Category Archives: Auto

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

The four-years-later RAV4 (the 2019) is getting better

The Toyota RAV4 will always have a special place in my heart, because it was my first-ever official review vehicle. Back then, in 2015, we were a family of five with a bun in the oven, so we could all just about squeeze into that vehicle for a trip to our OB/GYN in Downtown Atlanta.

Four years later, our family has grown by two, and the RAV4 has grown a bit as well, at least under the hood. The 2019 model still has the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but now it delivers 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque versus the 2015 model’s 176 horses and 172 pound-feet. Continue reading