2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Drive Review

Forty-five percent of Toyota Avalon sales are the Avalon Hybrid. For 2021 a new Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack replaces the previous Nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery. 

The Avalon delivers a well balanced and comfortable ride. It’s well suited for jaunts around town as well as for a weekend road trip.

Read more right here.

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2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo – Drive Review

The 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo 5-passenger subcompact is available as a sedan or hatchback. The new 2.5-L turbo is rated at 250-hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is standard.

It’s quick, fun to drive, easy to maneuver and, it’s practical.

Read more right here.

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2022 Genesis G70 – Drive Review

The Genesis G70 compact luxury sedan has received a significant update for 2022 with refreshed exterior and new interior features.

The 2022 G70 is offered as a 2.0T with 252-hp and a 3.3T with 365-hp. All-wheel drive is available.

Read more about the new G70 right here.

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2021 Audi Q5 Sportback – Drive Review

Audi freshened the Q5’s design for 2021 and also added two new variants, namely the Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback. 

Along with the sloping roof, to further differentiate the Sportback from the Q5 UV, standard equipment includes: 19-inch 5-double arm design wheels, deletion of roof rails, S line exterior, panoramic sunroof and sport front seats.

Read more about it right here.

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L – First Drive

You can now get seating for 6 or 7 in the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L. New designs both inside and out brings a fresh look to this Jeep stalwart.

And for the first time ever in any vehicle a McIntosh audio system is now available.

Check out this new bigger and better Jeep here.

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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz – First Drive

The all-new 5-passenger 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz with its open cargo bed is designed to appeal to utility vehicle owners. 

Hyundai describes the typical Santa Cruz buyer as a tech-savvy single male in the age range of 35 to 45 years.

The Santa Cruz is arriving at dealers now. Check it out right here.

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2021 Nissan Armada – drive review

The rugged body-on-frame full size Nissan Armada utility vehicle has been extensively updated for 2021.

There’s lots of new front and rear sheetmetal and the interior gets a newly designed center stack anchored by a new standard 12.3-inch color display.

Read more on the new Armada right here.

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2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid – drive review

The 2021 Sorento is initially available with three powertrains, including its first ever turbo hybrid (HEV). A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will be introduced in the next model year.

With a total system 227-hp the hybrid engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic and is offered only with front-wheel drive. EPA test fuel economy ratings are 39 city mpg and 35 highway mpg.

Read more about with one click here.

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2021 Lincoln Nautilus – Drive Review

The 2021 Nautilus is freshened and further refined following Lincoln’s “Quiet Flight” design philosophy with a new front fascia and new instrument panel design.

A new Sync 4 infotainment system with large touchscreen is well positioned for easy use. The roomy cabin offers decent seating for five plus good cargo room in the rear.

Read more right here.

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2021 GMC Yukon Denali – Drive Review

GM’s trio of full-size utility vehicles got bigger for 2021. 

The Denali Line sub-brand within GMC gets unique design ques. The Yukon Denali trim has an exclusive interior – a completely new instrument panel, unique seats and a choice among four unique color themes. Denali has a unique Galvano chrome grille which is larger and more detailed, with a dimensional pattern featuring more than 10,000 individual reflective surfaces. The Denali comes with LED headlights, fog lights and taillights.

If the Cadillac Escalade is not your thing, the Yukon Denali might just do it for you.

Read more with one click here.

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2021 Subaru Crosstrek – Drive Review

The Subaru Crosstrek is a practical choice for a good value compact utility. The 2021 Crosstrek got a few updates the most important of which is an available new 182-hp 2.5-L 4-cylinder Boxer engine.

There’s also a new Sport trim added to the lineup.

Learn more right here.

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2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible – Drive Review

BMW has brought back a soft top on the 4 Series convertible. Riding on an all new platform the soft top also brings weight reduction, greater cargo space and a lower center of gravity for improved handling.

There’s a choice of the 430i convertible powered by a 255-hp twin-scroll turbo 2.0-L 4-cylinder. Or, the M440i convertible powered by a 382-hp twin-scroll turbo 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder with a 48-volt mild hybrid. BMW xDrive is also available in each.

Check out the open-air fun right here.

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2022 Volkswagen Taos – First Drive

Volkswagen has a new model. It’s the entirely new 2022 Taos subcompact utility vehicle. Call if the new Golf for the U.S. because the Golf is no longer, except fo the GTI and Golf R.

Taos seats five, has decent cargo space and is offered in front-wheel or all-wheel drive powered by a 158-hp 1.5-L.

MSRP for the Taos S starts at $22,995.

Check it out here.

