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About Jeffrey N. Ross


Jeffrey N. Ross has been an automotive writer for more than a decade. A true enthusiast, he spent his childhood playing with Matchbox cars, bloodied his knuckles as an ASE-certified mechanic, and now reviews the latest models. So he's spent most of his life in, around, or under vehicles. Jeffrey has a passion for anything with an engine (or electric motor), and has just as much fun carving corners on a race track as he does off-roading. 


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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan S FWD Review

Four years later, VW has come full circle with the mid-cycle update for the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan, which brings a new look and added content to its compact SUV. 


2021 Lexus RC 350 F Sport AWD Review

Our reviewer was able to sample the 2021 Lexus RC 350 AWD decked out in the sporty-looking F Sport package.


2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Review

Big trucks are a big business, so it's quite surprising that the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years without a major redesign. That is all about to change as Toyota prepares to launch the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra.


2021 Buick Encore GX Essence Review

The 2021 Buick Encore GX is the most affordable option in Buick's all-SUV lineup.


2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Review

Toyota's TRD Pro brand is applied to a line of extreme off-road trucks and SUVs, and the Tacoma TRD Pro competes against mid-size off-road trucks like the Chevy Colorado ZR2, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and Nissan Frontier Pro-4X.


2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

This year marks exactly 70 years since Toyota first introduced its rugged Land Cruiser, but with such an anniversary comes the disappointing news that Toyota will no longer sell this off-road SUV in North America.


Editor's Picks: Five Long-Range EVs for 2022

Here are the top five EVs with the longest driving ranges.


Editor's Picks: Wagons and Hatchbacks for 2021

We round up the best examples of wagons and hatches ever made.


Editor's Picks: SUVs with Great Gas Mileage

We've got your list of SUVs with the best EPA-rated fuel economy estimates for 2021 right here.


2021 Audi RS7 Test Review

2021 Audi RS7 Test Review

Who says your family-hauling daily driver and your corner-carving sports car can't be one and the same?


2021 Ford Edge Trim Level Guide

2021 Ford Edge Trim Level Guide

The 2021 Ford Edge sports five trim levels, two powertrain options, and FWD and AWD options.


2022 Toyota Tundra: First Look

2022 Toyota Tundra: First Look

Toyota is looking to steal the full-sized truck show with the release of the 2022 Toyota Tundra.


2022 Honda Civic: First Look

2022 Honda Civic: First Look

The eleventh-generation Honda Civic will continue to offer sedan and hatchback models, along with sporty Si and Type-R performance trim levels.


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SUVs and Crossovers with Heated & Cooled Seats

Here are some of the best SUVs and crossovers with this formerly high-end only feature.


Read Editor's Picks: Our Favorite Compact SUVs for 2021

Editor's Picks: Our Favorite Compact SUVs for 2021

Compact SUVs represent the best combination of efficiency and affordability. But not all of them are created equal.


Read Editor's Picks: Our Favorite Car Colors for 2021

Editor's Picks: Our Favorite Car Colors for 2021

White, black, and silver may still be popular car colors. But there's a rainbow of choice out there if you know where to look.


Exterior view of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette 2LT Z51

2021 Chevrolet Corvette 2LT Z51 Review

For the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette 2LT Z51, Chevrolet made some upgrades to make it worth the wait.


Exterior view of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ Z71

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD LTZ Z71 Review

Take a spin in the the 2021 2500HD equipped with LTZ trim level, equipped with the legendary Duramax diesel engine, and the off-road-ready Z71 package.


Exterior view of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited Review

A popular choice with commuters, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is perfect for that daily drive to the office and back.


Exterior view of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST 4WD

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST 4WD Review

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe aims to prove that big, body-on-frame SUVs can be just as stylish as anything else on the market.


Exterior view of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD Activ

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD Activ Review

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer adds a more traditional SUV to Chevy's lineup of SUVs that verge on compact.


Exterior view of the 2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Audi SQ5 Review

 

The entire 2021 Audi Q5 lineup was refreshed for the model year, including the performance-inclined SQ5 version. 


Exterior view of the 2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition Review

2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition Review

From the Datsun days to now, the Maxima has a storied history celebrated in the 2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition.


Exterior view of the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited AWD

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited AWD Review

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited AWD challenges the seemingly ubiquitous three-row crossover market.


