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Lincoln Corsair — Solid luxury crossover



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 28, 2020) Lincoln begin developing its new luxury image several years ago with an all-new Continental sedan. The Navigator large SUV was the next vehicle to get a total makeover, and now Lincoln has completed a new three-crossover lineup as it re-invents itself into a 21st Century luxury car-company after losing much of its luster during the reign of the crazy "MK" name game. The new crossover lineup consists of the mid-sized Nautilus and full-sized Aviator — and now the compact 2020 Corsair.

Hyundai Sonata — Raising the bar


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

You've probably spotted one on the road, turned your head to take a better look, and wondered what was that — a new Audi or a late-model Mercedes? No European luxury car here, however. You were gawking for the first time at a 2020 Hyundai Sonata. The South Korean Hyundai/Kia group has become known for its cutting-edge styling, and the Sonata is the latest iteration of its design superiority.

Ford Expedition — Now in King Ranch trim



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 17, 2020) More and more buyers seem to be opting for luxury SUVs and crossovers or the most opulent versions of mainstream vehicles. For that reason, Ford has felt the necessity of bringing back the King Ranch version of the Expedition that has been missing from the lineup since 2015. King Ranch has continued to be offered on the F-150 pickup, and the lavishly outfitted King Ranch now rides just below the Platinum edition and above the Limited in the 2020 Expedition lineup.

VW Atlas Cross Sport — Just right for small family



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 14, 2020) The subcompact crossover segment is not the only red-hot portion of the SUV market these days, the two-row mid-sized crossover has also become hugely popular with new and innovative products such as the Honda Passport, Ford Edge and Chevrolet Blazer. Now, add another stylish vehicle to the mix — the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Kia Seltos — Spacious and stylish


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 7, 2020) The automotive market is booming with sub-compact SUV crossovers, and Kia and its corporate cousin Hyundai, have been leading the way with well-made and attractive products. A great example is the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos, which joins a very attractive lineup of small Kia crossovers including the Soul, Niro and Sportage. Other major competitors for the consumers "just right-size" dollar are the mechanically similar Hyundai Kona, the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Subaru Crosstrek.

Toyota Sequoia — Now with off-road chops



By Jim Meachen
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(June 3, 2020) It's hard to imagine a nameplate going more than 10 years without a major change. But there's a sport utility vehicle on the market that's in the 13th year of its second generation — the 2020 Toyota Sequoia. The full-sized Sequoia has been employing the same body-on-frame design and same 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with the same six-speed automatic transmission since 2008. Little has been done to alter the Sequoia's exterior appearance and the cabin layout is showing its age.

Toyota Camry Hybrid — How to avoid gas stops



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 31, 2020) Perhaps the three most important statistics you will need when shopping the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid are — 51, 53 and 52. Those numbers represent the Camry LE's EPA-rated miles per gallon in city, highway and combined driving respectively. The Camry's sporty SE trim level falls off slightly to 44, 47 and 46. Those figures are probably fairly accurate regardless of your driving habits because we — as members of the "lead-foot club" — were able to realize 45 mpg in a combination of driving situations while behind the wheel of a SE and an XLE.

Chevy Traverse High Country — Moving on up


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 24, 2020) The large three-row Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV shed its minivan persona with the introduction of the second-generation in 2018, and now in the third year of the second iteration the 2020 Traverse continues with one of the roomiest third-row seats in the industry together with a segment-leading 23 cubic feet of luggage space behind the three rows. At the same time, it's capable of towing 5,000 pounds and carrying 98.5 cubic feet of cargo with all seats folded — four more cubic feet than the truck-based Chevy Tahoe.

Lexus RX 350 — A comfortable luxury hauler



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 17, 2020) The Lexus RX was introduced in the U.S. 22 years ago and the trailblazing crossover is now in its fourth generation, growing from a compact size into a mid-sized vehicle. Although dozens of copycats have sprung up over the years, and the luxury market is now saturated with crossovers, the RX has been the segment sales leader since its inception. The current generation was introduced in 2016 as the RX 350, and a stretched model was added to the lineup in 2019 increasing its length by 4.4 inches to accommodate a third-row seat.

Toyota Corolla XSE — Best Corolla ever



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We've driven all three versions — sedan, hybrid sedan and hatchback — of the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla and we proclaim it 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 one of the most affordable and reliable compacts on the planet.