Cars and Me

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)
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has functional aerodynamic enhancements and competition-capable suspension upgrades. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a returning champion

A classic favorite comes back looking better than ever and sporting tons of the latest technology.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has functional aerodynamic enhancements and competition-capable suspension upgrades. (Manufacturer photo)
Nissan Kicks exterior styling updates for 2021 include a bigger grille edged with black, sharply angled headlights and a bold new front bumper. (Nissan) 20210517

Nissan updates Kicks subcompact with revised styling for ’21

New standard features and interior refinement are included in changes to the brand’s smallest SUV.

Nissan Kicks exterior styling updates for 2021 include a bigger grille edged with black, sharply angled headlights and a bold new front bumper. (Nissan) 20210517
The 2021 Toyota GR Supra two-seat sports car is available in six-cylinder and four-cylinder versions. (Manufacturer photo)

Toyota makes significant changes to GR Supra for 2021

The six-cylinder model gets even more horsepower, and there’s a new turbo four-cylinder version.

The 2021 Toyota GR Supra two-seat sports car is available in six-cylinder and four-cylinder versions. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Lexus UX 200 F Sport model is distinguished from other versions by its exclusive grille and bumpers. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Lexus UX offers regular and hybrid powertrains

Both versions now have blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as standard equipment.

The 2021 Lexus UX 200 F Sport model is distinguished from other versions by its exclusive grille and bumpers. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan seats five passengers and has 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan raises its own high bar

A full redesign adds beauty plus two new versions: a hybrid and a turbocharged N Line performance model.

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan seats five passengers and has 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space. (Manufacturer photo)
Horizontal double headlights and an enormous grille are key players in the 2021 Genesis G80 redesign. (Manufacturer photo)

Genesis gains ground with 2021 makeover of G80 luxury sedan

It offers two new engines, top-notch design, zesty performance, blue-ribbon build quality and value.

Horizontal double headlights and an enormous grille are key players in the 2021 Genesis G80 redesign. (Manufacturer photo)
According to Toyota, the 2021 Sienna minivan’s front design was inspired by the Shinkansen Japanese bullet train to impart a sleek, speedy and confident appearance. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Toyota Sienna might be a game-changer for minivans

All new from the ground up, this fourth-generation version is styled to the nines. Seriously.

According to Toyota, the 2021 Sienna minivan’s front design was inspired by the Shinkansen Japanese bullet train to impart a sleek, speedy and confident appearance. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV compact SUV has seating for five passengers. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV expands electric-only range

This plug-in hybrid SUV can now go 24 miles without gasoline, and its horsepower rating is up by 31.

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV compact SUV has seating for five passengers. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 luxury compact SUV is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. (Manufacturer photo)

Mercedes-Benz expands its family with GLB 250 compact SUV

Boxy styling looks retro, but the technology is futuristic. There’s an AMG version in the lineup, too.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 luxury compact SUV is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. (Manufacturer photo)
The Nissan Sentra has seating for five passengers. It was completely redesigned for 2020, the eighth-generation version of this popular compact sedan. (Manufacturer photo)

2021 Nissan Sentra adds smartphone integration on all models

Remote access vehicle function and a Wi-Fi hotspot are also available on the SR top trim level.

The Nissan Sentra has seating for five passengers. It was completely redesigned for 2020, the eighth-generation version of this popular compact sedan. (Manufacturer photo)
There’s no engine under that hood. The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette’s big V8 is midship. (Mary Lowry)

That Ferrari you saw might have been the new Chevy Corvette

The latest version of America’s classic two-seater sports car rivals the exotics at half the price.

There’s no engine under that hood. The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette’s big V8 is midship. (Mary Lowry)
The 2021 Toyota Venza mid-size SUV has two rows of seats accommodating up to five passengers. (Manufacturer photo)

Toyota Venza returns for 2021 as a whole new entity

After a five-year hiatus, the formerly nondescript model is a snazzy hybrid SUV with all-wheel drive.

The 2021 Toyota Venza mid-size SUV has two rows of seats accommodating up to five passengers. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo produces up to 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. (Manufacturer photo)

Turbo power comes to Mazda’s Mazda3 compact for 2021

Ride, handling and cabin quality were already a given. Performance can now be added to the mix.

The 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo produces up to 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. (Manufacturer photo)
The 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan has a restyled front end, including the grille, front bumper and LED headlights. (Manufacturer photo)

Functional, practical Honda Odyssey is a favorite among buyers

There’s plenty of room inside this minivan for people, pets and whatnot, and it’s even good in snow.

The 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan has a restyled front end, including the grille, front bumper and LED headlights. (Manufacturer photo)