Top Speed’s 10 Most Read News Stories of 2019
Now that we’ve looked back at all the concept cars we covered in 2019, we thought it would be a good idea to look back at our 10 most-read news stories of 2019. Surprisingly, there are some stories on this list that we completely forgot about, and a few the we knew just had to make the list.
Do you remember our story on the $21,000 Bugatti oil change? Or how about the story on Mazda 3 development secrets? Well, there were a lot more great pieces to check out, so ahead and check out our most-read articles of 2019, revisit them if you like, and feel free to let us know about your favorite news article in the comments section below!
The Best and Worst Concept Cars of 2019
Concept cars used to be a much rarer thing back in the day. Back in the 1960s, carmakers didn’t build many at all. Budgets were tighter, technologies were fewer, so most companies barely unveiled one per year, if not fewer. 50 years later and carmakers launch tens of concepts per year. We saw too many to count in 2019, but we remembered a few of them. We remember some for being cool, but we also remember a few concept cars for being some of the worst we’ve seen in years. In this list, I discuss the five best and five worst concepts launched in 2019.
Year End Review - The Best New Cars of 2019
The car scene, as we know it, is changing on an almost daily basis. Gone are the days when you’d have to wait months or years in a row for a big-name car launch to happen. These days it’s go, go, go whether we’re talking supercars, electric cars, SUVs, or even pickup trucks.
So, here’s a list of 2019’s best new cars. Some are impressive through their performances while others open new niches, try to change a brand’s way of thinking, or simply looking to address some of the modern mobility issues. That said, here are our picks for the best new cars of 2019.
The Best Vehicles For a Holiday Road Trip in 2019
We’re literally a few days away from Christmas. It’s hard to imagine what most of you are doing, though I suspect that you’re either scrambling to buy Christmas gifts or you’re preparing for the Christmas family vacation. I understand the pressure that comes with either of the two scenarios, though I will confess that I fall into the latter category. I’m preparing the Christmas family vacation, too, and, as you might expect, I’m gearing up the family SUV to prepare for the long road ahead for the family reunion. With that in mind, I picked out the best vehicles for the Christmas family vacation with the hope that if you have any of these rides, you can take the road this holiday season with confidence.
The early 60s all the way up to the 70s was a golden age for the American automotive industry if only for the simple fact that muscle cars were growing not just in number, but in overall stature. The muscle car arms race of the that time yielded plenty of options for customers looking for more power and metal-twisting torque from these vehicles. And the models only grew in popularity as more and more people began clamoring for the biggest, baddest, and most powerful machines.
The general appeal these muscle cars offered to the growing American car culture of the time was the opportunity to own powerful cars that could be used for drag racing while also keeping costs at bay. At that time, a number of brands began developing their own models, including legendary names like the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Plymouth Barracuda, the Pontiac Trans-Am, and the Dodge Charger, to name a few.
While the golden age of American muscle was limited to parts of these two decades, the industry has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in recent years. It’s not going to compare to the 60s or the 70s, but as proven by customer clamoring, the culture of American muscle cars is far from bearing its last legs.
To pay tribute to the time where muscle was king of the road - and the drag strip - we have compiled a list of the 10 most memorable muscle cars of the golden age.
Best Cars For Single Guys
A car makes a man, or so the saying goes. However it’s interpreted, it’s no secret that for single bachelors, a car is more than just a car. It can be an extension of your personality, a tool to flaunt your lifestyle, an expression of your interests, or a combination of all these things. It can even be used to attract members of the fairer sex, something the world’s bachelors will freely admit to. It’s one thing, though, to be a single guy with a car that can get you from point A to point B. It’s another thing entirely to be a single guy with a car that can do the same while everyone stares longingly at your ride. This is our list for the best cars for bachelors. We’ve made it as diverse as we can because, in the spirit of bachelorhood, diversity and the willingness to embrace that is the bedrock of the game.
2019 Chicago Auto Show - Worst In Show
The 2019 Chicago Auto Show’s big debuts are all over and done with, and as we look back at all the new metal that rolled through the McCormick Place convention center this year, we find that some of ‘em nailed it, while others fell flatter than week-old cola. This piece is covering the latter - the lame, the boring, the “what were they thinking?” debuts that left us scratching our heads and furrowing our brows. Per usual, we wanna know what you thought were the worst of the worst, so post your picks in the comments section at the end of this article!
