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2020 Chevrolet Colorado — Flexibility, capability, comfort and value

By Russ Heaps
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(March 27, 2020) Long on versatility and capability, but short on driver-assist technology, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado is up to meet a variety of roles and pocketbooks. Once upon a time, smaller pickup trucks based their popularity on being among the most inexpensive rides on the road. No flash, little comfort and modest utility, models like the Mazda B-Series/Ford Courier of the 1970s and 1980s weren't much to look at and bare bones at best, but they were cheap to buy and own. They were the darlings of delivery-truck fleets for auto-parts stores everywhere. To realize how times have changed, look no farther than the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado.

2020 Hyundai Kona — A standout small crossover

By Russ Heaps
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(February 21, 2020) A wonderful blend of style, capability and value, the 2020 Hyundai Kona packs a lot into its compact-crossover package. Depending on your point of view, its exterior styling is either born of genius or an auto designer's stab at cubism. Its face, in particular, is a riot of shapes and contrasts. In any event, there is nothing else on the road that looks quite like it.

2020 Nissan Versa — Sensible pick as a starter car

By Russ Heaps
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(February 3, 2020) Better than the preceding Versa generations, the 2020 Nissan Versa is a more rounded, better looking small sedan than its predecessors. I'm going to make a statement that, if applied to almost any other area of our culture, would be called bigoted by some. But, hey, I'm a journalistic hero, so here goes, some cars are simply more fun to write about than others. It may not be science, but it's a fact.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI — A sports sedan bargain

By Russ Heaps
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(August 8, 2019) On the hunt for a sporty sedan? You can do much worse than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. In fact, with its zippy turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and stir-your-own-transmission 6-speed manual, it's a downright blast to drive. Think of it as a Golf GTI in more conservative attire.