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Doug DeMuro calls the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet (~$350K) the “ultimate luxury convertible”, which comes with its own branded luggage, seatbelt extender arms, and a ton of niceties that make it a wonderful daily driver. Its weak points were considered to be its handling and relative “cool factor”.
Mat Watson drove six new electric vehicles to see how far they got before they died. The Kia e-Niro (~$39.5) and Nissan Leaf (~$30K) 😄 got closest to their advertised ranges. The Jaguar I-Pace (~$70K) and Mercedes EQC (~$68K) were the furthest from reaching their claimed ranges. ☹️
He also looked at a souped-up 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup (Laramie model for ~$60K, though you can get a base model for $15K+ less). Overall, he loved the cabin’s controls (calling it a brilliant infotainment system that had a huge Tesla-esque vertical screen). Super cool features include a movable pedal box, a huge sun roof, tons of clever storage spaces — he exclaims that it’s really well thought out.
James and Thomas at Throttle House put a Volkswagen Arteon R-Line up against a 2020 Kia Stinger GT, both priced around $50K. The Stinger GT “poops in a bag and leaves it on the doorstep of BMW 3-series owners” and is ” one of the best combinations of performance comfort and value available today” 😄 with beastly torque and more horsepower than the Arteon. The Arteon is a bit slower but it’s not a performance car, it’s a comfort car but some old gripes have hung around and it seems pricey for what it is.
Throttle House looked at how the manual AWD 2020 Subaru WRX (a great everyday car) stacked up against the classy Audi A3 Quattro, both sedans with similar prices (around $40K).
They also reviewed the 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line (~$28K) and were mostly happy with it. It doesn’t have sporty performance, but it gets the job done as a family sedan – quiet, very comfortable and spacious, but it looks like a big Jetta and some of the tech on the inside appears dated.
Matt Farah from the Smoking Tire got a peak at the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant (likely $100k+) and it does not disappoint, though it’s a tad on the heavy side and didn’t handle exactly as he had hoped (even suggested it may have been the tires).
Matt considers the 2020 718 Porsche Boxster Spyder a beautiful car plenty of power given the weight and the slickness of a Porsche. They start at $96K and are pretty rare, with just 222 of these made worldwide and only 50 sold in the US. 😄
Doug DeMuro is not a big fan of the Mercedes-AMG G65 line, as its antiquated style serves as a cop-out, leading to clumsy design solutions for a ~$230K vehicle. ☹️
He also said that the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat is an over-the-top muscle car, which is nice but expensive at ~$73K.
Doug is super bullish on the $100K 2020 Shelby GT500, calling it the ultimate Ford Mustang. 😄
Staying in the Ford family, Doug says the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid ($33,5K) is excellent compact crossover that is the most fuel efficient one on the market. 😄
Doug looked at the the creature comforts of the “ultra-luxury” 2020 McLaren GT ($210K+ and $250K with options), which still sports ace performance of 0-60 in 3.1 and a top speed of 203mph.
Doug is not sold on the $95K 2019 Lexus LX570 (2019), which shares the chassis of the Land Cruiser but gripes big time about the infotainment system and the grill styling.
He is awfully excited about Aston Martin’s first ever SUV, the 2021 Aston Martin DBX Ultra-Luxury SUV, despite it not faring well price wise against the Porsche or Lamborghini rivals. It starts at $190K.
The 2020 Porsche 911 Speedster, not typically considered a “supercar”, starts around $275K. Doug calls it an “exceptionally rare” car, but Porsche is making 1,948 of them worldwide, which seems like a lot to have that title.