Say Hello To The New Pinnacle Of Luxury: The Mercedes-Maybach S680

Say Hello To The New Pinnacle Of Luxury: The Mercedes-Maybach S680


Suppose you’ve inherited a chunk of money and are now on the lookout for a luxurious car in which you could sit back and relax. Something that allows you to stretch your legs with ample space in the rear while also basking in luxury. Sure, you could go with the obvious options from Rolls Royce or Bentley. Except, according to Rory Reid, there’s a new pinnacle of uber-luxury that deserves your attention.

With a new S-Class comes a new Maybach, or Mercedes-Maybach as they’re now called. The 2021 Maybach line-up includes three trim levels, each based on how many zeros are in your bank account. It starts with the “entry-level” Maybach S580 equipped with a 3.9-liter V8. But, say your bank balance resembles that of a telephone number. Then the top of the range S680 will no doubt be the one to plump for. The S680 is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 5.9-liter V12 loaded with German precision and a host of modern technological features.

As you’d expect, the rear seat is the place to be in such a car luxobarge. The S680 boasts thicker glass in the C pillar to reduce noise, seats that massage your calves, and active noise canceling thanks to a mental 4D Burmeister sound system. You also get powered rear doors and Champaign flutes that the S-Class’s rear cupholders can automatically clamp down.

If you decide to drive yourself, the experience isn’t as dull as you’d expect either. That V12 under the hood makes 600 hp (608 PS/447 kW) and 900 Nm (664 ft-lb) of torque and it’s good for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of just 4.5 seconds, And that’s not all. It has an active anti-roll system keeping the car flat at all times. You also get a 1500 ($2000) option for rear-wheel steering that dramatically reduces the car’s turning circle.

At just over $200,000, the S680 Maybach is reserved for a select few. But, if you are one of those looking out for your next versatile continent crusher, then as Reid says, the S680 might just be the best uber luxury car out there right now.



2022 Genesis G70

What kind of car is the 2022 Genesis G70? What does it compare to?

The 2022 Genesis G70 sedan seats five. It wears a luxury badge and cops to it with luxury features and lots of technology. It’s a legitimate rival for the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3-Series, more so than dated competition like the Lexus IS and Cadillac CT4.

Is the 2022 Genesis G70 a good car?

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It borders on great. We give it a TCC Rating of 6.8 out of 10, even before the NHTSA has weighed in on its crash safety. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2022 Genesis G70?

The 6-speed manual edition is gone, but this year all G70 sedans have a 10.3-inch touchscreen standard, and more safety features on tap.

The 2022 G70 also wears a new look. With slim new strips of LEDs pointed at its shapely shield grille and muscular haunches, the G70 has a hint of 1980s to dress up its classic sport-sedan body. The details augment the style—they don’t interrupt it. Inside, the basic black cabin dresses for cocktail hour in Prestige models with quilted, red-stitched leather and metallic trim.

The G70’s stock 252-hp turbo-4 drops all the performance we need, in either rear- or all-wheel-drive spec. But enthusiasts can feast on the 365 hp offered by the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6; it hits 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, a couple of seconds quicker than the turbo-4. The catch comes in handling and ride. The V-6 has more strident sport tuning, and the ride on 19-inch wheels gets too stiff when it’s not fitted with the adaptive damping of Prestige-spec cars. There’s an ideal setup lurking in the G70’s ride and handling lineup, but for now it’s just a step out of reach.

The elegant interior’s snug by any measure, but its front seats hit a socially acceptable sweet spot for firmness and grip. The rear seats won’t suit big passengers, even if there are only two, and the 10.5-cubic-foot-trunk doesn’t exactly invite a long weekend trip with friends.

Safety ratings have slipped this year, but the G70 still has standard automatic emergency braking. 

How much does the 2022 Genesis G70 cost?

The $38,570 2.0T Standard counts among its standard features the new 10.3-inch touchscreen, power heated front seats, 18-inch wheels, and synthetic leather upholstery. At the top end, the $53,455 3.3T G70 Sport Prestige has nappa leather, an adaptive suspension, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera system. 

Where is the 2022 Genesis G70 made?

In South Korea.

