Ford Explorer Platinum Gains RWD Variant For 2021, Also Goes Green With Hybrid Model

With the 2021 Enthusiast ST stealing the show in regards to the Explorer’s 2021 updates, Ford wanted to ensure that no stone was left unturned and has revealed that the range-topping Explorer Platinum will also receive some new additions for 2021 with the trim now adding a rear-wheel-drive option and even a hybrid flavored model for fuel-conscious buyers.   Rear Wheel Drive For The Jet Set Sets Explorer Platinum Apart In its base form, the $54,480 Explorer Platinum is a very potent statement of luxury with perforated leather seats, warm wood accents, and standard all-wheel-drive to buyers looking to have …

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Ford Enhances Explorer ST Bang For The Buck With All New 2021 Enthusiast ST Package

The current generation Ford Explorer is proving to be a very profitable cash cow for the Dearborn-based automaker, with the recently launched King Ranch variant adding a new dimension of luxury to the model. However, the company is also listening to consumer feedback and is using the opportunity to address a potential roadblock for Explorer ST buyers, the price. It plans to achieve this with the introduction of the all-new Explorer Enthusiast ST.   Lowering The Cost Of Explorer ST Admission When the standard Explorer ST model appeared on the road, it promised to be a true performance offering for …

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2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Off-Road Review by Matt Barnes

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor New for 2021 is the Tremor package on the Ford Ranger. The Tremor includes everything the FX4 has, like Trail Control, Terrain Management, a locking rear differential, etc. On top of the FX4, the Tremor includes a steel bash plate, 0.8-inch lift, Fox 2.0 shocks with remote reservoirs, and 32-inch General Grabber ATX tires. Before the Tremor, the Ranger FX4 was the top dog off-roader in the Ranger lineup. What have all the upgrades of the Tremor done for real world performance improvements over the FX4? High Speed High speed off-road is clearly where the Tremor …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Genesis G80 Prestige – Can It Finally Dethrone The Germans?

The very notion of Korean design might seem like an established lexicon of premium fashion, but it wasn’t too long ago that it once was relegated to the background. That was also the case with Hyundai and Kia (Genesis was not a brand yet), with both brands being content with making budget-friendly but very plain automotive entries. But fast forward to 2021, and the scales have completely flipped. Genesis is rapidly becoming the lovable new kid in the luxury car landscape. K-Pop music is hot on the U.S. music charts, and Hyundai and Kia have made massive strides in design …

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Chevrolet Axes Camaro 1LE V6 and Turbo For 2022, Will Revert Back To V8 Only

If your a fan of the Chevrolet Camaro, then the past few years might have been the equivalent of an asteroid crashing into the planet. Sales for the Camaro have been in perpetual free fall for the past few years, and recent moves by GM appear to indicate that the model’s days are numbered. The latest sign of the guillotine creeping closer to the Camaro is a recently published version of GM’s Dealer Fleet order guide, which no longer lists the 1LE V6 and turbocharged four-cylinder models for 2022.   Low Camaro Sales Lead To Regression When Chevrolet first expanded …

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Toyota Unveils 2022 GR 86, New Moniker Brings Welcome Updates To Entry Level Sports Offering

When the updated Subaru BRZ first made its appearance, it provided a glimpse into what was in store for the entry-level two-door that has served as the visual representation of the Japanese firm’s partnership with Toyota. The big question we were left with was what the Toyota 86 would look like. Leaked patent images from the porous Chinese patent office only shared one side of the story, and we wanted to see what the new 86 looked like in the flesh. After a brief wait, Toyota has provided the answer with the 2022 GR 86.   A New Identity and …

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2021 Lexus ES250 AWD Review by Ben Lewis

We still remember when Lexus launched in the US in 1990. It was a bold move – the Toyota company creating an upstart to take on the biggest luxury names in the market, including Mercedes and Cadillac. And its success is legendary, where it seems like Honda’s Acura, and Nissan’s Infiniti have never been able to quite get that cache. Why the history lesson? Well, there were two models when Lexus debuted, the LS400 and ES250. And now the ES250 name is back! So, if you’ve been waiting, your wishes have been fulfilled. Even more interesting, the ES250 is unique …

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GMC Goes Full Circle With Hummer EV SUV, Brings Zero Emissions To Family SUV

When GMC first unveiled the Hummer EV pickup, the brand neither confirmed nor denied plans were in the works for an SUV version. Fast forward to the 2021 March Madness tournament, and GMC officially confirmed that the Hummer SUV is for real and that it will be officially bringing the revived moniker full-circle in its quest to achieve true redemption in the eyes of a fuel-conscious world.   The Ultimate Zero Emissions Family Vehicle As the name and basic look imply, the 2024 Hummer EV SUV is the marriage of the truck’s EV technology with an SUV body. The exterior …

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Hyundai Teases Santa Cruz Pickup, New Renders Point To Potent Ridgeline Rival

In 2015, Hyundai revealed that it was considering entering the white-hot war in the pickup segment with the Korean car giant unveiling the Santa Cruz concept, which did a good job shocking the world. Six years later, Hyundai confirms that production of the Santa Cruz is indeed happening, with the company releasing several teaser renderings of the small pickup ahead of its April 15th debut. Here are some key takeaways that you can get from the Santa Cruz.   It’s Targeting The Small Pickup Market Thankfully Hyundai is wisely not punching above its own weight class here, and the new …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Bentley Bentayga – A Nip And A Tuck For Bentley’s SUV Spearhead

When Bentley first announced the Bentayga SUV a few years ago, it represented a seismic shift. Once known for being exclusively all about traditional cars, the company was preparing to enter a changing landscape and was looking to do it by creating something that could make a splash. The first generation Bentayga exceeded all expectations, and for a short while, was the definitive ultra-luxury SUV in the market. But the game has changed since then, and the Bentayga is swimming in a crowded pond with rivals such as the Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus, and even the Rolls Royce Cullinan …

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Ford Leaves Its Mark At Easter Jeep Safari, Shows Off Five Custom Bronco Builds

The Easter Safari event has been one that has always been synonymous with Jeep and some of the wild custom creations that the off-road brand would show to eager attendees. Ford wants a slice of the action and has revealed its plans to invade the 2021 Easter Safari with five different custom Broncos that aim to show Jeep that it’s serious about bringing the fight to the brand in the quest to achieve true off-road supremacy.   RTR Leads The Charge To help facilitate this ambitious plan, Ford teamed up with RTR Vehicles (a firm better known for its Mustang-based …

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2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat Review by Matt Barnes

2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat Adding the Hellcat Durango to the list in Dodge’s 700+ horsepower stable, and dropping the Journey and Grand Caravan, Dodge now offers a hellcat in all of their current production vehicles. Exterior The exterior of the Hellcat Durango, as with the SRT, is subdued yet powerful. The hood contains two functional vents and a hood scoop. The bumper is more aggressive than the standard Durango, and a little lower. From the side the Hellcat Durango is very similar to other Durangos. However, there is a noticeable bulge in the hood, the splitter on the front bumper …

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2021 Toyota Venza Limited Review by Ben Lewis

