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Mazda Adds Hybrid Model to 2025 CX-50, Part of Broader Electrification Plan

Mazda has stated in the past that it remains committed to its plans for electrification while also boosting its presence in the SUV market at the same time. The CX-50 is a classic example of this in action with the station wagon-esque SUV giving the Japanese automaker a contender that can bring the fight to rivals like the Subaru Outback. The CX-50 has proven to be a strong seller for the brand, and the company is hoping to continue this momentum with the 2025 CX-50 Hybrid. Hybrid promises to sharpen CX-50’s green game A key change for 2025 is that …

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Audi’s RS Q8 Performance Is Brand’s Most Powerful Model, Fastest Around The Nurburgring Too

The Audi Q8 and SQ8 recently received a minor refresh that tweaked the exterior and interior styling and even bumped up performance. The lone model that felt left out of the proceedings was the range-topping RS Q8 which is the pinnacle of Q8 luxury and speed. The German auto brand has finally addressed the elephant in the room and has unveiled the RS Q8 Performance which not only slays the Nurburgring but will also be the potent exclamation point on Audi performance now that the R8 supercar has been pitched. RS Q8 Performance beats BMW in style The exterior styling …

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First Drive Review – 2024 Ineos Grenadier Trialmaster – Old-School SUV Charm in a Modern Wrapper

The iconic old-school Land Rover Defender left some empty shoes to fill when it left U.S. shores. The rugged old-school SUV delivered massive amounts of capability and also created a small following among loyalists. When it left the U.S., it created a void, and while the revitalized Defender is doing an admirable job of restoring the nameplate’s luster in the U.S., hardcore Defender fans were still not pleased. One of these fans was Sir Jim Ratcliffe the CEO of the massive chemical conglomerate Ineos. When Land Rover refused to build a suitable replacement for the Defender, he embarked on a …

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Jeep Leaps Into EV Wars With 2024 Wagoneer S, Will Spearhead Broader Assault On Segment

Jeep is preparing to bank its future on EVs and broader electrification moving forward. While the brand has sold the Avenger EV in Europe for the past few years, the city-focused Avenger is far from a trail-ready offering (the 4xe version will fix that) and is limited to Europe only. However, the U.S. and other markets are about to experience Jeep’s next big step in the EV segment with the 2024 Wagoneer S which not only brings electrification to the Wagoneer nameplate for the first time ever, but also shines a spotlight on how serious Jeep is about making its …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Cadillac Escalade-V – Cadillac’s Performance SUV Trades Bling For Fun

The Cadillac Escalade has often been associated with the rich and famous especially with the copious amounts of bling that the big SUV brings to the driveway. However, it’s also a crucial piece of Cadillac’s broader sales plans with the Slade’s profits helping the brand make new EVs like the Lyriq and the recently revealed Optiq. Cadillac recently confirmed that the model is slated to go all-electric but before it ditches its V8 for good, the American luxury brand decided to fulfill a fantasy and create a performance model, the 2024 Cadillac Escalade-V to end the party with a big …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Range Rover Sport SE – Polish and Spice Add Depth To Luxury Icon

The Range Rover Sport has always been the nimbler member of the Range Rover family. Unlike its more relaxed cousin, the Range Rover Sport is all about giving SUV buyers a pinch of fun with their luxury SUV purchase and often had distinctive exterior styling that helped it stand out from the more traditional Rover. But does that continue to be the case? We wanted to find out Range Rover Sport Is Lightly Tweaked In All The Right Places The 2024 model benefits from some of the exterior upgrades that the standard Range Rover received as part of its major …

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bentley Bentayga Gets Sustainable Carpets, Auto Climate Rear Seats For New Model year

The Bentley Bentayga reshaped the way folks thought about Bentley when the luxury SUV allowed the storied British luxury brand to venture into new territory when it first appeared in 2020. The company is preparing some minor updates for its best seller that boosts the amount of luxury on hand and expands the customization experience for potential buyers.   Four-Wheel Steering Sharpens Bentayga’s Handling, Airline Seat Expands Reach   Before we get into some of the other updates that the company has made to the Bentayga for the new model year, we might as well take a moment to talk …

