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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Chevrolet Corvette Goes Green, AWD Hybrid And EV Models Coming Next Year

Speculation, spy photos, and even an inadvertent slip of the tongue by the U.S. President all painted the picture that GM was preparing the C8 Chevrolet Corvette for a green motoring future. GM would typically not budge on its strict code of silence regarding these Vette variants. However, all of that changed today, with GM president Mark Reuss confirming that not only is an all-electric Vette coming but that an AWD hybrid version is coming too.   A Massive Shift In Corvette History The confirmation came from GM President Mark Reuss who revealed the news in a long post on …

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2022 Mercedes-Benz S580 Review: Why Full Size Sedans Are King

2022 S580: The World Standard Sedans have fallen out of favor in the US market, the 2022 S580 proves this is a major mistake on the consumers’ part. Read on to find out why! Outside Approaching from the front the 2022 S580 has all the right proportions. With the exception of the hood badge and hood ornament, it is an understated design. The front end is low, wide, and incredibly well sculpted. AMG body lines on the bumper tie in well with the slight bulges and creases in the hood. The Grill is massive with a noticeable portion being used …

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Lincoln’s Star Concept Is Wild Preview Of Lincolns Future, Promises To Shock The World

Luxury is usually an early sign of where technology, comfort, and even culture is heading with many luxury brands usually being the first to embrace new technology and trends. That said, Lincoln’s all gasoline lineup might seem like a jarring counter blow especially since Cadillac is preparing to launch the first wave of Lyriq EVs into the marketplace. Lincoln is looking to change all that though and has unveiled a sneak preview into these plans, the Lincoln Star Concept Lincoln Star Has Showcar Flair The exterior styling of the Star is a pure show car, and while the Aviator resemblance …

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Lexus Shoots For The All-Electric Future With All-New 2023 RZ 450e Luxury CUV

Lexus was one of the early pioneers in the world of green technology and made a massive profit on its early gamble of embracing hybrid technology for many of its models. However, progress is always marching forward, and Lexus is hoping to catch lightning in a bottle twice and has formally unveiled the 2023 Lexus RZ 450e crossover.   The Third Piece In Toyota’s Triple Play The RZ joins the already unveiled Toyota BZ4x and the Subaru Solterra in the ranks, and while the UX300e is technically the first all-electric Lexus offering, the RZ 450e is the first EV that …

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Subaru Releases 2023 BRZ Pricing, Now Starts At $29,615

The 2023 Subaru BRZ is looking to build on some of the early success that the first generation enjoyed when it arrived on the scene a few years ago and while we learned alot about the performance and even some of the updates that make this iteration of the BRZ special. The one thing that was missing was pricing, with Subaru keeping a tight lid on that particular slice of information. But Subaru has changed that narrative and has now finally unveiled the pricing ladder for the second-generation BRZ family.   It’s Still The Premium Focused One With its sibling …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD – Shifting The Green Balance In Mid-Size Pickups

Ford’s bold plan of being a pure SUV and pickup company (Mustang excluded, of course) generated its fair share of criticism and faced a test courtesy of surging gas prices. But despite all of this, Ford is still generating massive profits and is rocketing towards an all-electric future. The Ford F-150 and the Ranger pickups are two vital cogs in the company’s broader sales machine. However, the family still had room for a smaller offering, and Ford has delivered the goods with the all-new Ford Maverick. But can the Maverick be the urban-entric truck offering that will allow the company …

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Ram 1500 BEV Concept To Appear Later This Year, Promises To Shakeup Segment

The Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, and the GMC Hummer EV have all made their way to the marketplace for consumers. However, a continuing absence has been the Ram BEV pickup. We have seen our fair share of teaser images and an elaborate EV day hosted by Stellantis revealed some preliminary details about the truck. However, we have not seen a physical representation of the model in the flesh as of yet, but that’s changing according to a new report.   Ram BEV To Make Concept Appearance Later This Year The report follows up on an interview that Automotive News …

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2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Will Be A Darling Of Summer, What Buyers Can Expect?

It wasn’t too long ago that we traveled out to Arizona to check out the 2022 Hummer EV Edition 1. But amid all the festivities, we were also given a glimpse into the future, with GMC reps providing an early glimpse of the 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X. The AT4X will be breaking new ground for GMC in the mid-size segment, but what can buyers expect when this rugged Canyon makes its way to showrooms?   Rugged Styling But Turned Up A Notch GMC has so far only released one teaser image of the Canyon AT4X for now, but it does …

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2022 Kia Sorento PHEV SX-Prestige AWD review by Ben Lewis

Like we’ve noted before, the Kia Sorento has one big problem – it lives in the shadow of its big brother the Telluride. Ok, the Telly does deserve the acclaim it’s a great 3-row SUV that looks, goes and performs just how you’d want a big SUV to. But the Sorento has a lot going for it, too. In fact, while it’s smaller, it still serves up 3 rows of seats, and we’d argue it’s a more advanced vehicle, first being offered in a Hybrid model, and now with a new for ’22 PHEV plug-in hybrid variant. And with the …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz – Hyundai’s First Pickup Goes For The Lifestyle Crowd

