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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Genesis GV80 Coupe Debuts, Features 27-inch Infotainment System and 409 Horsepower V6

When Genesis teased the GV80 Coupe as a thinly disguised concept, it was no secret that it caught our attention at the show. Without confirming or denying that the concept was production-bound, Genesis tried to maintain a veil of secrecy. However, it was obvious that the brand was planning on bringing the fight to rivals, and it has confirmed our suspicions with the all-new 2025 GV80 Coupe.   GV80 Coupe Brings Showcar Looks To Dealer Lots The production version of the GV80 Coupe carries over alot of the traits that made the original show car such a hit with show …

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2024 Toyota RAV4 Debuts New Pricing Ladder and Minor Updates, Starts At $29,825

The 2024 Toyota RAV4 lineup is entering the new model year with minimal updates, including some minor equipment revisions and a revamped pricing ladder with a base RAV4 model now starting at $29,825, which includes the $1,350 destination fee.   RAV4 Woodland Edition Goes Two-Tone, Pricing Tweaked For Rest Of The Lineup The most prominent update is found in the Woodland Edition, with the bulk of the RAV4’s changes focusing on more trivial things. It’s still exclusive to the RAV4 Hybrid, but buyers can now equip it with a new two-tone paint scheme and a new Weather package. The Woodland …

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Pricing Comparison Test – 2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Limited vs 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

The 2023 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid has always been a favorite visitor to the office. Its futuristic styling and its fuel-sipping 1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid motor make it a commendable companion on long road trips. However, the 2023 Tucson is not the only contender in the hybrid SUV wars and is facing a growing pool of rivals. One of them is the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which aims to bring electrification technology to this popular nameplate. But which one is the right fit for your family budget?   A Tale of Contrasting Personalities The Tucson and the RAV4 have gone a bit …

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2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Drive Review: Blending Efficiency with Adventure

6th Generation CR-V The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid is the first model year of the 6th generation CR-V. As such it has been redesigned outside and in and has additional powertrain improvements.  Driving the 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid Terrain Management While the CR-V Hybrid lacks a dedicated off-road mode like some of its competitors, it does offer multiple driving modes to adapt to various conditions. The ECON mode prioritizes fuel efficiency, while the Sport mode enhances throttle response and steering feel. In slippery or uneven terrain, you can engage the Snow mode, which optimizes power distribution for improved traction. These …

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2024 GMC Acadia Embraces Bigger Is More Mentality, Debuts New Tech And Performance Hardware

GMC wanted to create some much-needed buzz during the 2023 Detroit Auto Show. In an event where minor refreshes and mid-cycle updates dominated the assembled media’s attention, GMC was the only one to debut a revamped model, the 2024 GMC Acadia, which is bigger and more tech-filled than ever.   Acadia Exterior Styling Channels Yukon DNA, Interior Goes Fully Digital The exterior styling of the 2024 GMC Acadia shares a lot of its inspiration with the bigger Yukon SUV, with the front grille and headlights all being very reminiscent of that model. The SUV is also larger in virtually every …

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First Drive Review – 2023 Tesla Model Y Long Range – Tesla Aims Big In CUV Segment

The Tesla Model Y is shaping up to be a veritable sleeper hit for the upstart EV company with the CUV actually being on par in sales with the Model 3 sedan. However, until now, getting Tesla to review (especially in Michigan) was easier said than done due to various factors. As a result, we had to wait a bit to get our chance to get behind the wheel, but is the 2023 Tesla Model Y worth the wait and your hard-earned dollar?   Futuristic Styling That Doesn’t Forge New Ground To find out, we traveled to Detroit and attended …

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2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally Channels Ford History, Gets Raised Suspension and 480 HP

Ford’s attempt to dominate the EV market has proven to be a very profitable gamble for the company, with models like the F-150 Lightning and the Mustang Mach-E proving to be strong sellers for the company. But while these models are previewing Ford’s future, there were also some that were concerned about the push for EVs leaving the company’s heritage behind. Ford has responded to these concerns with the debut of the all-new 2024 Mustang Mach-E Rally, a trail-ready EV that brings the Mustang nameplate into new territory. Mach-E Rally Channels Ford’s Rally Pedigree When we last saw the Mach-E …

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2023 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review by Ben Lewis

