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2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Review: More Playful Than Your Average Daily Driver

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD In Our Opinion: Never in a million years did we expect the Avalon to receive the TRD treatment! We have driven many TRD vehicles in the past, like the Tundra, 4Runner, and RAV4. Those are vehicles you can get dirty with, but our Avalon TRD was sleek and shiny, strolling around the Denver metro. While it would be nice to see a more powerful V6 in time, for right now, we are happy. Exterior Styling 88 Interior Layout 92 Driving Dynamics 92 ...
Tags: Japan, Texas, Colorado, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denis, Denver, Jbl, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Amazon Alexa, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Safety Tech Features, Toyota Avalon TRD


2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road Review: Great for Playing in the Mud!

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road In Our Opinion: The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road is the newest member of the automaker's TRD family. While the off-road capability is a given, we were taken back by how comfortable this RAV4 is on dry pavement. It was a pleasant surprise to discover this off-road rig was still pretty good in the city. Although we are not sold on the exterior styling, the interior is sharp and that makes up for it. Exterior Styling 74 Interior Layout 87 ...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Detroit Lions, Toyota, Epa, Detroit, Keith, Southeast Michigan, Amazon Alexa, Carl Anthony, Ryan Millen, Toyota Safety Sense, Test Drives, Midwest Automotive Media Association, Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, Detroit Working Writers


2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Review: Should You Put This Sporty SUV On Your List?

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport In Our Opinion: The 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport is a more athletic and stylish version of the current Atlas. Abundant cargo space and available all-wheel drive are among the high points. While overall driveability is good, the Atlas Cross Sport can feel top-heavy at times, making it harder to maneuver around tighter corners. While we are generally pleased with the Atlas Cross Sport, there are many SUVs and crossovers on the market to choose from. It's best to alwa...
Tags: Apple, Atlas, Vw, Autos, Denis, Denver, Android Auto, Volkswagen of America Inc, Denis Flierl, Chevy Blazer, Test Drives, Vw Atlas, VW Atlas Cross Sport, Atlas Cross Sport, VW Atlas Cross Sport Review, VW Atlas Cross


2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T Review: Why We Want The Turbo Engine

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T In Our Opinion: Hyundai has upped their SUV and crossover game to say the least. They have two all-new vehicles in the smaller Venue and the larger, three-row Palisade. Now comes the Santa Fe, fresh off a fancy redesign just last year. After having occasion to drive all three, the Santa Fe is the one we would pick. It's the perfect middle ground in Hyundai's SUV lineup. Exterior Styling 82 Interior Layout 80 Driving Dynamics 89 Sa...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Denis, Hyundai, Santa Fe, Denver, Android Auto, Palisade, Hyundai Santa Fe, Denis Flierl, SEL, Test Drives, Hyundai Santa Fe Limited, Hyundai Santa Fe Interior, Hyundai Santa Fe Gallery Photos, Hyundai Motor America Original


2020 Toyota GR Supra Review: Fast, Furious & Fun

2020 Toyota GR Supra In Our Opinion: It's not practical, but it does get pretty good gas mileage! After an absence that spanned two decades, we think the Supra stands tall in its first year back on the market. If you are looking for a fun car and have a little extra dough, you will be happy with the 2020 Supra. We think it offers a lot of performance for the dollar. Exterior Styling 90 Interior Layout 70 Driving Dynamics 96 Safety & Tech Features 74 ...
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Toyota, Michelin, Bmw, Denis, Android Auto, Supra, Brembo, Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Toyota Supra, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Toyota GR Supra, Premium Supra


2020 Hyundai Sonata Review: Near Perfect Sedan For Everyday Life

2020 Hyundai Sonata In Our Opinion: The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is completely redesigned and in a big way. If midsize sedans were having a party, the room would turn and look once the 2020 Sonata came in. Although lacking a few things, it's not enough to justify skipping outright. We anticipate many buyers (especially loyal Hyundai ones) will be pleased with the 2020 Sonata. Exterior Styling 80 Interior Layout 85 Driving Dynamics 92 Safety & Tech Features 87 ...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Detroit Lions, Birmingham, Detroit, Hyundai, Sonata, Hyundai Sonata, Carl Anthony, Hyundai Sonata Limited, Birmingham Michigan, Test Drives, Midwest Automotive Media Association, Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, Hyundai Sonata Review, Sonata Limited


