2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD vs. 2020 Ram 2500HD: Compare heavy-duty trucks

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 18:18
Pickup trucks have been the best-selling vehicles in America for a long time, but heavy-duty trucks are king of the hill. They can tow more than 35,000 pounds, carry more than 7,000 pounds, and the redesigned 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500/3500 HD and 2020 Ram 2500/3500HD have the kind of creature comforts and safety conveniences to be fit for a king...
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2017 Ford Explorer recalled for sharp seat edges

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:49
Ford is recalling nearly 335,000 model year 2017 Explorers equipped with power-adjustable seats due to sharp edges on the frames which can result in hand injuries. The company said it has received 31 reports of injuries from customers reaching between the seat and the center console and coming into contact with the sharp edge on the frame. The gap...
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What is wrong with the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator?

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:08
Deliveries of the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are being hampered by extensive quality control problems which have forced the company to divert thousands of vehicles to secondary facilities for inspection and repair. Ford's corporate office will not comment on the nature of the problems plaguing both cars, but insiders at the...
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Cheapest New Mustang Vs Most Expensive: The Shelby GT500 Is Almost $80,000 More Than The Base Model

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:00

The Mustang lineup is one of the most expansive in the business. There are more than 10 different variants to choose from once the convertibles, performance packs, and drivetrain options are considered. With the reincarnation of the 2020 GT500, it only gets bigger. The GT500 has long been the daddy of the Mustang range, and the original took the humble “secretary’s car” and turned it into a bona fide legend. The new one has much the same mission, swapping out the modest 2.3-liter four-cylinder in the base EcoBoost for 6.2 liters of supercharged V-8 mania. There are a host of other changes too, and we wanted to take a look at just how different the least and most expensive Mustangs are for 2020.

Let’s kick things off with a little price comparison. The least expensive Mustang money can buy right now will cost $28,410. That’s not bad considering you get more than 300 hp and 31 miles to the gallon on the highway. But if you’re looking to stomp Hellcats and ZL1s on the weekends, the EcoBoost simply will not do. For that, you’ll need the 760-hp supercharged V-8 only available in the latest iteration of the GT500. The hot-rod Shelby starts at $73,995, but if you want the most loaded version of the iconic pony car, you’re going to have to play with the options list. After configuring every possible option, the GT500 comes in at a 911-rivaling $107,080. That’s a lot of coin for a Mustang, but then again, you do get a lot of car for the money.

The changes from EcoBoost to GT500 are extensive. Beyond the engine swap, the passive dampers in the base Mustang have been upgraded to Ford’s magnetorheological setup, the 10R80 10-speed automatic in the standard car is traded for a seven-speed dual-clutch unit by Tremec, the brakes have been uprated to 15.5-inch rotors with six-piston Brembo calipers up front and four-piston units in the rear, and the bodywork has been reshaped to both maximize cooling for that massive engine–and look a bit more sinister. By the way, all of this is standard.

Start stacking up options like the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack (which includes carbon-fiber wheels, a GT4-style carbon-fiber rear wing, side-mounted splitter wickers, and Recaro seats), the $10,000 hand-painted racing stripes (not kidding), and $3,000 Technology Package and you’ve got yourself the most expensive Mustang ever put on sale. Oh, and don’t forget to add Twister Orange, the most expensive paint option at $495. Compared to the hand-painted racing stripes, it’s a bargain. In total, the optional extras on the Shelby cost more than a base ‘Stang, which is a lot, so stay tuned to find out if all that extra cash is worth it.

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Rob Jackson to head up JLL City investment team

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:29
JLL has appointed Rob Jackson as the new head of its City investment team as the business prepares for the arrival of two new directors.
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Growth wins 2019 #RESIhackathon

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:46
The winner of the 2019 RESI Hackathon was ‘Growth’  founded by UCL student, Muna Aghamelu, whose innovative idea comprises of an intergenerational app providing university students mentors with elderly people.
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Growth win 2019 #RESIhackathon

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:46
The winner of the 2019 RESI Hackathon was ‘Growth’  founded by UCL student, Muna Aghamelu, whose innovative idea comprises of an intergenerational app providing university students mentors with elderly people.
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Comic Loni Love Gets Excited About the Lexus NX 300h’s Design and Tech

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:00

By K.S. Wang
Quick Stats: Loni Love comic/host The Real
Daily Driver: 2019 Lexus NX 300h (Loni’s rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Los Angeles to Las Vegas
Car she learned to drive in: 1970s Chevy Impala
First car bought: 1993 Geo Spectrum

Comic and co-host of The Real, Loni Love is a long way from her 18-hour days at the General Motors factory, where she started working as soon as she finished high school.

