2024 Subaru Solterra Touring review by Ben Lewis

In the world of automakers, Subaru is a smaller one, which means it sometimes pairs up with other manufacturers to help create vehicles at a more affordable cost. It has worked great for the brand, teaming up with Toyota, they have now created two generations of the BRZ sports car, (aka Toyota GR86) that are a complete delight to drive. While the marketplace seems to be adding new EV’s weekly, Subaru – along with many of the Japanese automakers – have been slow to market. And EV’s are expensive and time-consuming to create. Which meant it was a perfect time …

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2024 Kia EV9 GT-LINE AWD Long Range Review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the Lexus TX 500h, and came away impressed with the large 3-row SUV’s overall efficiency, and Lexus lusciousness. But where the TX uses a hybrid powertrain, there are still plenty of folks looking to find a 3-row, EV SUV.  So, it was perfect timing that we got into a Kia EV9 to compare. We were not only interested to see how the EV9 stacks up against the Lexus, but also to see how compares to the Kia Telluride – one of the most popular 3-row SUVs on the market. Let’s check it out! Boxy but Futuristic The …

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Next Generation Mazda CX-5 To Get Hybrid Model, WIll Maintain Mazda’s Green Push

Mazda is on a push to expand its green ambitions and is slowly building up towards an all-electrified lineup of vehicles. However, the company is working with what it’s got and is currently expanding its lineup of hybrid vehicles. While the CX-90 and the CX-70 are the latest examples of models getting the hybrid treatment, the aging CX-5 has been bucking the trend with its engine choices. While the current CX-5 will soldier on without a hybrid engine, that will be changing when the next generation model appears with Mazda quietly confirming that the next generation model will get a …

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2024 Lexus TX 500h F Sport Review by Ben Lewis

A couple interesting trends have been happening the last year or so in SUV world. First of all, everyone is going rugged – Subaru Wilderness, Honda Trailsport, etc. And design is also going that direction – the Hyundai Santa Fe, Land Cruiser and others celebrating being big, blocky and in your face. The other trend that’s heating up again is the three-row SUV. While we’ve seen vehicle likes the Kia Telluride being a big hit, new models that are less off-road and more lux like the Toyota Grand Highlander, to the Volvo XC90 are trying to muscle in on the …

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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness Road Test Review by Ben Lewis

If you haven’t noticed, we’re seeing a resurgence in rugged, off-road type crossovers and SUV’s. From Honda’s TrailSport to Nissan’s Rock Creek editions, people are lining up for that extra-capable, extra-rugged look. And Subaru has been happily playing in that sandbox. We’ve tested the Outback Wilderness, and Forester Wilderness, and enjoyed them both, for their added outdoors-capable look, and upgraded running gear. So now, Subie has added an all-new Crosstrek Wilderness model, and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it! Crosstrek Gone Wild! Well, there’s no doubt about what you’re seeing when you look at it – this …

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Tesla’s Cybertruck Gets Software Update To Make It More Capable

While the Tesla Cybertruck began rolling out to customers five months ago, it was readily apparent that it was missing some core pickup truck features and was instead relying on some of its core essentials to make a crack at breaking through the EV pickup segment. That’s changing with the company confirming that a new software update will help add some luster to the Cybertruck’s capabilities.   Off-roading Is Now In The Cards For Cybertruck A key provision in this update is that the truck gets a new Off-Road mode with many of the new features Tesla added being found …

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2025 Aston Martin DBX707 Becomes Default DBX, Gets Interior Updates

Aston Martin wanted to make a splash when the company unleashed the DBX SUV in 2020. The model was supposed to enhance Aston’s foothold in the segment and give the company a secondary sales avenue that wouldn’t rely so heavily on their lineup of sports cars and rand touring models. The DBX proved to be very successful for the company and with the DBX707 in particular proving to be a runaway hit, Aston Martin has used the new model year to not only trim the lineup, but also make interior updates to the model as well.   DBX707 Becomes The …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Maserati Grecale & 2023 Quattroporte Trofeo – Two Flavors Of Performance

Maserati is preparing to shift its EV ambitions into high gear with models like the recently announced GranCabrio Folgore attempting to make EVs stylish options for buyers willing to make the plunge. However, Maserati also knows that its ICE models will ultimately provide the fuel needed for these EV offerings to expand and cement themselves in the marketplace. Maserati recently allowed us to spend time with both the Quattroporte and the Grecale Trofeo models to not only show us what they bring to the table, but how they will help secure Maserati’s future.   2023 Maserati Quattroporte Trofeo The 2023 …

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2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo Edition by Ben Lewis

We recently spent some time in the Mazda CX-50, which would seem to be designed to replace the current CX-5, which is their best-selling model. Mazda replaced the CX-3 with the CX-30, and the CX-9 with the CX-90. So were we wrong. Maybe, as the carmaker continues to offer the CX-5, so we felt it was good time to drive one again and see how it shapes up against the ’50. Zircon Sand Persuasion One thing that gives away that this is a 2024 is the new Carbon Turbo Edition, which wears an exclusive paint color that Mazda calls Zircon …

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Lotus Annouces U.S. Pricing For Eletre SUV, Opens Up Order Books For Customers

Lotus wanted to make waves when it revealed the Eletre SUV. The Eletre would not only be Lotus’s first SUV, but also its first all-electric utility offering so the pressure on Lotus to get it right was immense. We enjoyed our first taste of the Eletre awhile back and buyers in the U.S. will soon be able to take their first drive behind the wheel too with the company not only opening ordering for the SUV, but also revealing final pricing as well. Eletre Expected To Appeal To Family Buyers When the first Lotus Eletres make their way to Lotus …

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GMC Sierra EV Shifts Into High Gear For Launch, Will Feature CrabWalk

GMC made a splash when it unleashed the Hummer EV lineup on the masses a few years ago. The Hummer pickup and SUV proved to be very popular with customers and while these rugged beasts were a good opening act, GMC has been preparing a sequel with the GMC Sierra EV. Not much was known about what the Sierra EV would bring to the table but the brand released final specifications in an announcement earlier today which also included a few surprises as well.   CrabWalk Makes Transition To Sierra Before we get into the nitty gritty, we might as …

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2024 Volvo V60 Cross Country B5 AWD Ultimate road test review by Ben Lewis

We love wagons. While the world has gone SUV crazy, we still think there’s something cool about a lower-slung, still capable, vehicle that gets things done. And nothing looks better with a surfboard on it. Period. Unfortunately, if you love wagons as much as we do, you know – there are very few of them still available. Blame the crossover/SUV craze. When we get a chance to test any wagon, we’re excited. So, when Volvo gave us an opportunity to spend some time in the V60 Cross Country wagon, we jumped at it!  Sleek and Sexy Swede There may not …

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2025 Toyota 4Runner Proves Wait Is Worth it, Gets Major Upgrades

