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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor in Depth: More Off-Road Chops Than Most People Need, But, Yee-Haw, Is It Fun!

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The high-velocity, gravity-defying F-150 Raptor is a basically a cousin to a Trophy Truck—a hulking full-on competition pickup used in off-road races. The Raptor melds similarly menacing looks and dominating off-road performance without forfeiting day-to-day practicality. This 10Best Trucks and SUVs winner fits a 5.5-foot bed to an extended SuperCab or a slightly larger four-door SuperCrew. A rip-roaring twin-turbo V-6 belts out 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque; it’s mated to a paddle-shifted 10-speed automatic transmission. The standard all-wheel-drive system includes multiple driving modes, a lockable center differential, and an electronic locking rear differential. Specialized equipment includes a long-travel suspension, beefy racing shocks, oversized all-terrain tires, and protective skidplates. The Raptor’s capability is so great that it has no direct competition, so we’ve compared it with several other conventional pickups, most equipped with far less comprehensive off-road packages. The Raptor may be more truck than most people can ever fully utilize—but, damn, is it a lot of fun! READ MORE ››


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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited: More of the same, only cheaper

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan LimitedAn all-new version of the Volkswagen Tiguan with seating for up to seven is in dealers now, but if you’ve got a hankering for the old model, VW has a value-laden option for you. The German automaker is releasing a low-price version called the 2017 Tiguan Limited available now from $ 22,860 including a mandatory $ 865 destination charge. That’s…
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2019 Porsche Cayenne Prototype Driven: Less Fat, More Fun

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Its proportions have hardly changed, which is a good thing: We’re charging along and barely being noticed. The front air intakes, the side-window graphic, most everything else—it all looks similar to the current Porsche Cayenne. You have to look twice to notice that something isn’t quite right, such as the fat, fake taillights. They look like the current Cayenne’s units, but they’re covering something new: a slim, three-dimensional LED light strip that stretches across the entire rear end. It’s part of Porsche’s new look for the brand, as are the headlights with four LED dots that invite the driver ahead to move out of the left lane—quickly. READ MORE ››


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