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BMW M5 CS Races Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye In Battle Of The Sedan Titans


We doubt there are many people cross-shopping between a Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye and a BMW M5 CS, but as these are two of the most potent super sedans on the market, Throttle House decided to pit them against each other for a series of performance tests.

If you were to simply look at the spec sheets, you could be excused for thinking the Dodge would leave the BMW in its wake. After all, the Charger Hellcat Redeye is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 churning out 797 hp and 707 lb-ft (958 Nm) of torque. It is the world’s most powerful mass-produced sedan and can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in the mid-3-second range while sprinting down the quarter-mile in as little as 10.6 seconds at 129 mph (207 km/h).

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By comparison, the BMW M5 CS features a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with 627 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm). However, after watching this video, one would be excused for thinking the German automaker might have understated these figures.

Off the line, the M5 CS has the obvious advantage thanks to all-wheel drive and a potent launch control system so in the first race, it absolutely destroys the Charger. In the second race, the M5 CS driver doesn’t use the launch control but still easily takes the victory. Perhaps the most telling test is a rolling race between the two where the added grunt of the Charger should help it secure a win. However, it doesn’t, and the BMW actually proves once again to be faster.

The duo are then tested around a track and while we won’t spoil the result, one of them lapped the circuit faster that a C8 Corvette Z51.



2022 Hyundai Accent

What kind of car is the 2022 Hyundai Accent? What does it compare to?

The 2022 Hyundai Accent wrings economy-car fuel economy out of an equally efficient subcompact shape. The four-door sedan rivals economy cars like the related Kia Rio, the Nissan Versa, and the newer Kia Seltos crossover and Hyundai Venue hatchback. 

Is the 2022 Hyundai Accent a good car?

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It’s right in the middle of our pack, with a TCC Rating of 5.0 out of 10, with its best score in gas mileage. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2022 Hyundai Accent?

Not much, other than the lack of the former manual-transmission option. The Accent’s pert body tucks in enough space for four passengers and saves room for an excellent 5-year/60,000-mile warranty with three years or 36,000 miles’ worth of free maintenance—all for less than $20,000. The graceful but anonymous good looks, inside and out, are a bonus at that price.

The Accent’s 120-hp inline-4 and CVT won’t earn any major kudos, unless you steal the drivetrain and retrofit it into a go-kart. It’s buzzy and has meager output, but you’re not paying for speed here: you’re paying for the ability to park easily and to steer clear of the service bay as long as possible. It rides well enough for highway trips, but it’s at its best in point-and-squirt traffic and short-distance runs across town.

Four adults can fit inside, and they can bring along 13.7 cubic feet in the trunk. The interior’s fine for the price, with room for smartphones and iced lattes and a spill-resistant interior lined in plastic and durable-looking cloth. 

Crash-test scores haven’t been a positive or a negative, but you’ll have to spend the max to get the Accent Limited and its standard automatic emergency braking, which we wouldn’t go without in any new car.

How much does the 2022 Hyundai Accent cost?

The Accent SE costs about $17,500 and comes with power features and cloth interior, but has a small 5.0-inch touchscreen. Skip the SEL and go directly to the Limited; for about $20,000 it has automatic emergency braking, heated front seats, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Where is the 2022 Hyundai Accent made?

In South Korea.

2022 Toyota Prius

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Toyota Prius? What does it compare to?

The 2022 Toyota Prius is a paragon of fuel-efficient driving. Although Toyota has for most of this green-car icon’s two decades positioned the Prius as the greenest, most technology-advanced vehicle in the Toyota fold, that status has faded a bit as environmentally aware shoppers shift to EVs and Toyota spreads its hybrid tech throughout the lineup. Today’s alternatives include the Honda Insight, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla, as well as hybrid versions of the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.  

Is the 2022 Toyota Prius a good car?

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Although the market shift to crossovers has marginalized the Prius, it still performs reasonably well, and has a roomy cabin plus impressive standard safety features. That adds up to a TCC Rating of 5.5 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2022 Toyota Prius?

The Prius gets a Nightshade Edition for 2022 that brings blacked-out wheels, door handles, and badges, plus black trim accents inside and out. It also adds a heated steering wheel and heated black synthetic leather seats.  

