Hyundai Kona N Line — Now with 195 horses


By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 10, 2021) The sub-compact Hyundai Kona crossover was named North American Utility of the Year in 2019 beating out such vaunted finalists as the Acura RDX and Jaguar I-Pace. Now in its fifth year of production, the 2022 Kona is a delightful blend of style inside and out, considerable capability with a stout turbocharged engine, and a value in the N Line performance trim with a starting price coming in below 30 grand.

Kia Carnival — A modern minivan


By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 3, 3031) It was time for a new generation minivan at Kia, but instead of the all-new 2022 Kia Sedona, we have the all-new Kia Carnival. Kia not only revised and reworked its minivan for 2022, but it changed the name, perhaps to distance its newest entry from the typical minivan stigma. The Sedona name has been retired and the minivan moniker has been swept into the trash bin of history. Welcome the new Carnival, which Kia calls a Multi-Purpose Vehicle or MPV.

Hyundai Tucson — An impressive compact crossover


By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(September 26, 2021) The Tucson compact crossover has been a perennial best seller for Hyundai, but even so it has encountered a difficult time making inroads against such rivals as the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4. That may change with the all-new fourth generation Tucson. The 2022 model is larger creating adult-sized passenger space in the second row, it has a striking new exterior design highlighted by a head-turning grille, and it gets significantly more gas mileage with two new hybrid variants.

2022 Genesis GV70

PHOENIX — For 2022 the Genesis GV70 compact crossover SUV is the latest all-new model and arguably one of the most important product offerings from perhaps the most interesting and fascinating brand in the automotive industry today. Genesis boldly and unabashedly bursts on the scene to compete with varsity brand crossovers like the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M40i and Porsche Macan S.

Genesis G70 — Refreshed and fun to drive

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(September 5, 2021) We were impressed with the first Genesis G70 compact sports sedan we drove two years ago and we found ourselves even more impressed — you might say smitten — with the newest updated 2022 version we got our hands on a few weeks ago — the 2022 G70 RWD 3.3T Sport Prestige. Not only does this newest Genesis look stunning, it drives stunningly well with outstanding driving and handling traits and exciting straight ahead urgency.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

INDIANAPOLIS — I did a thing.  A good thing, as it turns out.  After driving the new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness at its preview in Michigan, I couldn’t quit thinking about how cool it looked, how capable it was off-road, and how comfortable and practical it would be for my family.  The turbo engine kicked me in the pants.  We owned a 2017 Outback for nearly five years, so my family was well acquainted with the breed.  Turns out, our old car held its value incredibly well.  And now, there’s a new Wilderness edition in our driveway.

BMW M850i Gran Coupe

PHOENIX — After a 22-year hiatus BMW revived the 8-Series as its new flagship model, sitting high atop BMW’s lineup in terms of design, luxury and status. The Gran Coupe reviewed here is a four-door sedan version of the two-door 8-Series, which is available as a coupe or convertible.

Volkswagen Taos — Extraordinarily spacious

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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 15, 2021) After years of being uncompetitive in the SUV segment, Volkswagen has finally caught up with the competition filling out what is now a four-vehicle lineup with the sub-compact Taos. Volkswagen has entered the fray with a very compelling vehicle in a segment that features such nameplates as the Jeep Compass, Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-30.

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 2022.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

DALLAS — I have to admit, as a brand, Mitsubishi has grown on me in the past couple of years. Back when the Mirage was first introduced I was provided one to test drive and wrote a quite scathing review on it because I did not consider it safe. When driving I found that when any other vehicle passed me (it had terrible acceleration and power) I was almost blown off the road. Later, when attending the Los Angeles Auto Show, the media representative courted me extensively, explaining that the Mirage sales were going fantastic and I should reconsider.