Prime vs AWD-e

2021 Toyota Prius Prime Limited (left) vs 2021 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e

With hybrid vehicles of all sorts now commonplace in the American new-vehicle market, the Toyota Prius doesn’t get the respect (or sales numbers) it once did. These days, most major manufacturers offer numerous hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or both—and increasingly, these hybrids are versions of regular-line vehicles, not stand-alone, hybrid-only models. The majority are also SUVs—the type of everyday family vehicle American buyers are choosing in greater numbers than 4-door sedans of any stripe.

Dodge Kahuna Concept, Surfer Minivan, Surf Minivan

Dodge Kahuna Concept

Forgotten Concepts, Forgotten Concepts

This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

2021 Lexus IS 350 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus IS 350 AWD F Sport in “Iridium” silver (a $425 option)

2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport

2021 Lexus IS 350 AWD F Sport

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles driven: 375

Fuel used: 18.0 gallons

Lordstown Endurance

Lordstown Endurance

The Lordstown Endurance is a battery-electric pickup truck developed by Ohio-based electric-vehicle startup Lordstown Motors. Yet to see regular production, the Endurance is unique among electric vehicles in that it is designed to use hub motors instead of axle- or transmission-mounted motors, thus eliminating the need for a transmission, traditional axles, or half shafts.

Reshoring American Jobs

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

Consumer Guide Automotive Despite being one of the oldest basic designs in the midsize-SUV segment, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is consistently one of the best-selling vehicles in its class. However, the Grand Cherokee has never offered one key feature that would allow it to compete more directly with rivals such as the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Volkswagen Atlas—a third-row seat. That changes with the introduction of the 2021 Grand Cherokee L, an all-new model that kicks off the Grand Cherokee’s fifth generation and comes standard with a third row of seating for 6- or 7-passenger capacity.

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD in Champagne Silver Metallic/Super Black two-tone (a $350 option)

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 244

Fuel Used: 9.3 gallons

1969 Plymouth Valiant Sedan, Compact Cars of 1969

1969 Plymouth Valiant 100 4-door Sedan (with 200 Decor Group)

Sadly, our official home-office archive of Consumer Guide new-car-test magazines is pretty thin before 1970. We do have a digest-size magazine from 1967, but it’s most prices and such—no photos, no specs, and no test-drive evaluations.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line

2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line in Portofino Gray

Consumer Guide Automotive 2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line

Class: Midsize Car

Miles driven: 462

Fuel used: 18.7 gallons


Credit Score

By Jim Flammang

Paying cash for your next car? Don’t laugh. Quite a few families and individuals do, shunning the entire financing process. In fact, the number of shoppers who finance their vehicle has been declining.


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