2020 VW Jetta R-Line Review: We Took This Thrifty & Sporty Sedan for a Spin

2020 VW Jetta R-Line In Our Opinion: The 2020 VW Jetta is an affordable car for buyers of any age. At this publication, our minds are mixed when it comes to VW vehicles. In an earlier review, we didn't have good luck with the Tiguan, but the Jetta really shined for us. We would go for the R-Line personally, but you can opt for the S or SE trim and save on the MSRP. Exterior Styling 82 Interior Layout 84 Driving Dynamics 83 Safety & Tech Features 80 ...
Tags: Colorado, Vw, Autos, Denis, Denver, Apple Carplay, VW Jetta, Volkswagen of America Inc, Jetta, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Safety Tech Features, VW Jetta R Line Review, Sporty Sedan, Pros Sporty Fun Interior, VW Jetta R Line


2020 Honda CR-V Review: Does This Top-Seller Deserve Top Marks?

2020 Honda CR-V In Our Opinion: The 2020 Honda CR-V comes to the party with plenty of feathers in its cap. Our contemporaries in the automotive press hold the CR-V in high regard and we agree with them. That's not to say the CR-V is perfect, but it's pretty close based on our week-long test drive. Exterior Styling 82 Interior Layout 73 Driving Dynamics 96 Safety & Tech Features 93 Everyday Functionality 95 Pros Price Safety Features ...
Tags: Apple, United States, Autos, Detroit Lions, Ohio, Honda, Detroit, Nhtsa, Mazda, MacPherson, Detroit Michigan, Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, Safety Features, Honda North America


2020 Lexus LX 570 Three-Row Review: By The Book Luxury SUV

2020 Lexus LX 570 In Our Opinion: The 2020 Lexus LX 570 is pretty much by the book when it comes to large luxury SUVs. It has a powerful engine, a quiet interior, and terrible gas mileage. We like the three-row variant as it can accommodate a larger family, but a two-row LX 570 is also an option. Exterior Styling 79 Interior Layout 91 Driving Dynamics 70 Safety & Tech Features 80 Everyday Functionality 82 Pros AWD Capability Towing Cap...
Tags: Colorado, Lexus, Autos, Epa, Denis, Colorado Rockies, Denis Flierl, Lexus Safety System, Test Drives, Safety Tech Features


2020 Genesis G90 Review: More Than a “Generic Brand” Luxury Car

2020 Genesis G90 In Our Opinion: Our contemporaries in the automotive press have praised the Genesis G90, and we feel compelled to join them in that cadence. The G90 is a simple recipe: one part new technology, one part old school motorcar. Put in the oven (assembly plant) and bake. Let cool at a lower MSRP than the rest of the market. Exterior Styling 75 Interior Layout 82 Driving Dynamics 94 Safety & Tech Features 80 Everyday Functionality 77 ...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Detroit Lions, Michigan, Bmw, Audi, Detroit, Genesis, Mercedes Benz, G90, Danielle, Carl Anthony, Plymouth Michigan, Test Drives, Midwest Automotive Media Association, Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation


2020 Lexus ES 300h Review: Practical & Luxurious But Should You Buy It?

2020 Lexus ES 300h In Our Opinion: During our week with the Lexus ES 300h, things were quiet and smooth. While there are all-electric sedans on the market, like the Tesla Model 3, we think the build quality of the Lexus is of a higher pedigree, thus leading us to pick this luxury hybrid over the all-electric competitor. We still don't like the Lexus infotainment interface, but we have learned to live with it. Exterior Styling 85 Interior Layout 86 Driving Dynamics ...
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Lincoln, Denis, Denver, Mark Levinson, Denis Flierl, Lexus Safety System, Test Drives, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Lexus Enform, Lexus Enform Service Connect, MKZ Hybrid


