Home > Author Archives: Ed Piotrowski

Author Archives: Ed Piotrowski

Ed Piotrowski has more than a decade of experience as a community and automotive journalist. As a former editor for Consumer Guide Automotive, he wrote new car news and reviews for the publication's magazine and website. He served as the lead editor of Consumer Guide's auto show coverage, managed its short- and long-term vehicle test fleet, and made regular appearances on a suburban Chicago radio station. He is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association where he served as the lodging logistics manager for the organization's annual Spring Collection road rally. Ed writes from Chicago's northwest suburbs.

Throwback values vs. fashion-forward pressure: can the 2020 Toyota Avalon manage its dual burden?

2020 Toyota Avalon What changes will make the 2020 Toyota Avalon different? Expect the usual round of new paint hues and steeper asking prices, but little else as this full-size sedan settles in after a complete redesign for model-year 2019. ...

Read More »

Swan-song Sienna: coming redesign leaves 2020 Toyota minivan in limbo – and it could lose its AWD monopoly, too

2020 Toyota Sienna What changes will make the 2020 Toyota Sienna different? No changes are likely for model-year 2020, as Toyota closes out the current design generation of its eight-seat minivan. A fully redesigned Sienna is on track for release ...

Read More »

More than a pretty face: where will the 2020 Mazda 6 fit in the midsize-sedan game?

2020 Mazda 6 What changes will make the 2020 Mazda 6 different? Probably very little because Mazda gave its midsize sedan a significant refresh for model-year 2018. We might see some trim level and/or feature tweaks to the 2020 Mazda ...

Read More »

2019 Honda Insight Review, Pricing, and Buying Advice

2019 Honda Insight 2019 Honda Insight Buying Advice This is the best hybrid car for you if you believe in third chances. After two commercial duds dating back to model-year 2000, Honda relaunches its dedicated gas/electric car for 2019 as ...

Read More »

2019 Ram 1500 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Ram 1500 2019 Ram 1500 Buying Advice This is the best half-ton pickup truck for you if… Well, no ifs, no qualifiers. The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 from Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is a masterpiece and should be at the ...

Read More »

Bigger than the average midsize crossover; better for it? Look ahead to the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Chevrolet Traverse What changes will make the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse different? Ideally, the availability of key safety features beyond the most expensive trim level. Realistically, Chevrolet will limit changes to new paint colors — and to slightly higher asking ...

Read More »

2019 Volkwagen Jetta Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Buying Advice This is the best compact car if you care more about looks and features-per-dollar than about the driving experience. Model-year 2019 signals the debut of the all-new seventh-generation Jetta. This fully redesigned ...

Read More »

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Buying Advice This is the best compact crossover for you if you’re OK with progress occasionally taking two steps forward and one step back. Mitsubishi introduced the five-passenger Eclipse Cross for model-year ...

Read More »

2020 GMC Terrain to cover familiar territory with a refresh over the horizon

2020 GMC Terrain What changes will make the 2020 GMC Terrain different? Little other than new paint colors and perhaps revised feature availability. Significant updates to this five-passenger compact crossover are highly unlikely before a model-year-2022 midcycle refresh. The Terrain ...

Read More »

2020 Mazda CX-9 crossover: still pretty, still more than pretty good?

2020 Mazda CX-9 What changes will make the 2020 Mazda CX-9 different? New colors, perhaps some feature-tweaks, but model-year 2020 should be a quiet one for Mazda’s flagship SUV after comfort and connectivity updates for 2019. The next major change ...

Read More »

Fresh styling, powertrain upgrades on tap for 2020 Cadillac XT5. Is a V-Sport coming, too?

2020 Cadillac XT5 What changes will make the 2020 Cadillac XT5 different? Revised styling, new features, and updated drivetrains — including the possible introduction of a high-performance. Model-year 2020 marks the midcycle refresh for this five-passenger, premium-compact crossover, Cadillac’s best-selling ...

Read More »

All-new 2020 Acura MDX to get new styling, plug-in hybrid option

2020 Acura MDX What changes will make the 2020 Acura MDX different? Nearly everything from the tires up. Model-year 2020 will debut the fourth generation of Acura’s flagship crossover SUV. Expect completely new underskin engineering, a more refined interior, and ...

