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
The 2021 Toyota Prius e-AWD is the latest evolution of the hybrid icon that started it all. Without it, the electrification revolution wouldn’t have started. Toyota proved that you can make reliable, smooth, and drivable (and now no-compromise) hybrid vehicles with the Prius and it helped the brand establish itself as an electrification pioneer. Sure, Toyota currently doesn’t … [Read more...] about 2021 Toyota Prius e-AWD review: The Most Efficient Gas-Powered AWD Car?
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
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
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 sees lots of utility vehicles, low and high, make a splash. We also finally get some range ratings on a certain electrified pony and a big new Jeep. The 2022 Kia Soul receives some significant updates in addition to the new Kia badge. S, X-Line and GT-Line models now get the 10.25-inch touchscreen, keyless entry/start, dual-zone climate control, wireless … [Read more...] about Week in Reviews: Top News from June 20 to June 26
If you're looking for a three-row vehicle that isn't a crossover and electrified, you've got two choices: this 2021 Toyota Sienna and the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The 2021 Toyota Sienna has gone all hybrid and it's the only minivan that's available with AWD and electrification all in one package. Now sporting Toyota's latest design language, you get the same angular mug … [Read more...] about 2021 Toyota Sienna Review: The High Efficiency Family Hauler