2022 Honda Passport TrailSport Review by Ben Lewis

Let’s play a game. If we say name an outdoorsy off-road manufacturer, what would you say? Jeep? Land Rover? Toyota? How about Honda? Probably not. But that’s no fault of the vehicles, but one of perception. Honda has been making some tough, capable all-terrain vehicles for some time, but they haven’t been making a lot of noise about them. Well, that’s about to change with the all-new 2022 Honda Passport TrailSport. Ready to get some mud on your boots? Let’s go! Toughed-up Looks We were already fans of the current Passport, a big and comfy, capable 5-spassenger SUV. For 2022, …

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2023 GMC Canyon Teased Again, Burly AT4X Trim Showcases Trail Styling, Confirms August 11th Debut

The dust is still settling from the debut of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado, but it can be easy to forget that GMC is also preparing to debut the 2023 GMC Canyon. The Canyon is often considered to be the more upscale version of its Chevrolet sibling, but a new teaser the brand released appears to show that the trail ready AT4X model will also be ramping up its efforts to differentiate itself from the ZR2 out on the trail.   Canyon Exterior Styling Looks The Part The two teaser images GMC released show the front fo the truck with the …

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2023 Mazda CX-50 Meridian Edition Hits The Order Books, Highlights Broader Price Increase

The Mazda CX-50 is perhaps one of the most interesting SUV entries that we have seen in recent years. It’s a rugged trail runner but it still has enough sporty style and west coast substance to look good on any designers sketchpad. It’s driving manners certainly impressed us both in California as well as our home turf. However, the one flavor of CX-50 that has proven to be elusive is the Meridian Edition. This version promised to turn the volume up a notch in many regards and was promoted as an upgrade over lesser models. Mazda has ended it’s radio …

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2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review: The King of Reliability

Last time Toyota did a major update to the 4Runner was in 2010. Despite the Tacoma getting a new engine in 2016, the 4Runner keeps the venerable 4.0-liter V6. There is a reason for this that we will cover later. Overview Outside the 2022 4Runner TRD Pro Rather than focus on the over a decade old design, let’s talk about the unique features of the TRD Pro. For starters the 2022 4Runner TRD Pro comes with all the features that are on the TRD Off-Road Trim. In addition, the TRD Pro adds a TRD roof rack up top, ¼” thick …

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2023 Ford Maverick Tremor Brings Trail Ready Fun To Ford’s Value Friendly Urban Truck

When we reviewed the Ford Maverick recently, we highlighted all the things that it had going for it, including its impressive fuel economy as well as some of the ingenious features Ford engineered into the truck (like the tailgate-mounted bottle opener.) However, the one significant flaw is that the Maverick wasn’t able to flex its muscles out on the open trail, with the hybrid model being limited to front-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive model not having enough rugged bits to make it a good trail runner. Ford has changed that with the 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor, which takes things …

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2022 Audi A3 Review by Ben Lewis

We get to test an interesting range of vehicles here at Car_Revs_Daily, from the entry level Hyundai Accentup to the plush Mercedes E450 convertible. What is unusual for us is to test the entry-level model of a premium maker. But with an all-new Audi A3 for 2022, it gave us a great reason to try the carmaker’s most affordable vehicle. So, is it a bargain Bahnstormer, or inexpensive imitation of greatness? Let’s find out! Strong Family Looks From the outside, this is one handsome sedan, if not a large one. The new model is more evolutionary than revolutionary – it’s …

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Road Test Review – 2022 F-150 Lightning – Electrcity Adds New Angle To Ford’s Best Seller

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is arguably one of the most highly anticipated EVs in recent memory. While it was beaten to production by the Rivian R1T, Ford is still in a position to make a splash in the EV pickup wars, especially since the Tesla Cybertruck has still not entered production despite repeated promises by Elon Musk and Tesla representatives. But does the Lightning give the F-150 the perfect opportunity to dominate another pickup market niche, or is it an evolutionary dead end for an icon?   F-150 Lightning Styling Combines Familiarity With Slick Touches When you first lay …

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Rolls Royce Spectre Testing Moves To France, Company Confirms It Will Retain Core Character

Rolls Royce made waves a short while ago when it revealed that it was producing the Spectre EV. The Spectre will be the first EV to move beyond concepts and limited production exercises with the model showing the world what a production Rolls Royce EV will look like. Rolls confirmed that testing has now moved to the coastal scenery of France, and they even revealed some new things about the Spectre, including the suspension.   Ghostly Spectre Will Be A Different Kind Of EV The Spectre may be taking Rolls on the fast track to electrification but that doesn’t mean …

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2023 Chevrolet Colorado Doubles Down On Four Cylinders, Debuts New Trail Boss Trim

It has been eight years since we last got an updated Chevrolet Colorado model, and while the current generation is still a strong seller for Chevy, it’s no secret that it’s also aging, especially in the face of updated rivals like the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma. Chevrolet has sought to change that in a big way with the unveiling of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado, which aims to be a more potent offering for the new model year.   Colorado’s Crisper Styling Preps It For The Young Buyers  As mentioned, the Colorado’s styling was starting to noticeably age, and …

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Honda Teases Prologue EV SUV, Confirms 2024 Production Target

GM has made waves with the recent unveilings of EV products like the Equinox EV, Blazer EV, and even the ultra-luxurious Celestiq EV. However, Honda’s efforts have long remained in the shadows despite inking a recent partnership with GM to co-develop EV models. That’s now changed, with the Japanese auto giant releasing the first teaser of its upcoming Prologue EV SUV.   Prologue Shaping Up To Be Important SUV Unlike some of Honda’s recent teaser efforts which had details about as sparse and wafer thin as a saltine cracker, this one is the equivalent of eating a hearty Fig Newton. …

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2022 Nissan Titan XD Review: The In-Betweener

Modern Nissan vehicles are overcoming past issues. The updated Armada, new Frontier, and the Z are great examples of this push for change. At the beginning of this changes was the Titan XD. Two years ago it was updated with a more premium interior and some exterior design features. Since then not much has changed. It is still powered by the excellent 5.6-liter V8 with 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. That power runs through a well tuned 9-speed automatic. Where does the 2022 Titan XD fit into the truck market? How the XD is Different When compared to …

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2022 Acura MDX Type S Advance Review by Ben Lewis

Acura has been doing some great stuff lately. And one of the things that has really gotten our attention was the return of the Type S trim – Acura’s serious performance models for serious performance drivers. We recently tested the TLX Type S sedan and found it an impressive step up over the TLX A-Spec that we had lots of love for. Well, we’ve been in the 3-row MDX A-Spec SUV, so when Acura announced an MDX Type S, we jumped at the opportunity to test. Does Acura bring the same magic to their flagship SUV? Let’s take a look! …

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Cadillac Unveils Celestiq Concept, Retro Ideas Fuse With Modern Tech To Create Electrified Art

