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Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus LS and LS Hybrid

Now in its fifth generation, the current LS made its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and claims a heritage that goes back to 1989, when Lexus first entered the U.S. market.
While the first four generations of the LS were V8 powered and predominantly rear-wheel drive, the automaker offered all-wheel drive, hybrid, and long-wheelbase options. However, the fifth generation is available only with six cylinders …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4Motion

Introduced in 2017 as a 2018 model, the Volkswagen Atlas filled in a gap in Wolfsburg’s lineup: a three-row SUV.
Previewed as the Volkswagen Crossblue, the Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its name is quite apt: In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky on his shoulders.  This Atlas only has to hold a large family and a few of its …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus UX 200 Luxury

Lexus introduced its tiny (based on Lexus standards) UX 200 subcompact crossover SUV at the March 2018 Geneva Motor Show, slotting it below the compact NX, which we last reviewed in April.   For the curious, UX stands for “Urban Explorer,” Lexus tells us, and the moniker does fit nicely.
The UX is brand new for 2019 and offers excellent value for the money, with an MSRP that starts at $32,300.
The smallest …

It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

In many European countries, the advent of late fall or winter is a signal for drivers to switch to winter tires on their vehicles, where it’s understood to be as important as setting the clock to Winter Time.
Indeed, having winter tires on your vehicle is required by law starting in November in Germany, yet it’s a forgotten practice in most parts of the United States because so many vehicles come …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Jaguar F-Type SVR

Jaguar’s most powerful and muscular offering, the F-Type SVR, combines high performance with striking design. It’s separated from its lesser F-Type brethren –  those with a mere 550 horses under the hood – with a 575-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 paired to an eight speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
The F-Type has been offered by Jaguar since 2013 (there was a minor update in 2017) and is the spiritual successor – but not the …

Tokyo Motor Show’s ‘Open Future’ Highlights EVs and Wild Concept Cars

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show is a showcase of the automobile industry’s wish list for futuristic technology, and was the first Tokyo show without a major figure in the Japanese auto industry, former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in 2018 for financial misconduct, a charge he has denied.
Held at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center on the shores of Tokyo Bay, the show opens to the public on …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line

First introduced in 2007, the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan, a compact crossover, was unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in 2015 and the U.S. version was shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2017, with sales starting approximately six months later.
Volkswagen only markets the long-wheelbase model in the States, a crossover with a serious amount of roominess and space.
A Pure White metallic Tiguan with the …