Auto Reviews


THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RANGE ROVER
We ride the Range Rover SV Autobiography

AUTO REVIEW—15-way adjustable heated and cooled seats stitched in Windsor leather with massaging function? Consoles finished from the finest woods? Deep twist pile mohair carpets? Maurice Wilks would not believe his eyes even after having repeatedly verified the Rover name plate. Yes, he was the chief engineer of Rover after the WWII, but the vehicle he designed in 1947 was to be used chiefly to plow the fields. He’d been relying on an old Jeep in his farm in Anglesey, and thought the Brits could use something similar. This rolling exhibit of comfort may have “biography” in its designation, but they did not rely on his.

ELECTRO SHOCK THERAPY II
We test the second-generation Chevrolet Volt

AUTO REVIEW—The first generation Chevrolet Volt created quite a jolt in the industry. With a back-up gas engine serving as a generator for its electric propulsion, the Volt could travel well over 300 miles—far longer than any electric car that preceded it. The press showered it with awards. After six years, Chevrolet introduces a second generation Volt—promising greater range, better hybrid fuel economy, smarter electronics, curvier styling, occasional five-passenger seating, and all at a lower price. Can lightening strike twice?

A MALIBU IN MALIBU
We take Chevy’s new sedan to the ’Boo

AUTO REVIEW—The guy pulled up with our test Malibu and our first impression said “Oh yes, this will be a great drive!” Those ever-present television commercials are mostly correct. Chevrolet’s 2016 Malibu has strong outside lines with sleek, modern styling. Because we could, we took our Malibu to Malibu where it turned quite a few heads. Mistake it for a Mercedes, BMW, or Audi? Not likely. And there’s no need as Malibu’s longer, lower 2016 stance can stand on its own.

(TURBO) BOOSTING THE BASE
The base Lexus IS gets a major upgrade with the IS 200t

AUTO REVIEW—Near-luxury sedans are like suits. You buy them because you want to project a certain air of success, mainly to attract more success. After a week in the IS 200t F SPORT, I’m going to go out on a limb and call the IS 200t a refined and reasonably priced slim-fit suit. This is the car that says “I’m the rising star of this employee orientation! I’m going to enjoy eventually replacing you Boss Man, but for now you can trust me to pick up and impress the client.” Glenn Oyoung reports.

BEST CAT TRICKS EVER
2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

AUTO REVIEW—The internet is filled with videos and stills of cats performing feats ranging from the silly to the stupendous. These are among the most popular go-to sites online, but Jaguar may have them all beat. The new F-Type R Coupe performs cat tricks like no other. Harvey Schwartz reports, and presents his owns still shots of this amazing cat.

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