“I have more respect for cars because back then when I was working at the General Motors plant, it was an assembly plant. This is before robotics; I used to have to build car doors. They called it ‘the tram,’” Love says of her job. “I can’t remember the car, it used to have carpeting, and you would have to put the trim in the door. It was a carpet, and you’d put the door handle, the window handle, you would put that in, and we used to do 500 a day.”

The Detroit native still recalls the long shifts at GM. “We used to work Monday through Friday 18 hours a day, 10 hours on Saturday, and eight hours on Sunday, and that’s what made me decide, ‘You know what? I’m going to college,’” she tells MotorTrend, with a laugh.

After six months at the plant, she went to college and earned a degree in electrical engineering. While she was in college, Love also had a summer internship with Ford in Flint. “I have a big respect for cars, and I have a love for them. People take it for granted when they look at the design and all the people that it takes to make it,” she says. “That’s why when I selected my car, I really wanted to select something that was about the design and the technology. That’s why I picked a hybrid, and this design is very sleek.”

Love did a lot of research before she bought her 2019 Lexus NX 300h hybrid, which she rates a 9 out of 10.

“I like that it handles like a smaller car. The drive is really smooth, which is what I need, but it still gives me the power of a luxury vehicle,” she says. “When you’re driving in L.A. the way I drive and because I’m a stand-up comic, I have to do a lot of road gigs. So it was best for me to invest in something that was comfortable, and it gives me everything that I need with the technology.”

This is Love’s first new car. “I wanted a luxury-type vehicle because ever since I’ve been a stand-up comic, I’ve always had used cars and your basic standard get-by type of car, and then once I got my TV show, I just wanted to treat myself and try something different,” she says. “I really liked what this car had to offer, with this being part hybrid and everything I needed. That’s why I decided to choose a Lexus.”

Car she learned to drive in

The first car Love learned to drive in was her uncle’s old Chevy Impala, which she says was probably a 1971 or 1972 model. “It was huge,” she says, laughing. “I felt like I was learning how to drive in a ship. It was hilarious. Once you learn how to drive in a car that big, you can drive a bus.”

She grew up in Detroit, and all her friends had cars, so she learned how to drive from them. “My mom was in a really bad car accident, and she never bought a car. She never learned how to drive after her accident, so I had to rely on my friends, my uncle, and my family.”

Love learned to drive early. “Back in the day, my uncle would let me just drive to the store,” she says. “I’m 13 driving to the store, while he’s on the side listening to music and stuff. It was just like, ‘OK, I’m going to teach you how to drive. Come one, let’s go to the store,’” she says, with a laugh. “So that really was my first experience, and that’s how I learned actual on-the-road driving: my uncle’s driving school, which was not an official driving school.”

It wasn’t until Love rented a car for a gig while she was in college that she first drove on a highway. “My uncle never took me on the freeway even after I got my license. So that was an experience for me, actually riding on a freeway when I rented a car. I thought it was the most exhilarating thing ever because it was like the speed limit was 55, and I’d never driven that fast before. I still remember the expression on my face; I just felt so free driving like that,” she says. “I don’t know why I still remember that.”

Love learned to drive a car with a manual transmission when she and a classmate drove from college in Texas back to Detroit for winter break.

“She had a stick shift. It was that new Dodge Neon, so I had to learn how to drive as we were driving. It took 36 hours from Texas to Detroit, and by the time I was done, I knew how to drive a stick shift,” she says. “It was just the two of us, so, pressure. I had to learn, I had to do it.”

First car bought

While she was in college, Love bought a four-door 1993 Geo Spectrum with money she’d earned from gigs. “It was baby blue, I’ll never forget, and I put tinted windows on it because I was in college. I started doing stand-up in school, so I had side money, and I used that money to help pay my car note. Back then my car was maybe $300 a month because it was basic; it didn’t have anything,” she laughs. “It was stick shift; it was just the car. It was so basic, but that’s how I paid for it. I wished we had had Uber back then, because I would have been Ubering for days to pay for it.”

At her Ford internship, Love would often talk to engineers around her. “The thing that always amazed me working at those companies is that they had these great concept cars. I thought it was amazing that these concept cars were really fast. I always asked questions of the engineers at the time. ‘Why don’t you guys build them?’ They said, ‘We don’t have the roads to handle them.’ I always thought it was interesting we have engineering minds that engineer things, but we don’t have the infrastructure to handle it.”

Love is thankful for that early experience in the auto industry that also gave her valuable skills. “I liked the fact I was able to understand cars. It really helped me out working in the auto industry early on because I was able to change my own oil, change my tires. I knew how to take care of a car,” she says. “So that did help me once I got into college. And it helped me to help my friends because they didn’t know about cars.”