Evolution and art typically go hand in hand, especially in the automotive world. That’s especially true when it comes to Cadillac, which has seen its fair share of evolution over its 120-year history. Design and luxury served as the key pillars that defined Cadillac in its early years, with technology becoming a prominent theme as the decades rolled on. It’s these pillars that inspired Cadillac to embark on perhaps its most ambitious gamble yet, with the brand finally taking the veil off of the long-awaited Cadillac Celestiq ultra-luxury sedan.   A Package Embodying The Past And The Present The Celestiq …

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Cadillac Celestiq Shines In One Final Teaser Video, Will Make Its Debut July 22nd

It has been a long and perhaps celestial journey to get to this point in the Cadillac Celestiq’s road to production. Initially teased as a car that would bring Cadillac back to prominence in the luxury car market, subsequent teasers since then have revealed that the Celestiq will not only be targeting established players in the ultra luxury market, but that it also intends to try and replicate the magic that once defined Cadillac in the 1920s and 1930s. The reveal is less than 24 hrs away, but Cadillac has decided to drop one final teaser video ahead of its …

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2023 Honda Civic Type R Refines The Art Of Brawn, Comes Packed With New Technology

It’s not often that we get the chance to see a new chapter in the history of the Type R. While the model is technically in its sixth generation, here in the U.S. it’s serving as a sequel to the last iteration of the Type R which introduced the R model to U.S. buyers and finally brought an enviable slice of forbidden fruit to our shores. But the outgoing model was too brash and too crude in some regards for its won good. Honda is out to change that with the 2023 Civic Type R which aims to be a …

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2023 Mazda CX-50 Turbo Premium Plus Review by Ben Lewis

An all-new Mazda model is always a point of celebration for us. Whether it’s the 2-passenger MX-5 sports car or the three-row CX-9 crossover, the brand always manages to make the vehicle stylish and great fun to drive. So, we sort of set the bar high for the all-new CX-50 crossover. Is Mazda up to the task? Let’s find out! The Outdoorsy One The first look at the CX-50 is interesting, because, well, it doesn’t look like other Mazdas. But not in a bad way. When the manufacturer decided to design it – and this is for the US – …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge – Stylish CUV Trades Practicality For Good Looks

There was a time when square and boxy styling defined many SUV and other utility offerings. Volvo was once considered a prominent player in this cube-themed world, thanks mainly to its lineup of estates. But as tastes have changed, the brutish slab-sided entries of yesteryear are rapidly being replaced by curvy rounded offerings aiming to achieve maximum fuel economy. Volvo is aware of the times and has been working on adding some curves to its lineup. That includes the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge but does this EV have what it takes to be a good gateway into Volvo’s electrified future? …

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2024 Chevrolet Blazer Adds Electrified Tech To Iconic Nameplate, Will Join Equinox EV

When Chevrolet announced that they would electrify the Blazer, we were curious to see how the brand would tackle this challenge head-on. Subsequent teaser images of the Blazer revealed that a very futuristic overhaul was in store but not much else about what lurked underneath the skin. That changes today with the unveiling of the 2024 Blazer EV. Blazer EV Reboots Sporty Intentions The ICE-powered Blazer was clearly inspired by the Chevrolet Camaro but this time around, the EV version goes off in a clearly different direction. The front fascia is bolder than it’s ICE counterpart and it comes adorned …

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2023 Ford Raptor R Brings The V8 Back To Off-Roaders, Why Ford Pulled The Trigger?

Prior to today’s unveiling of the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R, the current Raptor model family was defined by its use of twin-turbocharged V6 engines with the 3.5 liter for the F-150 and the smaller 3.0 liter for the Bronco version. However, it can be easy to forget that a V8 once lurked under the hood of older Raptor models before the Blue Oval axed it for better fuel economy and less weight. So why did Ford reverse course and bring an eight-cylinder back into the fold? Read on to find out.   The Return Of The V8 Was Demanded …

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Ford Finally Brings The Fight To Ram TRX With 2023 Raptor R, 700 hp Monster Rewrites The Battle Lines

For over a decade, the Ford F-150 Raptor has been one of the main players in the off-road segment, and for several years it was the undisputed leader before the Ram TRX, and its Hellcat V8-powered muscle ripped the performance benchmark away from the Raptor. But the folks at Dearborn weren’t keen on letting Ram be the king of the jungle for long and have unveiled the 2023 Ford Raptor R, which ups the ante for Raptor performance in a number of key areas. Raptor R Supercharges Trailbusting The bulk of the changes here on the Raptor are found under …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Mercedes E450 4MATIC Cabriolet – Coast To Coast Droptop Fun

Do cars have personalities? We think so. Some are your buddy, that say “Hey let’s play”. Others are reliable workhorses. Trusted friends. Some even feel like movie characters. So, what to make of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 450 Cabriolet? How about Batman’s loyal companion and butler, Alfred? Bold and Sophisticated Design Ok, this is one beautiful convertible. Mercedes design language is an interesting one, and we applaud the fact that you don’t think you’re looking at a BMW or Audi. Mercedes has its own brand of curvaceous, and we think it works better on some models than others. The …

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Toyota Polishes Iconic Nameplate For 2023 Crown, Will Form New Family Of Offerings

When Toyota axed the Avalon sedan a short while back, we were curious to see what the company had in store to fill the void that the aging four-door sedan left behind. The Japanese auto giant answered that question with the 2023 Crown, which not only aims to fill the shoes left by the Avalon but also create a new model sub-family within Toyota’s vehicle lineup too.   Toyota Pulls Automotive Swerve, Confirms Full Crown Family If you managed to stay up and catch Toyota of Japan’s late-night live stream reveal of the Crown (we sure did), you would’ve seen …

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Hyundai’s N Day Celebration Reveals EV Future With RN22e, N Vison 74 Takes Hydrogen To The Track

We thought that Hyundai couldn’t possibly find a way to outdo themselves after yesterday’s unveiling of the Ioniq 6 EV concept, but the Korean car giant has managed to prove that we were once again wrong for underestimating their capabilities because N Day revealed some very interesting things about where things are headed for Hyundai’s wildest sub-brand.   Hyundai RN22e   On the surface, the RN22e might appear to b an Ioniq 6 at first glance, but look at some of its revisions and it’s obvious that this is a completely different breed of Hyundai. While it has retained the …

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Hyundai Sheds New Details On Ioniq 6 EV, Promises Over 300 Mile WTLP Range

When Hyundai first revealed that the Ioniq 6 was coming, some of the early appetizers of information were delectable, but they also made us eagerly await the main course. Hyundai has finally delivered the goods (kind of). While the Korean auto giant is still keeping key details to itself, we finally have enough information about the Ioniq 6 to build at least a preliminary picture of what buyers can expect.    Ioniq 6, A Proverbial Streamliner The Ioniq 6 was purpose-built for maximizing green efficiency, but while it may look like a four-door sedan, don’t call it that in front …

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Celestiq Teasers Enhance Art Theme, Cadillac Confirms July Debut

