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Comparing the Smallest Crossovers: 2020 Hyundai Venue vs. 2020 Kia Soul vs. 2020 Nissan Kicks

Comparing the Smallest Crossovers: 2020 Hyundai Venue vs. 2020 Kia Soul vs. 2020 Nissan Kicks

We test three affordable subcompacts and pick a winner

Ever since Subaru lifted the Legacy’s suspension, slapped on some body cladding, and called it the Outback, it’s been harder and harder to draw a firm line between ’regular’ cars and SUVs. And we recently drove three vehicles that are right in that blurry area. Their manufacturers call them crossovers, and they’re tall and plastic-clad. But they’re tiny and come only with front-wheel-drive.

Whatever you call them, the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue, the freshly-redesigned 2020 Kia Soul, and the 2020 Nissan Kicks are a lot of vehicle for the money. They all start below $20,000, all get at least 30 mpg, and all have higher seating positions and more cargo room than a sedan. They slot under their brands’ crossovers that already wear the pint-sized label of subcompact — the Hyundai Kona, Kia Seltos, and Nissan Rogue Sport — to provide an even lower price and even more city-friendly parking abilities.

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Here's How the Tesla Model Y's Heat Pump Solves Range Issues In Colder Weather

Here’s How the Tesla Model Y’s Heat Pump Solves Range Issues In Colder Weather

This could result in other automakers also opting for heat pumps over electric resistance heating systems

It is a known fact that electric cars suffer from range issues in extreme temperatures. However, Musk’s team has come up with a solution to make EVs more efficient in colder climates. Tesla has equipped a heat pump in the Model Y to counter this problem and it has even left Elon Musk impressed.

The feature came to light when an owner discovered the heat pump in his Model Y. Even the owner’s manual mentions it. Could it be the next big thing in electric vehicles?

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Why the Mercedes EQA EV Won't Be a Hatchback

Why the Mercedes EQA EV Won’t Be a Hatchback

The EQA would be cool as a hatchback, but it would come with a major compromise that just isn’t acceptable
It’s a small crossover based on the 2021 Mercedes GLA Battery placement in the floor Could still take cues from EQA Concept Should go on sale sometime in late-2020 249-mile range, 60 kWh battery

Mercedes has finally unveiled the new GLA, and during the presentation, we were treated to a teaser of the Mercedes EQA EV – a model once believed to be an entry-level hatchback. The image was clear enough that we can confirm the EQA will, in fact, be a very small crossover, one that we’ve seen in the prototype form in the past. This raises a big question, though. Why isn’t the production version of the Mercedes EQA going to take after the Concept EQA that was shown off by Mercedes back in 2017, and what happened to the hatchback body style?

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2021 Mercedes GLA Teaser and What We Know

2021 Mercedes GLA Teaser and What We Know

Merc’s second-generation BMW X2 fighter is all set to take center stage

Mercedes is preparing to debut the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class on December 11th, but before the second-generation crossover arrives, the German automaker dropped a new teaser showing the new GLA-Class’ side profile and parts of the rear section.

The familiar design echoes the looks that we’re now familiar with from Mercedes’ new batch of compact cars. The carmaker took a few design liberties in rendering of the GLA-Class — the wheels and tires are abnormally large — but for the most part, the second-generation crossover carries a host of new design features that should make the GLA Class look sportier than in previous forms.

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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Trim Level Breakdown

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Trim Level Breakdown

You can have your pick of the pot if you’re willing to wait

November 17, 2019 will forever be remembered as the day Ford unveiled the controversial Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. We’ve looked at, gone through, and peeled off just about every conceivable layer of the Mustang Mach-E, and now it’s time to look at each of the Mach-E’s trims from affordable to most expensive. Here’s the breakdown.

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10 Surprising Vehicles with More Power than the 2020 Toyota Supra

10 Surprising Vehicles with More Power than the 2020 Toyota Supra

Speaking of surprises, there are a number of them in this list

It seems fair to say that many people were underwhelmed by the Toyota Supra. People knocked Toyota for the Supra’s looks. Some were upset about its high pricing. And a lot of other people didn’t think too kindly to the engine choices that Toyota prepared for its returning sports car. A base version that produces less than 200 horsepower? Really? The range-topping version of the Supra does have 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, but even that came from a BMW-sourced engine. Truth be told, the Supra’s 355-horsepower output isn’t that bad. But it also could’ve been higher, especially when you consider that so many other models from different segments can carry that much power without having to be a sports car, specifically one that has to carry the legacy of one of Toyota’s most iconic nameplates. If you’re wondering how many vehicles have more power than the 2020 Supra, we compiled a list made up of 10 of them. And, if for nothing else, this list may surprise you.

