Toyota believes there are enough minivan drivers out there with dreams of conquering dirt paths that it created the 2022 Sienna Woodland Special Edition. Special shocks create 6.9 inches of ground clearance, putting the sylvan trim right there with the Jeep Renegade, to go with standard all-wheel drive and 18-inch wheels, roof rails with crossbars, a 1,500-watt power inverter in the cargo area, and a 3,500-pound towing capacity. Cars Direct got a look at a Toyota order guide, and according to that, Toyota also believes people are ready to splurge to the tune of $46,565 for the Sienna Woodland Edition.
What led us down this rabbit hole was seeing that the new Kia Sorento, which is a fine crossover, won the overall Tow Car Award from the U.K.'s What Car?. Depending on specification, the Sorento is only rated for 2,000 to 3,500 pounds of towing in the United States. Maybe a Sorento is built robust enough that it can handle pulling that amount of weight, and since that's a rating with a braked trailer, braking might be fine, too.
The non-Speed version of the Bentley Continental GT will not be available with a W12 engine in 2022. CarBuzz noticed the change missing on Bentley's Continental Range page, and when the outlet put the question to the English automaker, the answer came back, "GT Speed and GT Speed Convertible are the only way to get a Continental with the W12 for 22MY." At least the new Speed has received a handling makeover that includes a Bentley first: an electronic limited-slip differential.
The new 2022 Genesis GV70 is a potential game changer, both for its brand and the compact luxury SUV segment. But I'll only ever do that once, and that's really not that much different than what you might find with old-school column shifters like those still found in many pickups.
In this episode of the Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Senior Editor James Riswick. This week, they talk about driving the Genesis GV70, VW ID.4 and VW Taos. James ranked all the James Bond films based solely on their starring cars.
The Hyundai Tucson used to be one of the smallest compact SUVs, but not any more. With the Venue and Kona now below, it has leapfrogged much of its competition to indeed become of the biggest compact SUVs. This can be seen in its 41.3 inches of back seat legroom (the CR-V has 40.4), and since this is the luggage test after all, its 38.7 cubic-feet of cargo space with the back seat raised.
Kia has published pricing information for the plug-in hybrid version of the new 2022 Sorento. It costs more than the non-electrified and hybrid models, but some buyers will be able to claim local and federal tax incentives. Already on its way to dealers across the nation, the Sorento PHEV is available in two trim levels named SX and SX-Prestige (SX-P).
Ford is starting to take its Mustang Mach-E Police Interceptor program more seriously. Today, Ford made a formal announcement that it’s submitting a Mach-E police pilot vehicle to the Michigan State Police for formal testing and evaluation. Ford says it will use that testing (part of the program’s 2022 model year evaluations) to help it make electric police vehicles in the future, possibly based on the Mustang Mach-E.
Per usual, the whole event is being streamed live on YouTube for you to take in for as long or as little as you’d like. This 2021 edition of the Revival is the first in a couple of years, as the 2020 event was canceled due to Covid-19. Instead of minute-long blasts up a hilly driveway in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Revival is a wheel-to-wheel racing event held at the Goodwood Circuit (a track on the same property).
When Tesla first shows images of its yoke-style steering "wheel" for the updated Model S and Model X, critics were, including us, almost universally skeptical. After some real-world testing, however, Consumer Reports reveals that it's actually much worse than those initial observations predicted. While many sports cars have a flat-bottom steering wheel, Tesla has a longer and wider horizontal base than those.
A year ago, British Racing Motors (BRM) announced it was producing three continuation P16 race cars, which campaigned in Formula One in the early 1950s. What BRM didn't say was that it was already a year into the creation of the first, which is now ready for its first owner. English restorers Hall & Hall have spent two years re-creating the single-seater and its 1.5-liter supercharged V16 engine from scratch using nearly 20,000 original drawings to fabricate more than 36,000 pieces, at least 4,000 of those for the engine alone.
"Nope, I don't like it," I declared to my large son sitting in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade 600D's second-row captain's chairs. It’s not particularly loud or harsh, but the clatter is distinctive when you’d normally expect to hear the humming of a V8 at idle.