Toyota likes to offer something for just about everybody. That’s what makes them consistently in the top two (sometimes 1st, sometimes 2nd to VW) manufacturers in the world. So, let’s say you have your heart set on a new SUV. Perhaps the RAV4 feels too small, and the Highlander too large. No worries! Introducing the all-new 2021 Toyota Venza, as they say in the three bears…this one’s just right. Sleek and Sophisticated One look and you know this isn’t your Auntie’s Venza! (That model went away in 2015). While the Venza shares a chassis with the RAV4, it looks entirely …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 4×4 Trail Crewmax – Mean, Green, and Ready To Work

It’s no secret that the 2021 Toyota Tundra is the oldest pickup in the segment, but that has not stopped it from still being a severe threat to the American big three pickup offerings. Toyota is not content on resting on its laurels, though, and is continuing to deliver strategic updates to the Tundra in an attempt to help it stay fresh and posied. But can the Tundra still hold down the fort until its revamped replacement arrives?   Aging Styling Is Still Burly and Tough When our SR5 Trail Edition tester arrived at the Metro Detroit office, it was …

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Porsche Drive Subscription Service Adds Taycan, Expands Eligible Cities

While the broader state of Vehicle subscription services is still in limbo, some in the automotive industry are doubling down on their efforts towards reaching more people with their products. Porsche is a prominent example and has announced that it will be adding the Taycan EV sedan to its list of models that buyers can choose from if they go for the Porsche Drive subscription service.   Taycan Emerges As Greenest Member Of Subscription Lineup When Porsche first unleashed the program several years ago, the base idea seemed very tempting, have access to virtually all of the Porsche model lineup …

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2021 Mercedes AMG GLE63 S Review by Matt Barnes

2021 Mercedes AMG GLE63 S The Mercedes AMG GLE63 S lives in a market segment we don’t fully understand. What we do know, is that we love the absurdity of it. Exterior From the outside the GLE63 is a little deceiving. From some angles it appears much smaller than it actually is, but not from the front. The grill is large, but the gigantic outboard bumper openings are what really draw attention. With the massive Mercedes tri star emblem in the center of the grill, there is no question who makes the GLE. There are very bright LED headlights with …

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Bentley Unveils 2021 Continental GT Speed, Creates Wildest Version Yet

The Bentley Continental GT Speed has always been one of the fastest ultra-luxury cars that money can buy. A silky smooth W12 engine and timeless styling have always been enviable trademarks. But how can you make this inviting package even better? Bentley thinks it has the answer with the updated 2021 Continental GT Speed. Buckle in to hear all the latest details on this very special Continental.   Updated Exterior Styling Adds Depth, Bespoke Interior Captivates The GT Speed’s exterior styling retains much of the standard model’s core identity, but Bentley designers added more aggressive touches to make the GT …

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2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL Review by Ben Lewis

Everyone loves a good success story, and you’d certainly be hard pressed to find a better one than Hyundai. Back in 1986 the Korean maker came to the US with the Excel with an extremely durable yet otherwise forgettable Excel sedan. But much like the Japanese carmakers in the late 50’s and early 60’s, Hyundai paid its dues, worked hard, and constantly improved its products to become what it is today – a top brand, with a wide variety of vehicles, three brands (Kia and Genesis also part of the fam), and as we’ve said in many recent reviews, the …

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Last Surviving Allard P4 Comes Up For Auction In The UK, Product of Bizarre Lexus/Allard Collaboration

When it comes to Lexus, the company is usually pretty straightforward in its products, with the current lineup trying to make Lexus into a luxury brand that embraces its performance heritage. But the brand’s history is also marked by an occasional twist into intriguing projects that ultimately failed to gather momentum. One of these involved iconic British brand Allard and the last remaining fruit of this bizarre venture, the Allard P4, is primed to cross the auction block in England.   Allard a Retrospective The story of this unusual prototype requires us to go back in time to 1945 when …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback AWD – The Ultimate Winter Toy

Are you an enthusiast that’s been waiting for Subaru to release the updated WRX? While Subaru has so far been quiet about when it will do that, the folks at Mazda are hoping that you will perhaps embrace their alternative, the 2021 Mazda3 Turbo. This spirited Mazda has always been a favorite here at Car-Revs-Daily, and the company has finally mated the new engine to the 3’s all-wheel-drive system. But is this proverbial match in heaven a true four-season contender capable of bringing the fight to the Subaru? We were eager to find out.   Exterior Styling Still Has The …

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Jeep Wrangler Magneto Headlines Easter Jeep Safari, First Wrangler BEV Establishes Off-Road Chops

When Jeep first teased the Magneto, we had no idea what exactly Jeep had up its sleeve. FCA/Stellantis was always behind the eight ball when it came to developing battery technology, and we weren’t too sure if the Magneto would be a pure electric offering or if it would be some sort of hybrid offering. But as it turns out, Jeep engineers did have a green surprise and revealed that the Magneto will be the first BEV Wrangler ever made.   Electrifying The Trails For the moment, the Magneto exists as a one-off concept creation, but as the name implies, …

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Aston Martin Unveils Vantage F1 Edition, Pays Homage To F1 Safety Car

Aston Martin first dropped a hint that a spicier variant of the Vantage sports coupe was coming a few days ago, and while we initially assumed that it would be a revived version of the AMR model. We will give the company credit for throwing the site’s resident British car expert off the scent trail, with the company taking the wraps off of the all-new Vantage F1 Edition.   Safety Car Looks Hide Subtle Elegance As the name implies, this distinctly not AMR-flavored version of the Vantage is a homage to the original F1 Safety Car. The F1 Edition lifting …

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2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Review by Matt Barnes

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 The GMC Canyon AT4 is an all new trim level for 2021. GMC released the current version of the Canyon in 2014 as a 2015 model year and this 2nd generation is nearing the end of its life. However, before it goes GM has given it a facelift and minor update for the 2021 model year. Exterior For added off-road capability the Canyon AT4 trim adds 31” DuraTrac tires from Goodyear, suspension more oriented for off-road travel, G80 real locking differential, and additional skid plates. In the looks department GM has painted the tow hooks red, …

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Spicier Aston Martin Vantage Teased, Will Debut Virtually March 22nd

It has been a little while since we heard anything from the Aston Martin Vantage. With all the attention currently focused on the DBX SUV, we wouldn’t blame the Vantage for feeling left out. But the folks at Aston have not forgotten about their hot-selling sports coupe and have teased what appears to be a spicier version which is set to make its debut on March 22nd. Swoopier and More Aggressive Aston Martin chose not to reveal too many details, and for now, we only have one lone shadowy teaser image to look at. However, some clues do emerge when …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Toyota Camry XSE Hybrid – Eco Warrior Brings Sportiness To Fuel Saving Mission

When the current generation Toyota Camry first arrived on the scene, the Japanese auto giant promised to bring fun back into the Camry’s bag of tricks. The Camry TRD that we tested a short while back on the west coast proved that the Camry had a wild side to exploit. But what if you’re an enthusiast that wants the sporty looks but without giving up the impressive fuel economy that Toyota’s hybrid lineup is known for? The company has heard your requests and has created the all-new 2021 Camry XSE Hybrid. But is it truly the best of both worlds? …

