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Cars & Motorcycles

MotorTrend May 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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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
as seen on tv…

I distinctly remember the first time I saw Chris Forsberg. It was inside the October 2003 issue of Wired magazine. I know because I wrote a sidebar to the story “Go, Skid Racer, Go!” which profiled him and his buddy Tony Angelo, two kids from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with a penchant for the underground Japanese motorsport known as drifting. I remember thinking, who the hell are these guys? Drifting in the backwoods of Pennsylvania? C’mon, Wired, leave the car stuff for the car guys—drifting is a Japanese phenomenon that put down its earliest foreign roots in Southern California. I’m pretty sure the disgust was mutual. The sidebar I wrote was a primer on how to drift, and the Wired art department decided to illustrate my piece with a first-generation Subaru Impreza. Not…

3 min.
high voltage

Check out what we caught! This is the literal first-ever run of the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro, an all-electric drag racer. The photos you are looking at, from January 26, 2019, are the first time this all-electric dragster has ever been on a dragstrip. MotorTrend photographer Brandon Lim just happened to be at Arizona’s Wild Horse Pass dragstrip because yours truly and my co-host, Jethro Bovingdon, were filming a new episode of Head 2 Head at the same venue. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. On its inaugural launch, the eCOPO ran a 10.14 before eventually dropping the time down to 10.03 seconds at 138 mph. Does this bode well for the future or what? A little background: The SEMA darling eCOPO is a joint venture between General Motors,…

3 min.
2019 mazda3 sedan

Mazda is worried about your pelvis—so much so that the automaker spent considerable time pondering your pelvic region when developing the 2019 Mazda3. Why? Because understanding how the pelvis moves in relation to the rest of your body was key in determining how to give the Mazda3 the sporty performance the brand is famous for while moving upmarket to challenge luxury brands. Many automakers signify luxury intent with expensive flagships and new technologies. But Mazda relied on some old-school solutions, such as a twist-beam rear axle and a carryover 186-hp 2.5-liter I-4 in its entry-level Mazda3. Although twist-beam suspensions are infamous for undesirable ride/handling characteristics, Mazda says it used a twist-beam because it’s easier to control those undesirable movements in its bushings, as compared to the more complex multilink rear suspension…

2 min.
2021 polestar 2

Tesla owns 80 percent of the U.S. EV market, with the Model 3 single-handedly capturing 58 percent. So far nobody’s cracked the code to Tesla’s “it factor.” Might Sino-Scandinavian brand Polestar be poised to do so? You can dismiss the low-volume $155,000 600-hp plug-in Polestar 1 the way folks did Tesla’s original Lotus-sourced Roadster. But check out the mainstream Polestar 2 being pitched directly at Tesla’s Model 3: 78-kW-hr battery, 275 miles of estimated EPA range, all-wheel drive, and a $63,000 price tag for the first year’s “launch edition” models. Lower-spec front-drive models are promised later, starting in the low-$50,000s, but tariff-torn North America may not get the base $42,000 small-battery front-driver. The tall-riding four-door hatchback is based on Volvo’s CMA architecture, also used in the XC40 compact crossover. Its battery can…

2 min.
mt confidential

GM is going all out with the next-gen Escalade. We’ve long known the Cadillac flagship will come with independent rear suspension and the new 10-speed auto. But sources in Detroit say a huge effort is being put into the interior. Don’t expect a Cadillac riff on the midcentury modernism that’s made the new Lincoln Navigator such a hit, though. Sources say the new Escalade cabin will be high style and high tech, inspired by the futuristically minimalist interior of the Escala concept shown in 2016. And for the first time, there’ll be a V version of the big daddy Caddy, rumored to have 700+ hp. Toyota made a splash with the world debut of the Supra at the Detroit show, with Akio Toyoda himself introducing the car. The U.S. will…

2 min.
2020 volvo v60 cross country

While an Arctic polar vortex blasted Michigan, we headed to the Arctic Circle for comparative warmth. And while Americans continue to unabatedly love SUVs and crossovers, we were in Lapland because, to our great joy, Volvo continues to make wagons. Delicious dichotomies. We flew to Luleå, Sweden, to drive the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross County, a hiked-up wagon with all-wheel drive, hill descent control, 8.3 inches of ground clearance, and room for gear. The Cross Country, a rugged wagon that resides close to the almighty crossover, is expected to outsell the regular V60 4 to 1. We packed our long johns and headed to a fairy-tale land of ice and snow to test its mettle. The Gulf of Bothnia and other frozen bodies of water served as ice roads and handling courses for…