Day: June 9, 2020

Small crossover SUV adds more power

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will address a longstanding gripe that owners of the small crossover SUV have had since the car’s debut for 2013. 

Subaru announced Tuesday that the new 2021 Crosstrek will be available with a more powerful, 182-horsepower 2.5-liter flat-4 that makes nearly 20% more power than the base 2.0-liter flat-4 equipped on all of the small crossovers until now. The bigger engine is borrowed from the Forester crossover wholesale and plunked into the smaller Crosstrek paired to a standard continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The bigger engine is EPA rated at 27 mpg city, 34 highway, 29

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2020 Honda CR-V vs. 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid compared: Crossover SUV cross-up

As one of America’s most popular crossovers, the 2020 Honda CR-V speaks for itself.

Spacious? Yup. Affordable? Sure. Competent? You bet.

It’s so familiar that it doesn’t need many words.

Honda gave us something more to talk about this year with the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. It’s the first hybrid CR-V sold in the U.S., and statistically significant because it will be a bestseller soon. Oh, say, 20 minutes from now.

We had three questions about the CR-V Hybrid: Is it better? Is it more fuel-efficient? Is it any good?

We’ll need more words to answer those questions. That’s good,

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport flexes style and space

You want style, space for five adults, a good warranty, and enough cargo space for a long weekend up north. What do you buy?

I would answer with the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. Sure, the Chevrolet Blazer looks sportier, the Honda Passport has a sliding second row, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is more capable. None of these competitors combine presence, carrying capacity (for both people and cargo), and value like the Atlas Cross Sport.

The 2020 Atlas Cross Sport gets lumped in with its larger three-row sibling, the Atlas, with a TCC Rating of 5.8 out of 10.

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