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Land Rover Launches Defender Above and Beyond Awards, Aims To Recognize Difference Makers

With all the things that the pandemic has brought to the world during the past year, it’s very refreshing to talk about some of the good things that many organizations are doing. Land Rover is going a step beyond the norm and has revealed that it will launch an all-new category of awards to recognize those who are making a difference in their community.   An Act of Good Dubbed the “Defender Above & Beyond Awards,” the company claims that it was partly inspired by how closely their models have been connected to global humanitarian projects, with a Land Rover …

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2021 Mercedes AMG A35 4MATIC Review by Ben Lewis

Any enthusiast worth their salt knows AMG. The performance arm of Mercedes-Benz, it turns out some of the most powerful and desirable cars in the world. And to many, the pantheon of AMG products starts with handcrafted bi-turbo V8 screamers like the AMG C 63 S. A 503-hp rocket, it is an incredible piece of work. The problem is, starting at $76,200 and building from there, it’s breathing rarefied air few can afford. Which leaves many buyers scoping out older or CPO AMG products, just to get a foot (or dip a toe) in to the brand. But AMG also …

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Road Test Review – 2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury – An Aging Veteran In A Digital World

The pace of change can be a tough mistress to keep up with sometimes. Technology has been on a nitrous-powered rocket as far as progress is concerned, with the amount of evolution here being very noticeable over the last few decades. But while some automakers have made the art of luring customers with the next big thing an art form. What if you’re a consumer that prefers to hang on to old technology and prefers to own a tool that’s reliable and proven? Lexus might have the thing you’re looking for with the 2021 Lexus GX 460. But can the …

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Kia Elevates The Sport Sedan Wars With 2022 Stinger, New Tech and Performance Upgrades Enhance Broader Fun Factor

When the Kia Stinger first appeared back in 2017 as an early 2018 release, many scoffed at Kia’s claims that it had built a contender that could go head to head with Germany’s best. But the sleek four-door proved to be a winner for Kia, and it rapidly transformed into one of the most exciting Kia offerings that the brand has ever produced. But we always welcome a good round of updates from time to time, and Kia has delivered the goods for the 2022 Stinger, which enhances many of the things we love about it while adding some new …

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2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Review and Snow Run By Matt Barnes

2021 Colorado ZR2 The dated Colorado receives a few minor updates for 2021. On the exterior, the ZR2 gets a revised facia and better visibility for the driver. The tow hooks up front have been painted red to make them easier to find. For the rear the tailgate now features a stamped “CHEVROLET” instead of the bow tie emblem. Inside the Colorado remains the same as in years past. The two Engine options remain the same for the ZR2. A diesel option with the 2.8-liter Duramax inline 4 that has 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque or the 3.6-liter …

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Kia Debuts All New EV6, First E-GMP Model For Company Shows New Styling Language

Back in 2007, Kia introduced what would ultimately become its signature design, the tiger-nose grille. The new front grille allowed Kia models equipped with it to look more assertive than their frumpy predecessors, and it also played a key role in catapulting Kia to its current levels of success. But after 13 years of loyal service, the Korean car brand is looking towards the future and will be moving on from this iconic design, with the all-new EV6 serving as a glimpse into what this new identity will look like.   Kia’s EV6 Moves Brand Into New Territory As mentioned, …

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Bollinger Motors Debut Class 3 Work Trucks, Will Play Key Role In Company’s Growth

Bollinger Motors is out to shake up the way we think about electrified vehicles. While we have seen both the B1 and B2 in the past, the Oak Park, Michigan-based company is ultimately going to need a breadwinner offering to achieve solid growth and prosperity. To help achieve this goal, Bollinger recently unwrapped two new work trucks, the B2CC chassis cab and the CHASS-E truck platform, which have both been built to cater to commercial truck buyers’ needs.   B2CC and CHASS-E Models Are Ready For Work And The Trail As the names imply, both of these offerings were designed …

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Review by Matt Barnes

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Chevy’s experience with full size SUVs runs deep. In fact, the oldest nameplate in automotive history is the Suburban. That said, the Tahoe Z71, being the Suburban’s slightly shorter sibling, has more pedigree behind it than nearly any other vehicle on the market. How does the latest model stack up to this incredible heritage? Exterior Despite being from the same GM trio, the Tahoe looks significantly different from its Yukon and Escalade siblings. The front end of the Z71 is clearly designed to be more rugged and off-road ready than other Tahoes. Starting from the bottom, …

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Jeep Wagoneer Family Vs Ford Expedition How Does It Measure Up?

The dust is still settling off of Jeep‘s unveiling of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer family. We went into depth on the duo here, but we wanted to dive deep and see how the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer measure up against a key rival, the 2021 Ford Expedition. The big Ford is arguably one of the most popular family haulers in the market today and will undoubtedly be a potent measuring stick for the Wagoneer. Check out how the tale of the tape measures up below.   The War Of Styling Favors Wagoneer When it comes to aesthetics, we think …

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Jeep Unveils 2022 Grand Wagoneer & Wagoneer Models, Luxury Meshes With Proven Performance

It has been a long time coming, but Jeep has finally taken the veil off of the 2022 Grand Wagoneer and Wagoneer models. The duo signifies that the SUV brand is taking a serious approach to the full-size SUV market and is a grand departure from the failed Commander of the early 2000s. But buyers will be interested to know what the revived off-road icon is packing under the hood and some of the exotic luxury features that can be found inside the Grand Wagoneer? We have the answers, and here are some key things to know about Jeep’s rebooted …

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Jeep Teases Wrangler Easter Safari Concepts, Confirms Magneto Nameplate

The annual Easter Jeep Safari is rapidly approaching, and despite the pressures of a pandemic, the off-road gods have found a way to soldier on with this time-honored tradition. It’s also a busy week for Jeep, which has been on a blitz when teasing new models. Yesterday was our latest glimpse at the 2022 Grand Wagoneer, and now the brand confirms that the Magneto nameplate is coming to a Wrangler concept that will be making its debut at the event.   Put Down Your Comic Books This Is Indeed Happening When Jeep first teased this mysterious concept, we initially thought …

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2021 Toyota Rav4 Prime XSE AWD Video Review by Matt Barnes

2021 Rav4 Prime Overview The Rav4 Prime is Toyota’s plug in hybrid version of the Rav4. It has the most horsepower and torque and is the quickest Rav4 we’ve tested. Our test model was a Rav4 Prime XSE AWD. The base price is $41,425, but our tester was nicely equipped with premium audio ($1,650), Weather Package (375), Special Color ($425), Premium Package ($3,765), and a few other minor things totaling $731. Throw in the $1,120 destination charge and the total MSRP of our tester was $49,461. The Rav4 Prime has impressive driving chacteristics and is fun to drive. We enjoyed …

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Latest Jeep Grand Wagoneer Teaser Reveals Chrome Trim, Acres of Leather Appointments

