John Phillips: Car Commerce and the Absurdities Thereof

From the December 2016 issue I’ve bought and sold plenty of cars in my life. Well, not a staggering number, really, but 35 or so. What is staggering is that I’ve never sold one at a profit. Never. I think I become too fixated on the next car I’ve lined up, and I screw the pooch. Not ...

Range Rover Sport SVR Tested on Performance Tires: More Stick, More Stop

The formula is simple: Put stickier performance tires on any vehicle and you can generally see its cornering grip go up and its stopping distances go down. Such was the case with this Range Rover Sport SVR, which we put through our testing regimen on account of the Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV tires wrapped around ...

Bentley Bentayga SUV Recalled for Loose Dashboards and Seats

2017 Bentley Bentayga

November 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm by Clifford Atiyeh | Photography by SCOTT G. TOEPFER While some would say spending a quarter-million dollars on a truck indicates the owner has a few screws loose, it appears that some of those buyers’ 2017 Bentley Bentaygas may be similarly afflicted. According to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fasteners ...

Kia Sorento Long-Term Update: 27,000 Miles and Still Pretty Swell

WHAT WE LIKE: Eight months and 17,500 miles into our long-term Kia Sorento’s life with us, its logbook is overflowing with praise. Such as, “The Sorento strikes me as a Korean version of a Jeep Grand Cherokee.” Okay, it isn’t quite yet on that mountaintop, but you have to agree it’s a compliment. What you notice ...

Make Some Noise! No More Silent EVs and Hybrids, Says NHTSA

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced

e Last week, amid the cacophony of the Los Angeles auto show and post-election rancor, the federal government dropped a whisper of a press release. In so many words, Americans may no longer use a new Toyota Prius to silently creep up on people. A new ruling mandates that, by 2019, electric and hybrid cars must emit ...

Old Cars, New Respect: Extending Historic Preservation to Automobiles

The College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina, is home to a large and well-respected program in historic preservation. Most students in the major, which grants a two-year undergraduate certificate and a master’s degree, focus their studies on the traditional areas of fine art, architecture, and urban design. But starting this academic year, a new ...

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Quick Take: Second to One

Overview: When it comes to domestic pickup trucks, the Ricky Bobby life mantra “if you ain’t first, you’re last” need not apply. Together with its slightly more suave GMC Sierra sibling, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 seems to be in perpetual pursuit of the Ford F-series, which has topped the sales charts for decades. Despite lacking ...

Mercedes-Benz, a Longtime Diesel Proponent, Considers Dropping Them in U.S.

2015 Mercedes-Benz ML250 BlueTec

If there’s one automaker that has been a tireless booster of diesel passenger cars in the U.S. market, sticking with them through thick and thin—nearly every model year, for decades—it’s Mercedes-Benz. They’re arguably part of the brand’s heritage in the U.S.; back in the early 1980s, four out of five vehicles Mercedes sold in this ...

Patently Absurd? Yes, a Patent Exists for a Pig Manure–Based Road Surface

Patently Absurd? Yes, a Patent Exists for a Pig Manure–Based Road Surface

From the December 2016 issue An internal-combustion engine is still a metal box of pistons that slap up and down (or side to side). But improvements through the years have transformed cars from the retrospectively simple devices of the Tin Lizzie era into complicated, computer-regulated tech labs. Infiniti is soon to deploy the latest major internal-combustion ...

2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Tested: A V-12–Powered Museum Tour

If, like this author, most of your time in the Midwest is spent in Michigan, you might come to think that the Buckeyes are a beastly, cultureless people, their native Ohio a fetid hellscape. After all, they managed to set a river on fire a few times, and that takes a measure of doing. Michiganders, ...