Beyond being a cutting-edge electric car, the Tesla Model X is an exceptional vehicle loaded with features that leave you asking why other makers haven't copied them. And while there is some gimmickry to the Model X, it is a competent, if also a bit quirky, three-row family hauler — albeit in the rarefied world of $100,000 luxury SUVs. Related: 2018 Tesla Model X Review: A Polished Electric Car Meets an Eccentric SUV The quirkiness isn't always a plus, as Cars.com Managing Editor Joe Bruzek found while spending a week with a Model X, but it's also a big part of what makes the Model X stand out among electric vehicles and luxury SUVs overall. You can read Bruzek's full review, as well as research the Model X, get pricing details, specs and more on our model page. In the meantime, below are eight things we liked and eight things we thought were misses about the Tesla Model X. Things We Like 1. Looks Like a Spaceship — and Blasts Off Like One 2019 tesla Model X; … [Read more...] about Tesla Model X: 8 Things We Like (a Lot) and 8 We Don’t
Kia's boxy little Soul hatchback got a classy redesign for 2020, and we now know it also gets a nice bump in gas mileage. Not that the 2019 is a gas hog, but the new 2.0-liter engine and transmission that powers most Soul models has boosted the mpg scores, and even the carryover turbo in the newly named GT-Line 1.6 top trim level shows a small bump up. Related: 2020 Kia Soul: More Flavors of Cute Non-Ute The Soul with the new base 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission is EPA-rated 29/35/31 mpg city/highway/combined driving in Eco Dynamics mode and 27/33/30 mpg otherwise. The six-speed manual transmission (offered only on the base LX) drops it to 25/31/27 mpg. The combined mileage scores with the automatic are up 2-3 mpg from the 2019's 1.6-liter base engine and 3-4 mpg over the 2019's midrange 2.0-liter that is dropped for 2020. Compare the 2020 and 2019 EPA ratings here. The top trim level with the 201-hp, turbocharged … [Read more...] about 2020 Kia Soul Gets MPG Bump, 243-Mile Range for EV
The new 2020 Toyota Supra doesn't fit neatly into a class with a group of established competitors, so as we looked around the sports car world, we thought it would be interesting to see how it compares to another icon: the 2019 Ford Mustang. We've had plenty of seat time in the Mustang GT, but since we haven't driven the new Supra yet, we focused on areas we could evaluate from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show floor. Here's our take on which car does transmission availability, space and visibility, interior quality and cargo versatility better. Related: More 2019 Chicago Auto Show Coverage Transmission Availability: Mustang GT One of the knocks against the new Supra is that it's only offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Even if the automatic performs exceptionally well, the lack of a manual is bound to disappoint some enthusiasts. Toyota hasn't shut the door on a manual transmission joining the lineup at some point, but there's not one on the horizon right now. The … [Read more...] about Auto Show Face-Off: 2020 Toyota Supra Vs. 2019 Ford Mustang GT
Kia's new 2020 Telluride is the automaker's biggest SUV, and not surprisingly, it has some of the lineup's smallest numbers when it comes to fuel economy — though it is rated a couple of mpg better than some competitors. The new three-row SUV is EPA rated at 20/26/23 city/highway/combined mpg with front-wheel drive. Related: 2020 Kia Telluride: Let Me Tell U About One Big Ride The Telluride's sole engine is a 291-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It's offered with front- or all-wheel drive and in LX, EX, S and SX trim levels. With AWD, it's EPA-rated at 19/24/21 mpg. That's competitive with several other three-row SUVS. In base AWD trim, the Honda Pilot is rated at 18/26/21 mpg, and an AWD V-6 version of the Chevrolet Traverse is rated at 17/25/20 mpg. See how those models compare here. The 2020 Kia Telluride goes on sale later this year. It'll start at $32,735 for a base LX, front-wheel-drive model, and $34,735 with all-wheel … [Read more...] about 2020 Kia Telluride: Class-Competitive Mileage for the Ride
In the sedan class, where sales have been slowing for months, some automakers are doubling down on redesigns of stalwart models. One such case is Toyota, which revamped its Camry for 2018 in an effort to remain one of the top-selling passenger car models on the market. How much does filling one up for 2019 cost? What will you be spending at the pump once you own one? Related: Auto Show Face-Off: 2020 Subaru Legacy Vs. 2019 Toyota Camry The answer is exactly the same as it was a week ago. The national averages for regular and diesel fuel remained unchanged from the previous week according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, though some states saw pump prices rise by a nickel or more. Regular averaged $2.28 a gallon and diesel sat at $2.92; premium dropped a penny to $2.85. Regular gas is now 27 cents cheaper than it was a year ago (premium is cheaper by 24 cents and diesel by 6 cents), which might save around a dollar with each fill-up. For example, most versions of the 2019 Toyota … [Read more...] about 2019 Toyota Camry: What Does It Cost to Fill Up?