Monthly Archives: April 2017

2018 McLaren 720S Dissected: Chassis, Powertrain, Styling, and More! ""

McLaren marches to a speedy techno drumbeat. It’s been only six years since the company’s supercar-making Automotive division launched its first product, the MP4-12C. McLaren gave that car what was essentially a heavy facelift—and a far less clunky name—just three years later, rechristening it the 650S. Now the mostly new…

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Pennywiser: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Tested! ""

Hyundai doesn’t just want to be Toyota, it wants to break Toyota, in part by relentlessly copying the Big T’s jiujitsu. To­yota created the mass-market hybrid, and it’s pretty much had the corner on it, as others chipped futilely at Fortress Prius with unworthy competitors, including the failed Honda Insight,…

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Toyota Recalls 228,000 Tacoma Pickups for Leaky Axles ""

Toyota is recalling about 228,000 Tacoma pickups in the U.S. with faulty rear axles, the automaker said this week. Most 2016 and 2017 Tacomas have a rear axle that may leak oil from the differential cover. This can damage the axle, reduce vehicle power, and possibly seize the axle, which could…

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A Truck’s Tow Rating is Whatever You Decide It Is ""

Every so often, a friend of mine will solicit my opinion on heavy-duty pickup trucks, thus launching me into the type of sermon normally associated with people who wear sandwich boards and really want you to know that an alien named Xinpuu is stealing the fiber out of your breakfast…

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Jet Van: Slower Than a Jet, Fancier Than Most Vans ""

To most people, high-end business travel starts and ends with a first-class plane ticket, but apparently for the terrestrial-bound few, it means a large van outfitted like Mar-a-Lago. What else explains German tuner Brabus’s constant obsession with Mercedes-Benz vans slathered in leather, TV screens, and other frippery? Now there’s another…

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2017 Chevrolet SS Manual Final Test: Fanboys’ Last Chance! ""

It’s a common phenomenon: Brand enthusiasts zero in on an overseas model and imagine that if it were appropriated for stateside consumption, it would not only upend the performance-per-dollar hierarchy, but also require dealerships to hire extra security to handle the teeming masses waving their checkbooks. “I’d be first in…

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2017 Nissan Titan XD, in Depth: The Tweener Tow Rig ""

Nissan employed Goldilocks thinking for its new Titan XD pickup: it’s not a light-duty truck (too wimpy). It’s not a heavy-duty truck (too beefy). Instead, it’s midway between. This nontraditional mashup blends the best and worst of light- and heavy-duty pickup attributes, with mixed results. There’s the obligatory optional diesel…

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