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

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

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2023 BMW XM review by Ben Lewis

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

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Nissan’s Pint-Sized Disaster Vehicle Is Ready For Any Kind Of Apocalypse, Spearheads Strong Concept Lineup

The zombie apocalypse (or any other kind of world-ending event for that matter) is always a top priority item on the list of any doomsday prepper. A key piece of equipment is a rugged vehicle that can traverse the barren wasteland that was once filled with waves of humanity. Nissan thinks it has the answer for the Burt Gummers of the world (Tremors is still our favorite sci-fi franchise) with the Nissan Disaster Support Mobile-Hub as well as a small army of other concepts ready to appeal to a wide range of consumer tastes.   Size Does Not Matter In This …

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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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Road Test Review – 2023 BMW M3 50 Jahre Edition – M3’s Golden Anniversary Homage Still Has Sizzle & Bite

In the 50 years that BMW’s M brand has terrorized race tracks around the world, the performance-focused sub-brand has undergone a number of key transformations as it attempted to maximize the performance that BMW products were capable of. It can be easy to forget that this gold standard of the performance-driving world once started out as a small in-house race shop. BMW has prepared a surprise to help celebrate the occasion, the 2023 BMW M3 50 Jahre Edition which helps celebrate the M3’s history, but are new styling touches enough to help this beast stand out in a crowd?   …

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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 – 2023 MINI Clubman Untold Edition – Latest Special Edition MINI Crafts Its Own Story

When it comes to outlandish special edition offerings, few can top the creative minds over at BMW’s MINI brand. MINI has always been known for offering customers a strong roster of models that not only embrace their quirky British heritage but also offer an impressive array of options and features designed to help buyers personalize their MINI to suit their distinctive tastes. One of these is the 2023 MINI Clubman Untold Edition which not only celebrates the end of production for the Clubman model but also promises to show buyers the untold side of the model. But is the Untold …

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Insider: A Car Enthusiast’s Guide to Keeping Your Vehicle & Income in Prime Condition

In a world where the prices keep getting up, you have to be smart about finding additional sources of income. Some savvy individuals have discovered unique ways to turn their cars into a source of income. Whether you’re renting out your vehicle or using it for advertising, your car becomes not just a mode of transport but a key player in your financial endeavors. However, to ensure a steady stream of revenue, it’s crucial to keep your wheels in tip-top condition. Let’s explore the ins and outs of making a living with your vehicle and the importance of a garage …

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Insider: Top Tips For Restoring Your Car’s Appearance 

Driving an old vehicle can be a sentimental and nostalgic experience. However, it is normal to wish for the new and exciting sensation of driving a new vehicle. While buying a new car may not be an option for everyone, there are many methods to revitalize your old car and make it feel new again. It‘s not surprising that the car-care product market size has surpassed $11.6 billion. This is because you can restore your old car and boost its pleasurable driving experience. From basic cosmetic modifications to technological advancements, here is a helpful guide to improve and restore your …

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Hyundai Reveals 2024 Sonata Pricing, AWD Variant Starts At $30,000, N-Line Still Performance King

The 2024 Hyundai Sonata is ushering several key updates for the stylish four-door sedan and while it remains to be seen if this update will help provide a jolt to Sonata sales as a whole, Hyundai has revealed the final pricing ladder for the model which aims to make this stylish four-door a potent value play in a segment where design and performance have become the new benchmarks.   Sleek Styling & AWD Make Sonata Compelling Package Hyundai removed the base SE model from the Sonata lineup for 2024 and with its exit, the SEL model emerges as the new …

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2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Pinnacle Review by Ben Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2024 Ford Ranger Raptor Prepares To Storm U.S. Ford Details How Suspension Plays Key Role

When Ford revealed the second generation Ranger pickup a short while back, the Blue Oval promised that this iteration of the Ranger would be a true global offering with the truck being built from the ground up for both the U.S. and international markets. That included the second generation Ranger Raptor which is shaping up into a true global threat in the off-road wars. Ford confirmed that the Raptor would be coming to the U.S. when we first saw the truck at Camp Woodbury. Now the company has revealed new details about what it truly brings to the table for …

