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Pros
  • Elegant interior
  • Class-leading tech
  • Unabashed style
Cons
  • Chevy parts here and there
  • Retrograde fuel economy

The Cadillac Escalade didn’t invent the concept of the luxury full-size SUV, but it’s been so dominant for so long you’d be forgiven for thinking so. Even as the competition caught and surpassed it, the biggest Caddy remained a staple of red carpet premieres, music videos, and valet lots. Now, though, the boss is back. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade takes every criticism leveled at both itself and the Cadillac brand head-on and comes away with barely a scratch.

We can’t begin anywhere but the interior. For years, we’ve begged GM to give Cadillac the budget and freedom to design world-class interiors, and the most we’ve received is high-quality materials held back by lackluster design, frustrating technology, and too many parts cribbed from the Chevrolet bin. Finally, finally, Cadillac has been given license to deliver a [...]

Pro
  • Original approach to luxury
  • Jaw-dropping interior
  • Incredible value
Con
  • Harsh ride
  • Underpowered 2.5T
  • Unintuitive infotainment system

When we picked the Genesis G70 as our 2019 Car of the Year, we turned a lot of heads from Sindelfingen to Nagoya. “Is it really that good?” were the first whispers, followed by “What do you know about the SUV?”

Well, we now know a lot. The Genesis GV80 comes to the U.S. in two gas-burning configurations: a 300-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four and a 375-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. The GV80 2.5T is available in rear- and all-wheel drive (AWD) and starts just under $50,000. The higher-performance 3.5T model commands $10,000 more and comes only with AWD. Both engines spin the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission electronically shifted by a lovely jewellike rotary dial mounted on the center console. Similar bejeweled touchpoints can be found throughout the GV80’s stunning interior.

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When we reviewed the 202o Lexus IS just a few months ago, we lamented how far it has fallen behind the curve. Rivals offered a superior drive experience and more modern interiors compared to the tech-deficient Lexus. Finally, for the new model year, the 2021 Lexus IS receives a thorough update, though not a complete redesign. Are the changes enough to help the compact sport sedan catch up to its competition?

By targeting young, performance-minded buyers, Lexus is putting a heavy emphasis on the F Sport line. Almost half of its IS cars will be F Sports, Lexus anticipates. Previously, the F Sport was available on the lower-output IS 300, but for 2021, it can only be had on the top-tuned IS 350, rated at 311 hp. In fact, all 2021 IS 350 models will bear the F Sport moniker. The 350 has always been the gem of the lineup, as the four-cylinder felt underpowered, [...]

Pros
  • Carlike drive with crossover capability
  • Smooth new hybridized engine
  • Seats for seven
Cons
  • Stuffy interior
  • Overweight sensation
  • Tight third row

There’s a sense of gatekeeping that comes with proper SUVs. These four-wheel-drive body-on-frame vehicles are SUVs, but those unibody all-wheel-drive vehicles are fugazis—lifted hatchbacks, mere crossovers, wagons in drag.

We much prefer to let the manufacturers provide their own interpretations of the genre, whereupon we prove them right (or oftentimes wrong) during our SUV of the Year competition. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E 450 All-Terrain is bound to make the former group unhappy and the latter quite pleased.

View Other 2021 SUV of the Year Contenders and Finalists Here

It’s easy to dismiss the E 450 All-Terrain as little more than a lifted Mercedes E-Class wagon, and, well, yeah, that’s exactly what it is. But as millions of Subaru Outback, Volvo Cross Country, and Audi Allroad buyers will tell you, that’s not [...]

Pros
  • Handsome sheetmetal
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Carlike qualities
Cons
  • Dated powertrain
  • Fussy secondary controls
  • Carlike qualities

Square pegs don’t fit into round holes. Yes, due to some sort of legalese, the Audi A6 Allroad is technically an SUV. But you know it’s not an SUV, we know it’s not an SUV, even dogs know it’s not an SUV, probably because they can jump in the cargo area without a ramp. The only people unsure as to what the current-generation A6 Allroad is—an ever so slightly lifted station wagon—are the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The problem becomes, what do we do with a raised wagon at an SUV of the Year party?

