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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric
May 3, 2021

Overview

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The Kona arrived for 2018 and was joined by the electric version the following model year. It has remained mostly unchanged since then, although the upcoming 2022 model receives minor design changes. Compared with the gasoline-powered Kona, the Electric’s most noticeable visual difference is the absence of a grille, which has been replaced by a dimpled panel. The door for the battery charge port is camouflaged by those dimples.

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2021 Dodge Durango
April 5, 2021

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For 2021, a limited number of Durango SRT Hellcat models are being produced as a one-year-only extravagance. Under the hood is a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that punches out 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. It’s the one to get if you require 8,700 pounds of towing capacity, or relish the thought of sprinting to 60 mph from rest in 3.5 seconds. That’s pretty good for 5,700-pound family hauler.
The V-6 models can tow a respectable 6,200 pounds and function without undue strain or coarseness.

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FIRST DRIVE: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport
March 8, 2021

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The Bronco Sport is considered a crossover since it uses the same car-based platform as the Ford Escape. The Bronco Sport is about eight inches shorter (but two inches wider) and slots between the Escape and the much smaller EcoSport. The bigger Bronco is more of a rowdy off-roader as it gets its body-on-frame chassis from the Ranger pickup.
But just because the Bronco is more beefed-up doesn’t mean the Sport cowers in the face of uncharted terrain. Ford says the vehicle’s suspension has been thoroughly tested over the rough stuff and can stand up to plenty of abuse.

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2021 Cadillac XT6
February 1, 2021

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Slotted between the five-passenger XT5 and the eight-passenger Escalade, the XT6 has room for up to seven souls spread across three rows of seats (or six people with the optional second-row bucket seats).
The XT6 is built on the XT5’s platform and comes from the same Tennessee plant, along with the GMC Acadia. Although the distance between the front and rear wheels is identical for both Caddys, the XT6 is about nine inches longer, 2.3 inches wider and three inches taller.
The XT6 even looks like the XT5, with an understated front-end design.

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
December 21, 2020

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If there’s one constant in the automotive world, it’s that Hyundai knows how to churn out new and/or redesigned vehicles. Included for 2021 is the heavily updated five-passenger midsize Santa Fe tall wagon.
The Santa Fe nameplate, first introduced for 2001, has become a major success story for Hyundai over four generations. It sits one rung below the eight-passenger Palisade in the automaker’s five-model utility lineup (six, if you include the limited-production hydrogen-electric Nexo).

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2021 Lincoln Corsair
November 23, 2020

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Among Lincoln’s quartet of luxury-level tall wagons, the 2021 Corsair is the most compact, but it more than holds its own at the crossroads of style and technology.
For those unaware, the Corsair, which was new for 2020, replaced the MKC. With the recent and not entirely unsurprising retirements of the Continental and MKZ sedans for 2021, the Corsair assumes the entry-point position for the brand.

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2021 Kia Seltos
October 26, 2020

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The vehicle squeezes between the smaller Soul (four inches shorter) and the larger and more mainstream Sportage (about seven inches longer).
Although it shares the Hyundai Kona platform (Kia is a division of Hyundai), the two models go their own ways in terms of styling. The rugged-looking Seltos has considerably more carrying capacity, too, whether the rear seat is upright or folded flat. The Seltos also shows more than a hint of commonality with the full-size Kia Telluride, including the “tiger nose” grille that fronts the rounded front bumper and hood.

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FIRST LOOK: 2021 Nissan Rogue
September 28, 2020

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The automotive industry has always been highly competitive and this is readily apparent in the midsize-utility-vehicle (crossover) category where the Rogue is Nissan’s rock.
The 2021 model, which not surprisingly is the automaker’s best-selling model, is chock-full of styling and performance upgrades to maintain pace with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, to name a few.

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2021 Acura TLX
August 31, 2020

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Like we said, all eyes are on the new TLX. The new sport sedan resembles the outgoing model, yes, but a closer look reveals a more aggressive front end. What makes a huge difference is the car’s enlarged dimensions, including a nearly three-inch gain in length, a width increase of just over two inches and a not-insignificant 3.7-inch stretch in distance between the front and rear wheels.

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2020 Porsche Taycan
August 3, 2020

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Nearly every automaker seems bent on chasing Tesla and that includes Porsche, which recently introduced the electric Taycan.  It joins a burgeoning battery-electric movement that began in earnest with the launch of the Tesla Model S in 2012. There are now a number of entries, from modest compacts to larger sedans and utility models (crossover). In about a year, there will be pickups and perhaps a sports car or two as well.
The Taycan (pronounced tie-con) EV looks like a real Porsche and from either end resembles the 911 sports car.

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