Car Reviews

2020 Mazda3 Review – Paying for Stick

2020 Mazda3 Review – Paying for Stick

Somewhere along the line, a manual transmission went from being the cheap option to something drivers get as a treat. How else to describe the 2020 Mazda3, where the six-speed stick is still available but only if you cough up for the most expensive Premium trim. When you're paying at least $27,500 (plus $945 destination) for the privilege of rowing your own gears, I think it's fair to expect a more rewarding experience as a result.

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2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe Review

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe Review

I might not, had it been my $108,050, have opted for the bright Lava Orange paintwork on the 2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe. Some cars require help standing out, while others get all the attention they need without resorting to eyeball-searing trickery. Porsche's more shapely SUV falls firmly into the latter category.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC Review: Embracing the SUV

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC Review: Embracing the SUV

America loves SUVs. Despite the best efforts of many to coax US drivers into sedans and wagons, demand for sports utility vehicles just keeps growing; with the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA, the German automaker decided to simply go with the flow. More SUV-like than its hatchback-styled predecessor, it's a version of the entry-level luxury crossover that seems particularly tuned for American tastes.

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2021 Bentley Bentayga V8 Review – Elevated Excess

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8 Review – Elevated Excess

Some things take a little time to reach their very best. Wine, for example, or fine leather, or balsamic vinegar. Well, we can add the 2021 Bentley Bentayga to that list. It has fine leather too, in fact, but it's the automaker's finessing elsewhere in this refreshed version that elevates it so well.

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2020 Honda Civic Type R Review – In-Your-Face Excellence

2020 Honda Civic Type R Review – In-Your-Face Excellence

America was forced to wait for the Honda Civic Type R and now, having blessed us with its official presence here, Honda seems determined to slice away any mechanical reason you might have not to buy one. At under $38k out the door, the 2020 model year may have seen the price climb a little, but the attention to detail has jumped a whole lot.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe Review – Suspend Disbelief

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe Review – Suspend Disbelief

Silence, for a moment, should it exist, that part of your brain which says "you do not need a 503 horsepower SUV that thinks it's a coupe," because otherwise the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe may be a tough sell. It's Stuttgart's answer to a question that I'm not sure many actually asked, though that's not to say offering more power and pizazz that any shopper in the market for a compact luxury crossover requires doesn't have its charms.

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2021 Toyota Supra 2.0 Review – When Less is More

2021 Toyota Supra 2.0 Review – When Less is More

Few cars arrive to the sort of expectations that the new Toyota Supra faced, but with one model year under its belt it's time for the Japanese coupe to show it's more than just an exercise in parts-bin sharing. True, there's plenty of BMW to be found under the 2021 Supra 2.0's contentious bodywork, but with a smaller engine and a smaller price tag come a solid argument that this was the car the modern Supra was always meant to be.

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2021 Kia Seltos Review – Small crossover has big ambitions

2021 Kia Seltos Review – Small crossover has big ambitions

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and in this case, I'm referring to the 2021 Kia Seltos. You may know that 'Seltos' derives from 'Celtos,' the son of Greek god Hercules who was fatefully conceived amid a blackmailing affair with princess Celtine. Kia's hierarchy is a little less melodramatic, with Hercules in this case referring to the magnificent Telluride, a three-row SUV that I absolutely love. The Telluride was good enough to run away with the 2020 World Car of the Year award, no small achievement. Is the son of Hercules good enough to merit its own praise?

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2020 Honda CR-V Touring Review: The Benchmark

2020 Honda CR-V Touring Review: The Benchmark

There's a reason the CR-V is a perennial best-seller for Honda; nothing else in the automaker's line-up quite epitomizes its combination of practicality, attainable refinement, and uncontroversial good looks. In the case of the 2020 CR-V Touring AWD, a recent refresh sets it up to better fend off rivals like VW's Tiguan, Nissan's Rogue, and Toyota's RAV4.

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2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe Review – Heritage Heresy

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe Review – Heritage Heresy

Nobody asked for the 2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe, but that's not to say there's not an audience for a feistier, crossover-adjacent, heritage-inverting sports sorta-sedan. Unexpected to the eyes and even more shocking when you consider what's going on beneath, there's more to figure out here than just the lengthy name.

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2020 Mazda CX-30 Review: Resetting the crossover balance

2020 Mazda CX-30 Review: Resetting the crossover balance

Somewhere along the line crossovers turned into "just smaller SUVs," and the 2020 Mazda CX-30 isn't willing to go along with that. The segment trend toward practicality and an elevated driving position has been gradual but insidious, with dynamics at best an afterthought if not forgotten altogether. Question is, can the CX-30 strike a better balance?

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2020 Lexus LC 500 Review: Aspirationally Aspirated

2020 Lexus LC 500 Review: Aspirationally Aspirated

It's four years since we first saw the production version of the LC 500. Eight years since the unveil of the original LF-LC Concept on which the coupe was based. I'm struggling to think of another current vehicle that still looks so fresh and startling: familiarity may not always breed contempt, but it does tend to soften the impact.

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