2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – Drive Review

Toyota has been a leader in hybrid development as well as in bringing new variations of SUVs to the market. The Toyota RAV4 is one of the original compact SUVs that came to market about twenty years ago. Now, today, many other carmakers have followed their lead and offer compact SUVs.

There is more about hybrids than reduced fuel consumption. Hybrid powertrains can also deliver more power compared to the equivalent more traditional gasoline engine vehicle.

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a viable candidate for city-living families needing versatility and wanting low fuel consumption. Read more here.

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2018 Nissan Kicks – First Drive

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The entirely new 2018 Nissan Kicks is aimed at younger, city-living buyers. Of note is the value story with the Kicks priced to start at $17,990.

Also noteworthy is that all Kicks have Automatic Emergency Braking as standard as well as Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor are available on higher trim levels.

The Kicks is, in my view, a great vehicle for a high school age new driver.

Read more details right here.

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2018 Ford Expedition – Drive Report

DSC_1979Summer travel season is here and if you’re planning the family vacation or just a weekend road trip the 2018 Ford Expedition will give you comfort for the family and space for all their stuff.

The Expedition is plenty big and also plenty fuel efficient, considering its size. Perhaps you’ve got your boat in tow. It can handle that too.

Read more on the big news on the big and all-new 2018 Ford Expedition right here.

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2018 Ford EcoSport – Drive Review

Fun, capable and connected, the all-new Ford EcoSport can be customized with 10 available colors, six interior choices and ambient lighting options. EcoSport’s five-passenger interior features available SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus there’s an available eight-inch voice activated touch screen.

A 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with Auto Start-Stop is standard with six-speed automatic transmission; available 2.0-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder with Auto Start-Stop is packaged with all-wheel drive.

Prices start around $20,000.

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2018 GMC Terrain Denali -Drive Report

DSC_1875Entirely new for 2018, the compact GMC Terrain is a bit shorter, just about as roomy as the former model and now powered by a 252-HP turbo 2.0-L four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic.

2018 GMC Terrain Denali prices start at $38,595 for a front-wheel drive model and $40,295 for all-wheel drive, including the $975 destination charge.

Read a bit more right here.

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2018 Range Rover Velar

The 2018 Range Rover Velar has been judged the most beautifully designed vehicle on the planet, winning the World Car Design of the Year title at the 2018 World Car Awards. The new Velar is based on the same architecture as the Jaguar F-Pace, giving it plenty of sportiness and refinement.

The Velar comfortably seats five and has plenty of rear cargo area. Velar is offered in six different models with pricing starting at $49,900.

For my test drive I drove the Velar R-Dynamic HSE model powered by a 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6. With a base price of $77,100 it comes very loaded.

Read more about the Velar right here.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta – First Drive

The Jetta is entirely new for 2019. Now built on VW’s MQB architecture which gives it a longer wheelbase and wider track it also has a roomier cabin. Most importantly, content has been added and pricing has been dropped a bit, now starting at $18,545.

With its coupe-like exterior and premium features the new Jetta is a much more viable offering in the compact segment.

Read my first drive report right here.

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