The Cadillac Celestiq is rapidly shaping up to be an iconic model for the brand and could perhaps be the most significant Cadillac in recent memory. But while we have seen prior glimpses of the model (as well as spent time behind the wheel of its EV partner in crime, the 2023 Lyriq,) this latest round of teasers gives us our best view yet of the interior while also confirming that the model will make its global debut on July 22nd.   Prominent Colors Highlight Timeless Celestiq Luxury Colors and lighting will be very prominent in the EV lineup moving …

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2023 Honda CR-V Arrives Bigger And Better Than Ever, Sport Trim Goes Hybrid

The Honda CR-V has always been the proverbial bread and butter model for Honda, with the current generation being in service since 2016. You would be hard-pressed to remember just how different a globe it was back then, especially with the notion of a pandemic being a borderline fantasy. Alot has changed in those six years, but the CR-V’s need to innovate hasn’t, which is why Honda chose to finally unveil the 2023 Honda CR-V as it seeks to gain the attention of more younger buyers in this hotly contested segment.   CR-V No Longer The Butt Of Jokes In …

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2023 GMC Sierra AT4X Raises The Off-Road Stakes, Beefier Than Ever

GMC made waves when it launched the 2023 GMC Sierra. The revamped truck aimed to fix all of its interior woes while still updating other aspects of the Sierra formula that have made it a sales success for decades (this author grew up with a 1991 Bahama Blue-hued example.) The one question that remained unanswered was how the truck would fare in the rugged backwoods? GMC and American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) have finally delivered the answer with the 2023 GMC Sierra AT4X AEV Edition.   AT4X AEV Edition, Rugged And Ready For Work The moniker is a mouthful to say …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI – Better Performance But Where’s The Magic?

When Volkswagen embarked on its crusade to become an SUV-centric company, many feared the move would spell the end of the entire Golf range. These fears were accelerated when Volkswagen revealed that the standard Golf family would leave the U.S. and be a Europe-only exclusive moving forward. Thankfully, the 2022 Volkswagen GTI and its hotter cousin, the Golf R, escaped the ax and were allowed to bring their performance magic to their eighth-generation iterations. But have they lost the magic that made them unique in the first place?   Wild Color Adds Spice To GTI While we get to wait …

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Road Test Followup – 2023 Mazda CX-50 Premium Plus Turbo – A Bargain For All Of America?

When we last met the 2023 Mazda CX-50 in the sun-kissed state of California, we put the SUV through its paces on mountain roads, trails, and even the coastal freeways that dotted our route. However, we were curious to see how the CX-50 could measure up on the opposite side of the country, especially in Michigan.   CX-50 Does A Color Reversal In our first outing, we traveled through California in an example that was slathered in Polymetal Grey Paint. This time, we got to see the Zircon Sand Metallic hue in person and when viewed in the sunny weather that …

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2022 Toyota Camry TRD V6 Review by Ben Lewis

If we say high-performance, 4-door sport sedan with a powerful 6-cylinder engine, what comes to mind? BMW? Mercedes? Acura TLX? How about Toyota Camry? That’s right, the Camry. Toyota’s faithful if not soul-stirring family transportation. Have we lost our minds? Nope, we just found the 2022 Camry TRD V6. TRD standing for Toyota’s Racing Development, it has the bona fides. But should it be on your shopping list? One Bad Camry Redone in 2018, the current generation of Camry has always been a nice design. Aggressive, muscular, and wide, it was the beginning of the brand’s commitment to entice buyers …

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2023 Acura TLX Type S PMC Edition Embraces NSX Traits, Gets New Paint Color

Acura’s TLX is a very interesting outlier in the broader sense of the market. It’s a compact four-door sedan (albeit with performance intentions) in a world increasingly dominated by utility offerings. But Acura designers didn’t let that stop them from having some fun with the company formally unveiling the all-new 2023 TLX Type S PMC Edition.   NSX DNA Makes TLX Type S PMC Edition Stand Out As the long and rather elaborate name implies the TLX Type S is the latest member of the Acura family to receive the PMC treatment with the model being hand-built at Acura’s Performance …

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Cadillac Teases Track Themed CT4-V Blackwing Track Editon, Will Make Debut In July

Cadillac’s success in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship series has elevated the brand’s racing reputation and to help celebrate, it appears that Cadillac will be unveiling a special track-focused version of the CT4-V Blackwing but what will the Track Edition bring to the table when it debuts in July?   Track-Focused CT4-V Blackwing Styling Raises Eyebrows View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cadillac Performance (@cadillacvseries) On the surface, it would appear that this model will be mainly a styling exercise designed to try and bring customers closer to the track-oriented atmosphere that the Blackwing is promoting. Cadillac’s …

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Hyundai Unveils 2023 Ioniq 6 Concept, Previews Sequel To Ioniq 5 SUV

When we last saw the Hyundai Prophecy concept it served as a preview of what customers could expect from the second member of the Ioniq brand. Unlike the smaller 5, the 6 would be a large four-door sedan that had the Tesla Model S and others firmly in its sights. The Nostradamus-inspired moniker was supposed to make its debut Wednesday, but an ill-timed leak disrupted the timeline and forced Hyundai to unveil the sleek four-door earlier than planned. That said, the 2023 Ioniq 6 still brings a number of cool things to the table that should please consumers.   Purposeful …

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Buick Nabs Top Spot In J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Previous Winner Ram Falls 17 Spots

The J.D Power Initial Quality Study has emerged as a very important barometer of quality in the automotive industry and has become a potent bragging point for automakers lucky enough to win first place in the study. This year’s winner is Buick who dethroned Ram for the number one spot in this year’s study.   Buick’s Win Comes Amid Increasing Problems Overall Buick’s appearance in the top spot came as the study revealed that there was an 11 percent increase in the problems industry-wide per 100 vehicles. It’s important to note that in this study, a lower score often reflects …

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First Drive Review – 2023 Cadillac Lyriq RWD – The Harbringer Of Cadillac’s EV Future

Remember back when Cadillac was once one of the pillars in the U.S. luxury car market? Back in the 1920s and 1930s owning a Cadillac was a sign that you made it in life and that you had the wallet needed to put one in your garage. Since then, Cadillac’s star has gone through its fair share of ups and downs as it strived to stand out from established German contenders, as well as upstart Japanese brands like Lexus and Acura. The brand is looking to change that with the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq which elevates Cadillac into a new realm …

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Hyundai Teases Ioniq 6 Once Again, Could Production Be Already Underway?

