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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2021 Dodge – More Horsepower

Cars aren’t dead. Dodge is proving that. Sales are up.

For 2021 Dodge has three models each available with over 700 horsepower. Challenger, Charger and Durango offer true performance.

Check out the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the Durango SRT Hellcat. Just click here.

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica All-Wheel Drive – First Drive

On the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica minivan you’re now able to get an all-weather capable, seamless and fully automatic all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. 

The Pacifica AWD system is quite smart. It engages automatically, based on a variety of sensor inputs that signal when enhanced traction is beneficial.

The AWD system is available across all four gas-powered Chrysler Pacifica models: Touring, Touring L, Limited and the new for 2021 Pinnacle.

Read about the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica here.

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2021 Hyundai N Line

Hyundai’s high performance N line-up was developed to make the driver’s heart beat faster whenever they’re behind the wheel.

Hyundai has announced it will bring to market a total of seven new N and N Line models in sports, sedan and SUV segments through the 2022 calendar year. 

I drove both the new Sonata N Line as well as the new Elantra N Line. Both of these new cars have thrilling dynamics combined with compelling affordability.

Get your heart pumping here.

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2021 Cadillac Escalade – Drive Review

The Escalade is all new for 2021 riding on a new platform with longer wheelbase and an independent rear suspension.

It’s completely redone in and out with a bold and elegant exterior plus a luxurious interior. 

New on the Escalade is the availability of Cadillac’s exclusive Super Cruise, the first true hands-free driver assistance feature for limited-access freeways.

Read about the new Escalade here.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra and Elantra Hybrid – First Drive

The all-new seventh-generation Elantra compact sedan is based on a new vehicle platform with longer wheelbase, wider stance, and a lower roofline. The four-door coupe-like look follows what Hyundai calls “Parametric Dynamics” design theme.

I drove the 2021 Elantra and Elantra Hybrid both of which provide a good bit of the fun-to-drive element. Both engines deliver decent acceleration as well as highway merging and passing. There’s plenty of power for climbing a mountain.

Read about this first test drive right here.

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2021 Volkswagen Atlas – Drive Report

VW’s Atlas is a great value and delivers on what you buy an SUV for….plenty of room for people and cargo.

The 2021 Atlas seven-seat SUV has an upgraded interior and an exterior with bolder front and rear styling.

VW has expanded the availability of the 2.0-L to the top trims. And, VW has held the line on pricing,

Read more on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas right here.

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2020 Corvette Stingray – Drive Review

The Stingray has impressive performance creds. Acceleration is breathtaking.

The mid-engine layout provides for a chassis design engineered for outstanding handling with its rear weight bias.

The new 2020 Corvette Stingray offers a ton of performance for the dollar and an appearance that puts it in the supercar category.

Read more about the new Stingray here.

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2020 Mini Cooper SE – drive review

The 2020 MINI Cooper SE 3-door hatch is the automaker’s first all-electric model. With a price tag starting at $29,900 the SE has an EPA-rated driving range of 110 miles per charge.

The MINI Cooper SE drives like an electric go kart. It’s a true performance car that retains all the fun-to-drive attributes of a MINI. And yet, it makes for a perfect city car.

Read more right here.

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2020 Ford Edge ST – Drive Review

The Ford Performance Team put their fingerprint on the Ford Edge. Now you can haul stuff really fast.

Edge ST features a specially tuned 335hp 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. With 380 lb.-ft. of torque, a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control the ST has lots of go power.

Plus, when you purchase a Ford Edge ST you’re invited to the Ford ST SUV Experience in Park City, Utah. The program includes a series of performance driving exercises to demonstrate and help you understand the performance capabilities of the Edge ST.

Get more info on the Edge ST here.

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2020 Cadillac CT5 – Drive Review

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 is offered in Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels, as well as the higher performance V-Series CT5-V.

Under the hood you can have a 237hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder, a 335hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 or the higher output 360hp in the V-series.

Prices begin at $37,890.

More info and details are right here.

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2020 Aston Martin Vantage – Drive Report

Yes it’s a proper driver’s car. The 2020 Aston Martin Vantage with its 503hp 4.0L twin turbo V8 and mid rear-mounted 8-speed automatic has near perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

Style, panache, premium features and performance doesn’t come cheap. But you will love every dollar you spend.

Fall in love here.

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2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost – Drive Review

The 2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost has 310hp coming from its 2.3L 4-cylinder to get you down the road. A new High Performance Package boosts that to 330hp.

The days are long gone of low-performing entry level sport cars. The new technology available today is working wonders to make for very exciting and fun daily-drivers.

Check out the Mustang Ecoboost here.

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2020 Cadillac CT4-V – Drive Review

The 2020 Cadillac CT4 model lineup consists of the Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trims powered by a 237hp turbo 2.0L turbo. The Premium Luxury is also available with a 309hp turbo 2.7L.