The current Prius wears triangular shapes, creases, and smooth surfaces that few people find appealing or settling—but it is aerodynamic in the ways that help it achieve high fuel economy. The rear styling is perhaps the most interesting, as sculpting along the sides converges into a split-glass hatchback. The cabin styling is a mashup between a cost-conscious entry model and a quirky eco car, and upscale versions with the larger 11.6-inch screen look a bit more cohesive overall. 

The 2022 Prius is offered as a hybrid, in front-wheel-drive or AWD-e form, or as a front-wheel-drive Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. The Prius is perky but not downright quick, with dual electric motors packaged as part of a planetary torque-split transmission, incorporating a 1.8-liter inline-4 and making a combined 121 hp. Look to your fuel budget as the big beneficiary; the Prius returns up to 56 mpg combined. Prius AWD-e models add another small motor to the rear axle to help with grip and boost performance slightly. 

Technically the Prius can seat five, but the sloping roofline cuts headroom in back and there’s not enough width for three adults in back—so it’s a good fit for two, or for a small family of four at the most. Rear seats fold neatly to expand cargo space, with volume that’s comparable to some of today’s popular crossovers. 

The Prius comes well equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Amazon Alexa compatibility, keyless start, USB ports, and driver assist features including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control.  Last year brought Android Auto compatibility to complement Apple CarPlay. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection now includes traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control that can go down to a stop and restart without driver intervention. 

How much does the 2022 Toyota Prius cost?

The Prius comes in L Eco, LE, XLE, or Limited trim with all-wheel drive available in LE and XLE. The L Eco started at $25,520 for 2021, including $995 destination fee, and ranged up to the $33,645 Limited model. We don’t expect 2022 prices to change significantly. 

The Prius Prime follows the same logic with a $2,300 upcharge on LE, XLE, and Limited trims. But it’s eligible for a federal tax credit of $4,502. 

Where is the 2022 Toyota Prius made?

The Prius is made in Japan.

2022 Hyundai Palisade

What kind of car is the 2022 Hyundai Palisade? What does it compare to?

The 2022 Hyundai Palisade marries three rows of seats with digital technology to create a tech-forward family wagon with available all-wheel drive. It’s a rival for vehicles such as the Kia Telluride, Ford Explorer, and Honda Pilot.

Is the 2022 Hyundai Palisade a good car?

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It is. With the Palisade, Hyundai posts excellent scores for features and safety, for a TCC Rating of 7.3 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2022 Hyundai Palisade?

Hyundai fits blind-spot monitors to every Palisade now, and the Calligraphy comes in front-drive spec. Other than that, the Palisade carries over wearing the same intricately detailed front end and wide ribbons of chrome on its body, with the same lavish interior that looks sensational in light tones and trimmed with quilted nappa leather. It’s a plush family wagon no matter which version you choose; as a Limited or a Calligraphy, it’s a luxury vehicle missing only the luxury badge.

Power isn’t the Palisade’s status play, though its 291-hp 3.8-liter V-6 plays well with its 8-speed automatic to merge deftly into freeway traffic and pass without drama on back roads. It excels in ride quality: it’s damped well, with well-cushioned responses that don’t grow harsh when the 18-inch wheels on base models get upgraded to blingy 20-inchers.

Quiet and lined with high-quality materials, the Palisade cabin can seat eight people and carry about 18 cubic feet of cargo. All rows can seat medium-sized passengers in swell comfort; we’d opt for the second-row captain’s chairs with heating and cooling to fashion the ultimate adulting wagon.

Crash-test scores have been superb, and every Palisade has automatic emergency braking, though outward vision isn’t great at the rear corners due to thick roof pillars.

How much does the 2022 Hyundai Palisade cost?

At $34,335, the Palisade SE FWD comes with cloth upholstery, seating for eight, 18-inch wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Our pick? The $36,685 Palisade SEL, which comes with either a three-seat middle bench or a pair of second-row captain’s chairs, with options for leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging, and a 10.3-inch touchscreen. 

Where is the 2022 Hyundai Palisade made?

In South Korea.