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Honda Teases 2026 Passport TrailSport, Will Have More Style and Capability

Honda’s Passport has become a sales smash for the company with the model providing a key bridge between the bigger Pilot and the smaller CR-V while also injecting more rugged capability into the lineup at the same time especially with the TrailSport. However, the current generation Passport is starting to show its age and the company has now released the first teaser image for the 2026 Passport Trailsport which promises to give the SUV a newfound injection of personality. Passport Trailsport gets revised styling In Honda tradition, the two teaser images Honda released of the Trailsport don’t reveal much with …

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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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2024 Subaru Solterra Touring review by Ben Lewis

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

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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness Road Test Review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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2024 Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab review by Ben Lewis

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

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2024 Hyundai Kona Limited AWD review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ineos Unleashes Full Configurator For Grenadier, Also Starts Quartermaster Production

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

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

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

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2023 Toyota bZ4X FWD Limited review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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2023 Venza Nightshade Review: Toyota Knows Hybrids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited AWD Review by Ben Lewis

Trends come and go – and then sometimes they come back. Take the small pickup truck. In the 70’s and 80’s they were huge. Small Toyotas, Datsun/Nissan Li’l Hustler, Chevy Luv. And later you had interesting things like the Subaru Brat. Then came the SUV craze and the diminutive pickup was put on the back burner. But now small trucks are back! And one of the most interesting, stylish and fun is the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Could it lure you away from a small Crossover/SUV? Let’s find out! Truck Cool While the compact pickups of old were pretty utilitarian, the …

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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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Nissan Debuts 2024 Frontier Hardbody, Retro Tribute To 80’s Icon Starts At $31,105

The Nissan Frontier has been an enduring symbol for Nissan over the years. The previous generation model, for example, was around for so long that we were convinced that a crazed dark warlock granted it immortality. The current generation model debuted back in 2022, and the company is celebrating this chapter of the Frontier by debuting the 2024 Nissan Frontier Hardbody.   Frontier Hardbody Package Channels 80’s Charisma The original Hardbody model was known for its strong aftermarket following and was one of the decade’s most popular mid-size truck entries. This revived Hardbody is an appearance package only and stands …

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2024 Ford F-150 Brings Mild-refresh To Consumers, Aims To Build On Sales Success

The Ford F-150 has been America’s top-selling pickup for 46 straight years. As such, we won’t hold it against Ford for playing it safe with the 2024 F-150, which is entering the new model year with a light refresh that builds on practicality and technology, especially for consumers looking to do plenty of truck stuff out on the farm or the work site.   Ford Declares The Tailgate Wars Are Over With F-150’s Pro Access Tailgate The tailgate wars between Ford, GM, and Ram over the past few years have made for some pretty captivating television, with GM and Ram …

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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 Honda Pilot TrailSport – The Perfect Steed For Any Trail

The Honda Pilot has always been a strong seller for Honda over the years, but when we last saw the TrailSport moniker on the previous generation Pilot, it was all show and no substance, with that model having no functional add-ons whatsoever. The second generation 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport has clearly learned from this faux paux and has arrived with usable upgrades that make it ready for the trail. But is all of this enough to help the 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport stand out from a growing pool of rugged light trail warriors?   The Sky’s The Limit With Pilot …

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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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GMC & EarthCruiser Officially Unveil Hummer EarthCruiser EV Overlander

Following a lone teaser image that GMC and EarthCruiser released a short while back, the two companies have finally revealed the finished product, the GMC Hummer EarthCruiser, with the model designed to enhance the Hummer’s off-road capabilities while also giving owners a unique option to hunker down for the night out in parts unknown. Part Trail Warrior, Part RV, All Hummer This creation starts life as a base Hummer EV pickup (and we use the term “base” very loosely), with EarthCruiser mounting a living space in the Hummer’s pickup bed. While this greatly reduces how much stuff you can haul …

