REVIEWS

2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo review: Nearly perfect

Not everyone is part of the crossover craze and if you’re one of those consumers, your choices are slim. As hatchbacks and wagons play second fiddle to crossovers, it’s becoming harder to find a vehicle with a liftgate that isn’t lifted off the ground. Should you be among the ones that can afford a hot […]

by Stefan Ogbac
11/29/2021
2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring review: Electrified Americana

What’s your idea of luxury? Audacious and showy? Minimalistic and clean? Elegant and classy? Tech-focused? A blend of all of the above? Each brand in the premium segment lands in one or multiple categories to create their distinct identity. The 2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring is a great example of this. You’ll never mistake it […]

by Stefan Ogbac
11/23/2021
2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e review: Made for mass appeal

In the mid-size luxury crossover segment, electrification has become commonplace. For a while, your only choice was the Lexus RX but as more automakers move toward battery-electric vehicles, hybrids are emerging as the bridge technology. The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e is the latest iteration of the pioneering crossover’s plug-in hybrid flavor. It’s packed with what’s […]

by Stefan Ogbac
11/22/2021
2022 Mazda MX-30 first drive review: The ‘Zoom Zoom’ of EVs, with one big caveat

During the presentation before driving the 2022 Mazda MX-30 near the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California, we were told that the MX-30 is a proper Mazda. We were told to expect driving dynamics similar to the company’s other models — possibly even Miata — with this front-drive EV. And while it’s definitely not as fun […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/1/2021
Early first look review: 2022 Volvo XC60 B6 and 2022 V90 B6 Cross Country

Volvo is aiming to become a leader in electrification. It has committed to a fully electric lineup by 2030 and will offer plug-in hybrids as a transition point. The company isn’t stopping there because it wants to make sure your transition is as seamless as possible. That means every single vehicle it sells gets some […]

by Stefan Ogbac
10/25/2021
Early first look review: 2022 Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge with updated battery

While we were in Belgium driving the new C40 Recharge, we were given a unique opportunity to check out Volvo’s updated plug-in hybrid powertrain coming soon to T8 models in the United States. The updated battery pack is now 18.8 kWh with 14.9 kWh usable. The new pack size makes it eligible for the full […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/18/2021
2022 Volvo C40 first drive review: Volvo’s continuous improvement of EVs

On paper, the Volvo C40 Recharge appears to be a bit redundant. Between the Polestar 2 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge, it seems another vehicle in that size class with similar performance might be a bit overkill for a smaller manufacturer. However, after spending some time driving around Belgium — where the C40 is built […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/18/2021
2022 Toyota Tundra first drive review: Electrified with different personalities

Let’s face it, the Detroit Three have the full-size truck market cornered. In the age of electrification, they intend to keep it that way with hybrid and battery-electric pickups. Toyota isn’t going down without a fight though. With its loyal fan base and off-road heritage, the 2022 Toyota Tundra is marching to a different beat. […]

by Stefan Ogbac
10/12/2021
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition first drive review: Boogity boogity

As we near the end of the 2021 calendar year, there are still some folks out there who want to litigate whether or not a Mustang Mach-E is actually a Mustang. It doesn’t matter if that’s what Ford calls it or not, there’s some sort of “heritage” reason why it’s not. For those doubters, we’d […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/11/2021
2022 Lexus NX 350h and NX 450h+ first drive review: Evolution is beautiful

When you have a winning formula, improving on it means strategically pinpointing what needs the most attention. The first-generation Lexus NX had a lot of good things going for it but several things could’ve been better executed. With the arrival of the second-generation model, Lexus’ second bestseller has evolved to further refine its already strong […]

by Stefan Ogbac
10/7/2021