Is a Cadillac Escalade worth $20,000 more than a GMC Yukon? Is a GMC Yukon worth $4,000 more than a Chevy Tahoe?
All three are basically the same SUV sold under three different labels -- at three different price points.
You'll have to decide whether the price is worth the difference.
What It Is
The Escalade is Cadillac's version of the Chevy...Read more
Remember when practically every car company was selling minivans? Today, that's all Chrysler still sells.
What It Is
The Pacifica is a 7-8 passenger minivan (depending on the configuration) that's available with or without a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and with or without all-wheel drive -- unless you want the hybrid, which is ...Read more
It's a weird thing.
As trucks have gotten bigger, their engines have gotten smaller -- also fewer, as in the case of the 2024 Chevy Colorado, which no longer offers either the 3.6-liter V6 or the turbo-diesel engine it used to be available with.
Or the 2.5-liter four it used to come standard with.
It comes standard -- and only -- with a 2.7-...Read more
Nissan's Altima used to be the midsize sport sedan for the buyer who couldn't afford a Maxima sedan.
It was similar to the Maxima -- both were about the same size -- and it could be ordered with the V6 the Maxima came standard with, while costing less.
Now that the Maxima's gone, the Altima's the only midsize sedan Nissan still sells.
The ...Read more
If you don't think looks are important, look at what's happened to minivans... if you can find one to look at. Only a handful of them are still being made.
Chiefly -- arguably -- because of the way they look.
The way they function, on the other hand, has been taken over by models such as Honda's Pilot, which is related to the company's Odyssey...Read more
The American Motors Corporation used to sell Hornets, and Dodge used to sell Chargers (and Challengers). Now AMC -- and the Charger and Challenger -- are gone, and Dodge sells a Hornet.
It's nothing like the Hornet AMC sold back in the '70s. That one was rear-wheel-drive and available with a V8.
This one's a front-wheel-drive crossover -- with...Read more
Subaru used to have its market niche mostly to itself -- because (for many years) almost no other car manufacturer made cars (sedans and wagons) with all-wheel drive and enough ground clearance to go where you generally needed a 4x4 SUV to go.
Now almost no one makes cars, and every brand sells crossovers with (or that at least offer) AWD and ...Read more
Here and there -- and probably not for long -- you can still find a new vehicle that at least offers something larger than a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Chevy's Blazer RS is one such.
It's available with the same 3.6-liter V6 that that's standard in the Camaro -- and there are other commonalities, too.
What It Is
The Blazer ...Read more
When people hear "Dodge," their thoughts turn to muscular cars like the Charger and Challenger. And muscular SUVs, like the Durango (especially the V8-powered R/T version).
But the government is making it hard for Dodge to continue making such cars and SUVs. The Charger and Challenger have already been retired, and not on account of lack of ...Read more
You may remember the Chevy Volt, which was an electric car without the wait -- or the anxiety.
It had a small gas-burning engine as well as an electric battery and motors. But unlike all other hybrids, the gas engine was almost exclusively an onboard generator that burned gas so the driver didn't have to stop (and wait) for a charge. The Volt ...Read more
Modern full-size luxury cars are something of an anomaly in that they're not as full-size as they used to be.
The 2024 Audi A8, for example, is a relative short 209.5 inches long, which is nowhere near as long as an early '70s Buick Electra 225, which was so named because that's just how long it was.
And it wasn't as long as a Cadillac.
It is not a coincidence that the Nissan Titan is the last new half-ton truck you can buy that comes standard with a V8 -- and that 2024 will be the last year you'll be able to buy this truck.
And the reason why has everything to do with this truck's standard V8.
What It Is
The Titan is Nissan's full-size truck, similar to others in the class ...Read more