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Ford Mustang first drive review: getting serious

Ever since Chevrolet relaunched the Camaro, it's effectively been poking Ford, almost trying to provoke its oldest rival with cars like the SS 1LE, Z/28, and ZL1. And Ford has spent the past several years politely asking Chevy to stop with a short string of competitors in the Boss 302, GT500, and most recently the GT350. The 2018 Ford Mustang is what...

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS first drive review: fierce and focused

ALGARVE, PORTUGAL – The most fearsome, trackworthy Porsche is no longer the naturally aspirated GT3. If Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times mean anything to you, the wondrously capable 918 Spyder has also been eclipsed. The latest King of the ‘Ring and sharpest weapon in the Porsche lineup is the $294,250 911 GT2 RS, a twin-turbocharged, 700...

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Ford Expedition first drive review: an "A" student at last

For a long time, the Ford Expedition was forgotten—perhaps, even forgettable. Last redesigned in 2007, the SUV received next-to-no attention until 2015, when Dearborn deigned to drop a 3.5-liter Ecoboost under the hood as part of the mildest of refreshes. It was fine, the "C's get degrees" approach compared to General Motors valedictorian...

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Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4 Squared review: top tax bracket bruiser

"Hey dude, your car is huuuuge!" We expected that reaction while driving a vehicle with nearly 18 inches of ground clearance through Washington D.C. What we didn't expect was someone to ask us if it's a Hummer, though. Come on! This is definitely not a Hummer. It's the Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4 Squared. Remember the G63 6x6? This...

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Aston Martin DB11 V8 first drive review: with a little help from friends

Aston Martins are known for two signature traits: drop-dead gorgeous looks and bad-ass soundtracks. But how do you maintain the band's identity when you have to play a cover tune? If he were still alive, I'd tell you to ask Joe Cocker. Sometimes you get by with a little help from your friends and make someone else's song your own. In the case of...

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Living with the 2017 Honda Civic Si: the good and the bad

The latest Honda Civic is also the best Honda Civic. That's an easy statement to make, but it's not quite as simple when you add the "Si" designation on the end. Because despite a raft of bad Civics for the current model to overshadow, the reality is that the Si range has been a much more consistent entry, offering fantastic driving dynamics in...

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2019 Audi A8 first drive review: technology enabling luxury

I'm hustling through the Spanish countryside getting a back massage, attacking roundabouts with gusto in a car that can sprint from 0-60 mph in less than five seconds, and my passenger is sound asleep. I'm in a car that won't come to America for more than a year, and it seems to do just about everything well. It's quiet, fast...

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Cadillac’s Super Cruise provides a glimpse into the self-driving future today

<p>The main differentiators between Super Cruise and what other automakers are offering today are the mapped LiDAR data and the driver attention system. It's clear that Cadillac has baked in a ton of safety into this setup, and it makes it even more apparent how fast and loose <a href="http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1112662_ntsb-calls-teslas-self-driving-system-a-major-factor-in-fatal-crash-says-poor-safeguards-invite-misuse" target="_blank">Tesla's been playing with its Autopilot system</a><strong><em>,</em></strong> which has poorly-designed safeguards for its self-driving features that simply invite users to misuse and abuse the system putting themselves and others on the road at risk.</p>

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Mercedes-AMG GT C first drive review: AMG’s celebratory gift is a delight

Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have not always been adversaries. The two German automotive icons, hailing from east and north of Stuttgart, Germany, respectively, were once occasional collaborators. Not that you'd know that from behind the wheel of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C coupe. This squat, wide, coupe is the range-topper in the AMG GT lineup, at least...

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