TFLcar week in review: New cars, best transmissions, Hellcat gets a second chance, and big Top gear news


Welcome to the TFLcar week in review, where we highlight the most memorable and the most popular posts from from the past week. This is the first of a weekly, regular series. We hope you like it.

One of the most popular post of the week, and one of the most popular videos, was episode 14 of the TFLcar video series, TFL Leaderboard Hot or Not. In this video, the 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat gets a second chance around the track, but this time with a brand-new set of Pirelli P-Zero tires. Watch the full video to find out what happens.

Also, the TFL Leaderboard Hot or Not series has moved from Mondays to Saturdays.

Roman Mica and Nathan Adlen counted down their favorite transmissions. Part one listed the best manual transmissions, while part two listed the best automatics. There are some surprises in the group, and also some of the worst of both breeds.

Roman and his son, Tommy, were also at the opening of the 2016 Mini Takes the States rally. They got to drive a 2016 Mini Clubman around the high banks at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


We also have a new YouTube channel. It’s called TFLnow, and it is a companion for both TFLcar and TFLtruck. TFLnow will have all of the breaking news and other content that doesn’t fit into the regularly scheduled video series on TFLcar or TFLtruck. Subscribe now to get all of the latest TFL videos.

On the news front, the Internet was abuzz with the news that controversial host of the rebooted Top Gear, Chris Evans, quit the show. This news came off the heels of rumors that Matt LeBlanc threatened to quit if Evans remained. With LeBlanc’s positive reception and Evans’ poor reception, it’s pretty obvious who won that coin flip.

Two new cars were unveiled this week, too. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder made its debut, although its more of a mid-cycle refresh than a redesign. However, the crossover’s look has been changed to match the other newer cars in the Nissan lineup, and it has a few more family-friendly features.

Also, Acura unveiled the NSX GT3 racer. The big news there is that, unlike the production car and the Pikes Peak racers that have a hybrid, all-wheel-drive powertrain, the GT3 will have a gas engine only (based on the same one in the production car) and will be rear wheel drive.

Acura NSX GT3

On the review front, the most popular post of the week went to the excellent comparison review between the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2016 Honda Civic. TFLcar writers Alex Kramer and Derek Mau put both cars through their paces and came up with a victor.

The 2016 Infiniti Q50 and the 2016 Dodge Durango Citadel also were put through the ringer.

It was also sales week, and there were plenty of sales reports posted to TFLcar.

Coming up this week, we will have a review of the 2016 Toyota Camry SE Special Edition, as well as some mid-year sales analysis stories. Also look for upcoming news on the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid and the Infiniti Q30. We will also have the regular weekly series like Hot or Not and Ask Nathan, plus any new or breaking news, so stay tuned for more news, views and real world reviews at

Check out the full Hot or Not video of the Hellcat Challenger on new tires: