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2022 Ford Explorer Timberline in mud

2022 Ford Explorer Timberline Review: Real Hardware Helps for Mild Off-Roading

My gut told me I should avoid the goopy, muddy tracks. I’d spent an hour exploring a fairly easy off-road trail with the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline, a route that took me up a lousy fire road to a clearing that was just muddy and uneven enough to see how the Explorer Timberline would handle …

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2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

2023 Kia Sportage First Drive: Off-Road X-Pro or On-Road Hybrid? We Try Both.

Kia’s Sportage is no stranger to off-roading. In its early days, the first-generation body-on-frame nugget of an SUV was the first to complete both the Baja 1000 and Paris-Dakar Rally. As Americans’ tastes have shifted, body on frame SUVs have so shifted to crossovers that have naturally become a bit softer and more on-road focused. …

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2022 Ford Maverick Lariat

2022 Ford Maverick Lariat EcoBoost Review: All the Truck Most Need

The entire internet has bemoaned the ballooning size of pickup trucks for what seems like forever. “Give us the old Ranger and S10,” keyboard warriors (quietly) shout. Ford’s kept the Ranger nameplate on a slightly larger truck, but brought back another old name for their new truck that is, well, kind of an old Ranger …

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2022 Lexus IS 500

2022 Lexus IS 500 Review: Imperfect Perfection is Part of The Charm

Toyota’s been on a roll lately. After president Akio Toyoda declared “no more boring cars” in 2017, we’ve seen a good number of hot, fun, and interesting vehicles roll in to showrooms. Not content to watch from the sidelines, Lexus has thrown their hat in the ring with the 2022 Lexus IS 500. It’s not …

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2023 Mazda CX-50 Zircon Sand

2023 Mazda CX-50 First Drive: Excellence On-Road with More Off-Roading and Towing Capability

Overlanding has seen a rise in popularity – or if nothing else, a rise in media coverage – as the world recovers from the stay-home mindset of a pandemic. This style of light to moderate off-roading encourages Americans to get out of the house, explore their beautiful country, and go a bit further into the wilderness …

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2022 Mini Cooper S

2022 Mini Cooper S 6-Speed Review: Campy, Quirky, Endearing – but It’ll Cost You

“Jackson and I were talking on the way here and we have a question for you,” my friend Jake said. We were at an impromptu Saturday night gathering, one to which I’d driven the 2022 Mini Cooper S I was reviewing that week. “Which automaker is the campiest brand on sale in the United States …

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2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Review: 54% More MPG with No Downsides

I can hear it already. “We’re here for enthusiast cars, what’s up with two hybrid crossovers in a row?” The reality of it is that selling bland appliances allows low-volume fun stuff to exist, and thus it’s in everyone’s best interest that the driving appliances of the world are as good as they can be. …

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2022 Lexus UX 250h

2022 Lexus UX 250h Review: Lexus’ Smallest ‘SUV’ Brings the Funk, Albeit Slowly

Go to the Lexus website and you’ll see headings for each category of vehicle they sell. Sedans. Coupes. SUVs. Simple enough, right? Hover over “SUVs” and you’ll see what initially appears to be Lexus’ entry in the subcompact crossover segment, the 2022 Lexus UX 250h. Subcompact crossovers have managed to become the New Hot Thing …

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Review: More Grand Wagoneer Than the Grand Wagoneer

“Good luck, and don’t. ***. it. up.” RuPaul Charles There are two vehicles in the Stellantis family that the company simply cannot screw up. Stellantis, the conglomerate that owns Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, and Jeep – among others – owns the ongoing development of the Chrysler minivan and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both vehicles more or less …

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Review & Towing Test: Great Improvement, but Misses Some Details

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder loses its CVT for a torque-converter automatic with actual gears. If you read nothing else, that is the reason to buy a new Pathfinder over the outgoing model. Nissan, among others, has been CVT-obsessed throughout the last decade or so. It’s been an adventure, one that seems to be fraught unless …

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