It has been a very busy day for Hyundai, in addition to breaking ground on the state of the art STIL facility that will be built in Michigan, the company also released more teasers of the upcoming Ioniq 6 a bigger EV that aims to form a potent combination when it eventually joins the Ioniq 5 in dealer showrooms.   Ioniq 6, A Constant Stream Of Teasers Unlike some of their rivals, Hyundai has made keeping track of the Ioniq 6’s progress easy thanks to a devoted website that promises new teaser images daily though it stops far short of …

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Hyundai Investing $50 Million In New STIL Facility, Aims To Study All Stages Of Safety

Hyundai like other automotive companies is preparing for an electrified future where mobility and other innovative technologies will rewrite the way we view automobiles. However, the one fundamental constant factor is safety and Hyundai is prepared to great enhance that side of the business breaking ground on a $50 million STIL building that will add a noteworthy expansion to its HATCI facility in Superior Township, MI, and benefit Hyundai buyers for generations to come.    STIL Aims To Improve Safety From All Angles The new STIL building (Safety Testing & Investigation Lab) represents Hyundai’s enhanced focus on vehicle safety and …

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2022 Lexus UX 250h Review by Ben Lewis

Have you looked at the price of gas lately? We have. And when we got our latest tester the Lexus UX 250h hybrid might just be the perfect answer for those who want luxury with a green (cash or environment) friendly ride. Is it worth your green? Let’s take a look. Lexus Looks While the UX is an “urban” vehicle, and the brand’s smallest crossover, it doesn’t come up short on design. From the front, you’ll get the familiar Lexus spindle grille. And like other models, it’s huge. Maybe we’re getting used to it, but the proportions don’t bother us …

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Brawny Chevrolet SIlverado ZR2 Bison Teased, Latest Fruit Of GM & AEV Partnership

With the Ram TRX and the Ford F-150 Raptor duking it out in the high-performance off-road segment, Chevrolet’s Silverado ZR2 has contently preferred to go about business in its own unique way. Trading raw speed for backwoods prowess, the folks at Chevrolet have already seen strong demand for its bow tie badged bruiser. However, more power and more capability are the defining hallmarks of the segment, and Chevrolet has begun teasing the latest addition to the family, the Silverado ZR2 Bison.   Bigger ZR2 Bison Aiming For Bigger Prey For now, the only view of the truck that we get …

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2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: Perfect in its Element!

The 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro is getting old. While the Tacoma hasn’t received a complete new sheet design since 2005, it did receive a major update in 2016 including a 3.5-liter V6 and 6-speed auto. It’s certainly aging, however it remains the top seller in the mid-size class. Outside the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro For some reason Off-Road trimmed vehicles often come with bold and aggressive styling and decals. The Tacoma TRD Pro has a few of those features, but it isn’t quite as bold as many competitors. Some TRD Pro distinctions are; Headlights specific to the trim with illuminated …

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD Review by Ben Lewis

If we say Nissan Pathfinder, what do you think of? If you’ve been around for a long time, you might remember the original – a tough, truck-like vehicle (much like the original Toyota 4Runner) that won owners over with its rugged, go-anywhere ability and square-jawed looks. If you’re not of that vintage, you might have a less than rosy view of Nissan’s SUV. The most recent model when towards the family SUV, and while it was pleasant, it had some issues, and was generally viewed as somewhere between meh and OK. Well, there’s great news for Pathfinder fans, for 2022 …

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Cadillac Celestiq Interior Images Tease Vibrant Elegance, Bentley Like Luxury

Cadillac’s mysterious Celestiq hyper flagship sedan has not only spawned its own rumor mill but also raised questions about what Cadillac is up to in regards to the mysterious flagship offering. The car has also eluded the lenses of cameras and has so far not been documented out in the wild. In the meantime, Cadillac has been releasing teaser images of the car via GM’s Design Instagram page, and several new ones today give us glimpses of the interior.   Red Celestiq Interior Reminds Us Of A Ruby, Teases Evolution Of Luxury The images in question show an interior that’s …

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VW I.D. Aero Sedan Reveals Shape In New Design Sketches

Volkswagen’s line of I.D. badged offerings has long focused on blocky designs that are catered towards utility offerings as well as vans in the case of the I.D. Buzz. However, things are about to get much sleeker, with the German car giant confirming that it will be adding an I.D. Aero sedan to the roster with the help of a new set of design sketches that confirmed the basic shape of the four-door.   I.D. Aero Sedan To Have Common DNA With CUVs While the sedan shape will be a noticeable departure from other I.D. models, the Aero will share …

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Honda Teases 2023 CR-V Interior, Confirms Big Changes Are Coming

Honda has been on a roll lately in the way that it is updating core members of its model lineup. The recently unveiled HR-V compact SUV showed that the company was willing to use some of the core building blocks of the recently launched Civic sedan to add more commonality to their lineup while also injecting youthful vigor into the lines too. This has now extended to the CR-V with Honda confirming that the 2023 Honda CR-V is coming this summer.   CR-V Interior Promises To Be A Game Changer Honda’s wafer-thin press release didn’t reveal too many details about …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Land Rover Defender 90 V8 – Insanity In A Fine Leather Suit

The 2022 Land Rover Defender V8 is the answer to a question that few asked. What would happen if you took the trail-ready Defender and infused a pinch of SVR magic into its off-road DNA? The very notion of such a thing may seem outright insane at first glance, but as we discovered, there’s more here than the sum of its parts.   Handsome Looks On A Short Wheelbase Add Depth To Defender The exterior styling of the Defender V8 will certainly draw plenty of stares though it won’t be because of any bright work or shouty exterior styling. Instead, …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Kia EV GT vs 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 – Which One Is Better?

Hyundai and Kia are both preparing for an EV-fueled future with the Kia EV6 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Both of these SUVs are eager to show off their green roots but go about it in different ways. But which one is best? We decided to follow up on Ben Lewis’s recent experience with the EV6 to see which one is indeed best?   Ioniq & EV6 Birds Of A Different Feather Both of these models share the same platform, but that doesn’t mean that things have devolved into a situation like the old Chevrolet Trailblazer and its myriad of …

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2022 Chevy Traverse RS: Rally Sport to its Roots

Traverse RS Review When Chevy debuted Rally Sport in the 1960’s it was an appearance package. A Camaro SS could be ordered with the RS package, making it a Camaro SS/RS. The original RS package included hidden headlights, with vacuum activated covers that would slide out of the way when the headlights were turned on, unique tail lights, RS badging and bright trim, but no performance upgrades. 2022 Traverse RS Highlights Things take a different route for the 2022 Traverse RS. Instead of hidden headlights, there are LED lights low in the bumper with running lights up high. In place …

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Pricing Revealed, XRT Model Enters The Spotlight

The Hyundai Palisade has rapidly become one of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV models. Its combination of size, luxury, and seating has made it resonate well with customers, and we were pleasantly surprised when the second-generation model made its appearance at the Chicago Auto Show. At the time, Hyundai wasn’t ready to discuss pricing, but the Korean auto giant is now dropping the goods on the hard numbers as well as the all-new XRT trim.   Rugged XRT Has Trails In Its Sights The XRT model follows the same basic theme that we have seen in some of its rivals, with Hyundai …

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Honda Releases New Footage Of 2023 Type R On Nurburgring, Confirms Wait Is Nearly Over

Honda is confirming that the wait for the next-generation Type R is nearly over with the Japanese auto giant confirming that the updated model will make its global debut this summer. In the meantime, Honda reps have decided to deliver a consolation prize and released an all-new video highlighting the Type R’s recent trip to the famed Nurburgring Nordschliefe raceway in Germany.   Civic Type R, A Track Ready Beast The 39-second video that Honda released doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking here, the car is still camouflaged, and it appears to still have the chops to back up the checks that …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT – Can Electrons Replace Raw Power?

