While the all-new GR Corolla basks in the sunlight following its highly-anticipated debut last year, the regular Corolla Hatchback sings for your attention by enhancing its strengths for 2023 – style, value, comfort. The XSE trim brings a healthy dose of all three and an updated Toyota Safety Sense system that really impresses. The manual transmission may be gone, but the GR … [Read more...] about 2023 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review
The 2024 Subaru Impreza makes incremental improvements over its predecessor and offers a 2.5L boxer 4-cylinder for added oomph in this new RS trim. The design changes are evolutionary, but for Subaru buyers, that should be just fine. It is definitely the more attractive and sporty alternative to the uber-popular Crosstrek. No black body cladding, a lower ride height, and no … [Read more...] about 2024 Subaru Impreza RS First Drive
The formula that made Subaru's Outback such a sales success has been applied yet again to Subie's smallest CUV, the Crosstrek. Thanks to it being essentially a ruggedized Impreza hatch, the Crosstrek has a roomier back seat than average and a lower roof height making it easier to toss your bikes, roof tents, and cargo boxes up top. For 2024 Subaru has sweetened the deal with a … [Read more...] about 2024 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0L First Drive
The Mazda3 has a few controversial elements that, after a week behind the wheel with, I determined were actually pretty insignificant. The hatchback's design, the infotainment system, the torsion beam rear suspension – all points of contention for a lot of people out there. Styling may be subjective, but driving this car every day reveals that Mazda is truly on the right track … [Read more...] about 2023 Mazda3 Hatchback Turbo AWD Review
The 2023 Civic Type Rawr (as it will always be known to me) may be more of a “hot sportback” than a “hot hatch” but it’s undeniably insane. 315 eager ponies are channeled thorough one of the best 6-speed manuals in America and sent to the ground via 265-width summer tires. What’s not to love? The front wheel drive only design? Let's talk about the Type R. Now don’t get … [Read more...] about Alex’s Take: The 2023 Civic Type R Is Honda’s Mid Life Crisis Hatch
The Honda Civic Type R in its outgoing generation has widely been considered one of, if not the best front-wheel drive vehicles of all time. Honda engineered the hell out of it to make sure it exuded track-ready performance, handling and design, and it certainly had all three. 2017 was the first time North America got its hands on one, but now it's back for round two. The rest … [Read more...] about 2023 Honda Civic Type R First Drive
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?
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe is marketed as a high-performance crossover but is it really? Take a closer look because if you think hard enough, this rig is just a tall sedan with a hatch instead of a trunk. If you view the GLE Coupe that way, it starts to make sense because what we’re seeing is the reinvention of the typical four-door sedan as we know it. Although it … [Read more...] about 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe Review: The New Age Super Sedan?
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?