It has been a long and fascinating journey for Jeep and its flagship Grand Wagoneer SUV. We thought we had a chance to see it in 2020, but it turned out the company only unveiled a near-production concept (our bubble of expectation was popped dramatically.) But at long last, the final production version of the Grand Wagoneer is coming, and Jeep will be live streaming it on March 11th. Jeep wants you to mark your calendar and has released a new teaser to satiate your appetite for more info about Jeep’s biggest unveiling yet.   A Very Sharply Dressed SUV This …

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Ford Shows Off 2022 Super Duty, New Technology Highlights Minor Updates

Ford’s Super Duty lineup has been a long-serving lynchpin in the company’s sales machine due to their impressive capability and ability to bring the fight to rivals from Ram and Chevrolet. But some of the current generation Super Duty‘s core essentials haven’t changed too much since 2017 ( the trucks were mildly updated for 2020.) But that’s not stopping the company from continually improving this stout workhorse, and the firm has revealed the latest round of updates for 2022.   Bigger Screen Cement 2022 Super Duty Interior Changes A key change that Ford made for the 2021 Super Duty was …

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2021 Kia K5 GT Review by Ben Lewis

When we recently tested the all-new Kia K5 GT-Line, we came away hugely impressed – a great looking and driving car. We found the 1.6-liter, turbo 4-cylinder to have plenty of punch, but we did think some added juice would make this even more fun. And now we have the Kia K5 GT (not to be confused with the GT-Line) with a 290-horsepower, 2.5-liter, turbo four. Well, that got our attention! But should it get yours? Let’s take a look. Blue Thunder! Like our previous K5, the GT shares the platform with the new Hyundai Sonata (we recently tested the …

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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Debuts New Gravel Mode, Massive Sunroof

When Porsche first debuted the Taycan EV, it promised that more was in store for the moniker and that it would spawn its own lineup of variants. Porsche has delivered the goods and has unveiled the 2021 Taycan Cross Turismo, which brings elegant wagon styling and increased capability to the futuristic EV.   Wagon Shape Enhances Cross Turismo’s Flair The 2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is not the first design-focused wagon entry that we have seen from Europe, but it’s perhaps the most futuristic-looking one that we have seen yet. The front fascia is typical Taycan, but Porsche designers have …

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2021 GMC Yukon Denali Review by Matt Barnes

2021 GMC Yukon Denali GM has always been the leader in full size SUV sales. With the introduction of the Suburban in 1935, they have more experience in the game that any other brand. For 2021 GM completely redesigned their full-size SUV lineup, including the Yukon Denali. Full disclosure: GMC sent us a 2021 GMC Yukon Denali with a full tank of gas for us to review. Exterior The first thing noticed on the exterior of the Denali is the massive mesh grill with bold GMC lettering. It’s bold and aggressive. The LED headlights bracketed with the daytime running lights …

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Porsche Goes Wild With Vividly Colored Taycan 4S, Will Be Auctioned For Charity

Porsche‘s futuristic Taycan EV is arguably one of the firm’s most ambitious offerings. It has sleek looks, an interior filled with technology, and an impressive suite of performance. But its silent exhaust note also makes it one of the stealthiest Porsches in the lineup, which might disappoint those hoping to hear the rowdy soundtrack of a flat-six engine. Porsche has found a rather interesting way to draw some more attention to it by creating an all-new Taycan art car that will be auctioned off for a good cause.   Porsche and Richard Phillips Collaborate Once Again For Taycan Creation The …

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2021 Renegade and Wrangler Islander Models Embrace Summer Vibes

The snow is melting and for many parts of the country, it’s getting a bit warmer. While summer is still a few months away, that didn’t stop Jeep from revealing its newest crop of special edition models the 2021 Renegade and Wrangler Islander models. Like other special edition models, this island-themed duo aims to bring younger buyers to showrooms while also adding some spice to the lineup at the same time.   Renegade Islander Catches Some Rays With Islander Package Before we get into the Wrangler, we might as well start things off with the tiny Renegade crossover which receives …

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Insider: Common Automotive Headaches You Might Face

Let’s be honest here, we all have high expectations when we are learning to drive. We can’t wait to pass our test and get behind the wheel of our dream car and head out onto the open road. But, we often fail to forget that there are some instances with car ownership that can provide us with a right headache, both literally and figuratively.     No one intends to find themselves in a situation where they have to experience something dreadful. Or find you have a hefty bill from your insurance company or local garage. But it is always wise to …

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2021 Durango R/T Tow N Go Video Review by Matt Barnes

2021 Durango R/T Tow N Go Review Dodge is a standout among manufacturers today. Offering gobs of power in a variety of vehicles with a stick it to the man attitude has made Dodge one of the few remaining companies willing to pay out fines for poor fuel economy to give the people what they want. The R/T Tow N Go is the performance oriented Durango for those who can’t justify the insanity of the SRT or Hellcat, but still want to have fun. It also gives the driver the possibility of towing a significant 8,700 pounds. Is the Durango …

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2020 Mazda CX-9

Road Test Review – 2020 Mazda CX-9 Signature – The Ultimate Signature of Luxury?

In a world where many CUVs appear to have been crafted out of soulless toasters and dryers, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 has emerged as a very vibrant exception to the rule. The exterior styling looks like it was lifted from a sports car, and the interior blurs the line between mainstream and luxury. But in a segment where the pool is rapidly becoming a very crowded place, Mazda’s biggest utility offering needs to be sharper than ever. But does it succeed in drawing attention to itself? Or does it miss the mark in other regards?   Sultry Exterior Styling Makes …

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Land Rover Ups The Insanity With All New 2022 Defender V8, Last Hurrah For Eight Cylinder Fun?

When we had the chance to review the revived Land Rover Defender, we liked how it managed to add a new twist to an endearing icon. But while the turbocharged mild-hybrid inline-six is a welcome slice of power, it was quite obvious that the platform was capable of handling much more power. Land Rover engineers have apparently heard our musings and unleashed the 2022 Land Rover Defender V8.   Muscular V8 Transforms The Defender V8 Into a Beast It’s not very often that we highlight the performance hardware first, but in this case, the Defender V8 is all about promoting …

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Ford Brings Wild West Luxury To 2021 Explorer King Ranch, Rear Wheel Drive Comes To 3.0 Liter V6

When Ford first teased an all-new King Ranch model was on the way, the company initially was vague on what model will be adorned with the wild west theme. We initially suspected the Explorer, but the brief teaser video was lacking in detail. As it turns out, we were on the right track with the Blue Oval officially unveiling the 2021 Explorer King Ranch.   Light Exterior Tweaks Define King Ranch Transformation Like other King Ranch models in the fold, the Explorer King Ranch brings several unique touches inside and out. But before we get into the good stuff inside, …

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Shelby F-250 Super Baja Breaks Cover, Brawny Truck Limited To Only 250 Examples

Are you an off-road enthusiast that looks at a Ram TRX or even the recently unveiled Ford Raptor and thinks they are not outrageous enough? If you prefer an extra pinch of insanity to go along with a bigger rig to bust through off-road trails, the folks at Shelby might have the solution to your problem, the Shelby F-250 Super Baja.   Bigger and Brawnier Than Ever As the name implies, the F-250 Super Baja is built on a donor F-250 Super Duty, but it’s far removed from its days as a mere Lariat Ultimate model. Shelby designers have given …