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GMC Teams With EarthCruiser To Create Special Overlanding Hummer EV, Debuts Early Next Year

The GMC Hummer EV is slowly trickling its way to customers and has garnered quite a reputation. It’s one of the most capable EVs that the company has ever built, and the model is breathing new life into a brand that was once known for being anything but fuel efficient. However, we never had a chance to see what it would look like if the Hummer were allowed to be an overlanding machine. GMC and EarthCruiser are out to show the world the answer and have released a new teaser photo that appears to answer this question.   Overlanding In …

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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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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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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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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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Jeep Launches New 2-Inch Suspension Lift Kit For Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator Models

Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) has been on a roll in recent years when it comes to the art of offering Jeep owners more performance. capability and style for their rides. JPP is eager to continue this tradition by rolling out an all-new suspension lift kit for the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator for those that either like the lifted look or crave more ground clearance when off-roading.   New Suspension Kit Marries Jeep Capability With Bilstein Prowess At its core, the new JPP suspension kit is largely what we have seen from other kits of the past, with the new gear …

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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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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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2024 Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster Shows Its Pickup Chops At Goodwood, Features BMW Performance

The Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster promises to be the perfect pairing for those that want to add a pinch of pickup magic to their Grenadier experience. The Grenadier SUV is supposed to transport buyers to old-school SUVs of the past. It appears that the Quartermaster variant will do the same for buyers looking to relieve their Land Rover Defender and Toyota FJ Cruiser pickup memories while also providing a shot in the sales arm for Ineos.   Business In The Front, Party In The Back Of This Quartermaster As mentioned when Ineos released the final teaser image of the Quartermaster, the …

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2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Goes Super Saiyan On The Trail, Pushes Off Road Performance To New Levels Of Fun

The 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X is already shaping up to be a very potent off-road entry for GMC in the off-road pickup segment. Its potent list of upgrades over the standard AT4 model covers all angles and brings the fight to the Ranger Raptor and the Tacoma TRD PRO. But what if you’re a buyer that craves even more performance and a higher level of capability? GMC and American Expedition Vehicles think they might have the answer with the all-new 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition   GMC Version of AEV Performance Shares Similarities With Chevy At its core, the …

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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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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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Road Test Review – 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor – Newest Maverick Sends Aftershock Through The Segment

The Ford Maverick min-truck has proven to be a potent sales hit for Ford, with the truck recording an impressive amount of demand and sales for the Blue Oval. While the standard truck is already a very versatile tool, Ford knows that Maverick buyers also crave adventure in their pickup purchases, and have introduced the all-new 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor to bring budget off-roading to the masses. But is this newest Tremor model the aftershock that will inject more profits into Ford’s bottom line?   Tremor Package Gives Maverick A Rugged Pair Of Levis Like other Tremor versions of its …

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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 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 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Thunders Onto The Scene, Gets New Upgrades

It wasn’t too long ago that the 2024 Chevrolet Colorado lineup debuted, and the ZR2 model was also one of the models in attendance. However, its hardcore relative, the 2024 ZR2 Bison, remained a camera-shy subject, with the model not joining the initial wave. That’s changing, however, with Chevrolet now unveiling the souped-up truck to help flesh out its mid-size truck lineup.   ZR2 Bison Doubles Down On AEV Performance This latest iteration of the Bison follows the recipe that was laid out by its predecessor, with the ZR2 providing the core template for American Expedition Vehicles engineers to work …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Ram 1500 TRX Review – This Beast Has Claws- Can It Stand Up To The Raptor R?

