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2019 Subaru WRX STI Sport-tech

It only seems like we reviewed the 2018 WRX STI yesterday and all of a sudden the 2019 version is back in our garage, and once again our tester is equipped with its standard six-speed manual gearbox and gussied up in top-line Sport-tech trim. Even the more discrete lip rear spoiler in place of the usual wing remains, although this time around they…

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Tech

With the Genesis Coupe now long gone, and Genesis itself becoming a standalone luxury brand, this completely redesigned 2019 Veloster becomes the only dedicated sports model in Hyundai’s lineup.  That’s a pretty heavy weight for this little front-drive compact to carry, but it continues to walk with a swagger of confidence thanks to truly unique…

2019 Lexus ES 300h

Lexus is in the unique position of offering the North American luxury market two premium sedans nearly identical in size and more or less the same shape, within an auto sector that’s shunning four-door three-box designs faster than you can say SUV.  Rather than nix at least one of them like so many of its rivals are doing, the preeminent Japanese…

2018 Kia Niro SX Touring Road Test

Kia is no stranger to electrified vehicles. It currently offers the Optima Hybrid in both regular and plug-in varieties, the fully electric Soul EV that’s just been redesigned for 2019, so therefore nobody should be surprised to see the new Niro subcompact crossover show up in HEV guise.  The surprise is its dedicated hybrid powertrain. Yes, that…

2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

Toyota redesigned the Highlander for the 2014 model year, giving it much more character and impressive refinement inside, while upping the maximum seat count from seven to eight, and then after just three years they replaced the simpler truck-inspired front grille and fascia for a ritzier chromed up look that certainly hasn’t hurt sales.  Its popularity…

2018 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab SLE All Terrain Road Test

Thanks to General Motors, the mid-size pickup truck market is once again starting to heat up. Toyota was hardly contested in this market for far too long, but GM reintroduced its Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins in 2015 and has steadily been gaining back market share ever since.  In fact, after just a year of availability the two trucks combined…

2019 Toyota C-HR Limited

Most everyone expected Toyota to enter the subcompact SUV segment at some point, but showing up with a sportier, smaller than average entry, and therefore putting styling ahead of practicality was surprising to all.  After all, the segment sales leaders make it clear that passenger/cargo roominess and flexibility is king, with models like the Honda…

2018 Toyota Highlander V6 AWD and Hybrid Road Test

Do you remember that zany TV ad that saw a family pulling up to a national park gatekeeper’s booth in their 2014 Toyota Highlander, only to have him say to the father and driver, “Is this the new Toyota Highlander?” followed by, “Ever look at the stars through your moonroof? Ever wish upon them?” And then, “It has a V6 engine right? Is…
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