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2020 Kia Cadenza Technology Review by Ben Lewis

With the huge popularity of SUVs/Crossovers/SAVs, we sometimes forget just how good a traditional luxury sedan can be. And one of the nicest – and smartest values – is the Kia Cadenza. Let’s take a look at the Kia we call “The Big Easy”. (Hey, it’s Mardis Gras…) Fresh Face For 2020, Kia’s handsome full-size gets an update to keep things fresh. While the “Tiger Nose” grille shape is still there, the grille has a new deeper waterfall design, the reshaped hood enjoys power creases, while there are also standard LED headlights, redesigned LED daytime running lights and new integrated …

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Kia Reboots The Minivan With 2022 Carnival, Festive Interior Compliments Modern Styling

Kia’s quest to reinvent itself has produced some excellent entries, with the Telluride full-size SUV and the Seltos CUV being the latest nuggets of success for the Korean car brand. But amid all of this newfound success resided one prominent stalwart, the Kia Sedona minivan. Designed to compete with segment leaders like the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and the Toyota Sienna, the Sedona initially promised to wow buyers with equipment and features. But with the surge in SUV and CUV demand, the Sedona has morphed into an afterthought. That’s about to change, though, with the introduction of the 2022 Kia …

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Auto Industry Insider: Top 6 Exotic Car Brands That Rule the Auto Industry

Have you been deliberating on acquiring a new set of wheels this year? Then how would you feel about investing in a luxury car? To some people, a car isn’t just a means of transportation, it’s also an important property that represents their lifestyle and personal brand. Luxury car owners are known to turn heads wherever they go, so if you’re going to cringe at the extra attention, then you might want to reconsider your purchase, and instead go for high-performing Renault cars.  Premium cars often come with sky-high prices, but their extraordinary features and turbo power are not for …

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Ioniq 5

Hyundai Unveils 2022 Ioniq 5 EV, Will Feature Ultra Fast Charging and Futuristic Interior

When Hyundai revealed that it was launching the all-new Ioniq sub-brand, we were very interested in seeing what would help spearhead the launch of this green-focused brand. After months of teasers, the Korean car giant has answered this key question with the unveiling of the production version of the 2022 Ioniq 5 EV. The Ioniq 5 might look like a hatchback initially, but it’s actually an advanced SUV and aims to change the way buyers look at electric cars in a few key ways.   Futuristic Design Sets Ioniq 5 Apart From Rivals One of the Ioniq brand’s core driving …

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2021 Nissan Titan Pro 4x Review and Off-Road By Matt Barnes

2021 Titan Pro 4x We recently had the chance to put the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro 4x through its paces. The Titan XD’s little brother is an excellent truck, and can be a great value when purchasing at a discount! Our test model’s MSRP was $61,345 including all options and the destination charges. Review Overall the Titan is an excellent truck with great on road manners. The VK56 5.6-liter V8 has the power get up to speed and tow up to 9,310 pounds. The new for 2020 9-speed automatic has smooth yet crisp shifts. It seems to be in the …

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Ford Teases 2021 Explorer King Ranch, Set To Debut Feb 24th

Ford’s lineup of King Ranch models has become very potent sellers for the Blue Oval. There’s no denying that it’s a trendy upgrade for buyers from the massive Expedition to the mighty F-Series pickups. But what if you want the King Ranch experience in a smaller package? Ford might have the answer with the 2021 Explorer King Ranch.   Eddie Who? Something big is coming to the ranch. 🗓 February 24. pic.twitter.com/bhYuAxyPBP — Ford Motor Company (@Ford) February 22, 2021 Ford’s brief teaser video didn’t reveal too much with only a fleeting glimpse of the exterior as the Explorer thundered …

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Cherokee Nation Asks Jeep To Stop Using Cherokee Nameplate, Could It Lead To A Name Change?

The Cherokee nameplate has been a long-running moniker in the history of Jeep. While the Grand Cherokee and its smaller Cherokee brand mate are currently marketed under that name, it has been around since 1974, with the original SJ-based model. The problem, however, is that no one asked the Cherokee Indian tribe for their blessing, and the tribe is now asking Jeep to formally not use the name anymore, according to a report.   Changing Times Helped Create A Shift In Opinion The report published by the folks at Car & Driver was penned by Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr, who …

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Lexus Ups The Firepower With 2022 IS 500, 472 HP V8 Brings Fight To Rivals

The current generation Lexus IS certainly has plenty going for it. A major revamp of its exterior styling helped the sedan bring some much-needed freshness into its flanks, while a set of interior tweaks improved its technology game. But perhaps the one thing that has been missing is a true range-topping engine. The naturally aspirated V6 was the default choice, but its age is getting harder to hide, and it couldn’t hold the mustard against a world where turbocharging is increasingly becoming the new normal. The Japanese luxury brand is out to change that and has unveiled the 2022 Lexus …

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2020 Ford Ranger Lariat Drive Review By Matt Barnes

2020 Ford Ranger Lariat Ford brought the Ranger back to the U.S. as a 2019 model year. However, it has been living its life globally since 2015. While that is still much newer that the 2021 Nissan Frontier that’s been around since 2005, its not exactly the all new platform it appears to be. On-Road One of the first things noticed when driving the Ranger is that the rear suspension is stiff. The payload capacity of the Ranger is in line with many half-ton trucks. Consequently, this makes the little Ranger feel harsh over bumps when unladen, but also provides …

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Morgan Teases Plus 8 GTR, Race Inspired Plus 8 Will Go To Nine Lucky Owners

With all the new models that are making their debut for the 2021/2022 model years, it’s not very often that we have the automotive equivalent of recycling when it comes to a new model. But the folks at Morgan have managed to do just that, with the firm revealing that it will be building a limited run of Plus 8 GTRs using old components to create something truly unique.   How The Past Played A Role In The GTR’s Creation As mentioned, Morgan chose to go in a very different direction this time, with the Plus 8 GTR not being …

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Volta Trucks Selects Proterra To Supply Batteries For Volta Zero

With the spotlight shining brightly on EVs in the traditional car and truck market, it can be easy to forget that the technology is also making waves in the commercial sector, with several startup companies aiming to make their mark in this hotly contested slice of the electric vehicle market. One of those companies is Volta Trucks. Volta is a relatively new firm but is out to make a mark in the commercial sector. The company recently announced a big milestone with the firm securing battery supplier Proterra for its Volta Zero EV truck. Proterra Provides The Juice For Volta …

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2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited by Ben Lewis

We recently tested the new 2020 Hyundai Sonata and came away very impressed with its style, luxury, and neat gizmos like the self-parking feature. Would you use it much? Probably not, but it sure impresses your friends when you do. More than just another gizmo, Hyundai also has a very interesting Sonata Hybrid, loaded with even more tech and neat stuff, plus it offers up to 52 combined mpg! Test drive? Count us in. Unique and Elegant We loved the looks of our ’20 tester so we’re glad they didn’t do much to our ’21 Hybrid. The cross-hole grille has …

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McLaren Artura Electrifies The Supercar Ranks, Features 671 Horsepower V6 and New Hybrid Tech

