24th June 2016

Working the Middle: 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 Automatic Test

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-No doubt about it—if you think the roads and parking lots are filling up with tall, view-blocking crossovers and SUVs, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The four-door mid-size sedan, once the dominant form of family transport, has lost favor. Call it a sedan recession. READ MORE ››

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24th June 2016

2016 Nissan Altima SV 2.5 CVT – Instrumented Test

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24th June 2016

GM patent reveals new two-stage turbocharger

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General Motors has filed a patent for a new two-stage turbocharger that should increase performance and negate lag.

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24th June 2016

2016 Ford Flex 3.5L EcoBoost AWD Tested: Yes, Please, May We Have Another?

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-It seems like only yesterday that we first extolled the cool-parent virtues of the Ford Flex, but the wagon/crossover box-of-all-trades hit the market as a 2009 model. Neither a high-riding wannabe SUV nor a traditional car-height station wagon, the Flex still offers distinctive, unabashedly squared-off style and a useful, reconfigurable three-row cabin. We like it, and always have, but Ford doesn’t sell many of them, and the model’s future is uncertain. With its days potentially numbered, we thought it wise to check back in on our favorite pseudo wagon while we had the chance. READ MORE ››

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24th June 2016

2016 Ford Flex 3.5L EcoBoost AWD – Instrumented Test

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24th June 2016

Man-Sized Action: Subaru Releases Narrated In-Car Video of Mark Higgins IoMTT Record Lap

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A couple of weeks back, we posted the rough-cut video of Mark Higgins’ record-breaking lap of the Snaefell Mountain Course on the Isle of Man during this year’s TT. Now Subaru has released a full in-car video of the 17:35.139 lap, narrated by the Manx rally driver.

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Watch! As a multitude of bugs collect on the Prodrive-prepared Subie‘s windshield! Thrill! To Higgins’s near-160-mph blast across the start-finish line and up over 170 through the site of his near-disaster in 2011! Hear! Higgins calmly and evenly describe the obviously insane things he’s doing at ridiculous speeds. Marvel! At the fact that dudes on literbikes are going even faster. Mutter! To yourself through the whole thing about how totally nuts this endeavor is.

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Seriously, the clip is absolutely transfixing to watch, and it’s fascinating to listen to Higgins describe the course and its corners as he attacks them at patently silly velocities:

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24th June 2016

The Most Tempting Cars at the Bonhams’ Goodwood Auction

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-At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bonhams always has a huge tent full of cars capable of draining just about any gearhead’s bank accounts. For those lucky enough to be in attendance, why not snag one of these as a souvenir? Any of these would be way cooler than a T-shirt.

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Here are our 11 favorites from the Festival of Speed offerings, with selling prices (in U.S. dollars) where applicable.

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The Wide-Body Lister Jaguar

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This 1985/1988 Lister Jaguar 7.0-Litre Le Mans Mk III Coupé is a 200-mph car and was driven to this sale. As if a big Jag with a full body kit and a full-on racing V-12 weren’t crazy enough, not long after it was built, this one had twin superchargers bolted on to make sure no tires could ever keep it in line. Gotta love the late ’80s.

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The Stillborn MG Prototype

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Sold for U.S. $86,472
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The 1965 MG EX234 was supposed to replace both the Midget and the MGB. It features a 1275-cc A-Series engine and gearbox, the rear axle from an Austin Champ, and a Hydrolastic suspension. With upper and lower wishbones all around, rack-and-pinion steering, and four disc brakes, it was quite the modern sports car, but it got even better when Pininfarina gave it a body with a proper Kamm tail. Unfortunately, the then current MGs were selling well enough, so the project was shelved, and by the time British Leyland took over, the management decided to invest in Triumph instead. The EX234 was doomed, which makes it far more desirable today.

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The Bonkers Zagato Alfa

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If you can get yourself an Alfa Romeo SZ, do it. Don’t think about it, just do it. It’s an Alfa V-6 with an absolutely crazy Zagato body and six rectangular headlights, because having four is nothing to write home about. These facts alone should make it a done deal already.

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The Boxy Racing Quattro

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Again, this is very simple. It’s a five-cylinder turbo with Quattro. A screaming 2.2 liters of turbo fury;  an ex–John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, and David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team racing pedigree; and good old-fashioned short-wheelbase fun. Oh, and it’s in the most correct colors.

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The Rolls-Royce Bentley

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Sold for U.S. $70,918

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Talk about touring in style! Rolls-Royce took over Bentley in 1931, which means this 1934 Bentley 3½-Litre is based on the Rolls-Royce 20/25. Having said that, it comes with a slightly shorter wheelbase, a tuned, twin-SU carburetor version of the Rolls’ 3669-cc overhead-valve six-cylinder engine producing 115 horsepower, an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox, and servo brakes. Sporty and classy at the same time, this brute is the perfect tool for an intercontinental road trip.

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The Million-Dollar Rat

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Sold for U.S. $930,640
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This ex-works Aston Martin DB Series is a Le Mans finisher from 1949, having been built a year before by a bunch of chaps at AM Lagonda. They kept racing it for quite a while, but the last time it saw action was in 1971, and all those decades spent out in a former owner’s yard have put this factory racer in a pitiful state. Aston estimates a proper restoration would cost north of $800,000—on top of the nearly $1 million it cost to buy. A daunting project, but then again, where are you going to find another one?

