6.19.2018

Truckin': The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Offroad 4X4 Double Cab


Front 3/4 view of 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Offroad 4X4 Double Cab.
Gotta hand it to Toyota.  In the decade or so where the Americans got out of the midsize truck business entirely and Nissan allowed the Frontier to roll on unchanged, Toyota kept improving and refining the Tacoma.  Now, with Ford and Chevy rushing back into the segment, and Ford promising a Raptor version of the Ranger, Toyota's reminding the world that the gold standard for off-roading midsize pickups is none other than the Toyota Tacoma TRD Offroad 4X4 Double Cab.

6.18.2018

Sonata For The Masses: The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

Front 3/4 view of 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T
In music, a sonata is a composition meant to be played by a soloist.  In the automotive world, the Sonata is increasingly a car for the masses.  In one of the quickest learning curves we've witnessed, Hyundai has found the formula for making cars arguably as good as the competing offerings from Toyota and Honda, at a price just slightly lower than the Japanese.

6.11.2018

Track Star: The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club


Rear 3/4 view of 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club.
We'll start with how we ended our last review of a Miata...the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring:  There is no bad MX-5 Miata.  There are different models for different purposes...all with the 155-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 26 city/33 highway. 

The Grand Touring is for a dash of comfort with your sport.   The Club is all about winning (in the appropriate category) at track day. We've reviewed the Club before...two and a half years ago.  The biggest change is the availability this year, at no additional cost, of the dark cherry soft top, which we think looks great.

5.22.2018

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The 2018 Lexus ES 300h

Front 3/4 view of the 2018 Lexus ES 300h
The 2018 Lexus ES 300h.
One of the hardest things to do is a smaller, reasonably-priced luxury car.  Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar...they've all had swings and misses on that score.  Arguably, the Lexus ES 300 originally fell into that category.  It was, largely, a Toyota Camry with richer-looking paint colors,  a leather interior and copious amounts of sound deadening insulation.

That changed five years ago, when the ES was moved to the Avalon platform and took advantage of the greater interior room to create a true luxury car.  We've been a fan ever since.  And of the available trims of the ES, our favorite is the ES 300h hybrid.

5.21.2018

One More Time: The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE AWD

Front 3/4 view of 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE AWD
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE AWD.
We are, as of this writing, about three or four months away from an all-new generation of Toyota's popular small SUV, the RAV4.  So our last experience with the current-gen is likely to be the week we just completed in the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE AWD.