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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country makes it big time

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe got big. Bigger. Swole. 

The Tahoe’s new for 2021, and it’s grown to gain some easy-to-see benefits: more third-row room, greater cargo volume, and enough space to handle all the generational family growing pains. 

But there are consequences to bigness, too, as Josh Baskin attests to in the classic coming-of-age-overnight film, “Big.” Fuel economy succumbs to physics, the garage needs an upgrade, and the price gets correspondingly big in the redesigned full-size SUV. The loaded High Country trim eclipses $81,000 when equipped with Chevy’s coolest options. 

Trucking around some of southern Michigan’s Metroparks on Lake Erie

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Small price bump, big power gains

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes with a modest $100 price bump but more standard equipment and more power. A new Sport trim highlights a more powerful engine option that is only $600 more than the base engine, the automaker announced Thursday. 

A common gripe from shoppers interested in Subaru’s smallest crossover SUV was that they needed more power than the standard 152-horsepower 2.0-liter flat-4. Subaru has mollified some by taking the Forester’s 181-hp 2.5-liter flat-4 and making it standard in the new Sport trim and the top Limited trim. The larger boxer engine trails the smaller engine in efficiency by

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Plug-in 2021 BMW X5 SUV gets $3,300 price bump, big pump in performance and range

BMW’s newest crossover with a plug will manage more than double the all-electric range of its predecessor, the automaker announced Wednesday.

The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive 45e upgrades from a 308-horsepower turbo-4 with a 9-kwh battery to a 389-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with a 24-kwh battery. All performance measures improve for 2021, but the price only jumps from $63,095 to $66,395, including $995 destination.

The all-electric range of the plug-in crossover SUV increases from 14 miles to 30 miles, but BMW seems more intent on overall performance than maximizing range. The turbocharged inline-6 and electric motors generate 443 pound-feet of

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2020 Mini Cooper SE comes with a big but

The 2020 Mini Cooper SE electric vehicle comes with a big but. It’s cute, it’s punchy, it’s distinct, it’s versatile, but… But. The range is only 110 miles. That’s a but so big even Sir Mix-a-Lot ain’t down with that. 

That “but” narrows the usefulness of the 2020 Mini Cooper SE. Even if a Mini is a third car for most owners, as Mini spokesman Andrew Cutler told me, the limited range and rough ride quality limit it to duty as a city car or suburban runabout, as long as you have access to a plug and live in a

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