Once upon a time, Chevy's Blazer was a full-size 4x4 -- this was before there were "SUVs" -- and it came standard with a V8 engine. It has since gotten smaller -- and it's now a crossover.
Similar to so many others.
But it does still offer a V6, and that's something that's becoming hard to find in a new crossover.
And, so equipped, it can ...Read more
The saying goes that you cannot eat your cake and have it, too. But what if you could?
Plug-in hybrids like the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe can be electric vehicles -- without the problems that beset electric vehicles. It can travel about 25 miles without burning any gas. But you don't have to worry about what you'll do when it runs out of...Read more
Tesla made the first modern electric cars, beginning about 15 years ago. It also made the first electric cars that weren't focused on being economical or practical cars -- as the first electric cars (like the Baker electrics) were designed to be, some 120 years ago.
Tesla's concept was to make electric performance cars -- so as to make them ...Read more
Here's something that's hard to find: an electric version of a car that costs less -- at least to start -- than the engine'd version of the same car.
That would be the Mercedes EQS.
But there might be a reason for that ...
What It Is
The EQS is essentially an electrified S-Class sedan, which is Mercedes' top-of-the-line (and full-size) ...Read more
No one makes the six-passenger full-size sedans Americans used to take for granted that also had room in their trunks for six peoples' things, and -- if there wasn't enough room for that -- could also pull it behind them.
Today, you need a truck to do that.
That probably explains why trucks, which used to be a relatively small slice of the ...Read more
It's interesting that the first electric vehicles of the modern era weren't trucks, which have a lot more room than cars do for batteries. This matters because electric vehicle batteries take up a lot of space, which means less of that for people and stuff in an electric car.
In the case of the F-150 Lightning, the electric version of ...Read more
The Nissan Rogue sells pretty well. This is hard at first glance to understand. It does not look very roguish, for one. And it costs a bit more to start than rivals like the Hyundai Tucson and Mazda CX-5.
It also has the smallest engine you'll find in any crossover its size -- just three cylinders and only 1.5 liters.
So why do people...Read more
The Lexus RX 350 is a very popular luxury crossover SUV -- probably because it was the first luxury crossover SUV.
But there's another Lexus crossover that's very similar -- just a little smaller.
Just not inside.
Or under the hood.
What It Is
The NX is Lexus' compact-size crossover -- relative to the midsize RX 350. Both share similar ...Read more
Honda was the first to sell a midsize truck that isn't one: the Ridgeline. And many people love that about it.
They love that has a bed, like a truck. And, unlike most "real" trucks, additional storage under the bed. That it can pull a 5,000-pound trailer, which most cars can't. And it can carry a four-by-eight sheet of plywood, ...Read more
There are crossover SUVs in just about every size, but how about one that overlaps sizes? That's not too big -- but not too small, either?
Especially under the hood.
That one's the Mazda CX-30 -- and it might just be the right size for you.
What It Is
The CX-30 is Mazda's smallest crossover, with two rows of seats, seating for five ...Read more
How do you decide which crossover to buy, given how similar most crossovers look? Well, you have to look under the skin.
If you do, you'll find some important differences.
What It Is
The RAV4 is a compact-size crossover similar to others in the same class, such as the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5 (and CX-30). It differs from others...Read more
It's an interesting fact that while small sedans have largely disappeared from the general market, you can still find a number of them in the luxury car market -- including subcompact models like Audi's A3 sedan.
It's a really small car -- about the same size as a Hyundai Accent, which is pretty much the smallest ...Read more