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In the automotive world, trucks rule the sales charts, nailing down positions 1-2-3 on the overall list of most-purchased vehicles year after year.

And while Ford continued to hold the overall lead with its F-Series once the final numbers for 2020 were tallied, there was an interesting development in the battle for 2nd place, with the Chevy Silverado passing RAM for 2nd place, with 594,094 Silverados sold vs. 562,676 for RAM. This is quite impressive, as the Silverado made up a significant gap from the previous year, and this battle will no doubt continue to rage into 2021 and beyond.

I recently got behind the wheel of a 2021 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab Custom Trail Boss, and I’m back with a full report on how the Silverado measures up against its competition this year.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Chevy Silverado
  • Price as tested $49,785 (Starts around $29K)
  • Best feature Towing and hauling capability, power 
  • Rating 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Truck buyers seeking a powerful, capable hauler 
Posted On Sunday, 07 February 2021 06:27 Written by
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The subcompact crossover market is quite saturated these days — which competitors including Honda’s HR-V, the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Venue, Mazda CX-30 and Jeep Renegade, among many others.

But Subaru, a brand that doesn’t top sales charts but has fiercely loyal followers, has perhaps the best offering in this segment — the Subaru Crosstrek, which gets a strong design upgrade, more powerful engine option and safety/tech upgrades for 2021. I recently spent some time behind the wheel of a 2021 Crosstrek Sport, and I’m back with a full report on a vehicle that spices up its segment.


The exterior of the redesigned 2021 Crosstrek stands out from the competition, both in terms of its sleek look and unique colors offered. Subaru has never gone the way every other automaker has with its designs, and this is no exception.

The vehicle features a redesigned front fascia that includes a new bumper cover and grille, new wheel design, and new color options such as Plasma Yellow Pearl and Horizon Blue Pearl. I had a test vehicle with the yellow pearl color and it looked very sharp and unique on the roadways.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport  
  • Price as tested $29.145
  • Best feature Powerful, responsive drive; Off-road ability  
  • Rating 4 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle? Compact SUV buyers looking for a fun ride with some off-road capability
Posted On Sunday, 03 January 2021 17:44 Written by
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Defender is a classic British automotive nameplate from Land Rover with as much history as nearly any vehicle in existence. Stretching back all the way to 1948, when it was first introduced as the “Series 1” as a Jeep-inspired vehicle, this tough customer has seen a seven-decade run and gone through a handful of redesigns (with the Defender name coming into play starting in 1990). More than 2 million of these vehicles have been sold worldwide between all of its renditions over those seven decades.

For the 2020 model year, after a few years dormant (and not being sold in the U.S. since the 1990s), a newly remodeled version of the Defender returned to the world automotive stage to much fanfare, and that excitement continues into 2021. I recently tested the latest incarnation of the Defender and I’m back with a full report of how this classic vehicle contends in today’s automotive landscape.


First let me just say that for a rugged and off-road capable vehicle, the Land Rover Defender is a beautiful vehicle that will catch your eye and looks like nothing else on the road.

The exterior design is squared off and tall (with up to 11.5 inches of ground clearance). The Defender shares limited similarity to a Jeep design, with the added bonus of being much more attractive. Two-door and four-door versions of the Defender are offered.

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  • Vehicle 2020 Land Rover Defender  
  • Price as tested $72,180   
  • Best feature Looks, performance, off-road capability   
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury SUV buyers who want off-road capability, and a beautifully designed vehicle that also drives smoothly on the regular roads
Posted On Saturday, 02 January 2021 04:43 Written by
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While the bulk of Toyota’s sales come from the smaller end of the lineup (its Camry and Corolla sedans, plus the RAV4 crossover), they also have some strong offerings at the larger end of the vehicle spectrum.

The high-end and massive Toyota Land Cruiser sits atop the brand’s vehicle chain, but lurking just below it is another offering that can also handle itself well off-road and in all weather conditions, and at a more affordable price — the Toyota Sequoia.

I recently drove a Toyota Sequoia, and I’m back with a full report (Note: I drove a 2020 model year Sequoia, but there are only minimal changes for 2021)


The best way to describe the Sequoia’s design is to say that it looks like a tank. It’s tall, bold and in your face, and even longer than the Land Cruiser at 205.1 inches (17.1 feet) long. Ground clearance is an impressive 10 inches, allowing for better off-road performance.

When you are in the Sequoia, you are sitting up high and looking down at the world around you on the roadways. Even most SUVs look small from this vantage point.

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  • Vehicle 2020 Toyota Sequoia
  • Price as tested $67,078 (base model starts around $50K) 
  • Best feature All-weather and off-road ability, roominess and versatile design
  • Rating 3.5 out of five stars 
  • Who will want this vehicle? People who want a very large and powerful vehicle for all weather conditions, with Toyota reliability.
Posted On Thursday, 31 December 2020 07:34 Written by
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While the charge toward electrification of the vehicles we buy continues, some brands are taking the challenge more seriously than others.

Among the brands most dedicated to this incoming change, and leading the charge (no pun intended), is Volvo. The company has a lofty goal of having fully electric vehicles comprising 50 percent of its sales by 2025, and already offers all of its new models in some form of hybrid or electric model.

Volvo has the difficult task of maintaining the strong driving experience that Volvos tend to offer, while adapting to this new eco-friendly environment. I recently tested a 2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge, the plug-in hybrid version of their mid-size SUV, and I’m back with a full report on whether it lives up to these expectations.

Additional Info

  • Vehicle 2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge
  • Price as tested $71,340 (starts at $53,500)
  • Best feature Fuel savings, luxury design, powerful ride, safety features 
  • Rating 4 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury buyers who want to be eco-friendly and also enjoy their time behind the wheel
Posted On Sunday, 27 December 2020 16:06 Written by
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