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2023 Toyota BZ4X Review: Radically Different But Underachieving

2023 Toyota BZ4X Review: Radically Different But Underachieving

The BZ4X is Toyota’s attempt to move its EV sales ‘beyond zero’ and, this time, it is available in all 50 States

Someone must have told Toyota that electric vehicles are supposed to be different. For its first dedicated EV, the company applied that lesson with blacked-out fenders, a fabric-upholstered dashboard, an inscrutable gear selector, and an alphabet-soup name.

The result is the 2023 Toyota bZ4X — the “bZ” standing for a new all-electric “beyond zero” subbrand. At the same time, the bZ4X is more “normal” than many other leading EVs. It focuses on a smooth, quiet ride over explosive power and sporty handling. And despite its quirks, the Toyota’s interior is more plush than ultramodern.

Priced from $42,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit, the bZ4X is a front-wheel-drive-based crossover that slots between the compact and mid-size segments. Toyota co-developed it with Subaru, which will sell a near-clone of the bZ4X as the Solterra. We just spent a week in a preproduction bZ4X to see how it fits into the fast-growing electric crossover segment.

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2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Review: The Sportier Electric Alternative to the XC40

2023 Volvo C40 Recharge Review: The Sportier Electric Alternative to the XC40

Test-driving the Volvo C40 Recharge Twin left us pleasantly surprised

Volvo, like other manufacturers, is hard at work electrifying its entire lineup. While Polestar (Volvo’s ex-tuner) is considered to be the EV arm of the Swedish brand, Volvo is churning out fully-electric versions of its own models. The first Volvo-badged EV is the XC40 Recharge, which is still being sold with a variety of internal-combustion engines. However, its sportier sibling, the Volvo C40 Recharge is the brand’s first EV-only model, and we recently got a chance to spend some time with the twin-motor variant.

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2023 Toyota Venza Nightshade Edition

2023 Toyota Venza Nightshade Edition

The Venza Nightshade Edition adds some cool colors and more standard features

The second-generation Toyota Venza was announced in May 2020 and went on sale for the North American market for the 2021 model year. Of course, no major changes were announced since then, but for the 2023 model year, the Venza will offer a special Nightshade Edition.

This is not the first Toyota model to get a Nightshade edition, as in the past few years the package was offered on pretty much every car, ranging from small cars like the Avalon to bigger ones like the 4Runner.

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2021 - 2023 Kawasaki KLX300

2021 - 2023 Kawasaki KLX300

This should be on your short list of zombie apocalypse bikes

Kawasaki put together its KLX300 model with dual-sport riders in mind and a definite bias for the off-road work. Suspension stroke and ground clearance point to a capacity for fairly rugged terrain, while the mirrors and full all-around lighting make it street legal. Whether you plan on proper adventure riding, or just want to forego the trailer action every time you want to hit your favorite trails, the KLX300 has you covered.

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2023 Audi S6 and S7 Design Edition

2023 Audi S6 and S7 Design Edition

The Design Edition offers an exclusive Arrow Gray exterior finish

Audi announced updates for its entire 2023 lineup, and the S6 and the S7 sedans are no exception. While no major exterior or interior updates will be offered, both models can now be ordered with an exclusive Design Edition package. It is only about some cool exterior and interior color combination, and it does make both sedans look better than ever.

The new Design Edition package will be offered exclusively for the 2023 model year and can be ordered starting June.

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2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Pace Car

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Pace Car

Sarah Fisher will have the honor of driving the car

Chevrolet Corvette has a very long history of pacing the Indy 500 race. It started in 1978 and 2022 will mark its nineteenth time on the job and its sixth consecutive year. This year, the pace car will be based on the 2023 Corvette Z06 and will be driven by former Indycar Series driver and team owner Sarah Fisher.

