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Jul
29
2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback

Consumer Guide Automotive

It’s probably not a stretch to say that the Outback is what put Subaru on the map. Introduced for 1995 as an SUV-flavored trim level of the Legacy wagon, it was soon upgraded to its own model, and sales have seen a steady climb since. Today – as for many years – it is Subaru’s best-selling vehicle.

For 2020, Subaru ushers in the sixth generation of the Outback. With it comes greater rear-seat and cargo room, some new features, and the return of a turbocharged engine. Also added is a new Onyx trim level that carries black wheels and trim along with special StarTex water-repellent upholstery.

Jun
24
2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade SEL

Consumer Guide Automotive

When Hyundai says the new midsize, 8-passenger Palisade is aimed at families … they really put their money where their mouth is.

Jun
20
2020 Ford Explorer, 2020 Ford Explorer Review

2020 Ford Explorer ST

Consumer Guide Automotive

Although it looks much like the outgoing version, the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer hides what is almost a seismic, “full circle” shift: Having switched from its original 1991 truck-based rear-drive architecture to a car-based front-drive one for 2011, it returns to a rear-drive platform for 2020, though this time, sans an underlying truck-type frame. Meanwhile, it also adopts new powertrains – including a hybrid version – and some newly added features, some of them being standard.

Jun
19
2020 Ford Police Interceptor

2020 Ford Police Interceptor

Ford says that one big reason its redesigned 2020 Explorer was switched from a front-drive platform to a rear-drive-based one was to improve front/rear weight balance and thus handling … and that’s largely to appease departments that use the Police Interceptor version for law enforcement.

And a lot of departments use them for law enforcement.

Apr
17
2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback

Since its introduction for 1995, the Outback has been a huge seller for Subaru, often standing as its most popular model. The company hopes to continue that success with the debut of the redesigned, sixth-generation 2020 Outback at the New York International Auto Show.

Apr
17
2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander

Toyota released the fifth generation of its wildly popular midsize crossover at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. It’s again offered in gas and hybrid versions with 7- or 8-passenger seating, but brings more cargo room, a number of newly available features, and better hybrid fuel efficiency.

Mar
29
2019 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon in Billet Silver Metallic with Genuine Mud accents (a no-charge option)

Consumer Guide Automotive

‘What took you so long?”

That was one of the first questions raised during the preview for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, voiced by someone (OK … me) who used to own a Jeep Scrambler pickup — and has been anxiously awaiting the versatile vehicle’s second coming.

Mar
23
Mazda 3 AWD

2019 Mazda 3 AWD

Consumer Guide Automotive It’s not often that a vehicle’s redesign isn’t necessarily its headline news.

Mar
01
2019 Ram HD

2019 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 Limited Mega Cab

Consumer Guide Automotive It wasn’t so much a matter of “if” as a matter of “when” … and “who.”

Over the past couple of decades, those following heavy-duty pickups have been treated to a race similar to that enjoyed by car enthusiasts for years. This one, however, wasn’t about horsepower; it was about torque. And though all the top contenders kept leap-frogging each other toward that magic 1000 lb-ft finish line, it was Ram that got there first.

Feb
27
2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

Consumer Guide Automotive Over its more than 50 years of existence and 40 million units of sales, Toyota’s Corolla has built an enviable reputation for reliability and value. With the 2020 redesign of the sedan, Toyota hopes to add “sporty” and “thrifty” to its long-established virtues.