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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ road test

Subcompact SUV done right for North America BY MARK MAYNARD The new Chevrolet Trailblazer is a social climber in a steep segment of small SUVs that expands the perception and function of a subcompact vehicle. It makes the most of a small space and scoots around on a choice of two turbocharged, three-cylinder engines. It revives the nameplate previously applied to the midsize model discontinued in 2009. But the 2021 Trailblazer is a fresh start...

2020 AMG CLA 35 4Matic road test

Strategic precision in a compact four-door “coupe” BY MARK MAYNARD Highland Valley Road is a tangled black shoelace of two-lane country road in northeastern San Diego County. It’s a favorite for car-club runs and leisure drives to get some fresh air. The meandering road leads past acres of growing land for landscape nurseries and pine-tree farms before ascending to an area of vineyards and wineries. Mature scrub oaks form shaded canopies along stretches amid a...

Vin Car Pic: Ford wins at Le Mans

Perhaps overlooked in the Juneteenth celebrations this year was the significant win for Ford Motor at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was June 19, 1966, when Ford won the endurance race, placing first, second and third, according to a post at AutomotiveHistory.org. “When the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans came to an end on this day in 1966 it was a Ford GT40 in first, second and third place, marking the first...

Punk’n Rocker

Mopar-upfitted 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon a showcase of $12,400 in accessories The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of a new vehicle is as vague as a stoplight in Boston — a suggestion, at best. For new vehicles, the MSRP is merely a starting point. There will be several trim-level choices with a spartan base model to stake a claim for price-point advertising. It’s a car few buyers actually want, except as a delivery beater. Moving up...

Ford refines, advances its driver-assist technologies

Updates to Co-Pilot360 include hands-free driving, over-the-air updates Ford Motor announced today that its driver-assist technology, Ford Co-Pilot360, will be updated with Active Drive Assist to allow hands-free driving on divided highways. The enhanced system will compare to the semi-self-driving technologies in Cadillac’s Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot. The added feature is the next evolution of Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, with the potential for future enhancements, Ford said in a release. Active...

Toyota Avalon TRD road test: Sophisticated yet sinister

Drop the kids at school and take the long way to work Toyota’s new Avalon TRD is not your granddad’s Avalon. When the fifth-generation Avalon sedan was redesigned for the 2019, Toyota steered this flagship from its mooring as an icon of modern maturity to a speed-line cruiser. Authenticity and exhilaration were the mantras of design, Toyota said. Designed and built in the U.S., the interior and exterior design makeover was done at Calty Design...

Ford sweetens Mustang Mach-E purchase with charging deal

To kick-start their electric Mustang Mach-E experience, Ford announced June 15 that owners will receive 250 kilowatt-hours of complimentary charging through FordPass Rewards at Electrify America fast-charging stations. That’s the equivalent of approximately three to five full DC fast charges, Ford said in a statement. According to GreenCarReports.com, that’s potentially a value of hundreds of dollars at EA’s $0.99-per-minute standard rate. For Mustang Mach-E owners with the extended-range battery, the 250 kilowatt-hours of fast-charging energy...

BMW celebrates 5 millionth vehicle built in the U.S.

Toronto Red X5 M Competition to stay in plant’s historic collection BMW announced today that its Spartanburg, S.C., manufacturing facility built its 5-millionth vehicle on June 4. The milestone vehicle is a Toronto Red Metallic BMW X5 M Competition equipped with a 617-horsepower M TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine with Silverstone Full Merino Leather interior and 21/22-inch M Star-spoke bi-color wheels. Pricing starts at $115,095, including the freight charge. But this BMW will not go to...

’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...

2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play

The beauty of the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid sneaks up on you. It’s not in its function-over-form body but in how easily this compact-class crossover wagon-hatchback fits into a busy lifestyle. With around 26 miles of battery driving, it is quick to dispense with errand-running and with engine assist there are more than 500 miles of total driving range; it is an EV that doesn’t fiddle around. The Niro PHEV is an urban runabout and...