Premium Hybrid Hatchback: 2017 Lexus CT 200h

2017 Lexus CT 200h.

An entry-level hybrid with a fun-to-drive F Sport option. Sitting lower and coming in slightly shorter than the Toyota Prius, the Lexus CT200h (CT) is the smallest hybrid model for Toyota’s luxury brand. Now in its seventh year, the CT will soon follow the Prius and receive an update of … Read more

Where is my VIN Number Located?

vehicle identification number

Making sense of your vehicle’s VIN. All cars have a vehicle identification number, a 17-character alphanumeric identification unique to that vehicle. Commonly known as a VIN number, your vehicle’s ID is assigned when it is manufactured. And just as your Social Security Number (SSN) is unique to you, a VIN … Read more

Luxury Pioneer: 2017 Lexus ES

2017 Lexus ES 350.

The Lexus ES is a luxury sedan requiring no introduction. Now in its sixth generation, the ES line is one of two models that launched the Lexus brand in 1989 (the flagship LS is the other one) and remains Lexus’ top-selling model behind the RX SUV. The ES line has … Read more

SUV Rising: 2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Rogue.

A compact crossover with a growing audience. The Nissan Rogue was a latecomer to the compact SUV segment, but has certainly made up for lost time. Introduced in 2008 and overhauled in 2014, the Nissan Rogue is now one of the top sellers in the segment, trailing only the Honda … Read more

Drive Dissection: 2017 Nissan Maxima SR

2017 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight edition.

Nissan’s flagship sedan throws down 300 horses. The 2017 Nissan Maxima defies easy description. Or categorization. On the one hand, it is a mainstream midsize sedan. On the other hand, its upper-end trims rival the high-quality interiors you find in some luxury models. Adding further confusion to the mix is … Read more

Out and Back With the Subaru Outback

2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium edition.

The hot-selling Subaru Outback welcomes an all-new Touring edition. Long before crossovers became popular, the midsize Subaru Outback has established and maintained its own slice of the market. More wagon-like than SUV, the Outback brings in such utility attributes as an elevated suspension, standard all-wheel drive, and versatility — features … Read more

Fresh Conception: 2017 Nissan Titan Pickup Truck

2017 Nissan Titan

Nissan catches up to the competition. Introduced in 2004, the Titan gave Nissan its first full-size truck. That move trumped Nissan’s arch-rival, Toyota, which was still three years away from bringing a larger and more robust Tundra to the market. But an odd thing happened along the way — Nissan … Read more

Road Beast: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

A track-ready Jeep for the performance-minded driver. Think “Grand Cherokee” and all kinds of terms may come to mind. Premium SUV. Capable off-road navigator. Competent towing machine. We should add “road beast” to that list, especially when considering the specialty and high-end Grand Cherokee SRT. The SRT is not a … Read more

Behind the Wheel of a
2017 Kia Sorento SUV

2017 Kia Sorento.

Shop for a midsize SUV and you have more choices available to you than you can count on your two hands. To differentiate product line, manufacturers must develop ways to set their products apart. In Kia’s case, the automaker has gone with an extended wheelbase platform to deliver both two- … Read more

Midsize Luxury Sedan: 2017 Genesis G80

2017 Genesis G80

The Genesis G80 has arrived, a rebadged and upgraded version of the previous Hyundai Genesis Sedan. The new model takes direct aim at the midsize luxury sedan market and does so with available well-equipped trim choices at very competitive prices. Model Year Updates The Genesis G80 is a new model … Read more

Turbo Driven: 2016 Volkswagen Golf R

2016 Volkswagen Golf R

Few models can match the Golf R’s fun factor. Hot hatchbacks remain prized commodities. And this segment has only become hotter since Volkswagen introduced the current Golf R in 2015. As one of just three small sport models with all-wheel drive — the Subaru WRX STI and the Ford Focus … Read more

Capacious Compact Sedan: 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Small means big when it comes to the VW Jetta. The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact sedan, a five-passenger model offering three turbocharged gasoline engine choices. Now in its sixth generation, the Jetta offers a conservative style, excellent interior room, superior handling, and a roomy trunk. Model Year Updates Following … Read more

Tiny Cargo Transporter: 2016 Nissan NV200

2016 Nissan NV200.

A small cargo van for a niche market. Did you know Nissan has a burgeoning commercial vehicle business? This Japanese automaker with a huge manufacturing and distribution presence in the United States has pickup trucks, vans, and taxis designed with commercial customers in mind. With this particular sales division, Nissan … Read more

Introducing the Second-Generation GMC Acadia

2017 GMC Acadia

GMC’s midsize SUV lighter, smaller, & more efficient than the previous model. Eleven years is an awfully long time to stick with the same model. Typically, customer appeal fades after a few years. Even with product refreshes it usually requires a clean sheet design to reinvigorate consumer interest and the … Read more

