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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 Honda CR-V Hybrid road test

More power, more fuel economy — more fundamental goodness BY MARK MAYNARD The Honda CR-V hits a sweet spot of wholesomeness among compact SUV crossovers. It is poised, comfortable and rich in clever engineering and function. And this year, the automaker raised its relevance with a gasoline-electric hybrid model, making it the most powerful and fuel-efficient CR-V in the lineup. Launched in 1997, the CR-V has brought Honda 5 million sales and is currently the...

2020 Hyundai Venue SEL road test

BY MARK MAYNARD As the Coronavirus sucks the spontaneity out of our daily routines, having to replace anything, especially a vehicle, gets new scrutiny. How much or how little is required? Do we make ourselves happy? Or do we settle? Hyundai’s newest and smallest SUV crossover, the Venue, makes the most of difficult choices. Based on the Hyundai’s subcompact Accent sedan, the Venue is the boxy equivalent, but it’s not a penalty box. It’s a...