The measure of luxury used to be amenities -- things like climate control air conditioning, leather seats (heated, even) and, of course, power everything.
The problem for luxury car makers is that everyone else has those things now, too. Even $20,000 new cars usually come standard with most of those things. At the $30,000 point, they're almost ...Read more
There aren't many luxury sedans on the market anymore. There are lots of luxury-sport sedans.
It's not a small difference.
Luxury-sport sedans have the amenities -- and the prestige. They also tend to have firmer-riding suspensions and seats.
How else to be ... sporty?
One of the few that doesn't try to be -- and for that reason is more ...Read more
Earlier this year, Ford sent me a new (2021) F-250 pickup with the also-new 7.3-liter monster motor to test drive. This week, I have the same basic truck again -- but this time, it's a 2022 equipped with the 6.7-liter monster torque motor.
Call it the Battle of the Super Duties!
What It Is
The F-250 is Ford's three-quarter-ton (2500 series) ...Read more
The iconic Land Rover Defender -- the one most people know from safari shows -- had an aluminum body, didn't have carpets -- or air bags -- but did have a 182 horsepower V8 under its hood that averaged about 13 miles-per-gallon.
It was last available new back in '97.
A new Defender arrived in 2020 -- and this time, it came standard with ...Read more
Want the good news first?
The just-redesigned Nissan Frontier pick-up not only still comes with a V6 -- it's standard. Some of the others in this class - such as the Chevy Colorado -- come standard with a four. One of the others in this class -- the Ford Ranger - comes only with a four.
Ready for the bad?
There's no option to buy a ...Read more
The Nissan Rogue is one of the best-selling compact crossovers on the market. It's also sold -- for less -- by Mitsubishi.
The Outlander, which shares a platform and mechanicals with the Rogue, seats seven in three rows versus five in two.
It also has a smaller price tag -- and a bigger warranty.
What It Is
The Outlander is ...Read more
A Jaguar crossover SUV is a strange cat. What's next? KISS releasing a country record?
But then, no one wants to see Gene Simmons in a cowboy hat singing about his pick-up truck. On the other hand, crossovers are the in-thing. They are becoming almost the only thing.
Even for a company such as Jaguar that was known for its cars -- ...Read more
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