“Entry Level” is a term that gets a bad rap sometimes. But it can also be a good thing, especially when you’re talking about a premium automotive brand. Case in point is the BMW X1, the company’s entry-level small crossover. It’s the perfect opportunity to function as a gateway drug to the more expensive and exotic Bavarian models. And now, we have an all-new 3rd-generation X1 for 2023. But how does it stand up on its own? Let’s find out! Cool but not Polarizing Design With the bold, but maybe too bold direction of many BMW products lately, we were …

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2024 Kia Soul Gains New EX Design Package, Prices Also Going Up For The New Model Year

The venerable Kia Soul is entering the 2024 model year with minimal changes. But while the core essentials carryover unchanged, Kia is not only making revisions to the pricing ladder but also adding a new package to help keep things fresh.   EX Design Package Adds Style To Soul, Performance Is Unchanged A prominent change for 2024 is the debut of the EX Designer Package. As the name implies, this EX model exclusive package comes with a slick set of 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth/leatherette seating and a Umber Interior color theme. Kia has also improved vehicle security, with the Soul …

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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport Review by Ben Lewis

You might think that the Subaru’s best-selling vehicle is the Outback – you see them everywhere. Nope. The Forester? Nope. It’s the Crosstrek. Introduced 11 years ago, it was an immediate success, and became the fast-selling vehicle in Subie’s history. In 2022 it remained the brand’s best seller, so you know there’s a lot of pressure to make sure the all-new 2024 Crosstrek makes everyone happy. So, will it continue to be a big seller? Let’s take a look! Ruggedly Reimagined The exterior is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. In fact, many people we talked to didn’t realize this was an …

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2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV Premium Plus review by Ben Lewis

Lately, Mazda has been updating their line with new models, but to keep it simple, they have just added a zero – so you know what belongs where. Hence, the CX-3 was replaced by the CX-30, and the CX-50 is the update for the CX-5 (which continues to be sold, for the time being). So, it wasn’t a big surprise when Mazda introduced the CX-90, the new hotness taking place of the much-loved CX-9, three-row SUV. Since each of the previous “0” models have been a distinct and delightful improvement, we couldn’t wait to try out the latest and greatest …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Mazda CX-30 – A Nip And Tuck Add Polish To Mazda’s Smallest CUV

Mazda’s CX-30 CUV is the smallest CUV offering in Mazda’s North American lineup (the California-only, highly compromised, and newly axed MX-30 does not count), and the company knows that the model’s role as a gatekeeper will help encourage customers to move into the bigger models including the CX-90. But does the CUV still have what it takes to lure new buyers in? Mazda claims that minor updates for 2024 are enough, but is it really?   CX-30 Still Has Stylish Looks, But Age Is Catching Up The 2024 Mazda CX-30 still looks as fresh as it did when it was …

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Fisker Unveils Bold Plans For Future, Debuts Alaska Pickup, Ronin Supercar and Pear

Fisker showed that it was off to a strong start when the company unveiled the Ocean all-electric SUV. The Ocean was a glimpse into how CEO Henrik Fisker would take full advantage of his second attempt at the EV market (after prior failures with VLF and the original Fisker company.) However, if the company wants to reach the maximum number of customers, it would have to expand the model lineup. Fisker has managed to do just that in a big way, with several models making their debuts during an event the company threw in California to help provide the Ocean …

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2024 Lexus RX 450h+ Adds Plug-In Capability To RX, Starts At $70,080

The Lexus RX has always tried to be the proverbial jack of all trades in the luxury CUV market for the past 25 years. While some of its past attempts at this haven’t gone as well (the ill-fated three-row RX was a classic example), Lexus is hoping that the all-new 2024 Lexus RX 450h+ will help successfully bring the RX into the world of plug-in hybrids for the first time ever.   450h+ Plugs In For Better Efficiency The exterior styling of the 450h+ is carried over from the rest of the RX family, and as a result, There’s not …

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Acura Teases 2024 ZDX EV Ahead Of Monterey, ZDX Will Spearhead Acura’s EV Future

Acura revealed late last year that it would be joining the EV ranks and even confirmed that the axed ZDX nameplate will be given a second chance at life for the new EV. However, we haven’t heard much since, but the Japanese luxury brand is changing that with a new preview image of the ZDX, which sheds new light on some of the finer details.   Precision Styling Mixes With ZDX Production Reality The new teaser image reveals that the ZDX will take some of its cues from the Precision concept CUV. While the look here is toned down from …

