2020 BMW X2
Crossover SUVs are popular because they have everything ... except style.
They're great in bad weather. They're space-efficient and much more versatile than other cars. That's why they're selling so much better than other cars. But they suffer from look-alike syndrome, which is a function of their virtues.
Which is why BMW made ...Read more
What if you want a Honda Civic Si but don't want a manual transmission or a turbocharged engine?
You might want to have a look at the Acura ILX.
It shares a platform with the Civic and comes standard with the engine that used to be the Civic Si's engine (which has been replaced in the current Civic by a smaller, turbocharged engine) and an ...Read more
Sometimes, new and improved isn't. Improved, that is.
The 2020 Toyota Sequoia isn't new -- but that's because it doesn't need much improving. Toyota has been selling it the same way since 2008 because ... it sells.
And you don't risk improving on that.
What It Is
The Sequoia is Toyota's full-size SUV with three rows of seats, body-on-frame ...Read more
It took about 25 years to sink in. The bestselling Lincoln of the modern era isn't a car. It's the Navigator -- Lincoln's version of the Ford Expedition SUV. On the strength of Navigator sales, Lincoln outsold Cadillac for a while back in the '90s.
Until it tried selling cars again.
Including cars such as the Continental -- a car that ...Read more
When small and medium isn't quite what fits, maybe something in-between will.
That's Mazda's idea in bringing out the CX-30, its newest crossover. It's not the smallest, but it's not quite medium-sized, either.
What It Is
The CX-30 is a five-passenger crossover SUV that bridges the gap between the subcompact CX-3 and the midsize CX-5. In ...Read more
If you want to really go off-road -- as opposed to off into the grass -- and be really comfortable, there aren't many options.
Which makes it easy for Lexus to sell the GX 460 to people looking for both -- without compromising either.
What It Is
The GX 460 is an extremely off-road-capable midsize SUV that is also an extremely luxurious...Read more
How much difference does three feet -- and 50 years -- make?
It's the difference between a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle -- that could carry four people, two of them very uncomfortably and all of them very slowly -- and a 2021 VW Atlas. Which can carry seven comfortably and speedily.
The Atlas is, without a doubt, the largest VW ever. But it ...Read more
Crossovers are so popular that they're getting smaller as well as larger.
Examples include the Honda HR-V, which was one of the very first subcompact crossovers, and the Mazda CX-3, which is one of the most stylish.
One of the latest is the Kia Kona, which came onto the market in 2018.
They're all roomier on the inside than much larger cars -...Read more
If you ever wanted to buy a new Fiat -- without going to Italy -- this may be your last chance.
Fiat isn't doing well because small cars (which is all Fiat sells) aren't doing well.
It's not because they are bad cars. Honda -- as blue-chip a brand as there is -- just canceled the two-door Civic, to give you some sense of how tough times are ...Read more
Some things go together like bagels and cream cheese -- and sports cars and manual transmissions. As a rule, sports cars used to come standard with manuals and often didn't even offer automatic transmissions. BMW's Z4 roadster now comes only with an automatic. Does it still qualify as a sports car?
What It Is
The Z4 is a two-seat roadster in ...Read more
The Ford Edge has enough room for a third row ... but it hasn't got one. What it does have is almost as much room in its second row (40.6 inches of legroom) as it does in its first (42.6 inches).
Plus more room behind its second row -- without folding the seats down.
That's two things many three-row crossovers haven't got.
What It Is
The ...Read more
There's not much ... diversity in the compact crossover segment. Badges, yes. Differences, not so much.
Which is why it's happy news about the 2021 Kia Seltos.
Superficially, it's similar to other small crossovers like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. But have a look under the skin.
Or rather, under the hood.
That's where you'll find something...Read more