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MotorTrend January 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.

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United States
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English
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TEN: The Enthusiast Network
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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
nobody does it better … with a little help from our friends

We’ve always been a big-tent operation at MotorTrend, particularly for our longest-running, most important editorial programs: Car, Truck, and SUV of the Year. In the ’70s, it wasn’t uncommon to find non-staffers on the jury that decided Car of the Year. Famous interlopers included Dan Gurney, Peter Brock, and even the big boss, Robert Petersen (owner of Petersen Publishing and founder of MotorTrend), took part in selecting COTY. More than a dozen years ago, my predecessor, Angus MacKenzie, renewed the tradition of involving outsiders in our signature program. The first guest judge of our modern era was Jim Hall: a human encyclopedia, automotive expert, and veteran of the auto industry wars. Hall was with us for three COTY programs, during which time we added our second guest judge, Tom Gale, former head…

3 min.
how we test: the ins and outs of car, truck, and suv of the year testing

How we test our Car, Truck, and SUV of the Year contenders has changed as much as we have over the past seven decades. Although dynamic testing can give a sense of the limits of these cars, we also test in real-world situations a typical driver would encounter. Our Of The Year testing methods are well established, but we’re never above trying new things to improve our process in the blazing summer heat of these desert proving grounds. Here’s how we tested and evaluated our 2020 field: Car of the Year Our 33 cars were delivered to the Hyundai Motor Group California Proving Ground in California City, where our test team conducted the usual 0–60, 60–0, quarter-mile, figure-eight, and accident-avoidance maneuvers over the course of a week. Then our judges spent two…

1 min.
wider net

JUDGES EDWARD LOH Editor-in-chief MARK RECHTIN Executive editor ANGUS MACKENZIE International bureau chief ALISA PRIDDLE Detroit editor SCOTT EVANS Features editor CHRISTIAN SEABAUGH Features editor CHRIS WALTON Road test editor ZACH GALE Senior production editor MIGUEL CORTINA MotorTrend en Español managing editor TOM GALE Former head of Chrysler design JOHAN DE NYSSCHEN Former president of Cadillac VEHICLES AUDI E-TRON AUDI Q3 AUDI Q8 BMW X3 M BMW X5 BMW X7 CADILLAC XT6 CHEVROLET BLAZER FORD ESCAPE FORD EXPLORER HONDA PASSPORT HYUNDAI PALISADE JAGUAR F-PACE SVR JEEP RENEGADE KIA TELLURIDE LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQUE LEXUS UX LINCOLN AVIATOR LINCOLN CORSAIR LINCOLN NAUTILUS MERCEDES-BENZ GLE-CLASS MERCEDES-BENZ GLS-CLASS PORSCHE CAYENNE SUBARU OUTBACK VOLVO V60 CROSS COUNTRY…

31 min.
contenders

Audi Q3 PRO Futuristic IP and console • Nimble handling • Big rear seat for its class CON Lots of interior plastic • Bouncy ride • Merely adequate powertrain Following industry trends, Audi has allowed its subcompact Q3 crossover to grow into something that can fit standard-sized Americans. The first impression is strong. Familiar Audi exterior styling is smartly tailored to the small package, so much so that it was often mistaken for the identically hued and decidedly more expensive E-Tron. Similarly, the dashboard—with its standard digital instrument cluster and wide, frameless touchscreen infotainment system—will make prospective buyers feel like they’ve stepped into a much more expensive model. Our top-shelf Prestige S-Line tester was well equipped with a premium stereo, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera, justifying its $8,200 premium over a base model. The…

23 min.
finalists

PRO Car-of-the-future interior • Clever regen braking system • Gotta-have-it looks CON Less range than a 2013 Tesla • Jittery ride • It’s just plain heavy Audi E-Tron Although electric vehicles have twice won our coveted Car of the Year award, electric SUVs continue to come tantalizingly close while falling just short. This year’s heartbreaker is the beautifully rendered and impressively engineered Audi E-Tron. To the last, every judge struggled to reconcile their fondness for the E-Tron’s style, technology, and driving experience with its one fatal flaw. Several judges fawned over its restrained yet upscale appearance, with Priddle describing it as “Tony Stark, but mellowed out and subdued to fit in instead of stand out.” Loh fretted it might fit in a little too well, but Zach Gale found it “one of the most…

9 min.
history made

The Kia Telluride’s achievement as winner of MotorTrend’s 2020 SUV of the Year award is more inevitability than incongruity. It’s been a long time coming for a company that was founded in 1944 and for decades has lived with the backhanded compliment of building “cheap and cheerful” transportation for buyers on a budget. But this award is the deserved recognition that today’s Korean auto industry has evolved to possess the skill and talent to design, engineer, and manufacture world-class vehicles—ones able to best their mainstream Japanese, European, and American rivals in terms of style, dynamics, refinement, and build quality. Manufactured in West Point, Georgia, the Telluride is a Kia built in America for Americans: a comfortable and roomy three-row SUV that’s perfectly pitched at the heart of a highly competitive segment that includes…