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2024 Mazda CX-5 Brings Minor Changes, S Model Pitched For Trim Simplicity

Mazda has revealed its updates for the 2024 CX-5, which is sold alongside the wagon-like CX-50. The CX-5 is still a strong player for the company in terms of sales, and the CX-5’s updates aim to help it stay fresh against a growing pool of updated rivals.   Cx-5 Carbon Turbo Edition Gets Zircon Sand Paint; Trim Ladder Gets Other Minor Changes As mentioned, Mazda is making minimal changes for the 2024 model year, with the returning CX-5 Carbon Turbo Edition getting Zircon Sand Metallic paint. Buyers that opt for the hue will also get Terracotta leather accents and other …

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Mazda MX-30 Axed In U.S. MX-30 R-EV Not Coming To Our Shores Either

The Mazda MX-30 was a very curious EV offering when Mazda first revealed it several years ago. The stylish CUV was supposed to be Mazda’s first foray into the EV ranks, but sales were initially limited to the California market only. Mazda’s recent confirmation of the MX-30 REV plug-in hybrid appeared to confirm that the company was potentially ready to expand the MX-30’s availability. However, the company has confirmed that it’s not only axing the MX-30 for the U.S. market but also not bringing the MX-30 R-EV to our shores either.   Slow Sales and Compromised Range Proved To Be …

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Chevrolet Releases Pricing For 2024 Blazer EV, Starts At $56,715

Chevrolet has just started formal production of the 2024 Blazer EV at its plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, and while that’s still ruffling a few feathers at the UAW, Chevrolet is continuing to press ahead and has formally revealed official pricing for the model as it prepares to roll it out to customers.   2LT Blazer EV Model Starts At $56,715, SS To Come Next Year Chevy reps confirmed that while the range-topping SS model will not make its way to consumers until next year, the 2LT model will lead the charge when the SUV begins its national rollout. A …

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2024 Kia Seltos SX Turbo AWD review by Ben Lewis

Kia is relentless. But in a good way. It seems like they keep bringing in great new products like the full-size Telluride SUV and the fantastic EV6 electric vehicle. And if that’s not enough, they don’t hit the snooze button on current products. Case in point – the Seltos. We drove Kia’s small SUV as a 2021 model and loved the rugged looks and capability. But did that stop there? Nooooooooo. For 2024, they’ve given the little Ute a major re-do and made it even better in a lot of ways. Let’s take a look! Slicker and Savvier On the …

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Ford Sets The Time Machine To 1970s With Free Wheeling Edition Bronco Sport

The fast-selling Ford Bronco Sport is preparing to enter the 2024 model year by seemingly going back in time with the company revealing an all-new appearance package for the 2024 Bronco Sport dubbed the Free Wheeling Edition, which is a colorful homage to the era of bellbottom pants, disco, and sky-high gasoline prices.   Colorful Bronco Sport Free Wheeling Edition Attempts To Channel Retro Vibes When we last, saw the colorful Free Wheeling package in the 1970s, the F-100, F-150, Courier, and Econoline also joined the Bronco in offering buyers a wild slab of colorful decals for their rides. The …

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2024 Mazda CX-50 Gets Incremental Updates, Pricing Ladder Gets Bumped Up Too

The 2024 Mazda CX-50 was designed to be an alternative to the Subaru Outback while also answering what would happen if some of Mazda’s premium touches were sprinkled onto a wagon-shaped crossover. Mazda is adding some minor updates to the 2024 model, which may seem undetectable at first glance, but aim to add incremental improvements to the driving experience for the new model year.   Updated CX-50 Suspension Has Better Trail Capability One of the updates on hand for the new model year is updated dampers, with Mazda claiming that they have been retuned for the purpose of “encouraging more …

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2024 Chevrolet Traverse Embraces Z71 Trim, Gains New Styling And Interior Updates

