Test Drive: The 2019 Mercedes-AMG 53 Series

High-performance in a subtle, sophisticated package

High-performance cars are meant to be fun, but brake calipers colored like Skittles and giant spoilers are a little overt for many drivers who don’t want their car to scream speed. For Mercedes-AMG—the performance arm of the Stuttgart-based brand—all that performance is available in more subtle designs. While not exactly impervious to the call of a fixed rear wing (the GT R coupe comes to …

Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Driving Tennessee’s infamous Tail of the Dragon in the brand's newest sedan

It’s the numbers that beckon: 318 turns on an uninterrupted 11-mile stretch of road called the Tail of the Dragon that starts at the Tennessee border with North Carolina. Officially designated US 129 in 1931, the route dates back centuries, created first by animals taking the path of least resistance through this section of the Great Smoky Mountains. Native Americans, British settlers and bandits widened …

Test Drive: 2019 Genesis G70 in Aspen

Plenty of control and some side-sliding fun in the new sedan

It’s early morning and we’re slicing through the Rocky Mountains in a 2019 Genesis G70, rolling toward the track at 10,000 feet elevation. Fittingly for this time of year, conditions on the snowy test track will be much like spring skiing; the icy hard-pack snow softening under the sun as the day goes. But at the moment, the slick, low-friction surface is perfect for evaluating the …