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2024 Toyota Sequoia Gets NightShade Package, Off-Road Package Comes To Platinum Models

The 2024 Toyota Sequoia is entering the new model year with two package revisions that are the only high points in an otherwise carryover transition for Toyota’s biggest SUV offering for U.S. buyers.   New Nightshade and Off-Road Packages Add Depth To Lineup While there’s not much to talk about when it comes to the Sequoia’s core essentials (i.e., exterior, interior etc.) The SUV is getting some updated package offerings for the new model year. The Sequoia Nightshade variant is the latest entry into Toyota’s blacked-out lineup of special editions and, like other Nightshade models, the Sequoia swaps out its …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy – Calligraphy Model Packs Luxury In Modern Package

Hyundai has been making the news recently as the Korean car giant prepares to enter a new future where electrified motoring, enhanced safety, and newfound luxury are rapidly becoming consumer buying points. The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe will bring a revamped version of this formula to showrooms, but in the meantime, the current generation Santa Fe is expected to hold down the fort for Hyundai while also preserving its place in the broader sales race. But will the range-topping Calligraphy model be the cure-all for buyers who want the best money can buy, but in a package smaller than the …

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VinFast VF9 Gets 330 Miles On Single Charge, Starts At $83,000

VinFast is attempting to flesh out its EV lineup, with the Vietnamese upstart promising to create a diverse pool of utility vehicle models aimed at appealing to a wide segment of the buying public. While the VinFast VF8 has had mixed reviews since it arrived on our shores, it will ultimately be the bigger VF9 model that will help determine whether the company can seal the deal in the eyes of both customers and newly minted stockholders.   VF9 Can Go 330 Miles On A Single Charge The VF9 is VinFast’s flagship EV offering, and for a price, the VF9 …

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2024 Bentley Bentayga EWB Mulliner Is Part Yacht, Part Penthouse, Brings More Luxury To Buyers

The Bentley Bentayga has done a good job solidifying its reputation as Bentley’s new flagship model. The SUV is an enviable mixture of luxury, performance, and style, but Bentley is now cramming even more luxury into the SUV with the all-new 2024 Bentley Bentayga EWB Mulliner.   Bentayga EWB Brings Luxury In The Front, Party In The Back As the name implies, the Mulliner model was developed alongside the Mulliner in-house division and comes with several touches that make it stand out from other Bentayga models. They include 22-inch wheels, a double-diamond front grille with chromed lower pieces, and Mulliner …

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2024 Escalade IQ, The Latest Member Of The Escalade Family Builds On Illustrious History

The 2024 Cadillac Escalade IQ is bringing insanity back to the Escalade nameplate, with the model bringing electrification to the moniker for the first time ever. However, it’s also important to note the IQ’s place in Slade history, and how some of its ancestors helped the model reach this key milestone. So join us on a trip through time, and see how the IQ’s ancestors helped shape its long-term future and a new road for Cadillac too.   1999-2000 Escalade, The Beginning The Cadillac Escalade first appeared in 1999 when the original SUV sales craze was in full swing. Gas …

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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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Cadillac Unveils 2025 Escalade IQ, All-Electric SUV Ratchets Up Caddy’s All-Electric Future With Luxury

The Cadillac Escalade has long been considered an icon in the full-size luxury SUV ranks, with the SUV being a favorite of celebrities, family luxury buyers, and more. While the bulk of this is due to its styling and impressive amounts of luxury, the V8 powertrains that once dominated the engine bay (the current generation introduced a 3.0-liter diesel inline-six) also helped cement this reputation further. Cadillac has stated in the past that it intends to be an all-electric brand moving forward, and the 2024 Cadillac Escalade IQ will be the latest model to embrace GM’s Ultium EV technology. Escalade …

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2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Has Bronco In Its Sights, Aims To Outshine Wrangler On The Trail

The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most iconic models that Toyota has ever released. However, it has been notably absent from Toyota showrooms since 2021, when the previous generation model was axed, with the international market getting an all-new one instead—the uproar from U.S. customers was noticeable, and the company has finally decided to rectify this wrong with the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser.   Land Cruiser’s Smaller Size Meshes Well With Tradition The Land Cruiser was once considered a rather compact SUV model, but subsequent generations of the SUV became bigger and more expensive, with the 2021 model …