The Chevrolet Traverse has always been the proverbial jack of all trades for Chevrolet ever since it first appeared in dealer lots, with the massive three-row SUv providing buyers an alternative to fuel-swilling Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe models. The 2024 Chevrolet Traverse is still a massive three-row CUV, but it now gets new styling, interior tech, and off-road credentials with the all-new Z71 trim.   Z71 Traverse Embraces The Wild Side, New Interior Gains Polish Arguably one of the most noticeable changes for 2024 is the addition of the all-new Z71 trim. Like other members of the Z71 family, the …

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2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Goes In Boxier Direction, Adds More Equipment and Capability

The Hyundai Santa Fe was always proud of its futuristic lines, with the curvy look helping the SUV be one of the more distinctive entries in the crowded SUV swimming pool. However, Hyundai knows that once in a while, it needs to do something radical to help project its place in the segment. The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe aims to do just that by not only embracing a new styling language but also with more capability and tech too.   Boxier Santa Fe Styling Exudes Old-School Charm A prominent change for 2024 is a new styling direction for the Santa …

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2023 Lexus RX 350h Snowy Drive Review

2023 Lexus RX 350h Drive Review Lexus is implementing the tech suite from the NX into the all new 2023 RX 350h. Updating the top selling SUV in Lexus’ lineup has to be done very precisely. Creating a new innovative design while not alienating the current customers can be a very difficult task.  Lexus sent us a Pre-Production model to review, as such there is no window sticker and the fit and finish might be lacking in some areas. Outside With the new update, Lexus has done a really good job of modernizing the RX. We think it looks good …

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Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Brings N To EV Ranks, Features 641 Horsepower Electric Powertrain

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV served as a symbolic launching pad for Hyundai’s EV ambitions, with the award-winning SUV proving to be a surprise sales hit during Hyundai’s calculated launch of the model. But while the standard model already offers a balanced mixture of range and performance, some buyers wanted more raw performance and speed. Hyundai has answered these concerns with the all-new 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N.   Ioniq N First Step In Broader Electrification Plan For N Hyundai claims that more N-badged EV models are in the cards (the company already teased an Ioniq 6-based concept), but …

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Maserati Celebrates End Of V8 Production With Ghibli 334 and Levante V8 Ultima Editions

It’s hard to believe that Maserati has continuously made V8 engines for over 64 years, with the eight-cylinder powerplant being responsible for some of the most iconic moments in the Italian brand’s long and illustrious history. However, the push for electrification and tightening emissions laws in Europe, is forcing Maserati to end V8 production next year. Before the production lines fall silent, the company is unleashing one last wave of V8-powered models, the 2024 Ghibli 334 and Levante V8 Ultima Editions. Ultima Editions Promise Epic Retirement Party For Old-School Performance As the name implies, both the Ghibli and Levante Ultima …

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2024 Hyundai Tucson N Line Bumps Up Power, Adds Sportiness To Family Hauler

The Hyundai Tucson is far from being considered a performance SUV offering. While it’s good at hauling people and cargo, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine has always been a sore spot, especially with its lack of oomph. Hyundai is out to change that reputation, and while it’s still not building a formal Tucson N model (for now…), the Korean automaker has decided to do the next best thing by unveiling the newly updated 2024 Hyundai Tucson N Line.   Sporty Styling Compliments Power Bump For Tucson N Line   Like other N Line models, the 2024 Tucson N Line is largely …

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2023 Mercedes EQS 450 4MATIC SUV Review by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the Toyota Corolla Cross hybrid, and found it delightful, efficient and affordable. It’s pretty much the very affordable end of the electrification movement right now. In the middle, we have vehicles like the Volvo C40 recharge – bringing great fun and style at a slightly elevated price. And finally, we have the premium EVs, which are growing by huge amounts. BMW, Mercedes and Audi are already experienced players in this sandbox. So, what’s state of the art EV Luxury look like today? That’s what we wondered, and that’s why we’re testing the 2023 Mercedes EQS. Let’s take …

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2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid review by Ben Lewis

It’s interesting to see how Hybrids have changed. Previously it was a way to get great fuel economy, but you suffered along, with less performance and refinement. But from the lowliest econocar to expensive European plug-in models like the Volvo S60 Recharge we recently drove, Hybrids are now the hot setup, giving more power, better fuel economy, great handling and smart value. And here’s a perfect example – the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid. Is this the one to buy? Let’s take a look! Sporty SAV On the outside, the Hybrid takes a definite step up from the standard Corolla …