When Ram first unveiled the Ram 1500 TRX several years ago, it was very clear that they wanted to go above and beyond in their quest to dethrone the Ford Raptor. Unlike the Raptor, the Ram had a 700-plus horsepower, a 6.2-liter, supercharged Hellcat V8, and enough performance upgrades and swagger to outshine a Silverado ZR2. This mishmash of performance insanity allowed the Ram TRX to rapidly ascend to the top of the off-road performance truck food chain. But the marketplace is evolving, and with the Raptor getting a new V8-powered “R” variant, can the 2023 TRX hang on to …

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2024 Toyota Tacoma Adds More Capability, Tech and Hybrid Power To Classic Formula

The Toyota Tacoma has always had a firm grip on the sales throne in the mid-size pickup wars. The current one was showing its age, but Toyota wanted buyers to see the truck for its core values. Unfortunately, the segment is heating up with the Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado and even the Ford Ranger all benefitting from major updates that threaten to outshine the Tacoma. Toyota wasn’t about to let that happen though and has unveiled the heavily updated 2024 Toyota Tacoma which aims to show the segment who the real king is.   Toyota Tundra Cues Make This Taco …

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2024 Ford Ranger Sharpens Global Ambitions, Debuts New Tech And Potent Raptor Model

Ford wanted to make it clear that the 2024 Ford Ranger was ready for adventure. The previous generation Ford Ranger helped bring the model back to the U.S. market, but it was no secret that the model was not only starting to show its age but that it was missing some of the things that U.S. buyers wanted when Ford quickly adapted it for the U.S. market including the Raptor model (which the rest of the world got.) For dis out to change that, though and the company has not only brought the Raptor to our shores but also given …

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Latest Toyota Tacoma Teasers Showoff Multiple Cab Configurations Confirms May 19th Reveal Date

Toyota is nearing the end of its teaser campaign for the revamped 2024 Toyota Tacoma, but the company chose to not only reveal May 19th will be the day that it will make its official debut but also several cab configurations (albeit hidden by a layer of shadows.)   Configurability Will Play Bigger Role In Tacoma Experience When we last saw the 2024 Tacoma, we saw the delightfully bonkers Tacoma TrailHunter model. This time Toyota released four teaser images of the different configurations that Tacoma owners will be able to choose from when the revamped truck makes its way to …

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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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2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD ZR2 and ZR2 Bison Are Ready For Work And Trail Fun

Chevrolet’s ZR2 lineup has always had the chops to hang with some of the segment’s best. The one major hurdle though was that the package was roughly exclusive to the smaller Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and the Silverado 1500. But that’s now changing with the bowtie brigade confirming that the AEV treatment and the ZR2 trim will be coming to the bigger Silverado HD models for 2024 to help bring the fight to the Ram Power Wagon and the Ford Super Duty Tremor. ZR2 Duo Brings Heavy Duty Fun At The Trails A prominent catch here is that both packages will …

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Toyota Teases 2024 Tacoma Trailhunter, Could Be More Extreme Version Of TRD PRO

Toyota’s ongoing teaser campaign for the 2024 Tacoma is slowly revealing more aspects of the truck but we still don’t know key details. However, a new stream of teaser images appears to suggest that the TRD PRO could be joined by a more extreme model, the Tacoma Trailhunter.   Trailhunter, Taking The TRD PRO To The Extreme? The photos that Toyota released today were close up shots of the Trailhunter, but it appears that this truck will be a very potent offering when it makes its way to dealerships. The Trailhunter will have LED projector beam headlights and a LED …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Toyota Tacoma Limited Nightshade – A Rugged Creature Of The Night

The rugged Toyota Tacoma has been an enduring benchmark in the mid-size truck segment. While the competition has tried to unseat it from its lofty sales perch for several decades. However, the one thing that the Tacoma has managed to do to keep the competition away is not only achieving sales superiority but also offering a diverse family of models that aim to appeal to a wide range of consumer tastes. One of these models is the 2023 Tacoma Nightshade which aims to bring a sinister vibe to the trail ready pickup.   Back In Black Never Looked So Handsome …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Nissan Titan Pro-4X – Is Pro-4X Still Viable In A Rapidly Changing Segment?