The Toyota 4Runner was once a mascot for just how long an automobile could possibly go without any major updates. The last time it was revamped was 15 years ago with the outgoing 4Runner entering the market when President Obama was newly elected. That long wait gave Toyota engineers plenty to think about as they prepared to make the 4Runner stand out to a new generation of young buyers. New Styling Makes Impact One of the prominent changes that buyers will notice is the 4Runner’s revamped exterior styling. The front fascia is chunkier and more aggressive than before with some …

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2025 Buick Enclave Makes Big Bet On Technology, Gets New Styling Too

The Buick Enclave was a visual reminder of the neglect that the Buick brand as a whole experienced over the past few years. However, GM is once again giving Buick the attention it rightfully deserves. The Buick Envista is a potent reminder of this in action for budget buyers and flagship Buick buyers now get a piece of the action too with the 2025 Buick Enclave.   Exterior Styling Takes Some Getting Used To The exterior styling of the 2025 Enclave is more squared off than before with the odd-looking headlights being replaced by a front end that adopts cues …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Buick Encore GX Avenir – GX Packs Impressive Luxury, Stumbles on Style

Buick’s gamble on SUVs is paying off with the brand reporting record sales and demand for its lineup of utilities. That includes the Buick Encore GX which not only got revamped for the 2024 model year but also newly promoted up a rung in the model ladder with the release of the entry-level focused (albeit very stylish) Buick Envista. But does the 2024 Buick Encore GX Avenir wear its new clothes well enough to still stand out? or are there a few rough edges remaining in the final product?   Wildcat Cues Don’t Translate Well Before we dive into many …

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2024 Buick Envision Debuts New Infotainment System and Styling

When we last saw the 2024 Buick Envision, it was in a lone image that the company released back in March of 2023. A long time has passed since then and Buick is now finally ready to fully reveal the 2024 Buick Envision which brings new styling and technology to buyers looking to envision themselves in a Buick SUV for their next purchase.   2024 Buick Envision Has Wildcat In Its Genes The biggest change that buyers will see when they look at the 2024 model is that the front fascia gets replaced with a new one that gets alot …

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2024 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD review by Ben Lewis

Hyundai is having a great run on vehicles lately. From the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 EVs, The updated Kona and even the rocket ship Elantra N. But when you talk about the bread-and-butter vehicles for the brand, you can’t forget the popular Tucson SUV. And since we love bread and butter, it felt like time to check out a 2024 Tucson. Evocative Design One of the reasons for the Tucson’s popularity is its gorgeous design. Up front, the “parametric” grille features half-mirror daytime running lamps hidden inside, only visible when illuminated. And while the Tucson has been around a …

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Insider: Unveiling the Mysteries of Car Protection – A Comparative Study

We’re diving into car protection, an essential topic for vehicle owners. While cars are built tough, they need help to stay in top shape. Many factors can damage your vehicle, from the sun’s fading to hailstorms’ dents.   Cars are a significant investment in our lives. Safeguarding your car today will pay off in the long run. Protecting them for a higher resale value and extending their lifespan is essential. So, let’s explore methods and materials to shield your car from these threats. Buckle up for this journey to keep your car looking its best! Understanding the Car Protection Landscape Selecting …

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Genesis Brings Magma Brand To U.S. GV60 To Lead The Charge

Genesis has made it clear that it intends to be a contender in the luxury car wars and while its products have been the proverbial Cinderella pick in an NCAA bracket, the one item that was missing was a performance model. That’s changing with Genesis bringing the Magma sib-brand to the U.S. Magma sub-brand follows established playbook While the Magma brand’s entry into the U.S. is new, the core script has been used before. The Genesis GV80 SUV coupe concept was slathered in bright orange paint (though the brand never admitted it was launching a sub-brand) and Genesis followed that …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe – This SUV Is The Real Deal

When Hyundai announced that it was revamping the Santa Fe for the 2024 model year, we wondered how the Korean car maker could possibly top the previous generation model. While it was starting to show its age, the previous generation Santa Fe had a strong focus on comfort and technology. This time around, Hyundai wanted to bring the Santa Fe back to its roots with the company bringing rugged charm to the Santa Fe’s bag of tricks. But is it all enough to bring the fight to a new crop of SUV entries?   Boxy Shape Mixes Santa Fe With …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander – Offshoot of Iconic Highlander SUV Goes Big

The Toyota Grand Highlander is the answer to a question few had the thought to ask, what would happen if you took the iconic Highlander and made it bigger and added more tech to good measure? The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is poised to make a splash but does it have enough in its arsenal of tricks to help carve a slice of the market for itself?   Toyota’s Grandest Highlander Boasts Plenty of Personality The exterior of the Grand Highlander goes off in its own direction and will be a noticeable departure from its brand mate. While the standard …

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2024 Mazda CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus review by Ben Lewis

Mazda is revamping its lineup. First, the CX-3 was replaced by the handsome CX-30, The CX-9 was put out to pasture for the new CX-90. And they’ve just introduced the CX-70, basically a 2-row version of the CX-90. About a year ago, Mazda also introduced the CX-50, but the CX-5 still remains. At least for 2024. But it’s clear the ’50 is the future of their compact SUV. Worth another look? You bet. Hot New Looks The CX-50 follows the new design language we’re also seeing in the CX-30 and CX-90. They look wider, more muscular and substantial than the …

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Toyota Tacoma Recall Encompasses 381,000 Trucks, 2022-2023 Model Year Trucks Affected

The Toyota Tacoma has rightfully earned its spot as the benchmark of the mid-size pickup wars with the truck being available in a wide range of flavors. However, Toyota has announced a new recall for the Tacoma with owners of 2022-2023 models being asked to watch their mail for a notice. Weld Debris And Tacoma Rear Axles Don’t Mix  The recall in question affects 381,000 trucks from the 2022-2023 model year with the figure representing 86% of Tacomas sold during that period. Toyota says that accumulated weld debris from the assembly process can build up in the ends of the …

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Hydrogen Powered 2025 CR-V eFCEV Shows Honda Is Still In Fuel Cell Race, Adds PHEV Capability

Honda may be better known for its EV and hybrid offerings these days, but the Japanese auto giant has also been known for its experiments in hydrogen fuel cell technology. The Clarity FCEV was a glimpse into how far Honda’s hydrogen technology has evolved and the company is now ready to start the next chapter with the 2025 Honda CR-V eFCEV: Motivation   CR-V eFCEV Doesn’t Stray Too Far From Basic Formula At first glance, the 2025 Honda CR-V eFCEV: Motivation resembles a standard CR-V but Honda designers have made minor modifications to the exterior styling with the front end …

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2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SE review by Ben Lewis

3-row SUVs are hot these days. We recently tested the Kia Telluride, and the Mazda CX-90 both great vehicles. Another player we like a lot is the VW Atlas. Putting all the VW traits of fun-to-drive, good value and Euro-style together makes for a popular vehicle. And VW is smart, too. They realize there are some buyers who like the big size, but don’t really need that 3rdrow. And that frees up the designers to do something a little sportier. So, they created the Atlas Cross Sport. Well, it’s been a few years, and VW has just brought an updated …

