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Midsize sedans are sadly becoming a thing of the past. That’s why I appreciated the opportunity to drive one this week. And like so many other vehicles it’s oh-so-important for carmakers to keep their vehicles relevant. Without major overhauls year after year, there are some things they can …

Circular arguments are the worst. Especially when they occur on social media. This week’s tester sparked such a discussion with a couple of people who follow me on social media (you should follow me too @driversside). The argument was about the 2022 GMC Yukon Denali with a 3.0-liter turbo di…

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The Jeep brand is on quite a roll lately. I’ve already driven and reviewed the outstanding Jeep Grand Wagoneer. I raved on that full-sized SUV as one of the best vehicles over the last several years. Coming in a notch behind that in both excellence and size is the Grand Cherokee L. The L por…

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Welcome to an immersive Genesis experience where the vehicle defines the man or woman behind the wheel. In this case, I’m referring to the new 2022 Genesis G80 AWD 3.5T Sport Prestige sedan, which is stunning in almost every department from the empowering shielded grille to its athletic perf…

Who doesn’t like go-karts? No really, is there anyone who doesn’t like driving go-karts, I want to know. But seriously, getting to drive many different types of vehicles each year, I end up having a preference (call it a bias if you will). I like cars that are squatty, with turbos that drive…

For years Lexus vehicles have been stuck with the false narrative that they were just “glorified Toyotas.” In most cases, that’s simply not the case. The midsize Lexus ES is a case in point. Sure it shares some things with the fine, steady Toyota Camry, but it also is significantly different…

Remember the Jurassic Park movies where the T-Rex was feared and wreaked havoc throughout each film? Well this week’s tester has a name that is similar to the T-Rex and equally is the apex predator on the block when it comes to big, performance-oriented pickup trucks.

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Two doors. Four doors. Hard top. Soft top. Sounds like I’m talking about the Jeep Wrangler, but no, in fact, I’m talking about the 2022 Ford Bronco, which makes a triumphant return to rival the Wrangler. Many enthusiasts have waited quite a long time for the Bronco to return.

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Many people may not realize that Volkswagen is one of the top auto manufacturers in the world with revenues in the hundreds of billions. Sure you don’t see VWs as much here in the United States, although that’s slowly changing. But clearly the Volkswagen group knows what they’re doing about …

Everything about the 2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe that I drove sounds luxurious. And let’s be honest, driving a BMW means enjoying some of the finer things in life. So when I got to drive the 2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe around Los Angeles it was nice. And even the color of the car and the interior …

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BMW is a luxury brand known for performance and a certain driving style. In other words, it has personality. And that’s what you want from a vehicle and automotive manufacturer. So what happens when you add even more “personality” to your large SUV line?

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Remember the scene in Jurassic Park (the original, not one of the 52 remakes that have been made) where the velociraptors take on the T-Rex and end up destroying it? As fearsome as the T-Rex was it was the velociraptors that struck the most fear as they were both fast and tenacious.

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The acronym PHEV is showing up more and more in the auto industry. It stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. It basically means that it’s more than just a standard hybrid but has an electric motor that can be plugged in to be recharged. This combination means it is both more fuel effici…

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A few weeks ago I wrote about a long trip I took in the new minivan from Kia called the Carnival. Kia has one of the segment leaders, the Toyota Sienna, in its sights with their new minivan. And for good reason.

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Let’s face it, the subcompact SUVs can lack substance in their performance and can sometimes overcompensate with frilly, exuberant design. Kia jumps into this segment with an entry that follows some of those trends. The base engine of the 2021 Kia Seltos is punchless and lacks any amount of …

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Google my name and Mustang petition. You’ll find something interesting about me. As a Mustang historian, and author of the book Mustang by Design, I was initially upset when Ford announced that they would be putting the hallowed Mustang name and logo on a crossover. Blasphemy!! Heresy!! 

When the press-fleet driver showed up in my driveway with a brand new 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, dressed up in the unmistakable color of Army Green, I did not know whether to salute or just keep my social distance. Just the look of this raised truck and special 18-inch TRD wheels express fu…

In 1957, there was a Japanese manufacturer that wanted to break into the American automotive market with a small economy car and one Land Cruiser. They had a plan to match and exceed the American expectations on reliability and efficiency. After rapid growth in the 1970s and 1980s, Toyota ma…

When someone is in a relationship that is not working out the way they anticipated, their response to personal questions is often, “It’s complicated!” This might be the case for loyal Lexus owners and the newest Lexus LS 500h (Hybrid). When Lexus attempts to marry modern luxury amenities wit…

Mazda CX-5 seems to embody the characteristics of the Mazda Corporation. Vehicles can be fun to drive, affordable to own, nice to look at, and functional people-transporters. Not just coincidentally, the CX-5 is Mazda’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Now, they have spruced up the interior …

There is nothing like the rumble of a well-built V-8 engine! Yes! We live in times when we must all consider our stewardship of the earth and its climate. Yes! We have suffered through a pandemic and gained some valuable knowledge about the air quality improvements due to auto emission reduc…

Advertising is all about getting people’s attention. Friends still talk about the hamsters rocking out in a Kia Soul in the middle of Super Bowl commercials back in 2010. Hundreds of hamsters running on cage wheels while the cool gangster/hamsters cruise by in a new red Kia Soul was a brilli…

There’s nothing like hitting the road in a roadster. Put on your sunglasses, lather up with sunscreen, drop that top, sit back, and relax. Add the optional Passion Red premium paint and a 2019 Nissan 370Z and you have a recipe for fun. The 370Z is the successor to the 350Z that began product…

Mazda remains a smaller company with a small percentage of the US market. Yet, Mazda has been impressing US car buyers and the media with high quality and interesting vehicles for many years now. When compared to the big “Japanese Three” mid-size sedans (e.g., Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nis…

What separates a great car, from a good car or a regular car? The details! It seems so simple and yet building a great car takes hundreds of designers, engineers, technicians, and scientists; not to mention marketing and accounting professionals, computer programmers, and assembly workers. M…

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” is attributed to many writers such as Shakespeare, Dickens, and especially Mr. Spock in the Star Trek movie “The Wrath of Khan.” A Biblical proverb predates all these, which emphasizes the importance of community and states, “No man (wom…