2021 Genesis G80 3.5T first drive review: Holy cow is this thing good

Genesis is hell-bent on turning itself into a proper luxury brand, finally able to compete with the German stalwarts. The G80 is one of the first examples of New Genesis, a sedan that’s fully capable of going toe to toe with the Teutonics. Said another way, it’s Genesis’ best product yet.

Elegant inside and out

The old G80 was a carryover from when a Genesis wore Hyundai badges, and thus, its luxury wasn’t fully realized. The 2021 model, however, is a clean-sheet approach, and what an approach. In just a couple years, Genesis found its stylistic niche that separates it from the likes of the Mercedes E-Class or BMW 5 Series. Its fastback silhouette gives it a sportier appearance without requiring a hatchback, and the unique appearance of its running lights — and how their lines continue rearward through the fender’s turn-signal indicators — grants the G80 a cohesiveness that turns a whole lot o’ heads on the road. Yeah, sure, the grille might be a little large, but taken as a whole, I think the G80 looks phenomenal.

The interior’s attention to detail is equally impressive. In fact, I’d say the G80’s innards are right up there with

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2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon first drive review: Save the unicorns!

The best version of Mercedes-AMG’s uber E-Class is back and mostly better than ever. Meet the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon. It’s packing more than 600 horsepower and all-wheel drive. It handles like a dream while boasting more cargo space than many SUVs. And, in my example’s Pure Blue Magno satin-finish paint, it’s a damn-near-perfect super-sport wagon.

For 2021, Mercedes’ hottest E-Class wagon gets a touch of rhinoplasty with a restyled front bumper and splitter, as well as tweaks to the AMG-specific grille. The LED headlamps also receive the same reshaping seen throughout the 2021 E-Class lineup.

Aside from a selection of new paint colors, the rest of the E63 estate’s body is largely untouched. The new hues include Graphite Grey metallic, Cirrus Silver metallic and my personal favorite, Designo Brilliant Blue Magno with its satin finish. The semi-matte paint requires a bit more care when detailing, but the look is totally worth it.

The 197.1-inch long E63 boasts 35 cubic feet of cargo capacity with its rear seats upright, expanding to around 64 cubes when folded flat. From the driver’s seat and second row, the head,

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2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain first drive review: Go butch or go home

How do you sell a wagon in the US in 2020? Make it look like an SUV. Traditional station wagons continue to fall out of favor with American customers, yet higher-riding crossovers keep on selling like hotcakes. With that in mind: The Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon is dead; long live the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain.

The All-Terrain joins the Mercedes’ US lineup as part of the E-Class’ 2021 model-year update. It’s essentially the outgoing E450 wagon with 2 extra inches of ground clearance, standard air suspension (previously an option), some rugged-looking body cladding and butch new bumper treatments. Overall, the look really works; the All-Terrain is definitely handsome, though I’m not sure if all the cladding works against my tester’s rich shade of Cardinal Red. In any case, this crossover-like updo makes a whole lot of sense for the E-Class, better positioning it to take on other high-riding luxury wagons such as the Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country.

You can only get the All-Terrain in E450 4Matic guise in the US, meaning it uses Mercedes’ 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 engine and all-wheel drive. The straight-six engine is the

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SSI, SSDI, stimulus checks: Everything to know about the first and second payments

If a new bill passes and you’re part of the Supplemental Security Income or the Social Security Disability Insurance program, you’ll likely be eligible for a second stimulus check.


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If you’ve followed the twists and turns in the path to a second stimulus check and the economic relief package that would contain it, you already know that the next bill could have some notable differences from March’s CARES Act seven months ago. But there’s a good chance the next federal COVID-19 aid could deliver a second stimulus check and more aid for people who are unemployed.

When and if it passes after the Nov. 3 election, the rules over who gets stimulus money, the timeline for sending payments and the size of the checks will be much clearer for everyone. 

That’s important when the requirements are anything but a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, they differ for young adults, older adults and retirees and recipients of Supplemental Security Income and/or Social Security Disability Insurance. But if you participate in the SSI or SSDI program, you’re likely to be eligible to get a second stimulus check. (if you think you qualified for the first

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