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Cadillac Lyriq Regains Elgibility For $7,500 Tax Credit, Brand Cites Change In Supplier

GM announced this week that the Cadillac Lyriq will once again qualify for the Federal $7,500 tax credit after the company changed battery suppliers for two components in the all-electric SUV to help it once again fall into the criteria for that aforementioned tax credit.   New Supplier Helps Lyriq Buyers Cash In On Credit The Lyriq’s recent troubles began after the U.S. Treasury passed revised battery sourcing rules on January 1st which changed the qualification requirements for the credit. These changes knocked half of available EVs for sale off the list and among those hit was the Lyriq. GM …

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2025 Mazda CX-70 Has Less Seats, Still Costs As Much As a CX-90

When we had the chance to see the 2025 Mazda CX-70 up close in New York a short while ago, Mazda wasn’t ready to talk about pricing for what was essentially a two-row version of the CX-90. Thankfully, the company didn’t make us wait very long to get the answer with the Japanese auto giant releasing final figures for the two-row SUV which turns out to be more than the CX-90.   CX-70 Wants How Much For Two Rows? At first glance, we were understandably puzzled about what we were seeing in the overall pricing ladder. The CX-70 will only …

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2024 Mazda CX-90 3.3 Turbo S Premium Plus AWD road test review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the all-new Mazda CX-90 PHEV 3-row SUV, and we loved the looks the upscale interior and wonderful driving dynamics. That tester was fitted with the optional Plug-in Hybrid powertrain, featuring a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine. With up to 26 miles of pure EV driving it’s a pretty cool setup. But what had us really salivating was the all-new 3.3-liter, turbo in-line 6-cylinder powerplant –aimed at BMW and Land Rover territory, a huge step up from the previous CX-9 model, which we loved, but only offered a turbo 4-cylinder engine. If you want to play with the big boys, …

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Industry Insider – Role of Diesel Fuel Delivery Services in Building Resilience within Supply Chains

Supply chains in construction, mining, and agriculture are of great importance in today’s industrial landscape. These foundational industries are the backbone of global economies, propelling growth and ensuring the smooth operation of society’s infrastructure. Their operations rely heavily on heavy machinery and vehicles, the majority of which run on diesel fuel. This reliance emphasizes the importance of diesel fuel delivery services, which are more than just logistical operations; they are critical components in building and maintaining supply chain resilience. Ensuring Continuous Operations Diesel fuel delivery services stand at the forefront of ensuring that these industries have uninterrupted access to the …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Kia Niro PHEV & EV – Sharper & Greener Than Ever

The Kia Niro wanted to bring green motoring to buyers in a shape that was functional yet bold at the same time. However, the outgoing model had exterior design elements that were bland and awkward looking with performance that made it drive like a bland plate of oatmeal. Kia was paying attention to feedback from its customers and used the 2024 model year to make changes to both the PHEV and the EV models. However, are all of these changes enough to help the duo stand out in the green vehicle race? To find out, we had the opportunity to …

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2024 Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab review by Ben Lewis

It’s hard to imagine a more popular mid-size pickup truck than the Toyota Tacoma. If you don’t believe us, check out the prices on used ones. Even old and dodgy (Not Dodge-y) ones with hundreds of thousands of miles on them go for big bucks. It’s simple – these things hold up – even under massive amounts of abuse. So now Toyota has introduced an all-new Tacoma. The 4th generation of a legend. So how does it stack up against the previous model? Let’s take a look! Badass Adventure Machine When Toyota came up with a mission statement for the …

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2025 Kia Carnival Goes Under The Knife With New Face, K5 Sedan Gets Refresh Too

When Kia first brought the Kia Carnival to our shores, the Korean car giant promised that the Carnival was going to introduce more SUV DNA into the venerable minivan mix. For any doubters remaining in the room, Kia has chosen the 2025 model year to give the 2025 Carnival an extensive facelift that further hones in the SUV undertones while also adding new tech to the van as well. As a bonus, it also decided to extend the updates to the 2025 Kia K5 sedan.   Angrier Face Draws In More Carnival Buyers, Hybrid Model Debuts The updates to the …

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2025 Aviator Brings Jet Set Style To All, Gets New Tech & Improved Performance Too

The 2025 Ford Explorer’s refresh gave the popular SUV a new face and upped its interior game too. As such, it was only inevitable that the 2025 Lincoln Aviator would benefit from some of the same basic updates, with Lincoln still finding ways to add some special touches to the SUV for the new model year.    Jet Package Expands Availability, New Face Adds Punch Like the aforementioned Explorer, the 2025 Aviator is a refresh versus an outright redesign and as a result, Lincoln prefers you focus your attention on the new front fascia (the rear end is largely carried …

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2023 Kia Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige AWD review by Ben Lewis

2023 Kia Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige AWD review by Ben Lewis We recently tested the Kia Telluride, and it reminded us of why it’s been such a huge success – it’s a great looking, great-performing, full-size 3-row SUV. But its amazing popularity may have shadowed another great 3-row Kia SUV, the Sorento. So, let’s pull the Sorento into the sunlight and take a look! Handsome and Rugged The Sorento has its own look apart from the Telluride, and in X-Line trim, looks just as rugged. The front starts things off with an aggressive stance, with Kia’s familiar “Tiger Nose” full-width grille, …

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2025 Ford Explorer Gets New Trim Ladder & New Look, Starts At $41,220

The Ford Explorer has always been an icon in the ongoing SUV wars, but if you were to look at the state of affairs when it came to its trim ladder, things were starting to get a bit complicated. Ford has decided to simplify things for 2025 with the new 2025 Ford Explorer aiming to not only clean up some excess flab for the new model year but also add new levels of tech and style to the venerable three-row hauler too.   Explorer Exterior Gets Touched Up, But Interior Steals The Show One of the things that Explorer buyers …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Kia Carnival SX Prestige – An MPV For The Jet Set & Busy Families

The venerable minivan may have been shoved out of the spotlight by SUV and CUV entries (remember when they dominated the 1990’s?) But these versatile Swiss army knives on wheels still play a key role in the family vehicle market. Kia is hoping that some of this magic will help the 2024 Kia Carnival carve out a slice of the sales pie for itself. But does the Carnival have the chops needed to stand out in a world where SUVs and technology have become the new must-have items for growing families?   Carnival Styling Attracts The Masses While the Carnival …

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Jeep Offers First Glimpse Of Wagoneer S BEV, Screens To Take Center Stage In This EV

It has been a while since we heard anything new about the Jeep Grand Wagoneer S. The sleek Wagoneer S is poised to make history with the model not only being the first Wagoneer to go all-electric, but also one of the first Jeep models to embrace Stellatnis’s new EV architecture.   New Sketches Show New Details On Wagoneer S When we last saw the Wagoneer S, it was in the form of sketches and we hope you like this particular art form because Jeep released, (you guessed it) more sketches of the exterior. However, these have more detail now …

