reviews

  • 2021 Acura TLX Long-Term Update | A surprise upgrade

    Say hello to our not-so-long-term TLX Type S, which is subbing in for the A-Spec while the latter undergoes a little exploratory surgery to diagnose what appears to be an escalating electrical issue. What first manifested as odd transmission behavior and the occasional infotainment reboot escalated to the vehicular equivalent of a grand mal seizure on a rainy Michigan day, resulting in a flat-bed ride to the dealership and fast-tracking our plans to get the TLX in for a diagnosis. While the extra power is certainly welcome, it comes at a cost – 200 pounds, give or take.

  • 2021 Honda Ridgeline Driveway Test | Is the HPD Package worth it?

    Support vehicles aren't supposed to get your attention, but that's exactly what a 2021 Honda Ridgeline did when I joined Honda for a local drive of the 2022 Civic Sedan. Painted in a bright white, accented by striking bronze wheels and tattooed with cool graphics, the Ridgeline made a lasting impression for more reasons than just serving up icy beverages from its under-bed cooler. What exactly is the HPD Package?

  • 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate vs. 2022 Ram 1500 Limited Longhorn vs. Ford F-150 Limited | Luxury truck interior face-off

    GMC's new uber-expensive 2022 Sierra Denali Ultimate is the latest luxury truck to nudge toward six-figure territory. With demand for upmarket half-tons surging, GMC's otherwise-solid pickup found itself in desperate need of an interior remodel. For 2022, we're getting just that, and it appears ready to take the fight to the segment's best, including the 2022 Ram 1500 Limited and 2022 Ford F-150 Limited.

  • 2022 Genesis GV70 Luggage Test | How much cargo space?

    The 2022 Genesis GV70 has 28.9 cubic-feet of cargo space behind its raised back seat. On paper at least, that makes it one of the most voluminous compact luxury SUVs, falling just short of the segment big boy, the Acura RDX (29.5 cubic-feet when you don't count its under-floor storage and 31.1 when you do). Here is the cargo area.

  • 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Interior Review | What $12,190 worth of options gets you

    It can be easy to be dismissive of Porsche interiors. When this 2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid slunk into my driveway, I expected either a fairly spartan interior, or one optioned to high-holy-hell with an equally lofty sticker price. The final sticker price on my tester was $101,650.

  • 2022 Ford Bronco Review | Go-anywhere unobtanium

    Before you get too excited about the 2022 Ford Bronco and read too deeply into this review, just know that popping over to the nearest Ford dealer and expecting to just buy a new Bronco off the lot is basically impossible. Now, you should be able to place an order for some point in future (hopefully not too distant), so it'll still be good to know that the new Bronco is every bit as enjoyable as it seems in pictures and on paper. It enjoys tangible advantages when driving on road over its chief rival, the Jeep Wrangler, while being just as capable of traveling far into the woods, over rocks and through the mud.

  • 2022 Audi A3 and S3 First Drive | Tiny sedan, big fun

    If there’s a car that best embodies a scrappy, tenacious, little puppy, it’d be the new 2022 Audi A3 and S3. It’s high time Audi treated us to a new A3/S3 pair, too, as the outgoing cars have been fully swallowed up by a new field of tiny luxury sedans that are also both great to look at and great to drive. Audi largely kept the same, basic formula as we’ve seen for the past seven years.

  • 2022 Toyota Highlander Review | It takes the Bronze (Edition)

    With its smaller-than-average size, the V6-powered 2022 Toyota Highlander is a bit of niche choice among three-row SUVs. The 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is a totally different story, however, for one extremely good reason: it gets 35 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. When you consider that the only other hybrid three-row SUV is the even-smaller Kia Sorento, the Highlander's size deficiency all of a sudden is less of an issue.

  • 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor First Drive Review | Borrowing some of Bronco's party tricks

    The 2021 F-150 Tremor is Ford’s latest addition to its mid-tier off-roading family. Joining the Super Duty and Ranger models of the same name, the new half-ton slots in between the FX4 off-road package and its full-blown Raptor model(s), giving potential buyers access to increased capability without having to cough up the sort of money its halo trucks go for. When Ford first announced the half-ton variant of the Tremor, we equated it to a Junior-Varsity Raptor.

  • Yakima Exo Review | Hitch-based cargo system is a game changer

    Using a roof carrier is still the easiest way to enhance your car's cargo capacity, and I did just that back in May when reviewing the Yakima Grand Tour 18 on my BMW X5. Enter the Yakima Exo system, the Oregon-based company's new customizable cargo solution that plugs into a standard 2-inch trailer hitch. It's akin to a roof rack's crossbars as you need it for everything else to work.

  • 2021 Audi Q5 and SQ5 Sportback First Drive Review | Business up front, sporty in the back

    People seem to like their SUVs to have a rounded-off tail, and Audi has taken notice, introducing the “Sportback” versions of its Q5. The 2021 Audi Q5 and SQ5 Sportback offer a sportier roofline at the expense of some utility. The standard Q5 has one of the smallest cargo areas in the compact luxury SUV segment, ranging from 25.9 to 54 cubic feet depending on whether or not you fold the rear seats.

  • 2022 Toyota 4Runner Review | What's new, price, pictures, TRD Pro specs

    First the Earth cooled and shortly thereafter Toyota introduced the current generation of the 4Runner. Now, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner does benefit from key updates done in recent years, especially to its infotainment and safety tech, and various new trim levels were introduced to keep things fresh. For 2022, there's the new TRD Sport, which might as well be dubbed TRD On-Road with its big 20-inch wheels and adaptive suspension borrowed from the Limited.

