Sony Honda Mobility Inc. is a Go

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It is no secret that tech giant Sony desires to build automobiles. The company showcased a pair of EV concepts earlier this year, intending to find a partner to bring these models to the market. After a brief search, Sony is tapping Honda to bring its dreams to fruition. The … Read more

2022 Toyota RAV4 Off-Road, or Not?

Toyota RAV4 Off Road

The Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover SUV, a model available in standard, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid configurations. It now outsells the midsize Camry sedan and compact Corolla sedan and hatchback and is one of the best-selling vehicles in America. With such a strong nameplate driving sales, the automaker is … Read more

Product Review: Cobra RX680 Rugged Waterproof Walkie Talkies

Long before the digital age, a pair of walkie talkies supplied ideal short-term communication. Also known as a handheld transceiver (HT), kids of certain era looked forward to communicating with each other while running around the neighborhood. Walkie talkies do have some limits, including range, battery life, and weather conditions. … Read more

The 8 Best French Cars To Buy In 2022

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There’s something unique about French cars. It’s a combination of style, fun factor and something we can’t quite put our finger on. Something only French cars bring to the table but is unquantifiable. With better build quality than ever before and huge strides in reliability and ease of maintenance, French … Read more

Curiously Absent: Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck remains but a dream for this EV maker. Elon Musk is well known for his grand pronouncements, but at least his usual hoopla eventually becomes true. We waited ages for the first Telsa SUV and eventually got two models. A pair of sedans complete the product line. … Read more

About the Ford Mustang Mach-E Stop Sell Order

Ford Mustang Mach-E

A pending recall for the Ford Mustang Mach-E. This week, the Ford Motor Company ordered dealers to stop selling the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle. The order follows the recognition that a safety defect might make cars immobile. Currently, 49,000 vehicles are covered and will likely face a recall. Mach-E … Read more

Automakers Seek EV Tax Credit Expansion

If you’re a builder of an electric vehicle, one of the selling points is a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 available to most buyers. The credit saves customers money on their taxes, effectively reducing their ownership costs. Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit Available for applicable vehicles purchased after … Read more

Money-Losing Rivian Steadily Builds Production

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The upcoming Rivian R1S is delayed; investors write down losses. Rivian was the darling of the electric pickup truck market, that is until the Ford F-150 Lightning arrived. The Normal, Illinois-based manufacturer of all-electric vehicles enjoys financial backing from Amazon, Ford, and T. Rowe Price. But the company is bleeding … Read more

New Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon on Tap

GMC Canyon 2022

My, how much things have changed! Ten years ago, the midsize pickup truck market was seeing a steady decline. For instance, Ford ended the production of the Ranger for the US market, while GM abandoned the segment where it had previously offered two models. Even the Ram Dakota would only … Read more

Highlights of the 2022 Chrysler 300

2022 Chrysler 300

You’re forgiven if you don’t remember that the Chrysler brand still markets a full-size sedan. We will also forgive you if you did not realize that the Chrysler brand itself was still around. Such is life for the marque that once comprised the top-tier models for the Chrysler Corporation. Now … Read more

How Accidents Affect Car Prices

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You’re driving down the road, paying attention to your surroundings, and out of nowhere, a car clips your right rear fender. Somehow, you maintain control of the vehicle and manage to make your way off to the side of the road to assess the situation. Fortunately, everyone is okay, but … Read more

Where Can I Find My Car Paint Code?

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Fix that scratch yourself with the right paint code. For the umpteenth time you’ve taken your car to the store and like several times before it has acquired a new ding or a scratch. This time some paint was removed, exposing your finish to the elements and making your car … Read more

Possible Recall: Tesla Autopilot Vehicles

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Tesla is an early pioneer of Level 2 autonomous driving thanks to its so-called Autopilot technology. The equipment, though, is far from automatic as it still requires the driver to sit behind the wheel and intervene when necessary. Autopilot: SAE Level 2 Since its rollout in 2014, Autopilot has received … Read more

What Are the 6 Levels of Driving Automation?