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Mazda Formally Unveils 2025 CX-70, There’s More Here Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Mazda’s commitment to the SUV segment has grown over the past few years. Models like the CX-50, CX-30, and even the flagship CX-90 are keen to show that the Japanese auto brand is willing to play with some of the most iconic high rollers in the segment. That includes the two-row side of the coin and Mazda has decided to fill a gap in its lineup with the all-new 2025 Mazda CX-70 which slots in between the CX-90 and the smaller CX-50 in the brand’s SUV lineup.   It May Look Like A CX-90 But Look Closer At first glance, …

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Safety Training for Truck Drivers: A Lifesaving Investment

Safety Training for Truck Drivers: A Lifesaving Investment In such a high-stakes industry, safety training for truck drivers is not just a regulatory mandate but a critical, lifesaving investment. The trucking sector — an essential cog in the global supply chain — faces unique challenges that call for rigorous safety standards.   Let’s dive into the importance of safety training for truck drivers, highlighting its impact, key components, and benefits for the industry and public safety. The Critical Need for Safety Training The life of a truck driver has a labyrinth of risks — from long hours on the road …

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2024 Dodge Hornet R/T Plus review by Ben Lewis

The times, they are a changin’ – especially for muscle car enthusiasts. We’ve been seeing lately a lot of “Final Editions” of V8 muscle cars, as the market is turning to turbo 4 and 6 cylinders, as well as hybrid and EV vehicles. That’s the bad news…the V8 seems to be on its last legs. The good news – carmakers on Dodge aren’t giving up on performance, they’re just taking it in new directions. One that’s especially interesting is the new Dodge Hornet R/T. It’s got a whole lot of cool stuff going on, from a plug-in hybrid turbo 4 …

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2025 Chevrolet Equinox Gets Radical Revamp, Adds Activ Trim

Chevrolet may be preparing to place a big bet on BEVs in the future but while the Equinox EV is just now beginning to make its way to dealerships, Chevy knows that not everyone is ready to make the switch to pure electrification just yet. These customers still crave an ICE alternative and the 2025 Chevrolet Equinox aims to keep these customers firmly in the fold   Equinox Activ Spearheads Revamp, Interior Gets New Infotainment System Unlike the outgoing Equinox which had flowing lines and an aerodynamic look, the 2025 model appears to have taken inspiration from the Chevrolet Trailblazer …

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Ram Spearheads Entry Into EV Wars With Ram ProMaster Van, Other BEVs To Follow Later

Ram spent plenty of time teasing the Ram REV 1500 pickup and we even had a chance to see the production version of the truck last year at the New York Auto Show. However, contrary to what we have seen from other automakers, the pickup will not be Ram’s spearhead entry into the BEV market. Instead, the honor will be given to the newly unveiled 2024 Ram ProMaster EV.   Zero Emissions Hauling For The Commerical Market While the ProMaster’s new gig may seem a bit baffling at first glance, when you look at the bigger picture, it all starts …

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2024 Toyota Tundra 4×4 TRD Pro 5.5 Review by Ben Lewis

Winning hearts and minds can be a challenge in the auto industry. And the most loyal owners you’ll probably find are full-size pickup truck owners. And these buyers buy American with a capital A. Dodge, Ford, GM…they are the dominant powerhouses. That doesn’t stop the import brands from trying to muscle in, though. Toyota started with the T100 years ago – a kind of halfway step between the Tacoma and the full-size domestics. Then Toyota took off the gloves and met the Big 3 head-on with the Tundra. And they’ve made good headway…but all you have to look at is …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Volkswagen Taos SEL – Has VW Found Gold In The CUV Segment?

The Volkswagen Taos was a gamble for Volkswagen when it first hit the market a short while ago. The Taos was entering new territory for VW in the CUV wars and expectations were high especially for its long-term success at attracting younger buyers to the brand while also blending many of the things that buyers liked about the Golf and Tiguan into one unified package. The Taos has so far met VW’s expectations in terms of sales and the company is releasing light updates for 2024 that attempt to add zest to the urban-focused model. Is it all enough to …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Lexus RX 500h AWD F Sport – Lexus Goes For Performance With This RX

The Lexus RX has been the ultimate jack of all trades for Lexus in the CUV segment. While the doomed RX 350L showed that there were limits to how far the RX could go in meeting certain segment needs, the CUV proved to be more than capable of meeting challenges when it was allowed to operate within its comfort zone. Lexus wanted to build on the core formula when it redesigned the RX for 2023 but it also wanted to inject more spice into the mix with the new 2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance model. But does the …

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VinFast Doubles Down On U.S. Market With VF3 SUV and VF Wild EV Pickup Concept

When VinFast first announced plans to build the VF3 mini-SUV it wasn’t clear if the compact utility would enter the U.S. market or if it would remain an international market exclusive just out of reach of American buyers. VinFast thankfully answered our prayers by not only announcing that the VF3 was indeed coming to the U.S but that the company is also entering the EV pickup wars with the VF Wild concept.   VinFast VF3 Promises To Be The Perfect Urban Commuter At first glance, it appears the VF3 is doing an impression of the Suzuki Jimny (another international market-only …

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Kia Prepares For A Mobility Focused Future, Previews PV5, PV7 and Pint-Size PV1 At CES

Kia is preparing to enter a future where the automobile will become a crucial component of a consumer’s life with the vehicle having Life Modules that can be swapped out to help it achieve a wide range of tasks. The Korean auto brand used CES 2024 to preview two of these concepts in the flesh, the PV5 and the PV1.   PV5, The Ultimate Vehicular Swiss Army Knife While we had to wait until we were on the show floor itself to see the PV1, Kia chose to use their conference to unveil the PV5. The PV5 and the PV1 …

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2024 Hyundai Kona Limited AWD review by Ben Lewis

It seems like we often spend the Holidays in Kona. But donʻt get jelly, because itʻs the Hyundai Kona, the companyʻs cheerful small crossover/SUV. Actually with an all-new model for 2024, maybe a little envy is due. So is the new model a little slice of paradise? Letʻs find out. Bigger, Bolder and Electric The first clue that things have changed is the massively different exterior design.  Hyundai says that while the previous model started as an ICE (internal combustion engine) that migrated to an EV, for the new model, they started with the EV look, and then applied that …

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Scout Set To Debut First Wave of EVs This Summer, Revives Iconic Nameplate In The Process

It has been awhile since we heard from Volkswagen on its plans to revive the Scout nameplate. The German car giant has teased this plan on and off for a few years, but not much has emerged beyond statements and rumors. However, that’s going to change sooner than many folks have realized, with Volkswagen releasing a new teaser video that celebrates the storied tradition behind the Scout name.   Teaser Video Points To Key Scout Developments At first glance, the teaser video appears to be a greatest hits album for the Scout pickup with plenty of angles of the truck …

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2024 Kia Telluride SX-Prestige X-Line V6 AWD review by Ben Lewis

Kia and its sibling Hyundai have been on a roll for a while now. Lately, itʻs been establishing a big footprint in the EV world with the Kia EV6 and the all-new Kia EV9 3-row SUV, along with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 an Ioniq 6. But we think the thing that really got the ball rolling for Kia was back in the 2020 model year, with the then all-new Telluride. Here was a 3-row SUV that was taking on everyone from the Japanese makers to the Domestics, Europeans and Luxury makers – and beating them all at their own game.  …

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A Year In Review – 2023 Best & Worst Drives, And What’s Next?