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Every Compact Crossover SUV (Ranked From Worst to Best)

Every Compact Crossover SUV (Ranked From Worst to Best)

15 compact crossovers to devour all sedans and wagons ranked from worst to best

With their unibody construction, technology sourced from compact cars, and small engines, the crossovers, or compact SUVs, have become the most popular choice for the car buyers of today. They offer exceptional convenience thanks to the sizeable cabin, ample luggage space, and a cabin moved to the front. Unlike body-on-frame trucks, the crossovers have far less weight to full, feature comprehensive active safety equipment, and represent a novel interpretation of cheap, but practical means of personal transportation. Thanks to their raised body, raised suspension, and, in some instances, a tricked out all-wheel-drive, the crossovers also evoke a particularly adventurous spirit, now fully adapted for average families and average drivers. Considering the successful marriage of off-road truck technologies, and nature with the classic unibody construction, compact SUVs/crossovers are the best "all-in-one" vehicles the car industry ever gave us.
 

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Kia XCeed Quirks and Features

Kia XCeed Quirks and Features

XCeed completes Kia C-segment offering with sexy styling, a lot of comfort features, and somewhat surprising tech

This is the forth Ceed brother in the Kia lineup. There’s the Ceed Sportwagon, Proceed Sportwagon, Ceed hatchback, and now the XCeed. I will go on a limb here and say that the XCeed Xceeded (I had to) my expectations when it comes to its exterior look. This pseudo crossover is a bomb. Somewhat based around the ProCeed layout, the Xceed successfully employs the swept back roof design of the coupe and takes a few unique styling touches compared to any other Ceed currently available. Considering that crossovers like this sell like crazy, I am not even mad that Kia made it better looking compared to any other hatch in its arsenal. Regardless of its looks, the Kia XCeed is just a regular compact with the same tech you can find in any other Kia or Hyundai hatch. It does have some unique touches though! Here they are:

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2020 Ford Puma Quirks and Features

2020 Ford Puma Quirks and Features

2020 Ford Puma As A Compact Crossover Packed With Practicality

In an unprecedented invasion of SUVs, car manufacturers are racing to unveil better designed, more convenient, and funnier propositions to the market. The latest to arrive is the 2020 Ford Puma – a small European compact crossover with front-wheel drive and somewhat diminutive dimensions. To make it as appealing as possible, and as quirky as a small two-door coupe from the Nineties, Ford started the Puma’s design from a clean slate of paper. Well, if you forget that it actually takes many of the talents from the small Fiesta hatch. Nevertheless, the Ford Puma, with an impressive array of equipment, advanced tech, cool exterior looks, and a fine array of equipment has a flavor similar to what the Nissan Juke offered ten years ago. Only in this case, it’s offered in a much sexier and sleeker shape. I present to you all the amazing quirks and features of the new 2020 Ford Puma.

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Everything We Know About the 2020 Subaru Outback

Everything We Know About the 2020 Subaru Outback

A Major Step Ahead For The 2020 Subaru Outback Compared to 2019 Subaru Outback

Initially introduced in 1995, the Subaru Outback brought an idea of a raised wagon with clear off-road proves to fruition. Many successful generations later, we are on a look for the introduction of an all-new 2020 Subaru Outback. For the first time created on the pillars of the Subaru’s so-called global platform (SGP), the 2020 Subaru Outback shares almost everything with the recently introduced 2020 Subaru Legacy that showed its face at the 2019 Chicago Motor Show. This is what we know about the 2020 Subaru Outback.

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Everything We Know About the 2020 Toyota Highlander

Everything We Know About the 2020 Toyota Highlander

The New 2020 Toyota Highlander Shapes Up To Be A Perfect Family Seven-Seater

Mid-Size, seven-seat SUVs are taking over our roads, our car parks, and our highways. There’s nothing we can do about the invasion of cars like the Palisade, the Telluride, the Explorer, and now the Toyota Highlander. What we can do, however, is ask manufacturers to make them as good as possible. That is why the scheduled introduction of the new 2020 Toyota Highlander at the 2019 New York Motor Show is such a big deal. The new Toyota Highlander should be the best Highlander to date and this is what we know about it.

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2020 Ford Escape (Kuga) vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Ford Escape (Kuga) vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

Two compact crossovers going head-to-head

Ford has just launched an all-new, fourth-generation Escape crossover, a model known as the Kuga in Europe and some other markets. The vehicle enters one of the most competitive and hotly contested segments where all rivals are hugely talented (there really isn’t one bad car to speak of) and picking one above all others is by no means an easy task. But if you were to choose an important rival to compare the Escape to, then that has to be the aggressive-looking Toyota RAV4.

Toyota went for a dramatic visual reinvention of the RAV4 for its fifth generation since the model had really become rather boring to look at in its previous incarnation. Frankly, no subsequent RAV4 had anywhere near the visual flair of the first generation model, a car that looked better without painted bumpers and side trim - that’s how quirky and cool it was. Now, thankfully, the latest RAV4 tries to rekindle that flame, albeit with fresh, edgy styling that makes it look contemporary, although it doesn’t look visually related to the original RAV4 in the way older generations did.

