Year: 2020

2021 Mazda 3 starts just over $20,000, but top Turbo can cost nearly $40,000

The 2021 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback gets simultaneously cheaper and more expensive with a broader lineup that  includes a new entry-level model and a new range-topping turbocharged model.

The 2021 Mazda 3 2.0 sedan with the small 155-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 new for 2021 starts at $21,445, while the top 2021 Mazda 3 hatchback starts at $34,695 with all the bells, whistles, and turbochargers, the automaker announced Tuesday. All prices listed include $945 destination ($990 in Alaska). 

The middle of the pack gets a modest price bump from 2020 models of $150 on Preferred trims and $350 on Premium

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2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro rocks, rolls its way into the wild

Endearing is not the same as good. Ask anyone who’s had a puppy and they’ll tell you as much. Endearing is puppy smells and wagging tails, the spots on the carpet? Another thing entirely.

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is endearing. It’s also objectively good—and I mean that in the way that pretty much any showroom-fresh anything with four wheels is “good.” But the 2020 4Runner is not “good” compared to its contemporaries. There are more spacious SUVs, more capable SUVs, more powerful SUVs, more efficient SUVs, and certainly more tech-heavy SUVs. At least the driveway doesn’t have any spots.


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4 fast facts about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid

The police officers stopped where I was parked on the sidewalk in front of one of Chicago’s landmark attractions. I hustled to get one last picture of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, and told them I’d be on my way.  

“Is that the electric one?” One officer asked. 

I explained it was a plug-in hybrid with a gas engine and two electric motors. 

“So it’s electric?” the other officer asked, getting out of his car. You could plug it in for electric power or fill it up for gas power, I said.  

“It’s nice,” he said, and followed

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2020 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali eclipses its former self

Until the GMC Hummer EV makes its debut in the fall, the 2020 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty pickup truck totes the truckmaker’s banner as a flagship. It’s suited to the task.

Up to three tons of anything can be heaved into its boxy rear bed, or it can tow up to 15 tons—roughly equivalent to the weighty expectations ahead for General Motors’ luxury truck division. The Sierra HD dominates attention wherever it goes by dominating a parking lot. That, and an acre of the Sierra HD’s shiny chrome grille has that effect on people.

Flagship? Sure. Battleship? You betcha.

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