HotCars - Reviews | RSS Feed https://www.hotcars.com Complete reviews on cars, SUV's & pickup trucks. Tue, 22 Mar 2022 19:00:16 GMT en-US hourly 60 2022 BMW R18 Transcontinental Review: A True Contender To Harley-Davidson’s Biggest Motorcycles https://www.hotcars.com/2022-bmw-r18-transcontinental-review-a-true-contender-to-harley-davidsons-biggest-motorcycles/
It’s no secret Harley-Davidson dominates the United States’ heavyweight touring motorcycle market. For years and years, Harley-Davidson offered big-displacement, heavyweight, chrome-filled cruisers. While the American company had almost the entire pie to themselves, BMW was more focused on the technologically-advanced sport- and adventure-tourers rather than the classic style. BMW decided they wanted to go after HD’s biggest offerings and start producing some American-inspired tourers of their own. The result is the BMW R18.

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Tue, 22 Mar 2022 19:00:16 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-bmw-r18-transcontinental-review-a-true-contender-to-harley-davidsons-biggest-motorcycles/
2021 Aprilia Tuono V4 And V4 Factory Review: The Venerable V4 Gets Two Models https://www.hotcars.com/2021-aprilia-tuono-v4-and-v4-factory-review/
Miguel Galluzzi, the radical designer of the wildly popular Ducati Monster, has been a fixture at Aprilia for nearly two decades. As head of their Advanced Design Center in Pasadena, California, Galluzzi credits his team’s design influences on their location at the heart of American motorcycle culture. The latest CAD and 3D printing technology allow design ideas to flow between Pasadena and the factory in Noale, Italy, and to be readily implemented as tangible concepts, resulting, Galluzzi says, in the most advanced Tuono models yet.

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Tue, 22 Mar 2022 18:00:14 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-aprilia-tuono-v4-and-v4-factory-review/
2022 Kawasaki KLR650 Review: The Esteemed Explorer Returns https://www.hotcars.com/2022-kawasaki-klr650-review/
The Kawasaki KLR650 was one of the first motorcycles I rode. I was a penniless student, attempting to tour the southern coast of Turkey on the infamous dolmus buses, but soon tired of adhering to a timetable. Back then, not yet having a motorcycle license wasn’t a barrier to renting one, and I hired the cheapest bike available. The battered, anonymous machine they gave me did not inspire confidence, and I shared my concerns with an Australian biker I met on the dusty road to Pamukkale. “You'll be alright,” he said, “that’s a KLR, they’re indestructible.”

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Thu, 17 Mar 2022 23:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-kawasaki-klr650-review/
Review: Daily Driving A Dodge Demon Might Be Less Crazy Than It Sounds https://www.hotcars.com/dodge-demon-daily-driver-review/
Earlier this year, I visited Radford Racing School in Chandler, Arizona, for a full week of track driving instruction. As the Official High-Performance Driving School of Dodge SRT, Radford uses a range of Chargers and Challengers in various spec, as well as two Vipers, to teach students car control techniques that apply equally well on the racetrack or on the street.

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Fri, 11 Mar 2022 20:41:24 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/dodge-demon-daily-driver-review/
2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Review: One Of The Best Trucks On The Market Today https://www.hotcars.com/2022-toyota-tundra-trd-pro-review/
While the term “there is no replacement for displacement” was once true, forced-induction completely changed the face of performance. Vehicles can now deliver the same performance (and more) with less than half the displacement when using turbochargers (everything else being equal). The Toyota Tundra has been outselling most trucks with the help of the large-displacement 5.7-liter V8 engine, but things are about to take a turn. Introducing the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro powered by the 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo hybrid engine. Thanks to Toyota, we were able to get our hands on a pre-production Tundra TRD Pro for a week. Here, we will give you the complete rundown on what we love about this 2022 full-size pickup truck, what we hate about it, how it drives compared to its predecessor, and how it performs off the road.

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Tue, 08 Mar 2022 17:00:13 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-toyota-tundra-trd-pro-review/
2022 Bentley Flying Spur Review: Turbocharged V8 Power And Sumptuous Luxury https://www.hotcars.com/2022-bentley-flying-spur-review/
Life should be about creating experiences, that often force you to step out of your comfort zone. For me, that came in the guise of testing a luxurious saloon, the new 2022 Bentley Flying Spur V8 edition First Edition. With this car I was out of my comfort zone. For the past few years I have only been testing and writing about supercars and the odd hypercar. With the Bentley Flying Spur, I was venturing into uncharted automotive territory.

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Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:00:13 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-bentley-flying-spur-review/
2022 BMW 230i Coupe Review: Entry-Level, Rear-Wheel Drive Fun https://www.hotcars.com/2022-bmw-230i-coupe-review/
The thing about BMW as a brand is, no matter what its lineup has looked like over the years, it’s always looked out for those who prefer something small, basic, and engaging instead of big, advanced, and expensive. Or isn't after one of the brand's M cars. The kind of customer who happily trades plush, isolated comfort for feel and engagement, which was manifested in the 128i, 228i, and first generation of the 230i. These were all available with rear-wheel drive and manual transmissions when new, but most importantly all were fun, base two-door coupes. The 128i featured a torquey, naturally aspirated inline-6, whereas the latter two had revvy, turbocharged inline-4s.

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Tue, 08 Mar 2022 01:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-bmw-230i-coupe-review/
2022 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Review: We Can't Get Enough of Toyota's Last V8 Ever https://www.hotcars.com/2022-toyota-sequoia-trd-pro-review/
Toyota has left a few marks in the automotive industry throughout its history. Amongst the numerous models making these history books, the Toyota Sequoia has definitely been one of their timeless pieces. In fact, it’s considered timeless mainly because it never changes.

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Fri, 04 Mar 2022 14:00:13 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-toyota-sequoia-trd-pro-review/
Review: A Morning In Tuthill Porsche's 356A From Omaze & Valkyrie Racing https://www.hotcars.com/omaze-tuthill-porsche-356-omaze-valkyrie-racing/
Air-cooled Porsche values climbed high enough to price most would-be collectors out of the market years ago. And with the entire collectible car industry booming these days, even formerly undesirable P-Cars can feel completely out of reach. Luckily, a popular new automotive business model, standing in contrast to the expanding auction industry, offers enthusiasts a chance to enter raffle-style sweepstakes in the hopes of attaining those dream cars with proceeds from entries benefiting a wide range of charities worldwide.

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Sun, 27 Feb 2022 22:46:46 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/omaze-tuthill-porsche-356-omaze-valkyrie-racing/
2022 Acura TLX Type S Review: Great Value In Capability And Performance https://www.hotcars.com/2022-acura-tlx-type-s-review/
Over the past year or so, Acura’s reintroduced some compelling performance options to its lineup to re-establish itself as a solid contender for performance driving value. I say reintroduced and re-establish, because not long ago, the brand was well-regarded as one of the top names in touring car racing around the world, particularly in North America’s various iterations of World Challenge. Whether they had a massive Speedvision, Speed, or Pirelli banner across the top of their windshields, the Integra, RSX, TSX, ILX, and first-gen TLX proved to be excellent track weapons, and won championships left and right between the late-‘90s and mid-2010s.

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Fri, 25 Feb 2022 16:00:13 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-acura-tlx-type-s-review/
2022 Lexus RX 450h F Sport AWD Review: For Daily Driving In Comfort And Style https://www.hotcars.com/2022-lexus-rx-450h-f-sport-review-get-ready-to-feel-and-look-good/
With extravagant vehicles flooding the luxury automotive world, no one does it more durably than Lexus. Under the Toyota umbrella, Lexus has been consistently making some of the world’s most luxurious, reliable, and classy vehicles. As automakers claw their way into going above and beyond, Lexus chooses to take the classically-advanced approach, and the 2022 Lexus RX 450h F Sport AWD is exactly that. The RX 450h F Sport continues to improve, but is it the best hybrid 2022 SUV you can get for the price-tag, or is it missing a few beats?

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Tue, 22 Feb 2022 18:00:13 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-lexus-rx-450h-f-sport-review-get-ready-to-feel-and-look-good/
2021 Lotus Evora GT Review: A Driving Enthusiast's Dream https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lotus-evora-gt-review-a-driving-enthusiasts-dream/
Every once in a while, a car comes along that is a bit out of left field. For me, it’s the 2021 Lotus Evora GT.

