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Motoring on the Grid: The “Connected” Car Comes of Age

Staying connected to your information — whether that means access to music, social media, restaurant reviews, or navigation — is essential, even when you’re on the road. These are some of the best connected cars on the market today; they range from an affordable hatchback to a racy new minivan and all the way to one of the most luxurious rides on the planet.

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When more is way too much

The Business of Busyness

Nissan’s third generation Murano bowed at the New York Auto Show this spring. The reason you didn’t see it in our Ten Best list from the show is because I hate it the way my architect wife hates attached garages and vinyl siding. Car design is trending toward overbearing, thanks in no small part to the tastes of drivers. But there’s still hope out there.

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A Far-East Beauty

Essentials Inspired by the 1970 Datsun 240Z

For those dreaming of a vintage car collection, the Datsun 240Z is a great place to start. But you shouldn’t drive it in a dirty tee and sweatpants. We hunt down some great gear and garb from the era and the area from which the 1970 240Z hails.

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Godzilla Invades America

25 Years Later, Bringing the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Stateside

While the majority of Americans look for their next vehicle at their local car dealership or online, there are some who spend countless hours to hunt down and import foreign cars that were never sold here in the states, at least legally. One of those grails just might finally be legally accessible to enthusiasts and collectors here in the U.S. for the first time in, well, ever. It’s the Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R, the car that birthed the current Nissan GT-R supercar.

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A Taste of Things to Come

Detroit 2014: 10 Concept Cars Foreshadowing the Years to Come

Concept cars are the stuff of dreams, representing the wondrous “could be” situations that make us salivate. Every year various auto shows pull the veil off auto industry pageants every year, and every year our collective pulses race to see what car companies have wrought in the way of wild designs, impressive technology and a foreshadowing of what might come in the not-too-distant future. Detroit has delivered ten of the most eye-catching concepts of 2014, and we’ve jumped in with a gusto. See which ones we love and why, here.

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Rising Stars from the Rising Sun

Aces of Asia: 10 Best Japanese Cars

Japanese cars have long been the epitome of reliability and trustworthiness, but they haven’t always been beautiful to look at. Things have changed with the current generation of Japanese cars, which boast great design and more personality than ever, along with driving dynamics that can rival (and even best) the Germans in some cases. Their bombproof reliability hasn’t been altered through the generations, either. Here are the ten best rising cars from the land of the rising sun.

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A Skyline in the city

Behind the Wheel: 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

With one of the highest thrill-to-dollar ratios of any production car on the planet, the only way to make the Nissan GT-R more monstrous (hello, 0-60 in less than three seconds) is a limited Track Edition. Luckily, we didn’t have to call in any favors or cash in our Bitcoins to get our hands on the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition ($117,000), which serves dual duties as a sports car and a missile.

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Today in Gear: November 11, 2013

Zero SR Electric Motorcycle Electric cycles are awesome, sure, but some electric cycles are awesomer. Compared to the less balls-out Zero S, the SR boasts a larger, 660-amp motor that spins out 24% more power and 56% more torque — 106 lb-ft, to be exact. That translates to 100+ mph top speeds and a trip…

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More beautiful beasts of burden

Bigger is Better: 5 Best Full-Size Pickups

Baseball, apple pie and trucks: all iconic, savory slices of Americana. The urban cowboy may have given the pickup a bad rap, but don’t let that sour the segment. These ain’t your granddad’s haulers. No sir, the trucks of today have taken fuel efficiency to an all-time high in the segment, for starters, and have added touches of interior and exterior class that leave little to be desired, even when compared against luxury makers.

Yes, the beloved truck has changed, but it remains grounded in its roots as a tree-stump-puller. Indeed, the core functionality of the pickup truck has remained nearly unchanged through the years — that is, it still has the ability to blast copious amounts of diesel exhaust over smug, hybrid drivers. We found time to drive and rate the five best full-sized models on the market. Which one you choose is between you and your payload.

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When Godzilla gets Juke'd

Quick Spin: Nissan Juke-R

Have you ever seen “that couple” — the short, rotund Geek Squad individual and the Olympic beach volleyball player walking hand in hand? A similarly weird aura surrounds the incredibly unnecessary yet blissfully real 545 horsepower Nissan Juke-R ($665,000). We got some seat time in this, one of the rarest production automobiles in the world.

