What is it: This generation of the Toyota Tacoma, the brand's midsize truck offering, has been on the market a little longer than the likes of the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator, but still offers a good mix of value and capability. Key Competitors: Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator Base Price: $37,510 As-Tested Price: $41,200 Full review: Toyota Tacoma first drive Highlights: The TRD Sport trim sits roughly in the middle of the Tacoma lineup. It gets tech features like wireless smartphone charging and radar cruise control, and luxury touches like a power moonroof. If you plan to get more serious about going off-road, look into the, er, TRD Off-Road package, which adds features like an electronically locking rear differential, or to the range-topping, skid plate- and Fox shocks-equipped TRD Pro. As-equipped, this truck can tow 6,400 pounds. … [Read more...] about 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport: What more do you need?
What is it: This Chevrolet Silverado pickup is a nearly 20-foot-long, full-size, light-duty pick-up truck with an available four-cylinder powerplant, built to break through another glass ceiling of smaller, turbocharged engine limitations. The LT lands in the middle of the vast Silverado line-up, ahead of the Work Truck (WT) and Custom, but beneath RST, LTZ, and High Country offerings. Only the LT and RST trims get the 2.7-liter four-cylinder; otherwise you choose between a V6 or two V8s. Key Competitors: Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra Base Price: $41,695 As-Tested Price: $49,365 Full review: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado first drive Highlights: This new-generation Silverado pickup truck from Chevrolet uses a new engine made specifically for truck duties. And the numbers this engine, which is roughly half the size of the 5.3-liter V8, pumps out are awfully close to its double-the-cylinders counterpart. It makes 310 hp at 5,600 rpm and 348 lb-ft of torque between 1,500 – 4,000 … [Read more...] about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT essentials: Growing and shrinking
What is it: Buick calls the Regal TourX a crossover, but let's be real: It's a modestly ruggedized (there's just 5.8 inches of ground clearance) station wagon, and it drives more like the attractive Regal Sportback sedan than anything else in the Buick lineup. Not that I'm complaining. Key Competitors: VW Golf Alltrack, Subaru Outback; Volvo V60 Base Price: $35,995 As-Tested Price: $39,390 Full review: 2018 Buick Regal TourX first drive Highlights: The practical appeal of the Buick Regal TourX is that it can swallow up and efficiently tote crossover-like quantities of cargo, including awkward stuff like bicycles. Its emotional appeal lies in the way it does all that while maintaining fun, carlike handing and sporting classic wagon proportions. It's not quite a full-on luxury car, but it's a quiet, comfortable package overall. … [Read more...] about 2019 Buick Regal TourX essentials: Cult classic
Another limited-edition D-Max is here, giving a bit of limited-edition appeal to the long-lasting ute range. This 2019 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner is based on the LS-T, right at the top of the range for the D-Max. It’s worth an extra $190 over the LS-T, which gets you some special accents and decals.That makes the D-Max X-Runner $54,990. Your cheapest D-Max is a single-cab 4X2 SX, going for $28,600. Your cheapest 4X4 dual cab, on the other hand, is the LS-U with a list price of $44,100. That's more than a ten large difference, looking at this limited-edition X-Runner.The D-Max’s interior hasn’t changed since Moses had a snotty nose, especially when compared to the forever-updating range of competition. The centre stack has that big climate-control dial at the bottom, below an 8.0-inch infotainment display. The display has native navigation and is receptive to jabbing fingers, but there isn’t any Apple CarPlay or Android Auto available. The top-spec LS-T adds some … [Read more...] about 2019 Isuzu D-Max X-Runner review
The top-spec Velar from JLR’s SVO division is likely the last car to use the company’s supercharged V8. Should we start mourning? Talk about bad timing. CarAdvice got to drive the new, range-topping Velar SV Autobiography was on the very same day that Ford announced the impending closure of the plant that makes its V8 engine.The Bridgend factory in Wales will be shutting in September 2020, which goes a long way to explaining why the new Velar SV is only going to be produced for a year. It’s also a reminder for anyone considering any other V8 JLR product that they shouldn’t wait too long to realise the dream.Developed by JLR's Special Vehicle Operations division, the SV Autobiography Dynamic is closely related to the existing Jaguar F-Pace SVR, with a 405kW version of the long-serving V8 and what’s meant to be a more relaxed demeanour. Plus, being as it wears Range Rover badges, a respectable supplement screwed onto the pricetag; at $175,322 before … [Read more...] about 2019 Range Rover Velar SV Autobiography Dynamic review