Read More »

Turbo GT power, hotter GT Line looks on tap for 2020 Kia Forte

2020 Forte GT What changes will make the 2020 Kia Forte different? A pair of sporty trim levels with an available high-output turbocharged engine make news for the 2020 edition of Kia’s compact-class sedan. There’s also a chance the Forte5 ...

Read More »

Looking at a Lexus LS? Don’t wait for the 2020. Here’s why.

2020 Lexus LS What changes will make the 2020 Lexus LS different? Probably not much after this full-size premium sedan received a clean-sheet redesign for model-year 2018, followed by new safety and convenience features for 2019. It’ll return little-changed for ...

Read More »

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Buying Advice This is the best compact car for you if you covet the Corolla formula of reliability and value but fancy it in a sleeker, sportier form. This front-wheel-drive four-door hatchback ...

Read More »

2019 Mazda CX-3 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Mazda CX-3

2019 Mazda CX-3 Buying Advice This is the best subcompact crossover for you if style reigns supreme on your shopping list. Mazda’s entry-level SUV gets even comelier for 2019, with a new grille, tallamps, and wheels to complement an interior ...

Read More »

Enough room? Adequate power? Pros and cons of 2020 Subaru Ascent crossover

2020 Hyundai Ascent

What changes will make the 2020 Subaru Ascent different? Expect little more than a new color choice or two to mark the sophomore season of Subaru’s largest-ever vehicle. Available with room for up to eight passengers, the Ascent bowed for ...

Read More »

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Buying Advice This is the best midsize crossover for you if you’re ready for the next stage in the evolution of the Santa Fe. Model-year 2019 marks the debut of the fourth-generation Santa Fe and a ...

Read More »

Would new safety tech compensate for the 2020 Ford EcoSport’s shortfalls?

2019 Ford EcoSport

What changes will make the 2020 Ford EcoSport different? Hopefully the addition of today’s most important safety features, prominent among them autonomous emergency braking designed to automatically stop the vehicle to mitigate a frontal collision. This and other vital driver ...

Read More »

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Chevrolet Silverado

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Buying Advice Chevrolet redesigns its biggest moneymaker for 2019, with a new understructure, fresh engines, less weight, beefier styling, and more safety and connectivity features. The all-new 2019 Silverado needs all these attributes as it faces ...

Read More »

Blazer, Passport and other new crossovers are coming for you, 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

What changes will make the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe different? Probably very little, considering Hyundai has shelved its plan to offer this five-seat midsize crossover with a diesel-engine option. That likely limits changes for model-year 2020 to a couple new ...

Read More »

2019 Ford EcoSport Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Ford EcoSport

2019 Ford EcoSport Buying Advice This is the best small crossover for you if you believe it’s possible to get a second chance to make a first impression. EcoSport (pronounced ECHO-Sport) is Ford’s entry in the increasingly popular subcompact-crossover market. ...

Read More »

2019 Hyundai Veloster Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Hyundai Veloster

2019 Hyundai Veloster Buying Advice This is the best sporty car for you if you want the automotive equivalent of the “Most Improved Athlete of the Year.” Fully redesigned for model-year 2019, this front-wheel drive compact hatchback returns with its ...

Read More »

2019 Ford Expedition Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Ford Expedition

2019 Ford Expedition Buying Advice This is the best big SUV for you if you want the capability of a full-size pickup truck and the road manners of a midsize crossover. Expedition is Ford’s flagship SUV. It uses traditional truck-type ...

Read More »

2019 Jeep Wrangler Review, Pricing, and Buying Advice

2019 Jeep Wrangler

2019 Jeep Wrangler Buying Advice This is the best SUV for you if you’re ready to go all-in on an off-roading lifestyle. Few vehicles of any stripe are more recognizable or purpose-built than the Jeep Wrangler. Wrangler was fully redesigned ...

Read More »

2019 Lexus ES Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Lexus ES

2019 Lexus ES Buying Advice This is the best premium midsize sedan for you if “Steady as she goes” is your mantra. All new for model-year 2019, the ES kicks off its seventh generation with a redesign aimed at giving ...

Read More »

2020 Jeep Wrangler changes likely to take a backseat to Gladiator pickup while new rivals Bronco and Defender loom

2020 Jeep Wrangler

What changes will make the 2020 Jeep Wrangler different? Jeep is adding a Wrangler-based pickup truck for 2020, called the Gladiator. But the traditional lineup of Wrangler two- and four-door compact SUVs should carry over for ’20 with little more ...

