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Month: September 2021

Fine Engines in Awful Cars : Window Shop with Car and Driver

Fine Engines in Awful Cars : Window Shop with Car and Driver

Terrific engines can’t save terrible cars. And yet, there are times when truly good powerplants find their way into utterly awful things on four wheels. This week’s episode of Window Shopping—Car and Driver’s answer to Match Game—goes deep into the world of solid power production units dumped into garbage vehicles. It’s a challenge derived from a suggestion …

Tested: 2021 Honda Ridgeline Gets Slightly More Trucklike

Tested: 2021 Honda Ridgeline Gets Slightly More Trucklike

Honda’s Ridgeline has always worked well as a truck. Its towing and payload abilities fulfill most needs of the typical weekend warrior, and its unibody construction and independent rear suspension deliver the best on-pavement ride and handling in the business. But the Ridgeline doesn’t look enough like other trucks. It rides too low, the nose is …

Max Verstappen Will Start Last on Sunday

Max Verstappen Will Start Last on Sunday

Red Bull Racing has elected to change Max Verstappen’s entire power unit structure, both the engine and the hybrid systems, ahead of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix. Because of the choice, Verstappen will now start at the back of the field on Sunday. The decision is a tactical one. Red Bull would have needed to …

The Caterham Seven 170 Is a 970-Pound Kei Car

The Caterham Seven 170 Is a 970-Pound Kei Car

The Caterham Seven champions simplicity in a way no other car on sale could hope to match, and the new Seven 170, announced Thursday, is the simplest one yet. The successor to the beloved and successful U.K.-only Seven 160, the 170 is the smallest, lightest Caterham yet. And with power coming from a 660-cc turbocharged three-cylinder …

Ford Bronco Sport vs. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport vs. Subaru Outback Wilderness vs. Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road: Got Chops?

Ford Bronco Sport vs. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport vs. Subaru Outback Wilderness vs. Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road: Got Chops?

It used to be if you wanted an off-road-capable compact SUV your search began and ended with the words “Jeep Wrangler.” Love it or hate it, the iconic Wrangler (and its CJ forebearers) have during the last 80-years set the standard for go-anywhere mobility. While in years past, Wrangler rivals have been similarly constructed off-roaders like the Ford Bronco, …