Cars and Me

The Toyota Highlander XSE’s front fascia, grille, and lower spoiler are exclusive to this model. (Manufacturer photo)

Toyota Highlander gets a sport infusion from new XSE model

Suspension tuning upgrade, distinct styling and exclusive trim are among the midsize SUV’s revisions.

 

The 2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid has five-passenger seating and comes standard with all-wheel drive. (Manufacturer photo)

2022 Honda CR-V Hybrid is the lineup’s fuel economy leader

The hybrid has the same superior qualities as the gasoline version, but is miles ahead in eco status.

 

A dark chrome accent grille distinguishes the Calligraphy model from others in the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe lineup. (Manufacturer photo)

Hyundai Santa Fe mid-size SUV is stylish and sophisticated

New models for 2022 include a plug-in hybrid and the XRT with some emphasis on rugged appearance.

 

The 2022 Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup is a modern interpretation of the popular Nissan Hardbody truck of the 1980s and 1990s. (Manufacturer photo)

Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup is fully redesigned for 2022

The first makeover in 17 years, it keeps the proven frame, chassis and engine of the previous model.

The 2022 Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup is a modern interpretation of the popular Nissan Hardbody truck of the 1980s and 1990s. (Manufacturer photo)
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Chevrolet Trailblazer is back, as a subcompact sport-utility

After a 2021 launch, some features are added for 2022, including some new metallic paint eye candy.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS
The 2022 Kia Carnival has front-wheel drive, three rows, and placing for seven or eight passengers, depending on seat configuration. (Kia) 20210913

Kia replaces Sedona minivan with all-new 2022 Carnival MPV

Do similarities to the brand’s current boxy SUVs justify the new nomenclature? Kia says yes.

The 2022 Kia Carnival has front-wheel drive, three rows, and placing for seven or eight passengers, depending on seat configuration. (Kia) 20210913
The 2021 Mazda CX-5’s sleek styling is punctuated by a bit of aggression up front. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Mazda CX-5 maintains its niche with personality

The latest version of Mazda’s infotainment system and a new Carbon Edition model are this year’s notables.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5’s sleek styling is punctuated by a bit of aggression up front. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is a reflection of the company’s evolving Sensuous Sportiness global design identity. (Manufacturer photo)

High-drama styling, tons of tech enrich Hyundai’s new Tucson

The compact SUV is fully remade for 2022. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models arrive for the first time.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson is a reflection of the company’s evolving Sensuous Sportiness global design identity. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2022 Honda Civic Sedan Touring model has a 180-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine joined to a CVT automatic transmission. (Honda) 20210816

Honda’s venerable compact Civic Sedan is all new for 2022

It leads the way for a series of new Civic variants, including Hatchback, Si and Type-R models.

The 2022 Honda Civic Sedan Touring model has a 180-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine joined to a CVT automatic transmission. (Honda) 20210816
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L’s standard powertrain is a 293-horsepower V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee grows with a new L model

The full-size SUV is 15 inches longer and gains a third row of seats. All-terrain status remains intact.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L’s standard powertrain is a 293-horsepower V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid is available in Sahara, Rubicon, and High Altitude trim levels of the Unlimited (four-door) model. (Manufacturer photo)

Emissions-free off-roading courtesy of 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

The new PHEV version of the perennial all-terrain favorite can go up to 25 miles in full electric mode.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid is available in Sahara, Rubicon, and High Altitude trim levels of the Unlimited (four-door) model. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness has matte black cladding with important contact points in a high-contrast golden yellow color. (Manufacturer photo)

New Wilderness model uplifts Outback’s recreation factor

The lineup of Subaru’s popular SUV now includes a choice designed with outdoor enthusiasts in mind.

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness has matte black cladding with important contact points in a high-contrast golden yellow color. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 BMW 4 Series coupe has a new interpretation of the brand’s signature kidney grille. (BMW)

2021 BMW M440i xDrive combines sport fun, touring pleasure

The redesigned luxury compact coupe has more horsepower, a mild-hybrid system and interior upgrades.

The 2021 BMW 4 Series coupe has a new interpretation of the brand’s signature kidney grille. (BMW)
The 2021 Ford F-150 full-size pickup offers a choice between six different powertrains, three cab sizes and two bed lengths. (Manufacturer photo)

All-new 2021 Ford F-150 has segment’s first hybrid engine

Revisions inside the cab include new design, upgraded materials and the latest Sync infotainment system.

The 2021 Ford F-150 full-size pickup offers a choice between six different powertrains, three cab sizes and two bed lengths. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Lexus LS 500 F Sport includes a unique grille and 20-inch wheels. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Lexus LS 500 luxury sedan is a godsend in a heat wave

The brand’s flagship is updated with enhanced ride quality, more comfort and a new infotainment system.

The 2021 Lexus LS 500 F Sport includes a unique grille and 20-inch wheels. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 subcompact SUV is available in standard 2.5 S and optional Turbo models. (Mazda)

New turbocharged version livens up the Mazda CX-30 lineup

The year-old subcompact SUV with sporty driving dynamics now has the brawn to back it up.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 subcompact SUV is available in standard 2.5 S and optional Turbo models. (Mazda)
A blacked-out diamond pentagon grille and four-element LED headlights signal assertiveness in the 2022 Acura MDX. (Manufacturer photo)

Acura presents an all-new MDX luxury SUV for 2022

Bold exterior styling, better handling, a more versatile interior, and technology upgrades dominate.

A blacked-out diamond pentagon grille and four-element LED headlights signal assertiveness in the 2022 Acura MDX. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime in XSE trim with two-tone black and Supersonic Red paint. (Manufacturer photo)

Toyota expands RAV4 family with new 2021 Prime plug-in hybrid

The most powerful RAV4 also has the highest electric-only range of any PHEV SUV on the market.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime in XSE trim with two-tone black and Supersonic Red paint. (Manufacturer photo)
Along with its redesigned front end, the 2021 Armada is the first Nissan vehicle to wear the company’s new logo. (Nissan) 20210607

Nissan Armada SUV merges brute strength with gentle comfort

Styling changes for 2021 include a bolder front and redesigned center stack with a big new touchscreen.

Along with its redesigned front end, the 2021 Armada is the first Nissan vehicle to wear the company’s new logo. (Nissan) 20210607
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is available in eight trim levels. The LT model is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

Trailering technologies update Chevy Silverado for 2021

Adaptive Ride Control availability and a new six-function Multi-Flex tailgate are other highlights.

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is available in eight trim levels. The LT model is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)