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  • 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N: Street and Track, Ready

    2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N: Street and Track, Ready

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    If you were thinking of getting a daily driver that you could also take to the track, I’m sure for most of you reading this, an EV isn’t part of that discussion. Hyundai wants to change the conversation, though, and thus the automaker has cooked up an EV for the enthusiast. At least, that’s the…

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  • 6th generation toyota 4runner debuts as 2025 model with new Trailhunter trim

    6th generation toyota 4runner debuts as 2025 model with new Trailhunter trim

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    The last time the world saw an all-new Toyota 4Runner was only a few months into President Obama’s first term. Obviously a lot has transpired since then, but the 5th generation 4Runner endured from 2009 through 2024 largely unchanged short of trim, tech, suspension, and appearance changes; at its core, the truck remained very much…

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  • Land Rover Defender 130 Outbound – Surprisingly Great Off-Road

    Land Rover Defender 130 Outbound – Surprisingly Great Off-Road

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    The Defender 130 was initially the JLR truck that piqued my interest the least. That’s because the 110 is the perfect size for me personally. I don’t need or want a three-row SUV, but more cargo room is a nice thing to have. So, the arrival of the D130 in Outbound spec has caught my…

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  • 2024 Nissan Frontier Hardbody Edition Review: midsize truck time capsule

    2024 Nissan Frontier Hardbody Edition Review: midsize truck time capsule

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    Retro is all the rage, perhaps now more than ever. The new Mustang has 1980s Fox Body gauges, the new Land Cruiser harkens back to its ancestors, the new Nissan Z has 300zx-influenced taillights, and so on. Given the strong sense of nostalgia in the automotive community as of late, it’s unsurprising that Nissan draped…

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  • 2024 Lexus TX 500h F Sport AWD: Review

    2024 Lexus TX 500h F Sport AWD: Review

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    Sometimes, in this business, you see a model name come across your desk and think, “Meh, I already had that.” In this case I just reviewed the 2024 Lexus TX 350 a few months ago. However, this TX 500h F Sport Performance Luxury is a different thing altogether. Well, I mean, it’s the same, but…

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  • 2024 Honda Passport Trailsport AWD: Review

    2024 Honda Passport Trailsport AWD: Review

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    The Overland market is huge and growing at the moment. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus on a dollar figure, but it’s estimated that around 30-40 million people are into the trend worldwide. Kamil and I spent the weekend with some other journalist types at Overland East a few years ago, and it was…

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  • 2024 New York Auto Show – Photo Dump

    2024 New York Auto Show – Photo Dump

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    Remember auto shows? The big auto shows like Detroit, L.A., Chicago? Perhaps Geneva or Munich? Yeah, in the last six years or so they got greatly reduced. I blame the speed of the media, instant access to news, lazy auto journalists, and cheap auto makers. And that killed the attendance, too. But the shows still…

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  • Everything that’s wrong with my 2003 Lexus GX470

    Everything that’s wrong with my 2003 Lexus GX470

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    In the studio pictures I shared in my original post about this new to me Lexus GX 470, this beast of a machine looked impressive. But things are not always what they seem. No matter what the seller may say, there will always be some additional issues with a car that is over two decades…

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  • 2023 Dodge Hornet GT Plus AWD: Review

    2023 Dodge Hornet GT Plus AWD: Review

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    It’s been over a decade since Dodge has had a compact SUV in its lineup. The Dodge Nitro left showrooms in 2012, leaving a hole in the smol-SUV segment. Dodge is part of Stellantis, which means they have access to the FCA Small Wide LWB 4×4 platform. It has been the basis for the Jeep…

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  • 1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK – Pt 3: Removing the Transmission

    1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK – Pt 3: Removing the Transmission

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    I’m diving more deeply into any past project I’ve owned, at least while under my own supervision. My 1967 Ford Mustang is now separated from its radiator, starter, driveshaft, exhaust, and now the transmission. It took a few days of work, mostly because I’ve got a full plate of other work, a day job, a…

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  • 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe First Drive (psst… get the XRT!)

    2024 Hyundai Santa Fe First Drive (psst… get the XRT!)

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    The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe arrives with seriously fresh style, good power from the gas engine, and an almost shockingly good XRT off-road-esque model. In fact, taking a look at the full lineup; the XRT is the one to buy! [Disclaimer: Hyundai flew me to TN, put me up in a hotel, and fed me.]

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  • Can-Am Showdown, Part 1: 2023 Outlander XT 700 vs 2016 Maverick 1000R XC

    Can-Am Showdown, Part 1: 2023 Outlander XT 700 vs 2016 Maverick 1000R XC

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    The debate is constant. Riders adamantly stick to their sides. Simply put: side-by-side versus ATV. Steering wheel versus handlebars. Straddle seat versus bucket seat. Roll cage versus full exposure. We understood the assignment this debate necessitates; and while this is far too nuanced to ever conclude one is definitively the better machine, our goal is…

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  • Tire Review: Falken Wildpeak AT4W

    Tire Review: Falken Wildpeak AT4W

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    For more than a decade, I’ve been driving on a single type of tire – the BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2. I’ve had a set on my 4Runner, my Bronco, and my Land Cruiser. The reason why I did not switch to any other tires is because the KO2s have been great to me. They were quiet,…

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  • My Montero is back…

    My Montero is back…

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    It was dead… and now it’s not. That’s a nice thing about cars. As long as they’re not crinkled into oblivion, they can be brought back to life. Regarding the fate of my Montero, the cost of bringing it back from the brink was pretty high. But in the end, I deemed it worth it…

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  • 2024 Toyota Prius Prime XSE Premium Review: Less practical than before but so much better for it

    2024 Toyota Prius Prime XSE Premium Review: Less practical than before but so much better for it

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    The Toyota Prius has long been the poster child for putting function over form, its lineage of awkward designs (especially that of the fourth generation car) and associated quirkiness seemingly overshadowing the ability of the vehicle to do its intended job. Yet the fifth generation car is a legitimate looker, something you don’t immediately loathe…

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  • 1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK – Part 2: Fluids Everywhere

    1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK – Part 2: Fluids Everywhere

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    My 1967 Ford Mustang project needs prepping before I can pull the engine and transmission. That means it’s time to drain fluids and start moving other parts out of the way. As you might expect from a project where I’m doing the wrenching, I am excellent at making easy tasks a bit harder. But things…

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