2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line: A sporty every-day driver

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line: A sporty every-day driver
LOS ANGLES, Calif – Do you have that thing that always makes you smile? That thing that has you doing the happy dance? Me too. It’s a manual transmission in a sporty car. Thus, when I opened the door of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line, I might have skipped in place a little bit.... Read more »

2022 Subaru BRZ: 228 HP + sub-$30K price tag

2022 Subaru BRZ: 228 HP + sub-$30K price tag
THERMAL, Calif. — It was when Scott Speed, Subaru Rallycross driver, drifted into the second hairpin on the Desert track at the Thermal Club that I giggled. The 2022 Subaru BRZ was so light and so balanced, I’d say it floated around the track if it didn’t feel so glued to the pavement. Though I... Read more »

2021 Hyundai Elantra showcases hip design, urban-ready handling & tech [First Drive]

2021 Hyundai Elantra showcases hip design, urban-ready handling & tech [First Drive]
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — When you have a really good current-generation vehicle, it’s hard to follow up with a completely new vehicle. There’s a lot of pressure to do better – or at the very least hold the line. This is the challenge Hyundai had with the all-new 2021 Elantra because the current model is... Read more »
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2021 Lexus IS: Entry-lux cruiser great for urban environment

2021 Lexus IS: Entry-lux cruiser great for urban environment
The Lexus IS gets a refresh — not a complete redesign — for the 2021 model year. While it definitely fixes some of the things I didn’t like about the 2020 model, a lot of IS fans are hankering for a next-gen vehicle.  However, I’ll argue, when you have a vehicle that works, little tweaks... Read more »

The 2021 Chicago Auto Show hasn't been cancelled

The 2021 Chicago Auto Show hasn't been cancelled
This week on the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast we had a very interesting guest: Dave Sloan, president of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and general manager of the Chicago Auto Show. He had some very interesting news to share: The 2021 Chicago Auto Show is still in the process of being planned for February... Read more »

Car Stuff Podcast: Buying a car in the Covid Era, VW Golf + Honda's discontinued vehicles

Car Stuff Podcast: Buying a car in the Covid Era, VW Golf + Honda's discontinued vehicles
OK. I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted. But I’ve been in the process of moving and have finally settled. Of course, the new abode is .6 miles from our mayor’s house, which brings all sorts of interesting new problems. But I digress. So, on to the topic at hand: This week’s Consumer... Read more »
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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 »

6 things to know about the 2021 Kia K5

6 things to know about the 2021 Kia K5
Kia just revealed an all-new midsize sedan, which the automaker says will “disrupt and inspire.” While we won’t know if the 2021 Kia K5 is as fun and exciting as Kia claims until we drive it, there are a few things we think you should know right now. 1. It replaces the Optima Optima is... Read more »

Car Stuff Podcast: JD Power Initial Quality Study, Mitsubishi downsizes, Cadillac XT6

Car Stuff Podcast: JD Power Initial Quality Study, Mitsubishi downsizes, Cadillac XT6
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I want to start by saying: Stay tuned for the quiz at the end of this week’s Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast. I am on a roll … That done, we had a couple of interesting news items to discuss. Kicking off the podcast, we looked... Read more »
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Feature Friday: Wireless Charging

Feature Friday: Wireless Charging
Before I got my new iPhone 11, I was jealous of people who were able to “cut the cord” for their phones in test cars and use the wireless charging feature. My phone’s battery was perpetually dead, and if I forgot my charging cable, I may as well just turn my phone off because it... Read more »