Tag Archives: 2019

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata first drive review: the sports car Mazda intended

The new Mazda MX-5 Miata we got in the U.S. in 2016 wasn't really the car it was supposed to be. According to Mazda North American Operations manager of vehicle dynamics Dave Coleman, Mazda wanted to use a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine worldwide. Pushback from the U.S. allowed installation of Mazda's 155-horsepower 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder...

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Hennessey straps the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 to the dyno

It's fairly common knowledge that the horsepower figures automakers parade around don't reflect power at the wheels. Rather, it's how much hp the engine makes at the crankshaft. Therefore, we need a dynamometer to measure just how much power is getting to the ground. Thankfully, Hennessey Performance Engineering has one, and it strapped the 2019 Chevrolet...

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2019 Audi A7 priced from $68,995

The original A7 remains one of the best-looking four-door liftbacks on the market. Fortunately for its successor, the designers kept most of the proportions the same, only tweaking things here and there and adding Audi's latest design treatments. The redesigned 2019 Audi A7 is also a technical marvel, and it's finally ready for its showroom debut where it...

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Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro became $3,340 more expensive for 2019

Toyota has doled out serious updates for its 2019 TRD Pro family. Specifically for the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro, this has resulted in a healthy price jump compared to the outgoing model. If you're interested in the newest version, you'll need to bring an extra $3,340 to the table in order to bring one home. For the 2018 model year, Toyota posted a starting...

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2019 Chevy Camaro SS, V-6 return worse fuel economy than 2018 models

Despite improved aerodynamics and a 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS returns worse fuel economy than before. Ditto for V-6 powered Camaros. The EPA posted official fuel economy estimates for Chevy's latest pony car, and they show minor drops in fuel economy, but surprising drops nonetheless considering the car's updates. For...

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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye first drive review: Demon spawn

Horsepower Hill at Club Motorsports is a 14-percent grade at the scenic road course carved into the side of a mountain in Tamworth, New Hampshire. It's a heartbreak climb uphill for most cars, but it's child's play for the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. One big number makes that possible: 797. It is an easy run for this motor...

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt first drive review: noteworthy and nostalgic

I want to be a hero. A hero reminds me of the best versions of me, especially when I can hardly muster enough courage to get out of bed in the morning. The 1968 Ford Mustang fastback sprayed in Dark Highland Green wasn't a hero when it rolled off the line in January 1968 and onto the screen in the motion picture “Bullitt.” One of more than...

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS first drive review: stylish, safe, and comfortable

Growing up in Sindelfingen, Germany, as the daughter of a Mercedes-Benz engineer who worked on three generations of the E-Class, Jennifer Schefczik heard the same thing over and over. “Child, the E-Class is always about style, safety, and comfort,” her dad told her. Some 20 years later, Schefczik works as the U.S. product manager for the E-Class...

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2019 Buick Regal offered with upmarket Avenir trim

Buick's Regal Sportback is a fuel-efficient mid-size liftback that exudes quality and style but skips the premium price tag. For the 2019 model year, the car receives Buick's upmarket Avenir trim, helping to further bridge the gap with its luxury brand alternatives. The Regal Sportback, which is actually a rebadged Opel Insignia (the two even share the same...

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