Hyundai, making pickup trucks? When Hyundai announced that it was making a pickup entry, we were admittedly skeptical, especially considering that the Korean car giant had never made a conventional pickup offering up to this point. Hyundai thinks it’s on to something with the Santa Cruz, and when we had the chance to briefly sample it in Ann Arbor, it certainly made an excellent first impression. But how would it do with more prolonged exposure? We were keen to find out.   Sport Adventure Vehicle Motif Defines Santa Cruz We called out Hyundai back then for asserting that the Santa …

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First Ride – VinFast VF 8 – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

VinFast has rapidly become the new darling of the EV segment. This is thanks partly to the strong support from the VinGroup parent company and some of the automotive talent that the company has managed to recruit to its ranks. But can VinFast do what Chinese firms failed to do and bring an affordable EV alternative to consumers? We were eager to find out and made our way to the EV Test Track at the New York Auto Show to go for a ride inside the VF 8 to get a small taste of what’s in store for consumers when …

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2022 Chevy Equinox RS Drive and Off-Pavement Review

2022 Chevy Equinox RS The Chevy Equinox RS is a new trim for 2022. Chevy introduced the RS  in the Camaro in the late 1960’s. RS stands for Rally Sport, and debuted as an appearance package that could be added onto any other trim level Camaro. It included hideaway headlights, reverse lights, and other trim pieces. Following that history, the Equinox RS is very much an appearance trim without any performance upgrades. However, instead of a standalone package it is a separate trim level. Outside the Equinox RS Separating the RS from other trim levels are some unique features. It …

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First Ride – INDI EV Indi One – Is It The Ultimate Gamer Station?

When INDI EV was founded back in 2017, the basic formula seemed to be a very promising one: make a futuristic EV that would deliver the goods on mileage and enhance connectivity. INDI made a splash this week when they kicked off pre-ordering for the Indi One during NYIAS press days. But is it worth the sum of its parts?   First Ride Gives Mixed Impression To find out, we made the trek down to the EV test track (after a brief stop at INDI’s booth) to have our chance to ride in the futuristic crossover. The exterior styling of …

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VinFast Reveals VF 9 and VF 8 Pricing, Details Battery Lease Plans

    Vietnamese company VinFast is eager to prove that it can do what the Chinese automakers promised but could never deliver (bring affordable EVs to our shores.) The firm is very serious about this and, on the heels of an IPO and confirmation of its first North American plant, has now confirmed pricing for the VF 8 and its corporate sibling, the VF 9.   A VinFast For Any Taste The VF 8 and the VF 9 are very distinctive offerings, and they will make each appeal to unique customer niches. The smaller 8 is, the sportier-looking one and …

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Bigger And Turbocharged, Jeep Unveils Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer L Models

When we had our chance to get behind the wheel of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, we immediately fell in love with the sheer amount of luxury and capability that this rolling penthouse brought to the table. However, fuel economy was a spectre that prominently hung over it. Jeep has not only addressed that gremlin but also added more space with the all-new Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer L models.   Stand Back; There’s A Hurricane Coming Through The 2023 Wagoneer family is bringing more to buyers, including a brand new engine. Dubbed the Hurricane, Jeep claims that the new turbocharged inline-six …

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Maserati GranTurismo Folgore Lights Up Rome

The iconic Maserati GranTurismo is making significant progress in its quest toward production reality. Maserati has released heavily veiled teaser images of it in the past, but a trip through the streets of Rome has given the world its clearest look yet at the all-new GranTurismo Folgore. Italian Style Personified The Folgore part of its name (not to be confused with the similar-sounding character from the Killer Instinct video game series) signifies that it’s an all-electrified model, and it also gives the car a nice ring to it as well. The exterior styling largely follows the same basic script that …

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2023 Nissan Leaf Boasts Light Refresh For New York

Nissan is once again making headlines in the EV market. Still, this time around, the focus is not on the revolutionary Ariya EV but rather on a grizzled veteran, the 2023 Nissan Leaf, which will make its debut in the Big Apple.   Revised Exterior And Interior Define New Leaf The current generation Leaf’s exterior design was starting to noticeably age compared to some of its rivals, and Nissan designers have made some tweaks to help it stay fresh. The front grille is brand new, and the slick 17-inch wheels get a new Ariya inspired design. A new light-up Nissan badge …

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Lucid Confirms Air Grand Touring Performance Model, Still A Potent Green Machine

When we last saw the Lucid Air, it was in the range topping Dream Edition model which boasted over 1100 hp and made an appearance at the 2022 NACTOY awards (though it came away empty handed.) Lucid is not letting that little setback stop them though, and the California based EV maker confirmed that it will be releasing the all-new Grand Touring Performance model to consumers.   Still In The 1,000 hp Club While the Grand Touring Performance is not quite as powerful as the limited production Dream Edition, that’s like saying a single jet fighter jet is less powerful …

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2021 Land Rover Defender 90 First Edition Review by Ben Lewis

So, we road test a lot of different vehicles. And some of them are very expensive, status-y models, and it’s no surprise that you get an interesting range of responses. Often times with the pricey ones, you get pushback, the anti-snobbism. So, it’s interesting when you have a vehicle that’s a luxury brand, loaded with status, yet everyone seems to love it. Case in point – our 2021 Land Rover Defender 90. It’s a charmer. Lovable Looks Well, the first thing that bowls people over is the Defender’s design. Our 2-door 90 model looks like a giant Tonka Toy – …

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Road Test Comparison – 2022 Mazda 3 Hatchback vs 2022 Honda Civic Si – Which Is Better?

The compact sedan market can be a very interesting place to explore once you have a chance to look at some of the current offerings that are available for consumer consumption. Once relegated to cheap econoboxes that favored thriftiness over performance (hot hatches like the GTI excluded) the segment has rapidly morphed into a different breed with luxury, design, and technology rapidly becoming the key benchmarks as they attempt to stand out against CUVs. The 2022 Mazda 3 and the 2022 Honda Civic Si are two such examples, with both trying to appeal to a broader swath of the market. …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Toyota Venza Limited – A Reboot That Embraces The Green Side Of Life

When We last saw the Toyota Venza it was a much different offering. Designed to be a comfortable crossover for empty nesters, the Venza’s sales reflected this with that version performing well below Toyota’s expectations of 75,000 to 100,000 sales per year. However, going full circle can sometimes be a good thing and Toyota is aiming to achieve just that with the 2022 Venza. This iteration of the Venza appears to have alot of the core attributes down, but are they all enough to finally make it a sales winner? Venza Styling Goes In Radical But More Aerodynamic Direction The …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor – Is It Still The King Of The Mountain?

The off-road pickup segment has seen a renewed resurgence in recent years both in demand and in performance, with many of these trail-ready offerings offering more performance than ever before. The truck that’s often credited with launching this revolution is the Ford F-150 Raptor. Originally created in borderline secrecy deep in the bowels of the Ford Motor Company, the Raptor has rapidly become one of the strongest sellers in the F-150 family and has rapidly emerged as a potent benchmark for all that came after it. Ford gave the model some updates for the 2021 model year, but with the …

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2022 Lexus NX 350 F SPORT Handling AWD review by Ben Lewis

We’re always happy to test a new Lexus – but a little like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes they are just lovely, refined vehicles that you’d be happy for your grandparents to toddle around town in. But lately, Toyota’s luxury division has been messing with us – throwing some Jalapeno poppers into our box of creamy nougats. The IS 350 and IS 500 are both jaw-droppers – thrilling to drive, stunning to look at, proof that Lexus is ready to take on the world’s best and give them a good stomping. …

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Ford Details 2023 Bronco Raptor’s Digital Cluster, Confirms Drive Mode Animations

The 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor received alot of buzz for injecting a massive amount of fun and capability into the Bronco’s already impressive foundation. But amid all the noise generated by its bigger engine and screengrabs of it jumping the dunes, not too much attention was given to the Raptor model’s digital instrument cluster. Turns out, there’s alot more going on here than we realized, and Ford detailed some of the digital details in a release earlier today.   A New View On Bronco Performance At first glance, the images in the gallery below seem to follow the same typical …

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First Drive Review – 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 Pickup – Supercharging GM’s Ultium Ambitions

The pages of history are quickly turning at General Motors. It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of a pure EV offering from GM would’ve been seen as laughable never mind one with the Hummer badge dubbed the Edition 1. In those days, Hummer was known for two things, delivering the goods on off-road capability, and laughably low fuel economy. But the times have changed, and GM has brought back the Hummer moniker (as a sub-brand this time) to not only spearhead its assault on the EV market but also storm the pickup segment as the world’s first “supertruck.” …

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GM And Honda Confirm EV Plans, First Model Set For Production In 2027

Rumors and borderline confirmations circulated for years about GM and Honda potentially teaming up for an ambitious project aimed at creating an affordable EV model. The two have now made it official with both companies confirming the news earlier today.   Honda To Gain Two New SUV Models A key aspect of this partnership is that Honda will be getting two all new EV utility offerings with the Honda side getting the Prologue while Acura gets a currently unnamed model for the luxury market. This announcement though expands on this and confirms that the deal will focus on affordable EVs …

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Volta Confirms First “Volta Hub” Facility, Paves Way For EV Adoption

Volta Trucks has been making waves in the commercial truck market. While the bulk of their efforts have been mostly confined to Europe, the company is still confident that electrification in the commercial segment will be the new way forward, and has launched the first Volta Service Hub location in Paris, France.   Follows On The Heels Of Volta Zero Trials This latest announcement comes as Volta is preparing for the first consumer evaluations of the Volta Zero which are slated to begin in the middle of next year. These trucks will see duty in a wide variety of settings, but all …

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Toyota Helps Corolla Go Super Saiyan With All New 2023 GR Corolla, 300 hp and Track Ready Tech Are Standard

With many automakers reducing their involvement in hatchback models to cater to a growing hunger for crossover and utility vehicle sales, it’s still good to see that a few are still tinkering with the iconic hot hatch. Toyota is one such company and has unveiled the all-new 2023 GR Corolla which aims to bring international market performance to American buyers.   GR Corolla Embraces Track Ready Motif When the GR Corolla makes its way to dealerships later this year, it will be offered in two grades (Core and the launch Exclusive Circuit Edition.) Core models represent the budget focused option …

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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross review by Ben Lewis

This may come as no surprise to you, but the best-selling nameplate in history is Corolla. Yep, Toyota has been making them for over 50 years, and selling them like crazy the whole time. So, with the ever-continuing growth of small SUVs, it seems only natural that the carmaker would combine an SUV with the Corolla name. Welcome to the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross! Stylish but mainstream Two things strike you about the Corolla Cross. First of all, while it is stylish, there is nothing that screams Toyota or Corolla about it. We guess Corolla buyers aren’t the kind to …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 – Insanity Unleashed

Jeep has had a very complicated relationship when it comes to giving its iconic Wrangler a V8 engine. While aftermarket companies have done it for years, Jeep resisted the urge of giving its Wrangler an injection of V8-powered fun. However, the emergence of the Ford Bronco has at long last finally forced Stellantis’s hand, and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is the long-awaited fruit of this dream. But is it a case of you should never meet your heroes? Or is it the perfect definition of insanity?   A Familiar Wrapper Hides The Essentials With all the magic happening under …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Series III – Living Large And Hunting For European Luxury Rivals

It has been a long time since Jeep has fielded a competitor in the full-size SUV ranks. With the ill-fated Jeep Commander best being left as a forgotten historical dead end, one has to go all the way back to the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer which were once key cogs in the long-departed American Motors Corporation, as well as Chrysler’s for a brief period after the company, completed its acquisition of AMC with the last ones being built in the early 1990s. But Stellantis is hoping that a new generation of full-size SUV buyers will be able to breathe some …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Grand Cherokee Two Row Laredo – A Value Packed Offering For Families

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is aiming to reshape the way that many Jeep buyers experience and embrace the SUV. While the spotlight is shining brightly on higher trim models like the Limited and Summit as well as the green-minded 4xe model, it can be easy to forget that the bulk of sales are focused on mainstream trims like the Laredo model which serve as value-focused gateways into the Grand Cherokee family. We wanted to find out what SUV buyers will get for their money and whether the Laredo is still the go-to entry-focused model.   Laredo Still Embodies Jeep …

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2023 Lotus Eletre Introduces Lotus To The SUV And Electrification

Lotus has had a rollercoaster history during its long and iconic history. It has experienced periods of prosperity but also periods of struggle and challenges. Lotus is looking to put all of those things in the rearview mirror and has revealed the next chapter of its history, the all-new Lotus Eletre, which brings the brand to the SUV segment for the first time and is also the first relatively mass production Lotus EV offering to go on sale.   Eletre Debuts New Design Language For Lotus The exterior styling of the Eletre may seem like a massive assortment of Evija …

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Ford Aims For The Budget Off-Roader With All New F-150 Rattler

The Ford F-150 has always managed to be a proverbial swiss army knife when it comes to offering buyers all kinds of ways to do truck stuff. That’s especially true if you’re an off-roader with the dune slaying F-150 Raptor and the trail-ready Tremor models delivering the goods. However, inflation is pushing up prices for a wide variety of goods and one of the ripple effects is that some buyers might have a tighter wallet to work with. Ford has listened and has unveiled a budget-focused alternative, the 2023 F-150 Rattler.   Off-Road Fun For The XL Crowd Unlike its …

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Toyota GR Corolla Teases More Details, Reveal Date Confirmed

If anyone has been following Toyota and it’s ongoing teaser campaign for the GR Corolla, you’ll know that Toyota is promising something special for the Corolla that has once been exclusive to our friends across the pond, performance. The teasers so far have been subtle with the heavily camouflaged example peeking out from the background. This latest round of teasers though places the GR front and center and the company even revealed that the new model will be appearing March 31st.   A Spicier Corolla The GR Corolla (Gazoo Racing) will be the third member of the GR brand and …

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First Drive – 2023 Mazda CX-50 – Filling A Void In Mazda’s Growing SUV Family

When Mazda first confirmed that it was expanding its SUV lineup, we were curious to see precisely what Mazda had in mind. The CX-30 was the first in what Mazda called the “CX” family of utilities, with the model not only replacing the axed CX-3 but also proving that the model was more than the sum of its Mazda 3 sourced parts. Naturally, the company is thinking bigger this time around and has revealed the second member of the gap-filling family, the 2023 CX-50. But does it successfully follow up on the solid praise the CX-30 has received? Or is …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road – Light Updates Keep This Solider Ahead Of The Pack

The Toyota Tacoma has long been an enduring benchmark in the mid-size pickup ranks thanks to its value, capability, and quality. Its grip on the throne has been unchallenged. Still, these days even the king of mid-size pickups is facing dissent from a resurgent pool of entries like the radically updated Nissan Frontier, an expanding Ford Ranger family, and the updated Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Can the Toyota Tacoma maintain its hold on the throne?   Lightly Updated Styling Retains Core Tacoma DNA The Tacoma’s exterior styling was updated back in 2020. As a result, the changes in this …

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2022 BMW M240i xDrive review by Ben Lewis

There are a lot of BMW models out there. A lot. But if we had to pick just one as a fave, we’d be leaning towards the 2-series coupe. Why? Well, call us old school, but the 2 reminds us most of the brand’s roots, from the early 1600-2002, to the 1-series, to the previous 2-series. Close coupled, personal with loads of performance and personality – and at the lower end of the price spectrum for the brand. So, when we heard there was an all-new 2-series, we were thrilled to get the opportunity to test one. Does it stay …

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Insider: 15 Solid Reasons to Bike Your Way Around!

One of the most special things that you can do with your time is to go on a road trip. Taking the time to go out and see the world on your terms and at your pace is important, especially if you want to make memories and really build on something important for your future. Whether you go it alone or you go with friends, going on a long trip takes a lot of planning and preparation. You have to be ready for everything, prepared for anything and you want to think about why you should be going on this …

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2022 Ford Maverick XLT: The Best Value Available

All New for 2022! Ford welcomed the Maverick nameplate back to the US market. Originally produced in the USA from 1969 (1970 model year)-1977. The Ford Maverick was a 2 or 4-door sedan built to fight the smaller competitors from overseas. Today the Maverick is again a compact vehicle but with utility and functionality at the forefront of its design.  Exterior Design With a platform that is shared with the Escape and Bronco Sport the Ford Maverick mini-truck is built on a unibody. This drives many of the exterior design features, including the sizable C-pillar with a very large curve …

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Aston Martin Unveils Third Generation Vantage V12, Last Of The Breed

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage has always been the pinnacle of performance for the Vantage coupe, a fire-breathing demon in a sea of V8-powered imps. The last two generations of V12 Vantage pushed the envelope of performance despite being hobbled by the limitations of an aging platform and a laughably bad semi-automated manual transmission in the case of the Vantage S. Aston Martin knows that the days of the V12 are numbered and has revealed the third generation V12 Vantage which will be the end of the line for the legendary twelve-cylinder.   V12 Vantage Is Leaner, Meaner, And Better …

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2021Honda Accord 2.0T Sport review by Ben Lewis

You know, we’re always happy when we’re testing a Honda Accord. It’s like having a good friend come to visit. Yes, there’s plenty of time to talk about what’s new and exciting, but there’s also a lot of good feelings from the length of time you’ve known each other. And it’s not just us – the Accord is the best-selling car of the last 50 years. So, what’s been going on with our trusted friend? Let’s find out! Fresh Face The current Accord was already quite handsome, but we really like the upgrades they’ve made to keep Honda’s flagship sedan …

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Cadillac Lyriq Orders Begin May 19th, Celstiq To Arrive Next Year

The Cadillac Lyriq and the Celstiq will be the first two EV models in Cadillac’s EV revolution, but while we have seen our fair share of Lyriqs cruise around Metro Detroit (as well as a recent report that attempted to put a date on the start of production) the Celstiq has remained an elusive ghost and Cadillac didn’t reveal the exact start date of production for the Lyriq. The luxury brand changed that narrative slightly today confirming that not only will the Lyriq start production next week, but that the Celestiq ultra-luxury flagship is on track for its launch next …

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GMC Announces All-New Hummer Documentary, Will Air On History Channel

The GMC Hummer EV is just now entering production, but it turns out that GMC had a few more surprises to share and that included the filming of a 60-minute documentary which documents the entire story of the Hummer EV and even sheds light on details that few in the general public knew about during the Hummer’s road from being a design sketch to becoming a full-fledged electrified pickup. Documentary Sheds Light On Every Hummer Milestone The documentary was shot in a partnership between GMC and A+E networks the company that’s better known for being the corporate face of the …

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Cadillac Confirms It Will Reveal 2023 Escalade-V May 11th

Cadillac made a splash when it revealed that it was producing a V version of its popular Escalade SUV. But while we got to see pictures of it and even a brief preview of how the exhaust sounds, Cadillac made us wait to hear more about what’s exactly going on with the Escalade V and it appears that the wait will be even longer with the luxury brand confirming that it will be making its official debut on May 11th.   Cadillac Unleashes “Roar Of Luxury” While the wait for the Escalade-V’s debut will continue for a few more months, …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing – Super Sedan Spreads Its Wings For Maximum Performance

Cadillac is about to fully double down on its commitment to the electric vehicle market. The luxury brand plans to eventually ditch gasoline vehicles in place of an all-electric future. Before that happens, though, the luxury brand is throwing one final celebration of performance with the Blackwing lineup of performance models (and the Escalade-V to a lesser extent.) One of these is the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing which strives to have one last dance with rivals like the BMW M3. But does it finally have the mustard to overcome the benchmark of the sport sedan segment?   Blackwing Exterior Styling Is …

