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MotorTrend

MotorTrend

December 2020

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
MOTOR TREND GROUP, LLC
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
technologue

N HTSA has been noodling on adding an offset car crash test to its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) for half a decade. I first discussed what is currently being referred to as the Frontal Oblique test in a 2016 “Technologue.” It involves striking a stationary test vehicle at a 15-degree angle with a moving deformable barrier traveling 56 mph. The hit is to the driver side with just 35 percent overlap to the test vehicle. Adding new crash tests is the best way to advance overall vehicle safety and to separate the vehicle pack once too many vehicles start earning five-star ratings. There’s still no scheduled date for NHTSA to roll out its Frontal Oblique test, but the 2021 Acura TLX comes to market sporting an innovative new passenger airbag…

3 min.
alfonso albaisa

What are a few of the elements that you feel capture the Z identity in this new design? I use “memory” instead of “retro” because it’s an important difference. Because when a car is 50 years old and you’re designing in the modern era, I think it’s more healthy to use memory than [to be completely] literal. There are a few things that are very much an example of that—the posture in the center line of the car. Yes, it’s 240Z to your memory. But actually the gesture, the hood, and the power is very much of the modern era. Its stance is very wide, very low, much lower feeling. The rear edge of the car is lower than the fender—which the 240Z, even 260Z and 280Z, did not have.…

8 min.
your say…

More Reponses to September’s “Driving While Black” Feature I have been a subscriber to MotorTrend magazine for 30 years now. I am also a Black man born and raised in the United States and a retired police officer. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was when I received my September 2020 issue and saw that there was an article about driving while Black. My excitement was twofold. One: I don’t feel that Black people are well represented, not just in MotorTrend but in the auto industry as a whole. Two: I wanted to see just how far-reaching the article would be. Would it just be a couple of paragraphs? A one-page article? Would it speak the truths about what we as Black people go through every day, or just…

1 min.
everybody wants one

TESTERS/JUDGES EDWARD LOH Head of Editorial MARK RECHTIN Editor-in-Chief JONNY LIEBERMAN Senior Features Editor KIM REYNOLDSTesting Director CHRIS WALTON Road Test Editor ERICK AYAPANA Associate Road Test Editor ZACH GALE Buyer’s Guide Director SCOTT EVANS Features Editor CHRISTIAN SEABAUGH Features Editor MIGUEL CORTINA MotorTrend en Español AUDI A6 ALLROAD • AUDI Q7 • BMW X6 • BUICK ENCORE GX • CADILLAC ESCALADE CHEVROLET TAHOE/SUBURBAN • CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER • GENESIS GV80 GMC YUKON • HYUNDAI VENUE • KIA SELTOS • LAND ROVER DEFENDER • MAZDA CX-30 MERCEDES-BENZ GLA • MERCEDES-BENZ GLB • MERCEDES-BENZ GLC MERCEDES-BENZ E 450 ALL-TERRAIN • NISSAN ROGUE • TESLA MODEL Y* TOYOTA HIGHLANDER • TOYOTA VENZA • VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS CROSS SPORT…

4 min.
2020 audi a6 allroad

Square pegs don’t fit into round holes. Yes, due to some sort of legalese, the Audi A6 Allroad is technically an SUV. But you know it’s not an SUV, we know it’s not an SUV, even dogs know it’s not an SUV, probably because they can jump in the cargo area without a ramp. The only people unsure as to what the current-generation A6 Allroad is—an ever so slightly lifted station wagon—are the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The problem becomes, what do we do with a raised wagon at an SUV of the Year party? Well, we let it in because we’re not heathens. “As the lines blur between SUVs and cars, the lifted wagon really does make the most sense here,” features editor Scott Evans…

3 min.
2020 audi sq7

Need a family SUV that’s comfortable to drive around town but has a dose of performance? The 2020 Audi SQ7 will deliver exactly that. With its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, Ingolstadt is delivering the more powerful version of its three-row crossover to American families for the first time and giving enthusiast parents the chance to combine their wants and needs. As part of its midcycle update, the Q7 is getting a host of important changes. Starting with its face, the SUV gets a new grille, which replaces the horizontal slats with vertical ones while keeping its octagonal shape. New LED headlights bring part of the Q8 styling to the Q7, and higher trims can get the matrix pattern with laser light beams. Audi’s cool sequential turning lights remain and now provide an…