The Top Motoring Features of 2018

Addicted to pithy prose though we may be, there’s something to be said for taking an extra few minutes to dive deeper, ponder longer and learn a bit more.


We’re all news junkies, aren’t we? Soundbites, headlines, quick hits, hot takes – if we can digest it fast, pour it on, and thick. Addicted to pithy prose though we may be, there’s something to be said for taking an extra few minutes to dive deeper, ponder longer and learn a bit more. Interviews, brand and product profiles, in-depth reviews, travelogues, Gear Patrol Magazine feature stories: these are the long-ish or straight-up long-form pieces we’ve loved the most this year, as writers and as readers.

The Features

This Forbidden Land Cruiser Pickup Is Legal In the United States – Here’s How

This off-road beast is Frankensteined from two different Land Cruisers and a Cummins diesel engine.

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The Toyota Land Cruiser Is Outdated and Overpriced

How does Toyota expect anyone to take a 10-year-old luxury SUV with an $85,000 price tag and a mainstream badge seriously?

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The Best Scramblers on Sale Take on One of America’s Greatest Riding Roads

To put a motorcycle through the wringer, it has to be pushed to its limits under the harshest conditions. What could be better than a ride from Seattle to Alaska?

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Big Adventure Motorcycles Will Soon Die Off, And For Good Reason

It's safe to assume KTM has a hit on its hands with the 790 Adventure R, but it might be a sign bigger ADV bikes are on the way out.

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These Old-School-Cool Power Wagons Are Anything But Outdated Beneath the Skin

The chassis, cab and body panels are restored from the original parts, but the engine, transmission, brakes and electronics get robust upgrades.

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1,000 Miles Through Michigan in a $600,000 Grand Tourer Trio

Grand Tourers make people happy because they look like emotion; they look like what it is to love the art and act of driving.

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EarthRoamer Adventure Vehicles Are the Ultimate Off-Road Luxury

EarthRoamer is a pioneer and a leader in the luxury overlanding segment. Massive trucks with ridiculous capabilities and comfort are the norm thanks to this Colorado-based builder.

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2019 Aston Martin Vantage Review: Exactly Why James Bond Doesn’t Drive a Porsche

It would be easy for Aston Martin to develop a car that betrays the brand's elegant, opulent, perfectionist ethos with some unremarkable, rough-edged car. But the Vantage is thoroughly Aston and a legitimate threat to...

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Editor’s Pick: I Think the Volvo V90 CC Is the Most Ideal Car On Sale Today

The beefed-up, "off-road" Volvo V90 CC wagon lies at the intersection of supreme comfort, capability, technology, safety and cost.

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