The Nissan Titan has been an enigma in the pickup segment. At a time when many of its rivals are gravitating towards smaller engines, fewer cylinders and even pure electrification the Titan has still managed to stick to some of the old-school essentials that have made it an enduring classic with some truck buyers. A big burbly V8 and a body-on-frame construction are certainly two of the key benchmarks, but with the rest of the segment changing around it, does the 2023 Nissan Titan still have what it takes to stand out from the rest of the pack? or is …

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2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss One Year Only Act? Rumors Suggest Yes

The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss made waves when it debuted alongside the rest of the Chevrolet Colorado lineup with the pickup doing a good impression of the much larger Ford Raptor thanks to some of its desert focused upgrades. However, it would seem that the Desert Boss is only an opening act, with rumors suggesting that it will be leaving in 2024 to help Chevy make room for the ZR2 AEV Bison model.   Shifting Terrain Between Desert Boss and Backwoods Ready ZR2 AEV Bison While the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Desert Boss is meant to be used in …

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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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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 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro review by Ben Lewis

What makes a best seller? A simple question, but not always a simple answer. Often, it’s price driven – America’s best-selling hamburger is not likely the tastiest one you’ll find. On the other hand, big box office boffo blockbusters are often really good. But not always. Well Toyota’s Tacoma is certainly one of the best-selling small trucks, and lately is also the king of resale value – often times demanding prices higher than new! So, we wondered, is the 2023 Tacoma a budget burger, or a movie star with enduring power. Let’s find out. Movie Star Looks Well, this is …

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Jeep Debuts 20th Anninversary Rubicon Models, 4xe and Wrangler 392 Add Performance Flair, AEV Level 2 Package Ups The Insanity

The Jeep Rubicon was the product of the shadows, with the engineers behind the model being dubbed “The Lunatic Fringe.” When The Rubicon made its debut in 2003, it proved to be a surprise hit for Jeep, and it has risen to be responsible for 25 percent of overall Wrangler sales. The 10th-anniversary model in 2013 turned up the heat on performance. Still, for the 20th anniversary, Jeep has managed to one-up itself with even more performance and off-road capability for buyers looking to possess the ultimate interpretation of the Rubicon, the 2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary Edition.   …

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Undercoating in a Can: The Easiest Way to Protect Your Rig

Protection in a Can Whether doing work on a vehicle new or old, or restoring and protecting an older vehicle rust must be prevented and stopped. For Project XJ we need a strong undercoating that can handle snowy, icy, and salty roads with 0°F temperatures in the winter. It also needs to withstand dirt, mud, sand, and gravel in the summer with 100°F + temperatures. While there are many undercoating solutions on the market. Each solution works, but each of them have flaws. Some companies will spray a recycled motor oil mix into every nook and cranny leading to drips …

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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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2023 GMC Sierra AT4X Review: Luxury Truck or Off-Roader?

With the Silverado ZR2 arriving for the 2022 model year, it was all but expected that GMC would bring a fancier version to market. Now with the 2023 AT4X that idea has come to fruition. Exterior One thing that really sets the AT4X apart from other high end off-roaders is the understated exterior. Yes, there are a few tell tale signs like the Duratrac tires and rock rails, but overall the AT4X looks just like the AT4. There are no crazy exterior graphics or wide body cladding to tell the 2023 AT4X apart from a regular AT4, and we like …

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Road Test Review – 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R – There’s A New Sheriff In The Off-Road Wars

The 2023 Ford Raptor was already a very capable truck in its own right thanks in part to its capable platform, suspension, and the 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that lurked under the hood. However, what would happen if Ford decided to add a V8 back into the Raptor? The answer is one of the most exciting off-road trucks we have ever experienced, the 2023 Ford Raptor R and it could be the TRX rival that we have all been waiting for.   Minimal Changes Hide The Beast Lurking Within Raptor R At a glance, the 2023 Raptor R might look …

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2023 GMC Sierra Prices Inch Upward, Will Start At $38,995 And See Incremental Increases Across Entire Lineup