As 2023 is slowly coming to a close, we wanted to circle back and share some of the things that happened throughout the year and provide a glimpse into what we have planned for the new year starting with the Best & Worst Drives of 2023 that our Metro Detroit branch office experienced this year.   Best: 2022 Maserati MC20 Coupe (V6) In our Best category is the 2022 Maserati MC20 supercar. The MC20 is the last great expression of ICE performance for the Italian luxury car maker before it fully embraces pure BEVs. While a tri-motor Folgore model will …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross XSE Hybrid – A Corolla For The SUV Set

The Toyota Corolla has certainly had a very interesting history during its long time in production. We have seen it appear as a sedan and a hatchback over the years, but the one segment that it has never ventured into is the utility vehicle segment. That’s now changing with the 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross which is preparing to help the nameplate venture into this new frontier. Is The Corolla Cross XSE Hybrid the perfect gateway into the CUV segment?   Corolla Cross Formula Is Time Tested At first glance, it’ll be hard to see how Toyota is reinventing the wheel …

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Half Of GM’s Buick Dealerships Take Buyout Over Electrification, What Does It All Mean?

General Motors is embarking on a push to expand its electrification strategy with Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC already offering buyers production EV models for sale. However, Buick has been the lone exception with the brand still offering a gasoline-powered only lineup while also revealing very little to the world (and Buick buyers) about its long-term electrification plans in the U.S. We pressed GM CEO Mary Barra on this topic a short while back and while she chose to not formally address our questions directly, a related GM buyout program appears to indicate that not all of its franchised dealerships are …

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2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R Takes Performance Crown From TRX, Is Better Than Ever

When Ford announced the refreshed 2024 Ford F-150, the company promised that it was improving the core essentials but without sacrificing some of the foundational DNA that has made the truck popular with a large pool of buyers. Tech, style and performance were prominent areas that got updated for the new model year, but Ford still kept the full performance picture under wraps. That’s changed, with the company officially revealing the full details of the Raptor R which not only thunders onto the scene with more power but also enhanced trail-ready capability to please thrill-seekers.   Raptor R Follows F-150’s …

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2023 BMW XM review by Ben Lewis

And now for something completely different. If youʻre a fan of Monty Pythonʻs Flying Circus – the crazy Brit comedy sketch series, youʻre certainly know that line – often delivered by a Python-ish TV Newscaster presenting a news story. OK, maybe this a bit of an old and odd reflection, but itʻs what comes to mind when people ask us about the BMW XM. Because while weʻre pretty sure itʻs a BMW, thereʻs really nothing like it. And we sort of think that was the idea. So what is this super-power plug-in hybrid SUV? Letʻs find out. Itʻs a Statement …

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Alfa Romeo Primed To Revive Iconic Milano Nameplate, Will Be USed On CUV For First Time

It has been awhile since we last saw the Milano nameplate on an Alfa Romeo product. The Milano moniker was used originally on the Alfa Romeo 75 (Milano in the U.S.) a four-door sedan designed to outclass the benchmark BMW 3-Series in the luxury sport sedan segment with a pinch of Italian charm. The car used Alfa’s legendary Busso V6 and it had a suspension that promised track-ready performance. That chapter ended in 1992, but Alfa Romeo is now writing a new page with the revived Milano which will enter the CUV wars for the first time ever.   Milano …

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2026 Cadillac Vistiq Brings Escalade IQ Luxury Into Smaller Package, Expands Cadillac’s EV Lineup

It wasn’t too long ago that we first got a glimpse at the Cadillac Optiq EV which was supposed to be the brand’s entry into the entry-level luxury EV CUV segment. While we get to wait a bit to hear more about some of the finer details that Cadillac is not telling us about, the brand is pressing on by giving us a sneak peek at another upcoming EV model, the 2026 Vistiq which will be the fifth model in Cadillac’s EV lineup.   Escalade IQ Looks Form Backbone of Vistiq’s Identity Cadillac’s recent obsession with visual references is once …

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2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD review by Ben Lewis

Do you have friends that you always see around the holidays? For us, it seems like we usally end up reviewing Mazdaʻs CX-30 around this time of year – and itʻs always a great visit, because this is one of the best hatchback/crossovers around – especially for drivers. But in the past year weʻve made some great new friends, like the Toyota Corolla GR, and Hyundai Elantra N. So does the CX-30 still get the guest bedroom, or does it end up sleeping on the pull-out couch? Letʻs find out! Hot, High Hatch With the popularity of Crossovers and SUVʻs, …

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2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Pinnacle Review by Ben Lewis

There was a time when Minivans were big. Really big. Anyone who had kids, hauled around sports teams or even had to carry around a ton of camera gear fell in love with them. Then, well you know, SUVs and Crossovers stole much of their thunder. So, now thereʻs only a handful of these master multi-taskers left. But Chrysler hasnʻt given up on them – in fact, with our plug-in hybrid Pacifica, theyʻre showing that you can have a sliding door on each side and still be at the leading edge of tech. Does the Pacifica have the gravitas to …

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Is Buick Lost In GM’s EV Masterplan? Comments By GM CEO Mary Barra Paint Mixed Canvas

General Motors is currently moving full speed in its plans to achieve an all-EV future with the company rolling out a growing pool of electric vehicles for Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, and the newly revived and rebooted Hummer sub-brand. However, one brand that has been absent from the discussion recently is Buick, with its electrification plans still shrouded in mystery. Has Buick become lost in the proverbial shuffle? Recent comments at an Automotive Press Association (APA) event by GM CEO Mary Barra suggest that while the company still has plans for the brand, the future continues to be very uncertain.   …

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Road Test Review – 2024 BMW X7 M60i – This Brute Can Haul The Family And Carve Corners

The 2024 BMW X7 shook opinions when it made its appearance some time ago. While the outgoing model was already pushing the boundaries when it came to exterior styling, the SUV still had a certain level of charm to it especially with offshoots like the Alpina model we experienced. In contrast, the second-generation model goes all in when it comes to embracing BMW’s latest design language for better or for worse. However, the German auto giant is undeterred and thinks that injecting more horsepower into the SUV will help draw in family buyers looking for more performance in their family …

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Tesla Cybertruck Promises Big Power And Newfound Levels Of Tech, Is It Too Little Too Late?

When Tesla first revealed the Cybertruck back in 2019, it was a unique and daring offering with the wedge-like shape and stainless steel bodywork being balanced out by the ambitious promises of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It was a polarizing statement but then the company forced the world to wait several more years while it embarked on a long development program to bring the concept to production that endured plenty of challenges and setbacks along the way. Fast forward to 2023 and the production version Cybertruck is finally here, but is it a classic case of too little too late?   …

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2025 Chevrolet Tahoe and Subruban Improve The Breed, New Tech and Styling Shines With Performance

It’s no secret that the Chevrolet Suburban and the Chevrolet Tahoe have been the prime choice for families looking for a reliable family hauler that can tow and haul large swaths of cargo. This author grew up in two iterations of the Suburban with the second one (a 2002 model) still doing plenty of work for my parents around their home. However, an icon always needs a new dose of freshness from time to time and Chevrolet has answered the call with the revamped 2025 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe.   New Styling Vaults Tahoe & Suburban To New Era The …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring – A New Face Highlights Key Updates

The Lincoln Corsair represented a step up for Lincoln when it debuted several years ago. It replaced the aging MKC in the lineup and the Corsair introduced new levels of luxury and technology to entry-level luxury SUV buyers. However, the segment is rapidly evolving and Lincoln knows that it has to evolve to try and stay ahead of the pack. The second-generation 2024 Lincoln Corsair brings new exterior styling and some tweaks to the Corsair for the new model year, but is it all enough to make the Corsair stand out from the crowd?   New Front Fascia Gets More …

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2024 Toyota Tacoma First Look – Engineering & Innovation Define Next Chapter

The 2024 Toyota Tacoma is shaping up to be a key evolution of the iconic nameplate. The previous generation Tacoma was a segment leader but it was no secret that age was rapidly starting to catch up with it and Father Time was doing its dastardly magic in the face of renewed competition from the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon. The Japanese auto giant knew that sooner or later, the Tacoma would need a major revamp. It has decided to deliver the goods for 2024 by putting the Tacoma under the knife and rebuilding everything that made it …

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Ineos Unleashes Full Configurator For Grenadier, Also Starts Quartermaster Production

When Ineos first revealed that it was going to enter the off-road segment with the Grenadier SUV, we were curious to see what the SUV had in store for buyers. For a while, the multi-industry conglomerate only had a barebones configurator for potential buyers to play with. But that’s now changing with Ineos unleashing the full online configurator for the Grenadier SUV.   Trail Ready Performance and Classic Looks, What’s Not To Love? As we reported prior, the Grenadier will come in three flavors: Base, Trailmaster Edition, and Fieldmaster Edition with pricing starting at $71,500, and $79,190 respectively. It’s a …

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Cadillac Confirms Smaller Optiq EV SUV, Will Flesh Out EV Lineup For The Brand

Cadillac is embarking on its most ambitious model expansion yet with the brand going all in on electric vehicles. The Lyriq, Celestiq, and Escalade IQ all help Cadillac fill specific niches in the broader EV segment. However, a noticeable void in the brand’s roadmap existed in smaller entry-level models with the Lyriq currently serving as the gateway model. But that will soon change, with Cadillac releasing new details on the 2025 Cadillac Optiq.   Cadillac Optiq Sharpens The Optics on EV Mission While it can be easy to dismiss the Optiq name as free material for witty puns, there’s nothing …

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2025 Subaru Forester Channels Old and New Into One Distinct Package For Families and Trail Warriors

While the Subaru Impreza, WRX, and, the BRZ often take the bulk of the spotlight in the eyes of the press, it can be easy to forget about the Subaru Forester. The Forester has been a popular choice among family buyers for several decades now and the Forester shoulders a large slice of the load in regards to Subaru’s broader sales. Subaru is not looking to change that too much with the 2025 Subaru Forester which blends old carryover bits with welcome revisions to sharpen its role in the SUV segment.   Familiarity Dominates Updates The 2025 Subaru Forester is …

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2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Electrifies N Performance, Will Spearhead Future EV Performance Models

When we last saw the 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N it was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the Korean car giant staging an elaborate demonstration on the fabled course that showed off a small taste of its performance capabilities. However, eager enthusiasts in the United States were left in the dark regarding when the performance-infused SUV would hit our shores. Hyundai has revealed the answer however with the 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N which is debuting in L.A. as a U.S. spec variant and we even got more information about what it will bring to customers here on …

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2025 Toyota Crown Signia Adds Depth To Crown Family, WIll Go On Sale This Summer

The Toyota Crown lineup is growing for 2025 with the company confirming that the all-new 2025 Toyota Crown Signia will be joining the funky sedan in dealer showrooms as the firm adds depth (and hopefully sales) to the Crown nameplate.   Crown Signia Is The One We All Saw Coming The 2025 Toyota Crown Signia could be considered one of the worst-kept automotive secrets in recent years, with the model being previewed in full at an event the company threw in Japan. At the time, it was known as the Crown Estate, but that portion of its name was chopped …

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First Look – Lotus Emeya & Lotus Eletre – New Lotus Models Aim To Catapult Firm To EV Age, Will They Succeed?

Lotus is preparing to make big moves in the EV vehicle segment. While the company cemented its history as an automaker that made lightweight vehicles that emphasized weight-cutting and exceptional handling, Lotus has also been on a proverbial rollercoaster in recent years with COVID-related challenges and a 2017 stock purchase by Chinese firm Geely being some of the twists and turns that have faced Lotus owners the past few decades. That said, Lotus is preparing to embark on a bold strategy and will focus all of its efforts on building a lineup of EV-only offerings with the Lotus Emira being …

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2023 Toyota bZ4X FWD Limited review by Ben Lewis

It may come as a surprise, but in fact the Japanese manufacturers have been slow to join the full-EV bandwagon. Yes, a loooooong time ago you could get a RAV4 EV, and the Nissan LEAF has been around for a while, but as Kia/Hyundai and the Europeans like BMW has flooded the market with electric choices, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Subaru have had limited offerings – often times more focusing on hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. They are slowly coming around though, and one of the most important vehicles is the all-new Toyota bZ4X, which is also sold as …

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Ram TRX Cruises To Retirement, WIll Be Replaced By 2025 Ram 1500 RHO Model

The 2025 Ram 1500 may be enjoying its time in the spotlight, but its arrival also means that the Ram TRX will be cruising into retirement. However, Ram is not going to give up a lucrative slice of the full-size pickup market and has confirmed that the trail-ready TRX will be replaced by the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO.   RHO Will Have Very Big Shoes To Fill At first glance, it would seem that Ram dropped the ball a bit when it came to the name. Unlike the TRX which conjured images of big ferocious dinosaurs reigning supreme in their …

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2023 Venza Nightshade Review: Toyota Knows Hybrids

2023 Venza Nightshade: Toyotas Upscale Rav 4 The 2023 Toyota Venza Nightshade is a stylish and modern hybrid powered two-row SUV that stands out in the crowded midsize crossover segment. 2023 Venza Design and Exterior Exhibiting a sleek and sophisticated design, the venza differentiates itself from other crossovers with unique styling. Its exterior boasts a contemporary look, with clean lines and a sporty profile. LED headlights and taillights contribute to its modern aesthetic. The Nightshade edition is a popular package offered by Toyota, typically showcasing dark-themed accents and cosmetic upgrades for various models. These features often include blacked-out elements such …

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2025 Ram 1500 Gets Major Updates, Tungsten Trim Level Makes Debut While Hemi V8 Gets Axed

There was a time when the current generation Ram 1500 managed to outshine both the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-150 especially, in interior technology. However, the segment is rapidly evolving and Stellantis and Ram found themselves once again behind the pack in several categories. In a bid to re-establish itself in the segment, the company has formally unveiled the 2025 Ram 1500 which hopes to inject fresh sales into Stellantis’s bottom line.   Familiarity Dominates Refreshed Ram Exterior The exterior styling of the 2025 Ram 1500 builds on familiarity and at first glance, the core shape appears to be …

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Honda Brings Incremental Updates To 2024 Ridgeline Pickup, Maintains Core Essentials

The 2023 Honda Ridgeline focused on bringing buyers a truck that had more personality, capability, and technology. It was a pretty extensive refresh and as a result, the company has used the 2024 model year to make more incremental changes that help remove some of the wrinkles and also enhance the Ridgeline in several key categories too especially with rivals like the Hyundai Santa Cruz now in dealer showrooms.   A Nip and A Tuck Highlight Ridgeline Updates Honda used the TrailSport model to showcase some of the changes that it has made to the truck but spotting them will …

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Lexus Unveils SEMA Bound Color-Changing LX600, Futuristic Paintwork Underpin Accessories Suite

Toyota and Lexus are undertaking a massive product blitz inside the halls of the 2023 SEMA event. In addition to a special performance package for the Tundra pickup, the Japanese auto giant is also using the event to show off a special customized Lexus that not only has a color-shifting wrap but also a number of other accessories that help prepare it for plenty of adventures.   Slick Paintwork Leads Eyes To What Makes This Concept Unique The formal name of this concept is the “Lexus LX 600 Premium Lexus Associated Accessory Product (AAP), with this particular Lexus designed to …

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Chevrolet Opens Order Books for Equinox EV, Confirms Beefed Up Pricing

Chevrolet has officially opened up order books for the 2024 Equinox EV but while the SUV is rapidly taking a step closer to full-scale distribution, the news also comes with a noticeable caveat with GM confirming that it has scrubbed the “around $30,000” pricing that it originally promised for the model when it first made its debut.   Higher Pricing Confirmed For Equinox EV Before we get into the figurative meat and potatoes that define the Equinox EV itself, we might as well spend some time talking about the key talking point that many prospective buyers will notice, the revised …

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Toyota Tundra Gets TRD Sourced Horsepower Upgrade, Will Debut At SEMA

The current generation Toyota Tundra has never been accused of being underpowered with the i-FORCE MAX hybrid model producing 437 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged V6. But what if you’re a truck buyer who thinks that this isn’t enough power to throw around and you want something that can melt the pavement? If that sounds like you, the company has the answer with the official unveiling of a new TRD-sourced upgrade that aims to solve this problem with plenty of muscle and noise. SEMA Bound Tundra TRD Package Promises Performance and Value The package itself doesn’t make any significant changes to …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Mazda CX-9 Signature – Goodbye Has Never Been So Bittersweet

The end of an era can be a hard thing to experience sometimes as the forces of change cause things that we have become so familiar with to move away or leave. In the case of Mazda, the arrival of the 2024 Mazda CX-90 is forcing the CX-9 to enter the world of automotive retirement. However, with both the CX-9 and its replacement being sold at the same time for the immediate future in dealer showrooms, is the 2023 Mazda CX-9 still a viable purchase for a growing family? We wanted to find out   CX-9 Simplifies Its Trim Ladder, …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Hyundai Kona – More Tech And Comfort Define Second Chapter Of CUV

The Hyundai Kona is preparing to enter its second generation with more tech, style, and comfort. While the model lineup has shrunk to four models for 2024, the company claims that this simplification of the trim ladder will have more long-term benefits, but does it all add together into one seamless package? To find out, Hyundai invited us to fly out to Charleston, South Carolina to spend some time with the 2024 Hyundai Kona and see if all the pieces fit together in this elaborate jigsaw puzzle.   Kona Goes To The Future For Exterior Update: Is It Too Watered …

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Could The Toyota Crown Get A New Sibling? New Teaser Image Suggests Second Crown Model Is Coming

The Toyota Crown has always been an iconic nameplate in Japan, with the Crown being exclusively associated (until recently) with an ultra-luxury flagship sedan. However, Toyota understands that consumers (Americans in particular) want more SUVs and CUVs, and it appears that the company is preparing a follow-up to the Crown liftback sedan with a teaser image that could suggest one of the Crown CUV models is making the trip stateside. Meeting Demand One Utility At a Time The lone teaser image Toyota released earlier today doesn’t reveal too much, but it does show off one of the taillights, the liftgate, …

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy AWD review by Ben Lewis

Introduced a few years ago, the Hyundai Palisade and its sibling Kia Telluride where big hits, offering 3-rows of space, great looks and equipment all at an excellent price. There was definitely a boundary, though. The Kia was the broad-shouldered trucky sibling, where the Hyundai was softer, a bit more luxurious. Frankly, we gravitated towards the Kia – we just liked its vibe a little more. Well for 2023, Hyundai has upgraded the Palisade, and we’re excited to see a more rugged look, along with an improved interior and added features. Is it enough to sway us away from the …

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2024 Volvo XC90 Recharge AWD Ultimate review by Ben Lewis

We love Volvos. Oh yes, we do. From a brand that started out as funky and functional to elegant and excellent, they’ve always kept their unique Swedishness. And lately that has also been combined with some storming performance. See our reviews of the S60 Recharge and the C40 Recharge, and you’ll see that Volvo is showing that you can combine hybrid and traditional powertrains to create outstanding range, performance and a bright future that will also be a greener one. So now we have the opportunity to test the Swede’s largest SUV, the 3-row XC90, long a luxury bastion, and …

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Kia Makes EV Triple Play, Debuts EV3, EV4 and EV5 Concepts, All Three Entering Production

When Kia first unveiled the EV6 and the EV9 we had questions on whether the duo would represent a broader leap for the Korean car giant in its attempt to expand its presence in the EV segment. Kia gave us an answer today at their first-ever EV day, with the unveiling of three EV concepts: EV3, EV4, and EV5. Each one brings something unique to customers, and all three promise to make a statement in the EV wars.   Kia EV3 Is Firmly Targeting The Youth Market Kia claims that it wants to sell 1 million EV vehicles annually by …