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2021 Lexus ES – Drive Review

The ES lineup grows for 2021 with the all-new 2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD, the first ES all-wheel drive model, and with the 2021 ES 350 Black Line Special Edition.

ES 250 AWD is powered by a 203-HP 2.5-L 4-cylinder engine that’s mated to an 8-speed automatic.

The new Black Line Special Edition ES 350 will be limited to 1,500 units.

Black Line Special Edition buyers will also get a custom Lexus Black Line Zero Halliburton luggage set that includes an Edge Lightweight 22” Continental Carry-on and a 26” Medium Travel Case, both in black.

Read all about the 2021 Lexus ES right here.

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2021 Volkswagen ID.4 – First Drive

The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric utility vehicle (UV) and the brand’s first global battery electric vehicle (BEV).

Notably, the Volkswagen ID.4 has been named “World Car of the Year 2021,” prevailing over strong global competition.

About half of U.S. adults support a proposal to phase out production of gasoline-powered cars and trucks and drive an electrified vehicle.

Give it some thought. More info here.

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe – Drive Review

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe was the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the U.S. in May. Named Green SUV of the Year by leading industry publication Green Car Journal the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the first PHEV from the Jeep brand.

The Jeep 4xe Charging Network of EV Level 2 charging stations located at Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trailheads around the United States will keep you going.

Read more about this cool Jeep here.

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2021 Honda Ridgeline – Drive Review

For 2021 the Ridgeline has more rugged styling with all-new body panels forward of the windshield. There’s also a new rear bumper with exposed exhaust finishers. Honda’s iVTM-4 all-wheel drive (AWD) system is now standard across the model range.

Not everyone who wants a pickup needs full-size pickup. Check out the Ridgeline right here.

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2022 Acura MDX – Drive Review

Acura’s flagship 2022 MDX three-row luxury utility vehicle rides on an all-new platform, and features a bold new exterior design coupled with a sophisticated and elegant new interior combined with a high-tech and advanced cockpit. 

MDX is Acura’s first model to have Amazon Alexa built in.

Acura is bringing back the Type S performance line and the first Acura SUV to ever wear the Type S badge will be the 2022 MDX Type S.

Read more right here.

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2022 Infiniti QX55 – Drive Review

The all-new Infiniti QX55 is dramatically styled and comes standard with 20-inch wheels, all-wheel drive, a 268-HP turbo engine and wireless Apple CarPlay.

With a starting price of $46,500, the five-seat QX55 offers car-like looks and style with decent versatility.

Read more about the QX55 here.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E – Drive Review

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E has a starting price of $42,895 plus a $1,100 destination charge.

Depending on model and battery choice, rear-drive configurations have either 230 or 305 miles of range. All-wheel drive configurations have either 211 or 270 miles of range. 

The Mach-E is available with standard (68kWh) and extended-range (88kWh) battery options in rear-drive or all-wheel drive configurations. RWD models have one rear-mounted permanent magnet electric motor. AWD models have two electric motors, one up front and one in the rear—an eAWD. Select, Premium, First Edition (already sold out), California Route 1 and GT models are offered.

Read more here.

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2021 Lincoln Corsair – Drive Review

The 2021 Lincoln Corsair now offers a new Grand Touring Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) model. It’s powered by a 2.5-L 4-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors with a total system output of 266-hp.

Corsair is also available with either a 250hp turbo 2.0-L or a 295hp turbo 2.3-L engine in Standard and Reserve models.

Check out the 2021 Lincoln Corsair here.

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2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo – Drive Review

Mazda has upped its game for 2021 and added a new 250-hp turbo engine to the CX-30.

This upscale powertrain brings more peak power while delivering a direct and connected driving experience. Additionally, the new turbo-charged engine delivers better traction capabilities with its all-wheel drive system improving the driver’s handling and confidence.

Read more with a click here.

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2021 Honda Odyssey – Drive Review

Honda says the Odyssey is America’s best retail-selling minivan for 10 years running. American consumers have purchased more than 1.1 million Odyssey minivans during that time.

The Honda Odyssey has been refreshed for 2021 with numerous updates to styling, along with upgraded technology and safety features.

I’m convinced, and not alone in the thinking, that a minivan is the best vehicle to have if a family has toddlers. It is the most user-friendly and versatile vehicle for transporting those children.

Read about the new Odyssey here.

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe – Drive Review

The fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe has gotten a mid-cycle refresh with design changes and many new features for the 2021 model.

A new, range-topping Calligraphy trim which has more content and differentiation has been added. Changes have occurred both outside and in. And, there’s three powertrains available, one of which is a hybrid.

Check out what’s new here.

