Opinion

Perhaps ironically, one of the dumbest remaining parts of a modern, electronically controlled combustion engine is the cylinder head. Sure, many of them can alter valve timing and lift, but not infinitely, not very quickly, and never on a per-cylinder, per-combustion-event basis. Great engineering minds at Lotus, Ricardo, Valeo, and others have endeavored to replace
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The Triplets of Belleville‘s strangeness is delightful. Toward the end of this 2003 animated film, the bad guys fumble over themselves to catch (or kill) our heroes who make their escape—slowly—in a bicycle-propelled vehicle while comically stretched Citroën 2CVs successively meet their end. As cartoonish as some action movies can get, for me, they’ve got
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By my count, this is MotorTrend’s 263rd Technologue column, stretching back to May 1982. For the first two years, the page answered readers’ techie car questions. Then Ron Grable, Rick Titus, John Hanson, B.J. Hoffman, and Don Fuller took turns mostly explaining new technologies hitting the market. Between January 1988 and September 1995, Technologue downshifted
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As for which Crosstrek we’d buy, the hybrid would certainly be tempting. After all, it’s both quicker and more fuel efficient. But because we don’t have charger access at our apartment, a plug-in hybrid doesn’t make sense. Oh, and it’s $36,000 with destination. We could probably swing a decent down payment after selling our Forester,
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“What SUV should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would online editor Alex Nishimoto drive? Keep reading for the answer, and see other editors’ picks here. I’ve been putting off buying a new car for more than half my life. I learned to dread the process as a kid
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“What SUV should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would senior production editor Zach Gale drive? Keep reading for the answer, and see other editors’ picks here. The effect was transformative, even if it didn’t happen overnight. Once my concern heightened about the negative impact humans are having on
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“What SUV should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would associate online editor Stefan Ogbac drive? Keep reading for the answer, and see other editors’ picks here. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek meets my requirements for a practical vehicle to drive daily. Its combination of tech, safety, versatility, and value
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I don’t get all the breathless hype around the 2020 Toyota Supra. Yes, I know it’s quick and sticks to the road like a burr to a blanket. And no, I’m not annoyed that much of it was engineered by BMW. It’s just that, slightly goofball styling aside, it doesn’t move the needle one iota.
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Have you been paying attention to the international moon race going on right now? I’d somehow missed the fact that countries ranging from India and Israel to China and Japan all have moon missions underway or imminent. Yep, Google Israel’s privately funded Beresheet mission, India’s Chandrayaan-2 (complete with lunar rover), and China’s Chang’e-4. That one’s
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