Is it worth the extra spend -- to the tune of $12,700 -- to buy the electric version of Hyundai's Kona rather than the nonelectric version of the same thing?
The question begs several answers, all of them depending on your perspective, as much as your budget.
What It Is
The Kona is a compact-size, five-door crossover that's similar in overall...Read more
A measure of the sea changes in the new car market is that even in the $100,000 luxury car market, a V8 engine, at the very least, is no longer a given.
In fact, that kind of money no longer buys more than a six in most of the cars in this class, like the Audi A8 and the Lexus LS 500, which no longer offer more than that, for any amount of ...Read more
It is the end of the line, almost -- and of something else, too.
The 2023 Chevy Malibu is almost the last car Chevy still sells -- not counting the Camaro and Corvette, which are high-performance coupes. The Malibu is the last sedan Chevy still sells, at any rate -- and Chevy once sold more sedans than GM sells vehicles today....Read more
Japanese-brand cars have gone from a non-presence (before the '70s) to a small presence (in the '70s) to a major presence (by the '80s). They now sell more cars than GM and Ford -- which only sell a small handful of specialty (and luxury) cars.
But when it comes to trucks, it's still 1970 for the Big Three.
There are only two...Read more
What works well once often works well again -- even if it's not you who's doing it this time around.
As, for example, what Toyota did back in the late 1980s.
Back then, Toyota management figured that selling a less expensive, better-equipped Mercedes/BMW rival would be a great way to sell more Toyotas. But not as Toyotas. Thus, Lexus, which ...Read more
It's hard to make a crossover different from all the other crossovers without making it something other than just another crossover.
Mazda does a better job than most with the CX-9, its largest, most family-friendly crossover. It is just slightly less practical than some of its rivals, having just a bit less room for cargo ...Read more
Subaru's WRX is the street-going version of Subaru's successful World Rally Cup race cars. It is a modern example of what is still called a "stock" car, though the race cars on today's NASCAR Cup circuit have almost nothing in common with the "stock" (i.e., factory production) cars they're made to sort of resemble.
The WRX, on the other hand, <...Read more
Here is a tonic for those who still see cars as more than just transportation:
Mazda no longer offers an automatic transmission in two out of three versions of the 2022 Miata, the company's much more than mere transportation car.
An automatic is still available optionally, if you swing that way. But, in contrast to the general practice, it is ...Read more
You can still get a V6 engine in Toyota's Camry, which is the only remaining midsize/family-priced sedan that still offers more than a four-cylinder.
Part of the reason why this is so is that fours now make as much power as V6s -- but not without some help, in the form a turbocharger.
In theory, the payoff is higher gas mileage, without less ...Read more
Last year, Genesis launched the GV80, the first midsize luxury crossover SUV to be offered by Hyundai's luxury division, by using the bones, so to speak, of its G80 midsize luxury-sport sedan. This year, Hyundai's luxury division has done the same thing again, this time using the G70, its compact luxury-sport sedan, as the basis for the new GV70...Read more
The stiffest competition for Volkswagen's bestselling Tiguan may be ... another VW. That one being the VW introduced last year as the newest VW:
It is smaller than the Tiggy by about 10 inches in length. But it has almost the same inches in terms of first- and second-row legroom. It also has about the same total space -- for cargo.
Chrysler, the luxury division of Dodge, is down to just two models on offer. One of them may not be around for very much longer.
That model is the Chrysler 300 sedan, and once it's gone, there won't be very much left of Chrysler.
Should you care?
Perhaps, if you're still interested in the type of car the 300 still is.
While it still is.
There is a boundary layer of iridium above which there are no dinosaur bones to be found -- because the dinosaurs were killed off by whatever laid down that worldwide layer of iridium separating the last era of the dinosaurs from all of the subsequent eras.
When people from a future era look back at ours, they may also notice a layer of iridium...Read more