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2023 Land Rover Defender 30th Anniversary Edition

2023 Land Rover Defender 30th Anniversary Edition

Land Rover pays tribute to the first Defender offered in the States

Land Rover introduced the Defender to the North American market for the first time back in 1993. It was an extensively modified Defender 110, in order to comply with the strict North American safety regulations. The SUV was powered by a 3.9-liter V-8 petrol engine.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the North American introduction of the Defender, Land Rover will offer a special Defender 30th Anniversary Edition. It will be limited to only 500 units - just like the initial export batch offered in the States, and will be priced from $75,000.

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2023 Kia SOUL

2023 Kia SOUL

The 2023 Kia Soul comes with the typical facelift traits - redesigned exterior, new features on the inside, and some tweaks under the hood

Just like the Nissan Juke, the SOUL has a boxy design that helps it stand out in the crowd. Of course, over its relatively short history, the SOUL stopped being as angular as it was when launched back in 2008, but still, it is very easy to recognize for what it is.

The third generation arrived in the States for the 2020 model year, and since then, it suffered minor changes constantly, including dropping the manual gearbox for the 2022 model year. The 2023 model year will once again offer some changes, including losing the 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter gasoline engine.

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2022 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate

2022 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate

Here is the “ultimate” Yukon Denali of your dreams, and is one of the most luxurious SUVs from GMC

GMC has upped the ante in terms of luxury for the Yukon lineup by introducing a new top-of-the-line trim called the Denali Ultimate. It comes with distinctive exterior and interior styling, which includes chrome embellished exterior trim, 22-inch machine-cut alloy wheels, Alpine Umber trim with premium leather upholstery, and a lot more features. Speaking of features, the Yukon Denali Ultimate allows you to drive hands-free on compatible roads using the Super Cruise driver assistance tech, which is derived straight from the Sierra Denali Ultimate. The Yukon Denali Ultimate is the quintessential luxury three-row SUV, complete with all the features and richness you’ll ever need to prove your wealth.

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2023 Toyota bZ4X

2023 Toyota bZ4X

Toyota’s first vehicle in the "Beyond Zero" series seems to be an impressive kickstart to its reinvigorated EV journey

Remember the RAV4 EV back in 2014, and the current-selling Prius hybrids? Toyota’s name in the electrified world is not new, but it is now more prominent with the bZ4X, which is the brand’s first EV built on the e-TNGA platform. This platform is a joint venture of both Toyota and Subaru. The newly launched Subaru Solterra is its identical cousin with many similarities, which we will talk about more later. Keeping carbon neutrality in mind, the brand is now focusing on its electrification journey, starting with the 2023 bZ4X, which stands for “Beyond Zero” and the 4X denotes its chic exterior and the overall size. As you can tell, everything you see and feel is new or has been reworked. It is good to see Toyota focusing on consumer tech and modern design aesthetics, along with the leading reliability.

Now, like every other EV, you might be wondering what the claimed range is. Well, Toyota claims about 119 MPGe combined for the front-wheel-drive models and about 104 MPGe for the all-wheel-drive models. Considering the 71.4 kWh and the 72.8 kWh battery packs, the range is not that bad either. The front-wheel-drive variants put out 201 horsepower, and adding another electric motor on the rear axle will increase it to a meager 214 horsepower. Given the stats and the price range, it will compete with the Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach E, and the Kia EV6. What do you think of the 2023 Toyota bZ4X? Should you go and buy it right now? Read the full review and point out your deciding factors.

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2023 BMW 7-Series "The First Edition"

2023 BMW 7-Series "The First Edition"

The 7 Series ’The First Edition’ will be limited to 150 examples

BMW Japan is celebrating the launch of the new-generation 7 Series with a special "The First Edition" series. Customers can already place orders for the special edition, but the deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The new 7-Series “The First Edition” will be based on three different models: the 740i Excellence, the 740i M Sport, and the electric i7 xDrive60 Excellence. Each will be limited to 50 copies, for a total production run of 150 copies.

