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Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lincoln Navigator Reserve and Black Label

Back in the day, when I was in high school secretly reading car magazines instead of the approved reading assignment, the battle for the best luxury sedan or coupe was a fairly big deal. One of the leading car magazines of the period would refer to the winner as “King of the Hill” and typically pitted a Cadillac Eldorado against a Lincoln Continental Mark VII or, later, Mark VIII.
The Lincoln-versus-Cadillac …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota C-HR

Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota C-HR keeps everyone guessing what C-HR might stand for. In introducing the car, Toyota said the name was derived from both Compact High Rider and Cross Hatch Run-about, but that really doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that it has a distinctively funky exterior and a solid cabin design. Toyota says it’s based on what it refers to as a Sensual Speed …

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

Planning a trip to Europe this summer? If so, consider touring the continent by car. Whether it’s the Romantische Straße in Germany, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, the Adriatic Highway from Split to Dubrovnik, or an equally beautiful but less well known path such as the Donau Straße in Lower Austria outside Vienna, having a car and stopping along the way is the best way to get to know a …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible

When Ford introduced the original Mustang in 1964, it also introduced an entirely new class of car, “pony cars,” a new category that comprised sporty yet affordable performance cars with long hoods and short rear decks.
The Mustang’s launch on April 16, 1964 was nothing if not monumental. To build excitement, Ford purchased the 9 p.m. slot on all three major television networks and presented the brand new car to 29 …

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

Porsche, known formally as Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH, is celebrating 70 years since its first vehicle, the 356 Model 1 Roadster, received street certification in 1948.
The 356 was a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two door that was available both as a hardtop coupe and a cabriolet.
Early prototypes of the 356 were designed and built by Ferry Porsche, the son of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, while his father was …

Apple CarPlay Now Offered in Over 400 Different Cars

Apple CarPlay is now available in more than 400 different car models, Apple said. The latest is the 2019 Subaru WRX, introduced last Thursday.
The new version of the WRX will support both CarPlay and its competitor, Android Auto, and makes the system available via a standard 6.5” touchscreen that is part of the automaker’s new Starlink infotainment system.
Apple CarPlay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD and T6 R-Design

Those not in the know might assume that the typical Volvo wagon driver is a retired college professor, or perhaps a dentist somewhere in New England. Starting with the introduction of the storied automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture and the S90 sedan, Volvo is the epitome of Scandinavian cool, that image has become obsolete.
The new XC60 exemplifies this trend and we spent several weeks with two different XC60 models – the …