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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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Auto Industry Insider: What to Do During an Accident or Vehicle Malfunction

When something goes wrong with your vehicle, it can be quite a stressful experience, and is often the kind of thing you need to make sure you are approaching in the right way. As it happens, this is easy enough to do, as long as you know beforehand what you should do. That is what we are going to take a look at in this article to help you with that. By the end, you should have a pretty clear idea of what to do.   So if you are wondering what to do during a vehicle malfunction, take a …

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2023 Honda Accord EX sedan review by Ben Lewis

We recently reviewed the 2023 Civic Sport and were blown away by the basic goodness of one of the Civic’s most affordable models. So now we’re doing the same thing but taking one step up to the evergreen Accord sedan. So, is bigger better? Let’s find out. Big on Style The Accord is all-new for 2023, and we already had a chance to review the Accord Touring Hybrid, and we loved it, but it also came in close to $40k – we’re being tight with the purse strings this time. Like the Touring, this is one of the best-looking Accord …

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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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Mitsuoka M55 Concept Taps The 1970s With Challenger Like Styling, Has Honda Underpinnings

The Dodge Challenger as we know it may be going away after 2023 comes to a close, but while Dodge is preparing to end the party, it appears that the folks at Mitsuoka are not quite ready to close the show, with the quirky Japanese car company revealing the all-new M55 concept to celebrate the firm’s 55th anniversary.   Is The M55’s Attempts At Imitation The Sincerest Form Of Flattery? While it remains to be seen how Dodge and its parent brand Stellantis will respond to the M55’s attempt to cosplay as one of its iconic models (given the legal …

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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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2025 Toyota Camry Lights Up L.A. Auto Show, Debuts New Tech and Hybrid Only Performance

It’s not often that we get to see the Toyota Camry go under the knife for significant updates. The Camry is still one of Toyota’s strongest-selling models and the firm tends to not rock the boat too much when it comes to ensuring that the Camry still has the magic to draw in buyers. The current-gen model has been around for a while now, and Toyota has decided to use the 2025 Camry as a potent stepping stone for new updates in technology and performance.   Refreshed Camry Maintains Old Blueprint At first glance, the ninth-generation Camry may seem similar …

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2023 Honda Civic Sport HPD Sedan Review by Ben Lewis

Who doesn’t love Honda’s Civic? Well, ok, there may be a few haters, but the Civic has long been one of Honda’s most popular vehicles, scoring legions of fans, and millions of happy owners. Happy journalists too, We loved the new Civic Si when we tested it recently, and also loved the Touring model as well. Truth be told, like most cars, the Civic is not as inexpensive as it once was, both the Si and Touring models hovering around $30k. So, we thought, in the spirit of the affordable Civic that many of us grew up with, it was …

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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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Road Test Review – 2022 Maserati MC20 – Maserati’s Return To Supercar Segment Marks End Of ICE Era

Maserati is the figurative traveler who’s facing a choice at the proverbial fork in the road. The Italian luxury automaker tried to embark on a push towards enhancing its sales, but while the Grecale and the Levante have certainly made their mark in the SUV segment, the broader sales picture is mixed at best. In the meantime, Maserati is also focusing on returning to some of the core things that helped it be an icon in the luxury segment, with performance and artistic flair being two prominent pillars. One example of this in action is the Maserati MC20, which launches …

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Insider: Win the Seasonal Battle to Protect Your Car from Nature

As the seasons change and Earth tilts, so too does your car’s health.  Mother Nature can be quite the unpredictable judge when it comes to weather – each season offers its own set of challenges for our four-wheeled friends. But fear not – here are ways you can safeguard your ride against weather hazards.   Winter- The Cold Shoulder Nature can deliver her version of the “silent treatment,” in the form of snow and ice storms followed by frigid cold temperatures. These freezing conditions can transform your vehicle into an ice sculpture, delaying your morning commute as you chip away …

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Insider: Top Mistakes to Avoid When Modifying Your Vehicle

