2021 CHRYSLER PACIFICA TEST DRIVE

The 2021 Pacifica will offer an advanced all-wheel drive system that preserves Chrysler’s coolest and most proprietary feature – Stow ‘n Go seating – the ability for the 2nd row seats to disappear into the floor. There’s also a new bougie Pinnacle model with standard all-wheel drive and a bunch of add on goodies such as the Premium and Safety Sphere Group and the Uconnect Theater Family Group which includes a new feature called the FamCam Interior Camera – a way for parents to keep tabs on the little ones, even in rear facing car seats. And the seatback video screens have always been a big hit right from the start. With a MSRP at $55,665, this isn’t your blue collar minivan, but it still does an excellent job of making family travel as easy and as enjoyable as can be and offers big time flexibility with a heaping dose of Chrysler cleverness.

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2021 TOYOTA VENZA TEST DRIVE

This is the nicest, most modern new Toyota cabin in a long time, but is it just a fancier RAV4 Hybrid? Fact is they do share the new Toyota platform like several other of their sedans and crossovers. This new Venza feels like a completely different vehicle; much more luxurious and upscale. And I’m really digging this Limited grade. With a starting price of $33,645 including delivery, the Venza slots in between the RAV4 and the Highlander occupying the space of a quasi-midsize 5-seater but in reality its interior dimensions are more compact.  Going into my test week I can’t say I was really expecting too much – Toyota has been the target of my criticism of late – which is why I’m so surprised at how well they’ve executed the Venza’s return.  It’s as smartly crafted and perfectly positioned as any model in their vast lineup.   

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited Review By Auto Critic Steve Hammes. Hyundai has long since offered their popular family car in hybrid form and that tradition continues with the all-new 2020 Sonata and this one not only gets a big bump in fuel economy but it’s also the standout winner in the Sonata lineup.  It’s a great hybrid with a fluid powertrain, uncompromised trunk, and stellar gas mileage of around 47mpg. https://testdrivenow.com/2020-hyundai-sonata-hybrid-limited/

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review By Auto Critic Steve Hammes.
When Hyundai redesigned the Sonata for the 2015 model year it decided to rein in the styling. And, as it turns out, that wasn’t the best move as the very element that catapulted this car to huge sales success was no longer present. But learning from that experience this all-new 2020 Sonata is letting it all hang out. And as a family sedan, it most certainly is one that makes its presence known and lavishes its occupants for pennies on the dollar.    

MSRP as-tested: $34,610

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2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited

As part of Toyota’s carefully curated Dinosaur collection which includes Land Cruiser, Tundra, Sequoia and this 4Runner body-on-frame ruggedness proudly lives on without too much interference from today’s world. With the transition to unibody, all-wheel drive SUVs vehicles like the 4Runner have mostly gone by the wayside. So it’s nice to see that it’s still going strong for those who want to go farther. It is no doubt off-road worthy. https://testdrivenow.com/2020-toyota-4runner-limited/

MSRP as-tested: $52,070

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