Exterior view of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited Review

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited proves that the days of the boring compact car are over.


Exterior view of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE Review

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas received a facelift that gave Volkswagen's largest SUV an even bigger footprint.  


Exterior view of the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SE R-Line

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SE R-Line Review

There's no denying that crossovers and SUVs are all the rage, but the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is proof that you don't need a large, bulky vehicle to haul your family comfortably.  


Exterior view of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Review

The Toyota RAV4 is credited with starting the crossover craze when it was launched in 1994, and this small family hauler continues to innovate almost 30 years later.


Exterior view of the 2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X

2021 Nissan Titan Pro-4X Review

There's a growing segment of trucks designed with an extra dose of off-road ruggedness, and for Nissan, that's the 2021 Titan Pro-4X.


Exterior view of the 2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition

2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Edition Review

The Hyundai Venue and Kona both have a similar size and competitive set of subcompact rivals, but it's the Venue that toes the line between a hatchback and a crossover.


Exterior view of the 2021 GMC Sierra 2500HD AT4

2021 GMC Sierra 2500HD AT4 Review

Now, heavy-duty trucks may have been born to haul, but a growing segment - including the AT4 - shows just how capable these trucks can be in rugged terrain.


Exterior view of the 2021 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

2021 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury Review

Positioned in the heart of Cadillac's SUV lineup is the 2021 Cadillac XT5, which is tasked with competing against mid-size luxury vehicles like the Lexus RX and BMW X5.


Exterior view of the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Review

Today, the small(er) truck segment is flourishing in the U.S. The redesigned 2021 GMC Canyon looks to make its mark.


Exterior view of the Hyundai Palisade

Five Great Reasons to Buy the Hyundai Palisade

Since its introduction in 2020, the Hyundai Palisade has quickly positioned itself as a top contender in the third-row SUV segment.


Exterior view of a 2021 Ford Mustang

Ford Trim Packages: Everything You Need to Know

The 2021 Ford lineup offers a diverse range of work-ready vehicles as well as trim levels that add performance, luxury, and sophistication to blue-collar favorites. 


A MINI vehicle driving through a snowy mountain pass

Auto 101: How to Prepare for a Winter Road Trip

The winter months present unique challenges for car travel. These tips and tricks will giev you peace of mind before you head out in cold weather conditions.


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Auto 101: How to Clean Your Car Like a Pro

Learn how to clean your car from top to bottom, the way the professionals do it.


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Auto 101: Five Winter Car Care Tips

Learn how preventative measures can keep your car running smoothly in the dead of winter.


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Our Guide to BMW Trim Packages for 2021

BMW offers its luxury cars and SUVs in a variety of powertrain options. Our BMW guide demystifies the powertrain packages for 2021.


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Our Guide to Mercedes-Benz Trim Packages for 2021

Get the breakdown of the Mercedes-Benz powertrain options and how to differentiate Mercedes-Benz products for 2021.


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Our Guide to Subaru Trim Packages for 2021

If you're daunted by Subaru trim package options, take our trim levels guide for a spin. We're breaking down the trim level options on Subaru's adventurous lineup of cars, crossovers, and SUVs for 2021.


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Our Guide to Toyota Trim Packages for 2021

We're breaking down the Toyota trim packages offered for 2021. With an array of options and features as broad as its product lines, you'll be sure to find the Toyota that's right for you.


Our Guide to Hyundai Trim Packages for 2021

Hyundai is updating the trim packages of its popular lineup for the 2021 model year. Discover what changes to expect in Hyundai cars and SUVs.


Our Guide to Nissan Trim Packages for 2021

Let's take a closer look at the updates that Nissan is bringing to its broad lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Find out whether or not your favorite model has some changes in store.


Our Guide to Dodge Trim Packages for 2021

For the 2021 model year, Dodge only offers the Challenger, Charger and Durango, and each is available in a variety of trim levels ranging from entry-level models up to high-performance beasts.


See the body of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV

2022 GMC Hummer EV Overview

At the peak of Hummer's popularity, the line of military-derived SUVs was seen as public enemy number one for environmentalists, but that will likely change with the introduction of the all-new 2022 GMC Hummer EV.


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Is There a Difference Between SUV and CUV?