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Mon, 14 Feb 2022 16:01:24 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lotus-evora-gt-review-a-driving-enthusiasts-dream/
2022 BMW M4 Competition xDrive Convertible Review: The Best Way To Enjoy 503 Horsepower https://www.hotcars.com/2022-bmw-m4-competition-xdrive-convertible-review/
One of the best things about Southern California is convertible weather graces its skies pretty much all-year-round. Even if a high of 62 degrees Fahrenheit might not be the most suitable convertible weather, it certainly beats far colder climates by a long shot. Which is why when the opportunity to review the 2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible came up in late December, I had to jump at it.

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Wed, 02 Feb 2022 22:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-bmw-m4-competition-xdrive-convertible-review/
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 S Review: A Stylish And Versatile Adventure Bike https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ducati-multistrada-v4-s-review-stylish-versatile-adventure-bike/
Last year, I got to ride some pretty awesome motorcycles, but none of them were more impressive than Ducati’s fourth-generation Multistrada. Dubbed the Ducati Multistrada V4, this Italian monster ADV is now better than ever and comes loaded with new age tech that will blow you away. The new Granturismo V4 engine itself will set your heart racing, and the overall Ducati performance is unbelievable.

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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ducati-multistrada-v4-s-review-stylish-versatile-adventure-bike/
2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review: Almost The Best of All Worlds https://www.hotcars.com/2022-toyota-4runner-trd-pro-review-almost-the-best-of-all-worlds/
It all started in 1984 when Toyota put their 4Runner on roads around the world. Despite its great sales, this SUV always found a better home when the pavement ended and the dirt started. 37 years later, the 4Runner still rocks the same legendary reputation it did back in the ‘80s, but with a few more tricks up its sleeves, a couple of more cylinders, two more liters, and enough technology to make a Wrangler enthusiast think twice. So, would the 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro make a good daily-driver?

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Fri, 31 Dec 2021 22:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-toyota-4runner-trd-pro-review-almost-the-best-of-all-worlds/
Review: Plenty Of Speed But Not Much Space In The Audi RS E-tron GT https://www.hotcars.com/audi-rs-e-tron-gt-style-speed-space/
As electric vehicles take the world by storm, automakers take different approaches to electrification, all stemming from Elon Musk's priorities of high power and legit range to convert hesitant buyers into EV owners. Most brands seem stuck between cranking out stylish high-performance models or affordable commuter cars even though now, the Model 3 offers both at an impressive price point that paves the way for more consumer-friendly models hitting the market.

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Sun, 26 Dec 2021 15:22:13 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/audi-rs-e-tron-gt-style-speed-space/
2021 Lamborghini Urus Review: Pure Vehicular Excess That's Endless Fun https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lamborghini-urus-review-pure-vehicular-excess-thats-endless-fun/
Finding and pushing limits is an important part of life. This could mean pushing oneself to achieve better physical fitness, striving to seek a better career, finding the limits of performance and grip while evaluating a car for review, or really anything else that helps you grow as a person. Though, sometimes it comes in the form of understanding and analyzing another perspective of design. In other words, pushing the boundaries of what you find to be aesthetically pleasing.

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Fri, 24 Dec 2021 16:00:13 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lamborghini-urus-review-pure-vehicular-excess-thats-endless-fun/
2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic Sedan Vs Hatch Review https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedes-amg-a35-4matic-sedan-vs-hatch-review/
Sometimes small is better. The smaller, the lighter, or at least this is usually the case. Among Mercedes-Benz offerings, the A-Class is the smallest and lightest model available, and within the A’s range there’s a piece of forbidden fruit in the form of a five-door hatch, that’s lightest of all.

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Thu, 23 Dec 2021 19:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedes-amg-a35-4matic-sedan-vs-hatch-review/
Review: Airstream Chases #Vanlife With The Interstate 24X https://www.hotcars.com/airstream-chases-vanlife-interstate-24x/
Off-roading and overlanding exploded throughout 2020 and 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic led city and country folk alike to search for adventure in the great outdoors. Meanwhile, droves of millennials dissatisfied with their office jobs realized that a new mode of existence might provide income and happiness simultaneously in the burgeoning #vanlife craze.

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Wed, 22 Dec 2021 02:25:21 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/airstream-chases-vanlife-interstate-24x/
Review: Mercedes-Benz Nails Luxury Electric Commuter With The EQS https://www.hotcars.com/mercedes-benz-luxury-electric-commuter-eqs/
Electric vehicles made such big strides throughout 2021 that some industry analysts called this the year of the EV. But major manufacturers and startups alike tend to split their EV models into either hardcore performance machines or cheap consumer cars, with fewer options in the middle. As fun as mashing the throttle on the Tesla Model S Plaid or as boring as Nissan Leaf might seem, the majority of buyers want a more practical option that combines reasonable range with a comfortable interior and high build quality.

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Sun, 19 Dec 2021 18:17:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/mercedes-benz-luxury-electric-commuter-eqs/
2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Review: A Dependable Alternative To The Big Four https://www.hotcars.com/2022-nissan-titan-pro-4x-review-a-dependable-alternative-to-the-big-four/
When North Americans think “full-size pickup,” the names F-150, Silverado, Sierra, and Ram enter their consciousness more often than not, while Toyota’s Tundra has been prompting much interest thanks to a dramatic 2022 redesign, but a more subdued Japanese alternative is worth looking at too, especially if you require a personal truck for family or small business purposes.

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Fri, 17 Dec 2021 19:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-nissan-titan-pro-4x-review-a-dependable-alternative-to-the-big-four/
2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR Review: Perception-Warping Performance, Gorgeous Looks https://www.hotcars.com/2021-jaguar-f-pace-svr-review-perception-warping-performance-gorgeous-looks/
Every once in a while, a car comes along that completely warps your perception of fun behind the wheel. It could be something that you least expected to do so, or something that you thought you’d have a hard time vibing with.

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Thu, 09 Dec 2021 21:00:23 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-jaguar-f-pace-svr-review-perception-warping-performance-gorgeous-looks/
Review: Work Meets Fun In The Versatile Polaris General XP 4 1000 https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-general-xp-4-1000-deluxe-ride-command-review/
Polaris made two big announcements in the past month, unveiling a new hardcore R spec for the RZR with the most powerful engine ever mounted in a side-by-side and, earlier this week, the new all-electric Ranger XP Kinetic. But the Polaris lineup of off-road vehicles also includes the General, which combines the best aspects of a ranch cart and desert racer in one utilitarian package targeting hunters, farmers, and off-roading enthusiasts alike.

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Sat, 04 Dec 2021 15:44:59 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-general-xp-4-1000-deluxe-ride-command-review/
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE Review: In The Hot Seat https://www.hotcars.com/2022-triumph-scrambler-1200-xe-review-in-the-hot-seat/
Today's hot topic is the 2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE and when we say hot topic, we mean HOT topic. To begin this review, let's address the most glaring issue with this and almost any other scrambler on the road — those high-mount exhaust pipes. While they're aesthetically cool and modestly functional for improved ground clearance, the problem is they're hot as hell. So, despite this bike's amazing qualities, no matter how far we rode it or in what conditions, that exhaust system got pretty darn warm. And sure, Triumph attached a heat shield, so the pipe won't burn the rider's leg, but no matter how you shield it that pipe is just not comfortable.

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Fri, 26 Nov 2021 22:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-triumph-scrambler-1200-xe-review-in-the-hot-seat/
2021 Ducati Streetfighter V4 S Review: High-Speed Performance In Dark Stealth https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ducati-streetfighter-v4-s-review/
The year 2021 has been an amazing one for Ducati. Despite the pandemic, the Italian manufacturer has managed to keep its sales strong by offering some of the most exciting motorcycles on the planet to customers. Last year, Ducati launched the ultimate superbike, the Panigale V4; this year, it brought in the most technologically advanced adventure sports motorcycle, the Multistrada V4, and, it also managed to grab the 2021 Moto GP Constructors Championship.

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Tue, 16 Nov 2021 18:30:39 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ducati-streetfighter-v4-s-review/
2021 Ford Ranger XLT Tremor Review: Solid Capability From The Factory https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ford-ranger-xlt-tremor-review-solid-capability-from-the-factory/
With all forms of off-road driving being quite en vogue in 2021, the new truck market has adjusted accordingly and come up with some very compelling options for those in the market for off-the-beaten-path adventure. At the same time, so has the aftermarket with what seems like an endless selection of gear for all scenarios, ranging from simple food storage solutions, to sturdy drivetrain components that fetch thousands of dollars.

