2020 Mazda CX-30 Premium Package AWD Review By TestDriveNow Auto Critic Steve Hammes.
If you’re in the market for a new car and it’s something SUV-ish you desire, there is a dizzying array of choices as automakers create new entries to fill every perceivable gap. So, slotted between the tiny CX-3 and the popular-sized CX-5 is the all-new CX-30 – the perfect tweener for Mazda’s premium push. With the CX-30 Mazda has crafted what this segment’s customer wants. An affordable, easy to drive, quasi-SUV with decent gas mileage, configurable space and lots of comfort and convenience goodies in a package you’re proud to step out of.
MSRP as-tested: $30,700.
2020 Nissan TITAN Crew Cab PRO-4X Review By TestDriveNow Auto Critic Steve Hammes.
We all know who the key players are in the half ton pickup segment but I myself like to root for the underdog so the Titan has always been a favorite of mine. It’s never going to challenge the leaders in volume but it’s a really cool rig if you want to stand out from the crowd. MSRP as-tested: $58,455. https://testdrivenow.com/2020-nissan-titan-crew-cab/
2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe Review By Auto Critic Steve Hammes.
This is an inarguable truth: BMW’s naming protocols are ridiculous; a bunch of mumbo-jumbo fully understood by only the most ardent Bimmer brain. But as a general rule of thumb, the higher the number the bigger the body, engine and price.
When I first heard that BMW was making a 2 Series Gran Coupe I just assumed it was going to be a 4-door version of the current model, much like the 4 Series Gran Coupe. But it isn’t. Unlike the standard Coupe and Convertible, this one is based upon a front-wheel drive car made in the UK. Is this bodystyle going to be a hit for BMW or a one and done?
MSRP as-tested: $48,195
I’m a big fan of this current generation of MINIs thanks largely to BMW’s heavy influence and the Clubman’s combination of updated tech and premium attributes makes for a truly unique choice.
Following current trends, the Clubman now sports more grille, new LED fogs and headlamps that automatically adapt their brightness to the situation on the road, LED rear lights with the Union Jack design and a host of styling and equipment tweaks inside and out.
This is the top trim Iconic model including the $800 Driver Assistive Package which provides active cruise control, a pop up heads-up display, and parking assistant leading to an as-tested price of $40,600. And yes, there’s always a little sticker shock when I test a MINI but this Clubman feels very modern, personalized and boutique and items with those attributes are always going to command a premium.
MSRP as-tested: $40,600
2020 Mercedes Benz GLS450 Review By Auto Critic Steve Hammes. Until 2006, Mercedes didn’t have a full-size offering in the SUV segment. But that all changed with the debut of the 3-row GL – now known as the GLS to denote its stature as the S Class of SUVs. And now for its next act, the GLS is bigger, lavishes its occupants with more luxury and doubles down on technology.
With an abundance of options, MSRP is $103,180 – up from a base price of about $76,000. You’d be nuts not to want one but for the money the X7 is even more impressive. https://testdrivenow.com/2020-mercedes-benz-gls450/