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2022 Hyundai Tucson XRT Review: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson XRT brings rugged looks without sacrificing the Tucson’s good on-road driving dynamics. We know it’s 2023, but not much has changed for 2023 from the 2022 model. Exterior Design For 2022 Hyundai brought XRT equipment to the Tucson for the first time. With wider fender flares, black cladding, darker bumpers and side steps, the XRT trim adds adventurous looks. Also featured are black accents including the 19” wheels, window trim, and mirrors. It certainly looks the part. Inside 2022 Tucson XRT Space and Comfort One of the greatest benefits of having a crossover in this class …

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Auto Industry Insider: How to Get the Most Out of Your GMC Sierra

The GMC Sierra is a reliable and robust truck known for its durability and performance. To ensure you get the most out of your GMC Sierra, it’s crucial to prioritize truck care and regular maintenance. And then the fun starts – how to personalize and customize your truck! One of the first steps in this process is to consider replacing or modifying your vehicle with genuine GMC Sierra parts from a reputable supplier. The Importance of Genuine GMC Sierra Parts Your GMC Sierra is built to handle tough tasks, but wear and tear are inevitable. When it comes to replacing …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S – Volkswagen Attempts To Make EVs Mass Market

The 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 is a proverbial crystal ball into the company’s electrification plans. The ID.4 is the smaller cousin to the international market-only ID.6 and is supposed to give buyers in the U.S. an offering that attempts to appeal to the broader mass market. However, does the 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S hit the mark in this regard, or is it overshadowed by rivals?   Volkswagen ID.4 Blends Into Traffic, Makes Us Wish For Sportier Lines Volkswagen made some minor updates to the ID.4 for 2024 to try and help it stay fresh in the marketplace. While we’ll get …

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2023 Lexus NX 350 Luxury review by Ben Lewis

We get asked for vehicle recommendations all the time – it comes with the job. And there are a few we consider no-brainers, it’s hard to go wrong with one. On that list would be the Toyota RAV4 and its fancy sibling the Lexus NX. In the past year we tested the NX 350 F SPORT and the NX 450h+ plug in hybrid. We’ve found each model to be notably different, so when Lexus offered us the opportunity to test the NX350 Luxury, we jumped at it. So which Lexus NX is right for you? Let’s find out! Nori Green …

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First Look Ride – Mullen FIVE & Mullen GT – Is There Substance Underneath The Flashy Wrapper?

Sometimes, it can be hard to keep track of all the startup companies that are emerging in the electric vehicle marketplace. While Tesla is still the benchmark that many of these upstarts strive to match, it’s often easier said than done. One of these firms trying to establish themselves as a legitimate Tesla competitor is Mullen Automotive and the broader firm Mullen USA. The company has had a rollercoaster history regarding its fortunes, but it thinks now is the time to strike. But is there substance beneath the corporate buzzwords and shiny sheet metal? We wanted to find out and …

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2024 Ford F-150 Lightning Flash Bundles Popular Features To XLT Model, Starts At Under $70,000

Despite the ongoing UAW strike as well as a massive backlog of orders for its hot-selling F-150 Lightning pickup, Ford is still continuing to ramp up production of its hot-selling EV pickup. That includes new models, with the company revealing the all-new 2024 F-150 Lightning Flash.   Additional Equipment Not Performance Define Flash Experience Despite what its name might suggest, the F-150 Flash is not a formal performance model. Instead, it’s actually an equipment-focused trim level that bundles in many features and options that are popular with F-150 customers. That’s evident in its placement in the trim ladder, with the …

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2024 Toyota 4Runner Adds New Color, Makes Us Wait Longer For Next Generation Model

The Toyota 4Runner has been a time capsule when it comes to providing buyers with old-school SUV charms and capability. The 4Runner, as we currently know it will eventually be replaced with an all-new next-generation model, but for now, the company is making us wait a bit longer and has unveiled some light updates for the 2024 Toyota 4Runner.   4Runner TRD Pro Gets New Color, Not Much Else For 2024 With the exterior and the interior not changing at all for 2024, Toyota chose to focus this light update package on colors, with the TRD Pro model getting a …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Genesis GV70 Electrified Prestige – An EV For The Traditionalist Now With More Tech

In a world where many electric vehicles are embracing exterior styling that borders on the edges of sci-fi, there is a growing pool of customers who want the EV experience but don’t want to be forced to jump headlong into a vehicle that goes too far out of their comfort zone. Genesis is aware of this and has created EVs that channel their green driving mission well and look like their traditional ICE counterparts. However, is this enough to help models like the 2024 GV70 Electrified stand out against a growing pool of EV contenders?   GV70 Electrified Features Familiar …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV – The Hybrid That Sips Gas And Carves Corners

When we last drove the 2024 Mazda CX-90 out in San Francisco, Mazda reps quickly pointed out just how much of a game changer this model would be for the company. The longitudinal rear-wheel drive platform is a radical departure from Mazda SUVs of the past, while the interior refocuses itself to be more luxurious than the outgoing CX-9. The CX-90 certainly has the goods to make a strong first impression, but does it hold up after long-term exposure?   CX-90 PHEV Blends Organic Styling With Functional Lines Unlike other PHEV or EV models that tend to embrace styling that’s …

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2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid SX Prestige AWD review by Ben Lewis

Sometimes, when we test a vehicle, we find it so nice, we test it twice. Well, sort of. In the beginning of the year, we tested the all-new 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid EX and were greatly impressed. So, when Kia offered us a chance to have another go, but this time in the more luxurious Hybrid SX Prestige model, we jumped at the chance. So, is it worth the extra money to add some Prestige in your life? Let’s find out! Bold Looks  When the 2023 Sportage bowed in, the looks were controversial. Calling the design “Opposites United” it made …

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2024 Honda Prologue EV Has GM Underpinnings, 300 Miles Of Est Range, Pricing Revealed

The 2024 Honda prologue is an interesting example of strange bedfellows teaming up for the greater good. Honda has been a pioneer in hybrid vehicles for several decades but was noticeably slow in fully embracing the world of all-electric BEVs. On the other hand, GM has the Ultium platform and needed a unique model to test its capabilities. The fruits of this exciting partnership are finally here with the unveiling of the 2024 Honda Prologue.   Prologue, A Blend Of Two Identities As mentioned, the 2024 Honda Prologue is the fruit of a partnership between GM and Honda, but while …

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Toyota Goes Full Circle On Corolla Updates, Corolla Cross Nightshade and GR Corolla Premium Grade Confirmed

Toyota is preparing a two-pronged wave of updates for the iconic Corolla nameplate, with the 2024 GR Corolla and the 2024 Corolla Cross debuting new updates for the new model year as the pair attempt to inject new vigor into Corolla sales.   Corolla Cross Embraces The Nightshade Package, Premium Package Coming To GR Corolla   Toyota’s Nightshade lineup of models has already proven to be a sales success with buyers, and the company is extending the sinister charms to the Corolla Cross, which will be the latest model to feature a Nightshade Edition for 2024. Like other Nightshade models, …

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