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2022 Honda Civic Si

PHOENIX — After skipping the 2021 model year Honda has brought back an 11th generation 2022 Civic Si to go along with the complete redo for the entire Civic lineup. All the things we liked about the new Civic introduced earlier this year are carried over to the Si. It isn’t the most eye-catching sedan on the market or even in its class, but handsome just the same especially with my test Si adorned in Blazing Pearl Orange metallic paint with black and red interior.

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

INDIANAPOLIS  — The Toyota Corolla is a fine automobile, even if not particularly exciting with its affordable price, frugal gas mileage, and renowned durability.  You don’t buy one to be fancy; you buy one because it is a smart way to spend your money.  The latest one looks quite handsome as a sedan and hatchback, but today’s buyers want a crossover for style and utility.  And, that’s what they get with the 2022 Corolla Cross.

2022 Kia EV6

PHOENIX — Visually, Kia’s all-new electric-only vehicle strikes an eclectic if not quirky exterior design. Sitting somewhere between a crossover, a wagon and a sportback sedan, it makes a more than favorable impression. Stunning would not be an exaggeration. The EV6 is sized similarly to the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

HERNDON, Va. — If, like me, you were licensed in the late ‘60s and car shopping in the ‘70s, you’d have great memories of Nissan’s creative output. First up – again, for me – was the Datsun 2000, a Japanese riff on the British sports car (think MGB) some 20 years before Mazda did its own riff, the Miata, on the British sports car. Before most had time to take note of the 2000, Datsun introduced its 240Z.

2022 Lexus NX

PHOENIX — When it comes to luxury-subcompact utility vehicles, there are plenty of choices and prices are generally climbing as more and more automakers luxe up advanced design, technology, driver assistance features and powertrain options including turbocharging, plug-in hybrids and even all-electric choices.

2022 Cadillac XT6 Platinum

INDIANAPOLIS — There’s no question the Cadillac Escalade is an incredible SUV, able to move passengers and all their stuff in three rows of splendor.  But, most luxury buyers don’t need a full-size truck capable of pulling a 30-foot RV or coastal yacht.  For them, the 2022 Cadillac XT6 Platinum might be a better choice that still lets them marinate in luxury.

2022 BMW 230i Coupe

PHOENIX — The BMW 2-series is the German automakers entry-level-two-door with the 2022 model year introducing an all-new generation for the model. For 2022 the 2 Series is offered in two completely different cars — the front-wheel drive Gran Coupe, a four-door sedan, the other a rear-wheel drive two-door coupe with all-wheel drive optional tested here.

2022 Porsche 911 GTS

PHOENIX — It’s early morning and I’m on the Apache Trail, a two-lane blacktop highway in central Arizona. The Trail opens up with a rare straightaway for the passing zone. Just ahead of me, a wide, smooth hairpin curve comes into view as I negotiate one of the countless hills and dips that open into a seemingly endless serving of S curves carved into the side of cactus-forested mountains and chiseled desert canyons.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

PHOENIX — For 2022, Mitsubishi has an all-new Outlander, its fourth generation which thankfully has almost nothing in common with the outgoing Outlander. For the first time in memory, Outlander finally has some attractive styling and elements of substance, along with an extremely good looking interior and intuitive tech features to finally attract attention in the highly competitive compact crossover segment.

2022 BMW M440i

INDIANAPOLIS — We all make questionable fashion choices.  For me, it’s an old sweater from high school and a certain pair of shoes even my family can’t stand.  For the 2022 BMW M440i, it might be its giant schnoz that looks menacing, but also suggests it may be sucking a sour tart.  Hopefully a little time will make all of these flourishes seem fashion forward and not faux paus.  Besides, it’s easy to forgive a little fashion foray when the rest of your action is on-point.