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Kristen McCoy

Kristen McCoy is a contributing writer for MotorBiscuit.

2021 Toyota Venza parked outside of a house
Hybrids & Electrics

Did Toyota Finally Learn Its Lesson With the Venza?

Over the years, Toyota has produced a number of popular and reliable vehicles: the Corolla, the Camry, the RAV4, and the Highlander, among others. Unfortunately, the first-generation Venza was not in this stellar line. This midsize crossover SUV debuted in 2009 and discontinued in the 2015 model year. This year, Toyota has brought back the Venza …

A Mazda CX-5, older sibling is displayed during the 96th Brussels Motor Show at Brussels Expo Center
Crossover & Midsize

Why Buy a Mazda CX-30 When You Can Buy a Mazda CX-5?

When it comes to SUVs, Mazda seems to have something for everyone. From the petite CX-3 to the midsize CX-9, the Japanese automaker offers crossover SUVs that offer excellent value and are fun to drive. But when a couple of these models seem to share many attributes, how do you sort out which one is better? …

2020 Kia Sedona is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The 2022 Kia Sedona Actually Looks . . . Cool?

Maybe you believe that minivans are not the style icons of the automotive world. We’d understand if you see them as common fixtures in suburbia, driven by harried parents taking loads of kids to soccer games or the mall. But Kia wants to change your perception of them. The Korean automaker is hoping that after …

2017 Nissan Murano is on display at the 109th Annual Chicago Auto Show
Crossover & Midsize

The Nissan Murano Has Been Quietly Solid the Past Few Years

Midsize SUVs offer just the right amount of space, comfort, and technology for many people. And shoppers have plenty of choices these days from the rugged Toyota Highlander to the near-luxurious Buick Enclave. If you’re in the market, where do you start when you’re searching for an affordable, reliable midsize SUV? Testers at Consumer Reports …

The Lexus LS500h on display during the second press day of the Geneva Motor Show
Hybrids & Electrics

The 2020 Lexus LS500h Is a Waste of $100K

For years, the Lexus LS reigned supreme with its robust engine, smooth ride, and posh interior. For buyers who want better fuel economy from their luxury sedan, Lexus offers a hybrid version, the LS500h. Does this model provide both the performance and the improved gas mileage that makes it worth the significantly higher price tag?  …

A Tesla Model S is displayed during the London Motor and Tech Show at ExCel
Hybrids & Electrics

What Do Tesla Model S Owners Complain About?

Introduced in 2012, the graceful, sporty Tesla Model S broke new ground in the world of electric vehicles. This five-door liftback sedan was the first EV to offer long-range performance, and its 416-hp rear-mounted electric motor made it blazingly fast. By 2018, buyers coveted the car so much that it became the second most-sold EV …

A Land Rover radiator badge is displayed during the London Motor and Tech Show at ExCel
Trucks & SUVs

Consumer Reports Hated Land Rover’s 2020 Midsize SUV Lineup

For decades, the British brand Land Rover is well-known for its luxury four-wheel-drive SUVs. Land Rover’s competitors are equally upscale because they are SUVs produced by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Lexus. They appeal to buyers who want both ruggedness and elegance. But not everybody is enamored with them. For example, Consumer Reports couldn’t stand Land Rover’s …

General Motors Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave vehicles go through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant
Crossover & Midsize

The Buick Enclave Is the Best Large Luxury SUV of 2020

Right now, the large luxury SUV segment cuts a wide swath, with numerous contenders vying for big-spending buyers. They include massive, high-end entries such as the Infiniti QX80, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Cadillac Escalade. All of these SUVs have prices that start north of $65,000. The Buick Enclave is another contender. It may not …

A Hummer H3T truck is displayed prior to the start of the 2004 Greater LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center
Trucks & SUVs

Why Did Hummer’s H3T Fail so Quickly?

Many people are familiar with the Hummer H3. It was the last iteration of General Motors’ attempt to popularize a civilian version of the M998 Humvee. GM stopped production on the H3 when it discontinued the brand in May 2010. But not many may have known about the H3T, the pickup truck variant of the …

2017 Nissan Pathfinder is on display at the 109th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place
Crossover & Midsize

How Safe Is the Nissan Pathfinder?

The Nissan Pathfinder is a midsize SUV with an energetic 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. It’s also earned 3.5 stars out of 5 from J.D. Power for reliability, making it slightly better than average compared to rivals such as the Chevrolet Traverse or the Volkswagen Tiguan. Besides reliability, …

A logo of Tesla is seen outside its showroom
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What’s Safer: Self-Driving Cars or Drive Assistance Technology?

Many new cars today are equipped with advanced driver assistance features. They help with driving or parking and include features such as automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning. Sometimes cars are marketed as self-driving, but most actually just have driver assistance technology. Since companies like Tesla haven’t completely ironed out the glitches in their self-driving …

The Lexus LS 460 AWD is displayed during its World premier at 2008 Moscow International Automobile Exhibition (MIMS)
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why You Should Avoid the 2007 Lexus LS 460

The LS series was launched in 1989 and was Lexus’ flagship full-size luxury sedan. The first model year of its fourth generation was the 2007 Lexus LS 460 with its robust 380-hp V8 engine. It’s known for introducing the eight-speed automatic transmission and automatic parking system. Both features were a first, not just for Lexus …

Models pose next to a NISSAN Altima at the Seoul Motor Show 2019 at KINTEX on March 28, 2019
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Nissan Altima Isn’t Selling Like It Used To

The Nissan Altima is the automaker’s entry in the midsize sedan segment. It’s larger, more powerful, and more upscale than the compact Sentra, yet it’s smaller and less luxurious than the full-size Maxima. The popularity of the Altima rose through the early 2000s, and sales peaked in the 2010s. In the past few years, sales …

Hyundai Motor Company shows off a 2019 Sonata Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Struggled With Reliability

Safe, economical, and fuel-efficient: the 2018 Hyundai Sonata seems like it would be a smart choice for a family sedan. The Sonata also makes a respectable showing among other popular midsize sedans such as the Mazda6, the Toyota Camry, and the Honda Accord. But Consumer Reports warns that it falls short on reliability. Let’s take …

BMW Indonesia's newest product, the All-New BMW 8 Series Coupe on May, 17,2019. All-new BMW M850i xDrive Coupe.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

How Does BMW’s Naming System Work?

You’re pretty sure that a BMW 435d xDrive is a 4 Series coupe, but what does the rest of the name mean? So, OK, you guessed that the automaker’s Z4 sDrive23i is a roadster but what kind of configuration is it? And what the heck is a BMW Alpina B3-GT3? Compared to other automakers’ naming …

Subaru Impreza is displayed during the second press day at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show
Tips, Tricks & Trends

What Made the 2012 Subaru Impreza so Bad?

If you want a compact car that has standard all-wheel drive, good fuel economy, and a roomy interior, the Subaru Impreza is a good choice. And if you want to save some money, you might be thinking about buying a secondhand one. It’s a smart move. But one specific model year of the Impreza is …

2018 Buick Encore is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show
Crossover & Midsize

The Worst Buick Encore Model Year You Should Never Buy

General Motors has been producing the Buick Encore since 2012. Buick’s first luxury subcompact crossover offers mid-priced luxury that this brand has been known for. At the somewhat more expensive end of the subcompact SUV segment, the Encore is in good company with rivals like the Mazda CX-3 and the Mini Countryman. If you’d like …