2021

2021 GMC Yukon AT4



PHOENIX — The GMC Yukon is the middle child of General Motors full-sized sport-utility vehicles. A premium alternative to its Chevrolet Tahoe sibling but not quite a Cadillac Escalade either. All three share the mechanical underpinnings of GM’s pickup trucks and have been thoroughly redone for 2021 with its fifth generation offering.

Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid — A new meaning for hybrid



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 29, 2021) General Motors introduced the hybrid Silverado and GMC Sierra during the last decade giving these full-sized pickups a slight edge in gas mileage and a small amount of available slow-speed all-electric driving. But it wasn't until the introduction of the 2021 Ford F-150 Power Boost Hybrid that a wide range of truly electric possibilities was included on a full-sized truck. The new F-150 Hybrid not only increases gas mileage about 20 percent, it adds incredible capability in several other areas.

Toyota RAV4 Prime — Power and frugality combined



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 22, 2021)The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in crossover hybrid comes with 302 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time in the mid five seconds, can tow up to 2,500 pounds, run up to 42 miles on pure electric, and has an astounding combined gas mileage rating of 38 mpg. Is this the perfect compact SUV, or what?

Hyundai Santa Fe — A noteworthy refreshening



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 8, 2021) Hyundai has a solid slate of crossover SUVs for most family's needs from the sub-compact Venue and Kona to the compact Tucson to the small mid-sized Santa Fe to the mid-sized three-row Palisade. It's a fresh lineup — the Tucson is all-new for 2022, the Kona has been significantly refreshed, the Palisade was introduced in 2020 as an all-new SUV — and the Santa Fe gets a big dose of freshening for 2021.

Cadillac CT5 — A luxury alternative to the SUV



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 1, 2021) We know that sedans no longer seem important to a vast majority of vehicle buyers, but we still very much like them including two new sedans in Cadillac’s lineup. Lincoln, the other domestic builder of luxury vehicles, has completely abandoned the segment for a small fleet of four SUVs.

Mazda CX-30 Turbo — Rewarding performance



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 29, 2021) We proclaimed the Mazda CX-30 one of the best subcompact SUV crossovers on the market when we reviewed it for 2020. We wrote that while it looks like everything else in a Mazda showroom with clean lines, nice proportions and with a coupe-like silhouette, the CX-30 brings the sophistication of a more expensive car with a solid structure, an energetic engine, secure handling, a classy and quiet premium-looking interior, and a load of safety equipment.

Volkswagen ID.4 — Mainstream EV


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 25, 2021) Volkswagen's first built-from-the-ground-up all-electric car to reach North America is the mainstream affordable ID.4 crossover, direct competition to the Nissan Leaf, which has owned the most affordable market since 2011, and the Chevrolet Bolt, which joined the ranks in 2017.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E450



MIAMI — If the $141,000 price tag for the AMG E 63 S wagon reviewed on this site back in February was just a bit out of your financial reach, Mercedes-Benz has another wagon (though it doesn’t call it that) that doesn’t go into six figures but is quite stunning in its own right. The 2021 E450 4MATIC All-Terrain model is a real beauty and features all the bells and whistles you expect from the company with a stunning two-tone interior and a new mild hybrid powertrain that provides both power and pretty decent fuel numbers for its class.

Kia Telluride — Award-winning crossover


2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 22, 2021) The mid-sized three-row Telluride crossover SUV has been a huge hit for Kia from the standpoint of awards, favorable press reviews, and — more importantly — excellent sales. Customers are flocking to Kia stores to check out and purchase the Telluride since its inception almost two years ago as a 2020 model

Ram TRX — The pinnacle of pickup performance



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 18, 2021) Ram has finally built a high-performance full-sized pickup truck to do battle with the Ford F-150 Raptor, up until now the premiere fire-breathing off-road-ready performance truck. The Hellcat-powered Ram TRX is an impressive and intimidating truck and has the Raptor squarely in its sights. It's propelled by another version of the now-famous Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine — this rendition making 702 horsepower.