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Toyota Teases Next Generation 2025 Land Cruiser, Drops New Hints On Retro Design

Toyota is promising that it will rock the world with the next-generation 2025 Toyota Land Cruiser, but while our past glimpses of the off-roader have been limited to shadowy silhouettes that left little to the imagination and a current generation model that’s still exclusive to the international market, this latest teaser finally provides a formal glimpse of the design, which is expected to have a heavy retro theme.   Blending Old and New Into One Distinct Land Cruiser Package While this latest glimpse is an improvement over prior teasers, we still don’t get to see the whole SUV. Instead, we …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Kia Telluride X-Line – X Marks The Spot For Fun

The Kia Telluride has been a regular attendee on the world stage ever since it made its debut, with the full-size SUV not only receiving multiple awards and accolades but also exorcising our bad memories of the ill-fated Kia Borrego in the process. The Korean car giant hopes to continue this trend by lightly updating the Telluride for 2023 and even giving it an all-new X-Line model like some of its corporate teammates, but does X truly mark the spot for Telluride luxury and fun?   Light Updates Retain Telluride Fundamentals All 2023 KiaTellurides benefit from a mild styling update …

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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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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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Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster Pickup Teased Ahead of Goodwood Debut

The Ineos Grenadier SUV aims to be the throwback off-roader that many buyers never knew they needed, with the model also adding a pinch of modern conveniences to help it appeal to younger buyers. However, the SUV was never meant to be the lone offering for the company, and Ineos has released a new teaser for the new Grenadier Quartermaster pickup, which will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.   Family DNA Gives Quartermaster Familiarity At its core, the Quartermaster is essentially a Grenadier SUV with its back half transformed into a pickup bed which means that …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Toyota Sequoia Capstone – Newest Sequoia Gets Overhauled For Modern Age [Video]

It’s not too often that a vehicle offering manages to go over 15 years without any form of major changes, but that was the state of affairs for the Toyota Sequoia. The model was last updated way back in 2007, and it managed to solider on mostly unchanged for all those years. But the full-size SUV market has rapidly grown over the past few years, and the Sequoia’s age was readily apparent. Toyota set out to change all that with the 2023 Toyota Sequoia, A major infusion of Tundra DNA has given the Sequoia a new lease on life, but …

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2024 Kia Telluride Gets Minor Exterior Updates, Small Price Bump To $37,555

The 2024 Kia Telluride is preparing to make its way to dealerships soon, but before it does, Kia has released what customers can expect at their local Kia dealer, with the Korean brand confirming final pricing and other minor details in a brief announcement released earlier today.   2024 Telluride Pricing Only Goes Up $100, Yes, Really One of the major changes that buyers will notice is that this Kia doesn’t follow the typical procedure when it comes to pricing. Like other new model year offerings, pricing ticks upward from the 2023 model. However, Kia confirmed that pricing is only …

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2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport Review by Ben Lewis

Recently Honda started added the TrailSport trim to some of its vehicles, helping to keep up with many manufacturers who are going off-roady and rugged. Brands like Subaru Wilderness, Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek and others come to mind. In fact the previous Passport and Pilot had available TrailSport trims, but caught up in a game of catch up, they were more cosmetic than anything else. Well for 2023, we have an all-new Pilot, and along with that, a new Pilot TrailSport that promises to be the real deal for those who adventure off road. Does it make the grade? Let’s …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition – Celebrating 40 Years Of Off-Road Prowess

The trend of nostalgia has been a persistent presence in the automotive world. While it’s not as prevalent as it was during the 1990s and early 2000s, automakers know that paying tasteful tribute to the past is always a reliable way to increase sales. Toyota is very familiar with this strategy and has prepared a tasteful tribute for the Toyota 4Runner’s 40th anniversary with the all-new 2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Edition.   Happy Birthday 4Runner At first glance, you might be hard-pressed to find what’s exactly new about this 40th Anniversary Edition 4Runner. The standard 4Runner is already a …

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Lexus Gives Trail Ready 2024 GX Newfound Vigor, Injects More Capability With Overtrail Model

