The Rugged Ford Bronco Off-Roader!

Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco takes on the Jeep Wrangler. It has been decades since we last saw a Bronco SUV, particularly a small one. But for 2022, the Ford Bronco is back, an all-new model that was initially launched in 1966. This four-wheel-drive SUV possesses the off-road chops one would expect … Read more

Petersen Automotive Museum Features Motorized Hollywood Icons

DMC DeLorean

Petersen Automotive Museum expands its collection of Hollywood rides. Think “Hollywood Icons” and names such as Greta Garbo, James Stewart, and Meryl Streep come to mind. But these decidedly human professionals have automotive counterparts or at least vehicles we recognize immediately. And even if we do not recall their precise … Read more

The Mazda CX-5 Moves Upmarket

2022 Mazda CX-5

We have long kept our eyes on Mazda, one of the smallest of the remaining Japanese automakers. Mazda has grown its brand over the years, thanks to styling flair, quality materials, and reliability. Did we say that they are also fun to drive? In the crushingly competitive compact crossover sport … Read more

The Ford Maverick is Your Urban Hauler

Ford Maverick

Our “right now” weekly driver is a Ford Maverick, the newest and smallest pickup truck model in Ford’s fleet. Introduced earlier this year, the 2022 Maverick is a compact model in a segment that has not been served since the 1990s. That is when manufacturers upsized their smallest trucks to … Read more

Kia Stinger: Going, Going, Gone?

This week’s ride is the Kia Stinger, a midsize rear-wheel-drive sedan-like model with a liftgate. That is a fancy term for a hatchback, a derisive moniker for those who recall the forgettable hatches of the 1970s. Instead, the Stinger is much more like the Audi A5 Sportback in design, if … Read more

These Models Won’t See the 2023 Model Year

2023

Every year, manufacturers retire model lines as market shifts weigh in. With the pivot to electrification upon us, certain names will not be around for the 2023 model year. Some of the models leaving have nothing to do with EVs coming onboard. Instead, they are sedans that are no longer … Read more

IIHS Recognizes Safest 2022 Vehicles

car crash

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced this month the vehicle models that it deems safest. Backed by the major insurance companies, the IIHS runs comprehensive crash tests on hundreds of vehicles each year and serves as the industry’s counterpart to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unlike … Read more

The Venerable Toyota Corolla Stands Strong

2022 Toyota Corolla

The 2022 Toyota Corolla soldiers on in the shrinking compact car segment. More than a half-century has passed, and the Toyota Corolla is one of the most recognized models in the world. In the U.S. market, sedan and hatchback versions are available, as is a hybrid. The Corolla remains a … Read more

Coming to America: Ford Ranger Raptor!

Ford Ranger Raptor

Rumors that the Ford Ranger Raptor would arrive stateside have percolated for months. Yesterday, the news boiled over when CEO Jim Farley confirmed that it would, by tweeting the same. The next-generation Ranger along with the Ranger Raptor will go on sale in 2023, with American and Canadian customers in … Read more

Brand Value: Tesla Shows Strongest Growth

Tesla Dealer

We love our brands and often base our purchases on recognition. Indeed, household names such as General Electric, DuPont, and General Motors enjoy a century (or two) of consumer support, but they are far from alone among the popular brands. Brand Finance, which tracks the popularity of some 5,000 brands … Read more

The Hyundai Santa Fe With Black Cladding

Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe gains an XRT trim with blacked-out touches. A few years back, Hyundai trailed its competitors in rolling out crossover models. But within a few years, it filled out its product line and updated its ongoing utility vehicle models, including the midsize, two-row Santa Fe. Now … Read more

Value Proposition: 2022 Nissan Altima Sedan

2022 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is your crossover alternative. Shoppers looking for a new ride that combines value, room, tech, and safety features might consider the Nissan Altima. This midsize, five-passenger sedan offers a solid alternative to crossover utility vehicles (which Nissan offers in abundance) and at a price point below $30,000. … Read more

It’s Back! Volkswagen Golf R Hot Hatch.

Volkswagen Golf R

The VW Golf R is back and better than ever. Not since 2019 have we seen a Golf R, the ultimate expression in subcompact hatchback prowess from Volkswagen. This model along with the GTI is all that’s left of the Golf product line for the U.S. market as VW pivots … Read more

Nissan is the Latest to Ditch V8s

Car manufacturers are running away from V8 engines at a steady clip or at least it seems that way. This week, we learned that Nissan will replace the 5.6-liter V8 powering its Armada SUV with a twin-turbocharged V6. We cannot say for certain if the Titan pickup truck will be … Read more

Kia, Buick Top J.D. Power Dependability Survey

Lexus UX Hybrid

Vehicle dependability is a huge consideration for consumers and who can blame them? After all, we expect our new rides to give us many years of trouble-free driving without niggling problems undermining that experience. In the most recent Vehicle Dependability Study released by J.D. Power, Kia took top honors. The … Read more

Is Chevrolet Done With Cars?

