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2016 Honda Civic Coupe: First Drive

Once upon a time, the Honda Civic was a go-to recommendation for buyers shopping for a compact car. It was rarely the cheapest option, but a Civic offered good quality, economical operation, and a greater degree of sportiness than many rivals. In recent years, however—and particularly with a disastrous 2012Read More

Church Of MO First Ride: 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

When the hyperbike wars were taking off at the start of the new millennium, Kawasaki was caught with its pants down, so to speak, as Suzuki had lit the field on fire with its Hayabusa. Team Green’s response? No, not the ZX-14R we know today, but the ZX-12R. A fast bikeRead More

America’s first car race, 14 December 1895 – Throwback Thursday

Motor racing in the US had truly humble beginnings, with the first race featuring just two cars Out of the melting pot of early automotive development came various attempts to prove the potential of this emerging breed 
of self-propelled carriages by racing 
them against each other. One of the earliestRead More

2016 Ducati XDiavel S First Ride Review

2016 Ducati XDiavel S Editor Score: 90.5% Engine 19.0/20 Suspension/Handling 13.5/15 Transmission/Clutch 8.5/10 Brakes 9.0/10 Instruments/Controls 5.0/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10 Appearance/Quality 9.25/10 Desirability 9.25/10 Value 8.5/10 Overall Score 90.5/100 What do the Diavel and the XDiavel have in common? According to Ducati, aside from six letters in their names, only brakeRead More

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited First Drive Video

The Hyundai Elantra has been a big success story for the South Korean automaker. A decade ago, it wasn’t even mentioned in the same breath as Civic and Corolla. Today, it’s one of the highest-rated small sedans at The Car Connection, in league with the brilliant new Honda Civic, theRead More

2016 Buick Cascada First Drive Video

​ It’s been 25 years since Buick last had a convertible in its lineup. You’ve probably forgotten the Reatta, right? It’s okay. The Reatta was a set-up, anyway. It was supposed to be Buick’s halo car–in-dash CRTs and “Reatta Craft Centre” assembly line and all. Chalk all that up toRead More

2016 Nissan Frontier, 2017 Smart ForTwo, Qatar’s First Supercar: What’s New @ The Car Connection

From The Car Connection: 2016 Nissan Frontier Review Mid-size trucks are in a full revival this year–the Toyota Tacoma is new, and the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are just a year old. The Nissan Frontier? It’s still hanging in there, awaiting an upcoming redesign, but mostly carried over fromRead More

2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 First Ride Review + Video

2016 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Editor Score: 91.0% Engine 19.0/20 Suspension/Handling 14.0/15 Transmission/Clutch 9.5/10 Brakes 9.0/10 Instruments/Controls 4.5/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10 Appearance/Quality 9.5/10 Desirability 9.5/10 Value 8.0/10 Overall Score 91/100 “Nasty, brutish and short” is the famous phrase used to describe the life of the typical medieval peasant (or MO editor),Read More

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet: First Drive

Great genre-bending cars are often the result of a leader with passion, to see it through—from conception to reality. Smart Automobile CEO Dr. Annette Winkler is the quintessence of that; the first ground-up redesign of the distinctive Fortwo lineup—including the new 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet—happened under her watch. And… HighRead More

2016 Aston Martin DB11 – first picture

Aston Martin’s DB9 replacement will get a new platform and a brand new 5.2-litre V12 twin-turbocharged engine, as the first picture leaks onto the internet The first image of the Aston Martin DB11 has leaked onto the internet ahead of the car’s global debut at the Geneva motor show. The imageRead More

Takata Recall Grows By 5 Million Vehicles Following First Ford Fatality

For a while it seemed as if the long, drawn-out Takata airbag recall might be coming to an end. The complicated patchwork of driver-side and passenger-side airbag replacements, further segmented by geographic region, appeared to be coalescing into a more streamlined series of nationwide recalls. Unfortunately, over the past coupleRead More

2016 Zero FXS First Ride Review

2016 Zero FXS Editor Score: 85.0% Engine 18.5/20 Suspension/Handling 12.0/15 Transmission/Clutch 10.0/10 Brakes 8.0/10 Instruments/Controls 5.0/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10 Appearance/Quality 8.5/10 Desirability 8.0/10 Value 6.5/10 Overall Score 85/100 If you’ve been keeping tabs, we’ve ridden the Zero FX quite a lot. First in 2013 when I rode one to the topRead More