Lexus had a double feature regarding vehicular debuts this week, with the 2024 Lexus TX aiming to appeal to urban-focused family buyers. However, what if you’re a utility buyer that craves more trail-ready capability in your SUV purchase? Lexus thinks that the 2024 Lexus GX lineup will be the perfect trail warrior, especially for buyers that can’t step up into a larger LX model. 2024 GX Goes Back To Its Roots With Updates The appearance of the 2024 Lexus GX brings significant changes to the model, which has not seen any major updates since its last significant revision back in …

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2024 Ranger Rover Sport SV Retires SVR Moniker, Produces 626-hp and Gets Slick 23-inch Carbon Wheels

The bell was tolling for Jaguar/Land Rover’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8, with the engine recently appearing in the Land Rover Velar and Defender. Thankfully, Land Rover is out to prove that bigger is not necessarily better with the all-new 2024 Ranger Rover Sport SV, which gets a smaller engine with more power and styling that elevates it to a higher plane of luxury.   Smaller Sport SV V8 Comes With More Power As mentioned, the aging 5.0-liter V8 has been pitched. In its place is a smaller BMW-sourced 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 626 horsepower and also comes with BMW’s mild-hybrid …

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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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Cadillac Announces Escalade IQ, Will Help Launch IQ Sub-Brand & Broaden Cadillac’s EV Reach

Cadillac has made it known that it sees the electric vehicle market as the next frontier for its sales targets and the future of the brand itself. While the Celestiq and Lyriq are rolling showcases that display what the brand’s technology is capable of, they lack the familiarity that many Cadillac buyers want. Cadillac is out to show that it also has these customers in mind and confirmed that the next model to receive electrification would be the Cadillac Escalade, which will also be the first offered under the IQ sub-brand and be called the Escalade IQ.   Escalade IQ …

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INEOS Reveals U.S. Grenadier SUV Pricing, Potential Land Rover Defender Rival Starts At $71,300

INEOS, the multi-billion dollar chemical company and new kid in the SUV block party has announced official pricing for U.S. versions of its Grenadier SUV, with a base version of this retro themed throwback starting at $71,300 when it begins making its way to our shores later this year.   Old-School Charm With A Pinch Of Modern Civility The INEOS Grenadier was intentionally engineered to be a counter culture SUV entry in a segment where screens, technology and comfort have eclipsed the core values that once defined an SUV. That’s very reflective with the base model which is pretty spartan …

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Bentley Speed Edition 12 Special Edition Models Cover All Nameplates, Celebrate W12 Engine

Bentley’s long-running 6.0-liter W12 engine has played a number of roles over the years. While the twin-turbocharged wonder is primarily known for its time in Bentley badged vehicles, it has also appeared in the Volkswagen Phaeton, Audi A8 and even the Spyker C12 La Turbie and Zagato models. With this diverse of a resume, it’s no wonder why the W12 has become an icon in the automotive world. Sadly, its time in the spotlight is rapidly coming to an end with Bentley confirming that it will be ending production of the bespoke engine in 2024. Before it goes away though, …

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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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Rivian R1S Completes Quest For Redemption, Snags IIHS Tops Safety Pick+ Award

The Rivian R1T pickup earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ award a while back, but Rivian’s initial plans for a repeat performance with the R1S SUV hit a snag when the futuristic SUV earned an acceptable rating in one testing category. Rivian was eager to prove that the R1S could match its pickup counterpart in safety, and after a retest, the R1S has finally joined its pickup sibling in the Safety Pick+ club.   Second Time Is The Charm For Rivian R1S The requirements are more challenging for both the lower-tier TOP SAFETY PICK and higher-tier TOP SAFETY …

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New Study Proves What Many Have Long Suspected, Trucks Last Longer In Overall Mileage

New cars will always be a prominent part of the broader vehicular landscape. But amid all the shiny new metal on America’s roads is an equally robust pool of older vehicles that continue to rack on the miles for their owners. A recent study that was released recently appears to confirm what many have long suspected, trucks last longer than many other types of vehicles and have the highest chance of going over 250,000 miles too.   The Construction Of A Truck Plays A Prominent Role ISeeCars published the study and discovered that trucks had a recurring ability to withstand …

