Expert Reviews

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Review: Fancy but Flawed

By Aaron Bragman on June 25, 2020

The verdict: Like expensive ladies’ footwear or haute couture fashion clothing, looking good means suffering a little discomfort. Versus the competition: The BMW 228i Gran Coupe is almost a carbon ... Read More
2020 Mini Cooper SE Hardtop Review: Electric, Fun and Priced for Its Modest Range

By Joe Wiesenfelder on May 28, 2020

The verdict: An electric runabout in the traditional mold that’s true to Mini’s reputation for motoring fun, the SE Hardtop is priced appropriately for its modest range. Versus the competition: Mos... Read More
2020 BMW 228 Gran Coupe Review: Little, and of Little Point

By Brian Normile on May 22, 2020

The verdict: The 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe is an adequate subcompact sedan so unlike traditional BMWs you’ll wonder if the Bavarians have created a new sub-brand. Versus the competition: More expens... Read More
2020 Honda Civic Type R Review: Same Lovable Type R With One Caveat

By Joe Bruzek on May 21, 2020

The verdict: The Type R’s on-track credibility is boosted for 2020, but a new augmented engine sound is a head-scratcher.  Versus the competition: Exuding poise, balance and loads of grip, the fron... Read More
2021 Toyota Supra Review: More, and Less, Power Make Up Sophomore Changes

By Joe Bruzek on May 13, 2020

The verdict: The 2021 Toyota Supra’s new four-cylinder makes the sporty coupe more accessible, but the six-cylinder’s attitude and raucousness is the best way to get the Supra experience.  Versus t... Read More
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review: A Good People Mover … for Fewer People

By Joe Bruzek on April 21, 2020

The verdict: The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, like its bigger brother Atlas, carries people and cargo first — luxury comes at least third, maybe fourth. Versus the competition: What the Atlas Cros... Read More
2020 Ford F-150 Review: Still Good, Even After Competitors Are Redesigned

By Joe Bruzek on April 20, 2020

The verdict: Even five model years after its last full redesign, the 2020 Ford F-150 continues to be a well-rounded pickup truck with a configuration for almost every buyer. Versus the competition:... Read More
2020 Volvo V90 Cross Country Review: On-Road Luxe, Off-Road Looks

By Aaron Bragman on April 15, 2020

Volvo’s V90 Cross Country is a fantastic alternative to a luxury SUV, with plenty of comfort and space to go along with better handling than any tall, truck-like family-hauler. Read More
2020 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Review: Same Face, New Guts

By Aaron Bragman on April 14, 2020

Nissan put the heart of the all-new 2021 Frontier in the body of the 2020, creating a compelling mix of bulletproof-if-dated old-school Japanese pickup truck design with a fully modern powertrain. Read More
2020 BMW X1 Review: Delightful to Drive, Confounding to Control

By Jennifer Geiger on April 14, 2020

The verdict: The 2020 BMW X1 delights with powertrain pep and on-road poise, but its multimedia system is a big-time frustration. Versus the competition: Like several others in the class, the X1 de... Read More