Customizing a vehicle is something that many people have been doing for years, from the good old days of men tinkering away in their garages to update new tires and exhausts to the modern modifications carried out by specialist repair shops passionate about the model and wanting to see it living its best life.   Your wheels, after all, are a hefty investment, and you want to enjoy every second spent driving around. If making aftermarket modifications is necessary to make your car purr like a kitten and give you a smoother, more enjoyable ride, then why not?   But …

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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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2023 Kia Forte GT review by Ben Lewis

It’s probably no surprise, but we’ve become a nation of SUVs and Crossovers. And Kia certainly makes their share – the Soul, Seltos, Sportage, Sorento and Telluride are all great vehicles. But there’s still a market for sedans, especially affordable ones. The Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla and Kia Forte are all strong sellers. Even better, some of the manufacturers offer sporty versions for the enthusiast on a budget. The Civic Si comes to mind. And we also have another fun small sedan vying for your driver’s dollar – the Kia Forte GT. So, does it serve up bang for …

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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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Cadillac and Neiman Marcus Team Up To Create One Of A Kind Celestiq Christmas Gift

The annual Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog is usually jam-packed with exotic premium things. Clothes, jewelry and more can be found in its celebrated pages. Occasionally, an offer or two is included that are meant for special buyers that want to make a splash in their Christmas shopping and don’t mind throwing around some cash to do it too. Cadillac is stealing the spotlight in this regard with a special catalog offer that stars the Celestiq EV hyper luxury sedan.   Want A Cadillac Celestiq Under The Christmas Tree? This Celestiq-themed offer is the latest entry in Neiman Marcus’s Fantasy Gift …

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

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

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Road Test Review – 2023 Hyundai Elantra N – Light Updates Keep This Hot Compact Ticking

The Hyundai Elantra N might not get as much attention in Hyundai showrooms as other members of the corporate team. But the sporty compact has managed to obtain a loyal following, and it now also has the distinction of being the only pure N model in Hyundai’s lineup (for now.) But does the 2023 Hyundai Elantra N retain its high amounts of sizzle even with the optional eight-speed automatic?   Elantra N Still Blurs Styling Lines, But We Love It Anyway The exterior styling of the Elantra N builds on some of the unique features and design choices that help …

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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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Hyundai Slashes Pricing For 2024 Ioniq 6 EV, Price Cuts Will Vary Depending On Trim Level

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 made a splash when it first came out awhile back. However, the model did have pricing that helped put it out of reach of some buyers despite some of the tech and poise that the sedan brought to the segment. Hyundai has kept these buyers in mind for 2024, and confirmed that the model will see price cuts acrosss the entire model family.   Ioniq 6’s New Price Cuts Aim To Enhance Sales With the Ioniq 6 being carried over unchanged for the new model year, the forementioned pricing changes are the main updates that will …

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2024 Subaru BRZ Pricing Revealed, Gets More Expensive But tS Is Coming Soon

Subaru has revealed official pricing for the 2024 BRZ sport coupe. While pricing is increasing for the new model year, Subaru is adding new features to the model including the debut of the all new tS model.   BRZ tS New Pinnacle Of Performance That Also Debuts EyeSight   Before we get into the pricing situation, we might as well talk about the biggest update for 2024, the debut of the BRZ tS. The tS is a spicier version of the BRZ and while it’s sadly not the formal STI model that many Subie fans were hoping for, it does …

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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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Nissan Hyper Force Concept Brings GT-R To EV Age, Please Build It Nissan

It’s hard to believe that the current generation Nissan GT-R is over 16 years old. Despite the model getting its fair share of refreshes and updates over the years, the core essentials are largely unchanged from when it debuted in 2007. Nissan knows that this tired soundtrack is starting to get warped like your favorite 8-track tape, and tightening fuel regulations will eventually force the company to do something drastic with the model. While we get to wait a few more years to get a clearer view of the GT-R’s future, Nissan has revealed one potential avenue at the Japan …

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2023 Lexus LS 500 AWD F SPORT review by Ben Lewis

