2024 Lexus RZ 300e review by Ben Lewis

Here’s an interesting little paradox for you. While the Japanese carmakers are happy to bring you the latest tech, they’ve almost to a fault been slow to bring EV tech to market. Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrids, sure – but full on EV’s, not so much. Well, maybe they know something we don’t, but they are now getting with the program, and EV vehicles from Mazda, Honda, Acura and Nissan (ok, they’ve been around thanks to the LEAF) are starting to show up. And now we can add Lexus to the fray with the all-new RZ EV lineup. So, we were …

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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 VW TAOS SE review by Ben Lewis

We love VW’s. And we especially love the sensible ones. They always remind us of the brand’s beginnings, from the early Bug to Rabbits and Golfs. They make a simple vehicle fun, useful and have a little bit of European charm. All without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for affordability and hatchback/SUV/crossover capability, the VW Taos is your vehicle. It’s the second least expensive model behind the Jetta, but it offers scores more usability. So, in 2024 does the Taos have the goods we’re looking for? Let’s find out! All in the Family If you like the current design …

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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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2025 Cadillac Optiq Is Promising To Sharpen Cadillac’s Focus On EV Market

Cadillac is hoping that cooling EV demand will not hamper its plans to become an all-electric brand. The Lyriq and the Escalade IQ are providing glimpses into its broader electrification strategy but Cadillac knows that more models are needed in order for it to truly complete its EV transformation. One of these is the 2025 Cadillac Optiq SUV. The Optiq will allow Cadillac to compete in a segment where small luxury crossovers have rapidly become key players in the broader sales plans of automakers. But does the Optiq have the tools to help shift Cadillac’s plans into high gear? Size …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV – Capability and Nameplate Flexibility Shine in EV SUV

Styling often plays a prominent role in the success or failure of an automobile especially a futuristic clean EV looking to shake up the world stage. Mercedes-Benz is trying to do just that with their EQ lineup of EVs. But so far, the reaction has been mixed with customers showing their lukewarm enthusiasm for the bulk of the lineup. But can the SUV version of the EQE reverse this trend while still helping Mercedes-Benz reach out to more family buyers with its enhanced versatility and high level of technology?   EQE SUV Goes Off In a Different Direction Unlike the …

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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 Subaru Solterra Touring review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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2024 Lexus TX 500h F Sport Review by Ben Lewis

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

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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness Road Test Review by Ben Lewis

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

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2025 Aston Martin DBX707 Becomes Default DBX, Gets Interior Updates

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

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

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

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2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo Edition by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2024 Buick Envision Debuts New Infotainment System and Styling

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

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2024 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SE review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2025 Chevrolet Equinox Gets Radical Revamp, Adds Activ Trim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2023 BMW XM review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ineos Unleashes Full Configurator For Grenadier, Also Starts Quartermaster Production

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy AWD review by Ben Lewis

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

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2024 Volvo XC90 Recharge AWD Ultimate review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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2023 Lexus NX 350 Luxury review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid SX Prestige AWD review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy: Snowy Drive Review

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy AWD represents the apex of Hyundai’s lineup, offering a harmonious blend of opulence and practicality. This SUV caters to those who seek a refined driving experience with the added confidence of all-wheel drive. Let’s delve into the details of what makes the Palisade Calligraphy AWD stand out. Elegant Design and Styling The Palisade Calligraphy AWD shows exactly what it is. A bold and distinctive front grille, LED headlights, and 20-inch alloy wheels help it stand out from other vehicles on the road. Separating the Calligraphy trim from other Palisades are exclusive touches like a unique …

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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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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 Subaru Crosstrek Sport Review by Ben Lewis

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

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2024 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 Hyundai Santa Fe Debuts Two Powertrains, Doubles Down On Capability

When Hyundai last teased the 2024 Santa Fe, we saw its revamped exterior styling and even a peek at the reworked interior. However, Hyundai left out key information on powertrains and what we could expect here in the U.S. Hyundai is now delivering the goods by unveiling more details, including the final powertrain lineup.   Two Powertrains Lead The Way For Santa Fe, Interior Bleeds Luxury When the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe arrives in the U.S., Hyundai will bring two powertrain options along for the ride. A 277 horsepower, 2.5-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder will be the standard engine for most Santa …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2024 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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