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Mercedes-Benz C-Class: History, Generations, FAQs

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Essential History: Generation One The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, also known by its internal code name, W202, rolled onto the American car scene in late 1993 as a 1994 model, replacing the 190E (W201) as the brand’s compact offering. The rear-drive C-Class was initially offered in four-cylinder C 220 (147-hp) and six-cylinder C 280 (194-hp) variants, with the numbers denoting engine displacement (i.e. 2.2 and 2.8 liters). The 268-hp C 36 AMG model joined the lineup for 1995; at the time, the C 36 was converted—engine and all—from a factory-built C 280. The year 1997 saw a torquier 2.3-liter engine for the entry model, now called C 230, while the C 36 was bumped to 276 hp and added a fifth cog to its automatic transmission. The AMG model was cut for ’98, but the...

Interested in a Certified Used Car? These CPO Programs Are the Best

Buying a used car can save you lots of money—or be a massive headache. How can you really know what that vehicle went through before the keys became yours? Buying through a certified pre-owned program is a great way to increase peace of mind. But CPO programs aren’t all created equal. So how can you know which ones are the best? Trust the experts at IntelliChoice (a MotorTrend subsidiary). What Are the Best Certified Pre-Owned Programs for 2021? To determine its 2021 CPO winners, IntelliChoice takes nine factors into account: vehicle inspection, warranty, title verification report, availability of special financing, roadside assistance, return and exchange provisions, dealership compliance systems, ownership costs, and market penetration. Since vehicle inspection and warranty matter ...

Latest Bugatti Chiron Spinoff Pays Homage to the Dawn of French Aviation

The whole point is to honor France’s daredevils of the sky. Keep in mind that, while Ettore Bugatti was still running his own car company, air travel was just starting to be explored. French fighter pilots like Adolphe Pégoud and Roland Garros (Google them) were pushing the limits of what could be done in planes during World War I, and French commercial flight was in its infancy. Taking to the skies was no small task in the 1920s and even into the late 1930s. See all 11 photos Only 20 of the special, sky-themed Chirons will be made and they will all be based on the Chiron Sport. The model is painted a matte grey with a gloss white stripe running down the middle, and the grille’s mesh pattern has been reshaped to resemble planes flying in a parade formation. The a...

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat First Drive Review: Mr. Incredible

Dodge Durango Full Overview In September, we compared the hottest performing SUVs from BMW, Maserati, Mercedes, and Porsche, the winner of which earned a spot in our 2021 Best Driver’s Car competition. Sadly, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is arriving just a few months too late to market to have joined that competition, so we’ll have to wait another year or so to learn whether it can improve on the fifth-of-five finishing order its Hellcat-powered Jeep cousin achieved in 2018’s Best Driver’s Car SUV play-in. The three-row Durango weighs some 200 pounds more than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but it makes a touch more power and benefits from three years of development and improvements. To help us place the new Durango SRT Hellcat within the pantheon of über-...

Is the 2020 Subaru Outback Safe? Plus, Our Long-Term SUV’s Power Liftgate Has an Issue

Subaru Outback Full Overview Subaru has built its reputation on safety, reliability, and the convenience of standard all-wheel drive on every vehicle it makes. Well, almost everything. But how safe is the 2020 and 2021 Subaru Outback? We’ve spent months with a 2020 Outback Onyx and can explain its NHTSA and IIHS crash test results as well as how its active safety systems work. Oh, and before we dive in, here’s the story on a new issue affecting our power liftgate. About Our Subaru Outback’s Power Liftgate… Compared to its midsize SUV competition—see our rankings here—the Subaru Outback makes a power liftgate affordable. Although the feature isn’t available on the base trim, the next higher trim offers it in a package. For $31,495, your 2021 Outback Premium or higher...

Tiny Mitsubishi Bravo Microvan Is Making Waves In California

However, as you might have guessed, they never made it to U.S. shores. Quite frankly, they’re too tiny for the majority of Americans that live by the old saying, “bigger is better”. That doesn’t mean some of us don’t appreciate a good Kei car, truck or van when we see one, which is why we think you’ll be pretty stoked to meet Los Angeles native, Joe Dashtoyan and his 1994 Mitsubishi Bravo Super Exceed. See all 28 photos Most people that drop a lot of money on a right-hand-drive JDM import would invest into something like a Skyline or Silvia. The last thing on their minds would be a Kei car or microvan, right? Joe’s been around Japanese cars all of his life but the moment he laid eyes on this particular Bravo earlier this year, his mind was set. The...

