2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i, test drive, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2014
From The Car Connection: 2015 Subaru Outback Review The 2015 Subaru Outback is an ideal family-adventure vehicle in many respects. It's nestled in the ideal spot between a brawny wagon and a lean, responsive crossover. And with the finer attention to detail that the Outback has been given for 2015, it's less of an 'either/or' than it ever was; what you get is a vehicle that can more effectively than ever play both roles.
Compact crossovers are becoming more popular every year—to the point they're replacing mid-size sedans in many households—and in turn, we've seen almost every automaker step up its game. In short, it's a great time to be in the market for a vehicle in this class.
Look at Google's adorable autonomous car up there. Isn't it cute? It looks as harmless as a wireless mouse or a koala wearing a fez. Precious.
2015 Sin R1 RS
We first caught wind of the Sin R1 supercar in 2013. Back then, it was still a track-only car and its maker, Sin Cars, was based in Munich, Germany. Since then the company has moved to Bulgaria, and the R1 has spawned a road-going version known as the R1 RS.
When Mercedes-Benz unveiled its updated A-Class range last month, we learned that the high-performance A45 variant from Mercedes-AMG would be coming with an uprated engine spitting out a crazy 376 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. We also said that the extra spicy 2.0-liter turbo four would eventually make its way into Mercedes-AMG’s other compacts like the CLA45 and GLA45 sold on these shores.
With Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May set to star in a new show at a rival broadcaster, it means the BBC’s Top Gear will never be the same again. It also means that Clarkson and his cohorts will—most likely—never be testing cars again on the famous Top Gear Test Track.
Elio Motors prototype at New York Auto Show press conference, Apr 2015
As one website put it--in a piece tagged to lure Tesla Motors fans--Elio Motors is "the other automotive startup" to which those fans should presumably pay attention. But even Tesla CEO Elon Musk hasn't proposed "crowdsourcing" his product-development funds.
Toyota recently introduced a new minivan, and it's like nothing sold in the U.S. Buyers on this side of the Pacific are familiar with the rather large Sienna.
Washington looks set to become the second state to cut electric-car incentives for wealthy buyers. After critics argued that incentive money wasn't going to the people that needed it most, California recently instituted income caps for its electric-car rebate program.