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Buick Previews 2024 Buick Envision, New Styling and Super Cruise Tech Spearhead Changes

The Buick Envision is due for an update, but Buick is showing that it’s not content with resting on its laurels, with the luxury brand releasing a lone preview image of the 2024 Buick Envision, which will vault the model into a new direction both in design and technology.   New Envision Styling Features Wildcat Cues While the smaller Buick Envista and Encore GX models beat the Envision to the punch when it came to borrowing cues from the elegant Wildcat concept, the Envision will be the largest Buick SUV yet to get styling cues from that concept. Unlike the …

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Honda Adds Sport-L Trim To 2024 CR-V Lineup, Aims To Sharpen Sales Numbers

The 2024 Honda CR-V lineup will be arriving in dealerships soon and looks to build on the impressive sales momentum that the 2023 model managed to achieve during its initial launch. Honda wants to expand this sales footprint even more by adding an all-new Sport-L model to the CR-V lineup for the new model year.   Debuting Sport-L Adds Equipment To Sport Trim Contrary to what the name might imply at first glance, the Sport-L is not an extended wheelbase model; instead, it follows Honda’s playbook for trim levels and is meant to be an equipment upgrade for Sport-equipped CR-Vs. …

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2025 VinFast VF3 Emerges As Affordable EV SUV For Vietnam, Will It Come To The U.S.?

The Suzuki Jimny is an adorable little off-roader that has become a cultural icon thanks in no large part to its cute styling and impressive off-road capability. However, is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? VinFast thinks so and has unveiled the all-new 2025 VinFast VF3, which is not only aiming to bring the fight to the Jimny, but also be a hot seller for the Vietnamese firm. VF3 Is Cute And Adorable Like the Jimny, the VF3 adopts a boxy two-door design, with the company claiming that it has enough room for five passengers. VinFast also says that the …

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2024 Volvo EX30 Bring Electrification To The Masses, Starts At $36,145, Cross Country On The Way

The all-electric 2024 Volvo EX30 is the answer to a question that many asked at Volvo, what would an affordable EV crossover look like? Volvo is out to answer this question with its fourth all-electric model, which aims to reshape how most buyers think about the brand.   EX30 Is Ready For The City And Urban Terrain The EX30 was designed to be a more city-friendly alternative to the C40 Recharge and the XC40 Recharge, with the EX featuring styling that allows it to fall in line with Volvo’s current design language for the broader EX lineup. There’s plenty of …

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2024 Acura ZDX Will Debut Google Based Software, Be First Acura Model To Use Google Tech

The 2024 Acura ZDX is poised to become Acura’s first-ever production EV, but while the company is still not ready to formally unveil it yet, the luxury brand chose to unveil another piece of the ZDX puzzle instead with confirmation that the model will be the first model to come integrated with Google based software.   Google Aims To Make ZDX Better EV While the ZDX will technically be the second Honda/Acura model to feature Google’s integrated software (the Honda Accord beat it to the punch), the ZDX’s Google-sourced software will be the first time that the company’s software package …

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Maybach Embraces The Dark Side With Night Series Models, Rosegold and Black Accents Add Style

Blacked-out versions of various car models have become a rapidly growing trend in the automotive marketplace, especially in the luxury car market. The folks at Mercedes-Maybach have noticed this trend and unveiled the all-new Night Series lineup, which adds darkened accents to all three Maybach models to keep them fresh and draw in younger buyers.   Triple Dose Of Night Time Style The Night Vision Series will be available on all three models that can be equipped with the Maybach package (S-Class, EQS, and GLS) and will serve as a styling package for the trio with Maybach adding Rosegold accents …

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2023 Subaru Outback Touring review by Ben Lewis

When you’re an automotive journalist, you’re constantly asked for recommendations on cars. And one that we find ourselves often offering up is the Subaru Outback. Comfortable, capable and a nice alternative to the everyday SUV. So, when we heard that the 2023 model was getting some updates, including a freshened look, we were excited to put the latest version through Its paces. Familiar yet Fresh It’s been interesting year or so within the Subaru ranks. The all-new BRZ has received rave reviews for its sporty looks, while the all-new WRX sedan has been challenged by many of the faithful not …

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First Drive Review – 2023 VinFast VF8 City Edition – VinFast’s First U.S. Model Has Potential But Is Marred By Flaws

