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James and Thomas at Throttle House did an interesting comparison between the 2020 Cadillac CT5 Sport and BMW 3 Series, both in the ~$50K range. They love the BMW’s adaptive cruise control that uses eye detection though missing models with the M-Sport package. In many key respects they found the Cadillac lacking for a ~$50K car, as it’s decidedly less sporty and powerful than the BMW. They essentially give BMW 3 Series the win.
MKBHD has some deeper thoughts on the $180K+ Porche Taycan and how it stacks up against the performance version of the Model S.
James and Thomas from Throttle House look at the 2020 Hyundai Sonata (starting at ~$23,600) vs the market-leading Toyota Camry XSE, both with an economical 4-cylinder engine and in roughly $30K configurations. The Camry packs a punch though, with more torque and horsepower than some 6-cylinder sportcar BMWs. The Sonata has a turbo under the hood, giving it more torque than the Camry, but it’s not very inspiring and doesn’t sound great, with 180 horsepower. The Camry’s ride is soooo nice, very comfortable. The Sonata packs some really cool features like the ability to back it up while standing outside, by pushing a button on the fob.
Matt Farah from the Smoking Tire says the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant 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.
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, 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.
Doug DeMuro is not a big fan of the Mercedes-AMG G65 line, as its antiquated style serves as a cop-out, leading clumsy design solutions. ☹️
He also said that the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody is an over-the-top muscle car, which is nice but expensive at ~$82K.
Doug is super bullish on the 2020 Shelby GT500, calling it the ultimate $100K Ford Mustang.
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.
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.
Doug DeMuro calls the 2017 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”.
Throwback: Doug LOVES the 2008 Mercedes CLK63 Black Series sedan, calling it the best AMG Car, and even putting it on his select list of cars he’d have in his dream garage. With 500+ horsepower, it’s packs a punch and is quite luxurious. You can find these for ($60K -$80K).