Expert Reviews

2020 Hyundai Venue Review: A Pleasant Place to Be

By Brian Normile on January 22, 2020

Hyundai first introduced the 2020 Venue, its sub-subcompact “SUV” at the 2019 New York International Auto Show (SUV is in quotation marks because the Venue is front-wheel-drive only). I drove it ar... Read More
2020 Ford Super Duty F-250/F-350 Review: Finding New Power

By Aaron Bragman on January 21, 2020

We took our first drive in the updated 2020 Super Duty F-250/F-350. It doesn’t look much different from the 2019, but improvements in powertrain, suspension and technology — along with a new off-ro... Read More
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Review: Still King of Compacts

By Jennifer Geiger on January 17, 2020

The verdict: There are a bunch of reasons why the Honda Civic routinely tops compact-car sales charts — comfort and value among them — and the Civic hatchback adds utility to the list. Versus the c... Read More
2020 BMW Z4 Review: Only the Top Is Soft Now

By Brian Wong on January 15, 2020

The verdict: Bury the past. The new Z4 ups the fun quotient and delivers performance to match its looks. Versus the competition: The most direct competitor to the Z4 is the related Toyota Supra; th... Read More
2020 Honda Pilot Review: Showing Its Age

By Brian Wong on January 10, 2020

The verdict: The Honda Pilot’s age is showing, and though it retains some strengths (storage space and value), what it really needs to catch up with its class are updates to its technology and inte... Read More
2019 Audi Q8 Review: A Big SUV With a Big Catch

By Brian Wong on January 9, 2020

The verdict: This big five-seat SUV is comfortable and tech-savvy, but powertrain problems threaten to derail the experience. Versus the competition: The Q8’s competitors can’t match its interior v... Read More
2020 Ford Explorer Review: Looking Rearward

By Brian Wong on January 6, 2020

The verdict: Moving to a rear-wheel-drive platform makes the Explorer better to drive, but there are shortcomings in the cabin that may be a bigger deal for families and the hybrid is a disappointm... Read More
2020 Nissan Versa Review: Not as Cheap, Much Better Value

By Fred Meier on December 31, 2019

The verdict: The redesigned 2020 Nissan Versa is no longer the least expensive new car in America, but it’s a much better car that’s still cheaper than most. Versus the competition: The Versa deliv... Read More
2020 Toyota Highlander Review: More in Some Ways, Not in Others

By Kelsey Mays on December 18, 2019

Nearly every mass-market brand has at least one three-row SUV. Cars.com recently compared seven of them in our 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge, for which I served as one of three judges. The all-new Hyund... Read More
2020 Hyundai Palisade Review: A Winning Formula

By Brian Wong on December 17, 2019

The verdict: The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a truly special vehicle that brings a formidable mix of value, interior quality and technology — all of which propelled it to a win in our latest three-row... Read More