Car and Driver November 2019

This magazine is for automobile enthusiasts interested in domestic and imported autos. Each issue contains road tests and features on performance, sports, international coverage of road race, stock and championship car events, technical reports, personalities and products. Road tests are conducted with electronic equipment by engineers and journalists and the results are an important part of the magazine's review section. Get Car and Driver digital magazine subscription today.

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RENTAL COUNTERS Since C/D’s August cover story on the $177 Mustang Shelby GT-S [“Tail of the Gator”], Sixt has jacked up the price to $429 ($354 plus tax) at the Fort Lauderdale airport, and that’s in the off-season. Happy that Germany is fighting back against trade issues right on our shores. —Josh Linder Atlanta, GA Seems more like simple supply and demand—Ed. Having never driven a Boxster, I was excited to learn I could rent one from Hertz. I already had a reservation for a Performance Sport–class car with Enterprise, but they do not guarantee a specific vehicle. So I jumped on the computer to reserve my Boxster. For a 26-hour rental, the Hertz would cost well over $400. That rate includes only 112 miles, and each additional mile costs $0.72. An additional hour is…

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Could you please explain why certain engines, like the GM 6.2-liter V-8, are called small-blocks while certain older muscle cars have smaller-displacement engines but are often referred to as bigblocks? In other words, what differentiates a small-block from a big-block? —John Edwards, Broomfield, CO Back when Detroit ruled the roads, many of the brands offered multiple V-8s from one of two in-house engine families: a compact one, known as the small-block, and a large one, known as the big-block. At Chevy, the small-block refers to the V-8 that has 4.40-inch bore spacing—the distance between the center of one cylinder and the center of an adjacent cylinder—whereas the big-block has 4.84-inch spacing. The distance between the cylinders largely defines the physical size of the block, but not displacement. Since bore and stroke dimensions…

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a magazine of hot stuff

Setting up my new office space at Car and Driver at first felt like an archaeological dig. I can spend hours in our archives, which include every issue going back to the magazine’s founding as Sports Cars Illustrated in 1955 and press materials on cars dating back almost as far. But it’s equally enjoyable to poke through the boxes and piles of stuff that have accumulated over the years. In one cabinet, we still have the paperwork from a long term 2009 Nissan 370Z Touring that someone totaled. In another, there are dozens of VHS tapes from Car and Driver Television, a show that was on TNN (later renamed Spike TV) from 1999 to 2005. On each desk, there are stacks of well worn C/D issues from every era, and if…

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guess who’s back?

Chassis: At the end of the last Defender’s long life, it was still riding on a ladder frame strapped with live axles, front and rear. The new one features a 21st-century unibody with an independent suspension closely related to that of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which is to say multilink at both ends. It employs JLR’s aluminum-intensive D7x architecture that, according to the company, provides three times the structural strength of traditional body-on-frame models. Land Rover’s engineering boss, Nick Rogers, makes the bold claim that the Defender has been designed to “perform better off-road than any other current model.” In Off-Road mode, the long-wheelbase model, the 110, has 11.5 inches of ground clearance, a wading depth of 35.4 inches, a 38.0-degree approach angle, and a 40.0-degree departure…

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shape up

We may complain that the drive into work is nothing but a sea of SUVs, but that whining sounds a lot like the grumblings about the abundance of female leads in action movies even though there have been, what? Like, a dozen? There are still plenty of movies being made about Thor, just as there are plenty of cars being offered for sale. In the interest of examining what you can buy, we’ve surveyed the new-car market to gain a clearer picture of what’s out there. We gathered every vehicle currently offered for sale in the U.S. and categorized each brand’s offerings by body style. So while Volkswagen sells six different types of Golfs, that vehicle line gets credit in this tally for only two body styles: one mark for hatchbacks…

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urine luck

Over-the-air software updates may be the wave of the future, but there’s still room for good old-fashioned chemistry to make its mark on the car world. A chemical reaction first discovered when a 19th-century scientist gave quinine to his dog and performed experiments on the resulting urine is now the basis for the electronically controlled tintable glass found in the Mercedes-Benz S-class, the Boeing 787, and the shower stalls at $400-a-month gyms. This electrochromic glass (trade name SmartGlass) is produced by New York–based Research Frontiers. The key to the disappearing-pigment trick is the chemical compound herapathite, also called iodoquinine sulfate. Herapathite crystals are tiny—three-tenths of a micron long—and, as engineered by Research Frontiers, they reliably respond to electricity. HOW IT WORKS SmartGlass film, which at first glance seems similar to common window tinting,…