2021 Acura TLX

PHOENIX — For 2021 Acura — Honda’s up market luxury brand — has just unveiled the second generation of its TLX “sports sedan.” Better known for its popular MDX and RDX SUVs that outsell its three car offerings nearly 3-to-1, Acura wants shoppers to know that their sedans are an important part of the caliper-badge product offerings. The new TLX is a vehicle that shoppers of premium sedans should put on their consideration list.

2021 Kia K5 — Striving for excellence

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(November 22, 2020) People have left the once hugely-popular mid-size sedan segment in droves to purchase crossovers. Times change, tastes change and the SUV hatchback is now making the biggest fashion statement in the automotive industry. But we believe after driving three trim levels of the all-new 2021 Kia K5 sedan that when it comes time to make another purchase don’t miss out on one of the best mainstream vehicles to come down the pike in years. It is simply that good and deserves a test drive.

2021 Toyota Sienna

INDIANAPOLIS —  Despite having a six-year-old daughter and wandering intentions that often take us on long drives, my husband refuses to drive a mini-van.  I tried to talk him into one a few years ago, but we ended up with a crossover instead.  His reluctance is not exactly fair.  The Chrysler Pacifica is a plug-in dream, Honda’s Odyssey reliably conquers our continent, and the new Kia Sedona is a real art piece.  It’s against that backdrop that the stylish and high-tech completely redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna landed in our driveway.

Toyota Corolla — A well-rounded compact sedan

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(November 8, 2020) We've driven all three versions — sedan, hybrid sedan and hatchback — of the current-generation Toyota Corolla and it is the best Corolla we've ever driven from the standpoint of drivability, infotainment and safety technology, performance, and gas mileage. Whichever Corolla version suits your tastes we feel you will not be disappointed. And you will be driving what is regarded as the best-selling car of all time, and one of the most affordable and reliable compacts on the planet.

2021 Honda Odyssey

PHOENIX — Ahhhhh…. the minivan — the often-maligned symbol of suburban domesticity still remains a familiar presence in family life across America, despite flying the banner of automotive shame. Reigning atop the minivan hierarchy is the Honda Odyssey, so nearly a perfect choice for families that it’s been America’s best-selling minivan for 10 years running, with more than 1.1 million sold.

Lexus LC 500 convertible — An outstanding grand tourer

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(November 1, 2020) It's a stunner. Everywhere we'd go someone would comment on our "great-looking car." The 2021 Lexus LC 500 convertible possesses looks to kill, a stunning conglomeration of creases and lines highlighted by a giant Lexus spindle grille. It's a concept car for the road with a top that opens — and closes — in 15 seconds with the push of a button.

Toyota Supra 2.0 — A rewarding 4-cylinder

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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 25, 2020) The Toyota Supra returned to dealerships last year — 21 years after the previous Supra left the automotive landscape. The latest Supra comes with shapely sheetmetal and with considerable help from BMW, which donated the engine, transmission and interior bits and pieces. The two-seater was a hit in 2020 with its stupefying collection of curves, creases, and body moldings, and its willingness to eat up curving mountain roads with aplomb.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63

INDIANAPOLIS — Back in 1991, one of the fastest vehicles you could buy was the GMC Typhoon – a high-performance version of the Jimmy, stoked with a 280 horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and electronic all-wheel-drive that could run 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds.  It kept pace with contemporary Corvettes and spoiled passengers with a leather-lined luxury interior.  Flash forward thirty years and we have the Typhoon’s spiritual successor, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S.

VW Atlas Cross Sport — Stylish and cargo friendly

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 11, 2020) For those pope who like the size of a mid-sized three-row crossover SUV, but have no need for the cramped third-row and would rather have extra cargo space and second-row legroom, there's a new breed of two-row variants now available including the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. The Cross Sport is the mechanical cousin of the three-row Atlas, but slightly shorter and a bit lighter — and with more room for cargo.

2021 Volvo XC90 T8-E

PHOENIX — For years, I’ve made long weekend pilgrimages to visit family, explore National Parks, and go on golf junkets, mostly because I love to drive and partly because it’s cheap. Recently, it seemed a certain virus might annul my trip to southern Utah, but restrictions eased just in time for our Bryce Canyon-Zion hiking excursion. We were in luck.