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Move over, G-Wagen; Mercedes has a new flagship luxury SUV. The new 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS aims to be the finest luxury-oriented Benz SUV you’ve ever seen, and there’s more to this new Maybach than initially meets the eye. When we saw the SUV in person, we discovered the value is in the details and inside.

The Maybach GLS is like The Dress; the Mercedes will sharply divide opinions, and you’ll have little luck convincing others of your point of view. While some will see nothing more than a GLS trying too hard, others may appreciate the effort that went into crafting the new model. Those who want greater cachet than the three-pointed star will stick with the Bentley Bentayga or spend more on a Rolls-Royce Cullinan. This GLS is the only Mercedes SUV deemed worthy of a three-pointed star mounted on the edge of the hood—a cool distinction even if Mercedes is also an automaker [...]

The Hyundai Vision T concept debuting at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show previews the production version of the upcoming Tucson SUV, and also offers a peek at the next evolution of the Korean automaker’s Sensuous Sportiness design language.

Sporting a matte-green exterior, the Hyundai Vision T concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can be juiced up via an illuminated charging port cleverly hidden in the passenger-side rear fender. In terms of exterior dimensions, the Vision T is half an inch longer than the current-generation Tucson with a wheelbase that’s 5.3 inches greater.






The 2020 Buick Encore GX makes its North American debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing details about the U.S.-spec version of the standard Encore’s larger sibling. Like its equivalent in the Chinese market, the U.S.-spec 2020 Encore GX will be offered with two turbocharged three-cylinder engines. Front-drive models will come with a 1.2-liter paired to a CVT, but no power figures have been provided. All-wheel-drive variants get a 1.3-liter unit with 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque coupled to a nine-speed automatic. Like most General Motors vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive, there’s a switch that lets you toggle between front- or all-wheel drive modes.

When the 2020 Buick Encore GX goes on sale in early 2020, it will come standard with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, a following distance indicator, and automatic headlights. Other driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic [...]

The debate will rage for a while: whether Ford’s new electric crossover should be part of the Mustang family. Outrage over Chevy attaching the Blazer name to a car-based SUV has largely died down and purists need a new focus for their outrage.

In Ford development labs in Dearborn and Detroit, the evolution of the Mach-E to its adoption of the Mustang name unfolded almost organically—it was not the goal from the outset. But in the minds of top brass and key engineers there is no debate—the first expansion of the Mustang family in 55 years is a thoroughbred.

“I’ve always said the Mustang brand should be bigger than it is,” said Moray Callum, vice president of design for Ford Motor Company. “A lot of people aspire to a Mustang. Now’s their chance. It meets their needs and still has the balls of a Mustang.”

So how did this happen?

Talk of a new electric [...]

Quick Stats: Rick Harrison, Pawn Stars
Daily Driver: 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor (Rick’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: See below
Favorite road trip: Las Vegas to Duck Creek Village, Utah
Car he learned to drive in: 1973 Volkswagen Thing
First car bought: 1968 Oldsmobile Delta 88

Pawn Stars star Rick Harrison has off-roaded his whole life. That’s partly why he got his 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor, which he calls “a real off-road truck.”

“I’ve had it 70 mph through the desert. I bottomed out at 50 mph and kept on going,” Harrison tells MotorTrend. “I love the suspension on it, it’s a really good ride. Normally an off-road car with really tall suspension, it sways a lot [but] I don’t have any problems with that. It’s a pain in the ass to park, though, because it’s 8 inches wider than a normal truck. It’s [...]

The North American–market version of the 2020 Hyundai Venue has finally washed ashore, trimmed and spec’d to meet Yankee Doodle expectations. Detroit editor Alisa Priddle recently flew halfway around the world to drive a global version with the steering wheel in the wrong place and had nice things to say about it, but now it’s time to find out how the Venue fares in the hands of a well-rested evaluator on familiar roads with all the controls where they belong.

Billed as a new-vehicle alternative for folks on a used-car budget, the new Venue really seems aimed squarely at the Nissan Kicks. Both are tall hatchbacks posing as tiny SUVs, though neither offers all-wheel drive. Both offer 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines with horsepower and torque figures that are within a digit, and each bolts up to a continuously variable transmission (Hyundai also offers a six-speed manual). Another peculiar coincidence: Each of those 1.6-liter engines offers dual-port [...]

Today, you can spend upwards of $70,000 on a new truck. Fortunately, you don’t have to. There are still plenty of affordable trucks on the market, with some priced just above $20,000. If you’re looking for a no-frills workhorse, keep reading to learn about the cheapest pickup trucks for 2020.

2020 Ram 1500: $33,590

We love the refined interior and supple air suspension of the Ram 1500 Limited, but you’ll have to spend more than $50,000 for this top-trim model. If you opt for the base Tradesman Quad Cab, you’re still getting a great truck, just without the fancy features. In our review of the Ram 1500 Tradesman, we said it feels more refined than the bare-bones truck that it is. It has a quiet, spacious, and comfortable cabin, and its ride quality and steering [...]

MotorTrend’s 2019 SUV of the Year is roughly halfway through its yearlong stay with us, and it’s settled nicely into its day-to-day life of commuting during the week and exploring on the weekends. Since our last update, where we went off-roading on the beaches on California’s central coast, we’ve ordered a handful of Mopar accessories for our Wrangler. We’ve also finally tested it at the track and on our fuel economy loop.

Test Day

Jeeps—or at least Wranglers—are hardly known for lightning performance, but our Wrangler Rubicon nevertheless performed admirably at the test track. Sporting an eTorque 2.0-liter mild hybrid turbocharged I-4 with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and an eight-speed automatic, it ran from 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds and through the quarter mile in 16.0 seconds at 83.1 mph. That makes it about four-tenths of a second quicker to 60 mph and two-tenths of a second quicker in the [...]

Ferrari took the wraps off the newest addition to its burgeoning lineup yesterday. The Roma is the contemporary follow-up to the 612 Scaglietti of the mid-2000s, and even if Ferrari itself won’t say it, the car is the spiritual successor to the Ferrari Dino Sergio Marchionne all but promised so many years ago. Like the Dino before it, the Roma is supposed to be a relatively affordable 2+2 coupe designed to do two things: look great and be enjoyed every day. We won’t be able to definitively say anything about the latter for a while, but we can still derive a few things from the way it looks.

With the introduction of the Roma, Ferrari has stated the Nuove Dolce Vita era has begun, meaning we can expect Ferraris of the future to follow the design language the Roma. But is it a design we can look forward to? Let’s examine the car’s styling.

The [...]

There was no question the 2016 Nissan Titan was a monumental improvement over the 12 year-old truck it replaced, but it was the truck Nissan should’ve released five years earlier and it showed. Four years later, the refreshed 2020 Nissan Titan boasts a handful of improvements that bring it much closer to competing with segment leaders from Ford, Ram, and Chevrolet.

You’ll notice the updated styling first, which takes a refreshing step away from aping the Ford F-150 in front and establishes a better identity for the Titan. Unfortunately, that’s balanced with a new tailgate trim piece that looks like it was pried off the back of an F-150 last week. Three times on our drive I mistook the rear of an F-150 for one of the Titans in our convoy.

Nevermind the new look, because the real news is hiding under the skin. The star of the show is a new JATCO 9-speed automatic [...]

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