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Tue, 09 Nov 2021 22:00:13 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ford-ranger-xlt-tremor-review-solid-capability-from-the-factory/
2021 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Widebody Review: Still The Meanest-Looking Muscle Car Around https://www.hotcars.com/2021-dodge-challenger-scat-pack-widebody-review-meanest-looking-muscle-car/
Let’s get the biases out of the way first. I’ve always loved the way the Dodge Challenger looks, and am shallow enough to let a hot body rule an already weakened mind. Added to that, absolute power can absolutely corrupt me, so while my R/T Scat Pack 392 tester wasn’t an SRT Hellcat, Redeye or Superstock, it was one of the model’s fabulous looking and better handling Widebody designs, plus it was powerful enough to get into wild trouble if not paying proper respect.

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Tue, 09 Nov 2021 20:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-dodge-challenger-scat-pack-widebody-review-meanest-looking-muscle-car/
Porsche Cayenne Turbo Review: A $100,000 Super SUV From 2006 Still Strong Today https://www.hotcars.com/2006-porsche-cayenne-turbo-review-super-suv-still-strong/
Porsche purists tend to look down upon the first-generation Cayenne, which ushered in a new era for their beloved Stuttgart automaker. But nobody can deny that the SUV saved Porsche's financial future, while simultaneously serving as the catalyst for an entire industry of high-powered luxury family haulers that dominates the market today.

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Sat, 30 Oct 2021 00:03:34 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2006-porsche-cayenne-turbo-review-super-suv-still-strong/
2021 Ducati Monster Review: The Sport Bike Evolves While Sticking To Roots https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ducati-monster-review-sport-bike-evolves-sticking-to-roots/
The Ducati Monster is an icon. For the last 28 years, it has been one of the most loved and fun naked sports bikes to own and ride. When the Monster first made its appearance back in 1993, it created an entirely new class of motorcycles. What began as a styling exercise by Miguel Galluzzi ended up being one of the most loved styles of sports motorcycles. The naked sports bike was born, and it offered a riding class that was both high in performance and usable for everyday use.

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Thu, 28 Oct 2021 17:30:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ducati-monster-review-sport-bike-evolves-sticking-to-roots/
EXCLUSIVE: Driving The Hellcat-Swapped Apocalypse 6x6 Jeep Gladiator https://www.hotcars.com/apocalypse-6x6-jeep-gladiator-review/
After Jay Leno drove an insane Jeep Gladiator 6x6 conversion on his YouTube channel this past August, I needed to know more. Figuring that this would probably be a one-off build serving mostly as a marketing effort, I reached out to Apocalypse 6x6 and discovered that the Florida-based shop constantly cranks out these monsters for customers all over the world. Plus, Leno didn't even get the full supercharged Hellcat experience, instead driving only the "regular" naturally aspirated LS3-swapped "Hellfire" version.

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Fri, 22 Oct 2021 18:30:45 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/apocalypse-6x6-jeep-gladiator-review/
2021 Lexus LX 570 Review: Peak Sturdiness And Opulence https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lexus-lx-570-review-peak-sturdiness-opulence/
It’s unfortunate that the American car market won’t have a new model year Toyota Land Cruiser after this upcoming December. Sure, it wasn’t selling all that well anyway, but it’s always been a truck that’s universally recognized as a potent, under-the-radar off-roader that’s always up to the task. Regardless of whether that task is mall-crawling, or conquering a mountain range without the assistance of paved roads, car enthusiasts of all backgrounds appreciated seeing them roaming around.

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021 22:30:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lexus-lx-570-review-peak-sturdiness-opulence/
2021 Hyundai Veloster N Review: Thoroughly Engineered For Fun https://www.hotcars.com/2021-Hyundai-Veloster-N-Review-Thoroughly-Engineered-For-Fun/
Not long ago, I wrote that I was glad that manufacturers are starting to engineer fun and excitement into their small crossovers, such as the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45. I should thoroughly clarify: this is a good development, but it’s a bummer that hatchbacks are sort of on their way out. But so it goes with the American car market.

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Fri, 01 Oct 2021 23:15:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-Hyundai-Veloster-N-Review-Thoroughly-Engineered-For-Fun/
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review: Worth Looking Past The Name https://www.hotcars.com/2021-Ford-Mustang-Mach-E-Review-Worth-Looking-Past-The-Name/
Names matter. That's the reason why the next generation Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG will carry that name despite using a four-cylinder engine. It's the reason that Porsche can call its top-level Taycan the Turbo S despite the lack of turbocharging. It's the same reason that Ford was so willing to stir up the ire of every hardcore Mustang fan when it named its first mainstream EV, a four-door crossover nonetheless, the Mustang Mach-E. Ford actually planned to call it the Mach 1. They only switched to Mach-E after copious amounts of online hate. After some time with the Mustang Mach-E, it's become clear to me that this isn't a traditional pony car. Still, much in the same way that the American Mustang dominated the landscape at a point in history, the new Ford Mustang Mach-E seems poised to take over the automotive market.

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Thu, 30 Sep 2021 16:30:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-Ford-Mustang-Mach-E-Review-Worth-Looking-Past-The-Name/
Review: Polaris RZR Vs Jeep Gladiator Rubicon At Johnson Valley https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-rzr-jeep-gladiator-johnson-valley-ohv/
After three months of enjoying a Polaris RZR on small dirt roads and private four-wheeling trails, I finally bit the bullet, loaded up in a trailer, and headed to a true off-highway vehicle area at Southern California's Johnson Valley. In the height of summer, the scorching heat gave me reason to pause but I soon faced the prospect giving back the RZR loaner and before I did, I wanted to make sure to squeeze in some top-speed testing on more wide-open terrain.

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Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:11:32 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-rzr-jeep-gladiator-johnson-valley-ohv/
2021 Honda CBR650R: The Perfect Supersport For Real World Riding https://www.hotcars.com/2021-Honda-CBR650R-The-Perfect-Supersport-For-Real-World-Riding/
Supersport bikes are supposed to be fast, fun, easy to ride, and affordable. It’s the perfect formula to get the most out of your riding experience. If you are like me and like to extract every ounce of power out of your motorcycle for a confidence-inspiring and sporty ride, then you will agree that larger 1,000cc superbikes are a bit too much to handle. Unless you have easy access to a racetrack, or if you are one of those few riders who can handle the mindbending performance of big bikes, only then will a liter-class bike be worth your while.

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Mon, 27 Sep 2021 18:15:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-Honda-CBR650R-The-Perfect-Supersport-For-Real-World-Riding/
2020 Acura NSX Review: Offering Pure Performance Bliss For Less https://www.hotcars.com/2020-Acura-NSX-Review-Offering-Pure-Performance-Bliss-For-Less/
The words “deal” and “supercar” are almost never uttered in the same sentence when referring to the new car market. Typically, this level of performance is chocked-full of exclusivity, expensive materials, and even more expensive engineering. It all adds up to a thrilling, unique experience where only the well-heeled can afford the experience, and the rest of us can only hope to own someday in the distant future, and procure from the used market. The McLaren 620R and Lamborghini Huracan are both in this category of wonderfully fun, yet ultra-expensive fare.

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021 18:30:14 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2020-Acura-NSX-Review-Offering-Pure-Performance-Bliss-For-Less/
2015 Dodge Charger SRT 392 Review: Old School Cool https://www.hotcars.com/2015-Dodge-Charger-SRT-392-Review-Old-School-Cool/
When Dodge resurrected the Charger, fans cried out at the sacrilege that was adding two more doors. Today, it's quite shocking that among the big three American automakers, only Dodge is selling a car with an engine in the front that powers the rear wheels. It's perhaps even more shocking that they're selling so many of them, which is thanks in part to the Hellcat and its descendants. But even cars as mighty as the Lamborghini Countach couldn't move many Jalpas and Urracos, so how is it that Dodge is still moving Chargers? After driving one with nearly 500 hp, I think I have some answers.

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Mon, 13 Sep 2021 17:25:31 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2015-Dodge-Charger-SRT-392-Review-Old-School-Cool/
2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Review: Great Value In V8 Sedan Fun https://www.hotcars.com/2022-lexus-is-500-f-sport-review-a-solid-value-in-v8-sedan-fun/
Following a much-need makeover last year, Lexus has expanded its IS sedan lineup from various V6-powered trims to now a much-anticipated and very exciting V8-powered option: the IS 500 F Sport Performance. They spilled the beans that it was on the way earlier this year, at which point I was instantly filled with excitement.

