Our 2018 Toyota Highlander SE V6 AWD test car.Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider The 2018 Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular crossover SUVs in the US. Toyota sold nearly 216,000 Highlanders last year, making it the third best-selling, mid-size SUV in America. The 2018 Highlander starts at $31,230 while top-of-the-line Hybrid Limited Platinum models start at $48,480. We loved the Toyota Highlander's versatility and refinement, but we were disappointed with its poor driving dynamics and lackluster infotainment system. The Toyota Highlander has long been one of America's most popular family crossover SUVs. In 2018, Toyota sold nearly 216,000 Highlanders in the US, making it the third best selling mid-size SUV behind only the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Through May, sales are up 12% this year with more than 92,000 Highlanders rolling off American dealer lots. The Toyota Highlander originally debuted in 2000 as a softer, more family-friendly alternative … [Read more...] about We drove a $42,000 and a $50,000 Toyota Highlander to see why it’s one of the best family SUVs money can buy — here’s what we discovered
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The current-generation Kia Sorento has been around for a few years now, but it needed an update to stay relevant in the popular midsize crossover segment, which now includes not only stalwarts like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer, but also newcomers like the Volkswagen Atlas and Subaru Ascent. To keep up with the competition, Kia tried to sharpen up the Sorento’s driving dynamics by handing this seven-seat SUV over to Albert Biermann, the BMW M veteran who just got finished tuning the handling of the sporty Kia Stinger. Some new tech features and minor styling tweaks round out the changes. The 2019 Sorento comes in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX, and SX-Limited. Kia hasn’t finalized pricing, but a base Sorento L with front-wheel drive is expected to start at around $26,000. A fully-loaded all-wheel drive Sorento SX-Limited model, like our test car, will sticker for around $45,000. This top-of-the-line Sorento lives up to that lofty sticker price … [Read more...] about Kia’s new Sorento has BMW blood, but can you tell behind the wheel?
The North American International Show, or Detroit Motor Show to us and you, is the first major car convention of the year. Yes, we saw new cars at CES, but Las Vegas introduced more technologies than actual cars.The Detroit Motor Show is very much a car show though, with several new cars unveiled for the years ahead. A lot of them are targeted at the American market, but it's not to say we won't see them on European shores in the future. With hybrid, electric and autonomous technologies slowly becoming the norm, the Show this year has a heavy focus on working towards a more sustainable planet. Of course, we're not completely done with combustion engines just yet, so there are still plenty of cars to whet your appetite for rumbling engines. We've rounded up some of the most important launches from the show, covering concepts and actual production models that will be on the roads within the next few years.BMWBMW took the wraps off the all-new 2019 i8 Coupé in Detroit. The … [Read more...] about Best cars of Detroit Motor Show 2018: BMW, Ford, Mercedes and more
Last January, VentureBeat ran a story listing 30 electric car companies poised to make a splash over the next couple of years. That post went on to become one of the most popular in the history of this web site, racking up 189 comments. Today, we bring you a redux of that article — but instead of a list of all of the companies with an EV in a works, here’s a rundown of 21 companies were strong and focused enough to make progress toward something realistic this year. It’s worth noting that of this group, only two are producing interstate-worthy vehicles today: Tesla Motors, with its Roadster, and Venturi, with its Fetish. These models go for $109,000 and $400,000 respectively — not exactly what you would call practical. 2010 is certain to be a big year for the EV industry, with both the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt finally coming to market, or so they say. They will pave the way for another batch already set to launch in 2011 (including Tesla Motors’ … [Read more...] about 21 companies that will lead the green car charge
The question we’re supposed to answer here is “should you lease this car?” If you live where it’s available, you should absolutely go get a Clarity. The Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle is a brand new design for 2017, and it’s the first of three different vehicles planned for the platform. The other two are a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, and they are expected to be released later this year. Vehicle Introduction & Overview Automakers have been talking about a hydrogen-electric car for decades, and various prototypes have been made and tested. Toyota was first to market with their Mirai, and now Honda has delivered the Clarity. Honda conducted a prototype beta test a few years ago called the FCX Clarity, and the test went well enough that the Clarity is now in regular production. Honda produced the Clarity for a couple of reasons. First, there’s strong political support to explore hydrogen as part of a general push toward clean power, and … [Read more...] about You can basically drive a brand-new Honda Clarity for free