Expert Reviews

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 53 Review: The Delightful Intersection of Luxury and Fury

By Brian Wong on December 2, 2019

The verdict: The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 53 delights; with an impeccable interior and grin-inducing performance, it’s a true jack-of-all-trades. Versus the competition: In most competitive vehicles, m... Read More
2020 Volkswagen Passat Review: VW Hedges Its Bet on Sedan’s Future

By Fred Meier on November 27, 2019

While some rivals are doubling down on mid-size sedans and others are abandoning the shrinking market, Volkswagen hedged its bet with a cost-conscious freshening of the 2020 Passat that keeps its t... Read More
2019 Fiat 500X Review: New Engine Can’t Solve All Problems

By Brian Wong on November 18, 2019

The verdict: Even though it just got a slew of changes, the 500X feels like it needs a few more already, including ergonomic improvements and a better transmission. Versus the competition: The 500X... Read More
2020 Nissan Titan Review: No Longer a ‘Yeah, But’ Truck

By Aaron Bragman on November 15, 2019

Of the two Japanese brands that build traditional full-size, half-ton pickup trucks, it’s safe to say that Nissan tries harder. The Toyota Tundra has been largely the same since its first truly ful... Read More
2019 Porsche Cayenne Review: Give and Take

By Brian Wong on November 13, 2019

The verdict: The Cayenne impresses on the road with fantastic performance credentials, but SUVs need to do more than that, and its control scheme is confounding. Versus the competition: Though the ... Read More
2020 Lexus RX Review: Just What the Doctor Ordered

By Joe Bruzek on November 12, 2019

Up until the 2020 Lexus RX, every modern Lexus came with an annoying asterisk: Yes, it was a fine vehicle, but the touchpad or mouselike multimedia controls were so confounding and frustrating that... Read More
2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel Review: Efficiency You Can Feel (and Hear)

By Brian Wong on November 11, 2019

Several words describe the Jeep Wrangler: boxy, iconic, fun, capable. But a word I wouldn’t associate with Jeep’s off-road specialist is efficient. The Wrangler has always suffered in the fuel econ... Read More
2020 Honda Civic Si Review: A Little Less Fun, a Lot Less Expensive Than a Type R

By Aaron Bragman on November 7, 2019

The idea of owning a raucous Honda Civic Type R excites you, but maybe you’re a little cold on the idea of living with a car that looks like an angry Pokémon. With its crazy-huge wing, big plastic ... Read More
2020 Subaru Legacy Review: Boring in the Best Ways

By Jennifer Geiger on October 30, 2019

The verdict: The 2020 Subaru Legacy is boring in the best ways: It’s comfortable, predictable and practical. Versus the competition: Other mid-size sedans have more refined powertrains and better f... Read More
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Review: Lofty Abilities, Lofty Price

By Aaron Bragman on October 29, 2019

You want to know when the “golden age” of muscle cars was? It wasn’t the 1960s, despite what your baby boomer auto enthusiast friends would have you believe. Sure, there was a lot of great stuff ba... Read More