It’s no secret that Vietnamese company VinFast is facing an uphill battle when it comes to carving a slice of the sales pie for itself in the BEV SUV market. The company is part of the larger VinGroup corporate umbrella, but while the corporation has managed to make waves in its home country, it faces a tougher job of convincing Americans to embrace an EV future from a brand that does not have as much brand cache as rivals like Tesla. Despite this, the company is pressing forward with their first U.S. model, the 2023 VinFast VF8 City Edition. But …

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Aston Martin Celebrates Recent F1 Successes With All New DBX707 AMR23 Edition

Aston Martin is celebrating the recent success of its Formula 1 racing team which is currently in second place in the Constructor Standings and Fernando Alonso nabbed a podium finish several times including most recently in Miami last weekend. To celebrate, the company has confirmed that it will be creating a special version of the DBX707 called the AMR23 Edition. Aston Martin & Q Team Up For Unique AMR23 Edition The DBX707 AMR23 Edition is a product of Aston Martin’s Q Division and the bespoke division used the opportunity to experiment with paint and interior hues. The core styling is …

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Fisker Ocean Goes Off Road With New Force E Off Road Concept, Latest Attempt At Bringing Electrification To The Trail

The Fisker Ocean is Henrik Fisker’s attempt to try and bring electrification to the bulk of SUV buyers. However, while the Ocean is sleek and stylish, it’s far from being a trail warrior with the model preferring to slink its way around urban roads. Fisker Inc is out to change that though with the company confirming that it’s developing an off-road focused Force E variant for the Ocean lineup.   Force E Brings Trail Ready Performance With A Pinch of Magic While Fisker is still working on preparing the Ocean for U.S. consumers, deliveries of the model have already begun …

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Lexus Releases First Teaser For Upcoming TX, Will Share Platform With Toyota Grand Highlander

The Toyota Grand Highlander promised a new direction for the Highlander nameplate when it made its debut earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show. Adding more luxury, technology and capability is helping the Grand Highlander morph into a potent three-row offering and it appears that Lexus also wanted to get in on the fun too, with the luxury brand revealing the first teaser of the upcoming Lexus TX SUV.   TX To Be Produced Alongside Grand Highlander For the moment, Lexus isn’t revealing too much about the TX beyond a lone teaser image as well as a brief statement …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury – Aging Contender Can Still Hang In The CUV Ranks

The luxury compact luxury CUV market has emerged as a hot battleground for sales for many automakers. As a result, we have seen many automakers go all in on the segment, with some of them even ditching their sedan models in the process. The 2023 Cadillac XT4 aims to show that the brand can still compete with the segment’s best. However, with the updated 2024 model poised to make its way to dealerships and the competition sharpening their game, can the current generation XT4 hold down the fort and still be a sales leader for Cadillac?   Crisp Design Still …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Lexus NX 450h+ F Sport Handling – A Performance Hybrid That Trumps Others?

The second-generation Lexus NX has been a sales success for the brand, with the model bringing buyers more technology, style, and efficiency. But while the mainstream versions certainly deliver the goods on fuel economy, what if you’re an SUV buyer that craves more performance to go along with your ability to dodge the pump? Lexus thinks the 2023 Lexus NX450h+ might be the perfect antidote for these buyers. However, can it deliver the driving fun enthusiasts want and good fuel economy?   F Sport DNA Adds Flash To NX 450h+ While the current generation NX is not as wild of …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Honda CR-V Sport Touring Hybrid – New Styling Hides Green Focused Performance

The compact SUV segment can be a brutal and very challenging place foe automakers to make a profit. This segment is seeing an influx of young buyers who in turn want more from their SUV purchase. The Honda CR-V is one of the strongest selling players in the game, but it was no secret that the outgoing CR-V was starting to show its age and was relying more on its reputation versus offering anything state of the art. Honda is out to change that with the 2023 Honda CR-V which gets new exterior styling and a reworked interior but are …

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Lincoln Adds Vigor And Luxury To 2024 Nautilus, Debuts Jet Appearance Package For The Style Conscious