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2022 Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition Review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the Toyota Sienna minivan, and found the “Swagger Wagon” to still be in effect, a great vehicle. But for many, the word minivan has too many negative connotations. And that’s why we’ve seen a huge upsurge of three-row SUV’s, from the large and princely Kia Telluride and Hyundai Pallisade, to smaller models, where that 3rd row is pretty much for occasional use. And one of our favorites of the occasional 3rd row SUVs is the Mazda CX-9. It may give you bumped knees in row #3, but it gives you back so much more! Let’s take a …

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2022 GMC Canyon AT4 Review

Radiant in Red! The 2022 GMC Canyon AT4 is nearing the end of its life. GM is planning to release an all new Colorado/Canyon duo in 2023, but how does the 2022 stack up to current competition? Outside Despite being near the end of a generation the 2022 GMC Canyon AT4 doesn’t look outdated. The front end is big and bold with an aggressive dark chrome grill. Going with the AT4 brings you some off-road styling that is also functional. The front bumper curves up at the edges to allow more clearance in front of the tires. Bright LED headlights …

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Acura Pulls The Veil Off 2023 Integra, Spicier Type S Model Is Coming

When Acura first confirmed that it was bringing back the 2023 Integra, it immediately brought back memories of moves like the Fast & The Furious and the massive car customization craze that it helped jumpstart alongside the Honda Civic. The 2023 Acura Integra aims to catch lightning in a bottle once again, and it seeks to appeal to a new generation of young buyers.   Showcar Styling Defines Integra As with other recent Acura models, the Integra’s styling mirrors the prototype closely, with the production version retaining the sporty lines that defined that model. The large graphics and the colored …

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Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Aims To Generate Plenty Of Buzz In EV Wars

It has been over five years since Volkswagen teased the I.D. Buzz EV van. Alot has changed since then both in the industry as well as the state of affairs in regards to recent current events. But the wait is finally over with Volkswagen formally unveiling the production version of the all-electric van. There are some cool things buried in the Buzz’s skin as well as a few caveats (we’ll touch on those shortly) but here’s what makes the Buzz so special.   Cheery Retro Styling Makes I.D. Buzz A Playful Future Minded EV Volkswagen claimed that they wanted to …

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2023 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Goes All In On All-Wheel Drive

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is going under the knife for the new model year and while the core design of the big van itself has not been radically altered, Mercedes focused on improving things underneath the skin and there’s plenty to dissect here when it comes to that side of things.   Sprinter Axes 3.0 Liter Diesel Goes Four-Cylinder Only A big change for 2023 is that the 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel has been scrubbed from the lineup and the Sprinter will now be a strict four-cylinder only proposition. While that means the big Benz will no longer go after …

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2023 Ram ProMaster Brings Sharpened Styling And New Features To Work Van Segment

The Ram ProMaster has been a reliable workhorse for commercial buyers ever since it made its debut back in 2009. However, it was no secret that the Fiat-based van was rapidly aging and it was also getting schooled in sales by the hot-selling Ford Transit. Ram is out to change these fortunes and has unveiled the all-new 2023 ProMaster. Beauty Still In The Eye Of The Beholder The exterior styling of the ProMaster was always a love it or hate it affair but Ram stylists went to work trying to add more polish to the van’s lines for 2o23. The …

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Mazda CX-60 Debuts With PHEV Performance, New Rear Wheel Drive Platform

It wasn’t too long ago that Mazda teased the CX-60 SUV which is the next strategic piece in the company’s push towards enhancing its presence in the utility vehicle market. With the smaller CX-50 poised to make a splash in the U.S., the CX-60 is looking to achieve the same feat across the pond in European markets.   New CX-60 Platform Embraces Rear Wheel Drive The CX-60 is a bigger SUV offering and that extra size means a new platform with the CX-60 being the first of these new CX models to use an all-new rear-wheel-drive-focused platform. This platform has …

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2023 Cadillac Lyriq To Enter Official Production March 21st According To Report

When we last saw the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq in person, it was during a visit to GM Tech Center where we were allowed to spend some time with Cadillac engineers and designers learning more about the futuristic CUV. But other than scattered sightings of evaluation mules undergoing shakedown tests on the roads dotting GM Tech Center (a short hop from our office) we haven’t heard much lately. However, a new report appears to put a final date on production with the first models expected to roll out later this month.   Tentative Production Date Sign Of Cadillac’s Scheduling Push Cadillac …

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2023 Acura Integra To Get CVT Standard, Manual Reserved For Top Trim According To New Report

The 2023 Acura Integra is leaving us with more questions than answers ever since Acura debuted the near-production prototype of the concept last year. But while some will have to wait until the production version debuts, it appears that buyers will be in for some mixed news according to a new report which laid out the state of affairs in regards to the transmission offerings for the model.    CVT To Rule Most Of The Integra Range There were a set of rumors that appeared to suggest that the Integra could get Honda’s 10-speed automatic despite some of its core …

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2022 Toyota Sienna XLE review by Ben Lewis

