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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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2022 Kia Telluride towing

2022 Kia Telluride Review & Towing Test: Class-Leading and Proudly Priced

“I really like that Audi you drove today!” My barber, Lesley, is a bit of a car gal. Her second-story barbershop overlooks U Street Northwest, and she had glanced ever so briefly outside, catching me backing in to a “princess parking” spot right out front. But I wasn’t in an Audi. I was in a …

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2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium Plus Review: Upscale Hatchback or Premium Crossover? Or Both?

As the “crossover craze” continues, the lines between a crossover and hatchback from an enthusiast point of view are becoming more blurred. Manufacturers may want to stick to the crossover name, but the reality is many of these crossovers are dimensionally not far off from some beloved hot hatches of the past. High-end manufacturers like …

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2022 Grand Wagoneer enclosed trailer

2022 Grand Wagoneer Review & Towing Test: Following the O.G. Formula, But To What Effect?

Eleven point two. Yes, 11.2 miles per gallon is what I achieved after one week and 320.3 miles of driving the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Granted, half of those miles involved towing, and many of the others came from city driving. But the fuel economy I managed from the latest, biggest, throwbackiest Jeep-not-Jeep to hit …

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2022 Genesis G70 3.3T RWD

2022 Genesis G70 Review: Step Aside, Badge Snobs… This Is ‘Old 3-Series’ Good

Genesis is an interesting brand, leaning more toward sport or luxury depending on the model in question. While they do a great job of building well-equipped, decadent vehicles, their smallest sedan of three is also their most fun. The 2022 Genesis G70 is not a new car, with minimal changes for the new year to …

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