the AWDe is a great example of why knowing what drivetrain and powertrain mean is important
Hybrids & Electrics

5 Reasons You Need a Toyota Prius in Your Life

Love it or hate it, the Toyota Prius is probably not going anywhere any time soon, and for good reason. Toyota has sold well over 6 million Prii globally to date because let’s face it, people want a car that can get over 50 mpg reliably while carrying their families, friends, and all the cargo …

Dodge Challenger in warm colors like orange, yellow, and red
Sedans & Coupes

Top 5 AWD Sports Cars in 2020

Most of the best sports cars on the market are all-wheel-drive (AWD) and for a good reason. AWD powertrains provide better traction when accelerating or driving on a slippery road. Sports cars like the Nissan GT-R and Audi A5 appeared and out dragged and out cornered the fastest rear-wheel drive (RWD) muscle cars. Since the beginning, manual transmissions, roaring engines, and …

Kalle Rovanpera of Finland and Jonne Halttunen of Finland compete with their Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is All-Wheel Drive Worth the Upgrade?

When we talk about cars or trucks, we always head straight for the Tim “The Toolman” Taylor grunts and want to know about power. Horsepower and torque reign supreme in the arena of “car specs people care most about,” but the driveline plays a massive role in how that power hits the road. How do …

Automobility LA - Toyota Prius
Hybrids & Electrics

The 2019 Toyota Prius Is a Better Buy Than the 2020

The Toyota Prius is one of those cars that people consider a practical vehicle. Its fuel economy is amazing and it can accommodate a small family and their things. Plus, the Toyota Prius hybrid car gets the stamp of Toyota’s reliability. Additionally, the Prius recently received a redesign. It now boasts edgier styling and available …

An orange 1969 Jensen Interceptor FF Mk I on a foggy countryside road
Sedans & Coupes

The Jensen Interceptor: A Classic AWD European Muscle Car

America isn’t the only country to develop muscle cars. Various European manufacturers have also dipped their toes into the segment, both recently and in the past. Some of the classic muscle cars, such as the Allard J2, were so-called ‘hybrids,’ combining European bodies with American engines. And one of these, the Jensen Interceptor, wasn’t just …

A red 2020 Subaru Outback driving on the countryside.
Crossover & Midsize

Is the Subaru Outback More Expensive to Maintain?

The Subaru Outback is one of the most popular AWD crossover SUVs in America. The Toyota RAV4 is also a popular choice. But does the price to buy the Subaru wagon come with expensive maintenance costs that the dealer didn’t tell you about? How expensive is Outback maintenance? The investment in buying a car is …

A black Ford transit passenger van in the snow
Trucks & SUVs

2020 Ford Transit: Is it Better?

For 2020, the Ford Transit cargo and passenger vans have seen some welcome updates. Though it isn’t a complete redesign, the popular full-size van gets a mid-cycle refresh. Some changes are cosmetic, while some of them go deeper. But is the new 2020 Ford Transit better than its previous models? Apart from the all-new grille …

2020 Ford Explorer Platinum
Trucks & SUVs

All-Wheel-Drive SUVs for Under $15,000

While some might argue that a good set of snow tires is all you need, all-wheel drive is a nice feature. Power to all four wheels can help give an SUV a more handy driving experience. Some buyers prioritize AWD in their vehicle purchase––and understandably so. But this type of SUV gets pricey. You’re typically …

white 2021 Sienna minivan diving on a dirt road
Hybrids & Electrics

2021 Minivans: Which Will Be the Better Hybrid?

So far in 2020, we know that 2021 minivans are moving in the hybrid direction. There will be two hybrid options for buyers seeking alternatives to a regular gasoline engine. A Toyota minivan and a Chrysler minivan are going to have to battle it out to see which one is the best. But until we …

Reliable ATVs
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Top 5 ATVs of 2020

Whether you need one for tough jobs and mobility in all-terrain situations or you just want one to load up and take to the trails, there is an ATV that fits your needs. These top 5 2020 ATVs––or quads––are some top dollar machines designed to do whatever you want. ATVs are one of the most …

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Counterpoint: Why Four-Wheel Drive is Necessary for Some

My colleague, Thom Taylor, was recently perplexed by statistics that state 90% of pickup truck sales are for four-wheel drive equipped vehicles. He reached out to our team and asked, Why? He feels it is an unused feature in a pickup that adds extra weight, and increases costs and complexity to the vehicle. I have a counterpoint position for him.  “I …

Should I Buy a Subaru Impreza?
Cars

Should I Buy a Subaru Impreza?

For a compact car, the 2020 Subaru Impreza is pretty solid. Its safety ratings make it a stand out and the fact that it comes standard with all-wheel drive makes it an even more compelling option. You have two body style options for the Impreza: the sedan which starts at $18,695 and the hatchback which …

2021 Toyota Avalon Limited AWD
Cars

Is the New Toyota Avalon AWD Worth the Upcharge?

The Toyota Avalon is the brand’s flagship sedan, slotting just below Lexus’ lineup. It enjoys a reputation for reliability and safety, and it’s not uncommon for owners to hold onto their Avalons for close to a decade. However, even after introducing a TRD version, the Toyota Avalon still lacked something: all-wheel drive. But now, in …

2020 Toyota Camry XSE AWD front
Cars

Is the New Toyota Camry AWD Just Spinning Its Wheels?

Although its competitors’ affordable sedans are starting to wither, Toyota’s are seeing regular updates. Both the compact Corolla and midsize Camry received Nightshade editions, although only the Camry got a TRD trim. However, with trucks and SUVs growing in popularity, in part due to their all-wheel and four-wheel drive, Toyota had to keep the Camry …

The 2020 Subaru Outback on display at AutoMobility LA
Trucks & SUVs

Do All Subarus Come With All-Wheel Drive?

Subaru has been building quality vehicles for many years now, and impressed critics with its 2019 lineup. Each model received rave reviews for its performance, safety ratings, and stylish looks.  What many consumers love about Subaru is the fact that each model comes standard with all-wheel drive. So why does Subaru choose to go with …

1985 Audi Ur-Quattro overhead
Cars

If You Like Your AWD SUV, You Should Thank the Audi Ur-Quattro

Today, it’s hard to find an SUV that doesn’t at least offer AWD. Although AWD isn’t invincible—especially in winter, when you should invest in good snow tires—it does help improve an SUV’s traction and acceleration. That matters for performance and luxury SUVs, especially ones made by Audi. It wasn’t an SUV, truck, or crossover that …

Cars

We May Have Proof of a Mid-Engine Corvette with AWD

Corvette fans have been talking about the possibility of an all-wheel-drive Corvette for decades. Over the years, the level of speculation about this ‘Vette variant has remained steady. In fact, it rivals the well-established guessing game about Chevy producing a mid-engine Corvette that is finally becoming a reality with the unveiling of the 2020 mid-engine Corvette C8 on …