She got the chance to go back to the same GM plant for a show on BET. “It was long hours at the General Motors assembly, and 20 years later they had me go back to the same plant, and the technology has changed,” she says. “I was fascinated at how now you have robotics, you have fewer people.”

She also noticed the work area had improved. “When we were there, even just painting a car, you had all these toxins. There was a lot of dirt. But I noticed when I went back it was a lot cleaner. I think that’s good for the workers. You had the paint area; you had to be in full hazmat back in the day,” she remembers. “Now it’s really changed to where they really progressed in 20 years with making cars. I find that fascinating.”

After college, Love worked at Xerox in Los Angeles. “Once I graduated, I had seven job offers. Of course, General Motors was one, but I ended up taking a job at Xerox because it was in L.A.,” she says. One day she went to the Comedy Store, where there was only one female comic, and that inspired her to get back into stand-up. She did it while also doing her day job for eight years, until she got her first deal.

The catalyst to becoming a full-time stand-up came when Love had the chance to save a co-worker’s job. “I was moving up in the ranks of engineering. I was a project engineer, but I had this deal with HBO. Then we had a layoff. I went to my boss, I said, ‘Please save somebody’s job and lay me off.’ So that’s how I got out of being an engineer and moved over into entertainment.”

Favorite road trip

“I love any road trip going to Vegas,” she says. “If I have a gig in Vegas, I like to drive. It’s a short drive, and I usually like to drive at night because it’s dead dark and then when you see the lights in Vegas, for me, it does something to me when I see the lights.”

Love usually starts the drive to Vegas at 10 or 11 p.m. “It’s like you’re driving through this darkness and you see all these lights, and it reminds me of the people and technology and how we’re living beings and stuff,” she says. “I know it sounds weird, but I love taking that trip, and I like to see the Vegas lights.”

Love got used to driving at night on those drives from Texas to Detroit while she was in college.

“You get a special type of relationship driving at night because you see the truckers. When I used to drive from Texas to Detroit and it was during the holiday break, it was December, the weather would be bad in some places, and I could remember you could get behind an 18-wheeler and it’s like you get this relationship where you start driving with somebody, and it’s like a special relationship,” she says. “It’s funny, it’s hard to describe, but it’s something that happens. You kind of protect each other when you’re doing long-distance driving. So I learned to adjust to it, and I like driving at night because you can think and listen to music. For me it’s therapeutic and I enjoy it.”

The Real on September 16 and “Café Mocha” on radio

Season six of The Real starts up again on September 16, but Love has been busy for the summer, including being the first female comedian hosting the main stage for the whole time at the Essence Festival in July.

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“I really like the fact that on The Real we tape and we end right before summer. I have four months, I do different gigs, and I get to reconnect with my live audience. That’s what I like about the schedule I have, so I can do the old road trips,” she says, laughing. “I have so much going on. I have a weekly weekend radio show called “Café Mocha” radio. It’s every weekend and it’s music and I interview people. I’m a Weight Watchers ambassador. It’s just all happening.”

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Top 10 Cool Family Cars for Any Lifestyle

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:00

Being a parent and a car enthusiast can be tough. Whereas once your free time was spent with back road drives or project car wrenching sessions, having a kid or two—or more—can take up any leeway to pursue your passion. But parenthood doesn’t mean a sentence to minivan mediocrity. These 10 cool family cars offer daily practicality and street style so you can enjoy driving the kids to school or soccer practice as much as any other.

Honda Civic Type R

Honda combines hatchback practicality with racetrack capability in the Civic Type R. Despite its compact footprint, there’s seating for five, plus plenty of space in the rear cargo area. The CTR’s duality is what makes it so great—it’s equally ready for school runs and chasing lap records. Expertly tuned suspension makes it equally for a road trip as a circuit, all motivated by a powerful turbocharged VTEC I-4. So long as everyone is happy to drive stick, the Honda Civic Type R might be the best family hot hatchback.

Buick Regal TourX

Prepare for plenty of attention in the Buick Regal TourX—this is an extremely distinctive vehicle. It’s a wagon not quite like any other, especially from an American brand. Good looks aside, it’s practical with generous cargo capacity and comfortably appointed to uphold Buick’s heritage. The Regal TourX is a cool family car that stands out without excessive flair while providing solid versatility for life’s daily needs. You might look at it and think, “This ain’t my daddy’s Buick.” Your kids will look at it and say, “This is my daddy’s Buick.”

