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Car and Driver

Car and Driver

July/August 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.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
april martin

You know, I knew it was BS that your caption about the new Aston Martin DBX suggested I scratch the paper to smell the interior [“Iceberg, Right Ahead!” April 2021]. And yet I could not help myself. And the funny thing is, I didn’t even feel stupid doing it! —Aladino DebertLos Angeles, CA The Aston Martin DBX’s interior smells like a magazine page. Not sure about “rich,” but it’s not a bad smell. —J. BednarzMiddlesex County, NJ On page 33, there was a shot of the interior of the new Aston Martin SUV with an invitation to scratch the photo to see how it smells. I scratched it. The interior of the Aston Martin SUV smells like paper and ink. —Russell MyersGrants Pass, OR Y’all ever see a Russ Meyer film?—Ed. Bet I’m not the only moron…

1 min
the people’s other car

Volkswagen could have gone full GTI with its battery-powered ID.4. Instead, it went for mass-market appeal, building a comfortable EV with a 250-mile EPA range and a fair price. Aimed at compact-crossover buyers who want to take the leap to electric, the ID.4 has the size and shape, if not quite the height, of top-selling gas-powered utes such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Look past the slow-for-an-EV acceleration offered by the ID.4’s 201-hp motor and you find a good small SUV with practicality, a smooth ride, and a quiet demeanor. Inside, the ID.4 has a familial resemblance to other Volkswagens, but it’s sprinkled with enough ultramodern touches to feel special, if a little annoying. Seriously, VW, you couldn’t give the driver dedicated switches for the rear windows? Like the three-row…

1 min
the sleeper

The Kia Niro EV reinforces some negative stereotypes about electric cars. At a glance, its dorky looks make it barely more appealing than a golf cart, and its economy-grade cabin materials don’t live up to the price (our loaded EX Premium test car stickered for $47,145). But unlike in the bad old days of EVs, we have a car whose merits lie in its powertrain, with the Niro shattering preconceived notions about small EVs being slow and having limited range. A 201hp electric motor gets the little box to 60 mph in a swift 6.2 seconds, and there’s enough torque to spin the tires. Plus, the car’s 64.0kWh battery pack and impressive efficiency allowed it to go 210 miles in our 75mph highway test, beating the range of several more…

2 min
transcending electrons

Numbers don’t tell the full story of the Taycan 4S, the midrange model of Porsche’s EV. Initial expectations are tempered by a steep $105,150 starting price and a hulking 5128-pound curb weight. The 3.4-second time to 60 mph from its 562-hp dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup is quick but hardly stands out next to the 2.4-second run from the 750-hp Taycan Turbo S. Even our test car’s optional 83.7-kWh battery, which ups the base ask to $111,730, earns it only a modest 227-mile range estimate from the EPA. (That said, in our hands, and thanks in large part to its unique two-speed transmission, it pulled off the impressive feat of nearly matching that number in the real world, covering 220 miles while cruising at 75 mph.) No, to appreciate the Taycan 4S,…

5 min
cell anatomy

When GM launched the plug-in-hybrid Chevrolet Volt in 2010, the auto industry talked about battery cost around $1000 per kilowatt-hour of energy storage. At that price, the Volt’s 16-kWh pack was likely more expensive than all other components of the car combined. Now, with GM’s latest battery, dubbed Ultium, the company says it’s approaching a cost that’s 90 percent lower—a point where it can finally be profitable to shift away from internal-combustion engines. The automaker has promised to do just that, launching 30 new EVs around the globe by 2025. Come 2035, its only vehicles with tailpipes will be heavy-duty trucks. The building block for this plan is a large, pouch-type lithium-ion cell, roughly 23 by 4 by 0.4 inches. It weighs about three pounds and contains 20 times more energy than…

1 min
a truck load of evs

GMC Hummer EV Arriving this fall with 1000 horsepower and a curb weight exceeding 9000 pounds, the $112,595 Hummer EV Edition 1 is the Hummer of EVs. Also, it has T-tops. Chevrolet Silverado EV GM will build the electric Silverado on the same Ultium platform that underpins the Hummer EV—meaning it’s not an adapted internal-combustion truck but a total rethink. Range is expected to be over 400 miles. No word yet on when it’ll reach production. Rivian R1T Quad motors deliver a claimed 60-mph time of 3.0 seconds; a fullwidth compartment between the cab and bed can house gear. The (sold-out) Launch Edition arrives this year. Tesla Cybertruck Tesla says its pickup will have up to 500 miles of range and a 60-mph time as low as 2.9 seconds. It’s slated to arrive later this year, but…