2020 VW Tiguan Review: Not Our Cup of Tea & Here’s Why

2020 VW Tiguan In Our Opinion: Our colleagues and contemporaries in the automotive press hold the 2020 VW Tiguan in higher esteem than we do. We wouldn't say the Tiguan is a dud - it's not - but for whatever reason, it just didn't sit right with us. Granted, we had a trim level with 20-inch wheels, so maybe that was to blame for the lackluster ride? After a week-long drive, and considering the number of other choices on the market, we recommend shopping around before buying a Tiguan. ...
Tags: United States, Vw, Autos, Detroit Lions, Epa, Plymouth, Detroit, Vw Tiguan, Interior, Nissan Rogue, Small Town America, Volkswagen of America Inc, Carl Anthony, Tiguan, Plymouth Michigan, Test Drives


2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Review: Should You Put It On Your Shopping List?

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe In Our Opinion: Hyundai has upped their SUV and crossover game to say the least. They have two all-new vehicles in the smaller Venue and the larger, three-row Palisade. Now comes the Santa Fe, fresh off a fancy redesign just last year. After having occasion to drive all three, the Santa Fe is the one we would pick. It's the perfect middle ground in Hyundai's SUV lineup. Exterior Styling 82 Interior Layout 80 Driving Dynamics 85 Safety ...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Detroit Lions, Honda, Detroit, Hyundai, Santa Fe, Android Auto, Mazda, G70, Palisade, Hyundai Santa Fe, Carl Anthony, SEL, Test Drives, Hyundai Santa Fe Limited


2020 Toyota C-HR Review: How Does It Stack Up & Should You Buy It?

2020 Toyota C-HR In Our Opinion: The 2020 C-HR is built on Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) C-platform. The ride is smooth and the handling is crisp, but the amount of engine noise inside may turn buyers off. The C-HR looks sharp on the outside, but drivers may feel like they are paying the price when dealing with blind spots. While there are redeeming qualities, the 2020 Toyota C-HR is probably not our first choice in a segment ripe with options. Exterior Styling 93 ...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denis, Denver, Android Auto, Eco, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, CVT, Amazon Alexa, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Driving Dynamics, Safety Tech Features, CH R Limited


2020 Lexus UX Review: Just How Good Is This “Urban Explorer?”

2020 Lexus UX In Our Opinion: The 2020 Lexus UX is a luxurious small crossover with a nice array of standard features. It's ideal for city driving and is easy to park. Connectivity is a strong point too, as the UX has a number of apps built-in, like Spotify and Waze. Cargo space should be enough for the daily drive, but if you carry larger items on a regular basis, the UX may not fit your needs. Exterior Styling 81 Interior Layout 82 Driving Dynamics 90 ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Autos, Epa, Waze, Denis, Denver, Android Auto, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Denis Flierl, Lexus Safety System, Test Drives, Lexus UX


2020 Genesis G70 Review: How Well-Deserved Are All The Accolades?

2020 Genesis G70 In Our Opinion: The Genesis G70 has garnered a lot of attention since its arrival in 2017. The car is stylish and sporty, but buyers have plenty of options in this segment. Although the G70 lacks in at least one key area, it's still desirable and as close to perfect as any new brand could get. Our only question is if Genesis can maintain their current momentum. Right now, things look promising. What we don't want to see is a fall from grace as others have done in this ...
Tags: Autos, Detroit Lions, Michelin, Audi, Detroit, Hyundai, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, G70, Brembo, Danielle, Pontiac Trail, West Bloomfield Township, Comerica Park, MMI, Carl Anthony


2020 Hyundai Venue Review: How Does This City Slicker Stack Up?

2020 Hyundai Venue In Our Opinion: The 2020 Hyundai Venue is an affordable SUV that's easy to maneuver and drive in the city. Extra packages provide nice amenities, like navigation, heated seats, and a sunroof. We don't care for the exterior styling, but can overlook that given the Venue's other strong attributes. Exterior Styling 68 Interior Layout 90 Driving Dynamics 85 Safety & Tech Features 75 Everyday Functionality 91 Pros Affordab...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Detroit Lions, Epa, Detroit, Hyundai, Mike O'brien, Woodward, Palisade, Nissan Kicks, New York International Auto Show, Cox Automotive, Carl Anthony, Test Drives, Midwest Automotive Media Association, Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation


2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review: How Does This Plug-In Hybrid Stack Up?

