Reviews

The 2020 Lexus IS is polished and poised, but ultimately short on compelling qualities. The 2020 Lexus IS was once a gym rat, but its consistent routine means its predominantly European competition has bypassed this once-compelling four-door compact sedan. The allure of a decent value and the option of a strong, smooth V-6 engine don’t
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Even if the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s best feature is its available space, none of the big crossovers are poorly equipped. Hyundai offers the Palisade in SE, SEL, and Limited varieties with top models piling on luxury features. All are equipped with at least an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, active safety
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Volkswagen’s big bet on its electric future has left present models like the 2020 VW Passat in limbo.  This year, the mid-size sedan gets an exterior makeover and a streamlined powertrain menu. It costs less than $24,000 in base versions, which is a value for shoppers replacing family vehicles, but the rest of the Passat
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The 2020 Subaru Impreza is a rational choice among compact cars, especially for those who need foul-weather traction. The 2020 Subaru Impreza is as sensible as cars get, especially in practical hatchback form. Standard all-wheel drive, a good safety record, and wider standardization of collision-avoidance features this year adds to the compact car’s appeal. We
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The 2020 Nissan Maxima is a sharp-looking, relatively fun sedan but a far cry from the “four-door sports car” of yore. In an era where sedans are less popular than ever, it doesn’t do quite enough to stand out. The 2020 Maxima, sold in S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum trims, earns a TCC Rating
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The bold styling of the 2020 Lexus LS four-door sedan is coupled with a high-tech interior that seems at odds with a springy ride. This is a flagship sedan for another market. Lexus aims the LS at Chinese buyers who value spacious back seats and pampered rides. Those values aren’t entirely forgotten here in the
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The field of affordable electric vehicles is growing by the year. And this year marks the first time that one of the longest-range affordable EVs, the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV, gets a range boost.  The 2020 Bolt EV gets its boost in battery capacity without any physical change to the pack or the way its
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Jay Leno recently enjoyed the exclusive opportunity to drive the 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible, becoming the first person outside of GM to do so. Production of the drop-top C8 Corvette won’t commence until early 2020 and as such, the car driven by Leno is a pre-production prototype. Also featured in the video is Corvette chief
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Available in five trim levels – Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature – the Mazda 6 ranges from less than $25,000 to more than $35,000 at the top of the range (including a mandatory destination charge). We give it 5 out of 10 here, as the base model misses a key feature
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The 2019 E-Tron is everything an electric vehicle should be. It’s quiet and quick, and shows off the strengths of having so much torque available pretty much instantaneously. For its strong performance, above-average ride and handling, all-weather and light off-roading ability, and towing capability, the E-Tron is just as versatile as some of the best
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The 2020 Audi Q5 is a luxury crossover so popular that some drivers may have a hard time finding theirs in a parking lot.  That popularity is no accident. Audi’s best seller is an excellent choice in a field of highly competitive compact crossovers from Germany, Asia, and the U.S.  We score the latest version
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The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic looks and drives younger than its age, and still offers value and a pinch of fun. The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic is a solid small car in an SUV world. With impressive value, safety scores, and a decent amount of fun in the right form, it’s an engaging hatchback or sedan, but
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The 2020 Honda Civic starts at $20,680, which makes it a strong value for budget shoppers. We appreciate that and the variety that three body styles, four powertrains, and dozens of options along the way provide.  Starting from an average score of 5, the Civic gets points above average for its variety and value. It’s
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The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is a handsome mid-size sedan that’s overshadowed by competitors in terms of standard features. The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is a middling mid-size sedan that’s largely overlooked in the midst of the great SUV and crossover onslaught. Though it’s stylish and comfortable, curious absences in active safety make it forgettable even in
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Ford’s first mass-market electric vehicle will hit the ground running with high expectations, starting with its historic badge planted in its grille.  The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is the automaker’s first electric crossover; first Mustang-branded vehicle that’s not a coupe, convertible, nor hatchback; and the first Mustang with electric propulsion from the factory. The Mach-E goes
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We appreciate the ease of the 2020 Honda CR-V’s lineup: any pick is a good pick.  With a newly standard turbo engine, good base features, and standard active safety features across the board, any 2020 CR-V is a good deal.  With that kind of freedom to find a good deal comes opportunity—an opportunity to pick
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