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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition road test

62 and not ready for retirement BY MARK MAYNARD The Toyota Land Cruiser is an institution of overlanding authority. It has been a global expedition vehicle since its launch in Japan in 1951 as the Toyota Jeep BJ, a small 4WD military vehicle. The name was changed by 1954 to Land Cruiser to avoid legal entanglements with the Willys brand and to tread lightly around the Land Rover. The prototype BJ was not chosen for...

2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid road test

Looking sharp at 48.2 mpg As gasoline prices roll upward despite the ongoing pandemic, drivers in need of new transportation begin seeing green. First, it’s the green of money flowing into the tank and then it’s wondering if the green of hybrid energy could actually help save the green from exiting the exhaust pipe. It is a complex value equation. It has always been a point of frustration for me when I am not able...

2021 Kia K5: A midsize ringer for Stinger

On sale this summer, the new sedan will replace the Optima Kia Motors America announced June 30 via virtual media reveal that the replacement for its midsize Optima sedan will be the K5, going on sale later this summer. The fastback-styled sedan will be sold with a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, eight-speed automatic transmissions and, for the first time, an option for all-wheel drive. The K5 is such a dramatic departure [from Optima] that...

’Rageous ’Rolla

Special Edition Toyota Corolla hatchback gets red-hot Supersonic Red paint and body kit Fireworks displays this summer might be socially distanced or even socially unacceptable, but Toyota just lit the fuse on a Corolla hatchback special edition that should get some attention, in Supersonic Red. On sale in late summer, the special edition will be limited to 1,500 hatchbacks, all in the unique metallic paint color. Special features include black-painted 18-inch alloy wheels and a...

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec: Cheap fun, well done

With so much attention on teacup crossovers and self-driving vehicles, I sometimes forget what fun it is to grab a rascal by the scruff and shake it out on a run. The redesigned Hyundai Veloster R-Spec is that kind of car — and it is not expensive. The 2019 Veloster is the second generation of this compact-class, front-wheel-drive, four-seat hatchback “coupe.” It is unique in the segment for its lone rear passenger door on the...