Audi A5 Sportback

Love the looks of a coupe but also need space for the ones you love? Check out the Audi A5 Sportback. At a passing glance you might not even notice it has rear doors, but it does, along with a roomy hatchback trunk. Quattro all-wheel drive boosts traction in any weather, and for car enthusiast families it’s available in fire-breathing RS5 trim. Audi crossovers provide more space, but the A5 Sportback is a compelling cool family car alternative with its sleek yet usable styling.

Kia Telluride

Kia’s new seven-seat SUV will trick everyone into thinking it costs more than it does. Taut, tough exterior styling integrates eye-catching cues, and there’s tons of room in all three rows for kids, teens, and adults alike. With the right options the Telluride offers numerous practical luxuries, like heated and cooled seats in the first two rows, USB ports galore, and a 360-degree parking camera system. No matter what version you pick, it’s clear Kia did its homework on how to make a family SUV look and feel cool without breaking the bank.

Jeep Gladiator

If outdoorsy adventures fill up your family’s weekends, the Jeep Gladiator is the truck to choose. Versatility is the name of its game, with a crew cab and ample bed space for camping gear, mountain bikes, or anything else your family uses to enjoy the great outdoors. No doubt the Gladiator likes playing outside, too, with a fully removable roof and doors, and of course Jeep’s legendary trail capability. The Jeep Gladiator puts distant trailheads or secret campsites within reach for you and the fam while being one of the coolest pickup trucks on sale today.

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

For those keen on raising speed freaks, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe might be closest to a family-friendly supercar. Power is supplied by either a twin-turbocharged V-8 or trick hybrid I-6 to keep things moving at race pace. Tech-savvy kids will love all the electronic gizmos to play with, like Mercedes’ awesome widescreen infotainment system. True, the GT 4-Door is only a four-seater, but it still offers solid practicality with its genuine hatchback trunk. This isn’t just one of the coolest family cars—it’s among the best performing, too.

Volvo V90

You can’t argue with a Volvo wagon when it comes to practical family cars. The long-roof V90, with elegant styling that’ll look terrific for decades to come, is arguably more attractive than the S90 sedan it’s based on. All that space behind the second row make the V90 versatile, too; loading pets or passengers becomes easier than with a high-riding crossover. If you’re after any-weather sure-footeness, the V90 Cross Country adds a slight lift and all-wheel drive without sacrificing suave.

Lincoln Aviator

World-class luxury, turbocharged power, and three-row practicality meet in the Lincoln Aviator. The new midsize SUV is one of the coolest family cars on sale, with handsome sheetmetal and a posh, high-tech interior. A turbocharged V-6 is standard, but the plug-in hybrid version adds all-electric range with a dose of extra horsepower and torque. Its teen driver setting limits speed for learning drivers, but parents will love the swagger it carries for date nights on the town. It’s a luxury family crossover as nice as any European.

Subaru Outback

The longtime family favorite has been revamped for 2020, with new trims and engines to choose from. All Outbacks are spacious and safe SUVs, but the Onyx Edition XT is the coolest in the lineup. Looks-wise it stands apart with its blacked-out grille and wheels, exclusive paint, and funky green interior stitching. Like other XT Outbacks, the Onyx Edition packs a turbocharged flat-four engine for extra power, with Subaru’s signature all-wheel drive and X-Mode off-road setting to help it perform when the pavement ends.

Kia Stinger

Somewhere between a sedan and a hatchback, the Kia Stinger offers performance and practicality in equal measure. Based on a rear-drive chassis, power from the standard turbo I-4 or optional twin-turbo V-6 can be routed to all four wheels via available all-wheel drive. Regardless of drivetrain the Stinger fits a spacious boot under the rear cargo door, which also gives the car its distinctive fastback shape. It’s a fun-to-drive crossover alternative that’ll make you and the family look undeniably cool.

Top 10 Cool Family Cars for Any Lifestyle

Honda Civic Type R
Buick Regal TourX
Audi A5 Sportback
Kia Telluride
Jeep Gladiator
Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe
Volvo V90
Lincoln Aviator
Subaru Outback
Kia Stinger

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Darin Partners snaps up Scottish Gas HQ in Edinburgh for £27m

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 01:22
Darin Partners has completed the acquisition of Scottish Gas’s headquarter offices in Granton, Greater Edinburgh, on behalf of the Bank of London and The Middle East (BLME) for £27m.
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Take-up in flexible office sector continues to grow

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 00:00
Flexible workspace will account for at least 5.5% of London’s office stock by the end of the year, according to a new report from Cushman & Wakefield (C&W).
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Riverstone lures Leek to lead expansion plan