Minivans always seem to be a topic of discussion. We know many a SUV driver who wouldn’t be caught dead in one. And we know many minivan drivers who wouldn’t own anything else. Part of this is a hangover from the early days of the little van, being a very functional box, but really be devoid of any style. Toyota’s Sienna has always been a fine product, and in the previous generation, the “Swagger Wagon” add campaign gave some needed cache to the vehicle. Introduced last year, an all-new Sienna takes a major step in style, performance, and technology – …

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Jeep Reveals 2022 Cherokee X, Also Announces Pricing Changes For Entire Trim Ladder

With all the attention and the spotlight focused on the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, and Wagoneer it can be easy to forget that Jeep also offers the smaller Cherokee and Compass SUVs. While the Compass is off exploring its slice of the beaten path, for now, Jeep revealed some new information on the 2022 Cherokee lineup including revised pricing across the board and an all-new X model.   Cherokee X Serves As New Rugged Value Focused Model Before we get into some of the pricing news that the brand released today, we might as well focus on the all-new X model. …

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Honda And Sony Announce EV Partnership, Will Build Cars Together

Ever wondered what would happen if one of Japan’s largest car companies embarked on a partnership with the firm that’s responsible for the Playstation or television that’s sitting in your living room? We finally have the answer with the surprise announcement that Honda and Sony are partnering together to create EV offerings for consumer consumption.   A Partnership That Makes Sense In The Grand Scheme Of Things While this partnership will not see Honda edition PS5s line the shelves of your local GameStop, it will be a big deal if you’re a buyer of an electrified vehicle. This partnership will …

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Nissan’s 2022 Armada, The Patrol for America

Nissan Armada, The Patrol for America 2022 Armada Driving Having recently come off of a makeover in 2021, the 2022 Armada remains largely unchanged. The 5.6-liter V8 puts out 400 horsepower and 413 foot-pounds of torque. The V8 is extremely smooth and produces a stunning sound when run up to its redline. While many Nissan vehicles now have excellent 9-speed automatics, the Armada is still using a 7-speed. The 9-speed offers a significantly lower first gear, which affects launching from a stop while towing. Other than that, the 7-speed isn’t missing out on much. Nissan doesn’t try to hide the …

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Insider: Gift Ideas for Someone Who Loves Their Car

Giving gifts is a difficult thing to do. Whether it is Christmas or a birthday, it can often be tough to know exactly what to get for someone in your life. But, if you have someone around you that loves their vehicle, then this is a great place to start. Obviously, you’re not going to buy them a new vehicle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them a present related to what they have already got. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.   Accessories For Their Vehicle One of the things that you …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – Updates Can’t Mask Middling Performance

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a CUV that’s always had some form of an identity crisis. The Eclipse Cross has the exterior styling needed for it to be one of the boldest CUV entries in the market, but suffered from inconsistent presentation, especially with its performance and interior. Mitsubishi has made some updates to help give it a better presentation while also fixing some of the flaws that hobbled older models. But have the changes made the Eclipse Cross better?   A Nip and Tuck Adds Cohesion To Exterior Styling Mitsubishi stylists had alot on their plate when they were …

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Ram Provides New Teaser Image For EV Pickup, Sheds New Light On Design

In addition to revealing the first production EV for Jeep as well as other aspects of its production plans, Stellantis also helped create some much-needed clarity for its upcoming Ram EV pickup which is expected to do battle with rivals like the Chevrolet Silverado EV and the Ford F-150 Lightning.   Ram EV Goes In A Bolder Styling Direction While the renderings for the truck are still obscured by shadows, Ram‘s form of providing clarity is our first look at the rear end of the truck. The design here is clearly going in a radically different direction from ICE-powered Ram …

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Jeep Unveils First EV Model, Will Be Making Appearance Next Year To Take On Segment Benchmarks

Stellantis promised to make waves when the firm revealed that it intended to launch a full-scale assault on the EV market with an army of BEV offerings. While we have seen a few of these models in concept form, Stellantis kept the production versions of these models largely out of the public eye. That’s starting to change though with the Jeep brand releasing a pair of images of its first production EV SUV.   Aiming For The Compact Segment The SUV in today’s images doesn’t have a name yet, but we can still dissect some of the goals that Jeep …

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Special Vehicle Engineering Unveils 2022 Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme Off-Road, Will Only Build 50

The current generation Colorado mid-size pickup has been a sales success for Chevrolet and it certainly makes a good first impression when equipped in ZR2 guise. However, the current generation is on its way out, with the brand revealing that a next-generation model is waiting in the wings. Aftermarket tuner Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) is preparing a potent send-off with the all-new 2022 Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme Off-Road.   Bold Graphics Eliminate Any Sleeper Notions The Xtreme Off-Road starts life as a short box equipped Colorado ZR2 but this is far from a sleeper truck, with SVE making several additions that …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Hyundai Veloster N DCT – Better Seats And Extra Amounts Of Fun

When Hyundai first released the Veloster N hot hatch several years ago, it seemed the Korean car giant finally hit all the right notes when it came to making a fun performance car. The Veloster N packed an impressive amount of power, technology, and value into its flanks. However, the interior resembled a pieced together Fischer Price kit and it was a manual-only offering. Hyundai is not only committed to enhancing the Veloster N’s sales success but also learn from past mistakes with the 2022 Hyundai Veloster N which adds a DCT and a few welcome enhancements into an already …