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2023 BMW i7

2023 BMW i7

With a 31-inch rear screen and a host of other gadgets, the BMW i7 is a technological powerhouse

BMW has just unveiled the new, seventh-generation 7 Series. Completely new from the ground up, the main highlight of the new 7 Series range is the fully-electric i7. Competing squarely against the Mercedes-Benz EQS full-size electric luxury sedan, the i7 looks more traditional compared to its bulbous rival. Stick on to find out whether the BMW i7 is perfect for you, or if the Mercedes-Benz EQS is a more convincing electric luxo-barge.

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2023 Subaru Outback

2023 Subaru Outback

The 2023 Subaru Outback has the soul of an off-road SUV and the body of a station wagon. For 2023, it brings new tech and even more character

The Subaru Outback has been around since 1994, and it has been one of the most popular high-riding station wagons and a worthy alternative to an SUV. Speaking of the latter, the current Outback gets as close to being an SUV without actually being one. The current generation has been around since 2020, but for 2023, Subaru has given the Outback a refresh, in order to keep it relevant. Here’s what’s new:

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2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek

This edition will also add a little bit of power!

The 2022 New York Auto Show happened this week, and one of the first vehicles to break cover was from Nissan. It is a bolder, off-road-inspired version of the Pathfinder called the Pathfinder Rock Creek. It will go on sale in the summer of 2022, along with the complete 2023 Pathfinder lineup.

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2023 Smart #1

2023 Smart #1

Smart #1 is a new beginning for the boutique manufacturer and the first of many all-electric models from the brand

Smart is one of the automotive names you don’t hear often. While most of their models are rather unremarkable, the brand marks new beginnings with an all-new EV model. We first talked about the Smart #1 compact SUV in September 2021, when it made a debut at the IAA Munich Auto Show, and now, we have more details on it.

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2023 Maserati Grecale

2023 Maserati Grecale

While the German competition is sensible, Maserati fights back with passion and flair with the new Grecale

If you want an indicator on what type of vehicles the market is currently leaning toward, all you need to do is take a simple look at the current lineup of traditional sportscar manufacturers like Porsche and Maserati. While the sales figures of these two used to be dominated by sporty cars in the past, SUVs now make up the majority of their overall tally. This is why a compact luxury SUV from Maserati called the Grecale was pretty much bound to happen already.

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2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition

2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition

First example sold for $250,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction

Henry Leland founded "Cadillac Automobile Company" on 22 August 1902. It was named after French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit in 1701. 2022 marks Cadillac’s 120th anniversary, and, to mark the event the company launched the 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition.

It will be limited to only 120 units, each numbered with a year in Cadillac’s history. The first unit - number 1902 was auctioned this weekend at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction for the impressive amount of $250,000.

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2015 - 2023 Honda Ruckus

2015 - 2023 Honda Ruckus

This has got to be the Mad Max of scooterdom

Bare bones — naked bike, anyone? — and gnarly, the Ruckus looks like it’s right out of Mad Max. Even though it does have a 50 cc engine, no one is going to say, “Awww, isn’t that cute?” when you ride by on a Honda Ruckus. Granted, you won’t get going very fast on a Ruckus, so on-lookers will get a good, long look.

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2023 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class By Virgil Abloh

2023 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class By Virgil Abloh

The automaker honors late Italian designer Virgil Abloh by building this limited-edition Maybach S680

Do you remember the Project Maybach launched back in December 2021? It was the last Maybach project designed by fashion designer Virgil Abloh before he passed away in November 2021 after being diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma in 2019.

However, it seems that Virgil Abloh has one more project developed with Maybach: a special edition based on the 2023 Maybach S-Class S 680. It will be limited to only 39 units for the American market, and 150 units for the world.

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2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo

2023 Maserati Grecale Trofeo

Does the Maserati Grecale Trofeo have enough substance to outclass the competition?

Even a brand like Maserati isn’t immune from the SUV and crossover trend. The Italian luxury automaker, whose lineup was primarily dominated by sports sedans and grand tourers, now has two SUVs in its lineup. Enter the Maserati Grecale, which is their smallest SUV yet.

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