A Car Shopping Plan for Holiday Weekends

Get a Head Start at Home

First, you’ll want to know how you’ll be paying for the car and what you can afford. You also should create a short list of cars you’re interested in. Tackle financing questions first and the rest of the process will be much easier. Do this at home and, if possible, well ahead of the weekend.

Choose your purchase method: Ask yourself if you want to lease or buy a new car. Or would you prefer to buy a used car? In either case, it is a good idea to get a copy of your credit report and, if you plan on financing, get preapproved for a car loan.

Set your budget: A good rule of thumb is that your monthly payment (whether buying or leasing) should not be more than 10%-15% of your monthly take-home pay. Keep in mind that you also need to

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Audi readies 2nd coupe-like electric crossover

Audi is set to unveil a battery-electric compact crossover SUV dubbed the Q4 E-Tron shortly. A coupe-like version brandishing Audi’s Sportback designation is also coming, and a prototype has just been spotted. Think of it as a smaller version of the E-Tron Sportback that’s just gone on sale.

The Q4 Sportback E-Tron is expected to launch shortly after the regular Q4 E-Tron. A concept was unveiled in July and, judging by the prototype, the production version will closely resemble the striking show car.

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept

There are some subtle differences, though. The production version misses out on the concept’s aggressive front intakes and rear diffuser, and its massive 22-inch wheels. The production version also features bigger, more practical side mirrors, and its third brake light is integrated with the rear spoiler.

Underpinning both Q4 variants is Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular EV platform. The platform debuted last year

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Mercedes-Benz R-Class to return as EV?

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class bowed out of the United States after 2012 but lived on for several more years in China where there’s demand for luxury minivans—so much so that Lexus launched one there in 2019.

Now a new R-Class, or something like it, might be in the works at Mercedes for launch around 2025, Car reported last week.

Mercedes already sells a luxury minivan called the V-Class, though this is based on a commercial van that’s sold in the U.S. as a Metris. According to Car, the idea for the modern R-Class was conceived by former Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers, meaning the proposed vehicle might be performance oriented.

2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class

Such a vehicle offered by AMG might be badged a GLR, according to Car, though something like EQR is also possible if the vehicle ends up part of Mercedes’ EQ family of electrics,

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica Lets You Rock Some Style on Your Target Runs

  • Refreshed Pacifica with updated interior and exterior styling
  • New infotainment system gets Amazon Alexa integration and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • A new suite of standard driver aids including automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control
  • Part of the first Pacifica minivan generation introduced for the 2017 model year

What is the Pacifica?

All right, minivan or SUV — what’s more stylish and better equipped for bad weather? SUV, right? Normally, you’d be right. But the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is a viable exception. With updated styling and the continuation of available all-wheel drive, the Pacifica has some of the best attributes of an SUV to go along with its excellent practicality.

From nose to tail, the Pacifica has a new look. The center grille is larger and glittering with glossy black diamond-textured mesh, and the reshaped headlights are eyelined with LEDs like Cleopatra at a rave. Also, the lower air inlets

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Deep dive: Sean’s RB26-powered Ford Mustang from “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”

One of the most controversial cars from the “Fast and Furious” franchise is the RB26-powered Ford Mustang from “Tokyo Drift.” If you’ve ever wondered why the production team decided to stuff an iconic Nissan engine in a classic American muscle car, or how it was accomplished, this video has the answers. It features Craig Lieberman—technical advisor on the early “Fast and Furious” movies—and Sean Morris, the car’s builder.

Used in multiple generations of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, the 2.6-liter RB26 inline-6 is one of the most legendary engines to come out of Japan. The car symbolizes main character (and muscle-car lover) Sean Boswell fully embracing Japanese drifting and tuning culture.

Morris is a GT-R specialist, and was brought in to advise on the project. He chose a fairly basic version of the RB26 with a single turbocharger (as opposed to the stock GT-R twin-turbo setup), due to clearance

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