At the top sites the V-series with a 325hp turbo 2.7L. The compact 5-passenger CT4-V delivers plenty of driving enjoyment, comfort and also loads of fun.

Read more about it here.

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2021 GMC Yukon – First Drive

GMC’s full-size SUV, the Yukon, is extensively new for 2021. It has a new chassis with independent rear suspension. Wheelbase is longer for more room and comfort. The cargo area is flatter and lower to the ground.

Adaptive air ride suspension is available. There’s two V8s and a new diesel. Denali gets a unique interior and lots of sophistication.

Check it out here.

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2020 Lincoln Corsair – Drive Review

Lincoln was rated the Highest Satisfaction Premium Brand in the AutoPacific 2020 Vehicle Satisfaction Survey.

The new 2020 Corsair small SUV is the entry to Lincoln brand. The Corsair’s exterior is described as a “sculpture in motion.” The Corsair’s interior was designed to be a “sanctuary for the senses.”

Learn a bit more about this new premium SUV right here.

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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime – First Drive

The most powerful and quickest RAV4 ever while also being the most fuel-efficient. That’s the new 302hp 2021 RAV4 Prime.

It can do 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and drive up to 42 miles on battery power.

Check out the new performance “green” SUV from Toyota here.

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2020 Lexus RC F – Drive Review

Lexus refreshed the RC F for 2020 with design updates and improved performance. And, a new limited production RC F Track Edition is now available.

It delivers the most fun and highest performance from Lexus.

Jump here for more info.

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2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI – Drive Review

Often called the GTI with a trunk, the GLI as the GTI of sport sedans came into being to provide driving excitement in a traditional sedan body style. The Golf GTI has been called “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” That moniker could just as well be applied to the Jetta GLI.

The Volkswagen Jetta GLI delivers exhilarating performance in a traditional sedan body style.

Check it out here.

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Over a million MX-5 Miatas have been produced during the more than 30 years it has been on the road.

The fun-to-drive Miata is plenty comfortable for two average size adults and its free-revving 181-horsepower 2.0-L gets you going quickly.

And now Mazda is celebrating its 100th Anniversary with a new limited edition 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Get your adrenaline flowing with a read here.

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2020 Audi A6 Allroad – Drive Review

Audi has brought back the A6 Allroad. Yes it’s a station wagon. Adjustable air suspension gives it a car-like look and ride and yet allows for a bit of unpaved-road travel.

A turbo 3.0-L V6 48-volt mild hybrid pumps out 335-horsepower.

Check it out right here.

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2020 Nissan Altima – Drive Review

The Altima was all new for 2019 and has a few upgrades for 2020. It’s one of the only midsize sedans on the market with all-wheel drive.

Jump over here to read a bit more on this viable offering in the car market.

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Make a getaway in the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

My wife and I recently did what many American families are doing this summer, we drove and did not fly to a getaway vacation home. 

For the six hour drive from our Chicago home to the northern reaches of Michigan’s lower peninsula a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica hauled us and our stuff.

Our experience with the Pacifica is here for you to read.

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2020 Jeep Compass – Drive Report

The 2020 Jeep Compass has been updated with new colors and added equipment

Compass pricing starts at $22,280. With the four models Jeep offers a broad selection of options that allow for personalization for every customer to equip his or her Compass exactly as they want for urban or suburban living or true outdoors adventure and off-road trail riding.

Read my report here.

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2020 BMW M8 Competition Convertible – Drive Review

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Seats for four to experience the twin-turbocharged 4.4-L V8 with 600-HP that’s boosted to 617-HP on the M8 Competition. An 8-speed automatic drives the xDrive all-wheel drive system that is standard equipped. Zero to 60 is in a very quick 3.2 seconds, and one-tenth less in the Competition. Top speed is 155 mph with an option to boost it to 189 mph.

Pricey. Powerful. Classy. Opulent.

Rear more here.

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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia – Drive Review

fullsizeoutput_404Alfa Romeo celebrated its 110th birthday in June. The storied Alfa brand has been delivering style and exclusivity that is exemplified by the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia.

The premium midsize Giulia delivers comfort, luxury and sporty driving.

Read more here.

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2020 Ford Ranger – Drive Review

There’s no vehicle more American than the Ford Ranger. The 2020 Ford Ranger is ranked Number One in the Cars.com’s 2020 American-Made Index.

Now, three new dealer-installed Ford Performance accessory packages are available for the Ranger, adding off-road capability and style for outdoor adventures.

Check it out here.

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2020 Cadillac XT6 – Road Trip

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My wife and I recently took a road trip in the 2020 Cadillac XT6 on a long weekend getaway, like so many Americans will be doing this summer.

It’s important to have the right vehicle to make for a not only safe but comfortable trip.

The XT6 did the job. You can get my take here.

