2023 BMW M2 tells tales from the Dragon

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Before I tap the red start button, before I press the leather-tipped shift lever into first gear, before I stupidly dump coffee dregs in my lap as I prep for the tense half-hour ahead, I say a little prayer.  I’m about to grab the Tail of the Dragon—hallowed ground for […]

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 resets the off-road pickup bar

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“Rock left, going to straddle it,” I called out to my driving partner, Shad Balch, director of Chevrolet Communications. Driving about 45 mph and focused on that rock I somehow missed another rock on my right. Bang! The radio crackled with a message from truck 99. “Truck 18, you’re dog […]

2023 Mercedes EQE 500 SUV takes a gentle glide path

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The path to electrification, for some automakers, doesn’t come with a lot of guardrails. The auto world has seen a fusillade of new EV brands—and some have already run out of rocket fuel, in the form of dollars and runway. There’s an EV brand reckoning coming, and it won’t be […]

2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo rides like the wind

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Maserati is on the move. It now has the MC20 supercar in its fleet and the beautifully rendered 2024 GranTurismo coupe in gas and electric forms. A GranCabrio convertible comes soon, and so does a new Levante SUV and a new Quattroporte flagship. In advance of all of these, Maserati […]

2024 Mazda CX-90 puts a premium on premium

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If you were an engineer looking to build a premium SUV, you’d have a list of wants. You’d want to start with a rear-wheel-drive-based architecture for better handling balance, and you’d add all-wheel drive for all-weather grip. You might want a V-8, but a turbocharged inline-6 would be a great […]

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 dares to be different

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The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 is different. The electric sedan may share its E-GMP underpinnings with the Ioniq 5 electric hatchback, but its aerodynamic design not only optimizes range, it stands out for the sake of standing out. Different is daring, and daring is good, especially in a nascent EV […]

2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate aims for stealth wealth

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Why in the world would someone spend six figures on a GMC Yukon instead of a Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, or something with a German luxury badge? It took about 24 hours rolling around town in a $101,040 2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate when it hit me: This answer is […]

The 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro sports an aftermarket vibe

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When photos of the redesigned Toyota Tundra TRD Pro leaked I wondered for a split second if the Japanese automaker had created a Ford F-150 Raptor competitor.  It didn’t. Once full details were released, it became clear that the 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is still an off-road trim level […]

2023 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro stands alone

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As I countersteered while the bright orange Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro slid sideways in the snow, the question of why anyone should buy one of these archaic SUVs kept rolling around my mind. The answer is most people shouldn’t buy the Toyota 4Runner, and yet the Japanese automaker sold 121,023 […]

The 2023 Defender 130 surfs the dunes

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“Just keep your foot in it and you’ll be fine.” That’s the first thing I tell my drive partner as we head into the dunes in Dubai. She’s behind the wheel of the extra-long 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 while I’m riding shotgun. Before us are miles of steep dunes […]

2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV shows off what can be

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The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV is a show off. The 9,000-pound beast sprints to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. It has an air suspension that can adjust the ground clearance by 9.7 inches. Its rear-wheel steering has a Crab Walk feature that enables it to move diagonally. And it […]

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