The Lincoln Nautilus was out to show the world that it was more than just a Ford Edge wearing a tailor made suit. The Nautilus attempted to do this by rewarding buyers with luxury, refinement and comfort. But sales have recently begun to dip (alongside its sibling the Ford Edge) and some have questioned the Nautilus’s place in Lincoln’s lineup. The luxury brand is out to show that there’s still fight left with the refreshed 2024 Lincoln Nautilus.   Lincoln Attempts To Inject More Beauty Into Nautilus, Has It Worked? The outgoing Nautilus had a rounded look that favored smooth …

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2024 Buick Envista Storms Onto U.S. Shores, Will Bring Style And Boldness Back To Buick Showrooms

When the world last saw the 2024 Buick Envista, it was in the Chinese market, with Buick neither confirming nor denying that it would be available in the U.S. Fast forward to today, and Buick is confirming that not only is the Envista finally ready for the U.S. market, but that it will also perhaps be the boldest Buick offering we have seen in a long time.   Wildcat DNA Makes Envista SUV Purr While we are still disappointed that the Wildcat concept is not entering production in its current form (we’ll buy a coupe Buick we promise,) it’s refreshing …

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Road Test Review- 2023 Lexus RX 350h AWD – Performance and Fuel Economy Define Next Chapter of RX

The Lexus RX has always been a strong selling CUV model for the Japanese luxury brand ever since its debut at the height of the original CUV craze. However, while occasional mutants like the ill-fated three-row version of the RX attempted to inject freshness into the sleek CUV, it became clear that the RX was rapidly aging in the face of a growing pool of competition. Lexus has finally given the RX the love it long deserved with the revamped 2023 Lexus RX. New styling aims to dictate the pace and the interior is better than ever. But is all …

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Genesis GV80 Coupe Concept Adds Sportiness And Flair To Brand, Production Bound

Genesis is once again helping to kick off the New York Auto Show with the unveiling of the GV80 Coupe Concept which brings Genesis into the world of SUV coupes where style and performance are added into the default luxury blueprint. Unlike other concepts we have seen from Genesis though, this one is earmarked for production and looks ready to bring the fight to BMW and Mercedes-Benz   Vivid Orange Paint Highlights GV80 Coupe Concept Styling The GV80 Coupe Concept (at least on the surface,) appears to be very similar to the standard GV80. However, the front grille gets new …

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Road Test Followup – 2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy – Hyundai Adds Polish To Calligraphy Model

The 2022 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy had potential when it came to the art of adding more luxury and flair to the venerable Palisade three-row SUV. However, the outgoing Calligraphy lacked some of the finer details to help it stand out from the rest of the luxury SUV crowd especially in regards to the interior. The Korean car giant is out to remedy this with the 2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy but have all these changes finally added some much needed polish to the luxury focused trim level? We were eager to find out especially after our first exposure to the model …

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Hyundai Confirms 2024 Kona Electric Powertrains, Promises More Performance And Range

The 2024 Hyundai Kona is continuing its systematic tease campaign, with Hyundai choosing to share some new details about the 2024 Kona Electric, including performance, range, and more, ahead of the 2024 Kona’s arrival on our shores later this year.   Kona Electric Gets Class-Leading Range, But U.S. Figures Unknown Hyundai’s announcement confirmed that the 2024 Kona Electric would get the best range figure in its segment. The one catch here is that Hyundai didn’t reveal U.S. figures and instead opted to reveal figures the SUV got under the WTLP measurement system used in international markets. While that means we …

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Aston Martin Bolsters F1 Presence With DBX707 Medical Vehicle, Still Packs Potent Performance

Aston Martin and AMG entered into an agreement back in 2021 that would see the two brand supply medical vehicles for F1 events. The Vantage F1 car was the first of these efforts but while that model will be making its return for the 2023 F1 racing season, it will be joined by its corporate sibling the all-new DBX707 SUV medical vehicle.   DBX707 SUV To Play Expanded Role In Track Duties While the Vantage F1 was designed mainly to be a pace car the DBX707 F1 vehicle will have a more extensive roster of duties to complete during its …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Hyundai Kona N – This CUV Has Performance To Spare

The Hyundai Kona has proven to be equivalent of the legendary Barbie doll for Hyundai. While the Kona doesn’t have as strong of an emphasis on providing customers with a dream house or playsets like the iconic doll, the CUV has proven to be good at the other side gig Barbie is known for: being the ultimate flex play for Hyundai sales machine. Whether its in its traditional ICE form, a pure EV or serving as a hybrid model in international markets. The Kona has proven to be a good chameleon for Hyundai and can easily morph to fit a …