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV In Our Opinion: There will be some trade-offs with the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. For example, to account for the hybrid powertrain, the Outlander PHEV ditches the third row and spare tire. The increase in fuel economy drops the fun factor behind the wheel, as this variant isn't very engaging or energetic. However, the different drive modes will maximize charging and range in nearly every situation. And as a bonus, all-wheel drive is there for good mea...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Epa, Denis, Mitsubishi, Denver, Nhtsa, Denis Flierl, SEL, AWC, Rockford Fosgate, Test Drives, Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi Power Sound System, Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept


2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Review: What it Offers & How it Performs

2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk In Our Opinion: The 2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is a nice middle ground. It's rugged but not monstrous, and it's comfortable without being over the top in terms of luxury. The Trailhawk also looks good! Exterior Styling 92 Interior Layout 83 Driving Dynamics 80 Safety & Tech Features 80 Everyday Functionality 84 Pros Engine Power Off-Road Capability Interior Treatments Cons Engine Noise Cargo Capa...
Tags: Colorado, Fca, Autos, Denis, Firestone, Denver, Jeep, FCA US LLC, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Trailhawk, Power Transfer Unit, Safety Tech Features, Spitfire Orange


2020 Volvo V60 Review: Better Than An SUV? It Just Might Be!

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country In Our Opinion: The Volvo V60 provides many of the same benefits as an SUV or crossover. While wagons may not be everybody's thing, we do believe most will be pleasantly surprised at how nice the V60 drives and looks inside. Exterior Styling 88 Interior Layout 95 Driving Dynamics 90 Safety & Tech Features 90 Everyday Functionality 92 Pros Interior Quality Ride & Handling Some Off-Road Capability Cons...
Tags: Apple, Colorado, Cross Country, Autos, Epa, Denis, Volvo, Denver, Wilkins, Bowers, Subaru Outback, SENSUS, Denis Flierl, Volvo V60 Cross Country, Test Drives, Volvo V60 Cross Country Earlier


2020 Hyundai Palisade Review: How Hyundai’s New SUV Stacks Up

2020 Hyundai Palisade In Our Opinion: The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a tough one for us. There was a lot we liked, from the quiet interior to the engine response on the open road. However, we noticed a few things that make it hard for us to justify owning one. Does that mean you should cross it off your list? No! Not by any stretch of the imagination! By all means, take one for a test drive. You may find the things we have a concern with are not deal breakers for you. And if you are a Hyu...
Tags: Apple, Ford, Autos, Detroit Lions, Michigan, Toyota, Honda, Plymouth, Detroit, Hyundai, AAA, Mazda, Zeppelin, Canton, Danielle, Hyundai Motor Co


2020 Lexus LS 500 Review: Does The Price Justify This Luxury Cruiser?

2020 Lexus LS 500 In Our Opinion: The 2020 Lexus LS 500 makes a strong case for driving enthusiasts who also want to cruise along in comfort. We did feel a little younger behind the wheel, but our lower backs appreciated all the different power adjustments and massage functions of the seats. Even though we will probably never get used to the touchpad interface Lexus uses, it's still hard to argue with the LS 500. Exterior Styling 88 Interior Layout 89 Driving Dynam...
Tags: Apple, United States, Lexus, Autos, Epa, Denis, Denver, Mark Levinson, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Lexus Enform


How Can I Test Drive A Car While Social Distancing?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing social distancing and test drives, using your credit to leverage low APR financing and potential Mad Max cars.Read more...
Tags: Car Buying, Lifehacks, Financing, Jalopnik, Dealerships, Test Drives, Quick Car Buying Questions, Coronavirus, Covid 19


2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Review: The King of The Mountain

