Introducing the Toyota Avalon TRD

Toyota’s flagship sedan now offers a TRD option. We may be looking at crossovers more than ever before, but there are some sedans on the market worth exploring, including the 2020 Toyota Avalon. The Avalon is now in its fifth generation (second generation for the hybrid) and was overhauled in … Read more

Toyota Camry Hybrid: Big Fuel Savings

Hybrid models have evolved over the years. The first models were bulbous vehicles designed to minimize airflow and maximize fuel economy. Indeed, the Toyota Prius and first-generation Honda Insight were perhaps the best representations of what gas-electric hybridization could do. Along the way, industry leader Toyota applied its “hybrid synergy … Read more

The Fifth-Generation 2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4

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

The Sedan is Dead:
Long Live the 2019 Nissan Altima!

Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and GM have each announced the discontinuation of several car models in recent years, including the Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200, Ford Focus, and the Buick LaCrosse. Apparently, these manufacturers have read the writing on the wall, which in no unmistakable terms indicates “crossovers.” The reason manufacturers are … Read more

Maxima Fighter: 2018 Toyota Camry XSE

2018 Toyota Camry XSE

Behind the wheel of the top-of-the-line Camry XSE. What was once bland is now grand — Toyota’s midsize Camry lost the last of its plainness when an all-new version of this midsize sedan rolled out for the 2018 model year. The latest Camry easily matches the segment’s pacesetters, delivering handsome … Read more

America’s Top 10 Selling Vehicles in 2017

New vehicle sales dip slightly in 2017. US passenger vehicle sales fell by 1.8 percent in 2017, the first year-over-year loss in seven years. However, the drop was modest and certainly wasn’t a surprise. In 2017, 17,230,436 new sales were recorded, down from a record 17,550,394 in 2016. Light trucks, … 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

Highlights of the 2018 Toyota Camry

The eighth-generation Toyota Camry is the largest, most powerful and efficient one yet. The 2018 Toyota Camry will soon debut, an all-new model that launches this midsize sedan’s eighth generation. The new Camry is a clean sheet redesign and is the latest model built on the Toyota New Global Architecture … Read more

All-New 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Tops 50 MPG

The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid by the numbers. Toyota has long held a big edge in the hybrid market, easily selling more vehicles than all of its competitors combined. The Prius, of course, is the best-known Toyota hybrid, but there are other hybrid models available based on the Camry, Avalon, … Read more

Overtaken: Toyota Camry Falls to Third

America’s best-selling car is now a crossover. For most of the past two decades, the Toyota Camry has been America’s best-selling car. Routinely, Toyota could count on selling more than 400,000 units most years, peaking at 473,108 units in 2007. Even following the latest recession where sales bottomed out at … Read more

All-Wheel Drive Edge: 2017 Subaru Legacy

New Sport trim adds pop to the Legacy line. Subaru can no longer be considered a niche car manufacturer. Fresh off its eighth consecutive year of record growth, this burgeoning Japanese brand continues to attract a wider base of American car shoppers, thanks in large part to its SUV-skewed lineup. … Read more

US Auto Trends: First Half 2016

Is the US automotive market at its peak? The dust has settled following June’s US auto sales manufacturer reports, giving analysts ample fodder to examine the current auto trends. As you probably already know, light truck and utility vehicle sales are up, while car sales are down. Yet, there are … Read more

Baseball, Apple Pie, and the Toyota Camry?

Two surveys show very different American-made vehicle winners. The US automakers have traditionally held up the red, white, and blue as reasons for buying their cars. Trouble is, not every Ford, Chevrolet or Chrysler is made in America. And for those vehicles built here in the good ‘ole US of … Read more

Next Generation Kia Optima Bows in New York

Five years after releasing its most advanced Optima midsize sedan yet, Kia is not resting on its laurels. Indeed, the Korean automaker has moved the Optima forward a full generation, by presenting a new design with European styling, an updated premium cabin, and improved ride and handling. The front-wheel drive, … Read more

On the Road With the Family Toyota Camry

America’s best selling car model holds tight to its lead. A V-6 option adds performance, although it lacks the handling characteristics of a sports sedan. The 2015 Toyota Camry has an appealing visage and offers a model for a variety of shoppers, including an available hybrid edition. 2015 Toyota XSE … Read more

Driven: 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

Behind the wheel of Nissan’s best seller. The Nissan Altima is as American as any sedan gets. Built in Canton, Mississippi, this five-passenger, front-wheel drive midsize sedan features a chrome-wrapped grille, long overhangs and generous room inside. But it is built by a Japanese manufacturer, Nissan, a company that has … Read more

Now Competitive: 2015 Chrysler 200S

Quite easily the 2015 Chrysler 200 is the best midsize sedan ever to wear a Chrysler badge. Don’t get all giddy about my statement just yet — Chryslers offerings in this segment have included the LeBaron, Cirrus, Sebring and the 200. Under performers all and in one of the toughest … Read more

Midsize Maven: 2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited

The Hyundai Sonata is not the best selling vehicle in the midsize segment. That honor belongs to the Toyota Camry. 2014 Hyundai Sonata Limited As a matter of fact, the Sonata trails the Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and the Ford Fusion. And at present, it is running neck and … Read more

2015 Toyota Camry Overhaul Breaks Cover

Best selling sedan receives a makeover. The current generation Toyota Camry rolled out for the 2012 model year, as mild of an update as you might find. The overall dimensions of the model remained the same and critics faulted Toyota for playing it safe as it sought to retain its … Read more

The Five Top Selling Midsize Sedans of 2013

2013 Midsize Sedans The Toyota Camry was threatened, but it did not lose its place as the top selling car in America in 2013. That threat came largely from other midsize models as its competitors launched new or updated vehicles in a bid to siphon sales from the Camry. Alas, … Read more

On the Road With the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Imagine the frustration at GM when the feedback trickling in for the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was lukewarm at best. Six years after releasing a stunningly improved and widely acclaimed midsize sedan, the next generation model was faulted by some critics for its exterior styling, its uninspiring dashboard layout and … Read more

About the 2014 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai refreshes its popular midsize Sonata sedan. Without a doubt, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata shook up the midsize segment, forcing its competitors to sit up and take notice. That vehicle introduced a new “fluidic sculpture” design language to the Korean make’s line, what has been replicated elsewhere from the tiny … Read more

Is the Nissan Altima the Best in its Class?

The Nissan Altima is all-new for 2013, the fifth generation of this popular midsize sedan. A coupe is also available, but it is based on the fourth generation Altima and will no longer be offered after 2013. A week spent with the Nissan Altima SL has convinced this writer that … Read more

List of Best Midsize Sedans for 2012

Auto trends has reviewed 2012 sales data and surprising absolutely no one, the Toyota Camry remains the best-selling midsize sedan in America. It is also the best selling passenger car trailing only the Ford F-Series as the top selling model for 2012. Midsize Sedans Vehicles in this segment typically are … Read more

How to Snag a Year End Car Deal

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You can save money on a new car. The calendar year is officially drawing to a close and that means one thing: year end car deals can be had. Why such an emphasis on pushing more metal out of dealer showrooms at this time of the year? Bragging rights, mostly. … Read more