CONDUCT! 2023: The best of the best in 2023; the era of internal combustion
The best vehicles of the internal combustion era
CASEY WILLIAMS | Automatic reviewer
We may have entered The EV Age, but there are still plenty of gas-powered rides to be had. From compact crossovers to an all-new Mustang, a Corvette-powered SUV and a Ferrari crossover, these represent a final gas-powered era worth savoring.
Heritage styling is reinvented with triple-LED headlights, wider hips and three-bar rear lighting. The interiors adopt curved flat screens, customizable with Unreal Engine 3D gaming technology. Old-school engines range from a 310-hp turbo-four to a 500-hp V8. Driving modes, magnetic driving control and drift brake enhance the fun.
Base price: $30,000
Already big and luxurious, this ultimate SUV is equipped with Corvette’s hand-built supercharged V8, which develops 682 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. Recognize it by the black grille, quad exhausts and 22-inch wheels. Air suspension, a 38-inch infotainment screen and a hands-free Super Cruise add allure to the most expensive Cadillac ever.
Base price: $149,695
Ferrari finally offers a crossover, and it comes with sexy curves, angry facias and an interior awash in buttery bovine. It is also powered by a 6.5-liter V12 producing 715 horsepower and an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. Flash 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds. With active suspension, you can take the kids to school and the dogs to the parks while enjoying track days.
Base price: $400,000
The design references the original 1970 model, but the more avant-garde interpretation retains the ovoid headlights and power-bulge hood. Underneath is a precise chassis and a 400 horsepower twin-turbo V6. Opt for the six-speed manual transmission. Interiors still sport triple gauges, but add Apple CarPlay, automatic braking and adaptive cruise.
Base price: $39,990
More sophisticated, the small crossover grows with styling inspired by the latest Civic and a significantly larger interior with digital instrumentation, 7-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. A larger four-cylinder engine develops 158 horsepower through front- or all-wheel-drive. Expect 26/32-MPG city/highway.
Base price: $23,650
Everything 80s is cool again, including this cult favorite. Returning as a five-door sedan for a sporty stance and a compact crossover, the car comes with a 200-hp turbo-four mated to a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. The interiors encourage fast driving. Automatic emergency braking is standard.
Base price: $30,800
As the latest in a legend that dates back to the 1950s, the muscular sedan adopts an updated 300C tricolor grille badge, Black Laguna leather seats, carbon fiber accents and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. -speakers. Under the long hood is a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 developing 485 horsepower that goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds. Only 2,000 are allocated to the United States
Base price: $55,000
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
There will be electrified Corvettes, but the American sports car does magic with gasoline. Behind the seats is a 5.5-liter V8 delivering 670 horsepower and 0 to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds! Magnetic Ride Control continuously adjusts the chassis for a comfortable ride or trail riding. It looks pretty bad with the carbon fiber aero package.
Base price: $105,300
Butch, sporty and loaded with luxury, this crossover is powered with up to 256 turbocharged horsepower and achieves a total of 27 MPG. Hybrids come later. The interiors are gorgeous with available saddle leather, a head-up display and an infotainment system with a nifty display and joywheel. Pedestrian detection alert enhances safety.
Base price: $26,800
GMC Canyon AT4X
Get the adventurer of GMC’s muscular compact pickup, capable of tumbling over hill and dale with a factory 3-inch lift, skid plates, underbody cameras, winch jack and motor four 2.7-liter turbocharged cylinders developing 310 horsepower. Interiors are refined with a large infotainment screen, premium materials and the entire safety suite.
Base price: $63,350