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GMC Expands Hummer Family With All New 3X Model, Adds 22-Inch Wheel Option For More Choice

GMC has unveiled the next member of the Hummer electric vehicle lineup with the debut of the all-new 3X trim which will be available for both the 2023 Hummer EV pickup and 2024 Hummer SUV models. The 3X is the next phase of GM’s plans to flesh out the Hummer lineup with all the models produced prior to this being range-topping Edition 1 models that went to reservation holders and had limited availability.   3X Brings Hummer To More People, Debuts On-Road Package The 3X model shares much of its core styling elements with the existing Hummer lineup but unlike …

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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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Road Test Review – 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT – Rugged In A Urban Centric Way

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe lineup is still playing a prominent role in Hyundai’s sales ambitions. While the bigger Hyundai Palisade is certainly occupying much of the spotlight, the Santa Fe continues to be an option for buyers that want a large SUV offering but in a different wrapper. But is the 2023 Santa Fe XRT the perfect choice for urban explorers looking to hit the trails on the weekends?   Santa Fe XRT Won’t Make Established Off-Roaders Lose Sleep, Goes On Own Path Buyers thinking that the Santa Fe XRT will be duking it out on the trail with …

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2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL S-AWC review by Ben Lewis

Have you ever met someone, and new immediately that you were going to be great friends?  Well, that happens with cars, too. Last year we tested the then all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander and loved it. The only thing missing – the popular PHEV (plug-in hybrid) model remained on the previous chassis. But now for 2023 you can get the PHEV model with all the goodies. So, is it still love at first sight? Let’s find out! Same Great Looks – Can you say I Fu Do Do? We were super happy to see that the PHEV has inherited the same …

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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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Road Test Review – 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport – Trails and Sport, Do They Mix Here?

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is a classic metaphor of function before beauty while proving that age is just a number. The 4Runner has existed in its current form since 2009, with the model receiving its most recent refresh in 2013. While the TRD PRO is the model that gets the bulk of the spotlight, other models in the 4Runner family aim to cover any gaps in the SUV’s resume for Toyota. They include the 2022 TRD Sport, which aims to put more on-road performance into the 4Runner’s DNA.   TRD Sport Gives 4Runner A Track Suit, Still A Trail Warrior …

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2023 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance review by Ben Lewis

It’s comforting when there’s things you can rely on. Like the Lexus RX. You know it’s going to be a pleasantly styled SUV, with loads of luxury, quiet and refined. So, all of sudden they announce a serious performance-minded, hard-edged RX! What!!!! Well, actually, we have seen Lexus and parent company Toyota getting more sport serious, from the IS 500 to the new GR 86, so it’s not that outrageous. But can it live up to the promise? Let’s find out. Looks the Part The RX 500 makes a bold first impression – instantly identifiable as a Lexus, but a …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Lexus LX600 F-Sport, A Land Cruiser In A Green Tinged Tuxedo

The departure of the Toyota Land Cruiser left a noticeable void in Toyota’s full-size SUV lineup here in the U.S. The Land Cruiser combined size, versatility and comfort into an enviable package that was fully capable of delivering the goods on the trail and in the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle. That said, Toyota was prepared to offer a consolation prize to buyers, the 2023 Lexus LX600, which uses the international market Land Cruiser’s underpinnings and then decks it out with extra luxury. But is all this enough to make the LX600 a commendable alternative to the iconic …

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2023 Jeep Wagoneer Series II 4×4 review by Ben Lewis

If you haven’t been to the movies in a while, you might find yourself tempted by the super extra-large popcorn. What the heck, why not? Well, the same thing is happening again with SUVs. While we’re seeing all sorts of small SUVs, EVs and the like, some folks are going big – for the room, for the space, and what the heck, why not? The latest entry in the supersize SUV sweeps is the all-new 2023 Jeep Wagoneer. Designed to fit against other big 3-row models like the Tahoe and Suburban, it gives the Jeep faithful a choice that they …

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2023 Toyota Grand Highlander Grows In Size, Amps Up Luxury and Versatility For Family Buyers