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon In Our Opinion: In some ways, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is hard to quantify in terms of a normal car review. Some will call it a dream machine of the highest order, others an impractical and expensive box on wheels. A vehicle of this caliber is purely an emotional decision, but if this is your unicorn, it will be worth every penny. Exterior Styling 89 Interior Layout 82 Driving Dynamics 91 Safety & Tech Features 80 ...
Tags: Apple, America, Italy, Arizona, Fca, Moab, Antarctica, Autos, Chrysler, Detroit Lions, Michigan, Rochester, Detroit, Jeep, Webster, Dana


Jaguar’s Revised F-Type Surprises on the Back Roads of Portugal

Test-driving reveals much about two variations of the new-generation vehicle In Portugal, driving two variations of the new-generation Jaguar F-Type, we remembered that sometimes a car will surprise you. The F-Type R, with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, has a starting price of more than $103,000. The other is a four-cylinder model—less interestingly named the P300—which starts at a more approachable $61,600. It’s that one—the less …
Tags: Design, Cars, Automotive, Portugal, Driving, Jaguar, Sports Cars, Convertibles, Test Drive, F-type, V8, Test Drives, F-Type R, P300


2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review: Near Perfect Sedan For Everyday Life

2020 Hyundai Sonata In Our Editorial Opinion: The 2020 Hyundai Sonata is completely redesigned and in a big way. If midsize sedans were having a party, the room would turn and look once the 2020 Sonata came in. The exterior styling is on point, and there are plenty of technology and connectivity features to satisfy today's buyer. Although lacking a few things, it's not enough to justify skipping outright. We anticipate many buyers (especially loyal Hyundai ones) will be pleased with the...
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Epa, Denis, Hyundai, Denver, Bose, Sonata, Hyundai Sonata, Altima, Denis Flierl, Hyundai Sonata Limited, Test Drives, Blue Link, Sonata Limited, Hyundai Motor America Original


2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review: When The Wild Calls

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro In Our Editorial Opinion: The 4Runner TRD Pro is for a specific customer who wants a specific look and a specific set of capabilities (off-road in this case). This isn't a good or bad thing necessarily. Just something to be aware of when shopping the 4Runner lineup. For hitting the trails and serious off-roading, the TRD Pro is your ticket. Otherwise, we suggest either the Premium or Limited trim. They still have 4x4 capability, but are a bit more tame than t...
Tags: Fox, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denis, Denver, Jbl, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Apple CarPlay Android Auto, NITTO TERRA GRAPPLER, Gunmetal, Amazon Alexa Rear


2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Review: Few Updates But Still Solid

In Our Editorial Opinion: The 2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport with all-wheel drive offers a comfortable and sure footed ride without sacrificing too much performance. While the interior is dated, the infotainment system sometimes frustrating, it's impossible to ignore the car's overall quality and Lexus' track record for reliability. Maybe Lexus feels if it ain't broke don't fix it, and when it comes to the GS 350, we can see why. Exterior Styling 87 Interior Layout 85 ...
Tags: Apple, Siri, Lexus, Autos, Epa, Denis, Denver, Mark Levinson, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Triple Beam LED, Safety Tech Features


2020 Volvo S60 T8 Inscription Review: Not Grand But Still Good

In Our Editorial Opinion: According to Consumer Reports, Volvo is near the bottom in terms of reliability. However, our time with the 2020 Volvo S60 gives us reason to hold out hope. We personally believe, based on their history, Volvo is one of the safest vehicles you can buy today. While reliability may be subject to debate, the 2020 S60 should appeal to those who want their cars to have a little more personality than the average sedan. Exterior Styling 87 Interior Layou...
Tags: Spotify, Pandora, United States, Autos, Epa, Denis, Volvo, Denver, Wilkins, Bowers, SENSUS, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Ridgeville South Carolina, Safety Tech Features


2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Review: The Old Boat Still Sails

In Our Editorial Opinion: The 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is perfect for an off-road enthusiast, but as a daily driver it might be hard to justify. Those who like rugged-looking vehicles and off-road tech will fall head over heels; yet those wanting a more traditional SUV will be wasting their money. SUVs today are expensive as is, and with the poor fuel economy and the Sequoia's age, the TRD Pro is more of a want versus a need. Still, if you love it and gotta have it, the Sequoia TRD Pro...
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