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Mercedes-Benz dives into EV market in a big way with EQS sedan

By Paul Borden

(May 21, 2022) Mercedes may be late to the party, but it makes a grand entrance to the all-electric vehicle market with the 2022 EQS 580 4MATIC sedan. Spectacular is a word that just doesn’t do it justice. It’s not just a luxurious electric vehicle, it is luxurious vehicle period with a prominent profile and opulent interior. You can even get pillows for the  headrests!

Nissan Kicks has big personality

By Casey Williams

(May 19, 2022) What kind of car do you really need?  My husband thinks he needs a twin-turbo German rocket wagon to get his kicks, but our budget determines otherwise.  What we need is an affordable compact crossover with style, technology, fuel efficiency, and enough interior space for four and their luggage.  Like many of you, we need a car like the 2022 Nissan Kicks.  It’s the smallest Nissan crossover, but it has a big personality.

Toyota GR86 — A great sports car that just got a whole lot better

By Jim Prueter

(May 19, 2022) If the Toyota GR86 looks somewhat familiar to you it might be because it was formerly known as the Scion FR-S, or the Toyota 86 after Toyota officially discontinued the Scion brand in 2016. Beginning in August of 2017 the 2017 Scion FR-S became a Toyota branded vehicle along with the iA and iM sedans.

Honda Passport TrailSport — Off-road-oriented SUV

By Jim Prueter

(May 15, 2022) One of the hottest automotive segments today is off-roading Pickup, SUVs and dedicated – rugged 4x4s eagerly ready to tackle the best of “hardcore rock-crawling” challenges. Vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, new Ford Bronco and Raptor pickup, Land Rover Defender and numerous others.

Toyota RAV4 TRD — Off-road chops are standard

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 15, 2022) There was a time when automakers sought to make their truck-based SUVs seem more car-like.  Things have changed over the years — now they seem to want their car-based crossovers to appear more truck-like.  It’s a trend that’s brought us fortified off-roaders such as the Subaru Forester Wilderness, GMC Terrain AT4, Kia Sorento X-Line and  — the subject of this review — the Toyota RAV4 TRD.

Mercedes AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe — Coupe profile, sports car performance

By Paul Borden

(May 14, 2022) If you’re looking for a vehicle that offers sports car-like performance and still has a practical side — and budget is not a factor — Mercedes-Benz may have the answer for you in the 2022 AMG GT 53. Called a 4-door coupe, the 2022 AMG GT 53 has room for two in the back and gives them easy access without having to contort themselves as you often must do in a two-door coupe when entering through the front doors.

Mazda CX-30T — Good looks, rewarding performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 11, 2022) Mazda has loaded up its compact CUV segment entries with yet another vehicle just now reaching dealers, the CX-50. It joins the Mazda3 hatchback, CX-30 and CX-5 in the company's packed lineup. We haven't driven the 2023 CX-50, but it has been the recipient of some strong reviews. We do have considerable experience with the CX-30 and for 2022 we got another seven days behind the wheel of the CX-30 turbo, which we consider one of the best crossovers in a crowded segment.

Infiniti QX60 — A dramatic redesign

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 8, 2022) It took Infiniti nearly a decade to introduce a second-generation QX60 — and Nissan's luxury brand did a very credible job with the 2022 model. Introduced in 2013, Infiniti skipped the 2021 model year ramping up for the new second-generation, and the three-row mid-size SUV has been dramatically redesigned both inside and out.

Audi Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI Quattro — Refined elegance

By Jim Prueter

(May 5, 2022) Oh yes, looks matter. The luxury compact SUV segment that began well over a decade ago and sells by the bucketloads has moved on to a supposedly more stylish SUV-coupe iteration and as expected sells in big numbers. Luxury automakers Porsche, Genesis, Mercedes and BMW all offer slope-backed variants of their mid-sized SUV product offerings like Mercedes GLC Coupe, BMW’s X4 and X6, Porsche Macan and Genesis GV70.

Hyundai Tucson N Line — Dressed up for curb appeal

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(May 1, 2022) Hyundai has created an eye-appealing N Line package for the 2022 Tucson, its popular crossover that has been met with rave reviews since it entered the marketplace late last summer. It doesn't need enhancements to look good, but the N Line takes the compact crossover to the next level in terms of driveway appeal.