Thursday, 29 September 2022
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When it comes to sporty compact SUVs, Mazda has no shortage of offerings for potential customers — all providing the rare SUV combination of driving enjoyment and vehicle utility.

In addition to their long-standing CX-5, Mazda recently introduced the CX-50 — a more off-road inspired offering with higher ground clearance.

For the 2022 CX-5, Mazda has made all-wheel drive standard, improved engine options, made minor exterior design changes, and also upgraded the suspension.

I recently tested out the 2022 CX-5, and I’m back with a full report on how it measures up to its competition both outside and inside the Mazda lineup.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Mazda CX-5
  • Price as tested $38,650 (starts at $27K)
  • Best feature Upscale interior, Mazda drive quality
  • Rating 4 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle? Compact SUV buyers seeking an attractive, fun and safe ride
Posted On Monday, 26 September 2022 02:12 Written by
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Fifteen years is an eternity in the automotive industry.

But before the release of the 2022 Toyota Tundra, that’s how long it had been since the brand’s biggest truck had gotten a new look. With as much innovation as its competitors have seen in the years since, this move was long overdue.

Packing some strong tech upgrades, new power plant options including a hybrid offering, and an exciting new look, the 2022 Tundra is sure to bring a spark into Toyota’s efforts to grow in the full-size truck segment as it takes on the Detroit Three’s heavyweight contenders.

I recently spent some time in the redesigned Tundra and I'm back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Toyota Tundra
  • Price as tested $65,709 (starts around $37K)
  • Best feature Well-executed redesign, huge and user-friendly new infotainment system, power and capability
  • Rating 4 out of five stars    
  • Who will want this vehicle? Buyers seeking a capable, tech-savvy, well-designed truck   
Posted On Wednesday, 21 September 2022 06:20 Written by
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Compact SUVs are one of the most reliably successful sellers in today’s automotive ecosystem, putting up some of the biggest overall numbers once you get past the top-selling trucks.

Chevy’s Equinox competes in this tough segment — battling a bevy of competitors including the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

For those buyers who remain loyal to the U.S. “Big Three” options, the Equinox emerges as one of the top competitors in the segment. While not completely redesigned, the 2022 Equinox does get some minor refreshes and offers a bold new RS trim level.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of a 2022 Equinox RS, and I’m back with a full report on how it holds up in the segment.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Chevy Equinox
  • Price as tested $36,020 (starts around $27K) 
  • Best feature Sharp design, booming sound system, innovative tech and safety features
  • Rating 3.5 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? Domestic SUV fans will find a welcoming, comfortable and tech-savvy ride in the Equinox   
Posted On Sunday, 11 September 2022 01:54 Written by
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In the world of luxury crossovers, one of the growing sectors is coupe-style designs that aim to offer a slick look while maintaining practicality.

Infiniti is one of the luxury crossover brands fighting for buyers in this segment — debuting its QX55 model for the 2022 model year and battling against other coupe-style SUVs from brands including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Genesis.

This model has its origins going back to the long-time Infiniti FX model, which had its run from the early 2000s to 2017, and shares many interior, powertrain and suspension elements with Infiniti’s QX50 SUV, but offers an improved exterior design.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of the 2022 QX55, and I’m back with a full report on how it stacks up to its luxury rivals.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Infiniti QX55
  • Price as tested $53,425 (starts around $47K)
  • Best feature Sleek design, smooth ride, classy interior
  • Rating 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury buyers seeking a classy crossover with a sharp look
Posted On Sunday, 24 July 2022 02:10 Written by
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The compact SUV class is one with limitless options for car buyers, but one key element that is usually missing from these vehicles is power. Many of them are well-designed but lack oomph when you’re behind the wheel.

But one brand that has never lacked oomph is Mazda, and they offer several options in the compact SUV class — including the CX-5, CX-30 and CX-50.

The 2022 Mazda CX-30 is essentially a lifted version of the Mazda 3 hatchback. Slight changes have been made to the model lineup for 2022 (including a new Carbon Edition trim level), and all-wheel-drive is now standard on all CX-30 trims.

I recently spent some time driving a 2022 CX-30 Turbo Premium Plus edition, and I’m back with a full report on how it measures up vs. the competition. 

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  • Vehicle 2022 Mazda CX-30
  • Price as tested $35,750 (starts around $23K)
  • Best feature Powerful and smooth driving characteristics, upscale interior, strong tech
  • Rating 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Compact SUV buyers seeking a class leader in performance and design
Posted On Monday, 18 July 2022 04:01 Written by
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