More Show, More Go: The 2020 Honda Civic Si

Front 3/4 view of 2020 Honda Civic SI
The 2020 Honda Civic Si.
Let's just state a basic fact here:  The Honda Civic is a fine compact car, and except for a lost period in the early aughts through the middle of the last decade, would usually be my choice if I were playing with my own money.

But what if you want just a little more---pizazz?  Just a bit more flash and a bit more go power?  If you buy the base LX or the one-step-up Sport, you get 158 horsepower.  EX, EXL and Touring models get you 174.

Sure, there's the fire-breathing Civic Type R with 306 horsepower, but that's crazy and $36,995.


The One To Have If You're Only Having One: The 2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI

Front 3/4 view of 2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI
The 2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI.
If you could only buy one new car to do everything you do in your life, what would it be?

A lot of people---Americans, especially, would default to the biggest, most capable all-weather machine they could afford and figure if it can handle that, it can handle the rest.  Something like that, in my mid-30s, possessed me to buy a Suburban with four-wheel drive.  I owned it seven years.  It never left two-wheel drive mode.  I never had eight people in it at once and never filled the cargo area.

The truth is, the one car for most Americans is a German car that has simply been evolving over 45 years.


Love Rekindled: The 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum

Front 3/4 view of 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum
The 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum. 
Regular TireKicker readers may remember our 2018 roadtrip---two weeks and 3,800 miles through Nevada, Arizona, Utah and back.  Our ride was a 2018 Ford Expedition Max Limited..  The Max is the stretched version of the Expedition, with additional cargo room behind the rear seats.  Now, a year and a half later, we spend a week with the 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum.


Smooth Operator: The 2020 Lexus ES 300h

Front 3/4 view of 2020 Lexus ES 300h
The 2020 Lexus ES 300h.
In this time of uncertainty and stress, it's nice to know there's the 2020 Lexus ES 300h.  If you comb through the back posts of TireKicker (now that we all have some extra time), you'll find frequent praise for this car over the past 12 years, and the new one is the best yet.