When McLaren first got its feet wet in hybrid technology back in 2012, it did so with the P1 hypercar. While it was designed to be a limited production offering from the beginning, the P1 did help provide the British supercar maker with the insight and knowledge needed to refine its new for the period hybrid technology. Fast forward to 2021, and the company is now ready to unveil the next evolution of its hybrid lineup with the all-new 2022 Artura supercar. The Artura aims to push Mclaren into new territory in the hybrid supercar segment, and here are 4 …

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Mitsubishi Reinvents The Wheel With 2022 Outlander, New Styling and Technology Reinvent Languishing Nameplate

Regarding major facelifts, few are as big of a deal as the one that the Mitsubishi Outlander has received for 2022. The Outlander’s last revamp was back in 2014, and it has slipped behind rivals ever since. While our previous exposures to the Outlander did allow us to soak in its impressive fuel economy numbers, it also showed just how behind the times it was, especially regarding interior quality and technology. The 2022 model aims to change that, and here are our four favorite things about this revamped Mitsu.   Concept Car Styling In A Utility Driven World The exterior …

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2022 GT3

Porsche Unveils 2022 911 GT3, More Power And New Suspension Highlight Key Changes

It has been a long time since the world was treated to a new iteration of the legendary Porsche 911 GT3. But after countless spy photos and a brief teaser campaign by Porsche, the German sports car maker has pulled the cover off the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3, and we think that Porsche fans will be very excited with the changes on hand. Here are 4 things you should know about Porsche’s newest thrill ride.   Huge Wing Highlights GT3 Exterior Changes A wild exterior canvas has always been a key hallmark of any 911 GT3 offering, and this latest …

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DIY Porsche 997 Supercup at Atlanta Motorsports Park is Track Boxer Knockout  4

Auto Industry Insider: Practical Ways To Learn How To Repair Your Car

Learning to repair your car comes with many unique advantages. For some people, it’s all about the cost savings and being able to save on repairs and maintenance. For others, it’s all about taking better care of your vehicle to make it run better. Some just love their cars and want to take great care of them, while others just want to take advantage of the benefits of mechanical knowledge. Whatever your reasons are, learning to repair your car is never a bad idea. So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at a couple of practical ways for …

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Chevrolet Adds Magic To Bolt Lineup for 2022, Unveils All New Bolt EUV and Updated Bolt EV

It’s no secret that General Motors is committed to an all-electric future. The company fired the first big salvo when the Hummer EV made its virtual debut. The Hummer was just the beginning of GM’s Ultium battery-powered endeavor, with the Cadillac Lyriq and Celestiq also teased. However, the company knows that it needs to have offerings at the lower end of the pricing bracket to bring in more customers. That’s where the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and the redesigned Bolt EV models come into play. No Ultium Here But Still Plenty To See Before we go any further, we might …

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2021 Mazda 3 Turbo Premium Plus by Ben Lewis

We were big fans when Mazda introduced the all-new 2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback. Shortly thereafter the CX-30, basically a tall version of the 3 hatch came along as well. And they all shared the same DNA, bringing a new, more luxurious and upscale experience to the 3 line, while still keeping the Mazda love of the drive. And the Zoom-Zoom company has shown they’re not going to rest on their laurels – bringing their 2.5-liter, turbocharged engine into the 3. So, is the 250 horsepower turbo sedan the stuff enthusiast dreams are made of? Let’s find out! A …

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2020 Atlas Cross Sport

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Review by Matt Barnes

2020 Atlas Cross Sport Adding the Atlas Cross Sport to VW’s lineup brings a new dimension to the Atlas. While the Cross Sport is heavily based off the three-row Atlas, it does have some Urus design cues. Volkswagen sent us a near top of the line Atlas Cross Sport V6 SEL Premium for a week to review. Exterior Crossover coupes have been on the market for a few years now. Americans wanting the space of a crossover with the driving dynamics of a sports car have this new class of vehicle. BMW started this trend with the X6 and now …

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Stellantis Files Trademark For Magneto Moniker, Could It Be Name For Wrangler BEV?

We’ll admit Jeep and Stellantis did a good job catching our attention when they revealed that a Wrangler EV concept would be making its debut soon. But we were left with more questions than answers since Jeep chose only to release two shadowy images and a brief teaser video of the Wrangler EV buried in the brand’s “The Road Ahead” website. But a newly discovered patent filing suggests that we could at least get a hint into what the concept will be called with the Magneto name making its appearance.   Magneto Makes Us Run For Our X-Men Comics When …

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E-Tron GT

Audi Unveils Its Own Take On EV Performance With 2022 E-Tron GT, RS Version Spices Things Up

When the Porsche Taycan was first unveiled, it signaled a radical shift in Porsche’s plans and unlocked a new frontier of performance. for the broader Volkswagen empire. The Taycan may have had the spotlight briefly to itself, but all that ends with the unveiling of its cousin, the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT, which brings some of its magic into a unique and slightly less expensive package.    Most Exciting Zero Emissions Audi Yet While the E-Tron GT may not be Audi’s first time taking a dip in the zero-emissions swimming pool, it’s perhaps the most exciting dive that Audi has …

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Road Test Review – 2020 Hyundai Kona EV – Can Old Man Winter Damper This Electrified CUV?

The change of the seasons can be a make or break time for certain automobiles. In the case of EVs, this dilemma plays out when it comes to battery capacity, with the extreme heat of summer and winter’s icy cold grip having their respective effects on battery charge and driving range. When we last met the Hyundai Kona EV in Michigan, it was during the fall of 2018, with the state experiencing summer-like weather. Hyundai also limited our brief exposure to the area near its Hyundai America Technical Center (HATCI), which kept us from exploring the EVs day to day …

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AVA Stingray

Studio AVA Brings Back C2 Corvette, Old-School V8 Swapped For Modern EV Performance In AVA Stingray

The C2 Corvette was a revelation when it first appeared in the early 1960s. It not only introduced the Stingray moniker to buyers, but it arrived with a radical redesign that drew inspiration from the Stingray racing program as well as the original Q-Corvette concept. When it thundered its way to showrooms, the C2 offered buyers a wide range of small and big block V8s that established it as a key 60s icon. But while the last C2 was made in 1967, this particular chapter in Vette history is preparing to make its return after 54 years with the unveiling …

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Airspeeder

Airspeeder Mk3 Breaks New Ground, World’s First Unmanned Flying Electric Race Car

The world of racing is constantly changing, with many different sports forms emerging over the years. But if you watched an episode of The Jetsons or even remembered the pod-racing scene from Star Wars Episode One, your fantasies may have taken one big step closer towards being a reality with a unique unveiling from Airspeeder, the world’s first flying race car.   Drone XL The vehicle in question is formally called the Airspeeder Mk3, and when you look at it in person, it’s an exciting hybrid of ideas. Looking like a cross between an enlarged drone and perhaps something you …

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Suzuki Details Key Updates For 2022 Hayabusa, More Power and Technology Redefine Icon [Video]