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Minimus Maximus

How The Maxima Lost Its Way

It’s hard to keep a longstanding car model fresh and consistent over the course of decades. Cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette, the Honda Accord and the BMW 3-Series are a few models that have stood the test of time. Then there are those models that keep on keepin’ on as the rest of us wonder why. The Nissan Maxima is quite possibly the poster child of this category. I heave a sigh of disappointment every time I see a current model on the road.

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It's all in the hands

Nissan GT-R – Takumi: The Master Craftsmen Behind Nissan

Though the supremely capable Nissan GT-R is a feat of automotive technology, the craftsmanship behind the monstrous VR38 twin-turbo V8 engines by the “Takumi” is nothing short of impressive. Only four men can boast this level of skill for Nissan and each one prides himself on handbuilding each heavy-breathing beast beneath the hood of the current Japanese supercar. There’s no shortage of skill or humility in these four “samurai of the streets”, and our latest Viewfinder shows you their handcraft in an age of burgeoning technology.

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Makes the Italians sweat

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

Some claim the Nissan GT-R is a tad too clinical, born from a generation of Gran Turismo video game junkies who are better on a game console than behind a real wheel. But no one will dispute the fact that the GT-R is a bonkers supercar for a non-supercar price, and it makes just about every other competitor sweaty in the nether regions. The 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition should add an even heftier dose of fear into the hearts of performance cars with twice the price tag.

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Great, in concept

Best Concept Cars at Detroit 2013

As nearly every auto show evidences, status quo just doesn’t cut it — and concept cars, as crazy as they can sometimes be, give us a glimpse into the realm of automotive possibility. The concepts of NAIAS 2013 were no exception. Some were radical new designs for existing models and others are new to the…

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Built for speed... and production

Nissan Juke-R

A couple of months ago, news of the Nissan Juke-R Concept hit the web. Nissan execs Jerry Hardcastle and Paul Wilcox gave the project the nod and approached the minds at Ray Mallock, Ltd. in the UK, who subsequently chopped a Nissan GTR by 250 mm and saved the all-wheel drive system, suspension and beefy…

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Breaking the mold

The DeltaWing Project

There is definitely an auto racing establishment out there. Radical innovations in the field are seen from time to time, but they don’t always succeed. Funding and backing are tough ventures, and there is no guaranteed formula for victory. The creators of the DeltaWing hope to bring their innovative and radical new vehicle to the…

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Cars and caffeine, an ideal pairing

West Coast Blitz: 1,100 Horsepower, 800 Miles and Blue Bottle Coffee

Recently we found ourselves presented with a couple of problems. First. We were handed the keys to a deep blue pearl 2012 Nissan GT-R and 2012 diamond black edition Cadillac CTS-V at roughly the same time. Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound like so much of a problem but bear with us. In reality neither cars…

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Smaller, Faster, Better, Stronger... Technologic

Behind The Wheel: Nissan 370Z (Coupe, Roadster, and NISMO) Video

When the engine-ears at Nissan heard they were charged with refocusing the highly successful and storied Z-line, they did something remarkable, they listened. The launch of the new 370Z in January along with the NISMO and roadster versions in June and September, respectively, sees a number of small tweaks from the great, but sometimes flawed,…

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Your Driving Life, Cubed.

Squaring Up With The New Nissan Cube

Gear Patrol’s Bradley Hasemeyer takes the new (to the U.S.) Nissan Cube out for a test drive and gives his review on the seemingly square (yet not so square) ride.

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2009 Nissan Maxima [2008 NY Auto Show]

[click on image to enlarge] Ahead of the New York Auto Show, some images of the 2009 Nissan Maxima have been unveiled at SuperNissans.net. We’re going to reserve judgement until we can reveal the specifications for the vehicle, but the new, polarizing look, of the Maxima takes from the forthcoming 370Z and in some odd…

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2009 Nissan GT-R (Skyline)

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE Looking at the 2009 Nissan GT-R the song “Going The Distance” by Cake comes to mind. This firebreathing 473 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 all-wheel drive monster will make make you scream whilst screaming itself. An appropriate car for the upcoming Hallow’s Eve indeed. Arriving this coming Spring stateside, the 2009 Nissan…