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Auto Industry Insider – Helpful Tips for Learner Drivers and Parents of Teens

When you are first learning how to drive, or when you are a student driver, there are many things you need to be aware of, cautious of, and considerate of. Driving a motor vehicle is not something to take lightly. It is a lot of responsibility that could ultimately cause great harm if not done safely. Let’s discuss some tips and key points that every student driver should know before they begin the process of obtaining their driver’s license.    Tips for preparing to learn to drive Before you begin to drive, you will need to get a provisional license …

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Auto Industry Insider – Buying a Car or Truck from a Dealership: What to Know Beforehand

If you’re thinking of getting yourself a car, a dealership is a good place to look, but there are some things you should know beforehand. Every dealership is different, and you’ll want to make sure you’re able to get the best deal for the car of your choosing. If you’re going to do that, then you need to know about the car, your rights, the condition of the car, and so on. While you do have the option to buy from a private seller, you should know that your rights are different when buying, and you’ll have a lot less …

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Ford Releases Bronco Raptor And Everglades Pricing, Fun Comes At A Premium

Ford made waves when they not only released the performance-focused Bronco Raptor, but also the overlapping ready Bronco Everglades. Both of these models put a different spin on the Bronco ownership experience, and they also offer a different mixture of off-road focused content. The one thing they do have in common however is pricing, with both models requiring customers to pay a premium to partake in the fun. We’ll look at both models individually and see how much you have to pay to sign on the dotted line.   Bronco Raptor Starts At $68k, Is The Wild One In The …

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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the Subaru Outback Wilderness and loved the added capability and looks that the manufacturer gave its popular SUV/Wagon – doing what many owners have been doing for a while but giving it the factory goodness to raise it all to a new level. So, it only makes sense that Subie did the same idea to the popular Forester – so is it equally successful, even more successful, or maybe a marketing flop? Let’s take a look! The Wild Blue   The Forester Wilderness makes a strong first impression, thanks to our tester’s available exclusive Geyser Blue paint. …

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2023 Mazda CX-50 Pricing Goes Live, Starts At $28,025

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 represents a new future for Mazda with the SUV being the key building block in Mazda’s plans to rapidly expand their utility vehicle lineup. The latest member of the CX family brings alot to the table but the one thing that we didn’t know much about was pricing for the utility, but Mazda has changed that with a new announcement that finally reveals the full pricing picture.   More Equipment Comes With Higher Price Tag  The CX-50 will bring more equipment to the table for CX buyers and as a result, the pricing ladder here will …

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Ford Unveils 2023 Ranger Raptor, Confirms It’s Heading To The U.S. Market

Ford knows that SUVs and pickups are the keys to its future, and the company has used the past few years to greatly enhance its profits from these two segments. That includes performance niches with the F-150 Raptor and the recently unveiled Bronco Raptor. But the Ranger Raptor has so far proven to be elusive, with this third dino being an international market-only exclusive. Enthusiasts have clamored for the U.S. version for years and Ford has even subtly hinted that it was considering it, but the company has transformed sly replies into action with the 2023 Ranger Raptor.   Exterior …

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Ducati XDiavel Amps Up Luxury And Style Factor In Motorcycle Segment

The Ducati XDiavel is a motorcycle that already pushes the envelope of style, luxury, and performance. However, what would happen if Ducati allowed the XDiavel to explore more of its luxury character and give it a few extra standard features? The answer is the all-new XDiavel Nera a limited production bike that boldly goes where no XDiavel has gone before.   Luxury Makes XDiavel Nera Shine The all-new Xdiavel Nera is the fruit of a partnership between Ducati and Poltrona Frau with the latter being known for making high-end furniture. Don’t; let that fool you though because the furniture maker …

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Road Test Review – 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL R-Line – Sporty Styling Hides Conservative Character

The SUV wars have forced many automakers to rethink and change the way they approach certain segments of the SUV market. That has included Volkswagen which has shifted gears in its attempts to woo customers. It wasn’t too long ago that buyers could purchase a standard Golf hatchback, but the surging popularity of models like the Tiguan and the recently launched Volkswagen Taos forced the Golf to be a Europe only offering with the performance infused GTI and R models being the two sole remaining members of its species. The Tiguan in particular has become a key part of Volkswagen’s …

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Toyota and Yamaha Making Hydrogen V8, Could Point To Potential Hydrogen Applications

When it comes to partnerships, few in the business can match the track record that Japanese auto giant Toyota has in this category. While the company is currently in limited partnerships with BMW and Subaru for certain models, it can be easy to forget that Toyota and Yamaha have also had a history of working together on projects. The two have partnered up again, but this time it’s for a hydrogen-fueled cause with the duo making an all-new hydrogen-powered V8. Hydrogen-Powered Performance Unlike the LFA’s V10 engine which was the last time the two teamed up on engine development, this …

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