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The Nissan Versa has been known for its good value, decent interior space, cargo room, and…that’s it. The Versa didn’t really bring anything interesting to the table, but things are changing with the 2020 Nissan Versa, which is getting a good-looking design, more interior space, and lots of safety technologies. What that means is that
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Say it ain’t so. The base Volkswagen Golf is reportedly exiting the U.S. market after the current generation calls it quits next year. According to a report by Motor 1, the standard version of the upcoming eighth-generation Golf—as well as the SportWagen variant—will not be available here. However, there is some good news, as the
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This new sedan’s hood and dash-to-axle proportions afford it a stately elegance. It has a fastback profile, a softening of the hard edges, and wheels pushed to the corners. The lower beltline is designed to make the car look more spacious, said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design. This design better suits bigger
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The X-Bow is constructed on a complete carbon monocoque tub that wraps clear up to shoulder height—incredibly strong and quite superior to steel tube frames. Fortunately, it also has deformable structures to dissipate crash energy, built to FIA GT racing standards. You sit in that tub and move the steering and pedals for fit. It’s
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It’s 8 a.m. in the California high desert, and already the sun has our asphalt stage brightly lit. To our left is “Big Willow” with its white-knuckle turns and village of backstage garages and paddocks needed for Willow Springs International Raceway’s blockbuster, high-speed productions. This, though, is “Streets,” its more intimate second stage. A more
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The ES is the first Lexus vehicle with Apple CarPlay, and it’s standard on the ES 300h along with Siri Eyes Free voice control. Android Auto is still not offered, but owners of Amazon Alexa-enabled Android phones can take advantage of the service’s car-to-home and home-to-car verbal commands (iPhone compatibility is scheduled for late 2018).
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Our Caddy tester had optional 20-inch wheels instead of the standard 18-inchers. It’s also heavier as tested than the Volvo and Mercedes (but lighter than the Infiniti and BMW). Perhaps, as associate online editor Stefan Ogbac said, “the engine is punchy, but there’s a bit of lag before you get boost.” The XT4 brakes confidently
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There is a growing fondness for our long-term Velar—which technically isn’t Land Rover’s flagship, but which does a strong impression of one. The 380-hp 332-lb-ft 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 mated to a sure-shifting eight-speed automatic makes short work of a couple shortcuts I make on my coastal commute, where I dogleg around some notorious PCH snarls.
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This is a tricky driving impression to write. That’s because considerable engineering might has been expended to make the feature we’re here to focus on as unnoticeable as possible. That feature is a 48-volt mild-hybrid system sold by the name eTorque. It’s a pretty unsexy fuel saver that may prove to be a tough sell
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In place of the usual Brembo brakes are AP Racing Radi-CAL six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers biting down on two-piece vented and slotted rotors measuring 14.6 inches in front and 13.4 inches in the rear. Special calipers for endurance racing permit thicker (1.1-inch versus 0.7-inch), longer-lasting brake pads. Exterior modifications include a hood vent,
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Although crossovers are eating away at the sales of traditional cars, there remain plenty of options for those who aren’t sure they want an SUV. The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback goes on sale before the end of the summer and will sit alongside the C-HR in dealerships nationwide. Does opting for the lower, more conventional
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