Read More »

2020 Kia Sorento crossover: hanging on but hanging in?

2020 Kia Sorento

What changes will make the 2020 Kia Sorento different? Likely very little because this midsize crossover just received styling and feature updates for model-year 2019. Other than a new color choice or two, expect the 2020 Sorento to be a ...

Read More »

2019 Kia Sorento Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento Buying Advice This is the best midsize crossover for you if you want the automotive equivalent of the hit song “Hip to be Square.” Its lyrics are an almost allegorical representation of Kia’s shaky start and eventual ...

Read More »

Would more standard safety features help the 2020 Mazda CX-3 find more buyers?

2020 Mazda CX-3

What changes will make the 2020 Mazda CX-3 different? Hopefully, advanced driver-assistance features will become standard on all versions of this subcompact crossover, not just the most expensive trim. To Mazda’s credit, all ’20 CX-3s will continue with blind-spot and ...

Read More »

Redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander: new look, larger siz

2020 Toyota Highlander

What changes will make the 2020 Toyota Highlander different? Everything from stem to stern. The all-new fourth-generation of Toyota’s popular midsize crossover SUV will debut for model-year 2020. It’ll have new styling, updated drivetrains, more convenience features, and should continue ...

Read More »

Styling updates highlight 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC revamp. Should you wait?

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

What changes will make the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC different? Freshened styling, revised features, and potentially more power. These changes mark the midcycle update for Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling vehicle and America’s top-selling premium-compact crossover. The GLC launched for model-year 2016 and replaced ...

Read More »

Top 5 things to know about the 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedan

2019 Hyundai Elantra

ONE: It looks different Hyundai freshens its compact four-door sedan for the 2019 model year. Long a staple of the South Korean automaker, today’s sixth-generation Elantra debuted for model-year 2017 with new styling, drivetrains, and features. Its overall look mimicked ...

Read More »

2019 GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali Review, Prices, and Changes

2019 GMC Yukon Denali

2019 GMC Yukon Buying Advice This is the best SUV for you if you believe the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are too pedestrian and the Cadillac Escalade is too pretentious. Yukon is the largest of GMC’s sport-utility vehicles, easily outsizing ...

Read More »

2019 Lexus RX Review, Prices and Release Date

2019 Lexus RX Buying Advice This is the best premium-midsize crossover for you if you believe one of the segment’s pioneers is still at the head of the class. Lexus shook the luxury-vehicle market with the 1998 launch of the ...

Read More »

All-new 2020 Chevrolet Trax subcompact crossover due for some Blazer bling

What changes will make the 2020 Chevrolet Trax different? Bet on full redesign and you’ll get new styling and features along with potentially more power and a more sophisticated transmission. Side with more conservative prognosticators, and today’s first-generation Trax will ...

Read More »

Will freshened 2020 Honda CR-V add hybrid, Sport models?

2020 Honda CR-V

What changes will make the 2020 Honda CR-V different? Freshened styling, a new sporty trim level, and perhaps a gas/electric hybrid drivetrain. Those would be part of the mid-lifecycle update for this critically and commercially successful compact crossover SUV if ...

Read More »

Democratized safety-feature spread would enhance 2020 Audi Q5 and SQ5

2020 Audi Q5

What changes will make the 2020 Audi Q5 different? Hopefully, what we urged Audi to do for the 2019 Q5: expand availability of key driver-assistance features beyond the costliest trim levels. Otherwise, expect little change to this popular premium-compact crossover ...

Read More »

The 2020 Hyundai Tucson should be a fine value, but the 2019 may be the smarter buy

What changes will make the 2020 Hyundai Tucson different? Expect little of consequence after Hyundai substantially refreshed its compact crossover SUV for model-year 2019. Among the updates were revised styling, a beneficial new engine choice, and wider availability of important ...

Read More »

2018 Lexus LC Review, Prices and Buying Advice

2018 Lexus LC

2018 Lexus LC Buying Advice This is the best premium coupe for you if you want to drive a concept car come to life. Introduced for model-year 2018, the LC is the new flagship two-door from Toyota’s luxury Lexus division. ...

Read More »

2018 Kia Stinger Review and Prices

2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger Buying Advice This is the best midsize car for you if you like to fly in the face of the establishment. Kia’s most exciting-ever product is a four-door hatchback based on rear-wheel-drive engineering (with all-wheel drive optional) ...