The 2023 GMC Sierra is shaping up to be a pivotal model for the iconic moniker. The AT4X and its beefier AEV cousin are designed to be trail warriors, and the rest of the lineup benefits from new equipment and a modest workover. However, prices will be going up accordingly for the new model year, with GM revealing that prices across the board will be going up for the 2023 model year, with the entry-level price going up to $38,995.   Increased Pricing Reflects Strong Popularity For Pickups The increased pricing comes as the pickup segment as a whole is …

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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 Porsche 911 Dakar Brings Safari Spirit In A Factory Ready Package, Will Be Limited To 2,500 Examples

While a Porsche 911 may be the last thing that you would expect when someone asked you to name an off-road-ready performance vehicle? They do exist, especially in the coveted Safari guise. However, these conversions were largely done by aftermarket firms, with Porsche not offering a factory-ready version for customers that crave desert-ready capability but with a factory warranty backing them up. Porsche has finally answered the call and has unveiled the 2023 Porsche 911 Dakar.   Porsche 911 Dakar Raises The Temperature On Off-Roading The Porsche 911 Dakar might have styling that largely sticks to the 911 family tree, …

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Ford Extends Black Diamond Treatment To Bronco Sport, Bronco Roadeo Covers All Bronco Sport Models

The Ford Bronco Sport has managed to do what many thought was impossible. Originally envisioned as the second wave of a 1-2 punch of Bronco models, quality issues with the more significant standard Bronco forced the Sport to emerge as an improvised spearhead model. Ford’s gamble paid off, with the Sport posting impressive sales numbers and forming the glue that holds the Bronco family together. This glue is about to get stronger with the company unveiling the 2023 Bronco Sport Black Diamond.     More Capability And More Style Add Luster To Black Diamond   Up until now, the most …

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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 NX 350 F Sport: The Ultimate Rav4

All new for 2022, the Lexus NX 350 F Sport has been updated in a very competitive market. Outside Better aerodynamics can increase performance in just about every way. As such the 2022 NX has a very sloped windshield and slippery profile. Our tester was adorned in beautiful Ultrasonic Blue Mica paint that really accented the body creases.  From the front the NX is very aggressive. This is mostly due to the massive grill and faux brake vents. The silver front splitter is a nice accent when contrasted with the black grill and blue paint. LED headlights angle into the …

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2022 Nissan Rogue AWD Review: More Capable Off-Road Than You Think

2022 Rogue, New Engine For The Win With a new 1.5-liter 3-cylinder variable compression turbocharged engine the 2022 Nissan Rogue is a performer. Pretty much everything else is a carryover from 2021. Disclosure: Nissan sent us a 2022 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD to test for a week. 2022 Rogue Exterior This 2022 is nearly identical on the exterior to the 2021 Nissan Rogue SL we tested a year ago. Therefore we won’t dive deep into the exterior design. Suffice it to say that many people around the office like the look of the new Rogue and it received numerous compliments …

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2024 GMC Sierra Family Makes Global Debut, Denali Ultimate And AT4X Highlight Revisions

GMC has been rapidly moving towards solidifying its position in the premium pickup market while also preparing for an all-EV future with the Hummer family and the all-electric Sierra 1500, which will debut soon. In the meantime, the brand also understands that the bulk of its customers use their trucks for extreme amounts of work and has followed Chevrolet’s lead by unveiling the revamped 2024 Sierra HD lineup, which introduces new technologies and two new models to the HD ranks.   Refreshed Styling And Identity Define Sierra HD Styling Tweaks Like the 2024 Silverado HD, GMC designers gave the Sierra …

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Ford Takes Evolutionary Apporach With 2023 Super Duty, Debuts New V8 And Higher Levels Of Technology

