Tag: All Wheel Drive

2019 Subaru Ascent Limited Review – Quirks & Quarks

2019 Subaru Ascent Limited AWD 2.4-liter direct-injected boxer four (260hp @ 5,600 rpm, 277 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm) Continuously variable transmission, all-wheel drive 20 city / 26 highway / 22 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 11.6 city / 9.0 highway / 10.4 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km) 18.5 (observed mileage, MPG) Base Price: $38,995 US / $46,995 […]

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2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo First Drive – Alternative to Italy

If a gearhead is asked for car shopping advice, there’s a pretty good chance one of their recommendations will be a Mazda. The little Hiroshima Highway Hawks generally land on the sporty side of the segments in which they compete, whether one is talking about compact cars or SUVs. For ages, the CX-5 has been […]

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An AWD Hybrid Corolla Could Happen, but What Becomes of Toyota’s C-HR?

Jack Hollis, Toyota North America’s general manager, was quite forthcoming during a roundtable discussion at the L.A. Auto Show. After unveiling the brand’s upcoming all-wheel drive Toyota Prius and hybrid Corolla sedan, he speculated on what else might be coming down the product pipe. We already know that Toyota wants to TRD-ify as many models […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: 2018 Midsize Luxury Cars Nobody Buys

The Buy/Drive/Burn series has ventured into unpopular cars territory a time or two before. Most recently we discussed three large American sedans that are most unpopular indeed (two of those three are now on their way out). Today we pick a Buy amongst three lower-volume midsize offerings from second-tier luxury brands. All three cars today cost […]

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Toyota Prepares Product Offensive; TRD and AWD Are the Acronyms You Need to Know

The Camry and Avalon TRD sedans that appeared this month won’t be the last new Toyota variants worked over by the automaker’s racing arm. Toyota has a product offensive on the way and, while the effort will mainly be to update existing models, many of those vehicles stand to gain new sporting iterations — and […]

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Rare Rides: Justy a Little Subaru, From 1990

Just two Subaru models have graced these Rare Rides pages in times past. The first was a very beige Desert Fox edition of the midsize GL wagon, and the second was a clean example of the very first car Subaru ever offered in the United States: the tiny 360. Today we combine the characteristics of both […]

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Junkyard Find: 1999 Acura SLX

Even though we’ve just had two Japanese Junkyard Finds in a row, I’ve been searching for a discarded Acura SLX for so long that I had to share this ’99 in Denver immediately. As the 1990s progressed, it became clear to vehicle manufacturers who did business in North America that they had to sell luxury […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Economical All-purpose Hatchbacks From 2010

Three hatchbacks from 2010 (we might call them crossovers today), all of them about to disappear for various reasons. All three promise utility for their owners, and all provide four driven wheels. Thinking with your 2010 hat, which one do you take home? Subaru Impreza Subaru’s third-generation Impreza went on sale for the 2008 model […]

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Junkyard Find: 1986 Subaru GL 4WD Wagon

Living in Colorado (as I do) and spending a lot of time in junkyards (as I do), I see discarded Subarus. Lots of discarded Subarus, in fact, so many that I only notice the more interesting ones — say, an XT Turbo or a really ancient wagon out of a novelty song. Today’s Junkyard Find isn’t […]

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2019 Toyota Sienna: Bringing All-wheel Drive to More of the Masses

As the Ford Aerostar and Toyota Previa fade from our collective memory, one could be forgiven for thinking minivans were always a front-drive proposition. As for winter-beating all-wheel drive, a laundry list of crossovers and SUV fill that buying space, poaching sales from the once-hot minivan segment. Still, one model continues offering four-wheel traction for […]

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