Drive: Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid impresses

Is Subaru’s latest entry in the hybrid segment, based on the 2019 Crosstrek compact hatchback, more desirable than the conventional Crosstrek? With gasoline prices creeping above $3 a gallon, it just might be. For drivers with relatively short commutes and occasional treacherous weather, the all-wheel-drive Crosstrek Hybrid’s assets make it the Crosstrek of choice. To begin with the math questions, … read more

Drive: 2019 Santa Fe doesn’t disappoint

Hyundai entered the U.S. market as a manufacturer of small, inexpensive, fuel-efficient sedans and hatchbacks. But the South Korean automaker soon jumped aboard the sport-utility bandwagon and has been hugely successful. How successful? Last year, only the compact Elantra line outsold the midsize Santa Fe among Hyundai’s diverse offerings. Hyundai redesigned the Santa Fe for 2019. The changes, while generally … read more

Test Drive: A decade later, the Rabbit hops back to VW’s lineup

Remember the Rabbit? Car aficionados of a certain age certainly do. In the mid-1970s, it replaced the beloved Beetle, an event not everyone welcomed. But American drivers soon discovered the Rabbit was a vast improvement — faster, smoother, quieter, safer and more efficiently laid out. For 2019, the Rabbit has hopped back into VW’s mix of models after a 10-year … read more

Test Drive: 2019 VW Golf knows big things come in small packages

Anyone who remembers driving a 1960s or ’70s Volkswagen Beetle may be surprised to learn the 2019 VW Golf actually has a smaller engine than its revered predecessor. The air-cooled engine that powered the Beetle ranged from 1 liter in pre-war models to 1.6 liters in 1970s. The standard engine in today’s Golf is just 1.4 liters, with a turbocharger. … read more

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