The Ford Mustang Mach-E was a controversial move when Ford first unveiled it especially after it was revealed that it would use the name Mustang which would put it in the same corporate family as the iconic Mustang pony car. Fast forward to now, and that initial wave of skepticism has transformed into strong sales with the Mach-E rapidly becoming a sales leader for Ford. But the one thing that seemed to be missing at first was performance, with lower grade models lacking the spice to make them true performance models. The Mach-E GT aims to change that but can …

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Chevrolet Teases Blazer SS EV, Will Reveal More Details In July

Chevrolet recently confirmed that the Equinox and Blazer SUVs would receive EV variants but while we have seen our fair share of images showcasing the smaller Equinox EV, its larger corporate partner in crime was camera shy and we didn’t see or hear much about it. That’s all changing though, with GM and Chevrolet not only confirming that it will be fully unveiled in July, but they were even kind enough to include a lone teaser image of the Blazer EV too.   Blazer EV, A Noticeable Departure From Tradition Like the Equinox EV, the Blazer EV goes off in …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Jaguar F-Pace S P340 AWD – This Cat’s Got Claws

The Jaguar F-Pace has always stood out when it comes to its ability to be a practical family hauler and moonlight as an enthusiast sleeper pick when you have the chance to go down twistier sections of tarmac. The F-Pace has proven to be a sales hit for Jaguar, and its success even inspired the company to release the smaller E-Pace. That said, does the 2022 F-Pace still have the chops to hang with the segment’s best, or are its recent round of updates not enough to keep it from falling behind the pack?   F-Pace’s Callum Penned Lines Still …

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2022 Kia EV6 Wind Review by Ben Lewis

Today, we are driving the car of the future. When you look at Kia’s new EV6 electric vehicle, it’s easy to think that this is what the future of the automobile might look like. Especially if you put on your 1980’s hat. If the EV6 had plopped down at the LA Auto Show as a “future concept” we all would have nodded our heads – something stylish, unique, using electric power and loaded with all sorts of amazing tech. Well, the future is here. So how does it stack up? Meet George Jetson Well, Kia has nailed the look. First …

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Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar Has LeMans In Its Sights, Previews Brand’s Racing Future

Cadillac is out to show the world that it has not gone soft when it comes to racing. While the current DPi car has certainly generated its fair share of success out on the track, Cadillac is a brand that’s always striving for perfection, and it aims to come one step closer to achieving this topic ambition with a preview of what its latest racer will look like the Cadillac Project GTP Hypercar.   Wild Exterior Styling Showcases Project GTP’s Race Ready Intent We had our chance to get a sneak peek of the Project GTP Hypercar at GM’s historic …

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Cadillac Celestiq Teases More Metal In New Images, Looks Promising

The Cadillac Lyriq and the Escalade V are immediate examples of Cadillac’s push to become a major player against European luxury benchmarks. But hiding in the shadows is the Cadillac Celestiq which was touted to be the flagship for Cadillac’s all-electric ambitions. It’s not often that we get to see teasers of it, but this latest round appears to confirm that it will reassert the role that design will play in the Ultium family.   Celestiq’s Red Paint Draws Stares Like other Celestiq images of the past, there’s not much to make out here but there are some valuable nuggets …

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Honda Drops The Mic On 2023 Honda HR-V, Confirms Pricing Info Too

Honda’s HR-V compact utility showed that the Japanese auto giant could play in the popular compact CUV segment but while its fuel economy was very impressive, the rest of it felt like it was meant to be a jack of all trades, being competent at everything but not standing out in any discernible way. Honda is not content with being merely competent in this hot-selling segment of the utility market anymore and has unveiled the bigger 2023 Honda HR-V and even confirmed official pricing as well.   Bigger Dimensions Create More Conventional HR-V Styling The biggest change that buyers will …

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2022 Mazda MX-30 review by Ben Lewis

Ok, Mazda will be the first to admit, but they are late to the EV party. But as a small, independent automaker, we can see that there are only so much development dollars to go around. That said, while the MX-30 EV is their first product, there will be more hybrid/EV type vehicles coming. So how does Mazda’s first crack at an EV come out? Let’s see! Sporty Styling The first look is exciting. While it’s based on the CX-30 that we love, the look differently goes its own way. The MX-30 continues with the “Kodo” design philosophy, plus adds …

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Bentley Continental GT-S And GTC-S Add New Dimesnion To Customization Experience For Buyers

When it comes to offering buyers the ultimate car creating experience, few can top the charts the way Bentley can. The company’s strong emphasis on putting the customer first in the ultra-luxury segment has defined it for over 100 years and the British firm aims to continue this tradition with the all-new Continental GT-S and GTC-S models.  Back In Black And Sleeker Than Ever, This Continental S Has The Goods All S models begin their lives as standard V8 models but they subsequently go under the knife to become S models. The exterior appointments are mostly limited to blacked-out pieces …

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Will Power Records Third Belle Isle Victory, Nabs 100th Win For Chevrolet

History was made on Belle Isle during the 2022 Detroit Grand Prix. Not only was it the final race on the island before the event moves to the streets of downtown Detroit, but also the place where Chevrolet recorded its 100th Detroit Grand Prix victory thanks to the help of Team Penske’s Will Power who recorded his third Belle Isle victory and finally had a chance to go for a swim in the iconic Scott Fountain.   A Dominating Performance Accented By Riveting Conclusion   The 70-lap race began with Josef Newgarden in the lead before Will Power took the …

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No. 1 Cadillac DPi Racer Leaps Back Into Contention With Belle Isle Victory, Chip Ganassi Secures 63rd IMSA Win

Prior to their surprise victory at the Chevrolet Sports Classic on historic Belle Isle, the odds were stacked against the No. 1 Cadillac V-Performance Academy DPi and drivers Sebastian Bourdais and Renger van der Zande. Their season was anything but perfect, with the duo falling victim to various mechanical problems and even a few bad turns in fortune. Going into today’s race, there were some skeptics wondering whether Belle Isle would be the latest speedbump for their troubled car. However, thanks to a solid game plan and skilled driving, Renger van der Zande was able to pull it off in …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Lexus ES 300h F-Sport – New Moves And Makeup Define Sporty Lexus Hybrid

Green motoring is rapidly becoming the new normal with the overall lineup of hybrid and all-electric models growing at a rapid pace. Amid all of this growth though, it would seem that performance (with a few exceptions) is on the backburner with fuel economy being front and center. Lexus is out to change that narrative though with the 2022 Lexus ES 300h F Sport. But does the ES 300h have the chops to balance out efficiency and fun? Or is it a flawed specimen?   Attention-Grabbing Red Paint And F Sport Cues Make This ES A Hit The exterior styling …

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Buick Wildcat EV Exudes Style, Previews Future Of Brand’s EV Efforts