The Toyota Highlander is already a versatile player in the SUV segment thanks to its versatility, style, and hybrid performance. However, what would happen if you took the Highlander, stretched it out, and added more of what family buyers want? Toyota thinks it has the answer with the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander, which aims to not only answer that burning question but also transform itself into another sales success for the Highlander nameplate.   Grand Highlander, Bigger and More Capable Than Ever At first glance, the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander looks like a standard Highlander that has been stretched through …

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Piracy On The High EV Seas? Bollinger Motors Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Munro

The EV wars are rapidly evolving and we have seen our fair share of models emerge to try and get their own piece of the action. However, one battle is getting fresh attention with Bollinger Motors taking UK upstart firm Munro Motors to court over patent infringement claims as the two automakers try to get their respective EVs in the hands of customers.   Bollinger, Munro Fight Centers On Image In the lawsuit that it filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Bollinger Motors claims that the similarity between the Bollinger B1/B2 and …

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2024 Mazda CX-90 Debuts Inline-Six, Bigger SUV Will Play Key Role In Mazda’s Green Future

Mazda is preparing for a CUV-centric future, and while the recently launched CX-50 provided a glimpse into some of the new design and technology solutions that will play a role in Mazda products moving forward, the company knows that ultimately a flagship is needed for it to bring its sales to the next level. Mazda has solved this glaring problem with the unveiling of the all-new 2024 Mazda CX-90.   Performance Takes Center Stage In 2024 CX-90, Artisan Red Paint Sparkles Usually, we would use this section to talk about the exterior styling, but Mazda reps made it clear that …

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2022 Audi e-tron quattro Review by Ben Lewis

It’s been an Audi lovefest the past few weeks here at CRD. We’ve tested the S4, A4 and now we’re reviewing the fully electric e-tron SUV. While the other sedabs wooed us with their wonderful engines, we wondered can an EV powered Audi win our hearts as well? Let’s find out! Hello Handsome We’ve noticed a trend in the EV world, either you make it look crazy and unique, or you make it look much like the gas-powered choices, the BMW i4 comes to mind – making an easier transition for those coming from fossil fuel cars. We’d say that …

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2023 Lexus GX 460 Black Line review by Ben Lewis

While there are a lot of SUVs out there, it’s a sad fact that most of them aren’t really capable off-road vehicles. Soft Roaders – more likely bound for a trip to the mall than the mountains. And yet, there are still buyers who want that rugged capability. And a few more that want a full load of luxury as well. Range Rover may be the most common choice, but we think the Lexus 460 has always filled that bill. And with some nice updates, it’s become even more desirable. So, strap on your mountain boots, and let’s go for …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek – Is This Overlander Special A Better Pathfinder?

The Nissan Pathfinder was once known for being one of the most rugged and trail-ready SUVs in the market, with various models in the 1980s and 1990s were known for their body-on-frame construction and billy goat character. But in recent years, the Pathfinder transitioned to a uni-body frame, and focused more on providing on-pavement comfort. Nissan is aiming to resolve that with the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek. But does the Rock Creek treatment make this a better Pathfinder while also restoring some of its past off-road luster?   Second Attempt At Rock Creek Makes Pathfinder More Rugged When we …

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2023 Honda Pilot Brings More Rugged DNA and Poise To SUV Wars

The Honda Pilot has always served as the ultimate example of what bad timing can do to a model. While the first generation model was one of the pioneering models responsible for ushering in the current SUV sales race, fate would not be kind to it for its second generation. Honda decided to go for a boxier look, but an increase in fuel prices and pedestrian exterior styling helped blunt demand. The third generation tried to return to its roots, but the same styling woes didn’t help. Honda is hoping that the 2023 Pilot will be the one that helps …

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2022 Lexus LX 600 Ultra Lux review by Ben Lewis

Every manufacturer has a top-of-the-line model. With some, they’re nice, but not something to get thrilled about. But when you talk about an all-new Lexus model that’s at the pricing and product pinnacle, that gets our attention. Introducing the 2022 Lexus LX 600, the all-new, dreamboat SUV from the company whose name is synonymous with upscale in every way. So, is the new LX a luxury flagship or just a luxo-barge? Let’s find out! A little history here – this is not the first Lexus LX model. The previous LX 570  was the gussied-up version of the Toyota Land Cruiser, …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Hyundai Palisade – A Nip And A Tuck Make This SUV A Better Companion

