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2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid review: Like a nice night out

It’s good that Honda hasn’t fallen prey to the same addiction to large grilles as the rest of the industry.


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The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid is like a nice date night that doesn’t go overboard, financially speaking. Let’s say you want to treat yourself, but you’re not going all-out with a trip to one of those stuffy, three-figure-per-plate steakhouses. Maybe you want to spend just a smidge more money than usual and get down with some approachable, quasi-upscale cuisine, like a Cooper’s Hawk or a Wildfire, because you deserve something nice every once in a while. That’s what

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: The everyday supercar

This roadster is lean, low and incredibly purposeful.  


Craig Cole/Roadshow

The Mazda Miata is a supercar. No, it doesn’t have an obscenely powerful 12-cylinder engine, its top speed doesn’t eclipse 200 mph and it’s not wrapped in aerospace-grade carbon-fiber bodywork. But trust me, nearly everything about this machine is super.

Like

  • Linear engine performance
  • Scalpel-sharp dynamics
  • Sublime shifting
  • It’s plenty fast

Don’t Like

  • The infotainment system blows
  • A tight fit for taller folks
  • Borderline brutal ride

This little Japanese roadster delivers more driving enjoyment than some exotic cars that cost 10 times more. Truth be told, I’d rather have one

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2021 Kia Seltos review: Entry-level goodness

Good things come in small packages.


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Kia’s been on sort of a tear revamping its crossover and SUV lineup. But when the results are as good as the boxy-cool Soul or absolutely superb Telluride, you won’t hear me — or buyers — complaining. The next bit of Kia utility goodness is the subcompact 2021 Seltos, and it’s yet another home run.

Like

  • Distinctive looks.
  • Great overall value.
  • Lots of standard and available tech.

Don’t Like

  • Hit-or-miss efficiency.
  • Sluggish initial acceleration, even with turbo power.

I love the way the Seltos looks, especially in this Starbright Yellow color

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2020 Volkswagen Golf review: Supremely practical, somewhat sleepy

The Golf’s styling is a little drowsy, but this car’s looks should age well.


Craig Cole/Roadshow

It’s not going to win any accolades for groundbreaking design, and nobody will confuse it with some souped-up sports car, but what the Volkswagen Golf lacks in emotional appeal is more than made up for in other areas. This machine is simple and honest, a real salt-of-the-earth hatchback that’s not only incredibly versatile but unexpectedly satisfying.

Like

  • Slick-shifting manual transmission
  • Incredible real-world efficiency
  • Potent midrange torque
  • Versatile cargo hold

Don’t Like

  • Odd rev-hang at higher rpm
  • Engine can feel flatfooted
  • Lacks some driver aids
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