The evolution of Buick has seen the brand go through many twists and turns over the past few decades. GM’s Ultium fueled revolution aims to guide Buick through its latest transformation into an all-electric brand for the future. Buick reps offered a glimpse into this new reality with the all-new Buick Wildcat EV Concept that not only looks sleek in its own right but also previews some new technologies too.   A Showstopper That’s Not Heading To Production The Wildcat concept first started out as a mere design sketch that happened to catch the attention of higher-ups within the company. …

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2023 Lexus RX Is Greener Than Ever, Loses V6 For All Four Cylinder Lineup

The Lexus RX has rapidly become one of the key lynchpins in Lexus’s sales machine thanks to its combination of style and versatility. However, it’s no secret that the current generation RX has also fallen behind the times thanks to dated infotainment and performance hardware. The luxury brand is out to deep-six that reputation with the all-new 2023 Lexus RX which aims to be leaner and better than ever. New Styling Puts RX In Bolder Direction A noticeable change for 2023 is the exterior styling which has undergone a radical transformation. A longer wheelbase forced Lexus to tweak the proportions …

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Land Rover Unveils 2023 Defender 130, Will Be Flagship For Moniker

The Land Rover Defender is seeing a strong surge in sales ever since Land Rover resurrected the iconic moniker several years ago. But as the sales picture has become clearer, the need for more variants has emerged with the company formally unveiling the flagship model of the Defender lineup the all-new 2023 Defender 130 eight-passenger SUV.   Defender 130, A Reboot Within A Reboot The Defender 130 designation maybe a new thing for American consumers but it’s not the first time that Land Rover has used the 130 designation with the digits last being used to represent vintage pickup-based Defender …

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2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited Review by Ben Lewis

Ok, maybe it’s the name but we always seem to be spending our holidays in Kona. The Hyundai Kona, that is. Last year we spent Xmas with the new 2022 Kona Limited, and now we’re spending Memorial Day with the Kona Electric. We’ve always been fans of the Kona – a very sporty small crossover, especially with the powerful 1.6-liter turbo engine. So, we wondered, would we still love it with a full EV powertrain? Let’s find out! Sporty but Unique At first glance, you know this is a Kona. That’s good, we love the expressive style, especially with the …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Polaris Slingshot SLR – Turbocharging Improves The Breed

When the Polaris Slingshot first appeared a few years ago, it signified a bold push for Polaris with the model being the first cyclecar that the company ever produced outside their usual lineup of snowmobiles and off-road vehicles. The Slingshot’s blend of traits and its ability to be licensed as a car in some states (instead of a motorcycle) helped generate a strong surge in sales. However, the first generation Slingshot was also a crude offering and lacked some of the things that we take for granted in traditional cars. Polaris sought to remedy this with the second generation Slingshot …

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Bentley Debuts New Azure Range, Redefines Interior Luxury And Promotes Automotive Wellness

Bentley‘s interiors are considered to be the pinnacle of luxury when it comes to the ultra-luxury car segment. The standard Bentley range already offers an impressive degree of customization and materials for imaginative buyers, but what if you want more sparkle and perhaps more opulence in your Bentley purchase? The British luxury carmaker thinks it has the next best thing with the all-new Azure range.   Azure Range Morphs From Model To Interior Package When we last saw the Azure name, Bentley used it to label convertibles with the Continental R and Arnage getting the designation when their roofs were …

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2023 Honda CR-V Brings Fresher Looks, New Technology To Model

Honda’s long-running CR-V SUV jas become a staple in Honda showrooms and sales, with the model being a potent sales force for the Japanese auto giant. While the model is still relatively fresh when it comes to how long it has been on the shelf, Honda knew that there was room for evolution, and it has released the first tease images of the 2023 CR-V, which adds detail and newfound crispness to the CR-V.   Subtle CR-V Updates Tell A Bigger Story   At first glance, the 2023 CR-V doesn’t deviate too much from what we have seen in the …

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2022 Subaru WRX Limited Review by Ben Lewis

So, it’s easy to be a fan of Subaru – we’ve recently tested the Outback, the Forester, and the Ascent and loved them all. That’s the SUV outdoorsy type of owner. But you’ve also got the performance-type Subie lover, and that means the BRZ and the WRX. We recently tested the BRZ rear-wheel drive sport coupe and it’s a huge step forward for an already great driver’s car. So, when we heard there was an all-new WRX, we gladly got in line. Introduced in 2002, the WRX stunned the performance world with turbocharged all-wheel-drive performance that gave rally car goodness …

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GMC Takes Hummer EV SUV To Moab, Celebrates Key Step In Vehicle Testing

GMC promised that it would take the art of capability and trail-busting performance seriously when we checked out the Hummer EV pickup in Arizona a short while back. The Hummer we drove certainly proved that it had the stuff to cover both urban commuting and trail conquering journeys but it also made us wonder about the SUV version. GMC revealed that this particular model is not getting any special treatment in its development and that the company is putting it through the same high level of testing that the pickup went through before it got into the hands of customers.   …

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Land Rover Teases Defender 130, More Length Means More Space For Adventure

The Land Rover Defender lineup has been rapidly evolving with each new variant appealing to a distinct customer demographic. While the 110 version brings plenty of size and passenger room to occupants, Land Rover is preparing an even larger beast with a new teaser image confirming that a bigger 130 model is coming to showrooms.   Subtle Changes Keep Defender 130 Firmly In The Family The exterior styling here is mostly unchanged from what we have already seen in the 110 with the core exterior DNA carrying over mostly unchanged. The major change is in the length but while a …

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Honda Teases Prologue EV SUV, Points To Bold Direction For Honda And Its Dealerships

We have heard Honda and GM talk about their newly minted venture to help expand the reach and availability of the Ultium battery platform. However, things didn;t move much beyond that point with a lack of solid images balancing out the bold talk. Honda is slowly putting an end to that though and has released a lone teaser image of the Honda Prologue EV SUV which will be the first fruit of the alliance.   Prologue Promises To Be Dynamic Offering While Honda’s image is currently a computerized rendering there’s still alot to dissect here when you look at the …

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Cadillac Lyriq RWD, AWD, Pricing Revealed, Free Charging Option Included

The Cadillac Lyriq promised to have pricing that would reflect its status as the brand’s first-ever EV offering and in an announcement that was released early this morning, Cadillac delivered the goods confirming Lyriq pricing and other details   Lyriq Will Not Bust Your Wallet A notable detail here is pricing with a base RWD Lyriq starting at $62,990 which is $3,000 more than what the Debut Edition asked for when those models were announced. However, buyers will have a bigger supply pool of models and the standard model will still deliver 312 miles of driving range between charges. In …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Nissan Z -This Z Is Worth The Wait

It has been a long time since we have seen an all-new Z car. When Nissan last updated the moniker, it was the 370Z that first appeared on the scene all the way back in 2009 (2008 in Japan.) The 370 promised more power and even more usability. However, just like how a box of Hostess Twinkies does not stay good forever (despite local legend) Nissan left the 370Z on the shelf too long without any significant updates. That large lapse in time caused the car to fall behind its rivals and slumping sales reflected this sorry state of affairs. …