All manufacturers have what is called a “flagship” – the top-of-the-line model that shows off what the brand is all about. And for Lexus sedans, that means the LS 500. The LS has the longest history with the brand, it was the LS 400 that started the legend in 1990, taking on all comers from luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes and Cadillac. Yes, there was also an ES model, but that was a fancy Camry. So, 33 years later, does the Lexus still have the stuff to take on the high-end Europeans? Let’s take a look! Aging Passionately We recently …

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Mazda Iconic SP Concept Is Our Best Preview Yet Of Company’s Performance EV Plans

When Mazda confirmed that it was expanding its presence in the all-electric segment, it was safe to assume that the Miata sports car would eventually conform to this new reality. But while the company has so far not released formal details about what this means production-wise, it has done the next best thing with the unveiling of the Mazda Iconic SP Concept, which drew plenty of stares at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show.   Iconic SP Concept Draws Inspiration From European Icons At first glance, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Mazda designers took inspiration from classic European sports …

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The Honda Prelude Returns In Concept Form, Looks Production Ready And Eager For Corners

Buyers that grew up in the 1980s and 1990s will have fond memories of the Honda Prelude. The Prelude first appeared in 1978, but the model didn’t get its mojo until the 80s and the 90s when it transformed into an attractive, sporty, and capable two-door coupe. Weakening sales and the early rise in SUV demand forced Honda to stop producing it in 2001, but it appears that Honda is at least exploring a revival with the all-new Prelude concept.   Hybrid Powertrain Hides Beneath Prelude’s Sleek Bodywork Honda’s announcement at the Japan Mobility Show was sparse on formal details, …

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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 LC 500 Drive Review: Lexus’s LFA Successor

2023 Lexus LC 500: Lessons From the LFA The 2023 Lexus LC 500 is a stunning embodiment of the automaker’s commitment to creating vehicles that seamlessly blend luxury and performance. This grand tourer coupe, first introduced in 2018, is a testament to Lexus’ dedication to craftsmanship, innovation, and delivering an unforgettable driving experience. With its captivating design, potent powertrain, and impeccable interior, the LC 500 is a modern masterpiece that has earned its place among the elite in the luxury sports car segment. Exterior Design At first glance, the Lexus LC 500 is a true head-turner. Its low-slung, aggressive stance …

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Industry Insider: Taking Good Care of Your Hybrid Car

There’s an increasing range of good hybrids hitting the market as of late, from the Hyundai Tuscon to the Toyota RAV4, and if you haven’t done it already, then you might be tempted to make the switch to the green option. However, if you’re planning to change over, then you need to get used to the differences that come with a hybrid, as well. In particular, taking care of your vehicle, and giving it the maintenance and attention it deserves is vital if you want it to keep running as well as it should. Here are a few pointers on …

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Toyota Promises New Dawn, Teases Mystery Model To Prove Its Point

Toyota promises that the company is ready to embrace a new dawn, and it appears that the company is building on some of the progress that it has made with all-electric models, including the Bz4X EV CUV. However, Toyota also holds a number of cards up its sleeve, including a mysterious new model that was teased earlier today in an accompanying teaser image.   Mystery Vehicle Shows Its Headlights, Leaves Questions Unanswered The lone teaser image doesn’t reveal too much with the car hiding underneath a thick layer of shadows. Attempting to brighten the image via our photo editor software …

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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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Pricing Comparison Test – 2023 Hyundai Sonata Limited vs 2024 Honda Accord – Which Is Best For Your Wallet?

When Hyundai released the current generation Sonata, it was clear that they wanted to inject some vigor into a mid-size sedan segment that has been declining both in sales and overall entries. The Sonata has emerged as a value leader in this shrunken segment, and the N-Line version is perhaps one of the most underrated performance entries in the market today. However, the Sonata is far from being the only player in town and still faces competition from rivals, including the 2024 Honda Accord. Which entry is best for your wallet?   Hyundai Sonata Carries On With Light Changes Hyundai …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2023 Lexus NX 350 Luxury review by Ben Lewis

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

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2024 Subaru WRX TR Sharpens Up Driving Experience, Gets Improved Steering and Brembo Brakes

