2025 Toyota 4Runner is All-New... Finally
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
At last, there’s an all-new Toyota 4Runner! The 6th generation gets a Platinum and Trailhunter trims for the first time. The V6 is gone, replaced by a turbocharged 4-cylinder i-FORCE 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 278 horsepower or the i-FORCE MAX hybrid 4-cylinder with up to 326 horses. Both get 8-speed transmissions. If that sounds familiar, 4Runner is based on the same TNGA-F architecture as the new Tacoma pickup. The 2025 Toyota 4Runner should go on sale in the fall of 2024 ..read more
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2024 Ford Ranger XLT is Right-Sized Capability
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
Is F-150 is too big? Maverick too small? The new 2024 Ford Ranger is a tiny bit larger than the outgoing model and that adds big benefits. 4-foot-wide material sheets load between the wheel wells. The cabin gets a more inviting look. It has the smoothest turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in its class. It goes down the road in a relaxed manner (due in part to its mid-sized form factor). Tom Voelk checks out a well-equipped XLT 4x4.   ..read more
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2024 Lyriq Sport AWD is Cadillac Done Right
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
Cadillac is finally pumping out the all-electric Lyriq in volume and it could be the vehicle that makes people forget about tailfins, chrome, floaty chassis dynamics and Cimarron. Lyriq is handsome, comfortable, roomy, powerful, quiet and packed with tech. Tom Voelk checks out an AWD Sport 3 with Super Cruise and finds it to be a solid value with room for five full sized adults. Now about that wobbly charge port door ..read more
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Alfa Romeo Tonale Is An SUV With An Italian Accent
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
ant a practical vehicle with a serious fun streak? Say ciao to the new Alfa Romeo Tonale. Plug it in and it’ll go 33 miles on electric power (that an easy 10,000 miles annually). Quick and agile, Tonale can take on up to 50 cubic feet of cargo. But it will be might familiar if you’ve visited a Dodge showroom lately. Tom Voelk checks out a top spec Tonale Veloce with eAWD (because it’s the only way Alfa makes it).   ..read more
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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport is the Sweet Spot
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek is available with two engines. The Sport model unlocks the more powerful 2.5-liter boxer powertrain that’s found in the more expensive Limited and Wilderness versions. $2,800 more expensive than the Premium model, Sport adds kit that people want, making it the smart choice. Tom Voelk lays down his case on why this is the Crosstrek to buy.     ..read more
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2024 Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD Gets a 33-Inch Upgrade
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
Cadillac’s XT4 has been around since 2018 and is one of the premium brand’s most popular vehicles. For 2024 it gets new front and rear facias and a massive 33-inch screen borrowed from its all-electric sister Lyriq. It all helps elevate the entry level crossover to a more Cadillac-like vibe. And the Google-based interface is quick and responsive. It’s a big improvement. But, is it enough to draw people from Audi, BMW, Lexus and Lincoln? Tom Voelk checks out a well-equipped AWD Sport model to find out.   ..read more
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2024 Volvo C40 Recharge Is A Swede EV With Added Range
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
The biggest complaint about EVs is range. Volvo adds 31 miles of it to the 2024 version of the C40 Recharge. The trick? New more efficient motors. And for the first time in 25 years, Volvo offers a rear-wheel drive vehicle with the single motor version that’s rated to travel nearly 300 miles on a charge. Tom Voelk checks out an AWD twin motor Ultimate C40 Recharge dipped in Silver Lake paint with the optional Midnight Zinc wool blend upholstery (and no, it doesn’t itch). With Seattle temperatures in the low 30’s, it’s a great range and charge test ..read more
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Honda Pilot Trailsport Will Get Families To The Woods (And Back Again)
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
Families have trusted the 3-row Honda Pilot to get groceries and shuttle the kids for over 20 years. Now it can take them farther into the wilderness. The Trailsport model gets the gear to tackle tough terrain- the suspension, tires, front stabilizer bar and Trail Torque Logic rear differential are all off-road oriented. Tom Voelk checks the Trailsport out off-road and, just as importantly, on paved roads (since that’s where this rig will spend most of its time).  ..read more
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Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition Limited Gets Families To Trailheads In Comfort
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
When loyal Subaru owners outgrow their Foresters and Outbacks, they can always move up to Ascent.  It has the 3-rows of seating families crave, and being a Subaru, it comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The Onyx Edition Limited gets standard StarTex water-resistant seats, stitching that looks stolen from a Seahawks jersey and a very good Harmon/Kardon sound system. Tom Voelk checks out an Ascent in Ice Silver Metallic and finds it’s the right size for larger families, as long as tall people stay out of the third row ..read more
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2024 Audi Q8 e-tron EV Adds Range, Charge Speed and Goodness
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by Tom Voelk
2w ago
When the Audi e-tron hit the market in 2019 it was one of the only electric EVs on the market. For 2024 it gets a significant refresh with extra range, faster charging speed, improved driving dynamics and the Q8 prefix. Good thing because the competition never rests. It’s now going up against BMW iX, Cadillac Lyriq, Jaguar i-Pace, Lucid Gravity Mercedes EQE SUV, Rivian R1S and the aging Tesla Model X. Just how good is the redo? Tom Voelk checks out an Audi Q8 55 e-tron in Madeira Brown metallic paint and Black Optic package that MSRPs for $88,590 (before any tax incentives ..read more
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