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A couple of months ago I wrote a wildly optimistic piece about how we’ve all probably bought our last cars. It drew on analysis that suggests that the convergence of electric cars and Uber-style ride hailing networks, together with autonomous driving technology, could completely reshape the car market. These new “robo-taxis” would be so cheap
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The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus comes into its own at the upper reaches of its trim walk. The two lesser trims lack for little, but the Black Label offers beautifully themed interiors—for well over $50,000, of course. We give the 2019 Nautilus an 8 for features. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Lincoln sells the
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The 2019 Lincoln Continental is a big, luxurious American sedan at a time when Americans are hardly buying big, luxurious American sedans anymore. Regardless, it’s a throwback ride with plenty of character, great value, lots of power, and a classic nameplate. We give it 7.5 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate
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Car sales in China, the world’s biggest vehicle market, have seen their first annual fall in twenty years. Sales fell 6% to 22.7 million units in 2018, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). The deceleration comes amid a slowdown in China’s economy which has hit performance at car manufacturers around the world. The
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With so many autonomy-enabling technologies and loungy car cockpits-of-the-future littering the CES show floor, and with so many Aptiv-branded Lyft BMWs shuttling attendees around Las Vegas autonomously, it’s easy to imagine that full level-5 commuting nirvana is mere months, not years away. Against this backdrop Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, tapped the
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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD benefits from one key characteristic: it’s a big, powerful, heavy-duty pickup. Factoring utility into the equation, this truck scores 7 out of 10 for quality, with points for its people and cargo potential. (Read more about how we rate cars.) As with most of its competitors, the Silverado HD is
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The Durango Pursuit has an intimidating presence. Part of that is the more aggressive front fascia on 2019 models, guarded by tusk-like push bars. If we’re honest, it oversells the vehicle’s performance a tad. See, modern police vehicles don’t typically get special engines (the Ford Police Interceptor—nee Explorer—being the notable exception). Under the hood of
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The 2019 Audi Q7 comes very well-equipped in its standard Premium trim, but those who shell out for the top-tier Prestige will be rewarded with near-Bentley levels of quality and features. However, its warranty is average in its class, and it’s not as strong a value as the mid-size Q5. As such, we give it
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The 2019 Volvo S60 is what happens when a car is left in the dryer too long. The long-awaited heir to Volvo’s aging compact luxury sedan lineup that dates back to its iconic 240, the 2019 S60 rounds out Volvo’s several-year effort to remake its entire range. At first glance, the wait was worth it—even
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On Black Friday of this year, the cable TV channel formerly known as Velocity officially changed its name to the MotorTrend Channel, a move we had long telegraphed but finally made official. With this change, we add 73 million homes and 17 million passionate automotive television viewers to an audience that already spans print, web,
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Go ahead, sweat the small stuff. The 2019 Audi A5 is a two-door coupe, convertible, or five-door hatchback full of details worth exploring. From the sharp creases on its body to its rapid-fire shifts from its 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, the 2019 A5 is comprised of datum that Audi does well. The A5 does similarly well
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With its unique shape, and the help of some cheeky hamsters, the Kia Soul has become as much a style symbol as a practical mode of transportation. Now entering its third generation, the Soul receives a host of design updates, and its shape has even changed somewhat. The question is: Has the hatch lost its
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The most notable feature of the 2019 Volvo XC90 might not be part of the car at all. With the XC40, Volvo offers its first subscription service for cars—an available $600 flat-rate payment that includes car, insurance, and maintenance—designed to attract younger buyers. We cover the ins and outs of that program separately, but it’s
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How much are cute-ute buyers willing to pay? Hyundai aims to find out by offering the 2019 Tucson with a new unbadged (so discreet!) “Ultimate” trim level. As cute-ute money grabs go, Hyundai’s $2,650 premium relative to the Limited grade undercuts the $3,500 Subaru demands when upgrading from Limited to its new Touring trim on
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This year, the 2019 Volvo XC60 adds a front-wheel drive configuration to its base powertrain to appeal to sunny state buyers. We haven’t yet driven that version, but we’re not sure it’d spoil our good feelings about the XC60’s engine lineup. Starting from an average score, the Volvo XC60 earns points for its trio of
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The Navigator starts at nearly $75,000, although it’s easy to raise that to more than $100,000. It used to be a bargain compared to the Cadillac Escalade and Range Rover, but no more. It’s exhaustive in its standard features and options, but it’s not a great value—and its warranty is only above average at the
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