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Six advanced tech features that make off-road driving easy

It wasn’t too long ago that driving off-road required serious skills and a lot of equipment. Thanks to technology, any family crossover SUV can hit the trail today and have a good chance of coming back in one piece. The post Six advanced tech features that make off-road driving easy appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Gps, Awd, 4wd, Off-road, Traction Control


Still Mum on Venue Pricing, Hyundai Opens Up About Its Baby Crossover

Amid splashy introductions like that of the resurrected Toyota Supra, the 2020 Hyundai Venue‘s debut at the New York Auto Show was a different kind of affair. It’s an entry-level vehicle, at least as far as crossovers are concerned, and its lack of all-wheel drive might have some saying it doesn’t even belong in the […] The post Still Mum on Venue Pricing, Hyundai Opens Up About Its Baby Crossover appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Crossovers, Toyota, Awd, Hyundai, Pricing, Venue, New York Auto Show, News Blog, Product Planning, A-Segment, Hyundai Venue, Entry-level Cars


2019 Honda Passport Review: Calling All Weekend Warriors!

94 Excellent 2019 Honda Passport Overall Impression Nice interior layout.Plenty of cargo space.Ideal for adventure seekers. Pros Spacious Interior Off-Road Capability Cons Stiffer Ride  Overly Sensitive Safety Systems You may not remember, but the original Honda Passport was a rebadged Isuzu from the 1990s, but the Passport now is a totally different and new model. The 2019 Honda Passport slots between the smaller CR-V and three-row Pilot. The Passport and the Pi...
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2019 Cadillac XT4 Review: Affordable Luxury For Younger Buyers

90 SOLID 2019 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury Review Overall Impression Responsive engine.Easy for loading cargo.Ideal for younger buyers. Pros Affordable Roomy Cabin Cons Interior Quality Vs. Competition Options Quickly Drive Up MSRP There’s another new entry into the compact luxury SUV segment, as Cadillac gets into the mix with the XT4. The smaller XT4 joins the midsize XT5 and the three-row XT6, along with the larger  Escalade to complete  Cadillac’s SUV and cro...
Tags: Review, Gm, Autos, Epa, Denis, Awd, Denver, Android Auto, Cadillac, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Driving Dynamics, 2019 Cadillac XT4, Premium Luxury, Luxury Premium Luxury, Continuous Damping Control


2019 Lexus UX 250h Review: A Small Package For The Big City

93 Solid 2019 Lexus UX 250h Overall Impression Affordable luxury.Good for daily driving. Pros Fuel Economy Easy To Maneuver Available Safety Tech Cons Infotainment Interface Passenger & Cargo Room Lexus brings a new compact SUV for those who don’t need a big vehicle, but still want something luxurious and fuel efficient. The 2019 Lexus UX 250h is a new vehicle from the luxury division of Toyota that slots below the NX in the Lexus stable. It comes with Toyota’s pro...
Tags: Review, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denis, Awd, Denver, MacPherson, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Big City, Denis Flierl, Lexus Safety System, Test Drives, Lexus UX, Triple Beam LED


More Changes Come to Mercedes-AMG

Daimler’s performance arm, Mercedes-AMG, has entered a period of transition. In addition to placing a strengthened emphasis on all-wheel drive, the company will also begin manufacturing vehicles in China. While the assembly locale isn’t equally important for all cars, AMG is famous for its one-man-one-engine philosophy. Part of the appeal, we assumed, was getting a […] The post More Changes Come to Mercedes-AMG appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Autos, Awd, Daimler, Amg, Mercedes-AMG, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models


AMG=AWD? Sub-brand’s Boss Says Rear-drive Hate Is Fueling the Switch

Mercedes-AMG, the German luxury marque’s performance sub-brand, might eliminate all rear-drive vehicles from its lineup, AMG CEO Tobias Moers suggested during a recent interview. The company’s boss claims buyers, who already favored putting their AMG’s additional power to all four wheels, are increasingly leaving rear-drive driving behind. The customer, of course, is always right, and […] The post AMG=AWD? Sub-brand’s Boss Says Rear-drive Hate Is Fueling the Switch appeared first on The Truth Ab...
Tags: Autos, Awd, Daimler, Amg, Mercedes-AMG, News Blog, All Wheel Drive, Product Planning, Tobias Moers, Future Models


2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature Review: A Sports Car In Disguise