The boat looks to be in the 24- to 27-foot range on a tandem-axle trailer, meaning the typical tow vehicle of choice would be a pickup, most appropriately a heavy-duty one. It's hard to tell exactly how the boat owner/driver has the trailer "hitched" on the inside of the trunk.
A team of engineers in the UK led by Ben Scott-Geddes had supercar backgrounds, Scott-Geddes having worked on the McLaren F1, BMW LMS racer, Caparo T1, and Ferrari SF90, his crew bearing similar go-fast résumés. The mission for their new company, Fering, is "to develop a vehicle that could traverse the globe with a lighter impact." Scott-Geddes was especially interested in a vehicle that could cross an unsupported 4,000-kilometer section of the Arctic through Canada and Russia.
Lamborghini's Countach revival at last month's Monterey Car Week perhaps didn't quite make the splash the company was hoping for. Now Lamborghini's teasing the return of another Countach, but we think this one will face sunbstantially less ire. Lamborghini posted a mysterious teaser to social media yesterday, but kept coy on what exactly it was.
Maybe you're lucky enough to have a second vehicle, a pair of jumper cables, and someone to help, but even if that's the case there's a much easier way. Portable car jump starters like this one from HULKMAN are a fantastic way to stay self-sufficient. As long as the jump starter is charged up, just attach it to your battery as you would with traditional jumper cables, give your key a crank, and you'll soon be on your way.
Quite literally right before the world shut down from the pandemic, Hyundai showed off one of its most stunning concept cars, the Prophecy. Now we get our first glimpse of the production model with these spy photos of a heavily camouflaged prototype. Like the Ioniq 5 and the Hyundai 45 concept, the production Ioniq 6 is clearly trying to stay as close to the concept as possible.
Despite decades of racing video games with noteworthy vehicles, probably the best-known four-wheeled virtual machine is the Warthog from first-person shooter series "Halo." Hoonigan's example is a brilliant blend of the two. Not only that, the trade-off in visual accuracy for mechanical capability is well worth it.
General Motors Defense has secured a lucrative contract to provide the United States Department of State with 10 examples of a purpose-designed heavy-duty Chevrolet Suburban. Full details about the truck weren't released, partly because it's still at the embryonic stage of development and partly due to the sensitive nature of the project, but General Motors Defense described it as a heavy-duty Suburban built largely with off-the-shelf components. Chevrolet no longer offers a heavy-duty Suburban, though it has in the past, so reading between the lines suggests the SUV will be related to the Silverado HD under the sheet metal.
Compact SUVs are now the go-to choice for family transportation. With such popularity, though, comes an awful lot of competitors, and it can be difficult to figure out which one might be the best compact SUV for you. It's important to note that by "compact SUV" we're talking about a specific segment.
The survey is a different approach than the one used for the Initial Quality Study that came out a couple of weeks back, as the two surveys are meant to complement one another. In APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout), Power attempts to get at the emotional appeal/excitement of a vehicle by asking new owners to rate 37 attributes, such as the feeling they get when they hit the accelerator. Porsche and Dodge both racked up the same score — 882 — to top their respective categories.
Ford announced today that the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck is officially in the pre-production stage of development. The first pre-production trucks are leaving the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center now, and fully-baked production trucks are currently scheduled to be delivered to customers next spring. In combination with this announcement, Ford is also announcing additional investment in three Michigan facilities to increase its production capacity of the F-150 Lightning.
The slow and steady strip tease of the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL-Class continues with even more of the vinyl wrappings removed. In these spy photos, we get a clear look at the sporty AMG version's front and rear fascias. The front is still based closely on well-established Mercedes-AMG styling, but pushes it all a bit farther than other models.
Polestar just published its first image of a prototype Precept sedan, and while it’s not anywhere near a finished state, the photo gives us a preview of what we’ll be seeing eventually. It would be lovely if Polestar could simply produce the Precept Concept (shown in the gallery below) as it stands, but it’s simply not possible. There’s no pillar whatsoever in the Precept Concept, which helps tremendously in making the side view appear smooth and seamless.
Texas-based tuner Hennessey has finished developing the Venom 775, an evolution of the Ford F-150 that has the Ram 1500 TRX in its crosshairs. It boasts a supercharged V8 engine and a long list of suspension modifications. Subtle isn't in Hennessey's vocabulary; the Venom 775 is loud, bold, and eye-catching.