2019 Chicago Auto Show - Best In Show
With the big sheet pulls now done and the McCormick Place convention center inundated with auto-hungry members of the general public, it’s time to recap our favorite debuts from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. We made sure to include a little bit of everything here, from big ’n bad pickups, to quick, compact sports cars, to refined four-doors. Let us know your favorites by posting in the comments section at the end of the article!
A new year is upon us, and it’s time we look at the best and worst of things that came our way. 2018 was, without a doubt, the year of the SUV, and there have been more than enough to quench any thirst for them that we may have had. Of course, we’re all journalists here, so we have a slightly different perspective than most people do - you included. With that said, we also get to experience the cream of the crop. We get to know them inside and out, inward and out, top and bottom. For a small period of time, each one of them burrows into our lives like a bad fungal infection that we just can’t shake. And, that’s why we’re here to present you with the best and most important SUVs presented in 2018. If you’re in the market for a new high-riding people hauler, look no further - your next ride is probably on this list.
The 7 Best New Cars of 2018
As 2018 comes to a close, we decided to take a look back at the best cars presented this year. There’s a little something on this list for everyone, including models like the Mercedes A-Class, Hyundai i30 N, and even the Hyundai Niro EV. But what is it that makes these cars (and the others we’ve chosen) the best new cars of 2018? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.
2017 Year In Review – Worst Vehicles Of The Year
While there were certainly quite a few excellent debuts that dropped in 2017 (just check out our list here, the past year in the automotive world brought along its fair share of duds as well. Whether it was some lackluster hybrid supercar, a space-filler crossover, an overpriced sedan, or a pair of ancient sports cars tarted up as brand-new models, no segment was safe from the ravages of awful entries. And, as stalwart purveyors of opinions in all things four-wheeled, it’s our job to bring together the worst of the offenders here in the following year in review list. And while we’d love to give you a catalog of all the cars that got under our skin this year, we’re gonna leave the extended rants to our resident curmudgeon Pops, thus limiting this collection of craptacular cars to just five spots, including the worst supercar, the worst truck or SUV, the worst luxury sedan, the worst luxury coupe, and the worst sports car.
Of course, these are just our opinions on the matter – we wanna know what you think as well. Tell us in the comments section below, whether it’s something awful we missed, or if we missed the mark by calling one of these machines the worst!
Continue reading to learn more about our picks for the worst vehicles of 2017.
2017 Year In Review – Best Vehicles Of The Year
With 2017 now headed for the history books, it’s a great time to take a moment to reflect on all the things we saw over the past 365 days. This year was practically overflowing with desirable new metal, with fresh debuts dropping in just about every category out there. Throughout it all, we here at TopSpeed have been bringing you the latest and greatest, with in-depth coverage on all the major auto shows, tons of written reviews, driving impressions, and more, all of which gave us a pretty good handle on all the good stuff. With that in mind, we had a little company pow wow, tossed around our personal favorites, and came up with the following list of the best vehicles of the year. We’ve broken it down into five categories, including the best supercar, the best truck and SUV, the best luxury sedan, the best luxury coupe, and the best sports car.
Believe us when we say it wasn’t easy making this list. There was a lot of top-notch rides to choose from, but choose we did. Read on for the list, and don’t forget to add your picks in the comments section below!
Continue reading to learn more about our picks for the best vehicles of 2017.
2017 Recap - Successful Debuts and Flops
2018 is just around the corner, and it’s that time of the year when we look back on what happened over the last 12 months in the automotive industry. Needless to say, 2017 has been a busy year with five major auto shows in Europe and North America plus a few more important car events in Shanghai and at SEMA. More than a hundred new cars have been launched, with countless concepts previewing vehicles and technologies that we will get in production models in a few years. We’ve seen semi-autonomous cars go into production and significant progress made toward electrification with significant gains in hybrid and all-electric drivetrain technology.
We saw spectacular supercars bow in Detroit, Geneva, New York, and Frankfurt, alongside redesigned or updated cars and SUVs for the average Joe. But the industry also spawned a few flops this year. Cars that didn’t live up to the pre-launch hype, concepts that didn’t bring actual novelties, and Asian automakers that copied European designs inch by inch. I’ve included all of the above in this end-of-the-year recap, so we can look back on both the successful debuts and the flops that we witnessed from January through December 2017. Keep reading to find out what got me excited and disappointed this year.
