In 2017, after the demise of Scion, Toyota began marketing the FR-S under the 86 moniker in America. Toyota initially sweetened Scion’s recipe a bit. The Dirt on Cars reviewed that early effort but very little has changed since then. So how does the Toyota 86 feel today?
For 2019, Toyota unveiled the latest generation of their largest sedan. Now in its fifth iteration, the Avalon has grown both in proportion and refinement. The comfortable cruiser came with a touring badge on the back. I knew the only way to cover this car righteously was to tour it. The decision was made, we would have to cruise it to the coast.
Lexus didn’t pull any punches with the all-new 2018 LS 500. It feels more like a world-class luxury car than any other Lexus I’ve tested and seems to be aimed squarely at its Bavarian rivals. Its exterior is gorgeous, its interior is sumptuous, its twin turbo heart beats out 416 horsepower and it has an extravagant price tag. Does all this add up to the best Lexus yet?
When I got word that I’d be driving a Mazda 3 for a week, I didn’t really know enough to form an opinion. However, once the car arrived and I spent some time getting to know it, its subtle personality and amenities charmed me right away.
The Toyota Highlander represents an SUV for those of us who don’t necessarily want to drive a serious off-roader everyday. Normal folks who don’t need 4×4 capability for the commute to their nine-to-five, and don’t have to drive down fire roads out of the hills to fetch groceries from town.
Previous experience with Mitsubishi products may have tainted my perception of the brand for the worse. Has Mitsubishi changed their tune for 2018?
Ever notice how hybrid and electric cars, share a similar shape no matter what brand they are? Of course there are exceptions like the Tesla Model S that make efficiency look sexy, but on the whole these cars look like an egg cut longways and dropped onto skinny tires.
The Toyota CH-R didn’t begin life as a Toyota at all. It started as a design project by Scion way back in 2014. Since then Scion has died, but the little C-HR lives on under the Toyota marque.
In a previous article, I said the 2017 Civic Si could be the best Civic yet. That was before I drove the 2018 Type R. This car is hysterically fun to drive without sacrificing practicality.
We’re living in a weird transitional purgatory between yesterday’s traditional vehicles and driverless cars. Cars are designed to insulate occupants from road and wind noise. A quiet smooth ride is a sweet thing. The bone I have to pick is with being insulated from the experience of driving by invasive technology. Either give me a car that can drive me to the store, or let me get on with it without interfering.