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.

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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.

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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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