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Where Does Toyota's Full-Size Truck Contender Stand?


Quick Drive: 2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Sep 30 2014 07:15 AM | Quick Drive
The Hyundai Elantra has been quite the success since the Korean automaker introduced back in 2012. With distinctive styling, impressive feature set, and value that very few competitors can match. But since that time, competitors have been introducing new and refreshed compact models into the marketplace to challenge the Elantra. What does Hyundai decide to do? They introduced a refreshed version Elantra for 2014. I spent some time in a 2014 Elantra Limited sedan to see if it still is a formidable challenger.

This being a mid-cycle refresh, the Elantra doesn’t have any dramatic changes inside or out. The Elantra’s exterior still has the ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language in spades with flowing curves throughout the vehicle. Ch...

Review: 2014 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax

Sep 22 2014 06:25 AM | Reviews
At one time, Toyota had a real shot of toppling the big three in full-size truck sales. When the second-generation Tundra arrived on dealer lots in 2007, Toyota had a huge marketing campaign for it; complete with commercials and magazine ads. People took notice of this and the automaker moved 196,555 units that year. While that still lagged behind the stalwarts (F-Series: 690,589 units; Silverado: 618,257 units), it was dangerously close to the GMC Sierra (208,243 units). But then a funny thing happened. Sales began to drop in the coming years. In 2008, Toyota moved 137,249 Tundras and in the following year, only 79,385 units. Now there are many factors that go into this such as the housing crisis and Toyota offering the Tundra in only a...

Quick Drive: 2014 Lexus RX 450h

Sep 11 2014 07:25 AM | Quick Drive
Time for a pop quiz everyone. Your question: What was the first luxury crossover that was offered with a hybrid powertrain?

Time is up! The answer is the Lexus RX. The first hybrid RX was introduced back 2004 and has gone through a number of revisions up to the model seen here; the 2014 Lexus RX 450h. Is it worth the almost $7,000 more over the standard RX 350 to save some gas?

Like the last RX I drove last year, the RX 450h has gotten some design tweaks. The most noticeable change is up front with the addition of the spindle grille and new headlights. Like the previous RX, I found myself wondering if the spindle grille works on the RX. After a week, I found myself saying no.

The RX 450h comes with Lexus'...

Quick Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium

Sep 04 2014 06:25 AM | William Maley in Quick Drive

I happen to be one of those few people who liked the current Volkswagen Passat. Aside from the stale design which makes the Toyota Camry look like the Mona Lisa, there were a fair number of items that I liked. From the large interior space, comfortable...

Quick Ride: Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

Aug 26 2014 07:15 AM | William Maley in Quick Drive

There are days where I consider myself the luckiest person alive. A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to go for a ride in a very special truck. A fellow colleague of mine had the great fortune of getting his hands on the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept an...

Quick Drive: 2014 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

Aug 13 2014 07:15 AM | William Maley in Quick Drive

The Mazda CX-9 is one of the oldest nameplates in three-row crossover marketplace and also happens to be one, if not the oldest model on sale. At one time, it was considered to be one of the best crossovers. But since then, a new generation of crossove...

Quick Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic

Jul 25 2014 07:35 AM | William Maley in Quick Drive

I will admit that I have a thing for high-performance luxury flagships because of the sheer contradiction of them. Here is a type of vehicle whose main purpose is to coddle their passengers and provide smooth ride, and then drop in a bunch of performan...