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Fri, 10 Sep 2021 20:45:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-lexus-is-500-f-sport-review-a-solid-value-in-v8-sedan-fun/
2022 Infiniti QX60 Review: A Big Step Up In Family-Focused Luxury https://www.hotcars.com/infiniti-qx60-first-drive-review/
Infiniti unveiled the new QX60 Monograph concept last year, then followed up with the finalized production design earlier this summer. The smoothed lines, sportier stance, and interior creature comforts definitely represent a big leap upmarket for the Nissan subsidiary's crossover, which arguably transforms into an SUV for the 2022 model year.

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Wed, 08 Sep 2021 21:29:23 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/infiniti-qx60-first-drive-review/
2021 Mercedes AMG GLA45 4Matic+ Review: An Outstanding All-Rounder https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedes-amg-gla45-4matic-review-an-outstanding-allrounder/
As we’re all well aware, small crossover SUVs are quite en vogue at the moment. They kicked wagons out of the sensible, reasonably-fuel-efficient family hauler segment a long time ago, and have also persuaded practical buyers away from spacious five-door hatchbacks. Sigh.

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Wed, 01 Sep 2021 21:00:22 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedes-amg-gla45-4matic-review-an-outstanding-allrounder/
Dodge Viper RT/10 Review: A Visceral American Classic https://www.hotcars.com/the-dodge-viper-rt10-a-visceral-American-Classic/
There's a line of demarcation that very few sports cars dare to tread closely to. It's a line of compromise where outright speed is too much of the focus. Where comfort, civility, and good manners are lionized. It's a line that the original Dodge Viper ignored entirely. On a recent trip to the incredible Lane Motor Museum, I had the chance to drive this piece of American automotive history. And the truth about this wild-looking car is that ultimately, the Dodge Viper RT/10 is a lovable brute.

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Mon, 30 Aug 2021 13:00:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/the-dodge-viper-rt10-a-visceral-American-Classic/
DMC DeLorean Review: Separating Legend From Reality https://www.hotcars.com/DMC-DeLorean-Review-Separating-Legend-From-Reality/
When most people lay their eyes on the DMC DeLorean they cannot fully separate their personal impression from the fictional movie franchise in which it plays such a vital role. What happens when one looks at it without that context, though? At its heart, the DMC DeLorean, or the DMC-12, is a moonshot. It's a full-fledged attempt at ultimate stardom. It's not a sports car, and it can barely be considered a grand tourer, but that doesn't change how special it is. And it's special regardless of any film it's ever been featured in. Thanks to both Lane Motor Museum and the individual owner of this particular example, I recently had the chance to experience this very rare and esteemed automobile. Let's take a deep dive into the DMC-12 as though we've gone back in time to before it was Hollywood famous.

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Sat, 28 Aug 2021 03:00:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/DMC-DeLorean-Review-Separating-Legend-From-Reality/
Renault Turbo 2 Review: An Incredible Homologation Special https://www.hotcars.com/the-renault-turbo-2-made-the-case-for-homologation-specials/
When Renault decides to do something a bit weird or a bit wild, they're harkening back to their own golden era. Automakers who wanted to compete in rally racing in the '80s were required to make and sell a street-legal version of the car they brought to the race. The result of that rule led to one of the most insane sports cars the world has ever known. This is the Renault 5 Turbo 2 on loan from the amazing Lane Motor Museum, and I'm going to tell you what it's like to drive possibly the best hot hatchback ever built.

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Thu, 26 Aug 2021 10:00:21 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/the-renault-turbo-2-made-the-case-for-homologation-specials/
2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Review: A Modern Sport Compact Value https://www.hotcars.com/2021-hyundai-elantra-n-line-review-a-modern-sport-compact-value/
Back in the early-to-mid-2000s, a bunch of automakers each had their own reasonably priced, enthusiast-centric sport compact. Mazda had the Protege MP3 and then the Mazdaspeed Protege, VW had their hot hatch OG the GTI, Dodge offered the Neon SRT4, Ford souped on the Focus with their SVT variant, and Honda marketed their high-rpm screamer Civic Si. The only two that have been around since are the GTI and Si; everyone else unfortunately moved on from this underappreciated segment (queue: a wistful gaze back to simpler times, back when there were fewer crossovers on the road).

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Wed, 25 Aug 2021 16:30:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-hyundai-elantra-n-line-review-a-modern-sport-compact-value/
2021 Triumph Trident 660 Review: All-Around Fun For Just About Anyone https://www.hotcars.com/2021-triumph-trident-660-review-all-around-fun-for-just-about-anyone/
We live in a world full of dreams. As a species, humans have dreamed of enhancing their lives and breaking boundaries. It is because of these dreams that we managed to create the luxuries we have. Today, though, it feels as if we take a lot of what human effort has been able to do for granted. Every time you fly on an aircraft, do you wonder and marvel at the technology that allows you to do so? Do you wonder how the heck a 200-ton piece of metal can fly 30,000 feet in the sky at 600 mph? We have become so familiar with the technology that we forget all the effort that has gone into it.

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Tue, 24 Aug 2021 16:15:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-triumph-trident-660-review-all-around-fun-for-just-about-anyone/
Renault Alpine GTA Turbo Review: The Epitome Of A French Sports Coupe https://www.hotcars.com/Renault-Alpine-GTA-Turbo-Review-The-Epitome-Of-A-French-Sports-Coupe/
In 1985, Renault built the Alpine GTA Turbo and went as far as to do all the engineering needed to make it legal here in the USA. Not a single one of them ever made it to our shores and that's pitiful because it's a proper laugh of a car. It's fun in every possible facet of design. Of course, being a French sports car, it's also full of interesting engineering that balks at convention.

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Mon, 23 Aug 2021 20:00:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/Renault-Alpine-GTA-Turbo-Review-The-Epitome-Of-A-French-Sports-Coupe/
Review: Polaris Adds Agility To The RZR With New Trail And 200 EFI Models https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-rzr-trail-200-efi-lineup/
When Polaris recently invited me to Minnesota to drive an entire model year lineup worth of off-rad vehicles, in the name of science, I felt compelled to say yes. Over the course of two days, that's exactly what a group of journalists and I did, blasting around Elk River Extreme Motor Park at top speed in between walkarounds and Q&A sessions about the RZR, General, Ranger, and Sportsman models.

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Sun, 22 Aug 2021 00:28:27 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-rzr-trail-200-efi-lineup/
Review: The Polaris General Is Half Ranch Truck, Half Rally Car https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-general-half-ranch-truck-rally-car/
Polaris recently revealed the forthcoming 2022 off-roading model lineup, which included big additions like the all-new Ranger SP 570, a new kid-focused RZR 200 EFI, and the agile RZR Trail models. But other than the high-profile news, Polaris also made significant revisions to almost every single machine along the way, including the Sportsman ATV and the do-it-all General UTV.

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Fri, 20 Aug 2021 18:44:23 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-general-half-ranch-truck-rally-car/
Review: The New Ranger SP 570 Puts The Sport Back In Utility... Until Polaris Goes Full EV https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-ranger-sp570-sport-utility-EV/
This past week, I traveled to Minnesota to attend the official launch of the 2022 model year Polaris Off-Road Vehicle lineup. Mention Polaris and everyone immediately conjures up images of the hardcore, dune-charging RZR with big turbo power and borderline absurd suspension travel—especially me, given that I've been living with a RZR Pro XP4 Ultimate for the past four months. And yes, we did get to push a RZR around the Elk River Extreme Motor Park until the dirt caked our clothes, gear, and faces.

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Thu, 19 Aug 2021 18:42:09 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-ranger-sp570-sport-utility-EV/
Renault Sport Spider Review: A Fun Gateway To Racing https://www.hotcars.com/Renault-Sport-Spider-Review-A-Fun-Gateway-To-Racing/
When Lane Motor Museum suggested I take the Renault Sport Spider for a spin, nothing could've prepared me for just how much it would buck convention. This small spunky roadster looks like nothing else on the road because that's exactly what it is. Never sold here in the United States, the Spider is a serious sports car performer that we've been missing out on for decades. Now, in part thanks to it being more than 25 years old, we can import these incredible machines and, after some seat time in this yellow and gray example, it's easy to see why some might've wanted to smuggle it in two decades ago. From bumper to bumper, the Renault Sport Spider is unique, unquestionably charismatic, and unabashedly athletic.