What's the difference between crossover and SUV? To some, it's all about perception. To us, it's a numbers game.


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Top Five: Trucks for Towing Fifth Wheels

If you want to stand out from the crowd, these appearance packages from popular automakers are just the ticket.


Exterior view of one of the best cars for towing travel trailers

Top Five: Cars for Towing Travel Trailers

Enjoy the top five cars for towing small travel trailers, perfect for a short vacation or a long haul drive.


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Six Pack to Go: Six Great Cars for Flat Towing

Find great cars that can tow a flat trailer, everything from the Honda Accord to the surprising Nissan 370Z.


Exterior view of one of the coolest appearance packages

Coolest Appearance Packages

If you want to stand out from the crowd, these appearance packages from popular automakers are just the ticket.


See the body of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Review

The debut of the 2020 Shelby GT500 brings forth the most powerful production vehicle Ford has ever made


See the body of the 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch Review

For 2020, buyers are getting even more luxury options with the reintroduction of the Expedition King Ranch.


See the body of the 2020 Ford Mustang 2.3 High Performance

2020 Ford Mustang 2.3 High Performance Review

Buyers at all price points have access to some of the best performance cars ever made, and the venerable Ford Mustang is at the top of the list.


See the body of the 2020 Ford F-250 Tremor

2020 Ford F-250 Tremor Review

There's a reason why the Ford F-Series has been the best-selling truck for more than 40 years, and it comes down to the sheer variety of choices this truck offers its buyers.


See the exterior of the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review

Toyota rolled out yet another fuel-efficient vehicle, and its latest addition to the party is the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid.


See the body of the 2020 Range Rover Velar SVAD

2020 Range Rover Velar SVAD Review

Range Rover introduces its new sub-brand, Velar, a performance-leaning line of crossovers for automotive enthusiasts.


See the exterior of the 2020 Toyota Avalon Limited

2020 Toyota Avalon Limited Review

Toyota may not be a luxury car line, but the Toyota Avalon Limited trim takes its four-door offering to the next level.


See the exterior of the 2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade

2020 Toyota Sienna Nightshade Review

The all-new Sienna offers a stylish package for families looking to move beyond the "soccer mom" vibe of yore.


See the exterior of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Review

With bold looks and a naturally aspirated and powerful V6 engine, the 2019 Toyota Camry XSE is most impressive.


See the exterior of the 2020 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax 4x4

2020 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax 4x4 Review

Take the 2020 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax 4x4 off the road to see what it's really made of.


See the exterior of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Review

Check out the upgrades offered to off-road enthusiasts in the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.


See the body of the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Review

Just as Fiat and Maserati have done in recent years, BMW is slowly rebuilding its lineup here in the U.S. After a 20-year absence, BMW made its triumphant return in 2014 with the 4C, which was quickly followed up by the topless 4C Spider.


See the body of the 2019 Acura NSX

2019 Acura NSX Review

Find your local AutoNation dealership to grab factory off-road race trucks (Ford F-150 Raptor), factory drag racers (Dodge Challenger 1320) and even factory road-racing cars, like the 2019 Acura NSX.


Exterior view of the 2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Hyundai Venue Review

Where the new Venue really looks the most promising is in its market versatility, where it further blurs the lines between hatchbacks like the Kia Soul and crossovers like the Nissan Kicks. 


Exterior view of the 2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Hyundai Sonata Review

It was clear that tech played an important role in the launch of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.


See the exterior of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

See what the fuss is all about in Volkswagen's mid-size crossover,  the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.


See the exterior of the 2020 Lexus RC F

2020 Lexus RC F Review

Lexus refreshed the RC F for 2020 and packed a muscle-car classic with a peppy V-8 engine.


Exterior view of the 2020 Lexus ES 300h

2020 Lexus ES 300h Review

If you're missing the days of a good, old-fashioned highway cruiser, then the 2020 Lexus ES 300h is the car for you.


See the body of the 2020 Lexus LX 570

2020 Lexus LX 570 Review

The 2020 Lexus LX 570 combines off-road capability with the luxury expected of a Lexus.


See the exterior of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Review

All new for the 2020 model year, Chevrolet's heavy-duty Silverado lineup is bigger, stronger, and bolder than its predecessor.


Exterior view of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Review

Cars like the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line exist to show that life isn't always better with added ground clearance.


