Test Drive: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Immediately recognizable, but now with more power

There are only a handful of vehicles that have achieved eternal pop-culture status thanks to their distinctive, immediately recognizable design—and a name that stays on the tip of almost anyone’s tongue. In this class you have legends like the Mustang, Camaro, 911, Testarossa, and Countach, to name a few. They are verified icons, hallmarks of 20th century design and they’ve each spawned entire subcultures. But, there’s …

Test Drive: 2019 BMW X5

Off-roading through Georgia in the new mid-size SUV

Somewhere on a farm 30 miles southwest of Atlanta, the all-new 2019 BMW X5 falls into a rhythm—skirting around trees, up dirt hills and across bubbling streams. This is the fourth-generation of BMW’s beloved mid-size SUV, but it’s the first to come with an off-road package that enables it to tackle an hour-long off-road course with ease. The car’s quartet of drive modes (for rock, …

Iconic Jaguar E-Type to Return as Electric Vehicle

Exciting, appealing, controversial—the relaunch or conversion of classic cars to electric vehicles causes all kinds of reactions. Yesterday, at Monterey Car Week, Jaguar announced that, 45 years after being discontinued, the E-Type will return—in all-electric form. Using I-Pace parts, the car-maker is also offering existing E-Type owners to convert their cars—a process which they say is full reversible. Expected to be available in 2020, the E-Type …

How Hacker-Craft Sport Boats Inspire Buick’s New Avenir Cars

Our factory visit digs in to the essence of boat-building and how it informs auto design

In a warehouse at the northernmost end of Lake George in upstate New York, Jeff Brown walks the length of what will become a 27-foot Hacker-Craft sport boat. Although it’s only a skeleton right now, the mahogany ribs will soon be planked, varnished, and fitted with a motor and interior before being delivered to a proud new owner. Brown is the director of special projects …

Test Drive: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The British carmaker's new vehicle is powerful, comfortable, eye-catching and a joy to drive

by Andrew Maness It takes all of a few seconds for the newest member of the Aston Martin family to take you on a journey. But long story made short: it begins with “Good God, that’s ridiculously quick” and “I love you, let’s run away together” is where it ends. The best Astons have always been evocative machines, but the DBS Superleggera (available this fall) …