Category: Reviews

2020 Subaru Outback: The perfect intersection of SUV and car

2020 Subaru Outback: The perfect intersection of SUV and car
The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback is — and always has been — based on the Legacy platform. Even so, I find it odd the Outback is technically classified as a wagon. It has standard all-wheel drive, a higher ride height and excellent cargo capacity.  Plus, it just looks more like a sport utility vehicle than... Read more »

2019 Audi Q8: Tech-forward offering from Audi is a tight fit for the city (but really cool)

2019 Audi Q8: Tech-forward offering from Audi is a tight fit for the city (but really cool)
From afar, I first thought the Audi Q8 was a Q3. I know there’s a huge size disparity between the two vehicles, but the steeply raked rear window, thick C-Pillar and higher beltline make this largest SUV in the Audi lineup resemble the smallest more closely than those in the middle.  However, though it looks... Read more »

2020 Lexus IS: Nice car, needs update soon

2020 Lexus IS: Nice car, needs update soon
The Lexus IS enters the 2020 model year virtually unchanged, which has plusses and minuses. Some of the technology I don’t like (#trackpad) hasn’t filtered in yet, but some necessary items (IMHO) like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are absent. I like how it looks and drives, but the technology is what will make anyone who’s looking... Read more »
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2020 Honda Civic Hatchback: A very city-worthy vehicle

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback: A very city-worthy vehicle
When you live in the city, a hatchback is one of the more perfect vehicles you can buy because of the flexibility and functionality. Though the hatch segment is starting to dwindle, you do still have a solid option with the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback. It’s refreshed for this model year, ditches one big fat... Read more »

2020 Hyundai Venue: A near perfect Chicago vehicle

2020 Hyundai Venue: A near perfect Chicago vehicle
I attended the launch of the 2020 Hyundai Venue in Miami back in January, and I really liked this petite new utility vehicle. It’s right-sized and correctly priced — especially now as unemployment is reaching all-time highs. Sometimes owning a car isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. So, a lot of people buy used (which... Read more »

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: A tight fit for the city

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: A tight fit for the city
It was only after I pulled the ticket out of the machine and started to proceed through through the gate that I looked up and realized maybe this wasn’t such a great idea.  I held my breath as the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, with roof rails, cleared the cement beam as I started to... Read more »
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2020 Volkswagen Passat: A grown up car for the city

2020 Volkswagen Passat: A grown up car for the city
To me, the Volkswagen Passat has always been a “grown up” car.  It’s the kind of vehicle you buy when you want something that’s kind of nice, a little spacious and generally attractive — but don’t have a lot of money to spend. The 2020 Passat gets a redesign and manages to become even better... Read more »

2020 Acura RDX: Affordable luxury

2020 Acura RDX: Affordable luxury
One of the problems I’ve always had with Acura is that it doesn’t differentiate itself enough from its mainstream Honda brand. The exterior design is different-ish. But the interior appointments — especially on the Honda upper trims are virtually identical.  For less money. However, the 2020 Acura RDX finally ups the ante and is worthy... Read more »

2020 Lexus NX: An overlooked luxury SUV

2020 Lexus NX: An overlooked luxury SUV
Sales for the Lexus NX aren’t stellar, which is a bit of a surprise considering it’s a nice SUV with luxurious styling and amenities at a base price of $38K. Then again, upon closer inspection, it has a weird position squished between the UX and RX. Its size is incredibly similar to the UX, but... Read more »
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2020 Hyundai Venue: A city-sized utility vehicle

2020 Hyundai Venue: A city-sized utility vehicle
I often propose that used cars are a better value than buying new. But during a recent preview of the 2020 Hyundai Venue, the Hyundai execs made a really good point. If you buy used, you don’t have access to the latest and greatest safety technology. That means no lane keep assist, and more importantly,... Read more »