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Thu, 19 Aug 2021 17:30:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/Renault-Sport-Spider-Review-A-Fun-Gateway-To-Racing/
Review: Polaris Adds New Tech And Features To The Sportsman ATV Lineup https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-sportsman-atv-2022-tech-features-atv/
Last week, Polaris invited me to Elk River Extreme Motor Park in Minnesota to test out their full range of 2022 model year off-roading vehicle. Over the course of two days, I joined 19 other journalists exploring a course of rutty trails, graded dirt, and man-made obstacles behind the wheel (or handlebars) of the hardcore RZR, the do-it-all General, the Ranger ranch cart, and the Sportsman ATV.

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Wed, 18 Aug 2021 23:50:53 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-sportsman-atv-2022-tech-features-atv/
Renault Avantime Review: One Of The Weirdest Shooting Brakes Ever https://www.hotcars.com/Renault-Avantime-Review-One-Of-The-Weirdest-Shooting-Brakes-Ever/
French automakers tend to make cars in their own unique and ostentatious way, and the Renault Avantime might be the most exceptional example of that flair. Built at a time when the company wanted to appeal to the young generation that had grown up being driven around in the Espace and their parents who were now empty nesters, it pushed the limits of what a two-door vehicle really could achieve in practice. From every angle, it presents almost an uncanny valley feeling of strangeness, and to some extent that's intentional.

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Wed, 18 Aug 2021 21:00:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/Renault-Avantime-Review-One-Of-The-Weirdest-Shooting-Brakes-Ever/
2022 Toyota GR 86 Review: More Refinement, More Power, More Fun https://www.hotcars.com/2022-toyota-gr-86-review-more-refinement-across-the-board/
The new 2022 Toyota GR 86 has debuted, and car gods be praised: it can still be enjoyed with three pedals and a stick. This aspect, and several others, indicate that this latest ZN8/ZD8-generation 86 is still designed and engineered with enthusiasts in mind. Affordable, manual-transmission-equipped enthusiast cars will be around for a while yet. However, there’s a lot at stake with the new Toyobaru; the old ZN6/ZC6-generation was very well-received by enthusiasts. Will this new one be, too?

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Tue, 17 Aug 2021 17:45:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-toyota-gr-86-review-more-refinement-across-the-board/
EXCLUSIVE: Exploring EarthCruiser's Terranova Expedition Camper Inside And Out https://www.hotcars.com/earthcruiser-terranova-expedition-camper/
The overlanding and adventure vehicle specialists at EarthCruiser recently brought their new Terranova camper to Los Angeles ahead of an Omaze giveaway that closes on September 1. Based upon a Ford Super Duty pickup and featuring everything EarthCruiser learned building their original Mitsubishi Fuso-platformed off-roaders, the Terranova offers a smaller footprint jam-packed with plenty of creature comforts and off-the-grid tech.

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Tue, 17 Aug 2021 00:58:47 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/earthcruiser-terranova-expedition-camper/
2021 BMW M3 Review: Massive Power, Solid Refinement, And A Six-Speed Manual Gearbox https://www.hotcars.com/2021-bmw-m3-review-massive-power-refinement-and-a-sixspeed-manual-gearbox/
Finally, I’ve stopped wringing my hands in excitement and anticipation. The all-new, 2021 G80-generation BMW M3 is here, and despite some significant controversy surrounding its snout, there’s a lot to be excited for. There’s a brand-new engine that makes an epic amount of power, some very nice design throughout, and the Bavarian roundel has answered enthusiasts’ prayers by only offering it with a manual transmission. An 8-speed automatic is only available on the Competition trim, which costs a few grand more.

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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 22:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-bmw-m3-review-massive-power-refinement-and-a-sixspeed-manual-gearbox/
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa Review: A Godly Machine https://www.hotcars.com/2022-suzuki-hayabusa-review-a-godly-machine-/
I will never forget the day I laid eyes on my brother’s Hayabusa. It was back in 2002 in LA, and in typical California fashion, he gave it a bright purple custom paint job. I thought it looked horrendous. In fact, even today, I think the Hayabusa doesn’t really have any aesthetic appeal to it. Yet what’s interesting is that this big ugly purple motorcycle made a lasting impression on me. And that’s exactly what Suzuki was going for when they finalized the design of their outrageous superbike in 1998.

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Tue, 03 Aug 2021 19:00:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-suzuki-hayabusa-review-a-godly-machine-/
2021 McLaren 720S Spider Review: The Enthusiast's Supercar https://www.hotcars.com/2021-McLaren-720S-Spider-Review-The-Enthusiasts-Supercar/
The McLaren 720S Spider stands out in a world of halo supercars because it's dared to be different. It's dared to break from tradition and set its crosshairs on being the ultimate blend of speed, luxury, and outright driving performance. Unlike its rivals, it doesn't have sharp edges, gaping inlets, or buttons scattered across the steering wheel like a wannabe F1 car.

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Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:00:12 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-McLaren-720S-Spider-Review-The-Enthusiasts-Supercar/
2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Review: Sturdy Capability, Timeless Design https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lexus-gx-460-review-sturdy-capability-timeless-luxury/
I had been fiending to give more Toyota off-road offerings a try ever since I drove a 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition last fall. I’d slightly fallen in love with this massive beast, and wanted to know if, elsewhere in the Toyota/Lexus lineup, there was something that could compare. And for a considerably lower price.

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:00:37 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lexus-gx-460-review-sturdy-capability-timeless-luxury/
Review: Learning All About The Polaris RZR's Mechanicals & Tech Features https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-rzr-engineer-interview-mechanical-tech-features/
Blasting through the sunny desert at top speed, gobbling up bumps and rocks with nary a wiggle, spraying up roostertails in the dirt while drifting around corners—yep, safe to say I imagined exactly what anyone might picture when they learn about a Polaris RZR loaner headed their way for four months. And my first impressions of the RZR Pro XP4 Ultimate that arrived at my door about two months ago all fit right into the narrative: probably the greatest desert toy ever, the nearest four-wheeler to a big-bore dirt bike on the market, leaps and bounds beyond the Mitsubishi Monteros and Jeep Gladiator I'm accustomed to driving off road.

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 21:28:39 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/polaris-rzr-engineer-interview-mechanical-tech-features/
Review: An F355 GTS Is A Perfect First Ferrari Experience https://www.hotcars.com/ferrari-f355-gts-first-drive/
This past weekend, the Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance returned after a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the plans and logistics solidified over the past few months, I interviewed the newly appointed Chairman, video game developer Glen Egan, about the challenges of reviving an event that technically holds the title of World's Longest-Running Concours after skipping a year for the first time since 1956.

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:44:24 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/ferrari-f355-gts-first-drive/
2021 BMW R 1250 GS 40th Anniversary Review: The Perennial Choice For Motorcycling https://www.hotcars.com/2021-bmw-r-1250-gs-40th-anniversary-review-the-perennial-choice-for-motorcycling/
Even if personally you have no disposition to the world of motorcycling, there’s a good chance that BMW’s adventure touring motorcycle would appear to be familiar. Whether it’s the latest version, such as this R 1250 GS, or any of its predecessors from years past, the iconic and stately looks of the GS are instantly recognizable. Due to this, BMW Motorrad found this as enough cause to celebrate the 2021 R 1250 GS with a 40th Anniversary Edition.

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:15:10 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-bmw-r-1250-gs-40th-anniversary-review-the-perennial-choice-for-motorcycling/
SHERP N 1200 Review: The Greatest All-Terrain Vehicle On The Planet https://www.hotcars.com/sherp-n-1200-review-the-greatest-all-terrain-vehicle-on-the-planet-/
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first known human to summit the highest mountain on earth. It was a treacherous climb up to the 29,000 ft summit of Mount Everest, and the weather was never going to be on his side. Though Edmund was the first to reach the summit, right next to him was Tenzing Norgay. Tenzing had attempted the world’s highest climb twice before with a different team, and on each attempt his purpose was clear. Tenzing was a Sherpa, a proud mountaineering clan from the Tibetan and Nepalese regions of the higher Himalayas. If it wasn’t for Tenzing Norgay, or for his people, who are naturally adapted and suited for such harsh climates, no expedition to climb Mount Everest would have been easy, or even possible. Ever since they helped Edmund Hillary reach the top of the world in 1953, Sherpas have continued to lead and guide mountaineers to the highest peaks in the region. A Sherpa’s duty is to carry most of the equipment, make sure all the safety lines are in place, and determine if the weather is suitable enough for a mission to be completed. Their physical prowess, natural stamina and endurance, and knowledge of the mountains have made the Sherpas legends in the adventure enthusiast world.

