It used to be that most trucks came with big V-8s, leaf springs and solid axles. If you want such things in a new truck, you'll want to look at a heavy-duty truck such as the Ford F-250.
What It Is
The F-250 is what a truck used to be: heavy-duty in all its variants. Every F-250 comes standard with a big V-8, and you can get it with an even ...Read more
If you're thinking about a small crossover wagon and looking for a reason to favor one over another, Subaru's got something to show you that is hard-bordering-on-impossible to find in any other crossover: a pedal to the left of the brake pedal.
What It Is
The Crosstrek is a compact-sized, five-passenger crossover with standard all-...Read more
Other car companies -- notably, Ford and General Motors -- have all but given up on cars, canceling most of them in favor of a lineup of almost all SUVs and crossovers. Even the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, which were hot sellers for decades, aren't selling as well as they used to.
Kia just launched a brand-new sedan, the 2021 K5.
That took ...Read more
There's no Z28 Camaro anymore -- but it's hardly necessary if you want to go fast. The standard Camaro -- with a four-cylinder engine -- outperforms the V-8 Z28s of the '60s and '70s.
And if that's not enough, there's always the V-6.
What It Is
The Camaro is Chevy's almost-Corvette, with two more seats -- and a much lower price tag.
The base...Read more
Lincoln won't be making the Continental sedan after the end of this model year -- or any sedans at all, after this year.
Henceforth, all Lincolns will be SUVs -- like the new Aviator that's the subject of this review.
People just seem to like the layout better, probably because that's what's popular -- which creates a feedback loop on...Read more
How far can you stretch a name?
The Chevy Blazer was, once upon a time, a full-sized, two-door, truck-based SUV with a removable roof and a V-8 engine. Lee Majors drove one in "The Fall Guy."
The current Blazer is a five-door, hatchbacked crossover with a four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels (with a V-6 engine and all-wheel drive ...Read more
What killed the Lexus GS 350?
After 27 years in production, it looks like 2020 will be the final year for this midsize luxury-sport sedan, which was one of the first of its kind not made by BMW or Mercedes-Benz.
Lexus sold it for less than BMW and Benz charged for their midsize luxury-sport sedans, models like the E-Class and 5 Series...Read more
How much are you willing to spend on a car to spend nothing on gas?
This question arises -- or ought to arise -- whenever electric cars are discussed. Especially an electric car such as the Nissan Leaf, which, unlike a Tesla 3 or Model Y, isn't ludicrously fast or particularly sexy.
What it has going for it, chiefly, is that it's a lot less ...Read more
Really small crossovers are the new in thing -- chiefly because bigger things can come inside taller packages.
The new Hyundai Venue, for instance, is nearly a foot shorter than Hyundai's smallest sedan, the Accent -- yet it can carry more than twice as much stuff because of its shape.
Stubby but tall makes all the difference.
What It Is
The Mazda3 just got speedier.
In addition to its standard 2.0-liter and optional 2.5-liter engine, you can now get it with a new engine. It's a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine -- partially resurrecting the idea, at least, of the old MazdaSpeed3, the high-performance version of the 3.
That one hasn't been available for a while.
Lexus built the first luxury crossover SUV -- way back in 1998, when it introduced the RX 300. It's hard to believe, but before that year, there weren't any crossover SUVs, period. There were cars -- sedans and coupes and wagons.
And there were SUVs -- based on pickup trucks.
Lexus was the first to take a car and make it look like an SUV ...Read more
Ford only sells one sedan -- the 2020 Fusion -- and this may be your last chance to buy one. It's going to be replaced by a crossover SUV called the Fusion Active, perhaps as soon as the 2021 model year.
Since that's only about three months from now, you might want to have a look at this sedan -- while you still can.
What It Is
The Fusion is ...Read more