Read More »

2018 Buick Regal Sportback Buying Advice, Review and Prices

2018 Buick Regal Sportback

2018 Buick Regal Sportback Buying Advice This is the best car for your if you’re keen to discover sportiness and versatility where you might not expect to find it. Transforming its staid midsize four-door sedan nameplate for model-year 2018, Buick ...

Read More »

2018 Toyota 86 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Toyota 86

2018 Toyota 86 Buying Advice This is the best sports car for you if you want an affordable automotive blank canvas. We hesitate to recommend the Toyota 86 as a daily driver, but it works admirably as a second car ...

Read More »

Redesigned 2020 Buick Encore: better look, bigger size, new safety features

2020 Buick Encore

What changes will make the 2020 Buick Encore different? Everything, via a clean-sheet redesign that’ll bring a roomier body with new, more graceful styling. An upgraded powertrain and additional features will be part of the changes, which launch the second ...

Read More »

Safety-feature generosity tops list of needs for 2020 Buick Envision

2020 Buick Envision

What changes will make the 2020 Buick Envision different? Probably not much. Expect little more than some new paint-color choices — and higher asking prices – following the model-year-2019 refresh of Buick’s premium compact crossover SUV. The midcycle changes updated ...

Read More »

Looks, comfort, power, mileage – all should improve in 2020 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban redesign

2020 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe

What changes will make the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban different? Just about everything. Expect these full-size body-on-frame SUVs to be completely redesigned for model-year 2020. Look for new styling, fresh drivetrains (including a possible turbocharged four-cylinder engine), and upgraded ...

Read More »

Redesigned, restyled 2020 Subaru Outback looks to dump six-cylinder for a turbo four

2020 Subaru Outback

What changes will make the 2020 Subaru Outback different? Everything. Model-year 2020 marks the premiere of the all-new sixth-generation Outback with new styling and very likely new engines, including this midsize crossover’s first turbocharged four-cylinder in place of its six-cylinder. ...

Read More »

Does “Professional Grade” mean full safety coverage for every 2020 GMC Acadia?

2020 GMC Acadia

What changes will make 2020 GMC Acadia different? Revised exterior styling, the possible introduction of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and hopefully, expanded availability of key safety features. Considered a midcycle refresh, the changes will be the most significant since model-year ...

Read More »

2020 Acura RDX to defend premium compact-crossover turf with value, features, styling

2020 Acura RDX

What changes will make the 2020 Acura RDX different? Likely very little beyond a new paint shade or two — and higher asking prices. Model-year 2020 is the sophomore season for a premium compact crossover SUV that was fully redesigned ...

Read More »

2019 Honda HR-V gains two new models, updates styling, safety, connectivity

2019 Honda CR-V

What changes make the 2019 Honda HR-V different? Updated styling, new trim levels, and first-time availability of Honda’s top safety features. Model-year 2019 marks the midcycle refresh of Honda’s entry-level crossover SUV. Introduced as a 2016 model, the HR-V competes ...

Read More »

Will the all-new, more powerful 2019 Toyota RAV4 drive as sporty as it looks?

2019 Toyota Rav4

What changes will make 2019 Toyota Rav4 different? Everything. Toyota launches a fully redesigned version of its wildly popular compact crossover SUV for model-year 2019. The fifth-generation RAV4 premiered in static displays at the 2018 New York International Auto Show ...

Read More »

2018 Buick Regal TourX Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Buick Regal TourX

2018 Buick Regal TourX Buying Advice This is the best car for you if you want a modern take on an American classic. The two words “station wagon” might be anathema to car companies and an SUV-crazed buying public. They ...

Read More »

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Volkswagen Beetle

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Buying Advice This is the best car for you if you believe what’s old can be new again. Driving Volkswagen’s Beetle is like playing a retro video-game console or sampling some vintage candy. It can bring back ...

Read More »

2018 Ford F-150 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150 Buying Advice This is the best pickup for you if you want the Swiss Army Knife of trucks. Whether you’re looking for a basic rig to take you to and from the jobsite or a modern land ...

Read More »

2018 Toyota C-HR Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR Buying Advice This is the best small four-door hatchback for you if you can compromise to make a fashion statement. Introduced for model-year 2018, the C-HR (Coupe-High Roof) is tough to classify. Its wagon-like body and raised ...

