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Subaru may not be the largest automaker, but they know what their customers like, and do it very well.

One vehicle that stands out in their lineup is the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek, including the brand new off-road friendly Wilderness trim level introduced for 2024.

Aimed at adventurers, the Crosstrek is quickly becoming a contender for the best-selling Subaru model in the U.S. I recently got the chance to test out a 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness.

Read on to learn 5 key things you should know about this unique vehicle offering.

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The RX lineup of vehicles is a longtime heavy hitter in the Lexus lineup. In 2023 alone, Lexus sold over 114,000 RX vehicles, extremely strong numbers for a luxury ride.

In the Lexus SUV world, the RX slots above the smaller NX model, but below the larger TX option.

Lexus has long been a fan of offering hybrid vehicles across its vehicle lineup, and among the offerings in the RX landscape are several hybrid offerings. While 2024 brings a new addition with the 2024 plug-in hybrid RX 450h+, also returning are the traditional hybrid offerings — including the RX 350h and the more powerful RX 500h.

With the steady drumbeat in the news today that many people in 2024 are skipping the move to a full EV and instead preferring to explore hybrid options, the RX hybrid’s popularity should be safe for many years to come.

I recently tested an RX hybrid — specifically the 2024 Lexus RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD model — and I’m back with a full report on how it holds up against its luxury hybrid competitors.

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  • Vehicle 2024 Lexus RX 500h
  • Price as tested $74,765 (RX pricing starts around $50K)
  • Best feature Attractive and unique design, strong tech and safety features
  • Rating 4 out of five stars    
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury SUV buyers seeking top-notch design, comfort and tech
Posted On Sunday, 02 June 2024 03:24 Written by
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With the demand for SUVs as high as it’s ever been, automakers are wise to cover all bases and offer additional models and vehicle styles to fit different buyers.

For Volkswagen, which already offers the Volkswagen Atlas three-row SUV, that means also having a shorter two-row version of the Atlas  — dubbed the Atlas Cross Sport — for folks who need fewer seats and are seeking a sharper look.

There’s a ton of strong competitors in the midsize SUV segment (including Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Passport, and many others), so the Atlas Cross Sport must clear a high bar to make a significant impact.

New for 2024 is an updated engine (a four-cylinder engine that replaces the previous model’s V6 but adds power), and some styling updates and additional standard tech features.

I recently spent some time in a 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SEL R-Line, a midsize SUV which catches your eye with its attractive, sloping roofline, and I’m back with a full report on this stylish ride.

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  • Vehicle 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
  • Price as tested $52,795 (starts at $38K) 
  • Best feature Sharp exterior design, high-end interior
  • Rating 4 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? VW fans wanting a high-class, roomy two-row SUV option
Posted On Saturday, 01 June 2024 22:55 Written by
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A global giant, Volkswagen continues to make its best effort to find its place in the SUV market in the United States.

One of their key offerings is the Tiguan, which slots in the middle of its SUV lineup between the smaller VW Taos and larger VW Atlas/Atlas Cross Sport options. It’s the highest-selling vehicle for Volkswagen in the U.S., with more than 71,000 Tiguans sold in 2023.

It’s competing with some strong vehicles, including Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape, Mazda’s CX-5 and CX-50, and more.

Standing out is tough in this segment, but VW pulls a bit of a wild card by offering the Tiguan with a third row, a feature most of the alternatives do not offer. 

There are no major changes for 2024, as the main changes for the 2024 model are additional features becoming standard on lower trim levels. (Note: A completely new design is anticipated for the 2025 model year.)

I recently spent time behind the wheel of a base model 2024 Tiguan, and I’m back with a full report on how it holds up in today’s SUV landscape.

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  • Vehicle 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Price as tested $29,855
  • Best feature Solid fuel mileage, available third row   
  • Rating 3.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? SUV buyers seeking a vehicle with sharp design, roomy interior and versatile seating options
Posted On Monday, 27 May 2024 22:14 Written by
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Electric vehicles continue to generate news, specifically regarding how ready the public are to adopt them en masse.

But in the luxury realm of vehicles, many automakers are fully committed to making EVs a priority, and Audi is one that fits that category — planning to make all new vehicle offerings electric by 2026, and completely electrify its vehicle lineup by 2033.

At the moment, they have several EV options for sale, and I recently spent some time behind the wheel of their flagship EV — the 2024 Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron.

Improved for 2024 with a more powerful battery and longer range, improved aerodynamics, as well as some styling updates, the Q8 e-tron aims to be one of the main options for people looking to join the ranks of luxury EV ownership.

Read on for a full breakdown of what it has to offer and how well it competes in the overall EV landscape vs. rivals from BMW, Genesis, Jaguar and more.

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  • Vehicle 2024 Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron
  • Price as tested $95,990 
  • Best feature Top-notch Audi drive quality, classy design
  • Rating 4 out of five stars 
  • Who will want this vehicle? Fans of Audi design and power who want to drive a full-on EV 
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