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: 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

Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Passat impresses

The midsize sedan remains a drag on many automakers’ balance sheets, as the American love affair with sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks goes on. Yet most automakers continue to place substantial bets on the lowly sedan. During the past year, we’ve driven some of the America’s and Asia’s best medium-priced, midsize sedans, including the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Hyundai … read more

Test Drive: 2018 Elantra is surprisingly spacious

Visiting the rental-car world recently, we learned what “basic” means in today’s parlance. “Basic” used to mean a heater, three-on-the-tree transmission, manual brakes and steering, maybe an AM radio. Of course, our rental car was a Hyundai Elantra, so “basic” included several features that were luxuries not so very long ago. Our gray Elantra SE, fresh off the lot with … read more

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