Crossover

2021 Mazda CX-3 small crossover returns for another year unchanged

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 small crossover SUV remains unchanged from 2020 and starts at the same $21,740 price, including $1,100 destination fee, the automaker announced this week. 

The only news may be that it’s still available to shoppers in the U.S. A larger 2020 Mazda CX-30 small crossover, designed for North American drivers, now shares the same showroom as the CX-3 and the two crossovers share similar goals, although not many similar parts. The CX-3 was Mazda’s least expensive model until the introduction of the base 2021 Mazda 3 sedan undercut it at $21,445.  

It appears ready for discontinuation here,

Read More

Hyundai launching dedicated EV sub-brand, Ioniq 5 electric crossover arriving in 2021

Hyundai announced Monday that it’s launching a dedicated electric-vehicle brand called Ioniq.

The Ioniq brand will include three new models—with nomenclature that uses even numbers for sedans and odd numbers for SUVs. First up are the Ioniq 5 crossover, arriving in fall 2021, and the Ioniq 6 sedan, arriving in 2022. They’re expected to be about the size of the Tesla Model Y and Model 3, respectively, and will be followed by a larger SUV, the Ioniq 7, in 2024. 

Hyundai already provided a preview of the first Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6—in the form of the 45 crossover concept

Read More

2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition blacks out small crossover

The cute and colorful Hyundai Kona small crossover goes dark with the 2021 Kona Night Edition, the automaker announced this week.

Hyundai joins Toyota, Nissan, Ram, BMW, Kia and so many other automakers in offering a black cosmetic package. The 2021 Kona Night Edition comes with 18-inch semigloss black wheels from RAYS, and gloss black accents on the doors and side mirrors. Inside, a black headliner, and gloss accents on the door handles complement alloy sport pedals to complete the transition to the Night Edition.

The Night Edition attempts a sportier, sleeker approach to the happy Hawaiian-inspired small crossover that

Read More

2021 Nissan Rogue crossover SUV comes with a Platinum touch

The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue compact crossover SUV unveiled in June gets a wealth of upscale improvements, including Nissan’s top Platinum trim for the first time, but the powertrain is limited to one engine despite competitors rolling out hybrids, plug-in, and electric variants. 

Powering the 2021 Rogue is an uprated 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 11 hp and 6 lb-ft over the 2020 model. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has been tweaked and powers the front wheels or, optionally, all four wheels.

Using a new “common module family” platform that will

Read More