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First drive (again): The 2022 Volkswagen Taos shows off its handling, unwraps interior

2022 Volkswagen TaosThough the 2022 Volkswagen Taos is named after a town in New Mexico, I find myself in the middle of the desert outside of Phoenix at Volkswagen’s proving grounds. “Proving grounds” are the two words that excite me more than “free food,” but I’m not sure what it will reveal about the second compact crossover in...

2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

2021 Mazda 3 TurboMainstream compact sedans are no longer penalty boxes. We’ve come a long way, baby. Two of the better choices in the compact segment are the Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3, but both break out of the box for different reasons. The 2021 Mazda 3’s TCC Rating of 6.7 edges the 2021 Hyundai Elantra’s 6.6 score thanks to a new turbocharged...

The best 2021 crossover SUVs for towing are true family haulers

2021 Dodge Durango SRT HellcatTowing is no longer a job only for pickup trucks. There are plenty of SUVs up for the task of towing the boat or any of the family toys in more comfort than a truck. Even though pickup trucks keep making inroads into family vehicle territory, the SUVs listed here can tow more than 5,000 pounds and still fit in the garage. If you envision the...

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz fills the gap between pickup trucks and cars

2022 Hyundai Santa CruzSometimes you want a pickup truck but need an SUV yet don't have room for both. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz aims to bridge the gap between wants and needs. Hyundai debuted the much-anticipated production version of its "sport adventure vehicle" on Thursday, more than six years removed from when the concept wowed the crowd at the Detroit auto show...

Subaru issues two recalls encompassing 870,000 Crosstrek, Impreza, and Forester models

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019Subaru on Thursday announced two separate recalls involving three of its most popular models. Citing an abundance of caution, Subaru recalled the 2017-2019 Impreza sedan and hatchback and 2018-2019 Crosstrek small crossover that shares its bones with the Impreza hatch. The engine control module programming needs to be checked and the ignition...