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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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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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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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The 2022 Honda Civic Si Has Arrived

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, as is 200 horsepower, a stiffer suspension, and loads of new tech.

Earlier this year, Honda introduced the 11th generation Honda Civic sedan. And many folks, me included, lauded its new chassis as it provided excellent response and great feel. Now that chassis gets a once over, an uptick in power, and an Si badge. The 2022 Honda Civic Si is here. It’s based on the Civic sedan. And it comes standard, standard, with a six-speed manual transmission.

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The 2022 Toyota Tundra is here

Starting its third generation, it gets new tech, a new frame and body, and two V-6 engines to choose from.

Toyota’s full-size Tundra truck enters its third generation for 2022 with a new, big ole, in-your-face front grille with LED headlights and a whole lot of goodies. It’s built on an all-new, fully boxed frame and high-strength steel cab, however both the hood and front door panels are made from aluminum.

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Porsche Aims to Make the Future more Colorful

The 2022 Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo receive updates to improve battery performance, update the tech, and wow us with color options.

Porsche introduced us to the Taycan years ago as the Mission E Concept, but actual production models only started in 2020, with the Cross Turismo joining in 2021. Yet for the 2022 model year, Porsche is already adding updates. Chief among them, from a technical point of view at least, is faster charging capability.

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