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Tested: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.5T Pushes Toward Luxury
Hyundai's new Santa Fe two-row crossover has luxury aspirations and a strong, 277-hp turbo engine. While a five-passenger near-luxury crossover may never be what we daydream about, so far in 2021 the Santa Fe has been Hyundai's second-bestselling vehicle, only a few hundred units behind the Tucson, Hyundai's slightly smaller crossover. Hyundai's compact Elantra slightly outsold the Santa Fe in 2020, but its sales are down 26 percent compared to the first two months of 2020. If crossovers are to be Hyundai's future, the recently redesigned Santa Fe is a fine emissary.
I get it. Labels exist for a reason, especially when you're trying to market something. You need terms for your products, terms for your customers, terms for your brand and your sales space. If I'm going to, I should have an idea of what type of car I want. But in spite of all that, I cannot think of a more egregious symbol of pointless collective inertia than our adherence to the term " ."
Despite stubborn adherence to the belief, what happened here is far more than a mere fad. Minivans were a fad; they didn’t redefine four-wheeled transportation. The notion of blending a car and SUV was so successful that it completely warped the automotive market. If you’re still waiting for crossovers to merely become uncool and fade away, I admire your commitment to your own delusion. Love them or hate them, they're not going anywhere.
2022 VW Taos Is Not Much Cheaper Than the Tiguan
Volkswagen's new subcompact SUV starts at $24,190 and a fully loaded model costs over $35,000. VW has announced pricing for the new 2022 Taos subcompact crossover.It starts at $24,190 and ranges up to above $35,000 for a fully loaded SEL Premium 4Motion model.The Taos will go on sale in the U.S. in June.Volkswagen's new entry-level crossover, the 2022 Taos, carries a starting price of $24,190 for a front-wheel-drive model in its base S trim level. Not coincidentally, that's the exact same starting price as the soon-to-be-discontinued 2021 Golf hatchback that it effectively replaces.
But why do we still call them “crossovers”? You must admit that it’s kind of strange that a huge share of the market belongs to cars that are essentially defined by what they’re not, rather than what they are. Sure, we sneer and say they’re “just” station wagons or hatchbacks with a little more ground clearance, or evenwithout sliding doors. None of these is universally accurate, not by a long shot.
Just call them cars.
Imagine it's 20 years from now and you're trying to define a crossover for a small child who has never seen a sedan. Do you describe an elephant as a wooly mammoth without fur? We’re reached the point where crossovers have essentially become the default; to not treat them that way is merely a stubborn allegiance to a dead (and itself transient) notion of what a car actually is. It's no longer a question of size or utility; the class has transcended both. So why not just drop the term from our vocabulary entirely?
2021 Toyota Avalon Review | Big, but surprisingly luxurious and engaging
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Think about it. If you showed the industrialists who first put an engine between four wheels a picture of aMiata and , the latter would be more recognizable to them than the former. The earliest cars were tall, upright things. They had to be. They came along before engineers had even reached a consensus on what materials should be used to pave our roads, let alone finished doing it. We didn’t have the U.S. Highway System until the mid-1920s, and interstates didn’t come along until the Cold War. The original interstate plan wasn’t even completed until 1992.
Cars got lower and longer as roads got straighter and smoother. It was privilege, in a sense, that brought us the low-slung automobile, and it’s privilege that sent us in the other direction again, as large SUVs became symbols of conspicuous consumption. That’s not a value judgment, mind you, but merely an observation, and not an original one; wealth and trend-setting have gone hand-in-hand for as long as both have existed.
2022 Kia EV6 revealed for US: Lands early next year with 300 miles of range
Kia plans to launch the new EV in early 2022, with preorders opening in just a few weeks.In the US, Kia plans to offer the EV6 with either a 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery or smaller 58 kWh battery. From least to most powerful, there will be two rear-wheel drive versions: one with the 58 kWh battery that helps make 167 hp, and another with the 77.4 kWh battery that works to produce 218 hp. Both use a single electric motor. Moving into an all-wheel drive EV6, power increases to 313 hp with two electric motors and the 77.4 kWh battery onboard. (The 58 kWh battery is not available if you want all-wheel traction.) Topping things off is the Kia's darling EV6, the GT.
And in a way, the rise of bigger cars has been self-perpetuating. Even those who don’t seek them as a status symbol are influenced by their existence, as concerns like safety and on-road visibility nudge the otherwise vehicularly agnostic buyer toward bigger cars. The opening of some less-developed markets has made the timing fortuitous as well, as the tastes of shoppers in wealthier economies happen to align with the needs of countries without advanced road infrastructure.
In the immediate aftermath of the term "crossover" being coined, it was often used as a term of derision, as we saw this week, when many on social media dismissed the newMaverick as "just a crossover." It came with the stigma of generalized utility, synonymous with attempting two missions and being only mediocre at either of them. That taint came with the term, mind you, not the concept. Look no further than the XJ for an example of what is essentially a crossover that escaped scorn only by dent of arriving well ahead of the label and its associated sentiment.
The reality is that crossovers are actually pretty darned good at being cars. Much as many of us are loathe to admit it, they're practical, like the hatchbacks and wagons we worship. Quibbling over what typically amounts to no more than maybe an inch or two of ground clearance is just a silly gatekeeping maneuver. Yeah, modern cars are taller and heavier than the sedans you worshipped, and those are inherent compromises -- just like sport sedans and hot hatchbacks were when compared to "real". You scoff, but it's true.
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Tested: 2021 Lexus UX200 Nearly Pulls Off the Luxury Transformation .
The UX200 is a cleverly upcycled Toyota, but its unrefined powertrain breaks the premium spell. Riding on the same platform as some of our least favorite Toyota products—such as the Prius hybrid and the C-HR SUV—the 2021 UX200 employs a thick layer of Lexus to hide its mainstream roots. Now in their third model year, the UX200 and its hybrid UX250h twin continue to serve as the entry points to the Lexus brand. Although many SUV buyers might be turned off by the UX's size—it's really more of a compact hatchback than a crossover—combining luxury trappings with wieldy dimensions isn't a bad idea.