and off pavement

    After three days of city and highway driving, I was ready to dismiss the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup as a very nice, very tall sedan. One of those citified trucks. It's so quiet, cushy and comfortable that it hardly seemed to be a truck at all. The plush seats, lush suspension, refined interior and...

  • Porsche Cayenne Diesel: Practical but also powerful

    Porsche Cayenne Diesel: Practical but also powerful

    While the world was immersed in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal, and critics and consumers were predicting the death of diesel, I was driving one — the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel. I was loving it. But I was also a little confused by it. The Cayenne is Porsche's top-selling vehicle. Since...

  • Review: 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed gets you there quickly, quietly in style

    Review: 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed gets you there quickly, quietly in style

    Bentley makes some of the most elegant and refined sedans in the world. But the English car company is no slouch at the track, either. Bentley race cars hold multiple records, including many wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and another at last week's Blancpain GT Sprint Series in the Netherlands....

  • Mercedes AMG GT S is a high-end hot rod

    Mercedes AMG GT S is a high-end hot rod

    The 2016 Mercedes AMG GT S is a hot rod.More muscle car than luxury car, more American than German, it's a wolf in wolf's clothing.Sleek, low and lean, it looks fast and it is fast — zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 193 miles per hour.Climb inside the two-door, two-seater — because...

  • The S-Class 550: A Mercedes in a class by itself

    The S-Class 550: A Mercedes in a class by itself

    The car you'll be driving tomorrow? It's what rich guys are driving today. Today's flagship Mercedes vehicles boast semiautonomous safety features that will probably be available on less-expensive cars in the near future, as their costs come down and their ability to reduce accidents is proven....

  • Maserati Quattroporte GTS is part luxury sedan and part race car

    Maserati Quattroporte GTS is part luxury sedan and part race car

    Maserati, one of Italian auto racing's most storied brands, celebrated its centennial last year. The Bologna company founded by brothers Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore and Ernesto is now owned by the massive Fiat Chrysler conglomerate, along with its Italian brothers Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. That...

  • An athletic performance from Cadillac's new muscle car

    An athletic performance from Cadillac's new muscle car

    This isn't your Daddy's Caddy — it's a race car with Cadillac crests. That's why the brand chose Willow Springs International Raceway in the Antelope Valley to show off its new ATS-V, a nimble sport sedan stuffed with a 464-horsepower twin-turbo V6. The company says this hot rod, starting at $61,465,...

  • Review: In Fiat 500X's lineup, stick with the all-wheel-drive option

    Review: In Fiat 500X's lineup, stick with the all-wheel-drive option

    I used to own a Fiat convertible. It was cute but broke down so often that I quickly understood why people said "Fiat" stood for "Fix It Again, Tony." I also once watched a man load the front seat of a 1960s Fiat 500 with boulders and push it off a cliff in the Santa Monica Mountains, because he...

  • Dodge Challenger Hellcat is wickedly fun to drive

    Dodge Challenger Hellcat is wickedly fun to drive

    I hadn't driven a muscle car in years when I slid somewhat hesitantly behind the wheel of the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. But within a few blocks I had cut off a school bus, dusted two old ladies in a Camry and tattooed a strip of hot rubber through a hospital zone, laughing all the way. This...

  • Jeep Renegade Trailhawk looks comical but is serious fun off-road

    Jeep Renegade Trailhawk looks comical but is serious fun off-road

    In 1940 the U.S. government asked America's car companies to design a general purpose vehicle for World War II combat support — and the Jeep was born. Seventy-five years later, the storied military machine has finally become a true general purpose vehicle, used for off-roading, canyon climbing...

  • Review: Kia's new Sorento hauls big without driving big

    Review: Kia's new Sorento hauls big without driving big

    Kia's Sorento is growing up. And getting bigger. With the 2016 model, this crossover is doing what peers Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer have already done: It has grown 3 inches longer and picked up a bigger third row of seats. And in the process, Kia has turned one of its...