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The Mid-Engine M Car

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Sold for U.S. $416,465
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BMW put two badges on the back of the M1 and hasn’t built a mid-engined M car since. Evidently, the M1 is just a tough act to follow. A German Lamborghini from the time before Audi could even dream of such a thing.

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Monoposto Is the Word

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Buy this Bugatti for the stance alone, or the fact that only five were built, not long before the company started to fade following the death of both Ettore Bugatti and his son.

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Not to mention that pretty much anybody could drive a Bugatti Chiron up the Goodwood hill, as somebody will demonstrate later today. But to race a postwar Type 73C around the Goodwood circuit? That takes some serious guts.

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The McLaren Chevrolet

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McLaren’s Cam-Am cars are some of the most savage speed machines on this planet. This 1966 McLaren-Chevrolet M1B is no different. Expecting flames and a lot of noise? Expect even more, because more is coming.

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The White Dino

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Sold for U.S. $385,768
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Back in the early 1970s, Dino sales were relatively slow, mostly because the 180-hp car’s performance couldn’t quite deliver on its Ferrari-esque style. The GT version had a cast-iron block instead of aluminum, and 15 more horses to take care of the added weight. Forget about the slow sales back then. Those folks didn’t know what they were looking at. It’s just a lovely car.

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The Lynx Eventer

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Sold for U.S. $115,634

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A 1987 Jaguar XJ-S V12 HE Lynx Eventer by Paolo Gucci is both terrible and magnificent at the same time. If you don’t like the idea of a Lynx Eventer with Gucci custom luggage, that’s fair. If that’s the case, you should be happy to know that this is the only one in the world. Paolo Gucci wanted to make a lot more, but his lawyers decided he did not have the right to use the brand name anymore, so Lynx was forced to abandon the idea and display the car the simply as the Lynx Eventer.

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If you are looking for a Lynx Eventer, it is believed that 67 were, and all remaining ones should be far cheaper than this fancy one. But why would you pass on this gem?

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This story originally appeared on Road & Track via AR Revista.

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24th June 2016

Small-Car Comparison Test: Chevy Cruze vs. Civic, Elantra, Mazda 3, and Sentra

Small-Car Comparison Test: Chevy Cruze vs. Civic, Elantra, Mazda 3, and Sentra

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There’s a popular myth that, outside of sports cars and exotics, all modern cars are essentially the same. Believers claim that quality, safety, and equipment levels have reached a plateau that makes the differences between a Honda and a Hyundai somewhat moot. It’s a simplified view of the world, kind of like those early grade-school report cards where you were satisfactory at best or needed improvement at worst, but either way, everyone was moving on to the next grade. READ MORE ››

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24th June 2016

2016 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2016 Honda Civic, 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 2016 Mazda 3, 2016 Nissan Sentra – Comparison Tests

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24th June 2016

Which Vehicles Hold Their Value Best? And Which Are Total Depreciation Disasters?

Which Vehicles Hold Their Value Best? And Which Are Total Depreciation Disasters?

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What part of owning a vehicle do you suppose costs the most? Fuel? Taxes and fees? Maintenance? Actually, what costs the most is selling your car, when you take the depreciation hit. Time marches on, miles pile up, and value slips away. On average, vehicles lose almost half their original value within the first three years. The two ways of looking at this figure are depreciation and retained value, i.e., glass half-empty or glass half-full. A vehicle that depreciates 35 percent retains 65 percent of its original value.

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Industry-wide average retained value after three years

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Of course, not all vehicles depreciate equally. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) tracks trade-in values to gauge which vehicles hold their value best—and worst. The data here depicts the retained values of three-year-old models. It may be just as critical to your buying decision as zero-to-60 times.

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Niche models may not be cash cows for the automakers, but they’re excellent opportunities for consumers, particularly if scooped up just before the model gets canceled. Toyota introduced the FJ Cruiser for the 2007 model year, and from 2008 until it was discontinued after 2014, the FJ never broke 15,000 annual sales. Now, the average three-year-old example is worth an astounding 98 percent of its original sale price.

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Vehicles that enjoy large sales volumes tend to reward their owners with lower depreciation rates. Unfortunately for buyers of low-volume yet mainstream small cars, especially from discontinued brands, the opposite is also true.

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-The retro-themed FJ isn’t the only Toyota to save its owners money. By NADA’s accounting, six of the brand’s 15 offerings lead their classes in retained value. That’s better than any other brand in the country. By class, pickups and SUVs tend to do well. note that, in some cases, NADA’s classifications differ from those we normally use.

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Which Vehicles Hold Their Value Best? And Which Are Total Depreciation Disasters?
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Which Vehicles Hold Their Value Best? And Which Are Total Depreciation Disasters?
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Which Vehicles Hold Their Value Best? And Which Are Total Depreciation Disasters?
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Which Vehicles Hold Their Value Best? And Which Are Total Depreciation Disasters?
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