The Blue Oval, on the other hand, didn’t want to risk anything with its new Escape, so it made the vehicle look pretty much exactly like a puffy high-riding Focus. That’s literally all there is to its design, so in this respect, the RAV4 is already starting to look like the more daring, flamboyant option, yet being a Toyota, it doesn’t automatically have associated shortcomings.

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What Do we Know About the 2020 Nissan Juke?

What Do we Know About the 2020 Nissan Juke?

Technologically, 2020 Nissan Juke Is A Complete Departure From The Model We Know

In 2018, after eight years on sale, Nissan produced the one-millionth Juke in its Sunderland plant. Throughout its short life, the quirky little crossover became seriously successful and, whether you like it or not, the second generation Juke is in the cards. Not only in the cards, but Nissan is close to finishing its development. I expect it to debut later in 2019 or early 2020. Unlike the previous generation Juke, the new one will employ novel technology introduced with the CMF-B platform from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. It is the same platform used for the construction of the latest Renault Clio which means that the new Nissan Juke will support a hybrid system. If Nissan grows some balls, it could offer the Juke in an all-electric guise too.

While all of you wait for the date of its release, I am sharing with you all I know about the new 2020 Nissan Juke.

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2020 Ford Escape Quirks and Features

2020 Ford Escape Quirks and Features

2020 Ford Escape Is One Of The Most Compeling Crossovers On The Market

The new 2020 Ford Escape compact crossover enters a highly competitive segment of soft city-centric off-road vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and the Nissan Rogue. Although it needs to be on par with any one of them, the new Ford Escape also has big shoes to fill. According to an IHS Markit survey over, 96 percent of all Escapes sold in the last ten years are still on the road. In the everchanging landscape of the car market of today, the Ford Escape tries hard to offer a compelling crossover package. Now it is based on the same platform as the Ford Focus, and that seems to be a good thing. Right here, I’ve picked up a number of interesting facts and quirks about the new 2020 Ford Escape.

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2020 Tesla Model Y Vs 2019 Tesla Model X

2020 Tesla Model Y Vs 2019 Tesla Model X

The most practical Teslas go head to head

Now that we’ve had an eyeful of the 2020 Tesla Model Y, it’s time to look at it from a more analytical perspective, especially with regards to how it stacks up against the 2019 Tesla Model X. What are the differences between these two all-electric utility vehicles, and why do those differences matter?

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Please Buy a Porsche Panamera Rather Than the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Please Buy a Porsche Panamera Rather Than the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe

If you want something fast and practical from Stuttgart, there are better options out there

Porsche just unveiled the 2020 Cayenne Coupe, which is a lot like the standard Cayenne, but with a “sportier” roofline. As a fan of fast cars and less of a fan of fast SUVs, I feel as though it’s my duty to encourage anyone considering the Cayenne Coupe as their next vehicle purchase to instead take a gander at the Porsche Panamera lineup, which offers more performance, equal levels of luxury, and nearly equal practicality.

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Tesla Model Y versus Polestar 2

Tesla Model Y versus Polestar 2

Finally, two evenly matched EVs we can compare

The scene may have been busy over the past few days, comparing the new Tesla Model Y and the very similar Model 3, calling them too similar, but the fact of the matter is, the new small Tesla crossover has a direct rival. I am, of course, talking about the Polestar 2, itself a strange model that’s neither a sedan nor a crossover - that’s right up the Model Y’s alley. These two cars are direct rivals if we’ve ever seen any, and while their styling may be radically different, they are undoubtedly targeting the same market segment. The Tesla is the more bubble-like of the two, with its strongly arched roofline, but it can seat two more people than the Volvo (in theory, at least), so at least there’s a purpose behind the hunchback design.

In terms of performance and range, the two are very close, at least if we compare the higher-spec Long Range or Dual Motor AWD versions of the Model Y to the Polestar and its single powertrain choice. You will be able to get the Tesla Model Y Performance model that will blow the Polestar 2 clean out of the water with its 3.5-second zero to sixty time, but the other two versions available from launch are comparable.

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Visual Comparison: 2020 Tesla Model Y vs. 2019 Tesla Model 3

Visual Comparison: 2020 Tesla Model Y vs. 2019 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y Are Too Similar For A Reason

Tesla’s obsession with simplistic futuristic design is perhaps best captured in almost terrifyingly similar stature of its two most important cars - the Tesla Model 3 and the recently revealed Tesla Model Y. Unraveled secrets of the new mid-size electric crossover led the world almost unanimously settle on the fact that the new Model Y is essentially an ideal conjugation between the reasonable Model 3 and the lush Model X.

While the design cleverly infiltrates the new mid-size crossover into the world of more expensive coupe-looking propositions on the market, it also resoundingly accepts all the styling cleverness of Tesla’s cheapest model. The Tesla Model Y differs from the Model 3 in what seems to be a few minor details, but it is clear that all of them matter a lot. I explored all the design minutiae between the Tesla Model 3 and the Tesla Model X for you, and it becomes clear - the Tesla Model Y is the smartest thing Tesla ever did. And that because almost nothing is entirely new.

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