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2022 Subaru Ascent Onyx Review by Ben Lewis

You’ve read our rave reviews of the Subaru Outback. And our equally positive test of the Subaru Forester. You get all fizzy over the Subie driving experience. Heck, you even love their commercials with the dogs. (We love those too). Except you need more room. Like 3 rows of seats room. What to do? Well, you could drive some other brand and be the person in the SUV with the long face, or you can go for Subaru Ascent with three rows of Subaru goodness. But is a 3-row Sube still a Sube? Let’s find out. Big, but definitely Subaru …

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2022 Chevrolet Blazer RS AWD Review: Rally Sport Goes Off-Pavement

2022 Chevy Blazer RS: When Rally Sport Makes a Difference The 2022 Blazer RS is the only RS trimmed crossover from Chevy that gets performance upgrades. In the case of the Blazer there is a dual clutch rear differential that can torque vector. Oddly enough this dual clutch feature can also essentially lock the rear axle shafts together for excellent off-pavement traction. 2022 Blazer RS Exterior For 2022 Chevy has added Nitro Yellow and Blue Glow to the color lineup of the Blazer. Our tester was adorned in the very bright Nitro Yellow. Many manufacturers are offering distinct new colors …

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2023 Subaru Legacy Gets Light Updates, New Sport Trim And Technology

With the 2023 Outback getting its share of mild updates, it was only a matter of time before its sedan counterpart the 2023 Legacy would get its turn under the knife. Subaru used the occasion to spruce things up a bit while also adding some new moves to the Legacy’s repertoire as well.   New Sport Trim Highlights Legacy Exterior Design Changes The 2023 Legacy received some updates to the exterior styling with the headlights, front grille and the lower bumper all being worked on. The changes pop out more when you look at the all-new Sport trim for the …

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Rolls Royce Unveils Updated Phantom Series II, Adds New Shine To Icon

A key trait of Rolls Royce over the years is that when the company updates one of its models, it prefers to do things subtly, with the car’s presence and the features it’s packing doing much of the talking. That established script has carried over to the 2023 Rolls Royce Phantom which has received a suite of new updates and an all-new Series II designation.   Phantom Styling Takes Pages From Ghost When Rolls Royce execs said that the changes to the Phantom were mild, they were not kidding with the car looking much like it did when it is …

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Cadillac Confirms Blackwing Engine For Escalade-V, $149k Sticker Price

When we last saw the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V it was a classic case of Cadillac reps giving us half the picture with the Escalade shining in the spotlight but without any information regarding what kind of engine would be under the hood of the souped-up utility. Cadillac claimed that this month would be when we get all of the answers, and it turns out the wait was worth it with the Escalade-V being the first Cadillac to receive hardware from the Blackwing performance sedan lineup.   Escalade-v Flaps Its Wings For Performance With the V moniker, it was initially safe …

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2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Is Crisper And Greener Than Ever

It wasn’t too long ago that we saw the bigger 2022 Land Rover Range Rover make its debut with the reworked luxury SUV shaking up how Range Rover loyalists envisioned style and luxury. Land Rover has just revealed its second act with the all-new 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, which is sleeker, smarter, and even greener than ever before.   Range Rover Sport Takes A Different Approach To Style The 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport still has a mouthful of a name, but like other Range Rover Sport models, the exterior styling is still a unique exercise. The …

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2023 Honda Odyssey Pitches LX Trim For All-New Sport Trim, Adds Other Updates

The 2023 Honda Odyssey is proof that Honda knows how to make a good bestseller. Having received a more extensive suite of updates a short while ago, Honda is leaving things largely unchanged for the 2023 model year, but new trims and a newly introduced scheduled maintenance program aim to keep things fresh for a while longer until the Odyssey gets more extensive updates.   Sport Trim Adds Sinister Vibes To Family Hauling Odyssey A notable change here for 2023 is that the Odyssey gets an all-new Sport trim to help appeal to those that want more excitement in their …

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2022 Honda Civic Si 4DR Review by Ben Lewis

The 2022 model year saw a brand new Honda Civic, and we’ve enjoyed every one we’ve tested, especially the turbo models, including the Honda Civic Touring Sedan, and the Civic Sport Touring Hatchback. But Honda kept us waiting with a slightly delayed introduction of the Civic Si, the Civic aimed straight at the heart of the enthusiast. So, was it worth the wait? Let’s find out! Bold Design We’ve already talked about how much we love the new Civics’ looks. It’s grown up, with a much cleaner overall appearance and less gimmicky aerodynamic baubles that were a little too shouty …

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2023 Bentley Bentayga Elevates Luxury Game For Buyers, Debuts New Airline Seats

When it comes to the world of flagship offerings, Bentley has been notably absent from the game ever since the Mulsanne left production a few years ago. The Bentayga SUV was considered by some to be the new flagship, but it lacked some of the opulent details to help it truly embrace the role. Bentley has fixed that issue and has unveiled the all-new 2023 Bentayga Extended Wheelbase model that adds more room and luxury to the Bentayga experience.   More Chrome And Style Define This Bentayga The exterior styling of the EWB may look the same as any other …

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Volta Confirms U.S. Strategy, Aims To Make Strong Presence In U.S. Market

The saga of Volta Trucks has been around for a while now, with the European-based company making waves in the European market through some of their early and ongoing programs centered around its growing lineup of all-electric commercial vehicles. However, not much was known about Volta’s intentions for the U.S. market, but that changed recently with the company revealing its final strategy for the U.S. market which aims to put the firm in a prime position for maximum sales impact.   Volta To Bring Class 7 Trucks To U.S. The spearhead of this strategy is the introduction of an all-new …

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2022 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71: No Compromises

History of the Tahoe Z71 Where the 2022 Tahoe Z71 began. While the Tahoe name didn’t appear until the mid-90’s, it traces its roots back to the longest running vehicle name in automotive history, the Suburban. Technically the Tahoe evolved from the K5 blazer (itself being a 2 door version of the Suburban) and was originally available in both 2-door and 4-door variants. Today it is approaching 30 years of continuous production and is more refined than ever. Inside One thing the Americans do much better in full-size body on frame SUVs is interior layout. When compared to the Nissan …

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Cadillac Sheds New Light On Lyriq Performance, Confirms AWD Variant Makes 500 hp

The Cadillac Lyriq Debut Edition is just now beginning to make its way to dealerships, but the luxury automaker is now opening up more on what buyers can expect from other members of the Lyriq family. That includes the all-wheel-drive version of the model which will bring more performance to buyers looking for more zoom to go with their zero-emission commute.   Beefier Lyriq Promises To Deliver The Performance Goods The new information came during a Q&A session that Cadillac hosted via its Instagram page. The brand confirmed that by the end of the year the all-wheel-drive version will enter production with …

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2023 Kia Soul Gets New Updates, Pitches Turbo Model

