2021

2021 GMC Sierra 2500HD AT4 — Turbo diesel performance



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 2, 2021) If your goal is to make the biggest statement possible in terms of performance, off-roading, towing, payload, interior refinement and advanced technologies all in one truck look no further than your nearest GMC dealer. Check out the 2021 off-road-ready GMC Sierra 2500HD AT4 Crew Cab with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V-8 paired to a 10-speed Allison automatic transmission.

2021 Toyota Sienna



PHOENIX — With its completely redesigned Sienna minivan for 2021, Toyota takes a bold new step by making it exclusively a four-cylinder hybrid through all five trim levels — LE, XLE, Limited, Platinum and our tested mid-level XSE. As a hybrid, the Sienna is the most fuel-efficient minivan in America with a combined EPA fuel rating of 36 mpg. By comparison, the 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan gets 22 mpg in city-highway combined.

Buick Encore GX — Attractive, but needs horsepower infusion



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(April 25, 2021) We thought from the minute it hit the market in 2013 that the diminutive Buick Encore was too small to gain any kind of foothold in the entry level luxury ranks. We were wrong. It has become one of Buick's biggest success stories of the 21st Century. But we are not swayed — it's still a bit too small. What Buick should have introduced a decade ago was the Encore GX, which has effectively replaced the Encore having gained about an inch in wheelbase and three inches in length over its smaller sibling.

Mazda CX-5 — A satisfying crossover experience



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(April 18, 2021) When shopping for a compact SUV crossover — and it seems about every other potential automobile buyer these days is looking for a vehicle in this segment — our strong recommendation is don't overlook the 2021 Mazda CX-5. If you've been inundated by advertising for more popular nameplates such as the Toyota RAV4 or the Honda CR-V and are leaning in that direction, you won't go wrong. Where you might go wrong is by not giving the excellent CX-5 a chance.

Genesis GV80 — Impressive luxury SUV


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(April 11, 2021) It took longer than expected for Genesis to add a SUV to its lineup. But the wait was worth it. The 2021 GV80 is a startlingly good mid-sized luxury ride that features a stylish exterior, a handsome interior, the latest in infotainment and safety technology, strong performance from its 3.5-liter V-6, and agile handling for a high-riding sport utility vehicle. It's exactly the flagship vehicle Genesis needed to be taken seriously as a luxury brand.

2021 Mini Countryman plug-in



INDIANAPOLIS — I have long been a fan of the Mini, a fun little zipper with classic British looks that can fillet cars way above its weight class.  About ten years ago, my family even bought a first-generation Countryman crossover.  It was underpowered, but drove like a BMW, got good gas mileage and had the best Harman Kardon audio system I’ve ever heard.  It became too small for our growing family, so it had to go.  I wonder if we would have made the same hard choice if we owned the 2021 Mini Countryman SE ALL4 “plug-in.”

2021 Cadillac CT5-V



MIAMI — A replacement for the aging CTS when it reached showrooms as a 2020 model, Cadillac’s CT5 — previewed at the 2019 New York Auto Show —  made a rather impressive debut by earning the No. 1 ranking for midsize sedans in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. For 2021, it is offered in five trims, but this review will concentrate on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 V-Series edition that tops the portfolio at a starting MSRP of $48,700 when the $905 destination and delivery charge is tacked on.

Kia Sorento — Another Kia winner



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman
 
(April 4, 2021) Kia has discovered the formula for consistently building attractive automobiles. Virtually every new vehicle that has come out of the automaker's stable over the past couple of years has been stylish inside and out, loaded with new user-friendly technology, and competitively fuel efficient. Three recent examples of hitting the ball out of the park are the mid-sized Telluride CUV, sub-compact Seltos crossover and the mid-sized K5 sedan.

Toyota Camry — Now with AWD option



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Joe the car shopper who lives in a cold-weather state tells the Toyota salesman that he loves the current-generation Camry, but he's forced to choose a RAV4 or a Highlander SUV crossover because he absolutely needs all-wheel drive to negotiate his long driveway during the winter snows. Hold on a minute, the alert salesman says, you CAN have your Camry and all-wheel drive, too. Is this a great time to buy a car or what?

Dodge Hellcats — Modern muscle cars



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(March 28, 2021) The Dodge Hellcat lineup is incredible — incredibly fast, incredibly fun, incredibly expensive. We applaud Dodge for keeping the Detroit-style last-century muscle car segment very alive and very well. For 2021, Dodge and Ram have four clear choices for massive performance — a sports coupe (Challenger), a large sedan (Charger), a three-row SUV (Durango), and a full-sized Ram pickup.