Read More »

2019 Ford F-150 Review, Pricing, and Buying Advice

2019 Ford F-150

What changes will make the 2019 Ford F-150 different? Little of consequence is likely following a significant model-year 2018 refresh that updated the F-150’s styling, powertrains, and feature set. For model-year ’19, expect a new paint color or two, maybe ...

Read More »

2018 Genesis G80 Review, Pricing, and Buying Advice

2018 Genesis G80

2018 Genesis G80 Buying Advice This is the best luxury car for you if you relish the idea of living in the biggest house in a neighborhood of medium-sized homes. South Korean automaker Hyundai created the Genesis brand for model-year ...

Read More »

2019 Toyota Yaris Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Toyota Yaris

2019 Toyota Yaris Buying Advice This is the best subcompact car for you if you want to experience some automotive yin and yang. This Chinese symbolism represents the duality of dark, or negative (yin) and light, or positive (yang). What’s ...

Read More »

2018 Toyota Tundra Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Toyota Tundra

2018 Toyota Tundra Buying Advice This is the best full-size pickup truck for you if you’re a Toyota loyalist or someone who is open to considering a rig that doesn’t carry the label from a US-based automaker. Tundra went on ...

Read More »

2018 Hyundai Accent Review, Changes and Buying Advice

2018 Hyundai Accent

2018 Hyundai Accent Buying Advice This is the best subcompact sedan for you if you believe big refinement and small size aren’t mutually exclusive. Hyundai’s entry-level car is redesigned for model-year 2018, gaining new styling and features but losing its ...

Read More »

2018 Mazda CX-5 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5 Buying Advice This is the best compact crossover for you if you’re looking for one of the best-looking, best-driving, most refined, and most fuel-efficient in the class. It’s a rare vehicle that balances all these attributes, and ...

Read More »

You say you want a revolution? Check out the redesigned 2019 Mazda 3

What changes will make the 2019 Mazda 3 different? A full redesign with new body work and a potentially game-changing new engine. The 2019 edition of this compact sedan and hatchback will launch the fourth generation of Mazda’s entry-level car. ...

Read More »

2018 Audi SQ5 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Audi SQ5

2018 Audi SQ5 Buying Advice This is the best premium-compact crossover for you if you believe subtlety and speed can work in harmony. This review covers the Audi SQ5, the high-performance version of the German automaker’s Q5 crossover. Audi was ...

Read More »

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Buying Advice The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the best crossover for you if you favor smart German design over sporty German driving dynamics. Introduced for model-year ’18 as VW’s largest crossover, it’s the automaker’s first midsize-class SUV ...

Read More »

Some premium-compact crossovers are faster, many flashier, but 2019 Audi Q5 and SQ5 hard to beat for overall appeal

2019 Audi Q5

What changes will make 2019 Audi Q5 different? Some premium-compact crossovers are faster, many flashier, but 2019 Audi Q5 and SQ5 hard to beat for overall appeal We’ll hope for expanded availability of safety-related driver-assistance features. Barring that, expect little ...

Read More »

2018 Mazda 3 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Mazda 3 Buying Advice This is the best compact car for you if you want Japanese finesse, German driving precision, and good-old American value. The Mazda 3 has delighted savvy shoppers around the world for 15 years. It’s not ...

Read More »

Updated styling, upgraded cabin for 2019 Jeep Renegade. More turbo power, too?

2019 Jeep Renegade

What changes will make the 2019 Jeep Renegade different? Tweaked styling, an updated interior, and potentially a new engine choice. These changes will mark the midway point in the lifecycle of Jeep’s first subcompact crossover SUV. Built in Italy, Renegade ...

Read More »

2018 Ram 2500 and 3500 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Ram 2500 and 3500

2018 Ram 2500/3500 Buying Advice This is the best truck for you if you need a rig that hauls trees, pulls out their stumps, and accommodates six adults in spacious comfort. This review covers the heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 series ...

Read More »

Can the best get better? 2019 Honda CR-V could gain hybrid, new sporty model

2019 Honda CR-V

What changes will make the 2019 Honda CR-V different? Possible addition of a gas-electric hybrid model to the lineup of Honda’s best-selling vehicle. It would join hybrid versions of the Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and Mitsubishi Outlander as the only ...