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2024 Buick Encore Refresh Adds New Front Fascia, Channels Inner Wildcat DNA

When Buick unveiled the sleek Buick Wildcat concept, it was out to show the world that the brand still had design pedigree left in its iconic blood. While this might be hard to see with the brand’s current lineup of SUVs, the situation is now beginning to change, with Buick taking the wraps off of the 2024 Buick Encore GX, which aims to shake up Buick’s sales fortunes.   Wild Cat Front End Adds Sport To Encore GX When taken at the sum of its parts, the 2024 Encore GX is not a radical ground-up reboot but a long overdue …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Volkswagen Taos SEL – Volkswagen Enters The Compact CUV Wars

The current crop of subcompact SUVs helps satiate buyers’ hunger for a utility vehicle that can deliver the goods on versatility but in a smaller package. For an increasing number of automakers, these subcompact entries have proven to be strong sellers. They have rapidly become a crucial cog in the sales machine that powers their U.S. operations. Volkswagen used to be an automaker that was on the outside looking in, with their smallest CUV being the Tiguan. But that’s now changing with the 2023 Volkswagen Taos SEL. Is the Taos a good spearhead for Volkswagen, and can it help supercharge …

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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Makes U.S. Debut, Benefits From More Powerful Engine But Loses Manual Transmission

The international market has had the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek in its dealer inventories for the past few months, but the U.S. now gets its time to shine, with Subaru revealing the U.S. version of the Crosstrek at the 2023 Chicago Auto Show, where it’s expected to bolster Subaru’s SUV sales here in the U.S.   Light Tweaks Make Familiar Crosstrek Formula Shine At first glance, the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek might not seem like a radical update over the outgoing 2023 model, with the new model having the same shape and core design elements. However, some differences make themselves known after …

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Mazda Announces Pricing and Packages For 2024 Mazda CX-90, Starts At $40,970

Mazda stated in the past that it wasn’t going to treat the 2024 Mazda CX-90 like any other vehicle launch, and it gave us a slice of how committed it was when the company invited select members of the media (us included) to see the 2024 Mazda CX-90 ahead of its official debut a few weeks ago. Mazda is not letting its foot off the gas and has officially confirmed the pricing and package structure for the CX-90, with the base model starting at $40,970 (all pricing includes the $1,375 destination charge).    Choice Defines The CX-90 Buying Experience The …

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Project XJ Frame Stiffeners

Stronger = Better Jeep Cherokee XJ’s are known for being capable off-road vehicles. However, they do have some short comings. The unibody frame makes the XJ lightweight and is plenty strong for stock applications. Even when modified with a lift and large tires the unibody is strong enough for daily driving and on road use. However, modifications along with significant off-road use can take it’s toll on the frame. So to go from this: To this: We decided to start Project XJ off right and reinforce the frame with a set of Iron Rock Off Road unibody XJ frame stiffeners. …

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2024 Polestar 2 Goes To The Gym, Gets More Power And Range For The New Model Year

When Polestar first revealed the Polestar 2 it represented a key step for the upstart EV brand. However, it was far from perfect, and it had some noticeable flaws in executing the finer details. Polestar is out to change that, and has revealed the 2024 Polestar 2 which brings more power, range, and tweaked styling to buyers.   Tweaks Outside Hide Big Polestar 2 Changes Inside At first glance, it might seem like there isn’t alot going on with the exterior styling only receiving minor tweaks including the front mounted “SmartZone” panel that houses the bulk of the Polestar 2’s …

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2023 Maserati Grecale Makes Its Way To U.S. Dealerships, Debuts PrimaSerie Package And $64,995 Base Price

The 2023 Maserati Grecale is a soft reset for the brand as it makes its second attempt at establishing a foothold in the SUV segment. The bigger Levante was the spearhead entry in the utility segment but while the delightfully insane Trofeo model impressed us with its insane levels of performance. The Levante lineup as a whole has not been hitting the sales targets that Maserati laid out. The Grecale aims to bring some bite back into these plans, while also steering the brand into a new direction.   Grecale Is A Smaller & Crisper Package The exterior styling of …

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