Test Drive: 2018 Maserati Levante

We put the luxury SUV to the test in the desert of the UAE

Until a couple of years ago, crossing the Sharjah desert in a Maserati would have been impossible. But in the Italian sportscar maker’s new sport utility vehicle, it’s both possible and pleasing. Maserati’s first-ever SUV, the Levante, went on sale in 2016 and quickly rose to the top of the brand’s stable, outperforming the Quattroporte and Ghibli in annual sales. Yet Maserati continues to tweak …

Chasing Mike Horn Through Namibia

We spent five days with the famed explorer

Adventurer and environmentalist, Mike Horn has circumnavigated the globe along the equator without the use of motors, he’s summited multiple Himalayan peaks without supplemental oxygen and he’s trekked the Arctic Circle for 27 consecutive months, covering 40,000 kilometers—among other things. Given his drive and perspective, it’s no surprise that he’s also a motivational speaker and television show personality. Next month he will walk across the …

Song of The Car: AEV JK350 Wrangler

We test the off-road vehicle on a muddy December day while listening to rip-roaring American rock

We owe off-roading to the Russians. In 1904, Tsar Nicholas II hired French military engineer Adolphe Kégresse to head the Court Garage in St. Petersburg. The harsh wintry elements inspired Kégresse to outfit a Mercedes 32/45 with the first halftrack, thus inventing the first all-terrain vehicle. For extreme off-roading devotees, basic four-wheel drive doesn’t cut it. When it comes to next-level conversions, the brawnier, the …

Test Drive: All-New 2015 Ford F-150

We take the all-around impressive aluminum truck for an on- and off-road ride through the heart of Texas

Until just a few days ago, the only people to have driven the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 were employees and select dealers of the storied American automaker. In fact, few outside of Detroit had even laid eyes on the truck. This fact helped make sense of the countless curious stares and enthusiastic hoots we encountered on our way through the Texas countryside. The attention meant …

The Mint 400, Las Vegas

The historic and colorful race isn't just a competition, it's a showcase of off-roading innovations

This weekend, Las Vegas is going to be louder and dustier than ever, as this year’s The Mint 400 (aka “The Great American Off-Road Race”) rolls into town. The race—which started back in 1967 to promote the former Mint Hotel (now part of Binion’s Horseshoe)—has had a colorful history that includes Hunter S. Thompson dropping LSD and creating “Fear and Loathing” to a vast collection …