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Many 3-row crossovers are hulking machines that are cumbersome to drive in heavy traffic. The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento is more manageable but still offers extra seating when needed. And let’s face it, many times that extra row is a “just in case” purchase. The new all-wheel drive X-Line model adds an inch of ground clearance and a tougher Ranger Ri…
 
Ford has kept Mustang’s formula consistent since 1964. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is a radical change. All electric. Four doors. Available all-wheel drive. With up to 300 miles of range, Mach-E is fast, fun and functional. Tom Voelk travels to Los Angeles to drive it on a slalom course and the winding hills above Malibu and finds this all new breed so…
 
The Genesis brand launched in 2015 but lacked one thing to drive sales- an SUV. In the “good things come to those who wait” department, the GV80 is a reward looking for upscale utility. Built on the same architecture as the G80 sedan, the GV feels like a completely different vehicle and looks to be the game changer Genesis needs. Tom Voelk drives a…
 
Volvo is widely known for its safe vehicles. In addition to its first pure EV (the XC40 Recharge) it also gives people unsure of choosing an electric vehicle a way to dip their toe into the EV world. The XC90 T8 Recharge is a plug-in hybrid that runs on battery alone, but switches to gas power once the pack is spent.…
 
One reason the Mercedes-Benz E Class is so successful is because it’s available in sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon versions. And each variant is true to the intended mission. For 2021, the E gets some cosmetic freshening and a tech boost starting with the MBUX interface. And it will text you if someone dings it in the parking lot. Tom Voelk tak…
 
The Trailblazer nameplate used to ride on a mid-sized truck based SUV. Chevrolet has brought it back as a compact crossover that rides on the same architecture as Buick’s Encore GX. Blasphemy? Maybe not. Even without truck toughness, this pint-sized sport ute will appeal to buyers wanting a capable machine that can comfortably get them to the trail…
 
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new Nissan Rogue. The all-new 2021 model was worth the wait. Nissan takes the bang-for-the-buck formula used with the new Versa and Sentra and applies it to the crossover segment that Americans are buying in droves. Lots of standard safety tech with Safety Shield 360 too. No doubt it will remain Nissan’s best-se…
 
Bronco is the hottest SUV going these days. Ford and Filson have teamed up on a concept to help manage the fire. Or at least wildfires. The Ford Bronco + Filson Wildland Fire Rig Concept is packed with firefighting gear and classic Filson style. Tom Voelk gives you a close up look at this awesome concept. You can’t get a Bronco right now but Filson…
 
Cadillac is practically defined by the big Escalade these days. It also makes some excellent sedans. Remember those? Sedans? The smallest one in the Cadillac lineup is the CT4 which replaces the ATS. It can be had in sport attitude as the CT4 V. Tom Voelk tests a Premium Luxury model with the optional dual volute turbocharged 2.7-liter four cylinde…
 
People want svelte design, advanced tech, premium materials and a quiet cabin from a luxury sedan. The all-new 2021 Genesis G80 has all that and a price tag that beats all comers. A loaded model is only a few thousand dollars more than a base Mercedes E350. Generation three is a charmer and a bold step forward for Hyundai’s premium brand. The estab…
 
Here are the details you want to know about the 2022 GMC Hummer EV with loads of video. Not only does the three-motor Edition 1 model get 350 miles of electric range for wilderness patrol, there’s 800-volt charging like Porsche Taycan. 0-60 in 3 seconds flat too! More than just a large SUV with a huge battery, Hummer EV is stuffed with tech. Tom Vo…
 
The original Cadillac Escalade was a reaction to Lincoln’s Navigator and clearly a Chevy Suburban with a new grille and leather seats. Generation five shares almost no body panels or interior components with other GM SUVs. It has a completely different attitude, look and feel. The new independent rear suspension combined with Magnetic Ride Control …
 
Not a Vette fan? You’ve probably not driven the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray. After decades of speculation, Chevy’s supercar has finally gone mid-engine with a 6.2-liter V8 behind the seats. And it starts at $60,000. That’s not a typo (but good luck finding one). Tom Voelk checks out a well optioned Z51 model. Spoiler alert, it’s an incredible machine…
 
