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SUV Buy and Don't Buy Advice From Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports Car Analysts Recommend What Popular Midsized SUVs to Avoid and Which to Buy Instead

Here’s a summary of the latest midsized SUV’s that despite their perceived popularity, should be avoided according to Consumer Reports’ car experts who offer these better choices including two under-the-radar gems they’ve found.

Consumer Reports Car Experts Recently Rated the Best New SUVs to Buy Today

Deciding on which SUV is the right choice for you and your family while staying within your budget can be a daunting task. Here’s the latest Consumer Reports Best SUV rating that showcases not just those SUVs that cost up to $40,000, but models that make good alternative choices below $30,000 as well.
Used cars to avoid due to engine unreliability issues

Consumer Reports Analysts Reveal the Used Cars Most Likely to Need an Engine Rebuild and What to Buy Instead

Looking to buy a used car, but are unsure if that under 10-year-old model is reliable enough to warrant your hard-earned dollars and sanity? Here’s a list of models of cars from Consumer Reports analysts who did the research for you and found not just those used car models you should avoid based on engine reliability, but also provide good alternatives that can keep you on the road.
Is the Yoke steering wheel going to be the next big thing?

In A World Prototypes, Is A Concept Enough? Is Toyota's bZ4X Its Future?

Toyota, like any car maker, is subject to the whims of the market as much as any other manufacturer. While Toyota’s president Aiko Toyoda seems to be pushing more for his pet project, Gazoo Racing to guide the company forward, the bZ4X has been revealed as a concept. Not a prototype, like the Cybertruck, or F-150 Lightning. Is it too little, too late?
EV Technology trumps older ICE technology and some owners are finding it time to make the switch

What Could Make A Long Time Mustang Driver Switch To Electric? Check Out The Audi E-Tron GT

The Audi E-Tron GT, new in 2021, is a stunning EV. While related to the Porsche Taycan, the E-Tron GT also features Audi’s fabled Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi has made the E-Tron GT with the driver in mind and it shows. My friend has been driving Ford Mustangs for the last 20 years, but he’s considering swapping to an EV thanks to the E-Tron GT, and here’s why:
RAV4 has already been electrified, so hopefully it will be back as a BEV soon

Toyota Hinted At An Electric RAV4; What's The ICE One Like?

Toyota, as a brand built a reputation of reliability in the 80s and 90s. The 2000s seemed a little rocky for them, with vehicles like the Solara and Venza not being the star performers that companies hope for. Regardless of their foibles, the Japanese automaker has managed to regain a lot of that reliability cred. The RAV4 is one of Toyota’s most popular choices and hopefully a BEV version will be on the way soon.
Built for off-roading, both vehicles are good at what they do.

The HUMMER EV Is Being Touted As An Off-Road Goliath, Can It Live Up To Its Own Hype?

With its classic Jeep architecture and design, the Wrangler 4xe is easily the most off-road capable electric vehicle currently available. This hasn’t stopped vehicles like the Tesla Model S or Volkswagen ID.4 from having fun in the dirt, but GM has decided to weigh in on off-roading with the up-coming HUMMER EV. Can it out-off-road a Jeep?
EV SUVs are taking over, and it's not a bad thing.

BEV SUVs, Like The Cadillac Lyriq, Toyota BZ4x, And BMW iX Are Taking Over!

The Mustang Mach E, Ford’s first commercially available Battery Electric Vehicle, has been a smashing success and a great kick-off for the company’s future of electrification. It’s expected that the Cadillac Lyriq will be out later this year to amaze us with the luxury brand’s first BEV. It’s not just the American manufacturers rolling out EV SUVs either. On June 2nd, Toyota announced the BZ4x, and before that, Subaru promised us the Solterra.
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Duramax Diesel

The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban: The Only Full-Size SUV With a Duramax Diesel Engine With Benefits

Reviewing the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD Premier package, I learned that no full-size SUV competitor offers a diesel engine. As Chevrolet puts it, the Duramax diesel engine "is expected to give the new SUVs some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the segment."
Named After a storm, the Nevera is absolutely amazing

Rimac Nevera: An All Electric With A 7 Figure Price Tag

The Rimac Nevera is a dream car. It’s a limited run battery-powered hyper-car from Croatia. It ran against a Ferrari SF90 Stradale and left the Italian vehicle in the dust. Seriously, this new vehicle is an absolutely amazing machine to watch. The Tesla Model S Plaid is stunning as well, with 7 seats and similar stats to the Croatian hyper-car, but the Nevera is just jaw-dropping.
Newly teased 2022 i4 and the amazing Rimac Nevera are great performance EVs.

BMW's i4 Reveal, And Ferrari's Defeat At The Wheels Of Rimac Nevera: Important Milestones For EVs

With the Rimac Nevera destroying the first hybrid Ferrari in a straight-line battle, and BMW showing us the i4 eDrive40 and I4 m50, there’s been a lot to talk about on the electric vehicle front. As the Electric revolution picks up pace, it feels like we’re nearing a tipping point at which electric vehicles will take over as the main means of transportation.
EV Crossovers are a step forward in EV evolution

How Does The Mustang Mach E Stack Up Against Other EVs, Like The Hot Hatch Polestar 2?

The Ford Mustang Mach E is no slouch on the track. Even its non GT version puts most SUVs to shame with a blistering 5.1-second 0-60 and its GT Performance Edition tears down the track with an even more impressive 3.5 second sprint from stop to 60 miles per hour. With such speeds, how does it compare to its competition like the Polestar 2, XC40 Recharge, muscle cars, like my Challenger, or even the Jeep Wrangler 4xe?
3 All Electric SUVs

How The Volvo XC40 Recharge Compares To Other SUVs, Like The Jeep Wrangler 4xe

When I think of SUVs, I think of vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco, or Mercedes G-wagon. I typically don’t give much thought to Volvo, but I really should. Volvo’s XC40 Recharge is not just a handsome SUV, it’s got plenty of features that make it one of the safest SUVs on the market, and it’s faster than the Volkswagen ID.4.
On the Left, the Bronco, on the Right, the Jeep Wrangler

How Does The New Ford Bronco Compare To The Wrangler 4xe, Its Hybrid Nemesis?

The first Ford Bronco was released in 1966 to be discontinued some 30 years later in 1996. 25 long years have passed and finally, the Blue Oval has released the New Bronco, a legitimate SUV with an emphasis on Utility. In ’66, the Bronco had to contend with the CJ5 Jeep. Today, how does a New Bronco compare to a Jeep Wrangler 4xe, with its torque heavy hybrid drivetrain?
2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC Sedan

The 2021 Mercedes E450 4MATIC Sedan Offers an Attractive Solution for SUV Lovers

The E-Class is the most popular Mercedes-Benz model ever. The current tenth generation E-Class recently underwent a major update. I tested the 2021 Mercedes E450 4MATIC sedan for seven days and was enthusiastic - apart from a few difficulties in operation.

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