Category: Cars

10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Can’t Socket to Volkswagen ID.4 EV

With SUVs continuing to dominate the new-car market, automakers have to move quickly to keep up with the competition. Having just been redesigned for the 2019 model year — which included a confusing name switcheroo that we’re not inclined to dredge up again — the Hyundai Santa Fe is being overhauled again for 2021, and it’s lookin’ pretty good […]

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets Palisade Makeover, Upgraded Engines and New Hybrid

Hyundai revealed the new 2021 Santa Fe in June but kept many of the details close to the vest. We already made note of its similarities to the Palisade, Hyundai’s three-row flagship SUV — particularly the interior — but we finally have powertrain details as well as more information on what to expect from the updated […]

2021 Acura TLX Review: Subtle Changes, Big Improvements

Acura gets you, America — they know you’ve given up on sedans in favor of SUVs. But that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on you, especially since 30% of buyers still want a traditional sedan, according to the company. Acura also realizes that this means sedan buyers are now a much more focused group with specific […]

2021 Polestar 2: 7 We Like and 5 Things We Don’t

The 2021 Polestar 2 is an electric luxury sedan designed to take on rivals like the Tesla Model 3 and Model S, along with premium electric SUVs such as the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace. As Volvo’s new standalone performance electric vehicle brand, there’s a lot riding on both Polestar and this particular car. With more than 400 system horsepower and standard all-wheel […]

Subaru Forester: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

Most significant changes: Adaptive LED headlights and high-beam assist are standard on base and Premium models, and all models gain a standard rear seat belt reminder. Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? 2021 if you’re buying a base or Premium model, and a coin flip for the others. The addition of standard adaptive LED headlights offsets […]

2020 Toyota Yaris: 6 Things We Like (and 4 Not So Much)

If you’re thinking the 2020 Toyota Yaris sedan looks a little fish-faced or long-nosed for a Toyota, you’d be right. Thankfully, there’s a pretty good reason for that. (Hint: It’s not really a Toyota.) The 2020 Yaris doesn’t look much like its stablemates. That would be because both the sedan and hatchback iterations are built by Mazda […]

2020 Cadillac CT5: 7 Pros and 3 Cons

The 2020 Cadillac CT5 is a compact luxury sedan uniquely positioned between small luxury sedans (think Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series) and their larger, more expensive mid-size stablemates (Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class). Is the Cadillac CT5 the perfect fit for luxury car shoppers torn between big and small? Or does it end up getting lost in the […]

2005-2018 Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta Aftermarket Brake Parts

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2,400 model-year 2005-18 Volkswagen Jetta sedans, model-year 2007-10 Jetta GLI sedans and model-year 2012-17 Beetle hatchbacks equipped with Motor Parts of America Duralast brake master cylinders sold as aftermarket replacement parts The Problem: The crimping of the aluminum housing may be insufficient, allowing the master cylinder piston to pop out of the housing, damaging […]

2021 Kia K5 Sedan Review: Former Optima Is Nearly Optimal

The verdict: A stylish redesign that should have left its new name and optional touchscreen system on the drawing board. Versus the competition: A more attractive take than Hyundai’s frowny new Sonata, the K5 is plenty competitive, but the disparity between its available touchscreen systems is an opportunity missed, and while its powertrain lag might boost gas […]

2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered: 5 Pros and 3 Cons

For a car company with an enviable reputation for safety, Volvo doesn’t seem to mind twisting tongues with its expansively named 2020 XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered. This five-occupant small luxury SUV is Volvo’s stab at the performance market, featuring a supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s paired to an electric motor mounted at the rear axle.  That engine provides […]