Used Car Bargain Bin: Daewoo Nubira

Daewoo Nubira

Sold worldwide, the Daewoo Nubira is a compact sedan, hatchback, or station wagon manufactured between 1997 and 2004. This is one of the few cases where the car was truly available on most continents. Models have sold in the United Kingdom, Africa, Europe, Australia, and briefly even in North and … Read more

What is the Kia Picanto?

Kia Picanto GT

One in a series of articles examining makes and/or models not sold in the U.S. market. The Kia Picanto is a small hatchback that was introduced in 2004. The Korean brand brought it to the market as a viable and practical city car that would appeal to buyers looking for … Read more

Presenting the All-New Toyota Sienna Hybrid

The Toyota Sienna is hybrid-only as it starts its fourth generation. The minivan segment is shrinking, but the remaining players are committed as they regularly introduce new or improved models. For instance, the Chrysler Pacifica offers a plug-in hybrid, the Kia Carnival replaces the Sedona with a crossover look, and … Read more

The 2021 Nissan Sentra Exudes Its Altima Vibes

The Nissan Sentra incorporates many design details from the Altima. The family sedan still has a place in many homes as these models bring style, value, efficiency, and affordability to the market. Nissan is well represented in this area with models such as the flagship Maxima, midsize Altima, compact Sentra, … Read more

A Look Back at the Ford Mustang II

Ford Mustang II

Not every Mustang was a superstar. The Ford Mustang II is a bit of an odd bird when it comes to sports cars. Based on its brand name, it’s technically labeled a muscle car. However, its interior parts and lackluster engine make this classification dubious. While highly regarded in its … Read more

Highlights of the 2021 Nissan Rogue

The compact crossover sport utility vehicle market is booming and that’s no surprise. These models have largely replaced the family sedan, offering similar five-person seating, better cargo space, and decent trailering. Among the best-selling models in this segment is the Nissan Rogue, which launched its third generation for 2021. We’ll … Read more

Introducing the All-New 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Teams With Amazon to debut the new Outlander SUV. There’s a first for everything. In Mitsubishi’s case, it teamed with Amazon Live to debut its latest model, the 2022 Outlander. The new vehicle, a compact crossover with room for seven, will be built in Japan and begin arriving in … Read more

All-New Acura TLX Takes Charge

Acura replaces two models with the all-new TLX. Acura is Honda’s premium brand, but it doesn’t always receive the respect it deserves. Some of that “Rodney Dangerfield” treatment may be related to its small portfolio, which is dwarfed by competing manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. Another reason … Read more

Second Look: 2020 Nissan Sentra

The 2020 Nissan Sentra is available in three trims, including this sporty top-of-the-line SR trim. On occasion, manufacturers will supply a specially trimmed model, then follow a few months later with a different trim. Two or more shares of the same product with media folk is a way for the … Read more

Style Maker: The All-New Nissan Versa

The all-new Versa offers its own take on the brand’s “V Motion” grille. With three new Nissan car models in just over a year, you might think the segment is poised to rebound. It likely isn’t, especially as sales of crossovers and trucks remain strong. Of course, we’re imagining what … Read more

Quilted Seats and a Nissan Sentra

The market for cars continues to shrink, but some manufacturers are doubling down even as others depart the segment. For 2020, Nissan presents an all-new Sentra, its five-passenger, front-wheel-drive compact sedan. The latest model is its most stylish one yet and borrows elements from the popular Altima sedan. 2020 Nissan … Read more

On the Road With a 2020 Mazda CX-5

If you’re looking for an affordable family car with room five, ample utility space, and available towing capacity, then the compact crossover SUV segment is a great place to start. Small and affordable, most models start in the low 20s and top out in the mid-30s when loaded to the … Read more

Highlights of the 2020 Nissan Versa

Small cars typically offer big value and the 2020 Nissan Versa is an excellent example of such a model. Redesigned for 2020, the Versa is Nissan’s smallest car, a subcompact five-passenger sedan. One of the big changes for the year is that the previously available Versa Note hatchback is no … Read more

Toyota Yaris: Small Footprint; Big Value

If you take heed to various Internet reports, you may think that new car ownership is far beyond your reach. Indeed, in May 2019, Kelly Blue Book reported the average transaction price for a light vehicle (passenger vehicle) was $37,185. But the average transaction price can be certainly misleading, as … Read more