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:00:21 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/sherp-n-1200-review-the-greatest-all-terrain-vehicle-on-the-planet-/
2021 Porsche Macan GTS Review: Guiltless Driving Thrills https://www.hotcars.com/2021-porsche-macan-gts-review-guiltless-driving-thrills/
Here’s a typical conundrum for a car enthusiast: selling the sports car to buy something more practical and family-friendly. It really is one of the fears that would keep car lovers up at night. In most circumstances, this means putting the two-seater convertible on the market to purchase something that would be more agreeable for a growing family.

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 21:45:10 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-porsche-macan-gts-review-guiltless-driving-thrills/
2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 Review: A High-Performance German Sleeper Value https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedes-amg-a35-review-a-german-sleeper-performance-value/
Some Mercedes-Benz AMG cars sort of get a bad rap. With such beasts as the AMG C63 S, E63 S Wagon, and GT on sale today, anything lesser and not rear-wheel drive (or at least, drift-able all-wheel drive) is seen as mildly inferior. Modern AMG usually means brutally torquey, twin-turbo V8 power. And with the exception of the GT, said power is wrapped up in a non-descript, sleeper-status package. Anything smaller, forget about it.

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 10:00:11 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedes-amg-a35-review-a-german-sleeper-performance-value/
2021 Acura TLX A-Spec Review: Solid Dynamics Wrapped In A Solid Value https://www.hotcars.com/2021-acura-tlx-a-spec-review-solid-dynamics-wrapped-in-a-solid-value/
Acura seems to be experiencing a rejuvenation after a few years of not offering much in terms of excitement. The recently-debuted TLX Type S has gotten a lot of positive press, and it’s easy to see why: over 300 horsepower from a turbocharged V6 that’s sent to all four wheels, 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and the potential to drift thanks to some clever engineering in its all-wheel drive system.

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 23:00:00 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-acura-tlx-a-spec-review-solid-dynamics-wrapped-in-a-solid-value/
2021 Jetta GLI Review: A Surprisingly Quick Sedan With A Pricey Problem https://www.hotcars.com/2021-jetta-gli-review-a-surprisingly-quick-sedan-with-a-pricey-problem/
The Volkswagen Jetta GLI can directly trace its roots back to the mid-1980s when it first arrived as a sedan sibling to the now-iconic GTI. The formula has always been relatively straightforward; take the GTI's engine and place it under the hood of a sedan. The goal here was to provide a similarly sporty feel to the hatchback, except with seating for five and a large trunk.

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Sat, 03 Jul 2021 01:45:00 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-jetta-gli-review-a-surprisingly-quick-sedan-with-a-pricey-problem/
2021 Lexus IS350 F-Sport Review: Sharp Looks But A Dull Knife https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lexus-is350-fsport-review-sharp-looks-but-a-dull-knife/
As far as midsize luxury sedans go, the Lexus IS350 has always managed to carve a lane for itself. While it hasn't always been the most powerful or luxurious, the IS has repeatedly offered great value and tremendous reliability. However, in 2020, this luxury sedan made a big push toward extra refinement with a significant facelift.

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Thu, 01 Jul 2021 01:30:00 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-lexus-is350-fsport-review-sharp-looks-but-a-dull-knife/
2021 Buick Encore GX Essence Review: A Great Affordable Crossover https://www.hotcars.com/2021-buick-encore-gx-essence-review-a-great-affordable-crossover/
If you're looking for a brand-new crossover for less than $25,000, you've got a surprising amount of new options. From the Kia Seltos to the Mazda CX-30, there is no shortage of supply. As a result, brand-new crossovers often bank on elegant design to stand out amongst competitors.

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Mon, 28 Jun 2021 22:00:00 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-buick-encore-gx-essence-review-a-great-affordable-crossover/
Review: The Stick-Shift 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Wagon Is An STI With A "Dad Bod" https://www.hotcars.com/stick-shift-subaru-legacy-gt-wagon-review-sti-dad-bod/
Subaru fans love the WRX and STI that leave the factory with tunable turbos, all-wheel-drive, and stick shifts in aggressive sedan and hatchback designs. The rest of Subaru's lineup, meanwhile, generally consists of bland family-focused SUVs and crossovers equipped with CVT transmissions, though manual gearboxes and four-wheel traction still fit into the mix regardless.

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Mon, 28 Jun 2021 18:39:13 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/stick-shift-subaru-legacy-gt-wagon-review-sti-dad-bod/
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe Review: AMG Did It First And Still Does It Best https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedesamg-gle-63-s-coupe-review-amg-did-it-first-and-still-does-it-best/
The number of ultra-quick, ultra-powerful, and ultra-expensive SUVs available has skyrocketed over the last decade. In fact, just looking at SUVs costing more than $100,000 will reveal a surprising amount of available options. However, all of these high-horsepower SUVs fall in a segment that was pioneered by AMG with the ML 55 in the late '90s.

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Fri, 25 Jun 2021 16:00:00 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedesamg-gle-63-s-coupe-review-amg-did-it-first-and-still-does-it-best/
2021 Mazda3 Turbo Review: Big Power In A Comfortable Package https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mazda3-turbo-review-big-power-in-a-comfortable-package/
In 2003, Mazda unveiled a particular performance variant of its Protegé MP3 and was known as the Mazdaspeed Protegé. As its name, Mazdaspeed was an in-house performance department within Mazda that can trace its roots back to the 1960s with various successful race cars and road cars.

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Fri, 25 Jun 2021 00:30:00 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mazda3-turbo-review-big-power-in-a-comfortable-package/
2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Review: You Can't Have Too Much Horsepower https://www.hotcars.com/2021-dodge-charger-srt-hellcat-redeye-widebody-review-you-cant-have-too-much-horsepower/
Let's face it. The horsepower war that started with the muscle cars of the 1970s has reached an all-time high. Only in 2021 can you walk into a dealership, hand over around $80,000, and drive out in a 797 HP sedan that can reach 203 MPH. In fact, the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody does precisely that and gives you enough seats and cargo space to move your family around with ease.

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Wed, 23 Jun 2021 22:02:01 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-dodge-charger-srt-hellcat-redeye-widebody-review-you-cant-have-too-much-horsepower/
2021 Ford F-250 Super Duty Limited Review: You Can Have It All If Your Wallet Permits https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ford-f250-super-duty-limited-review-you-can-have-it-all-if-your-wallet-permits/
If you'd like to buy a heavy-duty truck, you've got perhaps the widest spread of available products in the industry to choose from. Whether it be entry-level work trucks, mid-quality options, or all-out luxury vehicles, there are trim levels to suit every budget. However, if you're ready to get dangerously close to six figures, you can have a truck that more or less does it all.

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Tue, 22 Jun 2021 22:42:05 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ford-f250-super-duty-limited-review-you-can-have-it-all-if-your-wallet-permits/
2021 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring Review: Still The Best Value Roadster? https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mazda-mx-5-grand-touring-review-still-the-best-value-roadster/
Let's face it. The affordable sports car as we know it is in deep trouble. Think of what kind of options you have available under $35,000, and you'll realize it's a short list. If you're after a lightweight two-seater with a rear-wheel-drive and a manual transmission, you've got less than five options. Over the last week or so, I've been driving the longest-standing competitor in this class, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring.

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Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:05:45 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mazda-mx-5-grand-touring-review-still-the-best-value-roadster/
2021 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro: A Robust Exterior With An Old Soul https://www.hotcars.com/2021-toyota-sequoia-trd-pro-a-robust-exterior-with-an-old-soul/
When looking at buying a brand-new SUV, it's easy to get wrapped up with the latest and greatest the auto industry offers. This is partly because most new SUVs are tech-filled family haulers that are near-perfect daily drivers for most people. However, if you want to go off-roading, the latest isn't always the best.

