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News, reveals, and reviews of the latest cars, covered with an enthusiast bias

Lexus Reveals New Fifth-Generation RX

Three of the four powertrains will be electrified. None of them will include a V-6. Lexus also built the sportiness RX yet, the 500h F-Sport.

24 years after Lexus introduced the RX crossover SUV, which more or less invented the luxury crossover SUV segment, we now get the fifth-generation RX model for the 2023 model year. Actually, we get several: Front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the RX 350, and several electrified AWD models, the RX 350h, the RX 450h+, and a brand-new kind of thing: the RX 500H F Sport. And, unlike the original, V-6 equipped 1999 RX 300, none of them run on more than 4 cylinders.

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BMW M Turns 50! Celebrates with a Special Edition M3

The M Brand marks the milestone with an M3 Competition xDrive that receives special paint and more to become the M3 Edition 50 Jahre BMW. 500 iterations are North America bound.

It was May 24th, 1972, that BMW M GmbH opened its doors for the first time. A sub-brand of Bavarian Motor Works—well, technically Bayerische Motoren Werke—that would one day turn into an absolute dynamo for driving enthusiasts across the globe. From the M1 supercar, to the iconic E30 M3, to the drift king E39 M5, the M Brand built generations of stunning machines. And now that company is 50.

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Toyota’s Rough and Tumble SUV Turns 40

To celebrate, Toyota will build a limited-edition model called 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition, which is logical enough. It stands out with bronze colored 17-inch wheels, some graphics, and a 40th Anniversary tailgate badge

Two things to report here: First, Toyota introduced the 4Runner to us for the 1983 model year. Second, 1983 was almost 40 years ago! Good gravy, that’s a tough pill to swallow. And further proof that, as time passes, the passage of time gets more stressful. The silver lining to such devastating news is the 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition. A limited-edition, uniquely styled version of Toyota’s off-road-friendly Ute.

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Honda’s Upcoming EV Entry is fittingly called the Prologue

The Honda Prologue EV SUV will launch in 2024. It is a co-developed vehicle with General Motors. And, critically, is the beginning of a very heavy EV future for the Japanese brand.

Prologue: a separate or introductory section of a literary or musical work. Honda Prologue: an introductory EV, of sorts, coming in 2024 that will be followed a battery of battery powered vehicles based on what Honda calls e:Architecture.

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2023 Nissan Z Review: Pure. Simple. Sports Car.

The latest Nissan Z, stylistically speaking, pays homage to the Zs of old. But, critically, brings the right amount of modern tech to keep up with the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

We live in transient automotive times. Every new vehicle we see is electrified this and hybrid that. All the momentum points to EVs quickly taking over our roads, with automated versions of them not far behind. And for that reason alone, the brand new, seventh-generation Nissan Z is novel, in that it’s not novel at all. And I love it.

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Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Jumps into the Off-Road Fight

Multimatic DSSV shocks, mud terrain tires, and more ground clearance and wheel travel than any other Chevy Full-size is what makes it the new Silverado flagship.

Why does this Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 even exist? You may wonder. Well, it all started in 2009 with the launch of the (2010 model year) Ford F-150 Raptor: A production truck with legit off-roading tech. But the Raptor was not built to tackle Moab, rather jump over terrain like Baja. And, boy-o-boy, did it take off.

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The Hot to the Touch 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Hatch is Here

We’ve got a new, properly hot hatch coming to the U.S. courtesy of Toyota. The one and only transmission is a six-speed manual, you get more driven wheels than cylinders, and 300 horsepower!

You’re witnessing enthusiast history right now. The Corolla name is set to totally redeem itself in the eyes of the enthusiast crowd with the official announcement of the new 2023 GR Corolla. A rally-inspired, bombastic, bonkers, and brazen hot hatch from Toyota that aims to set the car loving crowd on its head. Small Toyotas this hot haven’t been with us since the All-Trac days, which were rally inspired Celicas from the 90s.

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The New 2023 Honda HR-V Arrives at Dealers this Summer

Based on the new for 2022 Honda Civic, the HR-V sits on a longer wheelbase and wider track, as well as receiving a makeover to match the Japanese brand’s latest styling language.

Honda’s littlest crossover, the HR-V, debuted in the U.S. as a 2016 model and happily chugged along for the last six-years without any major changes. That ends this summer when a new, second generation (for the U.S.) 2023 model comes along with a larger footprint, different look, and, I suspect, a completely different powertrain.

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2023 Mazda CX-50 Review: Mazda doubles down on Compact Crossovers

Awfully similar to the already available CX-5 in size, spec, and power. Different in personality and priority

Your eyes deceive you. This brand new 2023 Mazda CX-50, a two-row, compact crossover SUV, will not replace the current two-row, compact crossover SUV from Mazda, the CX-5. Yes, they look awfully similar in size—and spec—and power (because they are quite similar in size, spec, and power). But, trust me, the five and fifty will co-exist at Mazda dealers and do, ultimately, cater to two different buyers.

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