Property Week News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 00:00
Jason Leek joins Goldman Sachs’ retirement arm from London Executive Offices
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Top 10 Fastest Accelerating SUVs 0-60 mph Ever Tested by MotorTrend

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 23:00

The laws of physics, it seems, are becoming obsolete. How else could heavyweight SUVs throw down such staggering performance? It wasn’t so long ago that SUVs were boxes on wheels meant to maximize space for hauling people or cargo. Today, a new breed of quick (acceleration) and fast (top speed) SUVs is on the rise, a breed that emphasizes the “S” in the acronym. The fastest production SUVs can beat many sports cars, sometimes through corners and often on the dragstrip. To that end, here are the top 10 quickest SUVs from 0 to 60 mph ever tested by MotorTrend.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR: 3.7 Seconds

Jaguar’s midsize crossover looks sleek in any spec, but the range-topping SVR adds proper quickness to the dapper style. No stranger to supercharged V-8 engines, Jaguar fits a potent blown 5.0-liter under the SVR’s vented hood. With 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, the F-Pace SVR launches from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. That’s especially impressive considering the SUV’s all-season Pirelli tires, which we found to hinder handling and braking. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the F-Pace SVR become even quicker if shod with proper summer tires. Regardless, it’s quick, fast, sporty, noisy, and super fun.

Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack: 3.7 Seconds

When we first tested the Porsche Macan Turbo, its 400 hp and 406 lb-ft got it from 0–60 mph in 4.2 seconds. That’s good and quick, but it pales against what we got from one fitted with the optional Performance package, which wrings another 40 hp and 36 lb-ft from the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6. It shaved a full half-second off the sprint for a 0–60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. Best of all, we found that with Porsche’s easy-to-use launch control, each run is nearly identical. Worst of all, that slice of speed comes at a dear price: The Performance package adds $10,500 to the already pricey—and fast—Macan Turbo. Worth it?

BMW X6 M: 3.7 Seconds

Even after a decade on the market and entering its third generation, the BMW X6 makes us ask: Why? Why take a capable and spacious X5 and chop the roof down? Style is the presumed answer, but that’s entirely subjective. Speed, however, can be measured and compared. In that regard a 3.7-second 0–60 mph run gives the X6 M a reason to exist. This hefty hunchback rockets off the line with 567 twin-turbocharged horsepower and combines performance and aesthetics in a way other automakers are keen to mimic. And if you still think an SUV should have as much utility as it does sport, the BMW X5 M is equally quick in the 0–60 mph sprint.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: 3.3 Seconds

Just look at the Alfa Romeo Stelvio—it’s gorgeous. Swooping curves and elegant proportions make it a real looker, but if you spot a four-leaf clover on the quarter panel, you should clear the way. This innocuous-seeming sprout indicates it’s the racy Quadrifoglio version, which launches from 0–60 mph in 3.3 seconds. It does that with the smallest engine of any SUV on this list; its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 makes 505 horsepower. Not to mention, it’s a sublime handler. Style, speed, and emotion are hallmarks of Italian cars. Now, Alfa Romeo applies those to an SUV.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: 3.3 Seconds

Jeep Grand Cherokee, meet Hellcat engine. Bolting that ridiculous 707-hp supercharged V-8 into an SUV seemed like destiny, and it came to fruition in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. What it sacrifices in off-road capability it gains in supreme speed, shrieking to 60 mph in a scant 3.3 seconds. Thanks to all-wheel drive, it’s actually the quickest of all the Hellcat-engined vehicles (except for the dragstrip-demolishing Dodge Demon), which struggle to put that prodigious power to the ground through the rear tires only. A catty SUV you can put your dogs in—imagine that.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo: 3.2 Seconds

Porsche wasn’t the first European manufacturer to build an SUV, but it was the one that brought performance into the equation. At this point the Cayenne Turbo is an institution, and it becomes quicker, sharper, and more capable with each generation, as is the Porsche way. These days the über-fast SUV hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, just as quick as a 997 911 Turbo. Note that this is merely the standard Cayenne Turbo with 541 hp and 567 lb-ft, not the Turbo S E-Hybrid with 670 hp and 663 lb-ft on tap—there may be acceleration to gain from electrification. The Cayenne was an originator, and it continues to push the fast-SUV segment forward.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S: 3.2 Seconds

Perhaps inspired by the X6, Mercedes-Benz took its popular GLC and coupe-ified it into a sloping four-door fastback. Then AMG got a hold of it, and the GLC 63 S 4Matic+ Coupe was unleashed on the world. We measured a 3.2-second 0–60 mph acceleration run, making it quite a bit quicker than even Mercedes-AMG’s V-12 flagship coupe models. Here’s an SUV, outsprinting some of the finest sport-luxury cars in the world—nothing makes sense anymore.

