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At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Fins Are In

If you walk over to the Cadillac stand at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the storied automaker was reintroducing tailfins.  The visitor is greeted by a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible about 15’ (4.5 m) in the air, with an almost larger-than-life billboard underneath and a selection of older Cadillac model cars on display, all in their glorious tailfin glory.
Tailfins were introduced …

2019 New York Auto Show Preview: New EVs, SUVs, Cars to Make Their Debut

NEW YORK — U.S. and foreign automakers will showcase dozens of new and updated automobiles this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace, will open to the public on April 19 and run through April 28.
Expect …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

The latest Lincoln to shed its MK moniker is the MKX, which henceforth is to be referred to as the Lincoln Nautilus.
Although technically a mid-life refresh of the second generation MKX, the Nautilus has a completely new look, having adopted the design language of the new Continental and Navigator, including the elegant rectangular grille with a large Lincoln star emblem.
It’s important to note that the former MKX, despite the not-so-glamorous …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE

First announced at the 2000 New York International Auto Show, the Toyota Highlander was one of the first car-based SUV crossovers and the hybrid version was the first seven-seat hybrid vehicle on the market.
Now in it third generation, the Toyota Highlander continues to offer a hybrid powerplant in an all-wheel drive configuration with a 3.5-liter V6 paired to an eCVT transmission.
The Highlander received a mid-life refresh for the 2017 model …

Tesla’s New Strategy and Its $35,000 Model 3: What You Need to Know

Tesla will finally deliver the mass-market electric vehicle it promised three years ago.
The automaker unveiled its standard range Model 3, priced at $35,000 before incentives. It also said it was making significant changes in how it will sell cars going forward.
In addition, Tesla said it will close almost all of its dealerships and move to an online sales model, while at the same time adding a seven-day, 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometer) return policy.
“You …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature

The Mazda CX-9 is a rare bird, a good looking three-row crossover with a level of refinement, elegance, and excitement that gives it a decidedly upscale look. It’s clear Mazda’s designers had their eyes on the luxury-car segment – Infiniti QX60 and Accura MDX come to mind – and the CX-9 makes those appear downright boring.
Our aptly named Snowflake White Pearl Mica CX-9, which was the sum total of snowflakes …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota C-HR Limited

The funky Toyota C-HR, which made quite a splash at its debut last year, has grown to now include three distinct editions, the LE, XLE, and Limited (last year’s XLE Premium). From the base LE up, each has increasingly more gear and more features.
For those who are wondering what Toyota intended with the C-HR, it was to be under the now-discontinued Scion brand, hence the less conservative design.  The Japanese …