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Wagon devotees are a committed bunch, perhaps reminiscent of their times touring the country in the old wood-paneled wagons of decades past. But their numbers are no longer massive, as SUVs have taken over the automotive world.

Still, there are a few automotive brands who remain dedicated to keeping wagon lovers happy. On the nonluxury side of things, Subaru’s Outback is the most popular option, and in the luxury realm, both Audi and Volvo remain active in the wagon world.

Today, we’ll be talking about the Volvo V60 Cross Country, the type of quality vehicle you would love to take the family out in for a long, ‘Vacation’ style road trip — minus some of the more dangerous high jinks of course.

Posted On Saturday, 12 June 2021 22:37 Written by
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As we move closer to everyone and their mother having a truck or SUV, small car offerings are a rarity these days, especially the subcompact vehicles that seem to be disappearing more and more each year.

The Nissan Versa is one of the few still available to those in search of a tinier ride: A subcompact, front-wheel-drive, 4-door sedan. I spent a week in a 2021 Versa, and I’m back with a full report on this small but capable ride.

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Completely redesigned in 2020 and touched up a bit for 2021, the 2021 Nissan Versa is now one of the better-looking subcompact sedans available on the market, inside and out.

Legroom is always a concern in a subcompact, but up front there’s plenty to spare even for taller folks. In the back, of course, it’s going to be a bit cramped, which is why these types of vehicles are often used as commuter cars and not family carriers.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Nissan Versa    
  • Price as tested $21,155      
  • Best feature Affordability, smooth ride, design   
  • Rating 3.5 out of five stars     
  • Who will want this vehicle? People looking for an attractive and affordable small car option
Posted On Monday, 07 June 2021 23:09 Written by
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As other OEMs drop out of the compact sedan segment to focus more on larger vehicles like SUVs, Hyundai is re-upping its efforts, completely redesigning its long-trusted Elantra sedan for 2021 in hopes to gain market share in an area of the auto market that is shrinking but still has a significant amount of fans, both domestic and worldwide.

Hyundai has jazzed up the styling on the Elantra, ramped up the technology and safety features, and even offers a performance-level version this year. I recently spent time in a 2021 Elantra and I’m back with a full report.

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The redesigned look of the Elantra for 2021 features a bold and futuristic appearance that stands out in a segment where many options are pretty ho-hum. The sprawling, in-your-face front grille in particular gets your attention quickly.

My test vehicle’s exterior featured a sharp blue paint scheme, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sun roof, LED headlights and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators

Going into the Elantra, you’ll find a roomy vehicle in both front and back seats, so you’re not cramped even with a full load of people. That’s another thing you can’t say about every vehicle in this segment, but Hyundai clearly recognizes that compact doesn’t have to mean dreading getting into the back seat.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Hyundai Elantra
  • Price as tested Price as tested: $26,600 (starts at $19,650)
  • Best feature Driving experience, tech features, fuel mileage and price
  • Rating 4 out of five stars 
  • Who will want this vehicle? Compact sedan buyers seeking a vehicle that outpunches its weight class
Posted On Sunday, 09 May 2021 19:18 Written by
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You don’t get to be a NACTOY Car of the Year nominee by slouching. That’s the first hint that the Genesis G80, a relatively new vehicle getting its first overall redesign for 2021, is a luxury sedan worth noticing.


With more powerful engines offered, and more plentiful and improved tech features to enhance the experience, the G80 continues to be a surprisingly strong contender in the very stacked midsize luxury sedan segment.

While the Genesis brand — an offshoot of Hyundai — is still relatively new and lacks the cachet of many longstanding luxury brands, it’s one that continues to turn heads, and could soon find itself on the rise.

I recently spent some time in a 2021 Genesis G80, and I’m back with a full breakdown.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Genesis G80 
  • Price as tested $60,575 (starts at $47,700) 
  • Best feature Powerful performance, luxurious design
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury sedan buyers seeking a new alternative that is more affordable than established brands but equally impressive
Posted On Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:03 Written by
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As someone who loves to drive, I’ve never truly understood why the sales charts are the way they are when it comes to nonluxury family sedans.

Far too often, vehicles that are actually fun to drive are left behind by the sedan buyer in favor of more humdrum experiences behind the wheel.

Whatever the reason, I’m happy to report that for people who are focused on stronger performance from their sedan, options still exist. 

One such option is the 2021 Mazda6, a sedan that both looks sharp and drives impressively. I recently spent some time in a Mazda6 and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Mazda6   
  • Price as tested $36,795 (starts around $25K) 
  • Best feature Sporty and fun to drive, strong design, tech features  
  • Rating 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Sedan buyers who want to skip more humdrum options and get a ride they’ll remember
Posted On Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:31 Written by
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