If you're in the market for a subcompact car, your choices are slim. With the segment declining rapidly due to the crossover boom, there aren't many to choose from. The 2021 Kia Rio is one of the last entrants alongside the Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Mitsubishi Mirage, and the soon-to-de-discontinued Chevrolet Spark. Those looking for a hatchback will see their choices … [Read more...] about 2021 Kia Rio Review: Ultimate Inexpensive Transportation?
It's no secret that the 2021 Kia Telluride and 2021 Hyundai Palisade are mechanically identical. Both are on the same platform, they use a 3.8-liter V6 with 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, and they have an eight-speed automatic transmission. Even their optional AWD drive systems are eerily similar with the only difference being the availability of hill descent control on the … [Read more...] about 2021 Kia Telluride and 2021 Hyundai Palisade: Similarities and Differences
Let’s face it, sedans are out, long live the crossover. However, if you’re among the few left that still wants one and is looking for something affordable and fun to drive, place the 2021 Kia K5 GT at the top of your shopping list. This is ones of the few mainstream midsize sedans that have real sporting capabilities. Alongside its mechanically related sibling, the Hyundai … [Read more...] about The 2021 Kia K5 GT Is the Nearly Perfect All-Around Sedan
Although there are four key entries in the minivan segment, there are others that aren't as prominent. The Chrysler Voyager, for instance, is the least expensive one you can buy at just under $28,000 but there's a caveat. It's essentially a pre-refresh Pacifica that isn't available with all the features you can get on its sibling. You can also get vehicles like the Ford Transit … [Read more...] about Finding the Best Minivan Episode 5: Pricing and the Verdict
The way each of the four minivan models currently on sale drives differs because of the powertrains they use. You have two hybrids and two strictly internal combustion models. To no one's surprise, the Toyota Sienna is the least powerful and the slowest of the bunch, putting it in the same ballpark as your average crossover. The Sienna also creates more engine noise when you … [Read more...] about Finding the Best Minivan Episode 4: Which One is the Best to Drive?
If you're looking at a minivan for your next vehicle, chances are you're wanting something comfortable. Luckily, every single entry in the segment emphasizes pampering you and your occupants. Every minivan on sale today has the same type of adjustment for the driver's seat. However, The Toyota Sienna is the only one with a power-adjustable steering column while the Chrysler … [Read more...] about Finding the Best Minivan Episode 3: Interior and Seating
Episode 2 of the minivan series sees us fitting as much stuff as we can inside four vehicles. Every single brand that's still in the minivan segment knows that this vehicle is going to get used by families and carry a lot of gear. The Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica, and Toyota Sienna all have similar cargo capacities that are within spitting distance of each other. The Kia … [Read more...] about Finding the Best Minivan Episode 2: Hauling Stuff
Episode 1 of the minivan comparison is a deep dive into what's under the hood and the costs of ownership. There are only four brands left in the minivan space: Chrysler, Honda, Kia, and Toyota. Each one has a different approach, giving their respective entries a unique character and advantages. However, which minivan is right for you depends on your specific needs. The … [Read more...] about Finding the Best Minivan Episode 1: Under the Hood and Cost to Own
This week's news is highlighted by Stellantis doubling down on electrification. The company, which owns 14 brands has announced a huge$35.5 billion investment in electrified mobility. This will result in the development of four new platforms specifically for EVs: STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large, and STLA Frame. The former two are good for up to 300 and 440 miles … [Read more...] about Weekly News in Review: July 4 to July 10
The 2021 Kia Sorento may just be one of the most misunderstood crossovers on the market. Why? Mainly because it's a tweener three-row. It's smaller than the Telluride but it still has a more accommodating cabin than the Toyota Highlander. Kia also styled the Sorento differently, taking cues from the K5 midsize sedan instead of its larger sibling. Think of the new look as an … [Read more...] about 2021 Kia Sorento SX X-Line Review: The Tweener Three-Row