The Kia Soul has proven to be a winner for Kia in terms of sales with the 2023 model enhancing the design and technology for buyers in its latest round of updates. However, this has come at a cost, with Kia confirming that the spicy turbo model is getting the ax in 2023.    Slight Tweaks Maintain Core Soul Essentials Unlike other mid-cycle updates, the Soul’s takes a lighter approach when it comes to its exterior updates. The front fascia has the most noticeable improvements with the headlights being larger than before while the lower lights appear to have vanished. …

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Brabus Crawler Take G-Class To New Level Of Capability, Only 15 Will be Produced (High Resolution Photo Gallery))

Brabus and the Mercedes G-Class go together like peanut butter and jelly on a sandwich with the German tuning company producing some wild G-Class-based creations over the past several decades. However, the firm appears to have perhaps found a way to outdo even some of its crazier creations with the all-new Brabus Crawler which pushes things into uncharted territory.   Brabus Crawler Goes All Out In Rock Crawling Mission At first glance, the Brabus Crawler looks like the end result of spending too much time with a metal cutting saw, but this is more than a chopped-up G-CLass and there’s …

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2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Review by Ben Lewis

When we first tested the Hyundai Venue, we commented on how the small affordable SUV, with models like the Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V had come of age. Wow, with the rise in prices everywhere, the bulging gas bills, etc.…we feel like we should have been on the psychic network. So, it felt like a good time to look again at one of the best small vehicles for the buck, the Hyundai Venue crossover/SUV. Style to Make You Smile The Venue first strikes you with its size. 5 inches shorter than the Kona crossover, it looks perfect for duking it …

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2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate Blurs Boundaries With Cadillac, Adds New Luxuries

When the Denali Ultimate line first appeared on the Sierra, it signified GMC’s ambition of expanding the sales grip of its hot-selling Denali lineup. Boasting more standard equipment and luxury than a standard model, Ultimate models are a noticeable upgrade over their slightly tamer cousins. With the Sierra Denali Ultimate riding a wave of momentum, the brand has revealed the second member of the Ultimate lineup the 2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate.   An Escalade In GMC Clothing   Looking at the exterior of the 2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate, the changes here may not seem obvious at first glance. …

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Comparison Test – 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum vs 2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature

The quest for family vehicle sales dominance has rapidly become the number one priority for many automakers with the SUV and CUV segments bearing the brunt of sales demand from consumers. However, consumer expectations of what they want from a large three-row utility and what it should have has grown from over 20 years ago with tech and fuel economy becoming key requirements. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2022 Mazda CX-9 are two entries trying to lure in more families, but while they each have a different way of doing it, we wanted to find out which one is …

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2022 Volvo S90 B6 AWD R-Design review by Ben Lewis

Volvo used to be famous for sedans (and wagons). But if you ask today’s buyer, it’s probably all about the SUV XC models like the XC40, XC60 and XC90. They also have some gorgeous wagons if you are interested. And while they don’t always get the prime-time headlines, Volvo makes some very appealing sedans. Case in point, our 2022 S90 sedan. In fact, it may just be one our favorite Volvo’s! Big, Bold, Beautiful The first thing that grabs you is the sheer size of the Swedish sedan. It’s as long as many 3-row SUV’s and its sharp lines really …

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Bentley Teases Brand New Mystery Model, Will Debut It On May 10th

Bentley is coming off the heels of a strong sales year with the British automaker delivering over 14,000 vehicles to customers last year. That’s a 31 percent increase and the company revealed that it’s just getting started in its long-term plans with a new teaser pointing at an all-new model which will make its debut on May 10th.   A Mystery For Now But More Luxury Is A Plus Bentley also released a lone teaser image in its announcement and it appears to be a shadowy look at the driver’s side door panel. Warm purple-hued ambient lights highlight the door …

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Chevy’s 2022 Colorado ZR2 is Still Great!

2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2: End of a Generation Chevy needs to update the Colorado, and they know that. The 2022 Colorado ZR2 is the last year of this generation before the newer, more efficient, more powerful version arrives. Outside the 2022 Colorado ZR2 In an automotive world that mostly exists in grayscale, and red, this Bright Blue Metallic ZR2 pops. From any angle a ZR2 is easily distinguished from other Colorado and Canyon trim levels. From the front, the bumper has very large clearance cuts so the tires have better access to the terrain. This also takes away the mounting …

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2023 Toyota Supra Gets Manual Transmission, Will Be A 3.0 Liter Exclusive

It wasn’t too long ago that Toyota revealed that the 2023 Supra would finally receive the option for a manual transmission even in the face of a rapid decline in demand for a shift it yourself option as a whole. However, the company didn’t release too many details beyond the initial confirmation, but that changed earlier today when the company pulled back the curtain on what buyers can expect.   Manual Limited To 3.0 Liter Model Only A prominent caveat here is that while the manual is indeed coming to the Supra, it will be limited to models equipped with …

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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Launches Into Production, Three Things You Should Know

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has had a long road going through development, but at last, Ford has formally begun production of the F-150 Lightning and celebrated the occasion with a massive launch event at the company’s hometown of Dearborn, Michigan. The Lightning promises to bring some innovations to consumers, and here are three key things you should know about the Ford F-150 Lightning.   F-150 Lightning Supercharging Ford’s EV Plans The F-150 Lightning will begin production at Ford’s all-new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, located within the massive Rouge plant complex. The Electric Vehicle Center took 19 months for Ford …

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Nissan Z Launch Delayed To Summer, Parts Shortage To Blame

The 2023 Nissan Z is one of the most hotly anticipated Nissan entries in recent memory. Replacing the long-running and aging 370Z, the rebooted Z will bring the moniker back to its roots while also renewing its focus on sporty driving. When we last heard about the Z, the company appeared to confirm that the car would begin arriving in dealerships in late spring. However, COVID-19 and the ensuing part shortages have played their hand again, and Nissan revealed that it will be pushing the timetable back on the car’s official launch.   Parts Shortage A Long-Running Spectre The announcement …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition – Does Art Make The Highlander Better?

The Toyota Highlander is an SUV entry that largely follows the same script that has come to define many others in its segment. It’s large, has the ability to haul up to three rows of passengers, and has doubled down on its attempts to be a fuel miser with an available hybrid equipped four-cylinder. These things individually are all good traits, but we won’t be shocked if they failed to make the Highlander ring a bell in your memory bank. The Japanese auto giant thinks it might have just the thing with the all-new Highlander Bronze Edition, but is this …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Genesis GV70 Sport Prestige, Filling Out Genesis’s Luxury Utility Footprint

When we had our chance to drive the Genesis GV80 awhile back, it appeared to signal a shift in Genesis’s plans for the luxury market, with the Korean upstart focusing more on utilities and crossovers after initially starting its launch with two sedan models. The GV80 is still a very good luxury SUV, but Genesis knows that it has to gradually move towards smaller segments and embraces a sportier lifestyle in order to expand its sales footprint. The 2022 GV70 is a step towards this goal, but is it the perfect complement to the GV80?   Sharper GV70 Styling Points …

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