Chevrolet Camaro

In the nearly 120-year history of building cars in the United States, the Chevrolet name has stood above every brand for most years. Yes, the Ford brand launched first, but it did not take Chevrolet long to establish itself as the best-selling car manufacturer in America. But the market has … Read more

The Off-Road-Worthy GMC Canyon AT4

GMC Canyon

GMC’s off-road Canyon AT4 proves itself. The GMC Canyon is a midsize pickup truck and a strong alternative to the larger GMC Sierra 1500. The current-generation model was introduced in 2015 and has received several updates since. A new model is in the offing for next year, but the 2022 … Read more

Introducing the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Seven years is a long time between new models for an automotive brand. Then again, we are talking about Alfa Romeo, a niche Italian make from Fiat that is now under the auspices of Stellantis. The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale compact crossover is the first new model since the midsize … Read more

Lordstown Endurance: Ready, Set, Go?

Lordstown Endurance

Lordstown Motors may release the Endurance later this year. Bringing a new vehicle to the market is fraught with challenges. Bringing one from an upstart manufacturer who has not built one previously raises the stakes. Finally, building an electric truck for a segment that is just seeing them for the … Read more

Lights Out on the Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark

  America’s most inexpensive car is the Chevrolet Spark, an import from South Korea that is also one of the smallest models on the road. The Chevy Spark is a microcar or an A-Segment model with a starting price below $15,000. But if you want one, know that production ends … Read more

Chevrolet Milestone: 70th Anniversary of the Corvette

2023 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6

We’re many months away from the 2023 calendar year, but that’s not stopping Chevrolet from touting a very important milestone. Namely, the 70th anniversary of its Corvette sports car. Released for the 1953 model year, the Chevrolet Corvette brought sports car goodness to the U.S. from a domestic manufacturer, an … Read more

Ford Marks 100th Anniversary of Lincoln Ownership

Edsel Ford

Today marks an important milestone in the history of the Lincoln Motor Company. Precisely 100 years ago, the Ford Motor Company purchased Lincoln, paying automotive engineer and inventor Henry Leland $8 million for the acquisition. Since then, Ford has grown the brand to become the luxury marque it is today. … Read more

Off-Road Beast: 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

2022 Nissan Frontier

Nissan’s off-road PRO-4X trim delivers as promised. Nissan kept the previous-generation Frontier around for much longer than anyone thought possible. Indeed, the last model rolled out in 2005 and stayed around through 2021…17 years is a long time to stick with the same generation. For 2022, the Frontier is new, … Read more

Daimler Rebrands as Mercedes-Benz AG

Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has a new name. As of February 1, 2022, the company is formally called Mercedes-Benz AG. The moniker represents Daimler’s passenger vehicle operation only, following the spinoff of the company’s truck and bus division that’s officially known as Daimler Truck AG. Mercedes-Benz AG … Read more

Get Ready for $4/Gallon Gasoline

gas pump

After a brief reprieve, gas prices are on the rise again, averaging $3.37 per gallon as January 2022 draws to a close, according to AAA. (1) Prices are up 39-percent in one year and are at the highest level we’ve seen since 2014. Gas prices are set to climb further, … Read more

About the Mazda CX-50

Mazda CX-50

Mazda has a new model and this one was designed with the US market in mind. In January, Mazda rolled out the CX-50 from an Alabama assembly plant. This five-passenger, compact model updates the brand’s portfolio with a thoroughly modern and competitive utility vehicle. Mazda’s newest model is the first … Read more

What’s Up With Electric Trucks?

Atlis XT

The electric trucks are coming. Quick! What is that shiny object in your rearview mirror? If there aren’t blue lights flashing, there is a decent chance the object is electrified. Okay, maybe a 3 percent chance or so, which is around the selling rate of various full electric vehicles sold … Read more

Introducing the 2023 Toyota Sequoia

2023 Toyota Sequoia

An all-new Toyota Sequoia is on its way this summer. This third-generation model is redesigned for the 2023 model year. The latest Sequoia will showcase a twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid arrangement as standard equipment. Initially revealed on the Tundra, this hybrid makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Known internally … Read more

Extended Wheelbase Jeep Wagoneer on the Way?

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Is Jeep working on an extended wheelbase version of the Wagoneer or Grand Wagoneer? Ever since the new model debuted in 2021, rumors of a stretched wheelbase version of Jeep’s full-size SUV have surfaced. More recently, we have learned about camouflaged copies of the large Jeep being tested in the … Read more

Used Car Availability Up, But So Are Prices

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Used car prices continue to rise, averaging $28,205 in December 2021 according to Kelley Blue Book. Prices are up 28 percent over the previous year, an extraordinarily huge increase brought on by COVD-induced shortages and surging demand. Sparse inventories are being replenished too, with inventories rising to 50 days for … Read more