2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 review: Power and style above all

No SUV has the inherent cool factor of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.


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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a paradox. It’s utilitarian, rugged and boxy. But at the same time, it’s coveted by the rich, stylish and famous, and Mercedes keeps coming up with ever more luxurious and powerful variants to satisfy those buyers, the latest of which is the 2020 AMG G63.

Like

  • Epic engine
  • Timeless style
  • Heroic build quality
  • Luxurious interior appointments

Don’t Like

  • Terrible ride
  • Heinously expensive
  • Awful ergonomics

This ubertractor has a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 that produces 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque — figures befitting a supercar — and routes that power through a chassis that, while more refined than ever, still feels better suited to guarding a Slavic border checkpoint than driving on anything resembling a twisty road. It’s all very silly and austere and purposeful. And therein lies the charm of the G-Wagen: well-dressed lunacy.

The always-lovely 4.0-liter V8 is paired with Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive. Being a G-Class, it also has three locking differentials, should you ever decide to venture into the rough stuff. (And even then, the G550 is better.)

Given the tall, narrow shape of

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 Echo deals: Echo Show 5 for $45, Echo Flex for $15 and more discounts

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day is in full swing and it’s offering some of the deepest discounts around on smart speakers and other technology for Prime members. So if you’re been eyeing up an Echo Show, want to know what’s going on on your front porch or are just looking to get a head start on Christmas shopping, now’s your chance to start shopping! 

The biggest savings landed after the clock struck midnight Pacific time, but Amazon dropped a series of Prime Day countdown deals ahead of its big sale.

If you’re not a Prime member and want in on some discounts, Amazon competitors including Walmart, Target and Best Buy are also boasting big deals this week. 

We’ll keep updating this story as more deals become available.

Best smart speaker and display Prime Day deals so far

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A Ring Video Doorbell runs for $200, and the Echo Show 5 smart display goes for $90. But on Prime Day, Amazon will offer them as a package for $150. If you’re looking to jump-start a

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iPhone 12: A cheat sheet

This guide to the new iPhone 12 family describes the features, specs, and prices if you’re considering buying one or simply want to learn more about the lineup.

2020 has seen the release of four new iPhones, all of which Apple revealed at a virtual launch event on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, offer varying sizes, features, and prices. As such, Apple has designed its new lineup to reach a wide array of customers with different needs and budgets. The four new iPhone 12 models are also the first Apple phones to include 5G connectivity, a potential consideration when shopping for a new phone.

SEE: All of TechRepublic’s cheat sheets and smart person’s guides

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Beyond adding 5G, Apple has equipped the iPhone 12 family with its powerful new A14 Bionic processor, a Super Retina XDR display, a more durable Ceramic Shield front cover, and a MagSafe feature for more reliable wireless charging, and support for attachable accessories.

Apple has also beefed up the cameras on the new iPhones with an array of advanced features designed to enhance and fine-tune your photos and videos. The iPhone 12

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