Value Leader: 2020 Volvo XC40

Volvo’s strategy is unlike any other manufacturer as it has been “all in” on electrification for several years. No, the company hasn’t abandoned the internal combustion engine yet, but they’ve narrowed the field to just one engine to power its entire lineup. That engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder workhorse, offered … Read more

Highlights of the 2020 Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger is back and in some ways it is better than ever. Indeed, the current model, which was released in 2019, is now a midsize pickup truck. This means it is better suited to take on the likes of the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, Jeep Gladiator, … Read more

Hyundai’s 18K Venue SUV

It’s official: Hyundai’s latest utility vehicle, the tiny Venue, starts at $18,345, which includes the destination charge. The all-new model gives Hyundai five SUVs, supplying customers with a wide choice of models to consider. We’ll see the first Venues arrive in dealer showrooms by the end of November. 2020 Hyundai … Read more

Highlights of the 2020 Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent is the smallest of all cars sold by this Korean manufacturer. It sits beneath a cohort of compact Hyundai models, including the Elantra, Veloster, and Ioniq. Introduced in 1994, the 2020 Hyundai Accent represents the third year of this fifth-generation model. A hatchback version is no longer … Read more

At a Glance: 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

An all-new Corolla Sedan arrives for 2020. The Toyota Corolla is one of the best-known and most popular models in the world, with more than a half-century of history its claim. In 2019, the twelfth-generation model rolled out, this time in hatchback form. For 2020, an all-new sedan debuts, giving … Read more

Hot Hatch: 2019 Mazda3

All-wheel drive comes to Mazda’s compact hatchback and sedan. The Mazda3 hatchback adds available all-wheel drive, perhaps setting the framework for Mazdaspeed to return. Mazda is a small player in a world of large car manufacturers, but its presence outstrips its size. The company is best known for mainstreaming the … Read more

Return of the Chevrolet Blazer

Chevy adds another crossover model.   Chevy’s Blazer makes its presence known.   The Chevrolet Blazer first emerged in the late 1960s, a name affixed to a full-size sport utility vehicle. Even as the model was renamed the Tahoe in the 1990s, the Blazer appellation also found its way to … Read more

Drop-Top Delight: 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Heavy pollen and spring rains are in abundance in my area at this time of the year, which makes it difficult, if not downright challenging to evaluate any drop-top model. But the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one vehicle I do not see all that often, therefore when an opportunity to … Read more

The Fifth-Generation Toyota RAV4 Evaluated

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover utility vehicle with room for five. it comes with a four-cylinder engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and offers all-wheel drive. A hybrid variant is marketed separately. Launched stateside in 1996, the RAV4 has gradually grown in size and importance. Indeed, it is … Read more

Going Rogue in Nissan’s Popular Crossover

Note: Moving forward, Auto Trends will give our recommendation of the trim and packages we think you should consider when shopping for a new car. Although we don’t specifically endorse any model, the fact that a vehicle is reviewed by us means we find it acceptable for your purchase consideration. … Read more

The All-New Toyota Avalon Hybrid Combines Luxury With Efficiency

Toyota launches the latest generation Avalon Hybrid sedan. The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a large, five-passenger front-wheel-drive sedan that’s also all-new. While some competing manufacturers are fleeing sedans altogether, Toyota is doubling down and releasing new models, including the hybrid version of its flagship sedan. The current version is … Read more

Handsome Wagon: 2019 Volvo V60

The V60 is all new and handsomely designed at that. Just as some manufacturers are distancing themselves from cars, Volvo is embracing them. Further, these car models are not just sedans, but wagons. Indeed, this Swedish automaker offers not one, but two wagon models, including the all-new 2019 V60. No, … Read more

Polestar Powered: 2019 Volvo S60

Fast times in a Polestar sedan. Electrification is now a significant part of what Volvo is all about. Indeed, the Swedish automaker continues to roll out plug-in variants of its cars and crossovers, models which are more efficient but also pack a strong punch. The 2019 Volvo S60 is one … Read more

Small Nissan Crossover SUVs:
Kicks, Rogue Sport and Rogue

Three small crossovers give Nissan a leg up among its competitors. Small Nissan Crossovers In 2007, Nissan didn’t have a single crossover utility vehicle available that was smaller than a midsize model. That deficiency hurt this manufacturer as consumer demand for such established models as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V … Read more