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BMW 760i gets radical makeover

By Casey Williams

(May 18, 2023) It seems about every 20 years, BMW gets radical with the 7-Series.  Remember back a couple of decades to the 2003 model that debuted the iDrive infotainment system and “Bangle butt” raised trunklid, named for former BMW design chief, Chris Bangle.  Eventually, though, BMW’s competitors copied the car’s controls and rump.  As BMW configures the 7-Series for an electric future, it gives a radical makeover that nods to the past and future in the 2023 760i xDrive.

Land Rover Range Rover — A luxurious driving experience

By Jim Meachen Editor

(May 21, 2023) For those who can clear the $100,000 hurdle, the 2023 Land Rover Range Rover is a great choice for their family vehicle. It comes with three strong engine choices, exhibits a refined and dynamic driving quality, rides like it's on a puffy white cloud, features a delightfully styled and spacious interior, is dressed in attractive yet conservative styling that will draw admiring glances, and comes loaded with safety technology. Oh yeah, it can also go off road with the best of them — if you really want to take your north-of-100-grand vehicle to the mud and rocks.

BMW M2 a fun way to get into a BMW performance vehicle

Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden

(May 14, 2023) BMW’s M2 sports coupe moves aggressively into its second generation with the 2023 BMW M2 Coupe offering the joy of a manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive, and lots of technological features to satisfy 21st Century customers. Oh, sure, an 8-speed double-clutch transmission is available, but to experience all that the 2023 BMW M2 Coupe has to offer in the way of driving fun you need to stick with the stick.

Ford Maverick Tremor — Enhanced off-road capability

By Casey Williams

(May 14, 2023) Ford’s crossover-based Maverick pickup comes standard as an 42-MPG hybrid starting at $22,595.  It even looks great in its standard steelie wheels with a cloth interior.  Good luck getting one, though, because the order books are closed for 2023.  Still, some may want a bit more attitude and capability than base models provide.  For them, let’s take a spin in the uplifted and face-lifted Maverick Tremor.

Dodge Challenger Shakedown Special Edition

End of an era — Last Call
Special Edition Challenger

By Jim Prueter

BMW XM — A heavyweight with electrification

By Jim Meachen editor

(May 7, 2023) The news of a modern dedicated M vehicle from BMW had us scramble to Google to garner some facts and observations from the M Division's last dedicated product, way back in 1978 — the much-awarded M1 sports car. It weighed in at about 3,000 pounds and developed 274 horsepower from a mid-engine 3.5-liter straight six mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Its numbers — 0 to 60 in about 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 162 mph, outstanding 45 years ago.

Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD

All-new RX high on luxury,
short on driving excitement

By Jim Prueter

(May 2, 2023) Back in 1998 Lexus introduced its first RX crossover utility vehicle in the United States just two years after Mercedes introduced their first-generation ML SUV. The RX met with immediate sales success climbing right to the top of the sales charts’ much to the surprise of the German auto maker who had a two-year head start. Lexus did a better job making the RX more luxury-like and less truck-like.

Ford Bronco Sport Heritage Editions recall 1960s Bronco

By Jim Prueter

(April 30, 2023) When Ford resurrected the iconic Bronco brand for 2021 — first with the compact crossover Bronco Sport followed shortly thereafter by the real deal Ford Bronco 4X4 challenger to the Jeep Wrangler — it channeled the historic Bronco that dated back to 1966 when it first launched the rugged off-roader.

Hyundai Ioniq 6 — A compelling EV sedan

By Jim Meachen

(April 30, 2023) The all-new Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the  stylish twin of the Ioniq 5 crossover, but in sedan clothing. While most people — it would seem based on sales of crossover SUVs — would prefer a hatchback and a slightly higher stance, we have not fallen out of love with the once-ubiquitous sedan. And if driving electric was as simple as picking out a product we could afford, we would right now be quietly slinking around town in our 2023 Ioniq 6.

Genesis Electrified GV70 — A shockingly superb luxury SUV

By Jim Prueter

(April 25, 2023) If you’ve been paying attention, you probably already know that Genesis is building some of the most impressive luxury vehicles in the industry today. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Electrified GV70 driven here is nothing short of excellent. The award-winning and top-of-its-class GV70 — competing against luxury legacy brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes — is made even better by going all-electric, as indicated by its moniker.