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2021 Toyota Venza: A Fancy Pants RAV4 Hybrid (Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That)

2021 Toyota Venza: A Fancy Pants RAV4 Hybrid (Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That)
Made from 2009 to 2015, the first-generation Toyota Venza established a small, but loyal following. But its squashed minivan styling limited its appeal in a market that was moving towards the car-like character of crossovers. Thus, the Venza went away back in 2015.
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2020 Buick Encore GX Review: Small But Substantial

2020 Buick Encore GX Review: Small But Substantial
Not too long ago, I spent a week driving the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer and rather enjoyed the little crossover. Now, I’ve taken some time to test out the Trailblazer’s cousin, the Buick Encore GX. The two vehicles share a platform, drivetrain, and other core attributes, but each model has decidedly different aesthetics, and the Buick gets access to a few additional tech features not found on the Chevy.
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2020 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition Review: Try One on for Size

2020 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition Review: Try One on for Size
As demand for crossovers has risen in North America in recent years, each major automaker has expanded upon its CUV and SUV lineups, with an emphasis on offering a size for every purpose. At one end of the Hyundai spectrum is the capacious Palisade, and at the other end is the diminutive and playful Venue.
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2020 Genesis G90 3.3T Premium Review: Grand Lux, Korean Style

2020 Genesis G90 3.3T Premium Review: Grand Lux, Korean Style
When it comes to luxury cars, most people mention brands like Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and BMW. Hyundai spin-off Genesis hopes to gain the same kind of brand cache in the minds of luxury buyers, and with excellent vehicles like the G70 and G80 to their name, I think they’ve got a good shot at just that.
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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport V6 4Motion Review: Cross, Yes. Sport, No.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport V6 4Motion Review: Cross, Yes. Sport, No.
If one statement holds true in the auto industry, it’s that adding the word “Sport” to a vehicle doesn’t make it a sporty vehicle. Case in point: The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. Pitched as a smaller, sportier sibling to the three-row VW Atlas, this crossover-style SUV still feels big, heavy, and clunky, even if it does look a little more sporty than its bigger brother.
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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer First Drive Review: Blazing a New Trail

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer First Drive Review: Blazing a New Trail
When Chevy first announced that the new Trailblazer would be a small crossover rather than a mid-size SUV, die-hard fans of the original were up in arms. And while the new Trailblazer might not have the heft of its namesake, it’s a very good vehicle in its own right, and a much better representation of what people look for in a car today.
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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: A Sophisticated and Efficient Sedan

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: A Sophisticated and Efficient Sedan
Despite any rumors that sedans are going away, the 4-door passenger car is alive and well, and as far as I’m concerned, better than ever when it comes to the current selection – especially when it comes to the mid-size segment.
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2020 BMW 840i Coupe and Convertible Review: Luxury, Power, and Open Air Fun

2020 BMW 840i Coupe and Convertible Review: Luxury, Power, and Open Air Fun
It’s not very often I get a chance to test multiple variants of the same vehicle. It’s nice when I do, as it really gives me a better perspective on its possibilities. So, when I got seat time in the 2020 BMW 840i coupe and then the convertible, I was very excited.
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2020 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X Review: It’s All About the Drivetrain

2020 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X Review: It’s All About the Drivetrain
Let’s face it. The Nissan Frontier isn’t exactly a modern truck. The current model been largely the same since it first came out all the way back in 2005. Nissan has indicated that a complete redesign is in the works for 2021, but the 2020 model does have a big difference that previews the new truck, and that’s its engine and transmission.
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2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 and 2.0 Review: More Speed, More Choice, and More Fun

2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 and 2.0 Review: More Speed, More Choice, and More Fun
It’s not often that a car company releases a hotly-anticipated car, and then makes big changes to it just one year into its lifecycle. But that’s exactly what Toyota did with the GR Supra. After releasing the A90 Supra last year, the sporty 2-seater is back, with the 3.0-liter version getting a big power upgrade, along with a brand new 2.0-liter that’s zippy, tossable, and considerably more affordable.
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2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Review: Plenty of Fun, Even without a Desert

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Review: Plenty of Fun, Even without a Desert
When the Jeep Gladiator came out last year, it marked the first time Jeep had made a pickup truck in decades. Until now, the most capable version you could buy has been the Rubicon. That’s still the case if you’re planning on crawling slowly over rocks and steep grades, but if you’re looking for a Gladiator that can tackle sand dunes, undulating hills, and dirt roads as fast as possible, the Mojave is the better choice, and overall, I think it’s the best Gladiator model you can buy at the moment.
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2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum Review: A Swedish Delight

2020 Volvo S60 T5 Momentum Review: A Swedish Delight
When you review a lot of vehicles like I do, many start to blend together. So it’s nice when something stands out. It makes it worthy of being written about here at 95Octane, where our motto is “Cars That Don’t Suck.”
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Dodge Challenger GT AWD Review: A Muscle Car for All Seasons

Dodge Challenger GT AWD Review: A Muscle Car for All Seasons
Over the years, I’ve driven a number of vehicles based on FCA’s full-size car platform, which underpins the Dodge Challenger, Charger, and Chrysler 300. Most of the models I’ve been in have been muscular rear-wheel drive cars with giant HEMI V8s, and crazy amounts of horsepower.
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2020 Ram Rebel 1500 EcoDiesel Review

2020 Ram Rebel 1500 EcoDiesel Review
The word “rebel” has some deep-rooted placements in automotive history as well as film (RIP James Dean). And, if I do say so, it’s an awesome name for a trim of a vehicle that does its own thing and really sticks out with personality and excitement.
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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review: A Mid-Engine Marvel

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review: A Mid-Engine Marvel
Corvette lovers have been dreaming of a mid-engined version of the great American sports car for decades. Now, for 2020, that wish has been fulfilled. After spending two fun-packed days in the Nevada desert putting the new Vette through its paces, I’m thrilled to report that it’s one of the best performance cars you can buy – for any amount of money.
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