Read More »

It’s a crossover senior citizen, but the 2019 Toyota Highlander still appeals. Here’s why

2019 Toyota Highlander

What changes will make it different? Likely nothing of consequence as this popular midsize crossover SUV nears the end of its third design generation. An all-new Highlander is due for model-year 2020 or ’21. The 2019 edition will again accommodate ...

Read More »

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Buying Advice This is the best sporty compact car for you if you’re looking for a budget-friendly alternative to the Mazda 3 or Volkswagen Golf GTI. Fully redesigned for model-year 2018, the Elantra GT is a ...

Read More »

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review, Prices, and Buying Advice

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Buying Advice This is the best SUV for you if you want to own a Hellcat version of the Dodge Challenger or Charger, but your significant other won’t let you get one. This report focuses ...

Read More »

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Review, Pricing, and Buying Advice

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Buying Advice This is the best SUV for you if you need the comfort and space of a minivan but wouldn’t dare be seen driving one. Traverse is fully redesigned for model-year 2018, with updated styling, drivetrains, ...

Read More »

2018 Dodge Durango Review, Pricing, and Buying Advice

2018 Dodge Durango

2018 Dodge Durango Buying Advice This is the best truck for you if you want the space and towing capacity of a large SUV, the drivability of a midsize crossover, and the promise of muscle-car-like performance. It’s an unusual combination, ...

Read More »

Faster, fancier, more frugal: what’s ahead for 2019 Mazda CX-5?

2019 Mazda CX-5

What changes will make the 2019 Mazda CX-5 different? Long-awaited diesel and high-performance gasoline engine options, updated feature packaging, a new flagship trim level — and higher asking prices. That seems a lot, considering Mazda’s compact crossover was significantly refreshed ...

Read More »

2018 Kia Rio Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Kia Rio Buying Advice This is the best car for you if you believe that subcompacts are not a completely dead market segment. Kia redesigned its entry-level car for the 2018 model year, updating Rio’s styling, underskin architecture, and ...

Read More »

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Buying Advice This is the best compact crossover for you if you like to bet on the underdog. That the Outlander Sport – or Mitsubishi, for that matter – is a crossover underdog wouldn’t have seemed ...

Read More »

2018 Hyundai Sonata Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Hyundai Sonata Buying Advice This is the best car for you if you want a roomy midsize sedan that’s a Jack of all trades and a master of value. Refreshed styling, upgraded suspension, and a more efficient transmission for ...

Read More »

Lame duck, but still game? Why the 2019 Acura MDX is an intriguing value

2019 Acura MDX

What changes will make the 2019 Acura MDX different? Likely nothing — aside from higher prices – in the final season of the current-generation MDX. A fully redesigned version of this seven-passenger premium midsize crossover SUV is due in calendar ...

Read More »

2017.5 Mazda 6 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2017.5 Mazda 6

2017.5 Mazda 6 Buying Advice This is the best car for you if you want a midsize sedan that looks as good as it drives. It’s far from the quickest entry in its competitive set – Mazda’s working on that ...

Read More »

2019 Chevy Trax will again use surprising refinement to fight newer rivals and compensate for awkward styling

2019 Chevrolet Trax

What changes will make the 2018 Chevrolet Trax different? Probably little more than a new paint color or two — and higher asking prices. Expect Chevrolet’s entry-level crossover SUV to maintain a holding pattern for model years 2019 and 2020, ...

Read More »

2019 Jaguar F-Pace to expand premium-crossover lineup with hot-rod V-8 SVR

2019 Jaguar F-Pace

What changes will make the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace different? An ultra-high-performance variant of this premium compact crossover to challenge the likes of the Porsche Macan Turbo and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Reportedly packing more than 550 horsepower, the 2019 Jaguar ...

Read More »

Enhanced Elantra: why Hyundai would do well to loosen up about safety features for 2019

2019 Hyundai Elantra

What changes will make the 2019 Hyundai Elantra different? Likely very little, considering Hyundai’s spent the last two years updating its stylish and value-packed compact car. The all-new sixth-generation Elantra debuted for model-year 2017 year as a four-door sedan with ...

Read More »

Kia makes a minivan? You may be further surprised the 2019 Sedona is set for an update

2019 Kia Sedona

What changes will make it different? Quite a few, if recently leaked spy photography is to be believed. Kia seems poised to give its minivan a thorough freshening for model-year 2019 to stay competitive with the likes of the Chrysler ...