The Genesis brand is finally getting an SUV and it looks like the 2021 GV80 was worth the wait. It will be hitting American roads in the fall of 2020 but if you want a detailed look at it now, Tom Voelk has you covered with a preview. A bonus, he talks to Tony Chen, Genesis Creative Manager and Lead Exterior Designer for the GV80 who describes the …
 
Porsche brought back it’s much loved flat-6 engine in the 718 but it only came in a package suited strongly for the track. Want that smoothness, punchiness, and throaty engine note with a dollop of comfort and civility? That would be the GTS 4.0. Available in both 718 Boxster and Cayman models, it gives up nothing for the driver that wants a good r…
 
TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development. This is not your father’s Camry. The V6-equipped TRD model adds aerodynamic pieces (a wing!) and significant chassis upgrades to become a true driver’s car. Yes, a Camry. Plus, it’s affordable. Automotive specialist Tom Voelk takes a 2020 model out on an empty country road and contemplates the large wing on…
 
The all new GMC Yukon grows six inches and gains a new independent rear suspension. That means 66% more cargo space and 40% more room in the 3rd row. A choice of two V8s and an inline-6 diesel too. Tom Voelk checks out the all new rugged AT4 model to see if GM has raised the bar high enough to compete (or beat) Ford Expedition. Sorry folks, would h…
 
Maybe the SUV you’re looking for isn’t the same as your neighbor’s. Not all of them are ginormous. Not all of them need a step ladder for entry. The Volvo V60 Cross Country offers SUV utility without the baggage. And if load gear on roof racks, this rig will make your life much easier. Tom Voelk checks out a loaded model with plenty of safety.…
 
Is Cadillac offering the best luxury/sport sedan value today? The CT5 V-Series is a joy to toss into a tight turn and costs thousands of dollars less than its German competition. It may not have the raw horsepower of the late great CTS V, but for real world romps on empty country roads, this new model has the finesse needed for a great time. Tom Vo…
 
Kia has completely redesigned the Sorento for 2021 with four distinct powertrains including a plug-in hybrid and a new X-Line model that adds off road capability. Slotting in under big brother Telluride, Kia claims this three row crossover has best-in-class passenger volume. Tom Voelk previews the new Sorento to show you what’s coming.…
 
Buick’s next big thing is a small SUV. The Encore GX is an encore to its best selling Encore. Confused? The Encore will continue to be sold alongside the Encore GX, they’re different vehicles on different architectures. You might save a little money by getting the older smaller one, but the extra $900 snags a much better vehicle. Tom Voelk takes it…
 
Looking for a premium crossover but don’t want to helm the USS Navigator? Mercedes-Benz stuffs the small second generation GLA 250 with lots of luxury and tons of tech… if you option it properly. This is a serious competitor to Audi Q3, BMW X1 and X2, Cadillac XT4 and Lexus UX. Tom Voelk takes a look a a well equipped 4MATIC model, that carves a co…
 
The G80 is the sedan that laid the foundation for the Genesis brand. Generation three is the first one to be born a dedicated Genesis. All new from the ground up it leaves some of it history behind as it propels the brand forward. Tom Voelk previews the 2021 G80 and talks to Genesis Creative Manager Tony Chen, who reveals what the design team was t…
 
Not everyone wants an SUV or crossover. Buyers who enjoy sedans have a new one to check out. The K5 replaces the Optima in the US. Rakish good looks, loads of tech and value pricing make it a winner. Drives well too. How does it stack up against Accord, Altima, Camry, Malibu and sister Sonata? Tom Voelk checks out a loaded top trim EX model and tak…
 
The Hyperion XP-1 that’s scheduled to arrive in late 2021 will need hydrogen to make those claimed 2.2 second 0-60 sprints. One of the big bugaboos these days is the expense and shortage of fueling stations. Tom Voelk talks to Hyperion CEO and founder Angelo Kafantaris to get his arguments for building out an infrastructure and new practical ways t…
 