Subiefest has emerged as a premiere attraction for not only Subaru fans looking to get in touch with other Subaru owners but also getting a glimpse at new products from Subaru themselves. The trend continues with the company pulling the veil of secrecy off of the 2024 Subaru WRX TR, which benefits from a number of key upgrades but, sadly, no giant wing.   Performance Takes Center Stage In TR The 2024 WRX TR brings a number of key upgrades to the WRX, but performance will be taking center stage in the TR. While the turbocharged engine carries over largely …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Industry Insider – From Muscles to Majesties: A Joyride Through the World of Cars

Fuel up, petrolheads! Get ready for an exciting journey through the wide world of automobiles! From American muscle cars to European luxury sports cars, motoring is as diverse as its drivers themselves. So buckle up! Let’s experience a joyride through its many dimensions.   The Powerhouses: American Muscle Cars Start your engines, folks – we’re embarking on our journey with American muscle cars! These beasts of the road represent not just horsepower but an iconic piece of Americana as well. Their raw power represents not just horsepower, but an essence of Americana itself – not only are Ford Mustang and …

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

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

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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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Aston Martin Valhalla’s F1 Derived Technology Pushes It Closer To Production, Will Appear In 2024

Aston Martin has recently been on a roll regarding products, with the British sports car maker launching the DB12 and the wild and extremely rare Valour sports car. However, the Valhalla supercar is one model we have not heard much about in a long time. Getting its name from the Norse word for heaven, the development of the supercar has been far from a heavenly experience for Aston. The car was first announced in 2019, with the company claiming that it would get a hybrid V6. However, COVID-19 forced the company to focus on more pressing matters before announcing in …

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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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Road Test Review – 2024 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line Premium – The Final Curtain For VW’s Four-Door Coupe

Volkswagen may be shifting towards an all-electrified future that will have a heavy reliance on SUV and other utility vehicles, but that doesn’t mean the company is ready to leave other vehicle segments just yet. One notable example is the four-door coupe segment, where the 2024 Volkswagen Arteon continues its unassuming role as VW’s lone entry. While Arteon sales numbers have taken a pounding from encroaching CUV entries, Volkswagen has made some minor updates to the Arteon in an attempt to help it stay fresh before it enters retirement. But is this the proper send off Arteon fans have been …

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Road Test Review – 2024 Subaru Impreza RS – This Hatch Has The Moves To Succeed

When Subaru announced that the Impreza would ditch the sedan body style and focus on it being a hatchback-only experience for 2024, it certainly had us asking questions. For one thing, could we buy a four-door in time? (my wife was in the market for a new vehicle back then) and how will consumers respond to this radical transition. Thankfully, the Subaru faithful have responded positively to the changes, and after spending some time with the 2024 Subaru Impreza RS, we grew to like a hatchback-only future as well.   Impreza RS Is Ready For Fun Or Work The RS …

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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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Lexus Teases New Modular EV Concept, Will Make Debut Next Month At Japan Mobility Show

Lexus (like its mainstream corporate running mate Toyota) is going all-in on electrification to motivate its automobiles moving forward. While it will be a few more years before we see a true EV lineup emerge, the brand has released a teaser image in its home market of Japan that suggests a key milestone model is coming and that it will also debut next month at the Japan Mobility Show.   Modular EV Concept Signals A Big Move From Lexus The shadowy teaser image Lexus released today doesn’t reveal too much of the car itself, but we do get to see …

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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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2024 Toyota Sienna Adds XSE Premium Package, Will Spearhead Other Updates Including Price Increase

The 2024 Toyota Sienna is still a strong minivan offering for families looking for an all-out family hauler. While its future is cloudy thanks to the introduction of the 2023 Toyota Grand Highlander, the company is still adding some updates to the van for 2024 to help keep things fresh, including adding a new Premium Package for the XSE variant.   Sienna XSE Premium Is The Van For Fun A prominent change for 2024 is the addition of a new Premium package for the XSE model to the Sienna lineup. While this model doesn’t get any radical upgrades to 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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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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2023 Toyota GR86 Review by Ben Lewis