Read More »

2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty Review, Prices and Buying Advice

2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty

2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty Buying Advice This is the best pickup for you if you want a rig available with luxury-car creature comforts and the strength to tow a small house. Super Duty is the name Ford bestows upon ...

Read More »

How will the best get better? Honda ponders V-6 alternatives

2019 Honda Pilot

What changes will make the 2019 Honda Pilot different? Revised styling; wider availability of key safety features; and new, more fuel-efficient engines – including turbocharged four-cylinder and hybrid options – are in the mix as Honda updates its biggest crossover ...

Read More »

2018 Kia Niro Review, Pricing, and Buying Advice

2018 Kia Niro

2018 Kia Niro Buying Advice This is the best gas/electric hybrid car for you if you relish the idea of driving a Toyota Prius but think its design is a too “out there.” Hoping to ride the coattails of the ...

Read More »

2018 Jeep Compass Review, Prices and Buying Advice

2018 Jeep Compass

2018 Jeep Compass Buying Advice This is the best SUV for you if you seek a middle ground between a subcompact and compact crossover. Jeep hopes bridging the size gap between these two hot market segments can make its second-generation ...

Read More »

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Pricing and Reviews

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Buying Advice This is the best crossover for you if you crave German styling and engineering combined with American sensibility and practicality. Volkswagen has redesigned its compact-class SUV for the 2018 model year, introducing a new Tiguan ...

Read More »

2018 Audi A5 Review and Prices

2018 Audi A5

2018 Audi A5 Buying Advice This is the “personal luxury” coupe for you if you’re looking for style, substance, and sportiness in a two-door four-seater. Model-year 2018 marks the debut of the redesigned second-generation A5. Like its predecessor, the new ...

Read More »

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Buying Advice This is the best car for you if you want to drive a (relatively) affordable performance car that is still at the top of its game after more than four decades on the road. ...

Read More »

2018 Lexus GS Review, Pricing and Buying Guide

2018 Lexus GS

2018 Lexus GS Buying Advice This is the best car for you if you want a midsize luxury sedan that flies under the radar – and one soon to become even more rare than it already is. This rear-wheel-drive-based four-door ...

Read More »

2018 Lexus GX 460 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Lexus GX 460 Buying Advice This is the best premium SUV for you if you want to blend new-school luxury and features with old-school capability. The Lexus GX 460 is an anachronism in an automotive marketplace filling with smaller, ...

Read More »

2018 Dodge Journey Review and Pricing

2018 Dodge Journey

2018 Dodge Journey Buying Advice This is best midsize crossover for you if you have an immediate need for a seven-seat utility vehicle, don’t want to spend a fortune to get it, and are OK with its relative lack of ...

Read More »

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Review and Pricing

2018 Chrysler Pacifica

Updated August 9th, 2018 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Buying Advice This is the best minivan for you if you want an excellent blend of style, comfort, and available safety features. It’s also your only option for a gas-electric hybrid minivan — ...

Read More »

Tiny, but terrific? 2018 Buick Encore stands pat

2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore Buying Advice This is the best subcompact crossover for you if like-sized vehicles such as the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3 are too mainstream – and the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA are ...

Read More »

Does Chevy upgrade the 2018 Trax sufficiently?

2018 Chevrolet Trax

2018 Chevrolet Trax Buying Advice This is the best subcompact crossover for you if you’re looking for a utility vehicle that acts more grown up than it might look. Trax is Chevrolet’s entry-level crossover and was among the initial entries ...

Read More »

Sport, power spiffs for 2018 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban

2018 Chevrolet Suburban

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Buying Advice These are the best full-size SUVs for you if power and refinement take precedence over third-row-seat passenger comfort. Lots of folks are OK with that tradeoff: the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban account for ...

Read More »

How does Mercedes-Benz keep the 2018 GLS fresh?

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Buying Advice This is the best premium-large crossover for you if you’re looking for a near-ideal blend of performance, versatility, and solidity. The GLS is Mercedes-Benz’s largest SUV, with three-row seating for up to seven occupants. It ...

Read More »

2018 Kia Sorento Review and Prices

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento Buying Advice This is the best midsize crossover for you if getting lots of safety and convenience features for your money is paramount. Model-year 2018 is a relatively quiet one for the Sorento; a more significant update ...

Read More »