Daily Archives: November 18, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD Tested: Highly Capable and Still Finding Customers

Big looks good when you’re Bill Gates eyeing his double-decker yacht sitting in the bay, but maybe not so much when you’re handed a blind-date dinner bill that could be confused for a phone number. Chevrolet’s time-honored Tahoe falls on both the good and the bad sides of bigness. On one hand, it’s a comfortably ...

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Tested: A Solid Punch in the Crossover Fight

Couple the fungal bloom of crossovers with the spread of Mercedes-AMG’s welterweight “43” model designation, and this high-performance GLC-class compact luxury ute seemed inevitable. Fortifying the 2017 GLC43 with a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the AMG folks painted a bull’s-eye on Porsche’s comparison-test-winning Macan GTS, landing slightly on the softer side but with a more harmonious ...

2017 Lexus RX350 Quick-Take Review: Outward Aggression, Inner Calm

Overview: The Lexus RX, which has reigned as the best-selling Lexus model and the top seller among all luxury crossovers and SUVs for nearly two decades, went under the knife for some major work in 2016. It kept the passenger-car mechanicals, raised seating position, posh interior, and cargo-friendly five-passenger SUV body style but cranked the ...

2017 GMC Sierra 2500/3500HD: Now with a Hood Scoop and an Optional Diesel

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November 18, 2016 at 3:33 pm by Alexander Stoklosa Like its corporate sibling, the Chevrolet Silverado heavy-duty pickup, the GMC Sierra HD inherits an overhauled Duramax diesel engine option for 2017, which brings with it a nifty hood scoop. A 360-hp gasoline-fueled 6.0-liter V-8 remains standard and does not get the hood scoop. The V-8 diesel engine ...

Hydro Dip: 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell Leases Cheaper Than Initially Expected

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November 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm by Tony Markovich | Photography by THE MANUFACTURER At the beginning of the year, Honda said the California-only 2017 Clarity fuel-cell car would cost about $60,000 and lease for less than $500 a month. As it turns out, this is one high-tech product that’s more affordable than was anticipated. Honda just announced ...

The Ultimate Hipster Machine: BMW Expands Its Car-Sharing Service to Brooklyn

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For decades, BMW has marketed its vehicles as the ultimate driving machines. With its fledgling car-sharing business ReachNow, BMW is not shifting that focus so much as suggesting that its machines can be enjoyed by more than one driver apiece. Car enthusiasts may grimace, but ReachNow started up this spring in Seattle and added Portland, Oregon, ...

We Drive Gary Cooper’s 1935 Duesenberg SSJ, The Last Gasp of a Legendary Manufacturer

Starting the 1935 Duesenberg SSJ’s engine is a rather complex process: Pull out the metal organ-stop choke from the hand-engine-turned metal dashboard; turn the tiny brass key clockwise one detent; retard the spark with one of the beaded metal sliders on the black Bakelite steering wheel; lightly press the giant shoe-shaped throttle pedal; and yank ...

The First Re-Created 1957 Jaguar XKSS Is Done, and Done Right

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Historic roadgoing race cars are a special breed, whether they were legalized within a millimeter of the winning track version or never all that legal to begin with. The 1957 Jaguar XKSS belongs to the first type—it’s basically a D-type racer minus the fin. And this one here is essentially perfect; it’s also entirely brand-new. Jaguar ...

Ford’s Mobility Challenge Yields Three Better Ideas

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Striving to expand its reach into mobility—beyond its traditional building-cars-and-selling-them business—Ford started an ongoing discussion with its employees, named Cult of Disruption, looking for interesting new solutions to the problem of moving people around. In this, its second year, Ford issued a Last Mile Mobility Challenge. Workers were tasked to dream up alternatives to walking that ...