There are plenty of battery-electric car startups. Hyperion believes hydrogen is a far better way to launch a car from 0-60 miles an hour in 2.2 seconds. This is a preview of the XP-1 that will be built in Ohio and available in late 2021. Tom Voelk interviews Hyperion CEO and founding member Angelo Kafantaris on why he and his team believe hydrogen…
 
The Chevrolet Traverse is large and in charge of taking care of America’s families. With seating for up to 8 and the largest cargo hold in its class, it can take on daily life with a surprising amount of grace. Tom Voelk checks out an all-wheel drive Premier model, previews the refreshed 2022 Traverse (there will be no 2021) and looks back at a fro…
 
Cadillac has finally revealed details on its all-electric 2023 Lyriq crossover. The new NCMA Ultium battery is estimated to deliver 300 miles of range. It’s built on GMs new dedicated and scalable EV architecture. And then there’s that 33-inch curved touchscreen interface. Tom Voelk previews the Lyriq, the first of 10 fully electrified vehicles tha…
 
The 2020 Taycan 4S is the “affordable” all-electric Porsche. What’s it like to live and travel with this high performance EV and its EPA-rated range of 203 miles? For starters, that number is way off. And the Taycan has Porsche’s 800V charging system for super quick fills. Tom Voelk checks out both the Taycan and Electrify America’s 350kWh charging…
 
The Nissan Rogue has been a popular choice in the U.S. but not a modern one. The 2021 Rogue is all-new right down the the much stiffer architecture and significantly improved suspension. On sale in the fall of 2020, Tom Voelk previews Nissan’s most popular model to see if it’s worth waiting for. Even ProPilot Assist is updated with Navi-Link. This …
 
The 2021 Toyota Venza is more than just a return of the model that left our shores in 2015, it has an all new attitude. The vague wagon shape has been replaced with a swept silhouette. In the U.S. it only comes as a hybrid. Will this snag more buyers than the first generation? Tom Voelk checks out a mid-level XLE model and finds you may not need to…
 
Ford’s Ranger is part of the mid-sized pickup resurgence in America. Many think of it as a small rig but it’s dimensions aren’t much different from the F-Series trucks in the 1970’s. That makes Ranger (and competitors Canyon, Colorado, Frontier, Ridgeline and Tacoma, a terrific size for getting things done in urban areas and maneuvering tight trail…
 
America loves SUVs and crossovers, but oddly, there are few mainstream electrified models out there. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime rectifies that. And there’s NO range anxiety at all. It’s all the electric you need. Charge Prime up and there’s 42 miles of all-electric range on tap. After that, a gas engine takes over for 600 miles of total range. It’s…
 
Ford builds a better Escape machine with the all new 2021 Bronco Sport. It’s not as capable as the truck-based Bronco 2 and 4-door, but with standard 4WD, it should take weekend adventure seekers (and their gear) most everywhere they want to go. It comes with all sorts of clever storage systems. Owners can add 100 accessories like an interior mount…
 
Loads of video inside and out, here’s a first look at the 2021 Ford Bronco 2 and 4 door. It looks to be impressive! Clearly Ford is giving Jeep Wrangler competition when it comes to extreme off-roading. The roof and doors are removeable. There are two powertrain choices. There’s a 7-speed manual transmission option! Tom Voelk offers a first look at…
 
The all-electric BMW iX3 is not coming to the U.S. But the X3 xDrive30e is in showrooms now and it offers electrified driving. That’s because the 30e is a plug-in hybrid. Does the efficiency dull the Ultimate Driving Machine dynamics? How far does it go on a charge? Is the 30e prohibitively expensive? Tom Voelk has those answers and more and he che…
 
The Kia Optima is dead. Long live the Kia K5. While buyers seem to want SUVs and crossovers these days, Kia has doubled down with the new K5, giving it a longer lower and wider look. All of the engines are turbocharged too. And all-wheel drive is coming to the Optima… I mean K5. Tom Voelk gives you a preview on what to look for when the K5 drops in…
 
