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2018 BMW X3
2018 BMW X3 (X3 M40i)The 2018 BMW X3 luxury crossover delivers on its high expectations with nifty execution. Other BMWs like the M2 make specific compromises to please niche audiences. With the X3, we can’t find many compromises BMW has had to make. Rated against rivals such as the Benz GLC and Audi Q5, the new X3 earns a rating of 7.0 out of 10, based on good...
Self-driving Uber test vehicle spotted pedestrian 6 seconds before fatal crash (Updated)
Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototypeA preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday concluded that Uber's self-driving technology fitted a Volvo XC90 driving in Tempe, Arizona, spotted a woman 6 seconds before fatally striking her, but didn't automatically brake because that feature was disabled. The report concluded that the driver, Rafaela...
2018 BMW 4-Series
2018 BMW 4-Series ConvertibleTake the long way in the 2018 BMW 4-Series. The coupe, convertible, or four-door “coupe” from the automaker is BMW’s best expression of a boulevardier for now. It’s loosely based on the four-door 3-Series, but the 430i or 440i is addition by subtraction in the BMW range. Most versions of the 4-Series pare down the number of...
Apple's self-driving VW van, Porsche 718 GTS driven, Electric car buying: What's New @ The Car Connection
Original Volkswagen Microbus and the 2016 TransporterReport: Apple, VW to collaborate on self-driving car project After shelving plans to develop its own self-driving car, Apple will begin shuttling workers between two of its California campuses in Volkswagen vans fitted with its autonomous technology, a report said Wednesday. Fatal crash prompts Uber to shut down Arizona self-driving car trial Two...
Report: Apple, VW to collaborate on self-driving car project
Original Volkswagen Microbus and the 2016 TransporterAfter shelving plans to develop its own self-driving car, Apple will begin shuttling workers between two of its California campuses in Volkswagen vans fitted with its autonomous technology, a report said Wednesday. The New York Times reported that a deal inked between the two firms will see VW supply electric versions of its European-market T6...
Running update to 2018 GMC Terrain, 2018 Chevy Equinox bolstered side-impact crash safety
2018 GMC Terrain Denali, 2017 Detroit auto showGeneral Motors made an uncommon running update to its popular 2018 GMC Terrain and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox crossovers to bolster side-impact crash safety last year. The update, which consumers won't be able to spot by looking at the crossovers' exteriors, was applied to 2018 GMC Terrains built after Nov. 28, 2017 and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox...
2018 Lexus ES
2018 Lexus ESThe 2018 Lexus ES mid-size sedan is smoother than honey on a sore throat and just as sweet. We give the ES a score of 7.2 out of 10 points, awarding it extra credits for its calm, refined demeanor, a luxurious interior, and a very good track record in safety. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Last year’s ES added several active-safety...
2018 Lexus LX
2018 Lexus LX 570The 2018 Lexus LX 570 is a full-size SUV grafted from a Toyota Land Cruiser. It'll patrol the world (many do) but it's more likely to patrol tony neighborhoods. The Lexus LX 570 exists because the Land Cruiser does. If that world-patrolling, UN-peacekeeping Toyota hadn’t built up decades of global goodwill, there’d be no reason to...
Fatal crash prompts Uber to shut down Arizona self-driving car trial
Uber self-driving carTwo months after one of its vehicles was involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian, Uber said Wednesday that it will formally cease self-driving car testing and development in Arizona. Uber's announcement comes after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suspended the ride-sharing company from testing self-driving cars in Arizona and it is a clear sign...
2018 Lexus LC
2018 Lexus LC500The first days of Lexus were filled with champagne glasses stacked on hoods and ball bearings running down doors. Forget that. Lexus is now in the game of big power and handling, outrageous looks and nothing boring. It earns a 7.4 on our overall scale, but it's deceptively low—for now. Crash data doesn't exist right now (and likely won't...
2018 Lexus GS
2018 Lexus GS 350The 2018 Lexus GS mid-size luxury sedan is a new rival for an old idea, and takes a sharper tack than most of its contemporaries. Available in GS 300, GS 350, GS 350 AWD, and GS 450h, in addition to the high-performance GS F (covered separately) models, this mid-size car is appealing for more than just its agile moves. We also like the GS’s...
2018 Lexus IS
2018 Lexus IS 350 F SportThe 2018 Lexus IS struggles to keep BMW, Mercedes, and Audi shoppers from buying some of their most popular vehicles. It fights the good fight with sport trim packages, snug-fitting sheet metal and a dose of high technology. It falls shy of the benchmarks in several ways, but shows promise. We give it a 6.7 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate...
2018 Lexus GS F
2018 Lexus GS FThe 2018 Lexus GS F sport sedan is a challenger among automotive heavyweights. It takes on rivals such as the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V, and Audi RS 7. The Lexus skips the pedigree, but still offers superlative performance. It's composed on the road, with a meaty V-8 and good track skills. Based on those strengths, we give the...
2018 Lexus RC F
2018 Lexus RC FThe Lexus RC F doesn't have a high-performance sheen built up over decades. Rivals like the BMW M4 have considerable laurels to rest on, in that regard. But the RC F comes the closest yet of any Lexus to nailing the elusive German recipe for track and street two-door performance. We rate the RC F a 6.6, giving it points for its sleek design...
2018 Lexus RC
2018 Lexus RC 350 F SportThe 2018 Lexus RC didn't know it couldn't do that. It takes on rivals from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi on their own turfs: base coupe, all-weather coupe, and performance two-door. This year, Lexus renames the RC 200t and makes it the RC 300. It’s the sole 4-cylinder coupe; the 300 AWD, 350, and 350 AWD models each have a V-6 engine, and each...