Suzuki promised that big changes were coming to the iconic Hayabusa for the 2022 model year. But we were left in the dark on just how far the changes went towards making the 2022 Hayabusa a better motorcycle? Suzuki has shed some new light on the subject, and we think buyers will be very pleased with the changes. Slicker Styling Improves Aerodynamics, Diet Cuts Weight A key change that many buyers will notice is the exterior styling of the 2022 Hayabusa. Suzuki wanted to try and make the Hayabusa even more aerodynamically efficient than ever before. The trimmed-down appearance is …

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder Pitches The CVT, Gains New Interior Technology and Revamped Exterior Styling

The Nissan Pathfinder has always been a reliable soldier for Nissan when it came to competing in the mid-size utility segment. The Pathfinder is one of Nissan’s strongest sellers. Still, it was also one of the oldest models in its arsenal, with the Pathfinder only bested in that dubious distinction by the outgoing Nissan Frontier pickup. Nissan is keen to keep the Pathfinder viable and has unveiled the updated 2022 Pathfinder to the digital masses.   What’s Wrong With Being Confident? Much like the hit song by music artist Demi Lovato, Nissan aimed to make the Pathfinder look much more …

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2022 Frontier Buries The Past, Helps Nissan Race To The Future With New Technology

The current generation Nissan Frontier is a textbook case of how to stay stagnant in a rapidly developing world. First making its appearance back when George W. Bush was president, the rugged Frontier was supposed to be a value-focused mid-size pickup offering that could bring buyers capability and utility. That formula worked for a time, until the competition caught up, and then subsequently lapped it over the years. Nissan has had enough of being the butt of jokes in the mid-size pickup segment and has unveiled its long-awaited (and quite frankly overdue) replacement, the 2022 Nissan Frontier, after a brief …

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2021 BMW X5 X Drive 45e by Ben Lewis

Amazing how quickly time and technology change things. It used to be an EV was a golf cart, and a hybrid was one of the agrarian looking Toyota Prius models. The good thing is, there are a lot of talented engineers that work for the automakers, and the vehicles we get today are exciting and fun – no matter what may be under the hood. And a perfect example of today’s performance hybrid is the 2021 BMW X5 with the all-new 45e plug-in hybrid system. If you were expecting something for the Birkenstock and Bean Sprout crowd, the X5 will …

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Ford Confirms Raptor R for 2022, What You Should Know About Ford’s TRX Fighter

The dust is still settling on the launch of the 2021 Ford Raptor but while Ford‘s newest off-road bruiser brings plenty of technology and performance right out the gate, a much more potent predator is lurking in the waters and will make its debut in 2022. Here’s a few things that should excite you about the 2022 Ford Raptor R Wilder Styling Will Make Raptor R Stand Out The standard Ford Raptor already brings plenty of styling mojo right out of the box, but look for all that to be ratcheted up for the Raptor R. With the new Raptor …

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Ford Hits The Dunes With The 2021 F-150 Raptor, Hotter Raptor R Coming Next Year

When Ford first unleashed the F-150 Raptor back in 2009 it wanted to create a distinct mold that could separate it from other off-road trucks. While the Raptor was capable of going through rough trails, the company also wanted to create an offering that could allow owners to have fun especially when going high speed down sandy terrain and even catching hang time occasionally when going over a big jump. This formula has proven to be very successful for Ford, with the Raptor getting a sizable cult following over the years. But with the Ram TRX waving its battle flag …

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2021 Ford Raptor Teases The World One Final Time Before Debut, Throws Up Clouds Of Anticipation [Video]

The 2021 Ford Raptor is getting its final rehearsals in before its debut, but that hasn’t stopped the highly anticipated truck from teasing us and the world one last time, with the revamped Raptor getting the chance to play in the sand before it enters the morning limelight tomorrow.   Kicking Up Sand And Raising Our Hopes Like before, the Raptor jams out to Metallica’s Enter Sandman but this time instead of standing still, the Raptor dances through the sand like an elegant albeit very powerful ballerina with the setting sun serving as the perfect camouflage to hide its exterior styling. …

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Blackwing

Cadillac Spreads Its Wings With 2022 Blackwing Sedans, Goes On Sale This Summer

Were you one of the Cadillac faithful that threw their hands up in the air in disgust when Cadillac unveiled the CT4 and CT5 V-Series models in 2019? If so you weren’t alone with those models lacking some of the vigor that once defined their ancestors. Cadillac revealed that it was planning on making a new performance ladder for the CT4 and CT5 and that a hotter dish of performance was coming. After countless teasers as well as a few glimpses at select race events, Cadillac has finally unveiled the 2022 Cadillac CT5 and CT4-V Series Blackwing models and they …

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Ford Bronco To Compete In King of The Hammers, Aims To Solidify Go Anywhere Reputation

The Ford Bronco is already one of the most hyped vehicles of 2021 and we had a chance to see it embrace its racing pedigree with the Bronco recently taking part in the 2020 running of the Baja 1000 race. But Ford is always up for a challenge and has its eyes set on an even bigger prize, winning the 2021 King of The Hammers off-road race.   Ultra4 Bronco Aims To Slay The Trails The Dearborn auto giant is hoping to cement its place in history by entering three Bronco based entries which will compete in the Ultra4 4400 …

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Steinmetz 1

Cadillac Steinmetz Catera Concept Was A Glimpse Into Modern Cadillac Performance Models

Cadillac is on the cusp of debuting the most potent track ready models it has ever offered the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings. While the duo represent just how far the brand has come in the world of luxury performance sedans, it also makes one look back at the V-Series range and in particular some of the early ancestors that helped play a role in the creation of this special performance focused sub-brand and what they brought to the table. One of these concepts was the Steinmetz Catera concept which previewed what would happen if a healthy dose of …

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Road Test Review – 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE (Sedan) – The World’s Most Underrated Performance Sedan?

In a world filled with fun entries like the Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and even the Volkswagen Jetta we will understand if the Toyota Corolla appears to not have the chops to enter this esteemed pedigree of compact cars at first glance. The Corolla was an avid follower of the Maytag school of driving. It looked like a dryer, drove like an uninspired pack of socks, and rode through the motions like the novel Irene Iddesleigh. But times are changing at Toyota with the Japanese auto giant embracing newfound levels of fun and style. The Supra might have helped spearhead …

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2022 Blackwing lineup

Cadillac Takes The Wraps Off 2022 CT4 and CT5-V Blackwing Models, 3 Things You Should Know

Cadillac certainly ramped up our expectations when the luxury car brand revealed that it would be teasing the 2022 CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings at the Rolex 24 event in Daytona. With the past few teasers only offering heavily veiled glimpses of the two we weren’t expecting anything too wild. But Cadillac gave us a very unexpected surprise with this latest teaser offering our first fully unveiled look at the duo before they make their official debut in February. Here’s three things to know about Cadillac’s newest performance superstars   Familiar Styling Defines Blackwing Experience For buyers hoping that the Blackwing …

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Nissan Teases 2022 Pathfinder In New Video, Appears To Confirm V6 Powertrain

