Category: Cars

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid: 7 Things We Like (and 6 Not So Much)

Fresh to dealerships this month, the Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid SUV is all-new for 2021, bringing enhanced performance and efficiency to the RAV4 nameplate — yet in many ways, it also builds off the existing RAV4 Hybrid. Like the Hybrid, it comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. The Prime also pairs the Hybrid’s four-cylinder engine with stronger electric […]

2021 Hyundai Veloster N: Performance Standard, Automatic Optional

Competes with: Honda Civic Si, Honda Civic Type R, Volkswagen GTI, Volkswagen Golf R Looks like: A 2020 Veloster N; nearly all updates are inside or under the skin Powertrain: 275-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; six-speed manual transmission or new eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: October Hyundai’s Veloster N hot hatch is our reigning Most Fun-to-Drive […]

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 […]

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo: Not Quite the Turbo S, Still Quite the Sports Car

Competes with: Acura NSX, Aston Martin Vantage, Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type Looks Like: A wider, more aggressive 911 Powertrain: 572-horsepower, turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder with 553 pounds-feet of torque; eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Early 2021, but ordering is open now The inexorable march of 2021 Porsche 911 trim levels continues apace, with the new 911 Turbo joining the […]

Toyota Adds Two New Safety Features to Save You From Yourself

Toyota is rolling out two safety features to help keep your vehicle from rolling away or filling the garage with fumes if you’re absent minded when getting out. It says the features will be added to Toyota and Lexus models starting with the 2020 model year. The first feature is an automatic engine shutoff for […]

Toyota Sees July Global Output Down 10% On Initial Plan

Toyota Motor Corp said on Monday it would make 10% fewer vehicles next month than originally planned, as it gradually resumes output following factory closures earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Japanese automaker said it planned to make 71,000 fewer vehicles globally in July than its original goal of about 700,000. While […]

2020 BMW Z4: 7 Things We Like and 4 Things We Don’t

The 2020 BMW Z4 represents a reunion few people, ourselves included, ever expected to happen. When the previous model faded away with the 2016 model year, not many tears were shed. The outgoing Z4 was relatively fun to drive and offered open-air excitement, but it didn’t have the ultimate thrill found in rivals like the Porsche Boxster or Chevrolet Corvette. Even […]

2021 Acura TLX Looks Good Really Good

Competes with: Cadillac CT4, Genesis G70, Infiniti Q50 Looks like: A more practical version of the Type S concept Powertrain: 272-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 (power figures TBA); 10-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Early fall 2020 for non-Type S versions; spring 2021 for the Type S Acura unveiled its completely redesigned 2021 TLX […]

2020 BMW Z4: 7 Things We Like and 4 Things We Don’t

The 2020 BMW Z4 represents a reunion few people, ourselves included, ever expected to happen. When the previous model faded away with the 2016 model year, not many tears were shed. The outgoing Z4 was relatively fun to drive and offered open-air excitement, but it didn’t have the ultimate thrill found in rivals like the Porsche Boxster or Chevrolet Corvette. Even […]

2020 Lincoln Aviator Plug-In Hybrid: 5 Pros and 4 Cons

The Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid is a mid-size luxury SUV that offers three rows of seating, a long list of standard comfort features and safety equipment, plus the bonus of electric-only driving range. Pitched against rivals like the Lexus RX 350, Volvo XC90 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, the Aviator PHEV is packed with power, with the combined output of the […]