Divided by opinions, united by wheels

“Is this the SRT? The 475-horsepower V-8?” Mr. Smith asks. My neighbor from across the street peers through the passenger window. “Six seater,” he says, almost to himself. 

He is mentally calculating things. In his driveway is a white Jeep Grand Cherokee. Beside it is a white Chrysler Pacifica minivan. 

Last week, I was driving a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. I honked at Mrs. Smith, who came out to peer into the passenger window like her husband is now. She wanted the Pacifica Hybrid, but their toddler twins came out before the Pacifica Hybrid did. 

Now, Mr. Smith wants this

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The 2020 Honda CR-V fits the family without much flair

The 2020 Honda CR-V fills a lot of needs: It’s well packaged, comfortable, safe, and spacious.

Those are all key traits for a small crossover, but the Mazda CX-5 has sharper moves, and the Toyota RAV4 has a more adventurous look.

With a TCC Rating of 6.5 out of 10, the 2020 Honda CR-V wins big with comfortable front seats, plenty of room no matter where you are seated, great cargo space, and easy-to-use controls. But the paint looks thin, the infotainment system is acceptable at best, and it lacks that creative packaging you’ll find in other Honda products.

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Ford Fiesta, other small cars top IIHS list of deadliest vehicles

Small cars continue to be the most dangerous type of vehicle for drivers, according to a report released by the IIHS on Thursday.

Small cars and minicars accounted for 15 of the 20 deadliest vehicles for drivers, with the Ford Fiesta having the most driver deaths during the period of the study, from 2015 to 2018. 

“Smaller vehicles offer less protection for the driver in crashes, and their lighter mass means that they take the brunt of collisions with larger vehicles,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president of vehicle research.

Predictably, full-size SUVs such as the GMC Yukon had

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2021 Kia Seltos S Turbo stirs mixed emotions

The 2021 Kia Seltos comes with the kind of mixed feelings common to most small crossover SUVs. It gets the job done without standing out in any particular way. The Seltos is fine. No more, no less. 

The Seltos is a well-equipped value, and its hatchback versatility is paired to a tall ride height preferred by most car shoppers. Kia’s attempt to stand out amid all the other small crossovers with a sportier powertrain option in the Seltos falls short due to a sluggish 7-speed automatic transmission on top trims, however. 

It earned a TCC Rating of 5.8 out of

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