Tesla Model X P90D: 3.2 Seconds

Remember when electric cars were seen as goofy appliances only tree huggers drove? How things have changed. Tesla sparked a paradigm shift in electric performance, and its Model X zaps almost everything in the SUV realm. Equipped with optional Ludicrous mode, this falcon-doored, American-made family hauler can “Space X” to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. That it does it with only a quiet whirr from its dual motors adds to the surreal nature of the experience. Mainstream automakers are hard at work to build Model X competitors, but so far none has been anywhere near as quick.

Bentley Bentayga Speed: 3.1 Seconds

The name says it all. The Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV, with a claimed 190-mph top speed. And it’s plenty quick getting there, too. We measured a 3.1-second 0–60 mph time, scarcely believable considering its tonnage. A 626-hp 6.0-liter W-12 can’t be wrong, though, and provides all that thrust amid opulence becoming of the flying B badge. Back off the throttle, and it’s as much of a luxury car you could ever ask for—step back on it to drop anyone on your tail.

Lamborghini Urus: 3.0 Seconds

With the Urus, Lamborghini transcended the performance SUV plane and established something new. It’s a genuine exotic SUV, with all the panache and power that makes it worthy of the raging bull on its hood. Its Porsche Motorsports-tuned 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 is likely underrated at 641 hp and 627 lb-ft, but whatever the true power output, it lets the Urus charge to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds dead—making it the fastest-accelerating SUV we’ve ever tested.

Top 10 Fastest Accelerating SUVs 0-60 MPH Ever Tested by MotorTrend
  1. Jaguar F-Pace SVR: 3.7 Seconds
  2. Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack: 3.7 Seconds
  3. BMW X6 M: 3.7 Seconds
  4. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: 3.3 Seconds
  5. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: 3.3 Seconds
  6. Porsche Cayenne Turbo: 3.2 Seconds
  7. Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S: 3.2 Seconds
  8. Tesla Model X P90D: 3.2 Seconds
  9. Bentley Bentayga Speed: 3.1 Seconds
  10. Lamborghini Urus: 3.0 Seconds

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2020 Cadillac CT4 luxury sedan revealed: Turbo-4 power, available Super Cruise

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 21:00
Cadillac revealed its new 2020 CT4 sedan Thursday, detailing its replacement for the now-gone ATS and giving us an idea of what to expect from its premium compact offering going forward. Cadillac says the CT4 will capture buyers who never warmed up to the ATS with improved cabin materials and a more luxurious and tech-forward inteior. The sportier...
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2020 Cadillac CT-4 luxury sedan revealed: Turbo-4 power, available Super Cruise

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 21:00
Cadillac revealed its new 2020 CT4 sedan Thursday, detailing its replacement for the now-gone ATS and giving us an idea of what to expect from its premium compact offering going forward. Cadillac says the CT4 will capture buyers who never warmed up to the ATS with improved cabin materials and a more luxurious and tech-forward inteior. The sportier...
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Did you catch MotorTrend on Jeopardy?

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 19:40

Did you catch MotorTrend on Jeopardy! this week? Kicking off its 36th season, the popular game show featured MotorTrend Car of the Year as a whole category. It highlighted a variety of past winners of our annual Car of the Year award. See if you can guess them as they appeared on the show:

For $1000: This sporty pre-Mustang Ford
For $600: This Chevy sports car, about 30 years overdue
For $800: This Chrysler tall sedan
For $200: This pioneering Toyota model
For $400: This maker’s Giulia was the Alfa dog

If you guessed 1958 Thunderbird, 1984 Corvette, 2001 PT Cruiser, 2004 Prius, and 2018 Alfa Romeo, you are correct.

If you’re curious about all of our past Car of the Year award winners, click here for a full rundown.

Video courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

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11 Best SUVs for Big Families

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 19:03

Let’s face it. There are a lot of people who buy big, honking vehicles and rarely fill the seats on a daily basis. But there are also consumers out there with big families who actually do need all 3 rows and some cargo space for all their gear.

One way to go is a wagon, and there are elegant solutions, including the Volvo V90, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Buick Regal TourX.

But who are we kidding? Most shoppers will bypass wagons and head straight for the SUV aisle. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the newer 3-row SUVs for large families worth consideration.

Kia Telluride

This is Kia’s first foray into the large SUV segment, and it’s an impressive entry. The 3-row Telluride has a strong SUV stance and stands out on the road with its square headlights.

