Want a car you can schlep to work during the week and take to an autocross course or a racetrack on the weekends? They exist, trust us—you don’t need to purchase two separate cars to fill those seemingly disparate needs. You don’t even need to spend all that much money to buy one car that can handle commutes as well as tracks. Cars at the lower end of the price spectrum these days are better than ever at most things, and the vehicles listed here also happen to be adroit when it comes to road holding—without sacrificing comfortable road manners. Though not all of these fun, dual-purpose cars are your typical budget sports cars, they are all competent contenders for at least light track work. And all of them can be had with a manual gearbox, which ups the fun factor on streets or circuits.
Want an SUV that equally emphasizes the “S” and “U” parts of the acronym? BMW has you covered. Its X5 was an originator in the performance luxury SUV genre, combining upscale appointments and engaging dynamics with a utilitarian crossover body.
Thing is, even as the X5 was redesigned and grew larger, it still wasn’t large enough. In comparison to three-row luxury SUVs from rival automakers, the X5’s five-seat capacity paled.
BMW caught up with the reveal of the X7 in 2018. The brand’s biggest vehicle ever brought that sought-after third row, providing seating for six or seven passengers. Despite the differences between the X5 and X7, similarities remain which position the two against each other within BMW’s lineup. Follow along as we answer the question: What is the difference between the BMW X5 and X7?
Most important and most obvious is the difference in size. The X5 rides on a 117.1-inch wheelbase, and [...]
Toyota is pulling a page from Oprah Winfrey’s playbook and giving its fans a free car … poster. Yes, this poster of the 2020 GR Supra isn’t quite as valuable (or useful) as an actual car, but it’s still pretty rad. It’s also something fans of the German-Japanese sports car ought to take advantage of by going to 2020grsupra.com/poster.
The 2020 GR Supra marks the return of the nameplate to the Toyota lineup following the model’s more than 20-year hiatus. Like its forebear, the new sports coupe relies on a 3.0-liter inline-six for motivation. Whereas the prior Supra was powered by Toyota’s legendary 2JZ engine, the new Supra uses a powertrain sourced from BMW.
Known as the B58, the turbocharged straight-six blesses the Supra with 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, the combination of which allows the rear-drive sports car to hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and through the quarter mile in 12.5 [...]
You’re forgiven for not knowing exactly what the Suzuki Jimny is—or for calling it the “Jimmy,” which was a GMC SUV in the ‘90s. The little 4×4 isn’t sold here in the U.S., which is really too bad because it’s the small, affordable, elemental SUV that’s been missing from American dealerships since Jeep’s Wrangler went huge, Hyundai and Kia grew up and started building crossovers, and Suzuki left the U.S. market entirely. With off-roaders roaring back, however, it’s worth taking a few moments to drool over the Jimny.
The Suzuki’s spec sheet describes a delightfully sparse yet rugged little vehicle. You can have your Jimny any way you want as long as it’s with two doors, a fixed roof, and four-wheel drive with low-range gearing. A 101-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder can be paired with either a four-speed automatic (throwback!) or a proper five-speed manual. You can probably guess which transmission does a better [...]
Carbon fiber is strong and lightweight, making it a favored component in race cars and exotic road vehicles, and GMC is out to prove the material’s worth to the masses. GMC, you see, recently introduced the carbon-fiber CarbonPro bed for its mainstream Sierra full-size pickup, and the brand is using a new commercial to show off the truck bed’s strength. After all, it seems any time a pickup-truck manufacturer introduces a new material for its beds that isn’t steel—like when Ford’s aluminum-bodied F-150 debuted—it feels the need to advertise how stout that material is.
To that end, the 30-second spot (below) airing during the NFL playoff games consists almost entirely of various projectiles being flung at the GMC CarbonPro bed, including a high-speed watermelon, brick, TV, and even a sofa! So, should your pickup-truck needs involve trips through weather systems dropping and/or hurling those items and other detritus, GMC’s got your bed covered.
The U.S. government is looking into claims that certain Tesla vehicles suffer a defect that can cause sudden unintended acceleration. According to a petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 110 crashes and 52 injuries linked to the issue. Keep in mind that unintended acceleration is a buzzword both because the idea that a car might accelerate on its own, without input from the driver, is scary and because other automakers such as Toyota and Audi have in the past been tangled up with similar accusations.
This latest NHTSA petition cites 127 consumer complaints involving 123 unique Tesla vehicles. Around 500,000 vehicles are affected by the inquiry, including 2012–2019 Tesla Model S sedans, 2016–2019 Tesla Model X SUVs, and 2018–2019 Tesla Model 3 sedans.
One complaint references an alleged incident from November 2018 in which a Model X accelerated on its own while making a U-turn, even though the [...]
It seems Lexus’s design department has grown a little bored with designing vehicles for Earth. The company recently released a series of design sketches for a distraction of sorts for its in-house artists: Lunar rovers and various spacecraft. And this isn’t the first time Toyota or one of its divisions has let their minds wander to the cosmos.
Now, Lexus designers didn’t just sit down one day, pass around some hallucinogenic drugs, and then pick up their pens. At least, they didn’t do so on their own. All of these spacy concepts were born from the Lunar Design Project, a collaboration between Lexus and Toyota’s European design studio intended to “imagine human life on the moon” and pose questions such as “How shall we live [on the moon]? What will it look like? What will we wear? What will we drive?”
So, yeah, none of these concept drawings will probably ever come to life—let alone [...]
Jeep is introducing a host of North Edition models to take the sting out of the coldest months of the year. Offered across the entire lineup, from the Compass to the Gladiator, North Edition models aren’t much different than regular Jeeps, but they bundle together a few helpful features for driving in ice and snow and keeping the cabin warm in the winter.
North Edition models come standard with four- or all-wheel drive, complemented by all-season or all-terrain tires for tackling wintry conditions. And just in case you get stuck out in the elements, there are tow hooks and a Jeep Trail Rated kit with tow strap, D-rings, carabiner, gloves, and a safety kit. Heated seats, a heated steering wheel, remote engine start, power heated mirrors, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM Travel Link Weather, and all-weather floor mats round out the list of notable standard features.
Pictured here is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator North Edition, [...]
The Toyota Supra is as synonymous with the inline six-cylinder engine as Seth Rogen is to marijuana. Or is it? While the 2020 GR Supra is sold exclusively with a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the United States, the two-door sports car also offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four under its hood in Japan—and come March, Europe.
That’s right, Toyota is expanding sales of the four-cylinder Supra beyond the motherland, and it’s likely only a matter of time until the BMW-sourced four-cylinder engine makes its way to our shores, as well. After all, the model is already certified for sale in California by the state’s Air Resources Board.
Should Toyota pull the trigger and send the four-cylinder Supra stateside, expect it to follow the blueprint of the recently announced European model, which forgoes the Japanese car’s entry-level 195-hp [...]
For some, the so-called Malaise era, loosely defined as the automotive period between 1973 and 1983, was an irredeemably dark time in American automotive history. As a result, few cars from the time are celebrated and many have even been forgotten—though, to be fair, not a great number those vehicles survive today. But as we lurch toward the 1970s’ golden anniversary, we think it’s high time unsung classics from the era were treated with a little more respect (or at least a little less disdain). Let’s begin with this, the Oldsmobile Starfire.
Prepare yourself, here is everything you never knew you wanted to know about the 1975–1980 Starfire.
Reviving the Starfire name, which was last used on a 1960s two-door Oldsmobile, the malaise-y Oldsmobile was a badge-engineered version of the Chevrolet Monza. Unlike the Monza, which [...]