Car and Driver

Car and Driver May 2021

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.

United States
12 期号


we love the ’90s

First it was mom jeans, then the fanny pack. Now it’s the cars of the 1990s that are making a comeback. In recent years, some have performed exceedingly well on the auction circuit. In 2019, for instance, a 1997 Toyota Supra Turbo with 70,000 miles on the odometer sold for $176,000—a substantial increase from that model’s $40,666 base price when new. It’s not just A80 Supras that have caught the attention of collectors. From 2018 to 2020 at the classic-car insurer Hagerty, the number of insurance quotes for ’90s cars increased more than those for cars from any other decade. And demand isn’t limited to enthusiasts who grew up then; boomers and Gen Xers have shown strong interest too. But data from Black Book’s Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value…

fly solo

Have you been seeking to recapture the magical feeling of your first solo flight as a freshly minted driver? After years of trying in vain to rekindle that joy and sense of liberation, we just found it in a $127,120 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. The Cayman GT4 is a 414-hp distillation of the happiness and expectation that marked that first drive. It’s quick. Equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic ($3210)—available for the first time in the GT4—it charges to 60 in 3.3 seconds off a 6600-rpm launch-control clutch dump. Without turbos muddying things up, you feel the shove of the engine instantly after prodding the accelerator. Press on and the gritty wail of the 4.0-liter flat-six at 8000 rpm sounds better than a police officer saying “I’m going to let you…

sizing up

It was inevitable that the Chevrolet Bolt EV would eventually spawn an SUV-like variant. The car already gives off a faint utilitarian vibe; the Bolt EUV (short for electric utility vehicle) simply takes it a step further with a larger footprint and a crossover look. Consider it a Bolt-plus that stretches Chevy’s BEV2 platform to rather tidy subcompact-crossover dimensions [see “Growth Spurt”]. For 2022, both models receive several standard active safety aids, an 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.2-inch center touchscreen, and a row of shift buttons in place of the previous Bolt’s electronic joystick shifter. But the EUV has something its sibling doesn’t: GM’s hands-free Super Cruise technology, a $2200 option on the top Premier trim. That buys you three years, after which you’ll pay a monthly fee (currently $25) to…

salvaging saab

Like any normal person with healthy internet habits, I sometimes venture onto Craigslist, type in “Saab,” and see what pops up. Will I find a decrepit 9-5 wagon moldering in the tall grass of an unkempt lawn? Or maybe a 9-3 convertible in that acid green? Perhaps there will be a 900 or a 9000, but probably not, because North Carolina isn’t exactly the heart of Saab territory. Saabs come from the land of the ice and snow, where the synchros fry and the head gaskets blow. So imagine my astonishment when I discover 10 listings—9-3s, 9-5s, even a stray 900—all in the same place. Against all odds and logic, somebody is running a functional Saab dealership a couple of hours away from me. This I have to see. That somebody…

good dog

Apparently, there’s something about having a highly anticipated BMW M car that alters the atmosphere in Los Angeles. Months of blue skies and shorts weather ended as soon as our M4 test car arrived. Of course, correlation does not imply causation, but we’re superstitious. A few years ago, a new M2 brought a massive storm during a multiyear drought, and now the M4 brings rain? You’d be a little’stitious too. In a desperate attempt to outrun the storm, this particular six-speed-manual M4 spent hours chasing patches of dryness, mostly in vain. As the miles piled up, we were struck by the ease with which the M4 melts away vast distances. With wipers wiping, we relaxed in the leather-wrapped interior fit for a 7-series and kept Waze up on the 10.3-inch touchscreen…

fleet files

Integration Phase 2020 VOLVO S60 T8 ARRIVAL: MARCH 2020 MILES: 18,858 • OBSERVED MPGE: 28 Volvo’s 400-hp plug-in-hybrid sedan is one of the most requested vehicles in our fleet for road trips. It has made several jaunts to Wisconsin and trekked as far as Colorado, receiving compliments for the comfortable front seats and quiet cabin. However, we’re annoyed by the Pilot Assist lane-keeping function, which unnervingly pulls the car to the left. The lack of cabin storage has also drawn ire, with one staffer joking that even a Miata might offer a bigger center console. Of course, a Miata doesn’t have a 9.1-kWh battery filling its central tunnel. When the S60 isn’t on the open road, we try to plug it in as much as possible, which isn’t all that often for those of us…