95 SOLID Overall Impression Upscale interior.Plenty of standard features.Ride is a little firm for the class. Pros Engine Power Interior Trim & Accents Sporty Handling & Steering Cons Fuel Economy Rear Cargo/Legroom The Mazda CX-5 was high on the fun-to-drive meter before the new turbocharged engine arrived, but now it has power to spare, even at altitude. The new 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder, sourced from the three-row CX-9, adds even more fun for driving enthus...
Tags: Review, Autos, Awd, Signature, Mazda, Test Drives, 2019 Mazda CX-5


2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Review: When Roads Are Optional

90 Good 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Overall Impression LuxuriousPowerfulThirsty Pros Interior Comfort Off-Road Capability Cons Fuel Mileage Third-Row Jump Seats If off-road accessibility is a must, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a vehicle you need to check out. This large family SUV comes with a rugged body-on-frame construction (like a pickup), full-time four-wheel drive, off-road software, and a powerful V8 engine for towing. The Land Cruiser is a capable people ...
Tags: Review, Colorado, Tech, Autos, Toyota, Denis, Awd, Jbl, Toyota Land Cruiser, V8, Denis Flierl, Toyota Land Cruiser Review, Test Drives, Land Cruiser Heritage Edition


Diesel Engine, All-wheel Drive Coming to Mazda 6; No Word on Suspension Lift, Cladding

It seems the idea of a sport-utility sedan just doesn’t resonate, despite automakers’ best efforts. Oh well, at least there’s still the prospect of greater traction and somewhat improved fuel economy coming to Mazda’s slinky 6 sedan. During this week’s New York reveal of the much-delayed CX-5 diesel, the automaker mentioned that the 2.2-liter oil […] The post Diesel Engine, All-wheel Drive Coming to Mazda 6; No Word on Suspension Lift, Cladding appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: New York, Autos, Awd, Engines, Diesel, Mazda, News Blog, Future Vehicles, All Wheel Drive, Product Planning, Mazda 6


2020 Subaru Outback Picks Up New Platform, Deep-sixes the Six

For 2020, Subaru’s revered Outback wagon undergoes a host of changes while remaining unmistakably an Outback. And, as New York is hardly the first locale that springs to mind when thinking “Outback,” Subaru decided to have the great outdoors accompany the next-generation wagon to this week’s auto show. The automaker brought both the Outback and […] The post 2020 Subaru Outback Picks Up New Platform, Deep-sixes the Six appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: New York, Autos, Awd, New Cars, Subaru, Outback, Subaru Outback, News Blog, NYIAS, Product Planning, Outback Subaru, 2020 Subaru Outback


Freedom of Choice: Kia’s Stinger GTS Is Whatever Its Owner Wants It to Be

It’s strange how, after an automaker goes to the trouble of building a car aimed at the perpetually cranky enthusiast crowd, you can sometimes forget the vehicle exists. That’s the case with the Kia Stinger. Introduced in 2017, the liftback sedan — offered in turbo four-cylinder and V6 guise, rear- or all-wheel drive — still eludes […] The post Freedom of Choice: Kia’s Stinger GTS Is Whatever Its Owner Wants It to Be appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Awd, Kia, Stinger, News Blog, All Wheel Drive, Product Planning, Kia Stinger, Kia Stinger GTS


2020 Toyota Highlander Appears At New York Auto Show

  While you were sleeping, Toyota rolled out the fourth generation of its three-row Highlander crossover. It is an all-wheel drive box powered by a V6 engine, packed with gadgets, and offering an optional hybrid powertrain. Given the tastes of car buyers in this segment, none of these things are surprising. What is surprising is […] The post 2020 Toyota Highlander Appears At New York Auto Show appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Awd, Hybrid, New York Auto Show, News Blog, All Wheel Drive, Toyota Highlander, Highlander, 2020 Toyota Highlander


Finishing School: Acura Asks NSX to Share Its Toys

Deep within the wild jungle that is Ohio sits a facility in Marysville called the Performance Manufacturing Center. Right now, it’s responsible for crafting examples of Acura’s halo car, the NSX. Soon, however, it’ll also be hucking out hand-crafted copies of the company’s midsize TLX sedan. As a limited-production car limited to 360 examples, the […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Marysville, Ohio, Awd, Acura, NSX, Acura TLX, News Blog, TLX, A-spec, Pmc Edition, Acura Asks NSX, Performance Manufacturing Center Right, NSX Soon


