The Driver’s Crossover: 2017 Porsche Macan, in Depth!

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If you haven’t driven one, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Porsche Macan is not to be taken seriously. It looks like the result of a 911 and a Cayenne that were fused together in a teleportation accident, it’s frequently spotted emerging from underground parking structures in Tribeca, and, you know, it’s a four-door hatchback Porsche. But a few minutes behind the wheel of a Macan will reveal a compact crossover that holds true to almost everything we love about Stuttgart’s best exports. The Macan is quick, agile, and rewarding to drive. It feels athletic when pushed hard, but it’s also comfortable around town. The steering, brakes, powertrain, and chassis all respond to inputs from the driver in near perfect harmony. Sure, it’s not as immersive a driving experience as in Porsche’s classic sports cars. But it’s surprisingly close. And, yes, it puts the “compact” in compact crossover—don’t think you’re going to fit two kids and a dog in the back seat—but the Macan is still more than we ever dared to hope for from Porsche’s foray into suburban environs. It’s great enough, in fact, that we have previously presented it with one of our 10Best Trucks and SUVs awards. READ MORE ››

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The Driver’s Crossover: 2017 Porsche Macan, in Depth!

Great Car, Small Package: 2018 Volkswagen Golf, in Depth!

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The Volkswagen Golf may look unassuming, with its jellybean body and small stature, but it’s one of our very favorite cars to drive. A frequent recipient of our 10Best Cars award, it expertly blends practicality, affordability, and real driving chops for a delightful package that demands almost no compromises from its owner. A 170-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides just the right amount of motivation for this little hatch, but the real stars of the show are the Golf’s dynamic, nimble chassis and its always accurate steering, which make this car as rewarding to push hard in corners as it is when sliding improbably large cargo through the wide hatchback. Sure, big brother GTI has more power and better performance numbers, but for the everyman with weekly chores and a yen for back-road joy rides, it’s hard to do better than a Golf. READ MORE ››

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Great Car, Small Package: 2018 Volkswagen Golf, in Depth!

Outdated Off-Roader: 2018 Toyota 4Runner, in Depth

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Don’t call it a comeback—the 4Runner’s been here for years. And you’d know it to look at the thing, with its burly, last-decade styling, its big, naturally aspirated V-6, and a transmission with an improbably low number of gears (five) for something that shares the road with the likes of the Tesla Model S. The 4Runner is purpose-built for off-roading, and it’s so numb and wandering on paved surfaces that it’s best for drivers who spend much of their time off the beaten path. There, buyers may be glad of its plastic-laden interior because it’ll be easy to clean when mud inevitably makes its way inside. The 4Runner is missing plenty of modern creature comforts and doesn’t have the comprehensive active safety tech that’s standard in so many other Toyotas, but it’s outfitted for rock crawling and dirt-track cruising like nothing else this side of a Jeep Wrangler. READ MORE ››

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Outdated Off-Roader: 2018 Toyota 4Runner, in Depth

Renewed, Revitalized, and Reinvigorated: 2017 Honda Civic Si, in Depth

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The Civic is a well-liked and respected member of the compact-car class, but its tuned-up sibling, the Civic Si, has inspired a completely different level of fandom over the years. (Except for the last generation, which was a dud.) But in this newest Si, Honda has reprised the magic that once made the model a favorite among car enthusiasts—ourselves included. The exterior differences between the base Civic and Si are seemingly minimal (if you can ignore the Si’s ghastly rear-deck spoiler), but the Si turns heads, as if it’s something far more extraordinary than its sub-$25,000 price would suggest. And, in fact, it is. By taking the body and soul (a.k.a. the engine) of a normal, turbocharged Civic and adding adaptive dampers, a stiffer suspension, and 31 extra horsepower, Honda has created something new and almost entirely excellent. Sure, we have a few issues here and there, but we’re thrilled that the Si is back—and once again a great driver’s car. READ MORE ››

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Renewed, Revitalized, and Reinvigorated: 2017 Honda Civic Si, in Depth

Renewed, Revitalized, and Reinvigorated: 2017 Honda Civic Si, in Depth

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The Civic is a well-liked and respected member of the compact-car class, but its tuned-up sibling, the Civic Si, has inspired a completely different level of fandom over the years. (Except for the last generation, which was a dud.) But in this newest Si, Honda has reprised the magic that once made the model a favorite among car enthusiasts—ourselves included. The exterior differences between the base Civic and Si are seemingly minimal (if you can ignore the Si’s ghastly rear-deck spoiler), but the Si turns heads, as if it’s something far more extraordinary than its sub-$25,000 price would suggest. And, in fact, it is. By taking the body and soul (a.k.a. the engine) of a normal, turbocharged Civic and adding adaptive dampers, a stiffer suspension, and 31 extra horsepower, Honda has created something new and almost entirely excellent. Sure, we have a few issues here and there, but we’re thrilled that the Si is back—and once again a great driver’s car. READ MORE ››

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Renewed, Revitalized, and Reinvigorated: 2017 Honda Civic Si, in Depth

Renewed, Revitalized, and Reinvigorated: 2017 Honda Civic Si, in Depth

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The Civic is a well-liked and respected member of the compact-car class, but its tuned-up sibling, the Civic Si, has inspired a completely different level of fandom over the years. (Except for the last generation, which was a dud.) But in this newest Si, Honda has reprised the magic that once made the model a favorite among car enthusiasts—ourselves included. The exterior differences between the base Civic and Si are seemingly minimal (if you can ignore the Si’s ghastly rear-deck spoiler), but the Si turns heads, as if it’s something far more extraordinary than its sub-$25,000 price would suggest. And, in fact, it is. By taking the body and soul (a.k.a. the engine) of a normal, turbocharged Civic and adding adaptive dampers, a stiffer suspension, and 31 extra horsepower, Honda has created something new and almost entirely excellent. Sure, we have a few issues here and there, but we’re thrilled that the Si is back—and once again a great driver’s car. READ MORE ››

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Renewed, Revitalized, and Reinvigorated: 2017 Honda Civic Si, in Depth

Renewed, Revitalized, and Reinvigorated: 2017 Honda Civic Si, in Depth

2017-Honda-Civic-Si-01-PLACEMENT

The Civic is a well-liked and respected member of the compact-car class, but its tuned-up sibling, the Civic Si, has inspired a completely different level of fandom over the years. (Except for the last generation, which was a dud.) But in this newest Si, Honda has reprised the magic that once made the model a favorite among car enthusiasts—ourselves included. The exterior differences between the base Civic and Si are seemingly minimal (if you can ignore the Si’s ghastly rear-deck spoiler), but the Si turns heads, as if it’s something far more extraordinary than its sub-$25,000 price would suggest. And, in fact, it is. By taking the body and soul (a.k.a. the engine) of a normal, turbocharged Civic and adding adaptive dampers, a stiffer suspension, and 31 extra horsepower, Honda has created something new and almost entirely excellent. Sure, we have a few issues here and there, but we’re thrilled that the Si is back—and once again a great driver’s car. READ MORE ››

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Renewed, Revitalized, and Reinvigorated: 2017 Honda Civic Si, in Depth