Jeep Wrangler Fails Tip Over Test…Again

Jeep Wrangler tip over

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

What Do Engineers Look for in a Crash Test?

car crash

There’s quite a bit of controversy regarding crash tests. The most recent one involved the all-new Dacia Jogger and how it earned a one-star rating in the Euro NCAP test, despite it not being tested. On other occasions, the car seemingly looks like a pile of metal and receives top … 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

Premium Crossover: Mazda’s 2021 CX-30

The 2021 CX-30 is one of four Mazda crossover models. We’re long-time admirers of Mazda, the little Japanese automaker that could. Overshadowed by Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, Mazda is much like Subaru and to a much lesser extent, Mitsubishi, in finding and exploiting a niche in the new vehicle market. … Read more

10 Thoughts About the Hyundai Venue

  The Hyundai Venue returns for its second year, continuing in its role as the brand’s smallest utility vehicle. It is also Hyundai’s second cheapest model, with only the Accent sedan priced lower. The Venue brings to the market several things besides its diminutive size, including value, affordability, roominess, and … Read more

Sportback Elegance: 2021 Volkswagen Arteon

The Volkswagen Arteon is a premium-class four-door sedan with a coupe-like presence. The Volkswagen Arteon is the “odd duck” amongst mainstream midsize sedans. Firstly, it really isn’t a sedan. Instead, the Arteon has a coupe-like roofline that ends in a liftback. Secondly, the Arteon is a class or two above … Read more

Sport Luxury Thrills: 2021 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

2021 Infiniti Q60

Infiniti’s luxury sport coupe soldiers on. The incredibly shrinking car market means there are fewer sedans and coupes for the choosing, including among the premium and luxury brands. Indeed, the Lincoln marque is comprised entirely of utility vehicles, with the last sedan sold in 2020. Not every luxury brand has … Read more

Highlights of the 2021 Nissan Rogue

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

Midsize Performance Master: 2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

A performance-oriented version debuts for the Hyundai Sonata. Performance and a midsize sedan don’t mix, but that belief is fading fast. Indeed, several manufacturers offer sedans with sporty variants, giving customers a choice that goes beyond the average people mover. With the midsize Sonata, Hyundai has offered some decent performers … Read more

Sporty and Elegant: Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 supplies a powerful presence among small SUVs. Mazda may be a small player in the automotive sphere, but not one model fails to garner the attention it deserves. Credit goes to Mazda designers for delivering a fetching design across its entire model line. That model line now includes … Read more

Automated Driving? IIHS Researchers Detect Ambivalence

IIHS researchers monitor driver reaction to advanced technologies. Vehicle automation is here or at least the foundational elements are in place. The big push toward driverless cars continues, but there is some ambivalence amongst drivers as witnessed by Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) researchers. Indeed, as IIHS co-workers went … Read more

Bantam Conveyance: 2017 Fiat 500

Behind the wheel of Fiat’s tiniest model. City cars are the smallest models you can purchase in North America, typically defined by such A-segment vehicles as the Smart ForTwo, Scion iQ, Chevrolet Spark, and the Fiat 500. Few manufacturers have dared to release such models for American and Canadian consumers, … Read more

Maximum Fun With a Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman offers an interesting twist on the small SUV frame. Think “Mini” and words such as tiny, small, and diminutive come to mind. That’s appropriate as the two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop measures just 151.1 inches long. But Mini is more than just one model, with both the Countryman … Read more

Stylish Mazda CX-5 All New for 2017

Mazda packs in a little zoom-zoom for some fun-fun. Compact SUVs dominate the market with some models jockeying for best-seller status this year. Consumers love these vehicles, which explains why the 2017 CX-5 remains Mazda’s top model. If you’re looking for something that isn’t a Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet or … Read more

First Drive: 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Behind the wheel of Hyundai’s updated Sonata midsize sedan. Updated Jan. 11, 2018, to reflect latest crash testing score. Demand for cars may be shrinking, but some of the remaining players are staying in the game, even ratcheting up their offerings in an effort to slice out a larger portion … Read more

Premium Compact: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Top-of-the-line 2017 Elantra trim delivers the trappings in style. Compact sedans typically offer great value, supplying an ideal entryway to new car ownership for the majority of consumers. Nearly all manufacturers offer one, although the segment has been taking a hit as shoppers continue to shift their purchase decisions to … Read more

Plug It In: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime

Fourth-generation Prius includes a new plug-in Prius Prime model. How many Prius models are there? Four, including the all-new Prius Prime — a plug-in electric vehicle based on the standard Prius theme. The Prius Prime isn’t the first Prius plug-in hybrid, but it does reflect the presence of Toyota’s latest … Read more

Lexus NX Hybrid Shines in a Niche Segment

Compact NX is the smallest of four Lexus SUVs. Low fuel prices haven’t halted Lexus’ advance in all things hybrid. Piggybacking on Toyota Motors’ technology, Lexus’ gas-electric vehicles currently number five model lines and soon will be joined by two 2018 models: the LC 500h coupe and the LS 500h. … Read more

Limousine Style: 2017 Audi A8L

2017 Audi A8L

Audi’s flagship has limousine-like room at the ready. The Audi A8L is a flagship luxury sedan, an all-wheel drive conveyance presented as an extended (A8L) wheelbase model only. A standard wheelbase model (A8) was also offered through 2016, then discontinued. This means that all 2016 and 2017 Audi A8L models … Read more

Luscious Premium Sedan: 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring

On the road with a premium mainstream sports sedan. The car segment is under assault with consumers preferring crossovers in greater numbers as the reason for the shrinking demand. Indeed, overall car sales (coupes, sedans, and wagons) fell by 8.1 percent in 2016 in a passenger vehicle market that rose … Read more

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

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

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

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

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: 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