  • Ford Bronco 4-Door vs Jeep Wrangler Luggage Test | How much cargo space?

    The Ford Bronco 4-Door has 35.6 cubic-feet of cargo space behind its raised back seat when equipped with the hardtop. Now, how does the Bronco 4-Door's cargo capacity compare to its primary competitors? Well, as luck would have it, I've luggage tested all those.

  • Best 3rd Row SUVs of 2021 and 2022

    If you plan on using a vehicle's third row a lot, let us at least make the suggestion that a minivan would be a smarter bet than anything you're going to see on this list of best three-row SUVs. The best do a particularly good job of being family friendly without looking like a drab transportation appliance, although really, you can't go wrong with any of the mainstream three-row SUVs. Note that we define crossovers as SUVs since most buyers use the terms interchangeably, but acknowledge that "crossover" is literally a vehicle with a car-like unibody structure as opposed to the truck-like, body-on-frame construction that traditionally has defined "SUV."

  • 2022 Honda CR-V Review | What's new, price, colors, pictures

    Well, it's probably best to consider the 2022 Honda CR-V as the best place to start the search since it basically checks off all the objective, practical, sensible-shoes criteria. You get three USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a variety of other smartphone integration apps and a six-speaker sound system.

  • 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback First Drive | A bridge to R

    The 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is what happens when the straight-A honors student gets tutored by an Ivy League professor. You see, even in the previous generation’s curtain call, the Civic Hatchback was a smart buy. Honda, knowing how well it dominates this small hatchback market, didn't futz with a formula that’s been working beautifully for the past half decade.

  • 2022 Toyota Tundra First Drive Review | Big changes, same formula

    Despite the fact that is a 100% new clean-sheet design, the 2022 Toyota Tundra does not boast a class-leading tow rating, falling thousands of pounds below domestic rivals like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado. Despite the fact that the vast majority of owners will never test any of these 1500-series trucks to their absolute limits, full-size truck buyers have come to expect that a new bar will be set every time a truck is redesigned. Toyota says it isn’t interested in playing that ever-escalating game, and the spec sheet of the Tundra seemingly backs that up.

  • Best new cars for under $20,000

    Well, there are actually only nine cars in that price bracket. It's a compact sedan, which means it's significantly more spacious than the usual subcompact cars available in this price bracket. It comes standard with a six-speed manual, but you can get a CVT for an extra $900, and it still fits the budget at $19,785.

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E GT First Drive Review | Packing that electric punch

    The Ford Mustang Mach-E as we have known it has lacked "the punch." Now, if it significantly outperforms its EPA range as other Mach-Es have in real-world testing, while Tesla slightly underperforms as it has, the effective difference between that same 315-mile Model 3 Performance won't be that great.

  • 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS First Drive Review | The electric Benz is worth the wait

    Every electric car is quiet. The new 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS, however, is quiet. This is largely the result of improved seals, acoustic foams and glass, and other noise-quelling methods Mercedes has perfected over the course of decades.

  • 2022 Jeep Wrangler Review | What's new, prices, size, mpg

    Ride comfort, handling, interior noise, safety ratings, fuel economy, cabin security … we could go on, but just know that there are reasons to consider a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner instead. The exterior paint bleeds through onto the pillars and other parts of the interior.

  • Moving in our long-term 2021 Hyundai Palisade | The box is a winner

    Of course, most folks think of box trucks, vans or full-size pickups and trailers when the subject of moving comes around. It became clear right away that moving in a Palisade is a haul you chip away at bit by bit, just not in one fell swoop. Instead of bags and suitcases, I loaded the Palisade up with items like a bed, mattress, dressers, an entertainment center and lots of boxes of personal belongings.

  • 2022 Ford Maverick First Drive Review | Little truck is a big deal

    We’ve been looking forward to driving the 2022 Ford Maverick for a long time now. Back when the compact pickup truck was first revealed, we at Autoblog stated how we each thought we’d configure ours, were we to buy one.

  • 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 Prototype Drive Review | Let the supertruck wars begin

    Hummer is high on the list of vehicles we never thought would return. Weeks from now, Hummers will start rolling off the line at GM’s rechristened EV site, dubbed Factory Zero, in the Motor City. While the Hummer SUV will undoubtedly prove its worth, GM is leading with the pickup, ambitiously calling it a supertruck and eagerly touting its metrics and mojo-generating features, like CrabWalk, against the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, Tesla Cybertruck, as well as gas-powered off-roaders like the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX, plus various Jeep and Land Rover SUVs.

  • 2022 Mazda MX-30 First Drive Review | The right electric car for someone

    The alternative is the handful of more economical options with just enough range for most situations, including the Mini Cooper SE, Hyundai Ioniq and 40-kWh Nissan Leaf, and now, the 2022 Mazda MX-30. It's the most pleasant car in this entry-level EV game thanks to its superior driving experience, interior quality, features and design, but the fact remains that its price is high for a small SUV and its limited 100-mile range will restrict it to a narrow niche of potential buyers. The MX-30 is based on the same platform as the Mazda3 and CX-30.

  • 2022 Mini JCW Convertible Road Test | A champion of fun

    The JCW Convertible sure knows how to spread a smile across your face. Nobody expects this tiny car to make such angry sounds, but no matter what mode or setting you’re in, the JCW makes it known that the drive is about to be an experience. Mini gave the JCW a totally new front with updated LED headlights and a much larger grille with squared-off openings for greater engine cooling capacity.