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport – First Drive

Ford has brought back the Bronco. But now there are three all-new SUVs in the Bronco brand.

One is the 4-door Bronco Sport. The other two are the larger two-door Bronco and four-door Bronco.

Ford calls this trio the Bronco outdoor brand of Built Wild SUVs, all of which come standard with a 4×4 drive train.

You can read about the Bronco Sport with one click.

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2021 BMW 330e Sedan – Drive Review

The BMW 330e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is back for 2021 with some improvement. BMW calls it a performance plug-in-hybrid with the choice of either the 330e rear-wheel drive or the 330e xDrive all-wheel drive model.

A brand-new feature in the 330e and 330e xDrive Sedans is XtraBoost. If you follow motorsports, it’s like the push-to-pass extra power mode in IndyCar. Available in SPORT mode, XtraBoost offers an immediate 40 hp power increase for up to 10 seconds.  

Check it out here.

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2022 Hyundai Tucson – All-new, First drive

Hyundai has revamped its best-selling Tucson for 2022. It’s longer, wider and a bit taller. There’s more room for the passengers and more room for cargo.

There are three engines to choose from. Two of them are hybrids, which is a first for the Tucson.

Check out what’s new here.

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2021 Cadillac CT5 – Drive Review

The Cadillac CT5 is now in its second year and a few changes have been made.

The CT5 is a competitive entry in the premium midsize sedan class. It will give well-regarded European as well as Asian brands a run for the money. Style, performance and passenger accommodations come at a relatively good value.

Get caught up on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 right here.

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica – Minivan v. SUV

Although popular thinking has it that a utility vehicle is the thing to have, that may not always be the case. It might just be that a minivan is better suited for your driving needs.

Read my thoughts on that right here.


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2021 Kia Sorento – Drive Review

The new 2021 Sorento’s fresh looks help make it stand out from the competition. The new power train and technology features should attract more buyers. The interior is comfortable, refined and has a premium look.

LX and S trims with 191-hp are 7-passenger with a three-person second-row bench. EX, SX and SX Prestige trims with 281-hp are six-passenger with two center row captain’s chairs.

Check out the Sorento here.

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2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost – Drive Review

Ten years after I drove the new 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost I found myself behind the wheel of the entirely new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost clients have changed in the way success is expressed. Named ‘Post Opulence’ internally, it is characterised by reduction and substance.

The new 2021 Ghost is the most technologically advanced ever.

Read more right here.

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2021 Jeep Gladiator – Drive Review

New on the 2021 Jeep Gladiator is the availability of a 260-hp 3.0-L EcoDiesel V6 with a 442 lb.ft. torque rating. 

EPA fuel economy ratings are 24 combined mpg with 22 city mpg and 28 highway mpg. The V6 EcoDiesel in the Jeep might just be the way to go for low fuel consumption combined with good overall performance.

Check it out here.

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2021 Cadillac Escalade – Drive Review

The 2021 Escalade is large, luxurious, spacious and sophisticated. For 2021 it’s completely new with a more elegant exterior design and on overall more refined look.

The new Escalade is also larger with more interior space for passengers in the rear seats.

Have look here for more details.

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2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – Drive Review

Think Spring! If you were buying a new Corvette would you choose the coupe or the convertible?

The Corvette Stingray got a few updates for 2021 with new colors and stipe packages as well as some equipment changes.

In spite of it being winter I was in a milder climate and got to enjoy a new coupe.

Have a read here.

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2021 MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 PHEV

The new 4-door 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman has been updated with new exterior and interior design elements along with enhancements in technology and equipment offerings.

The 2021 MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 PHEV is the plug-in hybrid variant. It is powered by a 134hp turbocharged 1.5-L 3-cylinder mated to a 6-speed automatic. This is paired with an 87hp electric motor for a total output of 221hp.

Check out this “Max” MINI right here.

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2021 Land Rover Defender – Drive Review

For 2021 this British legend Land Rover Defender 110 is joined by the short wheelbase Defender 90. The three-door 90 seats five or six with an available front center seat. The five-door 110 has the option of five, six or 5+2 seating.

Two engines are available. The turbocharged four-cylinder P300 engine and the six-cylinder P400 Mild-Hybrid (MHEV) powertrain.

Also new for 2021 Model Year is the Defender X-Dynamic trim.

Check out my drive of the Defender here.

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2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody – Drive Review

The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody with its 797-hp supercharged 6.2-L Hemi is capable of a top speed of 203 mph, making it the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

True performance, ultimate performance, American performance, as well as fast and powerful very accurately describe the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody.

Check it all out here.

