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Nov
20
2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo

Consumer Guide Automotive When the Mazda 3 lineup was redesigned for the 2019 model year, Mazda gave its sporty compact hatchback and sedan lots of new stuff: sleek new styling (with a striking bobtailed shape for the hatchback body style), new technology features, a notably more upscale look and feel, and, for the first time, the availability of all-wheel drive. What the 2019 Mazda 3 DIDN’T get, however, was more horsepower or a new engine—its sole powerplant was a 186-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that was carried over from the previous-generation 3.

Nov
12
First Spin: 2021 Lexus IS

2021 Lexus IS 300 AWD in “Grecian Water” blue

Consumer Guide Automotive

The 2021 Lexus IS is a case study in how the new-vehicle market’s shift to SUVs has affected the way automakers allocate their product-development dollars. Now that the average shopper in both the mainstream-brand and luxury-brand segments is more likely to choose a crossover SUV instead of a traditional passenger car, it’s not surprising that automakers are focusing the bulk of their resources on SUVs. Though many traditional-car offerings still sell in respectable numbers, they are no longer at the forefront of their respective product lineups.

Oct
28
2021 Toyota Sienna Review

2021 Toyota Sienna LE

Consumer Guide Automotive

Minivans are family haulers first and foremost, right? They’re vehicles designed to schlep around your whole brood and all their stuff—soccer cleats, baseball gear, that class-project diorama, and… JUSTIN! Wh–WHY didn’t you tell me you spilled half your milk back here?! Yes, that’s why it smells bad! It soaked in there all weekend!

Oct
05
2021 Nissan Rogue Review

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum

Consumer Guide Automotive It’s no secret that the Rogue compact SUV is the single most important vehicle in Nissan’s model lineup. It’s far and away the best-selling vehicle Nissan sells in the U.S.—more than 350,000 were sold during the 2019 calendar year, enough to rank as the sixth best-selling vehicle in America (the next best-selling Nissan, the Altima midsize sedan, was in eighteenth place, with around 209,000 units sold).

Sep
21
First Spin: 2021 GMC Yukon

2021 GMC Yukon Denali

Consumer Guide AutomotiveOver the past 20 years or so, most SUVs have morphed from a body-on-frame, truck-based construction to become “crossover” SUVs that utilize car-like unibody construction. The upside of this shift in design is better on-road driving dynamics and better driver ergonomics. The downside is reduced towing capacity and diminished capabilities in serious off-roading.

Sep
03
Jeep Grand Cherokee Concept

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

Jeep unveiled a concept vehicle today that revives a name from the brand’s past, and heralds not only a forthcoming production vehicle, but a portfolio of future production vehicles. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept is a large three-row SUV that offers seating for up to seven and is finished with premium-brand trim and features inside and out.

Jul
22
2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum

Nissan unveiled its redesigned-for-2021 Rogue a little over a month ago, and the new generation of this popular compact SUV (the best-selling vehicle in Nissan’s lineup) is slated to begin arriving in dealerships this fall. Though no journalists have driven the new Rogue just yet, Nissan recently brought a pre-production Platinum model to Consumer Guide headquarters for us to check out.

Jul
15
2022 Nissan Ariya

2022 Nissan Ariya

Nissan has just taken that wraps off its first pure-electric SUV. The Nissan Ariya made its debut during a livestreamed digital event in Yokohama, Japan; it’s a two-row 5-passenger crossover that will offer a choice of a single-motor front-wheel drive powertrain or dual-motor “e-4ORCE” all-wheel drive, and two different battery sizes for an estimated driving range of up to 300 miles.

Jul
14

2021 Ford Bronco Sport (Badlands model shown)

Not only has Ford finally pulled the wraps off its long-awaited revival of the Bronco (and added a first-ever four-door Bronco to boot), it’s also giving its all-new off-road-ready compact SUV a smaller sibling. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport aims to deliver the same kind of all-terrain ruggedness, functionality, and attitude of its big brother in a slightly tidier, more affordable package.

Jul
13
2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco two-door and four-door

At last, Ford has officially unveiled the long-awaited revival of the Bronco. After more than half a decade’s worth of rumors, teasers, leaked photos, and speculation, Ford’s iconic off-road SUV is reborn as a 2021 model that is aimed squarely at the popular and profitable Jeep Wrangler.