As the MX-5 has improved over the years, its price has understandably increased, too. There’s no shortage of suitably interesting machines for less than $20,000, from Boxsters to Corvettes, and of course used Miatas, but with some patience and luck I snatched up a 21-year-old BMW M Roadster – a car I’ve always loved.
Jeep has been saving the return of the Grand Wagoneer name for just the right occasion, and that time is now. Folks of a certain age who might have a couple of lanky kids, a dog, and, importantly, the wherewithal to buy a full-size SUV might also remember Jeep’s premium family-hauler from the ’80s, when it featured in neighbourhoods, and as the de facto pop-culture family car.
Frankly, it’s a bit surprising these two cars exist. While sedan sales are trending towards oblivion, this pair of compacts meant for drivers seeking some sporty, affordable fun seems an unlikely duo in this day and age. But here we are, with the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line (not to be mistaken with the forthcoming Elantra N) and the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI – a pair of sporty-ish machines that remind us that cars can still be reasonably affordable, decently practical, and even a bit fun
Despite weather better-suited for mid-November than May, not a peep of complaint crossed my lips while testing the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S. Porsche has never shied from the idea that the 911 is fully capable of all-weather use, and this newest semi-convertible is no exception, proving throughout the week that regardless of the weather (or the destination) this is a car meant to add joy to the chore of driving.
Cadillac’s autonomous driving system allows for hands-off highway cruising, but also monitors the driver to ensure they continue to pay attention to the road.
The BMW M3 has been a bona fide driver’s car since its 1986 inception. Representing the performance pinnacle of the 3 Series, the M3 – and, in modern generations, its M4 sibling – has allowed the brand’s M division to flex its know-how and create a lineage of high-performance cars with legitimate racing pedigree that’s still going strong, with the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition the modern pinnacle.
As a kid growing up in the 1980s, I remember when Porsches were sports cars or race cars – and that was it. Fast-forward to today, and while the 911 and 718 Series remain genuine sports cars, there’s plenty of showroom traffic from folks who only know the company as a sporty luxury brand that makes a pair of hot-selling SUVs, a Tesla-crushing electric car, or possibly the spacious cross-continent cruiser you see here: the 2021 Porsche Panamera GTS.
Given the immense popularity of sport utilities of all sizes, it’s something of a surprise that it’s taken Jeep so long to launch a larger model. This extended version of the Grand Cherokee certainly holds a lot of promise, but buyer beware: spec yours carefully or risk an eye-watering price of admission.
Any time there’s a new mid-engine sports car, it sends ripples of giddy excitement throughout the driving enthusiast world, and the launch of the 982-generation Porsche 718 Series a handful of years ago held tremendous promise.
There hasn’t been a bigger disruptor in the auto industry in recent years than Tesla. Recognizing the environmental and performance benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), not to mention growing consumer interest, other manufacturers have scrambled in pursuit – and a few legitimate competitors have emerged in the process. The latest is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, a crossover that’s ready to go toe-to-toe with the Tesla Model Y.