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Motor Trend February 2019

Motor Trend is the world's automotive authority. Every issue of Motor Trend informs and entertains with features on the testing of both domestic and import cars, car care, motor sports coverage, sneak peeks at future vehicles, and auto-industry news.

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super served and richly deserved

@LohdownOn Black Friday of this year, the cable TV channel formerly known as Velocity officially changed its name to the MotorTrend Network, a move we had long telegraphed but finally made official. With this change, we add 73 million homes and 17 million passionate automotive television viewers to an audience that already spans print, web, social media, and video on demand. Our goal is to continue to “super serve” the car-lovin’ tribes across all of these distinct media platforms, so keep an eye out as we define and develop exciting new car stories and ways to tell them.Three days later came Golden Monday, our annual MotorTrend Of The Year Awards, in which we celebrate the winners of Car, Truck, SUV, and Person of the Year. This annual tradition had an…

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2019 honda passport

Honda crossovers aren’t known for playing in the rough stuff off-road. But with a rugged design, seating for five, and more ground clearance than a CR-V or Pilot, the Passport brings more than a touch of adventure to those who seek it.This new model has nothing to do with its predecessor, the clunky but capable Isuzu Rodeo–shared Passport of the ’90s. Honda’s new SUV shares its chassis, engine, AWD system, and transmission with the three-row Pilot.The Passport will sit between the compact CR-V and the three-row Pilot in Honda’s growing SUV lineup. It’s propelled by the same 3.5-liter V-6 from the Pilot. The V-6 produces the same output as in the Pilot, as well—280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque—and it’s mated to a standard nine-speed transaxle. (LX, EX, and…

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2020 jeep gladiator

The Gladiator has years of pent-up demand, crazy-strong brand loyalty, a known nameplate for Jeep geeks, and styling cribbed from the most recognized vehicle in the world.How do you make MotorTrend’s 2019 SUV of the Year even better? Give it a matching pickup. Enter the Gladiator.Loyalists have clamored for a resurrection of the pickup since the 1986–92 Comanche’s demise. The team’s mission was to develop a competitive midsize pickup with the look and capability of a Wrangler. It took longer to bring to market, but the resulting crew cab truck is deserving of the name, said Tim Kuniskis, head of Jeep in North America.To be clear, this is not a Scrambler. Past Scramblers were Wranglers with an afterthought of a bed grafted on, whereas the original ’60s Gladiator was a…

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2020 lincoln aviator

The Aviator’s overall design, with sculpted sides and a sloping “fastfall” roofline, was designed to mimic a bird in flight, said Lincoln design director David Woodhouse.With the introduction of the 2020 Aviator, Lincoln dive-bombs into a high-volume segment with a rear-biased all-wheel-drive crossover that’s also available as a plug-in hybrid.When the Aviator returns to the market next year, slotting between the Nautilus and Navigator, the Grand Touring trim will debut the company’s new hybrid powertrain: a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 coupled with an electric motor. The powertrain generates 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque and comes with Ford’s 10-speed automatic.Only the Grand Touring will offer the hybrid system. Other grades will come with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 400 hp and 400 lb-ft.The Aviator launches with halo power and family…

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2020 toyota corolla sedan

This spring, Toyota will also add the first-ever hybrid to the Corolla sedan lineup. The hybrid’s battery fits under the rear seats, leaving the gas model’s trunk volume intact.Toyota’s freshly minted Corolla hatchback, based on the hot new TNGA architecture, has been winning friends and influencing editors ever since we first clapped our eyes on it in March. We’ve since buckled in a few times and lauded the little hatch for its quantum-leapfrogging of its dreary Corolla iM predecessor.Sprightly dynamics and an upscale cockpit have drawn praise, though sparse rear-seat and cargo space drew raspberries. Those problems would seem to be easily solved by stretching the wheelbase (and rear leg environment) by 2.4 inches and grafting on a trunk. Our patience is rewarded, as Toyota is now revealing the redesign…

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2019 mazda3

Expected to go on sale early this year, the 2019 Mazda3 kick-starts Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom 2030 plan, which will see more electrification and semi-autonomous driver assistance tech.With more than 6 million examples sold since its introduction in 2003, the Mazda3 is a key vehicle for the Hiroshima-based automaker. Now in its fourth generation, the 2019 Mazda3 heralds the evolution of Mazda’s Kodo design language and the Skyactiv platform and powertrain architecture.Mazda set out to create a distinct character for each body style offered on the 2019 Mazda3. In its journey from concept to its on-sale date in early 2019, the hatchback barely changed from the Kai concept, giving it a sleek nose but a rather bulbous back end and a thick C-pillar. The sedan is more mature, like a Mazda6 mini-me…