Wednesday, 06 December 2023
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When a vehicle has been around for 50 years, like the Honda Civic can boast, it obviously has some good things going for it.

But even a popular model like the Civic needs to change now and then, and for 2022 the Honda Civic has undergone its latest reimagining — the 11th overall generation of the vehicle.

The results have paid off, with this compact ride being selected as the 2022 North American Car of the Year.

The redesigned Civic — which comes in sedan and hatchback versions — encompasses an upscale and roomy interior design, a sharper looking exterior, and the inclusion of additional safety features to bring the vehicle into the modern era of high-tech cars.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of a 2022 Honda Civic, and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Honda Civic          
  • Price as tested $29,690 (starts around $23K)    
  • Best feature Sharp redesign, strong tech, reliability
  • Rating 4 out of five stars      
  • Who will want this vehicle? Compact car buyers who seek a modern, reliable vehicle with a sharp design
Posted On Tuesday, 26 April 2022 21:25 Written by
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WIth so many automakers making commitments to going fully electric in the years to come, one question is what will happen to hybrids once all the dust settles. WIll they still have a place in the automotive landscape?

I believe they will, though it will be a more limited role and only the best ones will survive and thrive. Not everyone will want to go electric in the short-term, so having quality hybrid options is a nice middle ground for this group.

On the luxury end of the world of sedans, one gem that is likely to continue shining is the Lexus ES 300h, a sedan that is a rare combination of roominess, strong fuel economy and an enjoyable ride. It has few true competitors as a midsize hybrid sedan, and is priced well in comparison to the few hybrids it does battle (Audi A6, Benz E-Class).

Changes for 2022 include the addition of the F Sport trim level to the hybrid ES, improved safety features, updates to the tech setup, and slight design changs.

I recently spent a week in the ES hybrid, an F Sport version to be exact, and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Lexus ES 300h F Sport
  • Price as tested Starts at $45,450
  • Best feature Roomy, high-class, strong fuel economy
  • Rating 4 out of five stars 
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury sedan buyers seeking a quality, high fuel mileage ride but not wanting to go fully electric 
Posted On Friday, 04 February 2022 21:59 Written by
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The Genesis G70 made a bold entry into the compact luxury sedan segment a couple years back, another new offering from the upstart luxury brand launched in the 2017 model year by Hyundai.

Going up against heavy hitters like the Benz C-Class, Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Cadillac CT4 and Lexus IS, the G70 has quite a challenge on its hands.

Realistically it’s not going to win the name recognition battle, so as a new luxury brand it has to dazzle in nearly every category to draw luxury car buyers away from the longtime European and Asian traditional go-to brands.

The 2022 model features some updates to the front and rear styling, an updated dashboard design, larger infotainment screen, and moves deeper into semi-automated driving technology.

The pure driving experience offered by the G70 rivals the best in this tough class, but is it a complete enough package to draw buyers to the Genesis brand?

I recently tested a 2022 Genesis G70 AWD 3.3T model, and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Genesis G70  
  • Price as tested $45,745 (starts around $39K)  
  • Best feature Luxurious interior, powerful and sporty ride, strong tech and safety features 
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars    
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury buyers looking for a small and speedy sedan  
Posted On Saturday, 11 December 2021 19:28 Written by
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Many new vehicles that are introduced are direct successors to an outgoing vehicle in the same class, but in some cases, it’s a whole new animal being introduced.

The second option is what applies to the Volkswagen Arteon, a large four-door hatchback with sedan-like styling which was introduced a few years back as VW’s stab at a near-luxury vehicle. That’s right, VW, which has never been known for its flash, is courting buyers who like their brand but want something a bit more upscale.

It’s their flagship ride, and competes with vehicles such as the Audi A5 Sportback, Genesis G80 and Acura TLX.

I recently spent some time in an Arteon, which gets a solid refresh for the 2021 model, and I’m back with a full report on how it holds up vs. this lofty competition.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Volkswagen Arteon
  • Price as tested $38,585 
  • Best feature Styling, roomy interior and cargo space, smooth ride  
  • Rating 4 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle? VW fans looking for a ride that’s attractive, upscale, safe and fun to drive
Posted On Friday, 26 November 2021 01:16 Written by
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If you’ve decided to purchase a new vehicle that will focus on thrills more than practicality, the compact luxury sports sedan category is good place to start — featuring strong competition from vehicles such as the Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-series, Audi A4, Genesis G70 and Cadillac CT4.

Another strong competitor in the segment, which I recently had the chance to explore the roads with, is the 2021 Lexus IS 300, a sharp-looking ride that returns in 2021 with some styling updates as well as improvements to the suspension.

Read on for a full assessment of how Lexus’ offering holds up and competes against a very tough bevy of competitors.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Lexus IS 300
  • Price as tested $49,915; base price starts around $40K
  • Best feature Beautiful design, strong safety features
  • Rating 4 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle? Compact luxury sport sedan buyers looking for a vehicle that will turn heads and is fun to drive.  
Posted On Sunday, 14 November 2021 00:15 Written by
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