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Lexus RC F — Styling and mechanical tweaks



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(September 20, 2020) A mix of comfort and track-like performance makes the 2020 Lexus RC F perhaps the perfect choice for someone who desires a luxury-infused daily driver with an attitude backed up by 472 horsepower and cutting-edge styling. Lexus is keeping its luxury-rocketship coupe — introduced in 2014 as the RC 350 — competitive with numerous updates including styling tweaks and a slight increase in horsepower from its V-8 engine.

Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance — Fun, fun, fun



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Over the years the Ford Mustang "Pony Car" has been all about a beefy V-8 engine under the hood. For 2020, it's still the 5.0-liter V-8 that grabs most of the attention with 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. But sharing the spotlight is a modern turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can stand on its own without apology.

BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe — Performance in a small package



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(September 6, 2020) We delight in driving a small car relishing its city driving maneuverability. Throw in outstanding handling attributes and it's even better. Then toss in immense turbocharged performance and it's an automotive brew that we find irresistible. And as frosting on the automotive cake add standard all-wheel drive. The 2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe fulfills all these attributes and then some.

Genesis G70 — Award-winning sports sedan



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman



One of the most competitive segments in the luxury ranks is the compact sports sedan. Think BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE, Alfa Romeo Giulia. Now add the 2020 Genesis G70 to the mix. If you have little knowledge of the Genesis luxury brand spun off from Hyundai several years ago know that it has won numerous awards in its short life and the G70 is getting rave reviews in its second year of production.

Buick Enclave — A fashionable 3-row crossover



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 30, 2020) The biggest problem for the Buick Enclave as it reaches the third year of its second generation is an ever-growing list of high-quality three-row crossover vehicles. There are a number of desirable people haulers now on the market with the entry of the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade and an-all new Ford Explorer. And if you are enticed by the top-trim Enclave Avenir, the competition is fierce in this price space with entries from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volvo.

Honda CR-V — Mid-cycle updates



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 16, 2020) Jump inside a Honda CR-V compact crossover and relish in the very comfortable interior, and then take it for a couple of spins around the block and you will understand why it has become the best-selling SUV in the country. The CR-V has been refreshed for 2020 making it even better. The biggest news is the addition of a hybrid model capable of 38 mpg. Honda has also dropped the base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder from the lineup making the more powerful 190-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine standard across the lineup.

Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar — Luxury and performance



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 9, 2020) Volvo Cars aims to establish itself as a leader in electrification in the coming years, and by 2025 it wants half of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrid electrics.  While this is a lofty objective, we think based on the still small size of the all-electric segment Volvo might have difficulty meeting its goal without seriously compromising sales.

Chevrolet Bolt — Outstanding range


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 2, 2020) If you have decided it's time to purchase an electric car and you are shopping the ever-growing array of increasingly affordable vehicles, one of the EVs that's a must for your shopping list is the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt. The small hatchback has numerous desirable attributes including a 259-mile range on a single charge and a starting price of less than $40,000.

BMW X6 M Competition — Astonishing performance



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 26, 2020) What's the point of the astonishingly fast BMW X6 M Competition? Is there a reason a rational individual would invest north of 100 grand for a copy of this fire-breathing fastback crossover propelled by a twin-turbocharged V-8 that can complete a 0-to-60 sprint in a supercar mid-3 second time with a top speed of 177 mph? We must put rationality aside in this case and marvel at this German work of art from its unique coupe-like styling to its mechanical wizardry.

VW Golf GTI — A modern 'hot hatch'



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback for years has offered drivers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an affordable compact car that dispenses a high level of performance measured by its confidence-inspiring handling and quick steering response — qualities lacking in many family compacts.  At the same time the Golf's ride is surprisingly comfortable and composed, and its useable storage capacity is just right.