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TopSpeed’s Top 5 Spaceships On Wheels
As a child, I used to fantasize all the time about zipping around the galaxy in my own personal spaceship. I still do, actually, but that’s not the point. The point is that the folks who call the shots at the world’s top automakers are just as prone to flights of fancy, but unlike the cardboard-box dreams you and I have, these people have the means to make it happen – on four wheels, that is. And that’s awesome, because if you take a second to look around, you’ll realize automotive spaceships are all over the place. Here’s our Top 5.
The criteria for this list are pretty simple. First off, we limited it to production cars, which means no one-offs. However, race cars and anything not street legal is okay, given that highway patrol has yet to deploy a space division. Beyond that, warp speeds and exotic materials are a must, as is interplanetary styling.
All strapped in? Enjoy the flight! Three… two… one…
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Top 5 Cars Sold at Gooding & Company Auction During Monterey Car Week 2016
When it comes to major auctions, it’s pretty common to find various Ferrari models at the top of the list. This year, the auctions taking place during Monterey Car Week were wild as usual. Mecum auctions turned out some amazing vehicles with the top 10 cars pulling in nearly $20 million, but that’s nowhere near the kind of numbers we saw at the Gooding & Company auction. In fact, Gooding’s number for the top five cars was more than double that of Mecum’s top 10 – pretty wild right?
Gooding had a lot of cars listed, and 160 of those lots actually sold. Some of the lower-priced cars include models like a 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Coupe for $412,500, a 1988 Porsche 959 Comfort for $1,320,000, a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Le Mans for $143,000, a 1928 Morris Oxford for just $49,400, and there was even a 1968 Iso Grifo 7 Litri that sold for $682,000. Okay, so some of those numbers might night be “low” for some of us, but in the grand scheme of things, none of them are much when you consider the most expensive car sold at Gooding this year commanded just of $18 million. More about that later, but I’ll give you a hint: It’s a Ferrari. Shocker, right?
Well, with that said, let’s take a good look at Gooding’s top five from this year at Monterey and talk a little about them. There’s just something about these high-dollar collectibles that really gets the blood flowing, isn’t there?
Keep reading to learn about the top five sellers from Gooding & Company
TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-Tech Cars
In case you hadn’t noticed, the year is 2016, people, and it’s high time we get this whole technology thing kicked into high gear. Yeah, I know you can post cat videos and catch virtual pocket monsters, but I’m talking about real tech, stuff that can actually change the world in a profound way. Not that that video of Mr. Snowball chasing the laser pointer isn’t worthwhile, I’m just saying we can do better. Thankfully, there’s at least a few automakers out there pushing the limits of what’s possible on four wheels, and we’re all a whole lot better for it.
In this list, we’ve compiled the top five high-tech cars you can go buy right now. You know, with money. And while they might not be powered by trilithium extract or be made from carbonized uranium, these five vehicles represent the bleeding edge of transportation. Is your ride among them?
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TopSpeed’s Top Automotive Picks For Moms
It’s Mother’s Day, and we here at TopSpeed wanna show our love and gratitude to all those hardworking mamas out there. But you know, we’re not exactly big on the whole flowers and breakfast in bed thing, so instead, we’ve put together a list of our top seven automotive picks for moms. In this list, we look at a variety of price points and cover all the major family-oriented segments, including minivans, hatchbacks, compact crossovers, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs, wagons, and even something for moms with a craving for velocity. We also talk about features and what makes each pick stand out from the crowd when it comes to things moms might want.
What do you think of our picks? Are we missing a model? What’s your choice for the best mom-mobile? Let us know in the comments section. And don’t forget to call your mom!
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2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show
I’ll just come out and say it – being the follow-up act to the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show is not an enviable position (check out some of our coverage here to see what I’m talking about). Nevertheless, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) pulled it off, providing us with plenty of fresh metal worthy of our collective attention and desire. From muscle-bound track monsters, to European refinement, to Japanese tech, there really was a little bit of everything in the Big Apple this year. But the question is this – which models stood out as the best of the bunch?
The criteria for clinching a spot on this list is loose, but I’ll try to distill it down for you. A Best In Show winner has to stir emotion. It has to excel, both as a piece of design and a technical showcase. Significance in a historical context is a big plus. And of course, there’s the speed – big power, crazy specs, prowess in the twisties… you know, the good stuff.
The following five cars have all that and more, and if you love fast machinery, odds are you’ll find something to love in this list.
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