There’s a song made famous by singer Etta James called “At Last” – about finally finding love. Well, we know that feeling. We’ve been wanting to drive a Toyota GR86 with a manual transmission since it was introduced for the 2022 model year. Well, so did a lot of other journalists, so we were pretty darn happy to drive a ’22 with the 6-speed automatic. Which as it turns out was a fantastic sports car. But for many of us, a true sports car still has three pedals, and no, the emergency brake does not count. So, when our turn …

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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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UAW Embarks On Historic Strike Against Detroit Big Three, 13,000 UAW Workers Walk Off The Job

Labor negotiations went down to the wire yesterday, but no agreement was reached between the United Auto Workers Union- UAW and the Detroit Big Three. The union responded by beginning a historic strike that’s not targeting just one company but all three (GM, Ford, and Stellantis) simultaneously.   UAW Strike Halts Production Of Key Models Unlike strikes of the past where the union would typically picket one company, this “Stand Up Strike,” as the UAW calls it, will be targeting all three companies, but reps revealed that the union will also embark on a calculated strategy where select plants will …

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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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2025 Cadillac CT5 Refresh Debuts New Tech and Styling, Builds On Impressive Sales Performance

Cadillac may be preparing to enter an era where electrification and utility vehicles will play prominent roles in its long-term future. However, the brand is still paying attention to its sedan lineup. The 2025 Cadillac CT5 has been doing well in sales, and the brand has decided to refresh it for the new model year that aims to build on this performance while also giving it new vigor in its fight against rivals from BMW and Audi.   Refresh Brings Bolder Styling and Sportiness To CT5 Cadillac is currently focusing on the standard CT5 lineup with today’s announcement, and as …

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Industry Insider – Rake In The Best Resale Value With The 2023 Toyota Tundra

  With a starting price of $36,965, 2023’s Toyota Tundra is no small investment. This full-size pickup truck certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, with its domineering grille and pretty serious off-road capabilities. That said, Toyota’s 2023 iteration of this fourteen-year-old popular vehicle is well worth considering. According to Kelley Blue Book, the Tundra has the highest resale value of the year, at an impressive 73.3% resale potential over five years. This is the second year that the Tundra has piqued other vehicles to the post since its initial relaunch last year, and it’s gaining a fair amount of …

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2023 Lexus IS 500 Premium review by Ben Lewis

2023 Lexus IS 500 Premium review by Ben Lewis Do you remember the original Mad Max movie? We see Max, aka Mel Gibson driving the Pursuit Special, a heavily modified Australian Falcon GT, that in the movie they call “The last of the V8 Interceptors.” It’s funny that the thought popped in my head when I drove the Lexus IS 500 with its massively powerful 5.0-liter V8. But I did wonder, how much longer will we have cars like this? While we seem to be marching towards a world of EVs, many of the IS competitors have swapped a naturally …

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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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Ford Teases 2024 Ford F-150, Shows Off Farm Ready Capability Ahead of September 12th Reveal

The refreshed 2024 Ford F-150 is preparing to make its debut on September 12th, but before the pickup struts its stuff at NAIAS, Ford has released a brief teaser video showing the F-150 proving its chops out on a busy farm.   F-150 Refresh Points To Subtle Evolution Versus Outright Reboot Ford is treating this model year as an MCE and, as a result, is not outright rebooting the model with radical changes to the styling language. As a result, the 2024 model doesn’t start too far from the outgoing 2023 model, with both of them featuring the same core …

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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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Genesis G90 E-Supercharger VS Lexus LS500 F Sport: 2023 Battle of the Luxury Beasts

G90 vs LS500 Review and Comparison The Genesis G90 E-Supercharger and the Lexus LS 500 F Sport are both luxury sedans that offer a premium driving experience, but they have distinct features and characteristics that set them apart. We had the chance to test these two back to back. Be aware that the Genesis had a significantly higher price tag than the Lexus, so while this is apples to apples, it’s maybe a pink lady apple to Gala apple comparison. Performance The G90 E-Supercharger boasts a powerful electric supercharged 3.5-liter V6 twin turbo engine that delivers impressive acceleration and ample …

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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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