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Editor’s Note: The world is on the cusp of autonomous driving, a technology that has been under development for decades. From time to time, Auto Trends Magazine has covered the topic, but we haven’t dissected the language involved. This article is the first of an occasional series of stories covering … Read more

Refreshed 2023 Nissan Altima Breaks Cover

2023 Nissan Altima

Like the minivan, the sedan was supposed to have gone away. But on closer inspection, even the minivan has staying power. Both body styles are surviving the increasing onslaught of utility vehicles. But for the remaining players, at least in the sedan segment, millions of shoppers still prefer them. One … Read more

Booming Vertical Markets Support EV Transition

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The global transition to electric vehicles (EV) is accelerating faster than expected with virtually every automaker pumping billions of dollars into new manufacturing facilities. Auto Trends has closely covered these developments, including a truly incredible groundswell over just the past year: Foxconn at the former Lordstown plant in Ohio, Ford … Read more

First Look: 2023 Toyota Sequoia

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If the Toyota Sequoia is a mystery to you, then you’re in strong company. Last updated in 2008, this full-size SUV is all-new for 2023. Certainly, 15 years is a long time between updates, which explains why the Sequoia does not ring a bell with some. But thanks to an … Read more

What is the Coefficient of Drag?

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Aerodynamics is a point of great concern to every automaker out there. It is a major component of fuel economy, even if some people and manufacturers still utilize it as a soft form of advertising. Each builder loves showcasing how small their drag coefficient is, but the question is, what … Read more

Jeep Wrangler Fails Tip Over Test… Again

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Tip over test reveals a persistent safety concern for the Jeep Wrangler. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently put the 2022 Jeep Wrangler through its crash test paces, but once again the Wrangler failed the driver-side small overlap crash test. That test was initially conducted on the … Read more

Quick Spin: Toyota bZ4X

2023 Toyota bZ4X

Spending a week or even a full day with a new model gives us a proper introduction to the vehicle. But when time is of the essence, sometimes there are only minutes available for a preview. That is exactly what happened during a near week-long press trip to Toyota’s headquarters … Read more

The Toyota Experience Center is on a Different Level

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The hidden gem of the Toyota Experience Center. Toyota Motor Corporation is one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world. It also has a strong presence in North America, a market that outsells its Japanese home market, 2-to-1. Comprised chiefly of the Toyota and Lexus brands, the company has … Read more

13 Smart Pointers to Aid Your Test Drive

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A comprehensive test drive is an essential element of the car-buying process, irrespective of whether you’re a first-time car buyer or someone who’s trading up to a brand-new vehicle. In either case, you probably want something reliable, and you might desire technologies such as Siri Eyes Free, a digital dashboard, … Read more

At a Glance: 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

If Toyota creates an all-new product, a hybrid is certain to follow, right? It almost seems that way. Ever since the Prius rolled out in the late 1990s and was followed by hybrid variants of other Toyota models, it is almost a given that a gas-electric version follows. But there … Read more

4 New Powertrains for the 2023 Lexus RX

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If your product launched a segment and still dominates it, how do you maintain that position? That’s a challenge Lexus faces with its midsize RX crossover, a model introduced in 1998. The RX has done exceedingly well for the brand, with a record 115,230 units sold in 2021. That means … Read more

Flood-Damaged Car and What You Should Do

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A flood-damaged car may be a total loss. Today marks the official start of hurricane season, six months when such storms are most likely to occur. The season also serves as a warning to millions of Americans to remain alert and get prepared. But it doesn’t take hurricane season to … Read more

Ford Bronco Raptor by the Numbers

Ford Bronco Raptor

Ford fans love their Raptors, with high-performance F-150 and Ranger models to play. A third model, the 2022 Bronco Raptor arrives this summer, pushing the off-road antics ever higher. Of the three, we expect that the Bronco Raptor will be the top pick for trail crunching. 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor … Read more