What Is Gulf Livery? The History of Racing’s Iconic Color Scheme

Gulf Livery: The Timeless Orange and Blue Race Car Livery with Global Fame Catapulted to icon status by the golden age of motorsports in the 1960s, the Gulf Oil livery is easily one of the most respected and globally recognized race-car liveries. Having already picked up back-to-back wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and 1967, the relentless Ford GT40 dressed in the Gulf livery collected two more consecutive Le Mans titles in 1968 and 1969. Afterward, the undisputed “King of Cool”—Steve McQueen—starred in the 1971 feature-length film Le Mans, in which he played racing driver Michael Delaney behind the wheel of one of two Gulf-liveried Porsche 917Ks. Indeed, the 3707 Zenith Blue and 3957 Tangerine colors famously adorned both the Porsche 917K and Ford G...

Getting to Know Faye Hadley of “All Girls Garage”: Old Toyotas, Chickens, and Makeup Tutorials

On Friday, November 27, 2020, David Freiburger and Brian Lohnes are subjecting six of your favorite MotorTrend hosts to a series of holiday-themed automotive challenges that you, almost certainly, have never seen the like of before. But before all the Holiday Hooptie Challenge starts, let’s get to know one of the lucky contestants from All Girls Garage on the MotorTrend App and Pistons & Pixiedust on YouTube and Instagram. Meet Faye Hadley. Pistons & Pixiedust isn’t just the name of Faye’s YouTube Channel—it’s also the name of her ASE-certified general repair shop outside of San Antonio, Texas, that specializes in Toyotas. With no mechanical or technical background to speak of, this tiny ball of energy, laughter, and tattoos may not be what you expect to see...

2020 Kia Telluride Long-Term Update: Still the King After 18,000 Miles

Kia Telluride Full Overview Although the Calipers have been passed to the Defender, the Telluride is still tops in its segment. Unsuccessfully competing alongside the Defender for this year’s honors was the 2021 Toyota Highlander. The Highlander not only fell short of winning our annual award, it also fell short of dethroning the Telluride as the top three-row SUV. Don’t take my word for it. Head over to our newly launched Buyer’s Guide and check out the rankings! Unsurprising to me, the Telluride leads the three-row SUV pack with score of 8.4/10. Not only does the Telluride beat its main competitors, only one other SUV, the luxurious Lincoln Navigator, matches the Telluride’s score! Again, none of this surprises me. After lending the Telluride to a coworker with tw...

What Is Overlanding? Off-Road In-Vehicle Camping Explained

So, What Is Overlanding? We don’t usually refer to Wikipedia as a source, but in this case, we will, as the site’s definition of overlanding sums up nicely exactly what the activity entails: “Overlanding is self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road-capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.” See all 27 photos What Is Overlanding 101 Overlanding is a combination of remote travel, off-roading, and camping. Overlanding’s origins date back to the early 1900s when Australia began to establish r...

2008 Acura TSX: Finding That Perfect Balance

It’s safe to say that Angel Pena, owner of this supercharged 2008 Acura TSX, has a “type.” Having been enamored with Acura’s entry-level sedan ever since it was first introduced, he knew right away he’d get his hands on one, and eventually, he did just that. Today, a decade later, he’s moved on to his second TSX chassis and managed to find a picture-perfect combination of what so many others often strive for: an almost completely street-legal build that’s tame enough for the street yet can hold its own on the track.   Right Car, Wrong Color That initial purchase, a 2005 Carbon Grey version of the TSX about a decade ago, proved to be everything he imagined, though it was simply the wrong color. Angel adds, “My dream was always to own...

The U.S.-Market Volkswagen Passat Sedan Is Being Killed in 2023

It’s a nerve-wracking time to be a sedan in the U.S. right now. The market is shifting away from four-door family cars toward SUVs and crossovers. The latest casualty in this move is the Volkswagen Passat, which will be discontinued in the U.S. by 2023, according to a report from Wards Auto. “We’ve made a decision to cancel the Passat for the U.S. The sales trend is very firmly in favor of SUV models, as indicated by the success of the [Chattanooga-built] Atlas,” Volkswagen brand chief Ralf Brandstätter told Wards. Production of the U.S.-market Passat will end at Volkswagen’s U.S. plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2023, coinciding with the all-electric Volkswagen ID4 SUV’s ramp-up to full capacity. (Keep in mind the American Passat is unique from the E...