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Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:55:33 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-toyota-sequoia-trd-pro-a-robust-exterior-with-an-old-soul/
Ford Maverick: Costs, Facts, And Figures https://www.hotcars.com/ford-maverick-costs-facts-and-figures/
It's no secret that pickup trucks started out as pure utility vehicles. They had little to no mod cons, and they were only used to carry or tow various loads. Over the past decades, they morphed from workhorses to lifestyle toys and luxury family haulers, crammed full of the latest tech that's normally found in cars. Thirty years ago, this would have been an alien concept.

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Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:00:15 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/ford-maverick-costs-facts-and-figures/
2021 BMW R1250RT Review: You Couldn't Ask For Much More https://www.hotcars.com/2021-bmw-r1250rt-review-you-couldnt-ask-for-much-more/
The first moments of approaching the new 2021 BMW R 1250 RT didn’t feel particularly noteworthy. Yes, it’s a gorgeous touring motorcycle with BMW’s charming 1254cc boxer twin that has been updated for the 2021 model year.

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Tue, 08 Jun 2021 18:00:30 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-bmw-r1250rt-review-you-couldnt-ask-for-much-more/
Can-Am Ryker Review: An Experience Like No Other https://www.hotcars.com/can-am-ryker-review-an-experience-like-no-other/
To be clear from the start, the Ryker is a three-wheeled motorcycle by legal definition. It requires the rider to have a motorcycle license and a suitable helmet for most parts of Canada. Depending on where in the world you are reading this article, that definition and regulations for riding may differ. The Ryker is from the Canadian company Can-Am, one of the brands under the expansive umbrella that is BRP.

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Wed, 02 Jun 2021 18:00:23 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/can-am-ryker-review-an-experience-like-no-other/
2020 BMW M2 CS Review: Potentially The Best BMW Coupe Ever Made https://www.hotcars.com/2020-bmw-m2-cs-review-potentially-the-best-bmw-coupe-ever-made/
This year, it seems like most of the cars I review are either potentially the last of their kind, or are indeed the last of their kind. The Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition, McLaren 620R, Mercedes AMG E63 S Wagon; the 620R is the last of McLaren’s Sport Series, and the other two probably aren’t too long for this world. Time to take on yet another that's the last of its kind: the 2020 BMW M2 CS.

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Fri, 28 May 2021 18:00:56 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2020-bmw-m2-cs-review-potentially-the-best-bmw-coupe-ever-made/
2021 Cadillac CT5 Review: This Could Take Some Explaining https://www.hotcars.com/2021-cadillac-ct5-review-this-could-take-some-explaining/
The folks down at Cadillac HQ have made things needlessly complicated for themselves in recent years. A new naming strategy of CT sedans and XT crossovers should have a simple transition from one generation of vehicles to the next. However, the complication with this new naming system is thanks to the restructuring of the brand's sports sedans, the CT4 and CT5, which should have been direct successors to the well-respected ATS and CTS. Instead, the segments that the new CT4 and CT5 compete in are not the same as the ATS and CTS.

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Wed, 26 May 2021 18:00:44 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-cadillac-ct5-review-this-could-take-some-explaining/
PGO Hemera Review: This Forbidden Sports Car Is A Perfect Weekend Getaway Toy https://www.hotcars.com/pgo-hemera-review-this-forbidden-sports-car-is-a-perfect-weekend-getaway-toy/
Some cars are so striking that they simply stop you in your tracks. Even when you don't know what it is, some shapes, some sounds, and some features seemingly reach out and grab onlookers. That's one reason that the Porsche 356 was so wildly popular. It was completely unique, bold, and excellent at the task it set out to complete.

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Sun, 23 May 2021 20:01:43 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/pgo-hemera-review-this-forbidden-sports-car-is-a-perfect-weekend-getaway-toy/
Alfa Romeo SZ Review: The Newly Legal Anti-Supercar For The Automotive Connoisseur https://www.hotcars.com/alfa-romeo-sz-review-the-newly-legal-anti-supercar-for-the-automotive-connoisseur/
Sports cars and supercars have been joined now by hypercars in the automotive lexicon but despite the additional vocabulary, the lines seem to have blurred beyond recognition. Defining any of them can be a laborious process as features, power, and outright performance intersect all over the road. Nevertheless, most enthusiasts will point out pillars of the recipe like dramatic styling, breathtaking performance, and rarity.

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Sat, 22 May 2021 18:01:39 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/alfa-romeo-sz-review-the-newly-legal-anti-supercar-for-the-automotive-connoisseur/
TVR S2 Review: The Now Legal British Sports Car That Will Make You Forget The Miata https://www.hotcars.com/tvr-s2-review-the-now-legal-british-sports-car-that-will-make-you-forget-the-miata/
Griffith, Cerbera, Tuscan, and Sagaris are names synonymous with speed, passion, and fury. They all belong to a historic and incredibly unfortunate brand named TVR. The company is still seemingly languishing in development hell as they try to resurrect the badge through an all-new Griffith that was originally promised back in 2017 and has now been pushed back to 2022. Still, the brand has something new for American drivers every year up until 2032 since each year some models will turn 25 and become legal here.

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Fri, 21 May 2021 14:45:18 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/tvr-s2-review-the-now-legal-british-sports-car-that-will-make-you-forget-the-miata/
2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon Review: True Understated Performance https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedes-amg-e63-s-wagon-review-true-understated-performance/
Despite the world market’s incessant craving for all things SUV-shaped, and EVs becoming more and more common by the day, there’s still room for some cool, fun rarities. I’m not talking about anything mid-engine and chocked-full of carbon fiber, but rather stuff that’s quintessential, understated cool.

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Thu, 20 May 2021 16:55:47 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mercedes-amg-e63-s-wagon-review-true-understated-performance/
Fiat Multipla Review: World's Ugliest Car Is Actually An Enthusiast's Dream https://www.hotcars.com/fiat-multipla-review-worlds-ugliest-car-is-actually-an-enthusiasts-dream/
Innovation drives the automotive world in a way that few realize. Inside of the vehicle it's lauded, lionized, and celebrated. Honda with its integrated vacuum in the Odyssey, Oldsmobile released the first Heads Up Display in 1988, and Hyundai and its excellent blind-spot video displays are just a few examples of this. Every manufacturer seems to be in an arms race to put as many innovative features inside of their offerings as they possibly can but that drive ends as soon as you step out of the vehicle.

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Tue, 18 May 2021 18:45:24 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/fiat-multipla-review-worlds-ugliest-car-is-actually-an-enthusiasts-dream/
Two Reasons To Buy A Royal Enfield: Review Of The 2021 Royal Enfield Twins https://www.hotcars.com/two-reasons-to-buy-a-royal-enfield-review-of-the-2021-royal-enfield-twins/
When a motorcycle manufacturer extends a royal invitation to join them at the Atlanta Motor Speedway to see their racing outfit for the American Flat Track series and to test ride a couple of their bikes, it's an invitation you immediately accept. Royal Enfield is the manufacturer that played host and the bikes they presented for testing were a Continental GT and INT 650 (Interceptor). So, while teams were busy dialing in their machines in the paddock, Royal Enfield handed over the keys to the production models that their competition bikes are based upon. What followed was an extended ride on the country roads surrounding the racetrack as part of one of the most enjoyable and exhilarating afternoons of riding that a motorcycle enthusiast could ask for.

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Mon, 17 May 2021 21:00:09 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/two-reasons-to-buy-a-royal-enfield-review-of-the-2021-royal-enfield-twins/
2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport Review: An Urban Adventurer https://www.hotcars.com/2021-triumph-tiger-850-sport-review-an-urban-adventurer/
The Tiger 850 Sport may be Triumph's base model in their adventure touring line, but the bike is anything but basic. This is a capable machine willing to tackle just about any terrain a rider throws at it and with a few accessories, like the factory panniers and top box, this motorcycle transforms into an ADV bike that will run with the best of them.

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Mon, 17 May 2021 20:00:16 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-triumph-tiger-850-sport-review-an-urban-adventurer/
2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Review: A Standout Choice For A Compact Crossover https://www.hotcars.com/2022-hyundai-tuscon-hybrid-review-a-standout-choice-for-a-compact-crossover/
The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson really is all-new. From a new platform, a new exterior and interior design language, and some technology never-before-seen in a Tucson, there are so many reasons why this compact crossover is such a radically re-engineered product. The new Tucson may also have the most diverse lineup of compact crossover on sale today.