Well, we let it in because we’re not heathens. “As the lines blur between SUVs and cars, the lifted wagon really does make the most sense here,” features editor Scott Evans said. “It’s refined and drives [...]

Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Deceptively roomy inside
  • The monster M version
Cons
  • Polarizing looks
  • Inscrutable infotainment
  • Brutal ride on the M version

”What can be said about the X6 M that hasn’t been said before?” That’s what features editor Christian Seabaugh wondered about the third generation of BMW’s slope-roofed midsize SUV. Turns out, a lot.

For one, we collectively felt that this third-gen BMW X6 is the best one BMW has ever built. Still hailing from Spartanburg, South Carolina, the X6 feels very solid, as if it was hewn from a single block of a heavy, precious metal.

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For two, it still makes you question why it exists. “I mean, I kind of get it,” features editor Scott Evans said. “You definitely stand out in a crowd. It’s not for me, but it works well.” It’s not just Evans—other judges echoed [...]

We’re a nimble bunch at MotorTrend.

The global health crisis has affected our daily reality. Mobility is limited. Fear of mass-spread infection events is high.

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We take this crisis and the safety of our testers, editors, photographers, and videographers very seriously. But we also take seriously our obligation to provide our readers with the best, most complete information on cars, trucks, and SUVs.

That includes our Car, Truck, and SUV of the Year testing.

In confronting what is typically a logistical mountain to bring you OTY, this year added the hazards of performing these tests under threat of contagion.

Traditionally, for Car and SUV of the Year, we have used Honda’s and Hyundai’s desert proving grounds located a couple hours’ drive north of Los Angeles as the staging areas for instrumented testing and the basic driving impressions of all contenders, to winnow the field. For the finalists, we perform repeated runs [...]

If any relatively modern Honda product is worth preserving, it’s the first-generation Acura NSX. Its advanced aluminum construction, revolutionary (for its time) everyday drivability, chassis tuning by F1 legend Ayrton Senna (and his less-successful F1 competitor Satoru Nakajima), and stunning fighter-jet looks shocked the European supercar competition. Every NSX built is a monument to Honda’s thoughtful and unconventional sports car philosophy. That’s why Acura is pondering a U.S. restoration program, according to a report from Tire Meets Road.

The message was relayed during a virtual NSXPO car show/meet-up for NSX owners and enthusiasts by John Watts, Senior Manager of the NSX Strategy Team at Acura. He told attendees that the company is polling current owners about their level of interest in a “refresh plan.” Acura, in a statement to MotorTrend, confirmed that the company is mulling such a program: “We are conducting exploratory research to determine the level of interest among NSX owners in refresh [...]

Learning to drive may be the biggest rite of passage for any young person, but it’s looking especially memorable for Ken Block’s daughter Lia. After receiving a drop-top Fox Body Mustang for her 14th birthday, she was brought by her father to Utah Motorsports Campus for a day of drifting in the ‘Stang.

Earlier this year, Lia Block made donuts look easy in a 355-hp Gymkhana Ford Escort, and that was less than a week after she learned to drive stick. So, this latest adventure must have seemed like a relative walk in the park for the teenager. Because it’s sometimes hard to learn from your parent, Block enlisted Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. to ride shotgun and show her the tricks of the trade.



While Ram has yet to announce a smaller pickup for the United States (although a rebirth of the Dakota has been long-rumored), the brand is moving forward with a new generation of its 700 compact pickup, which it sells in places such as Mexico. Why 700 and not 750 (exactly half of 1500)? We’re sure Ram has its reasons. Name aside, we wouldn’t mind seeing something like the little Ram 700 in the U.S.

Based on the Fiat Strada (another trucklet you’ve probably never heard of), the 700 is only 176 inches long and 69 inches wide, making it two inches shorter and one inch narrower than a BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Ram will sell the 700 in three trims, too: SLT, Bighorn, and Laramie.

SLT trimmed trucks will come in either a single or double cab body styles, while the Bighorn and Laramie models come exclusively with the largest four-door cab. It’s [...]

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