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2021 Dodge High Horsepower

Dodge//SRT Performance Lineup: 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye,

Dodge//SRT Performance Lineup: 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock, 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat (left to right)

The 2021 Dodge lineup is packed with muscle—8,950 horsepower worth of muscle.

New is the 807-HP Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, the 797-HP Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the 710-HP Durango SRT Hellcat.

Dodge is dominating the American Horsepower Wars and the Brotherhood of Muscle is Strong. Read it.

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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid – First Drive

The 2020 CR-V Hybrid is a new addition to the Honda lineup and the first electrified SUV from the Honda brand in America. It’s also a candidate for the 2021 North American Utility of the Year.

Now Honda offers you a choice with the CR-V—-traditional gasoline engine or the hybrid. The Hybrid has more power, better fuel economy and lower emissions. You decide what works best for you.

My take on the CR-V Hybrid is here.

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2020 Volkswagen Golf – Drive Review

For 2020, the Golf, now in its seventh-generation, comes only one way as a 4-door Golf TSI.  A 1.4-L turbo is under the hood and you can still get a stick shift or, of course, an automatic.

Get one now while you can. Mainstream Golfs will go away with the next-gen model.

Get the story here.

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2020 Lexus GS F – Drive Review

fullsizeoutput_3deBy the numbers:

–467 horsepower 5.0-L V8.

–8-speed automatic.

–Zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Top speed of 168 mph. Quarter mile in 12.8 seconds.

— $85,010 MSRP

More here.

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – First Drive

Low tailpipe emissions, high fuel economy and more horsepower, that’s what you get if you go hybrid on the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.

The Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-L 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with a total system 192-horsepower.

An available Solar Roof System uses roof-mounted solar panels and sunlight to charge the hybrid battery as well as the car’s regular battery.

Read all about the Sonata HEV right here.

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2020 Mazda CX-30 – Drive Review

fullsizeoutput_394 Slotted in between the CX-3 and CX-5, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 provides lots of sporty performance, a refined cabin and good looks.

Based on the new Mazda3 platform it’s powered by the same “Skyactiv-G’ 186-horsepower 2.5-L engine and 6-speed automatic as used in both the Mazda3 and the CX-5.

Read more about the CX-30 here.

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport – Drive Review

fullsizeoutput_38a VW has jumped into the 5-seat midsize SUV game with its new Atlas Cross Sport. It’s urban friendly and will fit the needs of many a household.

It shares its platform with the larger 7-seat Atlas, offers either a four or a six under the hood as well as front- or all-wheel drive.

Check it out here.

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2020 Genesis G90 – Drive Review

The Genesis G90 has gotten an exterior freshening for 2020. The interior has been refined and more safety features have been added.

There’s a V6 and a V8 model to choose from, both of which are loaded.

Check out my drive review here.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 – Drive Review

fullsizeoutput_386 Twenty-five years after coming on the U.S. auto scene the RAV4 continues to be a top seller.

Redone for 2019, 2020 bings a new TRD Off-Road model.

There’s a model for everyone in the RAV4 line up with the promise of a high performance model for 2021.

Check it out here.

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2021 Kia Seltos – First Drive

The Seltos is an all-new model from Kia in the compact SUV segment. It’s loaded with nice features and priced to be a good value. It seats five and has decent cargo space.

No matter if you are an urbanite or a suburbanite, the Seltos is worth a look.

Have that look right here.

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2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe – Drive Report

DSC_6305Sub-5 seconds to 60 mph with a 335-HP six. Or, sub-4 seconds to 60 mph with a 523-HP V8. Take your pick. Both engines power BMWs 8-Series Gran Coupe that has plenty of style and panache.

Sports car performance, lots of luxury, enticing looks plus a dose of practicality all from this top of the line BMW make it an interesting consideration.

Check it out right here.

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2020 Ford Expedition Max – Drive Review

fullsizeoutput_36fBig and bigger choices are your’s to choose in the 2020 Ford Expedition. The Max version gives you the most room for the most stuff and people.

A turbo V6 with a 10-speed automatic moves it all down the road.

If you live a lot of your life on the road, going places and towing your toys, the Ford Expedition will work real well for you.

Check it out here.

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2020 Nissan Titan – Drive Report

Nissan has refreshed the Titan for 2020 with a new front end look. It’s got a 400-HP V8 and a new 9-speed automatic. Plus choose from 2×4 or 4×4, 2 or 4 doors,  and 5 or 6 seats. It tows 9,370 lbs.

Check out some more here and read why big trucks in big cities are a challenge.

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2020 Ford Escape – First Drive

Ford has redone the Escape for 2020 with new architecture, a more car-like design, added safety features and a choice of four engines.

Two gasoline engines, two hybrids and front- or all-wheel drive are yours to choose from.

Here’s a look at my drive of one of the hybrids. Click here.

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