Posts Written by Paul Strauss

May 15, 2023

Ford Ranger Raptor: The Truck’s Top Features

Ford Ranger Raptor: The Truck’s Top Features
When it comes to pickup trucks, bigger isn’t always better. For those who don’t need to haul large loads or tow heavy trailers, the Ford Ranger Raptor is an ideally-sized pickup truck.…
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May 14, 2023

Living the Life Electric with the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Living the Life Electric with the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Not long ago, I spent some time driving the Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle Hybrid. But that time, I didn’t get much time to test its pure-electric drive mode.…
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May 7, 2023

2023 Infiniti QX60 Autograph AWD Review: Sign Me Up for This Luxurious 3-Row SUV

2023 Infiniti QX60 Autograph AWD Review: Sign Me Up for This Luxurious 3-Row SUV
Infiniti’s lineup is a bit inconsistent these days. Not long ago, I drove the 2023 QX55, which looks pleasant enough but is otherwise disappointing. On the other hand, the QX60 is an excellent vehicle and one I’d be happy to have in my garage.…
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May 2, 2023

The 1992 Renault Raccoon Was a Cool Concept Car with Off-Road and Amphibious Capabilities

The 1992 Renault Raccoon Was a Cool Concept Car with Off-Road and Amphibious Capabilities
The 1990s were not the best era for automotive design. Everything seemed to be overly curvy and bubble-shaped. Renault’s 1992 concept car, the Racoon, definitely embraced the blobby styling of the time, but at least it had some cool features going for it.…
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April 23, 2023

2023 Nissan Versa SR Review: A Delightful Daily Driver

2023 Nissan Versa SR Review: A Delightful Daily Driver
Not every car has to be built for action or adventure. Most people simply need a vehicle to get them to and from work, to run errands, and maybe take a person or two with them.…
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April 19, 2023

The KIA EV6 Gets a 1:1 Scale LEGO Replica

The KIA EV6 Gets a 1:1 Scale LEGO Replica
I drove quite a few cars last year, but out of all of them, the Kia EV6 was my favorite. Not only does it look like a concept car, but it’s also quick, smooth, comfortable, and versatile.…
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April 16, 2023

2023 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT Review: A Fine Ride, Refined

2023 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT Review: A Fine Ride, Refined
The Lexus RX has been the luxury automaker’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for two decades. So it behooves them to maintain what buyers expect whenever it’s time for a model redesign or refresh.…
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April 12, 2023

The Genesis GV80 Coupe Concept Is Hot as Magma

The Genesis GV80 Coupe Concept Is Hot as Magma
Genesis has been knocking it out of the park with its design, material choices, and driving dynamics of its vehicles. Now, the Korean luxury automaker is teasing us with its greatest object of desire yet – a coupe-inspired crossover slathered in a fiery orange paint called “Magma.”…
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April 4, 2023

The 2024 Hyundai Sonata Design Looks Great – How Will It Drive?

The 2024 Hyundai Sonata Design Looks Great – How Will It Drive?
With U.S. automakers dropping out of the mid-size sedan race, the Hyundai Sonata is one of the last cars standing in the affordable mid-size market. It’s a pleasant and comfortable vehicle based on my limited experience behind the wheel, and it’s downright fun to drive in its 290 horsepower N Line variant.…
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April 2, 2023

2023 Nissan Kicks Review: I Got My Kicks on Route 66

2023 Nissan Kicks Review: I Got My Kicks on Route 66
I don’t spend a whole lot of time driving entry-level vehicles, but when I do, I’m impressed by how good they’ve gotten compared to the starter cars of my youth.…
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March 26, 2023

Electric Ford Explorer Emerges Exclusively for Europe

Electric Ford Explorer Emerges Exclusively for Europe
The Explorer is one of the most popular vehicles in Ford’s lineup here in the U.S. With advances in turbocharged engines, it’s more fuel-efficient than it has been in the past, but it still runs on gasoline, resulting in carbon emissions.…
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March 14, 2023

“Hot Wheels Ultimate Challenge” Series Zooms onto NBC

“Hot Wheels Ultimate Challenge” Series Zooms onto NBC
Hot Wheels fans will soon have a new television series to enjoy. Mattel Television and NBCUniversal have announced Hot Wheels Ultimate Challenge. In this car makeover show,¬†gearheads go head-to-head to transform ordinary vehicles into unique life-size Hot Wheels cars, with the opportunity to have their design turned into a production Hot Wheels car.…
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March 9, 2023

From the Vaults: Flipping a SAAB 900

From the Vaults: Flipping a SAAB 900
SAAB may no longer make automobiles, but there was a time when it made some really great cars. And while I prefer the older SAAB 99 design, the Saab 900 of the 1980s and 90s wasn’t a bad car – and it certainly was known for its safety.…
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February 17, 2023

The Mazda Pair Concept Was the Cutest Van and Trailer Combo

The Mazda Pair Concept Was the Cutest Van and Trailer Combo
The 1980s and 1990s weren’t exactly my favorite era for automotive design, but the period did give us some interesting vehicles nonetheless. Among the more compelling ideas to arrive in 1987 was the Mazda Pair – which combined a tiny van and trailer and is one of the cutest concept car designs I’ve ever seen.…
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February 16, 2023

2025 Ram 1500 REV Brings Electric Power and a Very Ram Design

2025 Ram 1500 REV Brings Electric Power and a Very Ram Design
After teasing us with their Revolution BEV Concept, Ram is showing off a slightly more toned-down production version of its new battery-electric pickup truck. Slated for a late 2024 release, the Ram 1500 REV is the truck company’s first foray into fully-electric vehicles.…
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