Enthusiasts asked. Porsche delivered. The potent 718 Cayman and Boxter are once again available with a naturally aspirated 6-cylinder engine. Sounds like a winner! First up is the track biased 718 GT4 with 414 horsepower (sun worshipers will want the 718 Spyder convertible). The GTS 4.0 that’s slightly detuned and comfortable is coming soon. Tom Vo…
 
Looking for a good look at Lexus’ flagship convertible? I’ve driven it. For now, Lexus isn’t allowing any driving impressing but that doesn’t mean I can’t show you the pretty pictures I took today. Hear the 471 horsepower naturally aspirated 5-liter V8 (no artificial engine noise needed) that’s hooked up to a 10-speed transmission. Watch the 4-laye…
 
Honda’s CR-V is a sales powerhouse, the second best-selling passenger car in America. How does Honda make it even more appealing? Make it more powerful, smoother and efficient. That’s what a two-motor hybrid system does. It could be the one to buy. Tom Voelk checks out the 2020 CR-V Hybrid Touring model which, by the way, doesn’t have a transmissio…
 
Because the of legendary A80, Supra has come to be defined by its inline-6 engine. The 5th generation 2020 model got one. Now Toyota has brought the turbocharged 4-cylinder model to America. This means the car world will debate whether a 4-cylinder Supra is a real Supra until the end of days and buyers will agonize over which one to buy. Can a Supr…
 
The LS sedan was the first Lexus built from the ground up to be a Lexus. 30 years and five generations later it still coddles its owners. And unlike the first one, it can now be had with a “multi stage” hybrid powertrain. Does this tech make for a better luxury sedan? Tom Voelk drives the slightly updated 2020 LS500h AWD, which means it has the hyb…
 
Maybe electric vehicles are being marketed the wrong way. They’ve got great performance and tend to be more reliable. No trips to the gas station either. The Kia Niro EV is a practical way to live the electric vehicle lifestyle. With 239 miles of range you’ll kiss range anxiety goodbye. Does it really travel that far on a charge? Tom Voelk checks o…
 
Volkswagen made advertising history in the 1960’s with the “Think Small” campaign. The Atlas three-row crossover is huge. Is the Atlas Cross Sport “just right”? It only has two-rows but there’s enough space to park an original Beetle inside. Okay, maybe not, but there’s loads of room to pack up the family and head to the wilderness. Tom Voelk drive…
 
Being kind to the environment doesn’t require assaulting your eyes. The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets a svelte body, some athletic moves and the ability to score 52 miles per gallon according to the E.P.A. Is this possible? Tom Voelk checks out a Limited model with the solar roof panel that engineers claim adds 2 miles of range each day. Park it …
 
Yes, the 2020 Genesis G90 sedan is priced much lower than BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes S Class. But a bargain price is still a poor value if it can’t fully satisfy owners. With new sheet metal and a bold face, Genesis is looking to get noticed. Don’t need a badge to impress the herd? The luxurious G90 Ultimate will satisfy those who are conf…
 
Electric cars are a blast to drive. The 2020 MINI Cooper SE is no exception. In fact, it might be the most engaging car the brand makes. But in a world full of electric cars that have over 200 miles of range, is the MINI’s 110 enough? Maybe. The price could make up for it, the SE can easily be less than a gasoline powered MINI Cooper S. Does it REA…
 
The 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk looks like a piece of REI gear. No wonder buyers like the chunky purposeful look. But how does it do when the going gets rough? Tom Voelk checks out the most capable version of the Renegade with its 1.3-liter turbocharged engine to see how it handles both town and country situations. And then there’s that price……
 
You can get a Mercedes-Benz A220 for as little as $33,795, BUT, is it a car with the star that offers satisfaction? Tom Voelk drives a 4MATIC model optioned up to the $46,100 level and finds that it rises to the expected Mercedes experience. And it looks great. There’s always Audi A3, BMW 2-Series, Kia Stinger AWD GT 1 or Genesis G70 AWD for the sa…
 
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