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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Review: Get Your Feet Wet in the EV Kiddie Pool

We all know those people. The early adopters. The ones who have to have the latest and greatest of everything, including cars. Many of “those people” are probably driving electric by now – some might be on their second or third EV. The future of driving appears to be at least partially battery-powered, and the number …

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2021 Mazda3 Turbo

2021 Mazda3 Turbo Review: It’s Like a Mazdaspeed3 in a Suit. Sort Of.

Since its debut in 2004 as a Protége replacement, the Mazda3 has been a perennial favorite for buyers wanting a fun-enough, practical sedan or hatchback. Many enthusiasts have flocked to the Mazda3 as well, both in naturally-aspirated form and – for a few model years over two generations – in turbocharged Mazdaspeed3 “hot hatchback” guise. …

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2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT

2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT Review: The Funnest Hatchback, Now For Everyone

The second brand-new car I reviewed on this website was a 2019 Hyundai Veloster N. I had such a fun week with the little pale-blue hatchback, and would hop on a soapbox about how great it was to drive for anyone who’d listen. I tried to be objective in that review, but in hindsight, worried …

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2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Review: She Seems to Have That Invisible Touch

Genesis, Hyundai, and Kia are on the rise lately, pumping out cars that are not only amazing to drive but offer unique, bold designs. The all-new 2021 Genesis G80 is no exception, but none of this recent growth is a coincidence.  The story starts with BMW around 2014. A man named Albert Biermann had been …

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Nitro Yellow 2021 Toyota Supra

2021 Toyota Supra 3.0 Review: Getting the Full-Powered B58 Experience

Car enthusiasts and self-proclaimed purists have loved to complain about the fifth-generation Toyota Supra since it was first announced as a joint partnership with BMW, then released for the 2020 model year. It’s not a Toyota. It’s tarnishing the Supra name. I get it, but the current Supra is a really good car no matter …

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Introducing (Another) Jake: MINIs and Musicals Don’t Always Co-Exist, Except When They Do

Often, people do not believe me when I tell them my first word was, in fact, “truck.” I’ve received various reactions to that fact, from genuine curiosity, to skepticism, to chuckles at the predictability of the statement. But regardless of the reaction, I’m always amused by sharing that, because it lets people know how deeply …

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2021 Acura TLX Fathom Blue

2021 Acura TLX Advance Review: Take The Long and Winding Way Home

Come to a National Auto Sport Association track weekend and you’ll see a rowdy bunch of racers in older Hondas and Acuras, battling inches off each others’ bumpers for podium finishes in a growing Honda Challenge racing series. Talk to the same racers in the paddock, and you’ll find out that a decent number of …

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2020 Chevy Bolt EV

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review: Road-Tripping with No Home Charging

There seem to be two vocal camps of automotive enthusiasts when it comes to electric cars. One group thinks they’re the absolute devil, refusing to see them as anything but soulless transportation for the masses. The other flips to the opposite extreme, declaring ICE (internal combustion engines) cars as disgusting relics. Then you’ve got me, …

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2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Review: Largely Likable, but Lightly Lacking

Hybrids aren’t our primary focus here, as they’re often not very… performance-oriented. You know the drill. Pair a drone-y, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder to a continuously-variable transmission and some dorky “I’m so different” eco-virtue-signaling styling and you don’t really get a heart-pumping recipe. Kia, thankfully, took a different approach with the 2021 Sorento Hybrid. While I found …

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