Ford promised that big changes were coming to the venerable Super Duty pickup for 2023. While the latest chapter in Super Duty Performance is more of an evolutionary update versus an outright revolution, Ford is not resting on its heels, especially as it tries to retain its sales crown against the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram Heavy-duty variants with the 2023 Ford Super Duty lineup.   New V8 Adds Newfound Punch To Base Models An immediate change that buyers will notice is that there is an all-new 6.8-liter gasoline V8 lurking under the hood of lower-grade Super Dutys. This V8 replaces …

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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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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross: Feeding America’s Crossover Hunger

America is hungry for crossovers and this hunger is why the 2022 Corolla Cross exists. We aren’t exactly sure why Americans love crossovers so much. Maybe it’s the higher ride height for better visibility. Maybe it’s the higher ride height for ease of entry and exit. Or maybe it’s the higher ride height for ease of loading kids or gear into. What it is The 2022 Corolla Cross is exactly what it sounds like, a Corolla crossover. Basically Toyota has taken the Corolla, made it a wagon, and lifted it a couple of inches. This makes it a little more …

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Mullen Buys Controlling Interest In Bollinger Motors, Restarts B1 & B2 Programs

In a surprise move, Mullen Automotive has revealed that it has bought a majority stake in rival Bollinger Motors and also announced that it has big plans for Bollinger as the EV startup attempts to expand its presence rapidly amidst rapid change and legislative laws that passed.   Mullen’s Move The Ultimate Surprise When we say Mullen’s move came out of left field, we mean it, with this author out on another assignment when the news came off the wire. Mullen’s investment in Bollinger reflects the grand plans that the firm has for its new acquisition, with the company spending …

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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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Jeep Eyes The EV Wars With 2023 Recon, Small EV Promises Wrangler Capability In Tidy Compact Package

Jeep’s 4xe day has begun, and the brand not only used the occasion to elaborate on its EV plans but also show the spearhead of this offensive with three all-new Jeep EVs that aim to shake the very foundation of Jeep to its core. While the Jeep Avenger will be a Europe-only offering, the off-road brand showed us one of two U.S.-bound models, the 2023 Jeep Recon.   Recon Provides Glimpse Into Trail Slaying Strategy The 2023 Recon was the surprise unveiling of 4xe day, and while it may look like an all-electric Wrangler replacement, Jeep assures us that it …

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GMC Uses Woodward To Tease Hummer EV SUV, Tries To Troll Ford In The Process

The 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise was filled with plenty of highlight moments, but one that might have flown under the radar for some was the surprise appearance of the GMC Hummer EV SUV, which slinked its way down Woodward during the early evening hours and provided us a good look at the EV in a more urban-focused setting.   Hummer EV SUV Takes The Top Off For Maximum Fun While GMC was a few minutes late in its attempt to steal the spotlight from Ford and the seventh-generation Mustang, the SUV’s appearance still managed to turn some heads on the …

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2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison Ups The Ante In The Off-Road Wars

When Chevrolet first collaborated with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) we got to see the Colorado ZR2 Bison which had the Tacoma TRD Pro firmly in its crosshairs. But while that model was a nice treat, we always wondered what would happen if AEV were allowed to apply their craft to the bigger Silverado? We finally got the answer with Chevrolet unveiling the 2023 ZR2 Bison.   ZR2 Bison, Bigger And More Capable Than Ever Chevrolet and AEV used a stock Silverado ZR2 as the base for their creation and while the changes here are not quite as radical as those …

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Ford Adds 60’s Inspired Heritage Editions To Bronco, Bronco Sport For 2023,

The Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport have proven to be a popular duet of SUVs for buyers. Both models have seen strong sales and while the bigger Bronco had a rough launch, the smaller Sport picked up the slack and helped lay out the foundation for success. With Bronco Day 2022 upon us, Ford chose to celebrate the occasion by unveiling special Heritage Edition versions of the Bronco and the Bronco Sport.   Bronco Heritage Editions Exude 1960s Spirit At first glance, the two SUVs might seem to be trying to reignite the retro fad that once burned brightly in …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2022 Nissan Titan XD Review: The In-Betweener

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2022 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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