It has been a long time since we heard anything new about the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. The current generation Pathfinder has been a key offering for Nissan over the past few years but it’s also due for a more comprehensive update. Nissan has ended its radio silence and released an all new teaser video ahead of the Pathfinder’s debut in February.   Is That a V6 We Hear Under The Hood? Nissan’s video was quite brief but there is still a number of details that can be gleaned from this brief piece of footage. For instance, you can hear what …

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Latest 2021 F-150 Raptor Teaser Shows Front Fascia, Confirms February Debut

It’s no secret that the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor was going to make its appearance on February 3rd, but other than a vague teaser image we didn’t get a chance to see much of the new Raptor itself. That’s changed with a brief teaser video showing the front fascia of the new Raptor without any form of camouflage whatsoever which serves as our first look at Ford’s TRX fighter.   Smoother Styling Highlights Raptor Changes The current generation Raptor is arguably the most distinct model in the F-150 range but its brutish looks don’t necessarily translate into something that is …

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2021 BMW 430i Coupe by Ben Lewis

Have you ever been all ready to dislike something, and then get won over? Well, we were kind of in that boat with the all-new BMW 4-series coupe. We had seen pictures, heard the grumbling, and based on just that, were ready to give it the cold shoulder. Except, pictures and grumbling are not a good way to evaluate a car – it needs to be driven. And drive the all-new Bimmer, and you’ll find it easy to love. Prominent Proboscis Okay let’s take care of the 800 lb. Gorilla in the room. The 4-series nose. The familiar BMW kidney …

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Road Test Review – 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 T SEL – Saying Goodbye Is Never Easy

The Volkswagen Passat has been in a very interesting plain of existence over the past few years. Once seen as a step up from the smaller Jetta sedan, the Passat has slowly been left in the background as SUVs and alternative fueled vehicles become more important for Volkswagen’s bottom line. That prompted Volkswagen to reveal that the Passat will be axed in 2023. With the future of the Passat looking bleak, we wanted to get behind the wheel one last time to not only say goodbye, but to also find out if the 2020 Passat still has the chops to …

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2022 Tucson N Line

Hyundai Brings N Line Package To 2022 Tucson N Line, Sporty Style Blends With Practicality

Sportiness and SUVs can be two words that many people will not necessarily see co-existing together. But as the utility world continues to rapidly evolve and morph into a vital artery of sales for automakers, we have noticed a trend towards adding some spice to their utility offerings especially to draw in male buyers that might otherwise stay away from them. Hyundai is determined to get its N Line package on solid footing, and has unveiled the second iteration of the package on the 2022 Tucson N Line.   Tucson N Line Puts On Quite A Show Like other N-Line …

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2020 K900

Kia K900 and Cadenza Sedans Dead In 2021, Shift To SUVs Claims Its Latest Victims

The sedan market is in a noticeable state of decline. A segment that once dominated the 1990s and the early 2000s is being rapidly consumed by a resurgence in demand for SUVs, CUVs, and pickups. A number of models (some of them iconic mainstays) have been axed to make room for more utilities, and it appears that is exactly why the slow selling Kia K900 and Cadenza will be making their final curtain call for 2021. K900 and Cadenza Were In An Awkward Place First reported by Car & Driver and later confirmed officially by Kia themselves, the Cadenza and …

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Xterra

Nissan Dealers Beg Company To Bring Back Xterra SUV, Cite Rapidly Increasing Demand In Off-Road Segment

It’s no secret that the off-road vehicle market has seen a massive surge in interest and popularity among buyers over the past few years. The Ram TRX, Ford Raptor, and even venerable icons like the Jeep Wrangler and its pickup cousin the Gladiator are encouraging more buyers to explore nature and the beaten paths that lead to them. One notable brand that has been absent from the party so far is Nissan but many dealers are demanding the return of the iconic Xterra nameplate to help them cash in on some of the fruits of this sales surge   An …

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Auto Industry Insider – 6 Essential Safety Tips For Safe Highway Driving

Highway safety is a common concern shared by drivers globally. Road carnage is an ever-present threat to drivers, potentially resulting in death, injury, etc. Research by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that in 2019, 36,096 people died in motor vehicle accidents. Driving on the highway requires drivers to observe the highest safety protocols, as the slightest distractions can prove fatal. So, do you want to know more about being safe on the highway? Please take a look at these points.   Manage road rage Road rage is another major threat to drivers’ safety on the highway, responsible …

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Buick Officially Launches 2021 Buick Envision, Will Launch Ad Campaign This Spring

The 2021 Buick Envision first made its appearance back in 2020 and while the brand was willing to share some information about the model, we were still left in the dark on some of the more detailed aspects that made this iteration of Envision stand out from its predecessors. Buick has ended this drought of information and has officially launched the 2021 Envision with the model trickling its way into dealer showrooms now. Revamped Styling Pumps Vigor Into Envision When the Buick Envision first appeared it was often described as a model that looked handsome but lacked the visual spark …

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2022 Buick Enclave

Buick Provides First Glimpse Of 2022 Enclave, Promises To Bring More Of Everything To Buyers

The Buick Enclave has been a key player in Buick’s ongoing quest towards reinventing itself as an all SUV and CUV brand. But while its large size and luxury focused features are still potent selling points for the model, it’s no secret that the current generation is due for an update. Buick has delivered with a preview of the 2022 Buick Enclave which brings new styling and Envision infused elegance into its repertoire.   New Styling Promises To Be Much More Dynamic When we last reviewed the Buick Enclave, we commented on how it needed to upgrade its exterior styling …

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2020 Titan XD Platinum Reserve Drive and Off-Road Review by Matt Barnes

2020 Titan XD Platinum Reserve Nissan updated the Titan XD for 2020 with a bit of a refresh. Horsepower is up just a little when using premium fuel and gone is the 5.0 Cummins V8 diesel. Nissan only offers the Titan XD in one configuration, the Crew Cab with a 6.5-foot bed. This was the biggest seller in previous years and should help Nissan cut costs while still providing consumers with what they want the most. Exterior Outside the Titan XD has been given a new front design that’s a bolder and more aggressive. Every trim level has a unique …

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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Teases Rear Styling In New Video, Confirms Reveal Date [Video]

When we last saw the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, it was its steering wheel which confirmed that the electrified CUV would be the first Chevy to bring Super Cruise technology to the brand. We have been waiting for more information to emerge since, and Chevrolet has delivered the goods (kinda) with an all new teaser video that shows the rear end and also confirms the final reveal date. Disney Magic To Underline Bolt EUV’s Debut When the Bolt EUV makes its debut on February 14th it will do so with the help of Mickey Donald, Goofy, and the rest of …

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Hennessey Pumps Up Ram TRX With All New Mammoth Custom Truck, Brings 1,000 Horsepower To The Fray

The Ram TRX shocked the system when it made its debut last year. Designed to bring the Ford Raptor to its knees, the truck boasts a 702 horsepower version of the familiar 6.2 liter supercharged Hellcat V8 and enough off-road upgrades to make it an absolute beast out on the trails. But what if you took a TRX, added more power, and added enhanced levels of off-road capability? If your the folks at Hennessey you get the all new Mammoth TRX which transforms the truck into a four wheeled kaiju of destruction Ram TRX Goes To The Ice Age For …

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