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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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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