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Refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica gets a new look, all-wheel drive


(June 6, 2020) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The newly redesigned 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will deliver all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, combined with a fresh new look and feel and the most standard safety features of any vehicle in the industry, when it hits dealerships later this year, but AWD is arriving early for those who just can’t wait. Dealers can now order the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition, making the all-weather-capable, seamless and fully automatic AWD system available for the current model-year Pacifica.

2020 BMW X1

MIAMI — As you may surmise from the numerical designation, the X1 is the smallest of BMW’s fleet of  SUVs, but don’t sell it short. This is a roomy vehicle that delivers both a fun driving experience while remaining true to the functional aspects of the SUV segment, or SAV for Sports Activity Vehicle in BMW parlance.

2020 Toyota Highlander

PHOENIX — The ubiquitous Toyota Highlander is the best-selling three-row crossover utility vehicle in the very crowded mid-sized segment. Facing stiff competition from superb all-new or redesigned competitors like the excellent Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, a new generation 2020 Ford Explorer, and others, Toyota has introduced its completely redesigned fourth-generation Highlander for 2020.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo

PHOENIX — Porsche’s first all-electric car, the 2020 Taycan (pronounced Tie-kahn meaning “lively young horse”) is a profoundly impressive sports sedan. It delivers every bit of refinement, driving engagement with the recognized high-performance sports car experience of other Porsche models that affluent driving enthusiasts have come to expect.

Vehicle of the Week

2020 Toyota Sequoia — Now with off-road chops

By Jim Meachen

(June 3, 2020) It's hard to imagine a nameplate going more than 10 years without a major change. But there's a sport utility vehicle on the market that's in the 13th year of its second generation — the 2020 Toyota Sequoia. The full-sized Sequoia has been employing the same body-on-frame design and same 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with the same six-speed automatic transmission since 2008. Little has been done to alter the Sequoia's exterior appearance and the cabin layout is showing its age.

Here's the Thing

Breaking free from a lockdown in style with a 2020 Kia Stinger

By Paul Borden

(June 4, 2020) After nearly two months of self-imposed isolation for you-know-what with trips limited to the grocery and drug stores and takeout food runs, we managed to escape Miami over the Memorial Day weekend to visit our daughter and son and their families near his home in Tampa.

Auto loan interest rates at lowest level since 2013

(June 4, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Interest rates for new vehicles in May dropped to the lowest level seen by the industry in nearly seven years, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. The annual percentage rate (APR) on new financed vehicles averaged 4% in May, compared to 4.3% in April and 6.1% a year ago. This is the lowest average interest rate since August 2013, and the third lowest Edmunds has on record dating back to 2002.

2020 Genesis G90 — Luxury sedan gets a refresh

By Jim Prueter

(June 3, 2020) Genesis is the fully credentialed premium luxury vehicle division of the hugely successful Korean auto giant, Hyundai. The Hyundai Genesis brand debuted back in 2008; the automaker spun Genesis off as a separate luxury entity in 2015, with the intention of directly targeting Toyota’s upmarket Lexus luxury brand.

Inside the Industry

New BMW 4 Series comes with redesigned kidney-shaped grille

(June 5, 2020) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW has revealed the all-new, second-generation 4 Series Coupe, which first launched in 2014. The vehicle’s design and engineering teams wanted to deliver the ultimate driving experience in a beautiful and low-slung package that ensures the 2021 4 Series Coupe stays at the top of its segment. Pricing is $46,595 for the 430i Coupe, $48,595 for the 430i xDrive Coupe and $59,495 for the M440i xDrive Coupe.

Drive-in theaters experiencing a revival nationwide amid COVID

(June 5, 2020) Drive-in movie theaters are one of the few businesses experiencing a renaissance amid the coronavirus pandemic. As one of the few entertainment destinations you can still visit outside of the home, they’ve experienced a boom in popularity and demand over the past couple months.

“We’ve seen a resurgence in interest across the country. Our shows are selling out every night. It’s the best market I have ever seen in all my years in business,” says Jim Kopp, owner of The Family Drive-in Theatre in Stephens City, Va.

Volvo Chinese plant powered by 100 percent renewable electricity

(June 5, 2020) The Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Chengdu, the company’s largest in China, is now powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, taking the company’s global renewable electricity mix in its manufacturing network to 80 per cent. The 100 per cent renewable electricity mix in Chengdu is the result of a newly signed supply contract and will reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by more than 11,000 tonnes per year.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Chevy survivor from the 1930a

This 1936 Chevrolet truck cab was found parked on a city street with a rusted-out fender and running board, but otherwise in decent shape. Most Chevy trucks were propelled by a 193.9 cubic inch straight-six-cylinder engine throughout the 1930s. (Photo by John Harper)