Toyota has lately been under-promising and over-delivering. We all assumed the 2023 Prius Prime would be a modest improvement on the outgoing model, but instead they pulled out all the stops. 0-60? Faster than a Civic Si. MPG? Over 50! Range? 44 miles all-electric! The only problem? Since it's not made in America, it won't get a tax credit if you decide to buy one. (Sad … [Read more...] about 2023 Toyota Prius Prime First Drive
The 2023 Nissan Altima with the brand's Variable Compression Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is a compelling alternative to the Japanese competition, but has one major flaw that makes it a little more annoying to live with than Accord or Camry – the transmission. Is that a deal-breaker, … [Read more...] about 2023 Nissan Altima Turbo Review
The Toyota Crown returns for 2023 as a family of vehicles that represents a more luxurious side of the brand, without treading on Lexus waters. Presented as a long, low-slung rear-wheel drive sedan (Crown Sedan), a sporty hatchback (Crown Sport), a more traditional station wagon type (Crown Estate), and a taller and funkier sedan (Crown Crossover), the latter is currently the … [Read more...] about 2023 Toyota Crown First Drive
The Corolla Hybrid debuted for the 2020 model year as an answer to the question: what if I want a Toyota hybrid sedan/hatchback that doesn't look controversial on the outside but still gets up to 50 mpg and costs less than $30,000 when fully equipped? With an updated 1.8L hybrid powertrain and a new e-AWD option, the 2023 Corolla Hybrid now answers the question: can I do all of … [Read more...] about 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, Now With AWD
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been the showcase for the brand’s upcoming tech, and the new-for-2021 S is no different. That’s why I decided to get my hands on the 2022 S 580 4MATIC for a week. I don’t normally seek out ultra-luxury vehicles because, quite frankly, they don’t tend to sell well. With other car companies, the gadgets, gizmos, tech and styling introduced on … [Read more...] about 2022 Mercedes-Benz S 580 4MATIC – The Ultimate Sedan
Think of the 2022 Mercedes Benz EQS not as an "electric S-Class" but an S-Class re-imagined for the 21st century. Interestingly this is also how the S-Class and EQS were engineered. The EQS and S-Class were designed side by side and share some of their electronic gadgets, but aside from a little software and some safety systems they share essentially nothing. The EQS rides … [Read more...] about 2022 Mercedes EQS 580 Review: The Ultimate EV?
If you thought the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander was just a three-row Nissan Rogue with a different skin, you'd be forgiven. Underpinned by the CMF-C/D platform from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance parts bin and powered by the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired to a CVT, it's easy to think the Mitsubishi is just a reskin. Thankfully that's not the case because the Outlander … [Read more...] about 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Review: Not a 3-Row Rogue
As the average transaction breaks past the $40,000 mark, new cars are starting to get out of the price zone of many consumers. Luckily some automakers have made sure that they still offer one or two models that offer modern accouterments at affordable prices. One of those vehicles is the 2021 Hyundai Venue. This small crossover effectively replaces the Accent hatchback in … [Read more...] about 2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition review: Style at a Value?
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?
This week’s news sees lots of truck-related news, the return of a 90s icon, and Volkswagen has added more features to three of its vehicles for 2022. A new teaser for the upcoming 2022 Toyota Tundra has been getting a lot of news this week because it showed off the truck’s suspension. It appears Toyota has added leaf springs, which could result in improved performance on and … [Read more...] about Weekly News in Review: August 8 to 14