Two Tribes: Toyota’s Non-hybrids Aren’t Likely to See Their Rear Axles Suddenly Go Electric

Toyota opened up its Prius line to slightly more rugged buyers this year, introducing an AWD-e variant of its once very popular hybrid that uses a rear-mounted electric motor to lend a helpful shove when traction gives way up front. The model introduction, accompanied by hints of wider availability of all-wheel drive in Toyota’s lineup, […] The post Two Tribes: Toyota’s Non-hybrids Aren’t Likely to See Their Rear Axles Suddenly Go Electric appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Awd, Hybrids, News Blog, Product Planning, Toyota Prius Awd-e, All-whee Drive


2019 Infiniti QX50 Review – Owner of a Lonely Heart

Think of an occasion in which something really good appeared in a place where it was underappreciated. A fantastic steak at the downtown greasy spoon, perhaps? Beautiful new windows installed in a student rental house? My writing on this website? Wait, I wasn’t supposed to say that last one out loud… Buried in the mire […] The post 2019 Infiniti QX50 Review – Owner of a Lonely Heart appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Reviews, Turbo, Autos, Awd, Infiniti, Nissan, Car Reviews, Crossover, News Blog, 2019, QX50, Variable Compression, 2019 Infiniti QX50, Vc-turbo


Test Drive: 2019 Genesis G70 in Aspen

Plenty of control and some side-sliding fun in the new sedan It’s early morning and we’re slicing through the Rocky Mountains in a 2019 Genesis G70, rolling toward the track at 10,000 feet elevation. Fittingly for this time of year, conditions on the snowy test track will be much like spring skiing; the icy hard-pack snow softening under the sun as the day goes. But at …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, Snow, Automotive, Awd, Aspen, Rocky Mountains, Genesis, All Wheel Drive, Test Drives, Genesis G70


2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Review: A Good Everyday SUV

92 Good 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Overall Impression Solid choice for a busy family.New safety features are a bonus.The turbo engine is enjoyable to drive. Pros Roomy Cabin Ride & Handling Cons Fuel Economy I don’t think Hyundai is deliberately trying to confuse us, but the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe has been redesigned and the naming has changed. It’s all a little perplexing to us but the previous-generation Santa Fe was a three-row crossover, but the 2019 model is...
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Report: Chrysler Pacifica Could Gain All-Wheel Drive in 2020

Toyota —er, Fiat Chrysler may add an all-wheel drive version of its Pacifica minivan next year, if a report out of the model’s hometown of Windsor, Ontario pans out. According to two named — and two unnamed — sources, the automaker wants to take a page from a certain Japanese company known for its hybrid […] The post Report: Chrysler Pacifica Could Gain All-Wheel Drive in 2020 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Toyota, Awd, Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, WINDSOR Ontario, News Blog, Minivans, Product Planning


2019 Subaru Ascent Limited Review – Quirks & Quarks

Subaru landed on these shores with a raft of cars and totally-not-trucks (thanks, Chicken Tax) that were certainly capable when shown a rough road but were, in a word, quirky. Since then, the Pleiades brand has filtered out some of its weirdness in an attempt to capture more customers but – as we will learn […] The post 2019 Subaru Ascent Limited Review – Quirks & Quarks appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Reviews, Winter, Autos, Awd, Car Reviews, Subaru, Ascent, Pleiades, All Wheel Drive, Subaru Ascent, 2019 Subaru Ascent Limited, X-Mode, Subaru Ascent Limited Review


An AWD Hybrid Corolla Could Happen, but What Becomes of Toyota’s C-HR?

Jack Hollis, Toyota North America’s general manager, was quite forthcoming during a roundtable discussion at the L.A. Auto Show. After unveiling the brand’s upcoming all-wheel drive Toyota Prius and hybrid Corolla sedan, he speculated on what else might be coming down the product pipe. We already know that Toyota wants to TRD-ify as many models […] The post An AWD Hybrid Corolla Could Happen, but What Becomes of Toyota’s C-HR? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Autos, Crossovers, Toyota, Awd, Hybrid, Toyota Corolla, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Toyota C-HR, All Wheel Drive, Product Planning, Jack Hollis Toyota North America