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2020 Land Rover Defender 110 – First Drive

A favorite of adventurers, the Land Rover Defender first appeared in 1983, was sold in the U.S. from 1993 to 1997, and now has returned to the scene with an all-new architecture and more capabilities than ever.

Six different trims. Two engines. A 4-door “110” on sale now. A 2-door “90” coming in 2021.

The Defender is the ultimate in off-road capability from Land Rover.

Check here for more.

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2021 Genesis GV80 – First Drive

The 2021 GV80 is the first utility vehicle (UV) from Genesis, the luxury vehicle brand from Hyundai Motor Group.

With seating for five, a tow rating of up to 6,000 lbs. and a choice of two engines with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, the GV80 will handle all your utilitarian needs in premium style.

Read more here.

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2021 Acura TLX – Drive Review

The 2021 TLX is entirely new, built on its own dedicated and all-new platform. It’s aimed at todays sport sedan buyer.

One look at the new TLX with its wide stance and very balanced proportions brings excitement.

The TLX with its impressive driving characteristics, premium cabin finishes, lots of new tech and great value pricing make it a worthy contender in the sport sedan segment.

Read more here.

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle AWD – Drive Review

For 2021 Chrysler Pacifica now offer a new, elite Pinnacle model. It’s a premium people mover, loaded with luxury features and content, including quilted Caramel Nappa leather seats in all three rows and unique matching lumbar pillows in the second-row captain’s chairs.

All-wheel drive is new for 2021 on the Pacifica and it’s standard on the Pinnacle.

The Chrysler Pacifica provides incredible space, loads of versatility, a quiet cabin interior, a high level of convenience and, especially in the Pinnacle, premium comfort that will amaze your friends.

Read more here.

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2021 Ram 1500 TRX – Drive Review

The Ram 1500 TRX has raised the bar for extreme performance pickups.

The TRX with its 702-hp Hemi V8 is designed with extreme capabilities and features a unique suspension designed for high-speed off-road driving as well as wheels and tires also designed to get the job done.

TRX is the quickest, fastest and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world, says Ram.

Read about it here.

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2021 Subaru Outback – Drive Review

The Subaru Outback was all-new for 2020 and has received a few upgrades for 2021.

The station wagon-like all-wheel drive Outback is very utilitarian for urban or suburban living and is also designed for off-road driving with impressive trail capability.

Four trims levels each with two engine choices provide something for everyone.

Read more here.

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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer – First Drive

All new to the Chevrolet lineup and their lowest priced utility.

Two turbo engines. All-wheel drive an option. Room for five. Choice of ten colors. Two-tone, too.

Read more here.

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2021 Kia K5 – Drive Review

The entirely new 2021 Kia K5 is the newly named Optima successor. Now available with two turbocharged engines and optional all-wheel drive.

It’s longer, lower and wider and rides on an all-new platform. It has a well organized interior with everything well placed for driving ease and comfort.

Read more on the new K5 here.

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2021 GMC Yukon Denali – Room for All

I had some more time with the new GMC Yukon Denali. And, my daughter and her husband got one so they could safely transport their growing family.

Two center row captain’s chairs are nice. But, when it comes to needing to move the young ones three safety seats fit well in the center bench.

Read more here.

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2021 Genesis G80 – Drive Review

The midsize G80 sedan offers both a premium look and feel as well as all around good performance. The overall exterior design has both sporty and elegant characteristics.

The 5-passenger G80 is offered in two trims, 2.5T and 3.5T, both available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The 2021 Genesis G80 is one of three finalists competing to be named the North American Car of the Year. It’s also candidate for the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year award.

Read more right here.

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2021 Lexus IS – Drive Review

For 2021 the compact IS sport sedan gets freshened exterior styling, a reimagined interior, retuned driving dynamics, more advanced driver-assistance safety features and an updated infotainment system.

Lexus hit the mark with ride and handling. There’s plenty of fun to drive in the IS coming in part from new suspension components and reduced unsprung weight along with its 260hp V6.

See more right here.

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2021 Toyota Venza – Drive Review

The Venza nameplate is back in the Toyota model mix for 2021. Now, the Venza midsize 2-row, 5-seater is offered only in all-wheel drive (AWD) and only with a hybrid drivetrain.

Positioned as the “ultimate urban crossover,” the Venza offers versatility and distinction with a “quiet confidence.”

Check out more details here.

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2021 Hyundai Palisade – Drive Review

For 2021 Hyundai Palisade has undergone significant content repackaging to give buyers of all trim levels added comfort & convenience while streamlining shopper trim selections.

A new upscale Calligraphy trim has been added.

Read about what’s new for 2021 here.

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