Auto Reviews

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4x4 off-roading near Mt. Rainier in Washington state.
There is a very valid reason that pickups (along with SUVs) are the hot sellers in the North American market – they are simply highly usable vehicles. And our test of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4x4 DoubleCab verified that a pickup can be comfortable and perfect for hauling cargo. Powered by a 3...
The new CLA 45 from Mercedes-AMG offers six driving modes and an MBUX infotainment system with 3D graphics.
Trade tariffs. In late June, more than 600 associations and companies sent a multi-industry letter urging the Trump administration to avoid tariffs and reach a resolution on products imported from and exported to China. The “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland” campaign is supported by more than 150 trade...
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe has a lower roofline and more heavily raked windshield and rear window.
Top safety award. The 2019 Kia Stinger, in the large car category, has earned the highest designation of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on May 24. The Stinger wins the award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.       To...
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is versatile, provides excellent fuel economy, and has a price that is tough to beat.
The 2019 Golf SportWagen 1.4T S is what Volkswagen calls “The Sportier Utility Vehicle” – and from our view it appears to be true. This FWD wagon design was sporty enough, offered generous interior/cargo space, was fun to drive, and provided excellent fuel economy. Our tester was powered by the 1.4...
The 2019 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e Hybrid is comfortable, has generous safety features, and gets 50-plus MPG overall.
We have been fans of the Toyota Prius since we drove the first U.S. prototype some 20 years ago (it debuted in Japan in 1997 and the U.S. in 2000). Positive driveability and tech advances in this hybrid model have boosted its popularity and rising sales. The 2019 Prius XLE AWD-e Hybrid we recently...
The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, the brand’s first electric SUV, is the World Car of the Year award winner.
World Car awards. It was a triple win at the New York International Auto Show for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) as the Jaguar I-Pace won the 2019 World Car Design Car of the Year, World Car Green Car, and the overall World Car of the Year awards. It was the first time in the 15-year history of World Car...
Good handling and gracious fuel economy are part of the 2019 MINI Cooper Countryman SE ALL4 PHEV driving experience.
The 2019 MINI Cooper SE Countryman All4 PHEV is a fun wagon (MINI calls it a Sports Activity Vehicle) to drive, offers decent cargo capacity, and great fuel economy. It has EPA/DOT ratings of 65 MPGe or 27 MPG combine city/highway. Either way, it’s a winner.      Our likes, in addition to fuel use...
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition has a Rock-Trac 4x4 system.
Great value. Edmunds has awarded the 2019 models of the Subaru Impreza (compact category), Crosstrek (compact SUV), and WRX (sports car) with the Best Retained Value honors. The awards recognize models for their projected retained value over the initial five-year ownership period. “These awards...
DENTON, TEXAS (April 16, 2019) — After two days of test drives by dozens of journalists, the 2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT was awarded first place in the Mid-Size Luxury Car category at this year’s Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Auto Roundup. “We’re honored to receive this award from the members...
The 2019 Lexus RS450hL AWD hybrid shown near Leavenworth, Wash., handled skillfully in winter weather conditions.
It’s been a late but exceptionally harsh winter since early February in the Northwest with more snow still falling. Fortunately, we had two recent testers that were prepared for wintery roads. The 2019 Lexus RX450hL AWD was a splendid vehicle to drive across three mountain passes and abundant snowy...

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