This week's news revolves around new trims that give you rugged looks and updates to venerable models that have been in the market for a while. Hyundai has announced the 2022 Santa Fe XRT. This is the rugged-looking trim based on the SEL trim equipped with the convenience package. You get 18-inch black alloy wheels, black side mirror covers and side moldings, side steps, a … [Read more...] about Weekly News in Review: August 1 to August 7
We don’t blame you for calling the 2021 Lexus LX 570 a dinosaur because it is. This big SUV has seen two facelifts during its current generation, which first appeared as a 2008 model. The most recent one gave the LX, Lexus’ latest corporate look complete with a massive spindle grille and angular new LED headlights. Like the brand’s most recent models, the second refresh for … [Read more...] about 2021 Lexus LX 570 Review: The Relevant Dinosaur?
This week's news cycle has a lot coming out of Korea and Germany thanks to one automaker dropping a full lineup overview. In addition to a refreshed Kona, a high-performance Kona N, an all-new Tucson, the Santa Cruz, and Ioniq 5, here's what's new for the 2022 Hyundai Lineup: Carryover models include the Elantra, Sonata, Veloster N, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Hybrid, Accent, … [Read more...] about Weekly News in Review: July 11 to July 17
The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible may just be the most alluring vehicle in the brand's lineup. Take the already striking coupe, chop the roof off, and retain all of the mechanical goodness and you get one of the most eye-catching cars on the road. The concept car-like design language works quite well even without a roof and there aren't many odd angles even with that … [Read more...] about 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Review: The Ultimate Lexus Flagship?
The 2021 Lexus UX may be marketed as a crossover but it's best to think of it more as a hatchback. Its exterior dimensions are similar to one and it definitely looks like one too despite the body cladding. When you get up close to a UX you'll immediately notice just how small it is, especially when seen from the side, and you won't mistake it for anything but a Lexus. The … [Read more...] about 2021 Lexus UX Review: Bringing a Hatchback to a Crossover Fight
A few weeks ago at Toyota's North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, we got to check out the Lexus Teammate system. This is an SAE Level 2 semi-autonomous driving that will be initially available this fall on the 2022 Lexus LS 500h AWD. Eventually, all electrified Lexus and Toyota models will get the system. The Lexus Teammate system joins General Motors' Super Cruise … [Read more...] about Checking Out the Lexus Teammate Semi-Autonomous Driving Assist
The highlights in this week's news cycle are all about crossovers, crossovers, and more crossovers thanks to several updated or new generation models. We've also got some forbidden fruit, a new compact truck, and finally, some news regarding a legendary sports car from Japan. Kicking things off during this week's news cycle is the 2023 Kia Sportage. The new generation … [Read more...] about Week in Review: The Top News from June 6 to June 12
The 2022 Lexus NX has arrived and it comes packing more electrified powertrains, a new turbocharged engine, and a new user interface (hallelujah!). Slotting below the RX, the NX competes with the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Lincoln Corsair, Acura RDX, and Volvo XC60. The NX is the latest Lexus model to move to Toyota's TNGA-K platform, which is already used in the ES sedan … [Read more...] about 2022 Lexus NX First Look: Electrified and Turbocharged Evolution
If you’re searching for a compact sports sedan and it must have a naturally aspirated engine, look no further than the 2022 Lexus IS 500. This latest entry is the last of its kind, there are no turbochargers under the hood and it puts its power down to the rear wheels. The last time automakers used that combo was in the late 2000s when the Lexus IS F, E90/E92/E93 BMW M3, … [Read more...] about 2022 Lexus IS 500: The Last Naturally Aspirated Performance Sedan
This week's news was filled with lots of product reveals out of Toyota, BMW and Kia. Plus we finally get a second addition to the reborn compact pickup truck segment. Toyota unveiled a slew of new special edition models and updated 2022 vehicles. They include the new TRD Sport trim for the 2022 4Runner, a Trail Edition 4x4 for the Tacoma, and the A91-CF Edition for the Supra. … [Read more...] about Week in Review: May 30 to June 5