Is an extra 15 or so miles-per-gallon worth paying $3,900 more?
Right now, the $3,900 more you'll pay to buy the hybrid version of the Elantra -- which goes about 15 miles farther overall on a gallon of gas than the non-hybrid Elantra -- must be juxtaposed against the cost of gas, which is hovering right around $3 per gallon in ...Read more
What will it cost you to "save gas?"
The answer can be found by reviewing the specifications of the just-redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan, which now comes only as a hybrid, with the specifications of the previous Sienna, which came only with a V6.
What It Is
The Sienna is a full-size minivan that seats seven to eight, depending on the ...Read more
What does the Mini Cooper have that the VW Beetle lacked?
The question arises because the Mini is still here while the Beetle isn't. The resurrected icon was initially very popular when VW brought it back in the late '90s but became less so after it was significantly restyled in 2010 -- made to look sleeker and more aggressive.
VW cancelled it...Read more
Would you be interested in a lighter, quicker -- and less expensive iteration of BMW's Z4 roadster? With a hard top rather than a soft-top?
Then step right up! Toyota has what you're looking for -- in a package that's very similar but not similarly skinned.
What It Is
The Supra name goes way back to the '70s when Toyota up-rated ...Read more
Mad Max drove the last of the V8 Interceptors. This may be your last chance to drive the last V6 powered crossover.
Which also happens to be the first crossover.
The Lexus RX.
What It Is
Way back in 1998, Lexus introduced the RX300. It was a big introduction -- because back in '98, there weren't any other luxury crossover ...Read more
Crossovers are criticized -- correctly - -for looking and being the same, as if cut from the same mold, regardless of badge.
Most of them have similarly bland drivetrains -- and not much choice about the drivetrain. It comes as it is -- and that's all there is.
The Hyundai Santa Fe does a good job of not being like most of the rest. It's ...Read more
Well, it's back. Most people probably didn't know it was gone. The Toyota Venza.
It's been absent from Toyota's roster of models since the 2015 model year, probably because Americans, for whatever reason, just aren't much into station wagons -- which is what the first generation Venza was.
They are into crossovers, particularly those made by ...Read more
It's easy to forget there are still cars that are about driving rather than transportation. Cars that make the trip more appealing than the destination.
Such a car is the Mazda Miata. It makes you want to go for a drive even when you don't need to, and it makes you want to not get where you're going before you absolutely have to be ...Read more
Does anyone still make mid-sized family sedans? Haven't they all been cancelled -- in favor of crossovers?
Most of them, yes. Including -- most recently -- the Mazda6 sedan, which Mazda recently announced it won't be selling anymore after the end of this model year.
But there are still a few.
One of the remaining not-quite-last-of-...Read more
What's wrong with 707 horsepower? Nothing that 797 horsepower can't cure!
That's a two-sentence summary of the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye -- the most aptly named consumer product since Jolt Cola.
What It Is
Start with a Charger -- the last full-size, rear-drive American sedan you can still buy new -- and for just $30,570 to start.
Nix the ...Read more
The Ford Escape is a very popular little crossover SUV -- but what if you'd like it with more engine -- or a plug?
Maybe a 14-speaker Revel ultra-premium audio rig, too?
Head on over to a Lincoln store.
There you'll find the Corsair, which is based on the Escape, but it's more than a Ford. It offers a stronger version of the Escape'...Read more
How much is a $60k Mustang worth?
Every cent -- plus change.
That's not quite what it costs to buy a new Mach 1 -- if you don't opt for everything -- but even if you do, it'd be worth the spend.
Because of the drive.
What It Is
The Mach 1 is a functionally and visually amped-up version of the Mustang GT: the iconic muscle car Ford has been ...Read more