See the exterior of the  2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited

2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited Review

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited offers 3rd row seating and luxurious interiors to compete with the biggest names on the market.


See the body of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Review

Performance upgrades abound in the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, making the next great adventure just a drive away.


See the body of the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse High Country AWD

2020 Chevrolet Traverse High Country AWD Review

Discover how the Chevrolet Traverse High Country AWD trim pampers its occupants with luxury interiors and top-of-the-line features.


See the exterior of the 2020 Range Rover Velar SVAD

2020 Range Rover Velar SVAD Review

Range Rover introduces its new sub-brand, Velar, a performance-leaning line of crossovers for automotive enthusiasts.


See the exterior of the 2020 2020 Hyundai Kona Ultimate

2020 Hyundai Kona Ultimate Review

The 2020 Hyundai Kona Ultimate brings attitude and agility to the crowded crossover segment.


Exterior view of the 2019 Lexus LC 500

2019 Lexus LC 500 Review

A production run of just 500 units meant the 2019 Lexus LC 500 cars were quickly tucked away by collectors.


Exterior view of the 2019 Lexus LS 500

2019 Lexus LS 500 Review

Within the span of a year, Lexus completely redesigned its original sedan offerings. See how the 2019 Lexus LS 500 F Sport fared against the competition in the luxury sedan segment.


See the exterior of the 2019 Lexus UX 250h Review

2019 Lexus UX 250h Review

Before you go thinking that small size and affordable price means a sacrifice in luxury, give the Lexus UX a chance.


See the body of the 2020 Acura RDX

2020 Acura RDX Review

The 2020 Acura RDX carries over unchanged for the 2020 model year. To get a closer look at Acura's compact CUV, we spent a week with the 2020 Acura RDX decked out with the stylish and sporty A-Spec package.


See the exterior of the 2020 Range Rover Velar SVAD

2020 Range Rover Velar SVAD Review

Lexus surprised us with an all-new model for a segment it has never competed in - meet the Lexus NX.


Exterior view of the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro SS

2020 Chevrolet Camaro SS Review

Camarao trim levels offer a distinctive look, but it was the SS that was criticized the most. Chevrolet updated this car after just one model year, and that's what we got to test out with this 2020 Chevrolet Camaro SS.


Exterior view of the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring Review

The 2020 Honda Civic Sport Touring delivers features not available on the sport compact.


Exterior view of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Review

Hyundai launched its hybrid hatchback for the 2017 model year, and the lineup has since grown to include the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and Ioniq Electric.


See the body of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland

2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland Review

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland takes on the scenic routes offered at the 2019 Jeep Beach Jam in Panama City, FL.


See the exterior of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition Review

We say our final farewell to this beloved car with a week in the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE.


See the exterior of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Review

For the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder, that was accomplished with the all-new Rock Creek Edition combining a more rugged appearance with trendy blacked-out exterior styling.


See the exterior of the 2019 Nissan Rogue SL FWD

2019 Nissan Rogue SL FWD Review

The current Nissan Rogue continues to keep pace with the best of the compact crossover segment such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V


See the exterior of the 2019 GMC Terrain Denali

2019 GMC Terrain Denali Review

The Denali aims to capture the hearts and minds of customers looking for a luxury crossover SUV. Did they succeed? Find out in this review.


See the exterior of the 2018 Honda CR-V

2018 Honda CR-V Review

The Honda CR-V just celebrated its 20th birthday last year with a ground-up redesign, with an all-new fifth-generation Honda CR-V released for the 2018 model year.


See the exterior of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas R-Line

2018 Volkswagen Atlas R-Line Review

Compared to a lot of the three-row crossovers out there, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is its more rugged, SUV-like exterior styling.


See the body of the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST

2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST is a full-size SUV that paints a pretty picture into its Rally Sport Truck trim.


See the body of the 2020 Toyota CH-R

2020 Toyota CH-R Review

Toyota continues to make changes to its entry-level crossover, by expanding on the model lineup in 2019, and refreshing the exterior design for 2020.


See the body of the 2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4 Review

The new RAV4 is bigger, roomier, and more stylish than its predecessors, and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is also more efficient.


See the body of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 4x4

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 4x4 Review

A competitor to the F-150, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a powertrain that is sure to beat the Ford truck to the punch.

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