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Lexus LS 500 — Flagship luxury the Lexus way

By Jim Prueter

(August 19, 2021) Last year we drove and tested the 2020 hybrid model of the Lexus flagship LS sedan and noted few changes since it was redesigned for the 2018 model year. That redesign was flush with the style, substance and presence expected for a top-tier luxury sedan, with evidence that the Japanese automaker went to great lengths with state-of-the-art advanced technology throughout the vehicle.

M850i Gran Coupe — BMW’s high-performance Gran Tourer

By Jim Prueter

(August 29, 2021) 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.

McLaren GT — The luxurious grand touring supercar

By Jim Prueter

(September 26, 2021) The legendary McLaren supercars all started with Bruce McLaren, the famous Formula One race-car designer, driver, engineer and inventor from New Zealand. He was also one of the most successful, with wins in Monaco, the Indianapolis 500, and 12 World Drivers’ Championships.

Nissan Rogue — Fully redesigned

By Paul Borden

(October 16, 2021) Fully redesigned, the 2021 Nissan Rogue looks to continue its role as not only the company’s best seller but also as one of the most popular compact crossover SUVs on the market today. Through the first three quarters of the year, the Rogue holds a solid third place in U.S. sales as one of three in its class with over the 200,000 mark behind only Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V.

Honda Civic — New and improved

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(October 17, 2021) For nearly 50 years Honda's compact Civic has been a mainstay for millions of people looking for affordable, reliable, comfortable and stylish transportation. For 2022 Honda has completely reworked its best-seller and we think Civic lovers will not be disappointed with the newest iteration that advances the nameplate in virtually every area.

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.

Jeep Wrangler 4xe — Electrifying performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(September 19, 2021) It's not hard to see that automotive electrification is moving at full speed ahead when even the iconic king of the off-road Jeep Wrangler can now be purchased with an electric motor. Holy Cow! But it's true and it wears the name Jeep Wrangler 4xe. We drove the plug-in hybrid in Rubicon trim for a week and discovered it has substantial on-road performance — and can operate on full electric power for more than 20 miles.

BMW M2 CS — Smoking hot land rocket

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(September 12, 2021) There are some Ultimate Driving Machines that are more "ultimate" than others. In fact, BMW's limited edition little two-door 2020 M2 CS coupe might be the most "ultimate" of all. BMW upped the horsepower ante of its standard M2, a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, from 405 to 440 stuffing it into the miniature beast dovetailing with extraordinary handling and cornering grip. It proved a driving delight — a pocket rocket on steroids.