The Koreans have surveilled the landscape well and added clever touches any family can appreciate. Materials are premium, fit and finish is top notch, all the amenities are included, and it’s a tremendous value starting at $32,735 with a $2,000 charge for all-wheel drive. You can get a well-equipped model for $46,000.

The Telluride has the largest passenger space in its class, making it one of the best SUVs for a big family. The second-row seats move quickly and easily out of the way to access the third row, and there’s lots of legroom. Second-row passengers should love the phone pocket in the storage pouch on the front seat backs, the USB ports on the sides of the front seats, diffused air from the roof-mounted air vents, and grab handles molded into the doors to better access the third row. The Telluride is technically an eight-seater, though the third-row middle seat is a tight fit.

Power comes from a 291-hp, 262-lb-ft 3.8-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s a full flight of safety systems that help the vehicle accelerate, brake, stay in its lane, and perform an emergency stop.

Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai’s take on the 3-row SUV offers enviable passenger space. It shares a platform with the Kia Telluride, and both have the same 291-hp, 262-lb-ft 3.8-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission, but they present differently.

The Palisade is more like a sleek minivan and has a more mature feel with its diamond-patterned quilted leather seats. It also has a 12.3-inch digital cluster, clever storage, and 16 cupholders, so it’s a great SUV for a large family.

The Hyundai has more standard features than the Kia, such as the self-leveling suspension and power-folding third row. The tailgate is height adjustable, has two different speeds, and can be opened by standing within 3 feet for 3 seconds.

The Rear Seat Quiet mode feature is standard on the Palisade and an option on the Telluride. It limits media audio to the front row, keeping the back rows quiet. You can also turn the rear speakers into a PA system to talk to the kids in the heated and cooled seats in the back rows.

The eight-passenger Palisade starts at $32,595, which is $140 less than the Telluride.

Ford Explorer

The driver will appreciate the 3-row Explorer’s move to a new rear-drive platform, which provides a livelier ride. If traction is a concern, don’t worry: All trim levels have available all-wheel drive.

The base engine of the 2020 Explorer is a 300-hp, 310-lb-ft 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 with a 10-speed. Ford has added a hybrid, pairing the electric motors to the 318-hp, 322-lb-ft 3.3-liter V-6 and enabling it to tow 5,000 pounds, so this could be one of the best SUVs for large families with a boat or trailer.

There’s also a performance ST for the first time, powered by the 400-hp, 415-lb-ft twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. But it’s not just about power; there are numerous drive modes that give it full capability on any surface.

For all those kids, the seven-passenger Explorer has comfortable second-row seats that are easy to pull forward to get to the third row and a wider sill to climb into the vehicle. There’s also lots of headroom. It comes in third in cargo capacity after the Chevrolet Traverse and VW Atlas.

The Explorer starts at $37,770.

Toyota Highlander

The 3-row 2020 Toyota Highlander gets a complete makeover and moves to Toyota’s TNGA global architecture, which should give it better ride and handling.

Seating includes second-row captain’s chairs for a seven-passenger vehicle or a bench seat to carry eight. Second-row passengers get two USB ports, a 120-volt outlet, and climate controls. The new Highlander could be one of the best SUVs for a large family with lot of gear; cargo room behind the third row increases from 13.8 cubic feet to 16.1.

The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is gone, but the 295-hp, 263-lb-ft 3.5-liter V-6 carries over with the eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional; it still tows 5,000 pounds and should still get 21/27/23 city/highway/combined mpg with AWD. Dynamic Torque Vectoring—this is the second application after the RAV4—has been added to the upper trims.

The Highlander hybrid gets Toyota’s 2.5-liter Dynamic Force I-4 paired to an electric motor for a combined 240 hp. It runs on the Atkinson cycle and has an updated CVT. It can still tow 3,500 pounds.

Toyota Safety Sense is standard.

The new Highlander goes on sale in December with the hybrid following in early 2020.

Honda Pilot

A perennial favorite, Honda has given the seven-passenger Pilot some upgrades to keep it in the hunt with so much fresh new competition. To burnish its reputation for safety, the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, has been made standard on all Pilots.

It has a 280-hp, 262-lb-ft 3.5-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic (nine-speed on higher trim levels), which has been reprogrammed and upgraded in response to customer complaints about harshness.

With a starting price of $32,645, the 3-row Pilot may not be the newest or the roomiest, but it’s still among the best SUVs for big families.

Lincoln Aviator

Lincoln has brought back the Aviator nameplate, but the vehicle is no longer truck-based. It uses Ford’s new rear-wheel-drive architecture and has a more carlike ride, but it includes all-wheel drive and off-road modes.

