Category Archives: AutoPilot

2020 Jeep Gladiator
June 1, 2020

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Viewed head-on, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator looks like any other Jeep Wrangler, with a traditional slotted vertical grille, round headlights and a stout bumper. Behind the second-row seat is a five-foot-long box that’s capable of transporting up to 1,600 pounds of ATV, dirt bikes, camping gear and/or just about anything else you can imagine. Trailering capacity with the proper tow package tops out at 7,650 pounds.

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2020 Honda Insight
May 4, 2020

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The current Insight has given Honda a measure of redemption. It also provides a triple threat in the gasoline-electric category, alongside the Accord Hybrid and Clarity plug-in.
The Insight could easily have been called the Civic Hybrid since only minor adjustments were made to that model’s body structure, sheetmetal and grille/LED headlight combination. The Insight’s interior is more upscale that the Civic’s, with transmission-control switches on the center console replacing the traditional gearshift handle.

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer
April 6, 2020

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The Mexico-built Blazer’s shape is highlighted by a blunted nose, dominant grille and an agglomeration of creases and curves that extend along the sides, gracefully folding into the liftgate.
Clearly, any connection between this Blazer and any Blazers of old extends no further than the name, and that includes the chassis. While the original’s body-on-frame construction was based on that of Chevy’s full-size pickups, the new Blazer’s unitized platform is from the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia.

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2020 GMC Acadia
March 16, 2020

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The GMC Acadia hits the sweet spot with buyers wanting comfort and good looks in a roomy midsize utility vehicle. And unless you need to transport a pro basketball team or tow a humongous boat or travel trailer, you can save yourself a bundle over the bulkier GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.
The 2020 Acadia is an update of the downsized current-generation model that arrived for 2017. It was more than seven inches shorter than its predecessor, 3.5 inches narrower and the distance between the front and rear wheels was cut by more than six inches.

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2020 Toyota Prius AWD
February 10, 2020

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More than two decades ago, Toyota got its max-fuel-economy ball rolling with the very first Prius. Since then, Toyota has become synonymous with fuel-sipping hybrid technology that has spawned other Toyota/Lexus models (remember the short-lived Lexus HS250?) as well as nearly every other mainstream automaker.
For the Prius nameplate, the expansion continues. The fourth-generation model, introduced for the 2016 model year, is available in standard hybrid as well as the Prius Prime plug-in. And for 2020, the AWD-e — as in all-wheel-drive — has been added as an option, but only for non-plug-in models.

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2020 Ram EcoDiesel
January 13, 2020

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The Ford F150 turbo-diesel (also a 3.0-liter V-6) delivers 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet, and GM’s 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbo-diesel in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra has 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet. Yes, the numbers are close, but the Ram holds a definite edge in the crucial torque department.
It’s also a horse race for official fuel economy. GM leads the pack at 27 mpg in combined city/highway driving, followed by Ram at 26 mpg and Ford at 25.

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2020 Hyundai Venue
December 9, 2019

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After introducing the range-topping eight-passenger Palisade for the 2019 model year, Hyundai is addressing the small end of the lineup with the sub-compact Venue. It slots below the Kona — another relative newbie — and joins what becomes an eight-model lineup of wagons and hatchbacks that also includes the Tucson, Santa Fe, Veloster, Elantra GT and Nexo Fuel Cell.

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2020 BMW Z4
November 18, 2019

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The aluminum-trimmed dashboard is elegant and the controls are straightforward. There’s a 12.3-inch gauge display plus a 10.25-inch information/navigation screen controlled by BMW’s iDrive rotary dial on the center console, just to the right of the shifter.  The sDrive30i runs with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s rated at 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
October 28, 2019

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Perhaps not since the First Sting Ray broke cover for the 1963 model year has there been a more highly anticipated Corvette.  Why? Two reasons. First, the engine is in the back and not the front, immediately making the 2020 Stingray a more exotic machine than any previous Corvette. Second, the base price is $60,000, which isn’t exotic money.

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2019 Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D
September 16, 2019

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Over the past decade, Mazda has touted that a turbo-diesel would arrive, but the timeline kept buyers wondering if that would actually happen. Wonder now more. Called Skyactiv-D, the engine is the result of some serious development work by Mazda’s engineers, who appear to have broken many rules in the diesel playbook. The typical diesel uses a cast-iron engine block and a high compression ratio to create combustion (diesels don’t use spark plugs). The Skyactiv-D significantly lowers the compression within a lighter aluminum block.

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