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Much of the talk in the realm of light-duty pickups revolves around the BIg 3 domestic offerings, but beneath all of that there are some hidden gems to be found.

The Nissan Titan can claim this distinction, as it remains as one of the two main options for fans of non-domestic trucks, along with the Toyota Tundra.

The Titan is way lower in the annual sales rankings than the top sellers (for perspective, about 30,000 Titans are sold annually, vs. almost 800,000 Ford F-Series trucks), but not everyone is enamored by the Ford/Chevy/GMC/RAM models, and they need options too, creating the niche market that the Titan can serve. Also of note: Titan trucks are assembled in the U.S. and have North American content, so like most of today’s vehicles it’s not even fully foreign.

I recently tested the 2021 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Crew Cab, and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Nissan Titan 
  • Price as tested $60,460 (starts around $39K)   
  • Best feature Powerful truck, roomy interior, lots of standard safety and tech   
  • Rating 3.5 out of five stars    
  • Who will want this vehicle? Full-size pickup truck buyers seeking a powerful and roomy, non-domestic option that will get the job done
Posted On Saturday, 30 October 2021 06:59 Written by
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To say the 2021 Toyota Sienna is brand new would be an understatement.

Between its bold new exterior design and its new hybrid-only power plant, Toyota is swinging for the fences with this latest version of its long-running minivan — looking to distance itself and stand out from the rest of the minivan pack.

I recently spent time in a 2021 Toyota Sienna, and I’m back with a full report on how these bold new changes worked.


MInivans aren’t known for being lookers, but I was pleasantly surprised when the 2021 Sienna showed up in my driveway with its sharp red paint scheme.

With bold and aggressive styling and lines added throughout the exterior, from the grille to the rear and sides of the vehicle, it’s a machine that definitely grabs your eye much more than the previous iterations of the Sienna. Of all the current minivans for sale, the only one that has caught my eye more is the new Kia Carnival, but the Sienna is running a close second and outshines the remaining competitors’ designs.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Toyota Sienna  
  • Price as tested $48,029 (starts around $35K) 
  • Best feature Spacious and well-designed interior, bold new exterior redesign, hybrid fuel mileage  
  • Rating 4 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle? Minivan lovers who want a versatile family vehicle with strong fuel mileage 
Posted On Sunday, 17 October 2021 04:01 Written by
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With SUVs continuing to dominate sales, it’s no surprise that many automakers are looking to grow their presence and lineup in this category. One automaker that’s had a tricky history with its SUVs, but is still sticking around and attempting to grow, is Volkswagen.

A few years back, VW introduced its 3-row Atlas SUV, and now they are starting to grow the Atlas family with the smaller, two-row midsize Atlas Cross Sport SUV — which is now in its second year and goes up against a bevy of popular vehicles including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevy Blazer and Ford Edge, and literally dozens of other SUV options.

I recently drove a 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport — which mostly carries over from the 2020 model but adds a new infotainment system and some more safety features — and I’m back with a full report on how it fits into the SUV landscape.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport  
  • Price as tested $48,115 (starts at $33K)  
  • Best feature Quality and versatile interior design, strong new infotainment system, safety features   
  • Rating 3.5 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? Two-row SUV buyers looking for a new alternative that’s attractive and user-friendly, and tech-savvy   
Posted On Saturday, 16 October 2021 23:30 Written by
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Since launching the hybrid craze years ago with the Prius, Toyota has been a leader in eco-friendly vehicles. Hence their recent emphasis on plug-in hybrids, the next step toward the inevitable arrival of electric-only vehicles for the masses.

One such offering in this vein that I recently got to test is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in hybrid version of their wildly popular RAV4 SUV. With an electric range of 42 miles, and strong fuel economy when in hybrid mode, it’s definitely one of the plug-in offerings getting a lot of attention in this changing automotive landscape.

I recently spent some time in the RAV4 Prime, which serves a good landing point for people who want to move beyond standard hybrids but are not yet comfortable with electric-only options.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid
  • Price as tested $49,776 (starts around $41K; tax incentives are available)
  • Best feature Strong fuel economy, decent electric range
  • Rating 3.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Toyota fans who want something between a standard hybrid and a full electric ride
Posted On Sunday, 03 October 2021 06:32 Written by
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Long a symbol of success and a favorite among those with the means to afford it, the Cadillac Escalade was about due for an update to keep up with growing competition in the luxury SUV realm; And that’s exactly what Cadillac did for 2021.

Completely redesigned to be longer than the previous model, with additional space for passengers and cargo and a bevy of new tech features including GM’s Super Cruise, the 2021 Escalade lives up to the hype and continues the legacy of this signature vehicle.

I recently spent some time in a 2021 Escalade Platinum with 4WD, so read on for my full assessment of the latest version of Cadillac’s esteemed land yacht.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Cadillac Escalade
  • Price as tested $112,465 (starts around $76K)
  • Best feature Super Cruise capability, interior design, storage versatility 
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars 
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury SUV buyers wanting an extra-large, tech-savvy vehicle 
Posted On Monday, 30 August 2021 03:50 Written by
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