  • Review: Volkswagen Golf R hatchback is lively and handsome but loud

    Review: Volkswagen Golf R hatchback is lively and handsome but loud

    Volkswagen's new Golf R is either an overpriced hatchback or a cheapskate Audi. The most expensive of VW's Golf hatchback lineup, and more powerful than its GTI, the R model borrows the powertrain from the upmarket Audi S3 sedan and merges it with a taut, redesigned Golf body. The sporty R is the...

  • Review: 2015 Nissan Murano hits the mark

    Review: 2015 Nissan Murano hits the mark

    The burnt orange paint was a bad idea. When Nissan first unveiled its all-new 2015 Murano at last year's New York Auto Show, the third-generation crossover was coated in an off-putting shade more fitting for baby food. The hue was a curious choice since the Murano has never needed help getting...

  • Review: Audi S3, a speedier A3, is fun and easygoing

    Review: Audi S3, a speedier A3, is fun and easygoing

    Audi's new S3 sedan is the kind of easygoing car you could be comfortable letting your 16-year-old borrow without worrying that he'll hang it in a tree. But with nearly 300 horsepower and a starting price of $42,000, it's also a performance car that you'll want to keep for yourself. The S3 is the...

  • Review: BMW M3 sedan is more functional and fun than its two-door M4 twin

    Review: BMW M3 sedan is more functional and fun than its two-door M4 twin

    Think of BMW's new M3 and M4 as fraternal twins with only a pair of doors to tell them apart. Nearly everything else on these potent overachievers is the same, including 425 turbocharged horsepower and sub-four-second zero-to-60-mph runs. After a white-knuckle week of testing both 2015 models,...

  • Review: Ferrari passes its turbocharging test with the California T

    Review: Ferrari passes its turbocharging test with the California T

    Ferrari Chief Executive Amedeo Felisa doesn't want to throw a turbocharger under the hood of the company's legendary sports cars. But the storied manufacturer of screaming V-8s and V-12s is reluctantly conceding a role for forced induction — and it's not to make the cars faster. Even Ferrari can't...

  • Review: Lexus continues to forge its own path with the stylish RC350

    Review: Lexus continues to forge its own path with the stylish RC350

    The relentless pursuit of everything the Germans are doing doesn't always work for rival luxury brands like Lexus. Toyota's upscale division has long copied the playbook of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, then added reliability. But in the last two years, Lexus has found success by forging its own path....

  • Review: Mercedes targets new buyers with cute but disappointing GLA250 SUV

    Review: Mercedes targets new buyers with cute but disappointing GLA250 SUV

    The Mercedes GLA250 shows just how far the definition of sport utility vehicle is being stretched these days. Looking more like a compact hatchback, the new GLA starts at $34,225 and is the smallest vehicle available in the U.S. with Mercedes' name on it (save for the all-electric B-Class, which...

  • Review: Toyota goes bold with new Camry

    Review: Toyota goes bold with new Camry

    For years, Toyota's Camry has dominated the family sedan segment with a focus on comfort and reliability — and blithe disregard for the particulars of handling and style. The bland formula has made the trusty Camry the nation's bestselling passenger sedan for 12 consecutive years. That won't work...

  • First drive: Mercedes-AMG GT S muscles in on the sports car segment

    First drive: Mercedes-AMG GT S muscles in on the sports car segment

    The question first popped up when the 503-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT S roared to life one cool morning last week in San Francisco: This is from a German car company, right? With a throaty burble at idle, and crackling exhaust when you lift the throttle, it sounded more like an American muscle car...

  • Review: Lamborghini's Huracan mature, rebellious; Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren 650S

    Review: Lamborghini's Huracan mature, rebellious; Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren 650S

    Lamborghinis can be called many things — brutish, temperamental, sexy, subtle as a Sherman tank in a school zone. Refinement has never been part of the formula, until the 610-horsepower Huracan went on sale last month. This low-slung supercar replaces the brand's Gallardo, the single most popular...

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