Car and Driver June 2020

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 Issues

in this issue

8 min

SHELBY UNCOVERED Kudos to you for the beautiful March 2020 issue. It just might be the most striking C/D cover I have seen. —Claude Frank Denver, CO Yes! It was totally correct to put the Mustang front and center on the cover. It is by far the best-looking car of the three. —Marek Winiarz Jamul, CA COMPLAINT DEPT Okay, guys. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 should have won first place on looks alone [“!!!” March 2020]. The Chevy Camaro looks like something the manager of an auto parts store would park out front with a sign that says: “Everything you see on this car can be picked up from aisle six.” —Joe Mac San Francisco, CA These pony cars are all too big. Something the size of the original Camaro or Mustang and with a small, usable, practical…

2 min
the best medicine

As the world grapples with some really heavy questions, we here at Car and Driver face a conundrum of our own. How do we put together a car magazine, in the midst of a pandemic, without any cars? It’s not that we haven’t had access to new cars. We’re still doing a handful of reviews, but the drives are close to home, the testing is a bit more difficult to carry out, and our debates about the merits (and demerits) of each vehicle happen on Slack and Zoom. We assembled this issue in April, but we started planning in February, just as events like the Geneva auto show began falling off the calendar. We dropped stories and assigned new ones, then the pace of the crisis quickened. We canceled those new stories…

2 min
the screen test: which design do you prefer?

BALLOT BOX Thank you, Backfires readers, for participating in our great infotainment poll [March 2020], but really, you can stop now. Seriously, that’s enough. Given how passionate some of you are about this subject, we decided to dig a little deeper, interviewing an interior designer from each side of the screen-integration equation and asking them to explain themselves. Here’s what the teams at Mazda, which uses a “floating” display atop its dashboard, and Ram, which crams its big screen into its trucks’ center stacks, have to say—Ed. THE GEOMANCERS “Mazda’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) philosophy is centered around minimizing driver distractions” says Matthew Valbuena, one of the brand’s engineers working on integrating digital technology. “The screen placement is about minimizing visual distractions. We place it high on the dash so that it’s much closer…

5 min
is this real life?

With four laps left, NASCAR driver Timmy Hill bumped fellow racer William Byron’s car to overtake him and clinch victory at the Pro Invitational Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 125. Had this been a normal race, his win would have launched a celebration with confetti and mobbing fans. But it wasn’t a normal race. So instead, for his 674th iRacing victory, Hill chugged a glass of milk and chatted online with his friends and crew chief, all from a homespun sim racer in the comfort of his house. The coronavirus pandemic has put the brakes on traditional racing. NASCAR, Formula 1, IndyCar, and other series have postponed races and, at press time, some were still weighing whether to scrub the entire season to comply with government mandates regarding large gatherings. As cancellations…

2 min
violators will be ticketed

Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, those ubiquitous blue parking permits have allowed drivers with disabilities to park in prime spaces, often for free and with no time limits. It didn’t take long for scammers to realize that disability placards could also be a valuable commodity for those whose only affliction is a distaste for following the rules. Across the country, the rampant illegal use of these placards makes life even more challenging for disabled drivers, as it leaves fewer spots available for those who need them. The black market for disability placards exists online as well as on street corners, and placards can sell for anywhere from $50 to $2600 each. Tiffany James, communications manager at the Parking Authority of Baltimore City, says that before…

2 min
imitation games

At the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) research center, more than 40 faculty, staff, and students use a 93-ton moon-lander-looking machine and a variety of vehicle cabs to study the way people drive. This test rig—called NADS-1—rides on seven belts (six on the x-axis, one on the y). All in, this costs about $80 million, but it allows researchers to perfect today’s automated driving tech in a safe, controllable way. The team does some testing on public roads (they’re leading the charge to make rural-road-capable automated vehicle systems that can detect farm equipment), but that real-world work validates the 10,000 simulator drives logged in the NADS-1. On the day we visited, they were using a seventh-gen Toyota Camry to study how human drivers interact with Level 3 automation—in…