The first-ever Mazda CX-30 pushes the affordable luxury envelope

2020 Mazda CX-30 AWD with Premium Package
MSRP: $29,600 ($31,670 as tested)
2.5L 4CYL, 186HP, 186PF, AWD

Editor’s note: We tested this vehicle in April 2020. We initially delayed publishing the review due to issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, but we hope you enjoy it now.

We were privileged to be one of the first media groups to review the first-ever Mazda CX-30. This 2020 model went on the market in the UK in December 2019, and in North America in January 2020. Three months later, Toyota loaned us a copy for a week, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Continue reading

Is the 2020 Land Cruiser a beauty or a beast?

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser 4WD

Color: Blue Onyx Pearl (ext.), Beige (int.)

MSRP: $85K ($89K as tested)

Engine: 5.7L V8, 381 HP, 401 Lb.-Ft.

Just over 70 years ago, Toyota rolled out the first-ever Land Cruiser. I wasn’t around at the time, but I’m guessing people were ready to stick it in the mud at first sight. It looked like a truck kind of thing. It looked rough and ready for off-roading.

From what I understand, it did not disappoint. Continue reading

Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton to host rescheduled NASCAR races June 6-7

As part of NASCAR’s revised 2020 schedule, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 – originally scheduled for March 15, 2020 – will take place at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 7, at 3:00 p.m. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the race will take place without spectators in attendance as part of NASCAR’s effort to bring live competition back to a worldwide broadcast audience on FOX and PRN. Continue reading

Five years later, and we love RAV4s more and more

2020 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid AWD

2020 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid AWD
Exterior: Blueprint
Interior: Black
MSRP: $34,050 ($37,700 as tested)
Base MSRP: $25,950
2.5-liter 4cyl, 219 HP (combined)

My car reviewing hobby began five years ago in the 2015 RAV4, and as much as I loved that vehicle (my original review column is included below this one), the 2020 version is even better. Continue reading

Toyota is killin’ it with Corollas

MSRP: $22,950 ($24,524 as tested)

4cyl, 121hp, 105pf, fwd

Last year, we reviewed the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, which was way more fun than we expected, and recently we reviewed the 2020 Corolla Hybrid, which was way more practical and economical than expected. Corollas haven’t always been the most exciting model, and to be fair, they’re not really in the most exciting new car segment, but Toyota has knocked the ball out of the park two years running with them. Continue reading

We loved the dreamy, creamy 2019 NX 300

You just never know with us automotive journalists. Sometimes we’re reviewing vehicles in the calendar year before the model year (reviewed a couple of 2020s in 2019), and sometimes, though more rarely, we might review a model the year after.

In my case, I didn’t get the keys to the 2019 Lexus NX 300 until right around the time the 2020 models were hitting showroom floors, so I held off publishing my review until I could learn more about the newer model.

Now I’m ready. Continue reading