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Sat, 15 May 2021 17:00:07 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2022-hyundai-tuscon-hybrid-review-a-standout-choice-for-a-compact-crossover/
2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e Review: A Plug-In Hybrid Electric Midsize SUV https://www.hotcars.com/2021-bmw-x5-xdrive45e-review-a-plug-in-hybrid-electric-midsize-suv/
The BMW X5 is an incredibly desirable midsize SUV. It’s become a staple to most luxury car buyers as it’s one of BMW’s most successful models. As the entire industry moves towards electrification, some of the core BMW products are now available as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

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Fri, 14 May 2021 17:00:28 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-bmw-x5-xdrive45e-review-a-plug-in-hybrid-electric-midsize-suv/
2021 Honda Pilot Touring Review: The Minivan Of SUVs https://www.hotcars.com/2021-honda-pilot-touring-review-the-minivan-of-suvs/
Honda is continuing to refine and improve the Pilot to build a more capable and attractive SUV. For customers looking for a vehicle that is incredibly well built, has lots of features and comfort, then the new 2021 Honda Pilot needs to stay at the top of the list for test drives.

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Thu, 13 May 2021 20:00:22 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-honda-pilot-touring-review-the-minivan-of-suvs/
2021 Infiniti Q60 AWD Review: Here's Whether Its Looks Can Match Its Personality https://www.hotcars.com/2021-infiniti-q60-awd-review-heres-whether-its-looks-can-match-the-personality/
The 2021 INFINITI Q60 is a premium compact sports coupe that extenuates the effortless and beautiful features of INFINITI’s current design language. From the waved pattern in the grille to the fading character lines alongside the profile, the Q60’s design really does stand out across the entire automotive industry.

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Thu, 13 May 2021 16:00:54 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-infiniti-q60-awd-review-heres-whether-its-looks-can-match-the-personality/
The New 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e Is A Sophisticated Plug-In Compact Crossover https://www.hotcars.com/the-new-2021-bmw-x3-xdrive30e-is-a-sophisticated-plug-in-compact-crossover/
The BMW X3 is by far the most popular BMW product in North America. Compact crossovers sell better than anything else in this market, and BMW now expands these powertrain options with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

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Thu, 13 May 2021 15:00:54 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/the-new-2021-bmw-x3-xdrive30e-is-a-sophisticated-plug-in-compact-crossover/
The 2021 Audi A6 Allroad Gives North American’s One More Chance To Buy A Premium Midsize Wagon https://www.hotcars.com/the-2021-audi-a6-allroad-gives-north-americans-one-more-chance-to-buy-a-premium-midsize-wagon/
Depending on general consumer preferences, wagons/estates have a bit of a tough time in North America. Forget their benefits, most new shoppers want SUVs to sit higher above the road and have more interior space. That’s why the midsize Audi A6 sedan was once offered as the estate (known as the Avant) and was discontinued for the C7 generation in North America despite living on in Europe.

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Wed, 12 May 2021 16:00:22 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/the-2021-audi-a6-allroad-gives-north-americans-one-more-chance-to-buy-a-premium-midsize-wagon/
2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost Review: A New Take On The Segment Leader https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ford-f-150-powerboost-review-a-new-take-on-the-segment-leader/
Ford claims this truck features ’90% brand new components’ over the outgoing model but features the same frame design, largely the same dimensions and slight revisions to the overall design. A bit of a head-scratcher to some, and the cynics will just all this a facelift rather than a regeneration. But for Ford, the F-150 is the most critical vehicle they produce. It’s their bread and butter, their cash cow; and they really can’t afford to mess it up.

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Tue, 04 May 2021 14:45:56 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-ford-f-150-powerboost-review-a-new-take-on-the-segment-leader/
2021 Mazda3 Turbo 100th Anniversary Edition Review: More Of Everything That's Appealing About Mazda https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mazda3-turbo-100th-anniversary-edition-review-more-of-everything-thats-appealing-about-mazda/
The current generation of the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback debuted for the 2019 model with substantial changes to their predecessors as they show off the new platform, design and technology of the future of Mazda’s products. For the 2021 model year, the introduction of the familiar 2.5L turbocharged engine expands the appeal of the compact sedan and hatchback. Featuring a 6-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel-drive, the Mazda3 Turbo is a mature approach to a pumped-up sedan. The days of Mazdaspeed performance vehicles are over for Mazda but that doesn’t stop this Turbo variant from being fun to drive.

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Mon, 03 May 2021 21:45:31 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mazda3-turbo-100th-anniversary-edition-review-more-of-everything-thats-appealing-about-mazda/
The 2021 Audi SQ5 Isn't Really About Performance https://www.hotcars.com/the-2021-audi-sq5-isnt-really-about-performance/
The Audi SQ5 is the performance compact crossover that doesn’t really focus on performance. Sure, the 3.0L turbocharged V6 produces 349 horsepower and has a 0-100km/h claim of 5.1 seconds but the way this power and speed is communicated is very much aligned to how Audi engineers their core products. The SQ5 is still a premium compact crossover with a focus on refinement but lacks the precision and connection that a driving enthusiast would hope to expect out of a performance crossover.

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Wed, 28 Apr 2021 18:45:50 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/the-2021-audi-sq5-isnt-really-about-performance/
2021 Toyota Tundra Trail Edition Review: Smooth Sailing To The Next Generation https://www.hotcars.com/2021-toyota-tundra-trail-edition-review-smooth-sailing-to-the-next-generation/
Once upon a time, a truck was just a bed, a cab, and a couple of engine options. It was once a workhorse and happily served that role. In today's world, the light-duty pickup is so much more than that. Many entrants for this segment are family haulers with a luxurious ride without sacrificing any of the merits a pickup truck should have. In the case of the 2021 Toyota Tundra Trail, this CrewMax model cheerfully establishes itself in the old world of pickup functionality. It lacks many of the features and technology (or some may say gimmicks) of its American rivals with none of the refinement and efficiency many have come to expect from the latest crop of pickups.

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Tue, 27 Apr 2021 16:45:58 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-toyota-tundra-trail-edition-review-smooth-sailing-to-the-next-generation/
2021 Audi e-tron quattro Review: The All-Electric Audi SUV https://www.hotcars.com/2021-audi-e-tron-quattro-review-the-all-electric-audi-suv/
The e-Tron brand has a bit of an odd history for Audi. Initially, the e-Tron nameplate was added onto the R8 supercar for pure electric performance. These vehicles were only available per requests and it’s estimated less than 100 R8 e-Tron went into customer possession. A few years later, the e-Tron named reappeared on the A3 hatchback as a plug-in hybrid. Although the A3 e-Tron was more wildly available and could easily be purchased at a dealership, the A3 e-Tron never really took off. So, e-Tron may not have not been a household name during the 2000s and most of the 2010s, but in 2019, Audi launched their first all-electric SUV to go up against the Tesla Model X. It was called: the e-Tron.

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Sat, 24 Apr 2021 15:45:06 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-audi-e-tron-quattro-review-the-all-electric-audi-suv/
2021 Mazda6 Kuro Edition Review: Aging Gracefully https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mazda6-kuro-edition-review-aging-gracefully/
The current generation of the Mazda6 has been with us for quite some time now. Originally coming to market in 2012 and receiving a substantial regeneration in 2018, this midsize sedan continues to see small improvements and new options to keep it interesting. For 2021, the Mazda6 receives a new trim level called the Kuro. The Kuro is an appearance package available with the Mazda6 and the 2021 model years of the CX-5 and CX-9. For a vehicle that has essentially the same underpinnings for nearly a decade, some may claim Mazda is stagnating in this class. At the time of writing, rumours suggest the next-generation of Mazda6 will debut a rear-wheel-drive based platform that the brand will use for their larger vehicles in 2023.

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Fri, 23 Apr 2021 22:45:05 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-mazda6-kuro-edition-review-aging-gracefully/
2021 Audi Q3 Review: Everything A Subcompact Crossover Should Be https://www.hotcars.com/2021-audi-q3-review-everything-a-subcompact-crossover-should-be/
The entry level model of any premium brand is a tricky compromise. Manufacturers need to build their smallest and most affordable vehicle to attract younger buyers that don’t have the same dispensable income as Audi’s more prestigious customers. However, the entry-level model has to have enough of the brands identity to justify that vehicles existence. That identity comes at a cost, and platform sharing is typically the only way small premium crossover like the 2021 Audi Q3 can be brought to market.

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Thu, 22 Apr 2021 23:45:59 GMT https://www.hotcars.com/2021-audi-q3-review-everything-a-subcompact-crossover-should-be/