It’s also powerful. The base engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that produces 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque; the Grand Touring plug-in hybrid is powered by the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6  mated to a 13.6-kW-hr battery and an electric motor to deliver an eye-opening 494 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. Both engines work with a refined 10-speed automatic that makes smooth shifts with either powertrain.

Design-wise, it’s one of the best in the segment, both inside and out, with beautiful materials, an incredible Revel stereo, and an overall sense of pampering for passengers in all rows with 30-way adjustable seats with heat, ventilation, and massage.

The Aviator starts at $52,195.

Mercedes-Benz GLS

Mercedes redid the GLS with the goal of making it the S-Class of 3-row SUVs. The interior is beautifully furnished and finished, and it offers tons of tech. The row of vents across the dash is functional and aesthetic.

Moving the second row bench for access to the third row is painfully slow; consider captain’s chairs if you don’t need the extra seat.

This SUV has a beast of an engine and handles nicely, aided by its air suspension. The base engine is a smooth 362-hp, 369-lb-ft 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 and comes paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. If you want more power and some deep growl, go for the 483-hp, 516-lb-ft 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the GLS 580. With either engine, the GLS ranks among the best family SUVs.

The GLS is athletic on-road and is as capable as a mountain goat off-road. The seven-passenger GLS starts at $76,195.

VW Atlas

This is a big seven-seater with 96.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the second- and third-row seats stowed. That’s 2.1 cubic feet more than in a Chevrolet Tahoe, which is 5.6 inches longer. It has massive rear doors and a roomy second row with seats that fold and slide easily.

We had a long-termer with the 276-hp, 266-lb-ft 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic. The base engine is a 235-hp, 258-lb-ft 2.0-liter turbo-four with front-wheel drive only; you have to upgrade to the V-6 for AWD. The four-cylinder can feel underpowered when the 3-row Atlas is full.

The 2020 Atlas is expected to start about $32,000.

Subaru Ascent

The Ascent, Subaru’s first 3-row SUV, made it to the semi-finals of MotorTrend’s March Mayhem vehicle shootout.

It rides on Subaru’s new global platform, which gives it good ride and handling, and it’s the first vehicle to get Subaru’s new 260-hp, 277-lb-ft 2.4-liter direct-injected turbocharged flat-four engine with a CVT. All-wheel drive is standard, as is the EyeSight suite of active safety features.

All seats recline, and everyone gets a sun shade, a reading light, and ventilation in the ceiling. Grab handles are thoughtfully placed on the inside shoulders of the second-row seats to ease entry to the very back. Convenience features like these add the Ascent to the ranks of the best family SUVs.

The eight-passenger Ascent starts at $33,005.

Chevrolet Traverse

This seven-passenger SUV is longer and wider than most in the segment and has the most cargo room in the class with the third-row seats up or down. It has about a trunk’s worth more space than a Honda Pilot. The 3-row Traverse has a 120.9-inch wheelbase and is 204.3 inches long.

The base engine is a 300-hp four-cylinder with an optional 310-hp, 266-lb-ft 3.6-liter V-6. They are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. The Traverse offers a nice, planted ride with little body roll. It’s easy to get at the LATCH points for child seats.

The Traverse made it to the quarter finals of MotorTrend’s family car shootout. It’s a bargain starting at $30,995.

Mazda CX-9

Most 3-row SUVs, especially in this price range (expected to start about $35,000), will never return a memorable drive like this. The CX-9 isn’t most SUVs, though. It drives better, looks prettier, and keeps more focus on the person behind the wheel.

The seven-passenger CX-9 offers a sportier ride but less interior room—the CX-9’s 71.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity trails key competitors by 10 to 15 cubic feet. Second- and third-row comfort is decent for this family SUV.

Big boys

We have concentrated on car-based SUVs. Those with extra-large families and needs can go to the big, body-on frame SUVs that can pull a house. We’re talking Cadillac Escalade—a good deal these days as we await the next generation. Or the GMC Yukon Denali XL with its 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 or the nine-passenger Chevy Suburban, all of which need an update.

Ford has the massive Expedition and Expedition Max with a twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive.

The newest, most attractive offering in this space right now is the Lincoln Navigator, with a wheelbase 3.4 inches longer than the Aviator; the stretched Navigator L has a massive 131.6-inch wheelbase.

Best SUVs for Big Families

Kia Telluride$32,735
Hyundai Palisade$32,595
Ford Explorer$37,770
Toyota Highlander*$31,830
Honda Pilot – $32,645
Lincoln Aviator$52,195
Mercedes-Benz GLS – $76,195
Volkswagen Atlas*$32,000
Subaru Ascent – $33,005
Chevrolet Traverse – $30,995
Mazda CX-9*$35,000

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