Toyota Prepares Product Offensive; TRD and AWD Are the Acronyms You Need to Know

The Camry and Avalon TRD sedans that appeared this month won’t be the last new Toyota variants worked over by the automaker’s racing arm. Toyota has a product offensive on the way and, while the effort will mainly be to update existing models, many of those vehicles stand to gain new sporting iterations — and […] The post Toyota Prepares Product Offensive; TRD and AWD Are the Acronyms You Need to Know appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Autos, Toyota, Awd, News Blog, Future Vehicles, All Wheel Drive, Trd, Product Planning


2019 Fiat 500X: New Engine, New Standard Equipment, Same Overall Look

Having already revealed the updated European version, Fiat is unveiling North America’s take on the facelifted 500X. While the subcompact crossover’s official LA Auto Show debut isn’t for another day or so, FCA decided not to sit on it. Likely a wise move, as the model will assuredly be overshadowed by higher profile vehicles appearing […] The post 2019 Fiat 500X: New Engine, New Standard Equipment, Same Overall Look appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Fca, Autos, Fiat, Crossovers, La Auto Show, Awd, North America, News Blog, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500x, Fiat. Chrysler, Small Crossovers, 2019 Fiat 500X


Here's the Difference Between All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive

With winter upon us, it would be wonderful if we had a trained rally driver with access to a bunch of all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles all assembled in one lot to helpfully explain the difference between these two ever-more confused terms. Oh wait, here he is!Read more...
Tags: Awd, 4wd, Lifehacks, Winter Driving, Encyclopedia Automobilia, Team Oneil Rally School


Baring Their Soul: Kia Teases an LA Debut

Believe it or not, the Kia Soul has been around for nearly 10 years now, carving a nice niche for itself in the subcompact crossover market and lining corporate coffers with plenty of cash. Later this month, the company will show its third-gen Soul at the LA Auto Show. It’ll retain a familiar shape if […] The post Baring Their Soul: Kia Teases an LA Debut appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Soul, Autos, La Auto Show, Awd, Kia, New Cars, Kia Soul, News Blog, All Wheel Drive, Product Planning, L.A. Auto Show


Junkyard Find: 1999 Acura SLX

Even though we’ve just had two Japanese Junkyard Finds in a row, I’ve been searching for a discarded Acura SLX for so long that I had to share this ’99 in Denver immediately. As the 1990s progressed, it became clear to vehicle manufacturers who did business in North America that they had to sell luxury […] The post Junkyard Find: 1999 Acura SLX appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, SUV, Autos, Truck, Awd, 4wd, Honda, North America, Denver, 1990s, 1999, Acura, Isuzu, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find


‘AWD’ vs. ‘4WD’ — what’s the difference between the two?

Although four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) are related, they are actually quite different in how they operate. Here, we talk about the fundamental differences between the two systems, and what it means for you as a driver. The post ‘AWD’ vs. ‘4WD’ — what’s the difference between the two? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Awd, 4wd, All-wheel Drive, Four-Wheel Drive


2019 Mazda CX-3 GT AWD Review – Size Small

People, pets, and cars all arrive on this planet in different shapes and sizes. Alert readers know this author’s proclivity for Large Machines which bend the macadam with their shocking curb weights and lot-hogging girth. I remain unrepentant. It was a surprise, then, for the diminutive little roller skate you see here to spin my […] The post 2019 Mazda CX-3 GT AWD Review – Size Small appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Awd, Car Reviews, Crossover, Mazda, CX-3, 2019, Mazda CX-3


Two Countries Prepare to Launch Two Very Different Nissan Altimas

It’s the third high-profile midsize sedan launch in a year, and Nissan’s pretty confident that this — THIS — is the one that’s really going to turn the declining segment around. Or so U.S. chairman Denis Le Vot claims. In our first drive review of the all-new 2019 Altima, scheduled for Friday morning, we’ll ponder if this […] The post Two Countries Prepare to Launch Two Very Different Nissan Altimas appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Awd, Nissan, New Cars, Nissan Altima, Altima, News Blog, Product Planning, Nissan Canada, Denis Le Vot, 2019 Nissan Altima


2019 Acura RDX A-Spec Review

The 2019 Acura RDX gets a complete remodel inside and out, giving the compact crossover jazzed-up styling. It sits lower and wider for 2019 with a new, five-sided grille it borrows from a concept car. Acura calls the 2019 RDX its sportiest compact crossover yet, and claims the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 better watch out. What’s New For 2019 The RDX rides on a new chassis with 2.6 inches more length between the wheels for more rear legroom. It also gets a new turbo four-cylinder engine. Featu...
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