It’s tough to build on something that’s already proven to be a sales winner, and that was certainly the case when Hyundai made the 2023 Hyundai Palisade. The hot-selling three-row SUV is a very popular choice with consumers. Still, while we were impressed with the interior and some of the design choices Hyundai made, it was balanced out by some odd omissions as well as a range-topping model that did little to tell you that you were at the top of the range. The Korean car giant set out to fix all that with the 2023 Palisade, but have they …

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2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport Review by Ben Lewis

Is there any SUV more familiar than Toyota’s 4Runner? We’d say familiar and steadfast, too. Where other SUV’s have gone through the market swings, becoming more car like, swapping capability for comfort, living a soft life in the ‘burbs, the 4Runner has stayed true to form – a tough, capable, rugged, truck-based vehicle that’s proven to be nearly unbreakable over the years. But is this tough Toyota is behind the times? Well, a new-for-2022 TRD Sport model gives us an opportunity to get back in the saddle with one of our favorite rides. Handsome, Square-Jawed Looks On the outside, it …

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Jeep Wagoneer S Adds Electrons To Iconic Moniker, Embraces New Shape And Compliments Wagoneer 4xe Model

The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models are the ultimate expressions of Jeep capability and luxury. We enjoyed our time with the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, but it’s no secret that, like their ancestors, fuel economy is not a strong suit. However, it would seem that Jeep is out to change all that, with the brand confirming that it has begun exploring the idea of an all-electric EV version with the all-new Grand Wagoneer S and the Grand Wagoneer 4xe.   Sleek Grand Wagoneer S Embraces Three Distinct Pillars Unlike the Recon, Jeep revealed that the Grand Wagoneer S name itself …

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Dodge Reverses Course On Durango Hellcat, Confirms That World’s Most Powerful SUV To Return In 2023

The clouds of electrification may be on the horizon, but that’s not stopping Dodge from retiring its current lineup of Hemi/Hellcat V8s with a bang instead of a somber whimper. Dodge had plenty of announcements today, and while some of them will be covered here in the next few days, fans of the Durango Hellcat (especially those that missed the boat the first time around) will have one final opportunity to get the world’s most powerful SUV for their driveway with the brand confirming that it will be returning for 2023.   Durango Hellcat Demand And High Sales Swayed Dodge’s …

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Honda Teases 2023 Pilot TrailSport, Promises Big Things Are Coming

Honda’s TrailSport lineup is out to show that the Japanese automaker can blaze a trail off the beaten path when called to do so. The new trim level has proven to be popular with customers with the Ridgeline and Passport TrailSport models all boasting strong sales from buyers looking for an edgier Honda for their driveways. However, there’s one final missing link in the family, and Honda has chosen to rectify this with the newly updated 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport.   Pilot Brings Family Commuting To The Harshest Of Trails Honda’s lone teaser image is about as vague as it …

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2022 Honda Passport TrailSport Review by Ben Lewis

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

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2022 Acura MDX Type S Advance Review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD Review by Ben Lewis

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

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Pricing Revealed, XRT Model Enters The Spotlight

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

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

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

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

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

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2022 Subaru Ascent Onyx Review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2022 Mazda CX-9 Carbon Edition Review by Ben Lewis

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

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Nissan’s 2022 Armada, The Patrol for America

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

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2023 Toyota Sequoia Rebuilt From The Ground Up, Hybrid Engine And New Technology Sharpen Its Focus

When Toyota axed the Land Cruiser from the U.S. market, we had questions about how the company was going to keep some of those fans loyal to the brand while also giving the ancient Sequoia full-size SUV some much-needed updates to help it stay in the fight against full-size SUV benchmarks. It appears that the company is attacking the situation from both angles with the introduction of the all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia.   Bigger, Badder, More Civilized Sequoia The Toyota Sequoia was in a very dire situation when Toyota chose to revamp it with the outgoing model being in production …

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