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Review and Road Test: Google Maps Now Estimates Toll Costs for Your Road Trip – How Well Does it Work?

Review and Road Test: Google Maps Now Estimates Toll Costs for Your Road Trip – How Well Does it Work?

Especially in today’s climate with gas prices that are almost double that of one year ago, every penny counts and Google has made it easier to pick the least costly route to a destination in terms of tolls.
This is in addition to a long-standing feature that shows the most fuel-efficient …

Review and Test Drive: 1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 Elegance

Review and Test Drive:  1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 Elegance

Der Kleine Mercedes Offers Comfort, Safety, and Teutonic Engineering
While it seems as if the Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse, or C-Class, has been around forever, it was only introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the so-called “Baby Benz, the 190 range, of which 1.9 million models were sold and which had become …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle Offers Fahrvergnügen for the EV Era

Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle Offers Fahrvergnügen for the EV Era

There will be a time when it will no longer be necessary to write the words “Electric Vehicle” after a model name in the headline of a car review, but that time has not yet arrived. However, if more cars such as Volkswagen’s entertaining ID.4 come to market, we may soon …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 SUV

‘Tech, Style, Comfort, and Driving Pleasure’
Redesigned for 2021, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 is not only a significant improvement over its predecessor but it packs enough tech, style, comfort, and driving pleasure that it will make it stand out from the pack.
The GLA nameplate is part of the automaker’s current SUV nomenclature, …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX

While the original Kia Sorento was introduced in 2002 as a compact SUV and relaunched in 2009 as a mid-sized one, we never had the occasion to review a Sorento.  That is, until now.  Four generations after launch, the 2021 Sorento, originally slated to make its debut at the Geneva …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

First of a Two-Part Series Looks at the Vehicle’s Significant Place in History
Remember the original pony car, the 1965 Ford Mustang?  The term for a then new class of automobile, a pony car had sporty yet affordable performance and it could carry four people. In addition, a pony car would …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus GX 460

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX, first launched in 2002 and built on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado platform, arrived at a time in the United States where there was no coronavirus pandemic and the biggest health concern was SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, an epidemic traced back to cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

The Cadillac XT6 is the largest vehicle in the automaker’s XT series, which offers three crossovers that include the smaller XT5 and XT4.   The only vehicle Cadillac offers that is larger than the XT6 is the Escalade.
Introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the seven-seater went …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

The Toyota Highlander was released in 2001 shortly after it made its debut at the 2000 New York International Auto Show. After 20 years, it was time for the fourth generation Highlander to come to these shores, “redesigned from the ground up,” as Toyota put it.
The Toyota Highlander was one …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

If you’re a subcompact buyer, there may be a Korean-designed crossover that will allow you to “see the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.”
The Chevrolet Trailblazer, designed by GM Korea, made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, and its U.S. debut later that year at the Los Angeles …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63
Mercedes-Benz introduced the first GLS Class, which was known as the GL-Class, at the North American Auto Show in 2006.  It was the flagship SUV in the Stuttgart-based automaker’s lineup, the SUV equivalent to the S Class, if you will.
While we didn’t review …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

Despite long being a symbol of the open road, Americans are falling out of love with the sedan and have focused their affections on behemoth SUVs, which now dominate the market.  General Motors, whose models for the majority of the automaker’s existence were the epitome of the genre, recently killed …