REVIEWS

2022 Volkswagen Taos adds rugged Basecamp appearance package

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021

We just drove the 2022 Volkswagen Taos for the first time a couple of weeks ago and found it to be a well executed little crossover for the most part. Today, VW is trying to broaden appeal with a new Taos Basecamp package. It’s similar in concept to what VW did with the Atlas. Release a concept vehicle with some big ideas. Then, reveal the production package that is toned down versus what the concept Read More »

Ford to open first Bronco Off-Roadeo driving school in Texas

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021

Ford will open its first Bronco-themed off-road driving school in Central Texas on June 28. Called Off-Roadeo, the day-and-a-half-long training course will teach select Bronco Sport owners and Bronco reservation holders how to make the most of their crossover or SUV off the beaten path regardless of whether they're beginners or experts. Owners and owners-to-be who trek out to Horseshoe Bay, a town about 50 miles west of Austin, will be given the opportunity get Read More »

2022 Jaguar F-Type goes V8-only as lineup gets trimmed

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021

The sporty F-Type is the latest subject (victim?) of Jaguar's efforts to slim down and modernize its product offerings. For 2022, the coupe and convertible ditch their previous four- and six-cylinder variants in favor of a simple, all-V8 strategy.  For 2022, the entry-level F-Type will be the new P450 RWD coupe, which packs 444 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Jaguar says it can hit 60 in just 4.4 seconds Read More »

SEC letters say Tesla failed to oversee Musk's tweets as ordered

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021
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A U.S. securities watchdog told Tesla last year that Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk's use of Twitter had twice violated a settlement requiring his tweets to be preapproved by company lawyers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had ordered the electric car maker to vet any material public communications Musk made regarding Tesla, following Musk's August 2018 tweet that he had "funding secured" to possibly take Tesla private Read More »

Hyundai planning 3-month try-before-you-buy program for Ioniq 5 EV

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021

Generous state and local purchasing incentives aren't always enough to convince motorists to buy an electric car. Hyundai is planning to launch a try-before-you-buy program to boost sales of the recently-unveiled Ioniq 5. While the terms and conditions haven't been finalized, industry trade journal Automotive News learned the South Korean firm is tentatively planning to offer what can be summarized as a short-term lease. Eligible drivers who are considering buying an Ioniq 5 (pictured) but Read More »

Tesla recalls nearly 6,000 cars over potentially loose brake caliper bolts

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON — Tesla is recalling nearly 6,000 U.S. vehicles because brake caliper bolts could be loose, with the potential to cause a loss of tire pressure, documents made public on Wednesday show. The recall covers certain 2019-2021 Model 3 vehicles and 2020-2021 Model Y vehicles. Tesla's filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it had no reports of crashes or injuries related to the issue and that the company will inspect and Read More »

2022 Toyota GR 86 gets more grunt as U.S. specs mostly revealed

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021

Toyota has released some of the details and specifications of the 2022 GR 86, and go figure, they're almost identical to its twin, the Subaru BRZ. Still, they do represent an improvement over the previous model. Under the hood is the 2.4-liter flat-four now making 228 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. The increase in power comes from an increased bore, as well as revisions to the intake, exhaust and fuel injection system. Arguably more Read More »

2022 Toyota GR Supra A91-CF Edition adds carbon fiber, more downforce

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021

It’s that time of year again: Supra time! Changes for the 2022 Toyota GR Supra dropped today, and the headliner is a new special edition named the A91-Carbon Fiber Edition. It’s nicknamed the rather forgettable A91-CF Edition, and it’s about exactly what you’d expect from something with carbon fiber in the name. The A91-CF Edition adds a new carbon fiber front splitter, larger canards, carbon fiber side rockers, carbon fiber duckbill spoiler and lower rear Read More »

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Trail Edition get more off-road goodness

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021

There's no shortage of off-road focused Toyota Tacoma trims, and two of them are getting even more capability. The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Tacoma Trail Edition each feature a number of updates that make them more ready for dirt and rocks than before. The TRD Pro is the ultimate Tacoma off-roader, and its updates come with the suspension. The suspension lift has increased by about half an inch over last year. Compared with Read More »

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross fills the small SUV gap between C-HR and RAV4

Posted in REVIEWS on June 2, 2021

The seemingly inevitable has happened, the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is coming to the United States. The country's insatiable appetite for crossovers of all sizes, so it was only natural to slide this model underneath the RAV4 and above the C-HR into the niche we've come to call the "in-betweener" segment for lack of a better term. And as the name would imply, it is basically a Corolla underneath, but made bigger and more aggressive Read More »