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2024 Fiat 500e



MIAMI — Ending a 5-year absence, Fiat is reintroducing the electrified version of its iconic 500 mini-wagon to the U.S. market with the 2024 Fiat 500e.With its alluring Italian styling and ability to adapt to tight spaces both on the go and when parking, the 2024 Fiat 500e would seem to be an appealing option for those in the market for a small electric runabout and don’t do a lot of hauling.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe



PHOENIX — Hyundai has always been an outlier when it comes to new vehicle styling design. One need look no farther than the now discontinued Veloster (2012-2022), and the current IONIC 5 and IONIC 6 to name a few whose looks are eye-catching to be sure but for the wrong reasons.
Now for 2024, the Korean automaker continues its non-traditional design ways with a new 5th generation Santa Fe.

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser



PHOENIX — After being discontinued three years ago, Toyota's seven decades flagship Land Cruiser returns for 2024 as a smaller, less expensive and completely redesigned SUV built on the same chassis frame with the Lexus GX and LX 600 along with Toyota's full size Tundra pickup truck, Sequoia SUV, midsized Tacoma pickup and soon to be introduced 2025 4Runner.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse



MIAMI — In racing, a “dark horse” is a long shot not expected to win a race but nevertheless retains some chance for success such as Mystik Dan, who went into this year’s Kentucky Derby saddled with 18-1 odds but nosed out the other 19 competitors at the wire. When it comes to cars, however, there is nothing long shot about the Dark Horse edition of the 2024 Ford Mustang. It is a pure winner, a real thoroughbred among performance coupes.

2024 Subaru Solterra



HERNDON, Va. — If you weren’t aware that Subaru had been offering a dedicated battery electric (BEV) for most of the past two years, you’re not alone. The Subaru Solterra, sharing a platform with the equally anonymous Toyota bZ4Z, has received little attention from Subaru’s marketing execs, and even less attention — if that’s possible — from the buying public.

2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2



MIAMI — For a 10-year period that ended late last year, Chevrolet urged us to “Find New Roads” in its advertising. Maybe they changed it because with vehicles like the 2024 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison pickup you don’t need to bother finding any roads, let alone new ones, to get where you want to go.

2024 Subaru’s BRZ tS



HERNDON, Va. — To paraphrase singer Deniece Williams (briefly) and the Footloose soundtrack, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS! Regardless of the auto industry’s recent efforts at gender diversity (and there are many), a tightly drawn 2+2 with a horizontally opposed four and manual trans could only have been executed by a small, brief outpouring of testosterone.

2025 Subaru Forester



MISSOULA, MT. — Have you ever been to Montana?  As I found for my first visit recently, it’s a big place — the kind of wide open, horizon-to-horizon, nestling mountains, and wide-open Interstates kind of place where you just want to drive, drive, and drive.  Turns out, it was the perfect place to meet the redesigned 2025 Subaru Forester.

2024 Dodge Hornet R/T



HERNDON, Va. — Even if your only automotive news comes from your daily newspaper, you’d know it’s a moment of upheaval for the auto industry. After so much attention given to the EV — and Mister Elon Musk — by the mass media, excitement around battery electrification seems to have cooled. To be sure, people are still buying electrified vehicles, but interest in all-electric has hit a plateau, while hybrids and plug-in hybrids are in greater demand.

2024 Land Rover Defender 110



PHOENIX — It's been four years since Land Rover brought the all-new Defender to the US shores in the spring of 2020 and its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Now four years into its current life cycle the rugged leading man handsome styling has held up more than well with its reinterpretation of the  original Defender dating all the way back to when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from which Land Rover originates.
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