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2021 GMC Yukon AT4 towing

2021 GMC Yukon AT4 Towing Review: For Enclosed Trailers, Go Bigger or Differently

Look around any track paddock and you’ll see throngs of General Motors’ full-size SUVs. They’re a staple, and for good reason. Based on the GM half-ton pickup chassis, Chevrolet’s Tahoe and Suburban and GMC’s Yukon and Yukon XL offer a wagon-shaped pickup alternative that can tow open or enclosed trailers alike. I took a 2021 …

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2021 Polestar 2

2021 Polestar 2 Review: Carefully Optioned, Better than a Tesla Model 3?

If you’ve shopped for a performance-oriented, road-trip-range sort of electric car with that was truly “an car” – not a crossover of some sort – your only options until recently came from Tesla, in the form of the smallish Model 3 and largeish Model S. There are plenty of reasons to like the Model 3, and plenty …

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2021 Lexus LS 500

2021 Lexus LS 500 Review: Magic Carpet Ride with Complicated Technology

“I think I’m going to do something very silly,” I said to my passenger. Nick, a current student at my alma mater and member of its motorsports club, was riding shotgun in the 2021 Lexus LS 500 that I was driving. I had traveled a few hours outside Washington, D.C. to attend the club’s fall …

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2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback

2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback Review: Fun-First and Utilitarian Enough

I’m a stick in the mud when it comes to SUVs and crossovers. I grew up with trucky, un-fun (as high-speed driving goes) SUVs built on ladder frames, and early unibody crossovers weren’t much different. Sure, performance variants have come and gone over the years, but they’ve still stuck to the theme of “fast boxes.” …

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2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Review: Legitimately, Surprisingly Good Off-Road

“Come on, come on, figure it out,” I half-shouted at the dashboard. The nose of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness was pointed relatively skyward, three of the four wheels balanced on a mix of dry dirt and rocks as I prodded the throttle. The front right wheel was a foot or more in the air …

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2021 Toyota Sienna Platinum

2021 Toyota Sienna Review: Driver-Focused ‘Gearhead Van’ or Hybrid People Hauler?

Minivans were just hitting their stride when I was a little kid. We had some family friends who were still living out their station wagon fantasies, and others that had bought in to the first wave of minivan fandom (vandom?) with Caravans, Voyagers, Windstars, and Astros. I thought those vans were excessively cool and begged …

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2021 Hyundai Venue Denim

2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Review: Funky, High Value, Needs More Power

Small cars used to have more personality. Remember the 1990s? We had neon paint colors, incredibly bizarre seat fabric patterns, and occasionally, a zestier-than-usual engine dropped in for some added performance. Despite recent trends pushing everything into this weird aspirational quasi-lux space, Hyundai has built a funky little hatchback called the Venue. It gets funkier …

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2022 Subaru BRZ blue Lime Rock

2022 Subaru BRZ First Drive: More Power, More Torque, More Fun on Track

“Raise your hand if you thought we’d make a second generation of this car,” said the product planner for the 2022 Subaru BRZ. I was among a group of eighteen automotive media and roughly four of us raised our hands as the presentation began. The joint sports-car project between Subaru and Toyota first went on …

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C8 Corvette Accelerate Yellow

2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Review: Street Drive & Track Time at Spring Mountain

In a world of crossovers, it’s always a treat to spend time with something a bit lower to the ground. Evaluating performance cars on the street only shows so much, though. Painting the most full picture of a sports car’s capability requires track time – something many manufacturers are loathe to approve when I ask. …

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