Ringmaster: 2017 Audi A4 Compact Luxury Sedan

2017 Audi A4.

With Quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi A4 confidently displays its rings. The Audi A4 is a compact entry-level sedan, one of two such models offered by this German luxury manufacturer. It is sized slightly larger than the A3 and offers standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive, the latter based … Read more

Updated SUV: 2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

Small SUVs are a hot commodity — so much so that at least four models should top 300,000 units sold this year. The Toyota RAV is in hot pursuit of the segment-leading Honda CR-V, followed by the Nissan Rogue and the Ford Escape. Although sitting in a distant second place … Read more

Luxury Fervor: 2017 Jaguar XE

2017 Jaguar XE

If you don’t yet have Jaguar on your luxury vehicle shopping list yet, it is time to include it. Once considered an afterthought in the luxury segment, this distinctly British brand has made a name for itself. A string of new models, including the Jaguar XE, have effectively turned this … Read more

On the Road With a 2017 Volvo XC60

2017 Volvo XC60

Eight years is a long time to stay with any model and the XC60 is showing its age. But that fact hasn’t stopped Volvo from making important updates to the 2017 edition in advance of an all-new model debuting in 2018. When the XC60 rolled out in 2010, critics hailed … Read more

Road Test: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Among midsize SUVs, the Hyundai Santa Fe stands tall. No, it doesn’t sit higher than the competition, rather it possesses certain attributes its competitors don’t offer, namely superior bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties. In a crowded field, offering 5-year, 60,000-mile standard and 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranties might be considered the tiebreaker … Read more

Driven: Next-Generation 2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan Armada

The second-generation Armada has sailed into port. Few manufacturers build full-size, traditional body-on-frame sport utility vehicles these days. Count Nissan among the few. Among mainstream brands, the Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe, and the Ford Expedition are your choices. Of the five, the Armada is the newest … Read more

Refreshed: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Now in its fourth year, the midsize Santa Fe Sport SUV has been mildly refreshed. Hyundai has the midsize SUV segment nailed down with two very similar models: the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport and the three-row, seven-passenger Santa Fe. The latter one is based entirely on the former with … Read more

Energized by the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi

Ford’s PHEV is surprisingly reasonably priced. Three model years passed by and I finally got behind the wheel again of a Ford Fusion. Just like the last time, this model was the Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle based on Ford’s popular midsize car. Now in its fifth model … Read more

Experienced: 2016 Lexus LX 570

2016 Lexus LX 570

What’s big, beautiful, and seats eight? That would be the LX 570, the largest of four SUVs sold by Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand. Two hybrid variants are also available. This vehicle takes the bones of the highly capable Toyota Land Cruiser and adds Lexus panache to create one of the … Read more

Driven: The Third-Generation Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

The third-generation Honda Pilot takes a bow. Amongst three-row, midsize crossover utility vehicles, the Honda Pilot has made a name for itself. This seven-passenger model offers standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive, is powered by a V6 engine, and is all new for 2016. As before, it offers seating … Read more

Premium Small Sedan: Hyundai Elantra Limited

2017 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai’s compact sedan turns another chapter. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is all new, a compact sedan introduced in the early 1990s. Now in its sixth generation, the front-wheel drive Elantra continues to push the envelope in a competitive segment, by offering premium touches for this mainstream model. 2017 Hyundai Elantra … Read more

Stout Truck: Toyota Tacoma 4×4 TRD Off-Road

2016 Toyota Tacoma

To the hills with a highly capable Tacoma 4×4. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma kicked off the latest generation for this venerable midsize pickup truck. Although its footprint remains unaltered, the current model sees some important changes, including a new V6 engine, updated transmissions, and a refreshed cabin. The new model … Read more

2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali Redux

2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali

GMC’s largest and most luxurious SUV. The SUV market continues to expand as consumers make the shift away from cars. The GMC Yukon and the larger Yukon XL are part of that trend and include customers moving up from a minivan or a crossover utility vehicle. 2016 GMC Yukon XL … Read more

Style Maker: 2016 Honda Civic Coupe

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

Honda’s compact coupe delivers style, pluck, and determination. When it comes to model names, the Civic is one of the most enduring ones of all. Introduced to North America in 1973, this one-time subcompact has morphed into a sizable compact model now bordering on the midsize range. Honda remains one … Read more

Premium SUV: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature

2016 Mazda CX-9

Flagship CX-9 turns heads, stirs hearts. Three-row, midsize SUVs are popular models, taking over largely where minivans left off. The Mazda CX-9 is one of several models in the segment and is now in its second generation. In many ways the CX-9 is the flagship of the Mazda fleet, offering … Read more