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Drive Notes: 2024 Mercedes- Benz EQS 450+

When the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ sedan showed up at my house, I was astounded to see how much battery range it has.

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Rental Review: 2024 Chevrolet Trax LT

In the year 2024 - a strange world foreign to anyone old enough to remember Zima - the Chevrolet Trax is a full-size car.

I was informed of this jarring fact by my local Hertz agent.

"Gosh! Is self-identification at work here, or is there some type of science to back all of this up?" I wondered.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Volvo S90 Recharge AWD Ultimate

Some of Volvo's newer EVs are a bit strange, design-wise, so it was nice to pilot a Volvo PHEV that remind me of the company I grew up with.

Boxy(ish) design, luxurious without being ostentatious, just sporty enough to be engaging. This is the Volvo I remember.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Genesis Electrified GV70 AWD Prestige

"What kind of car are you driving?" my neighbor asked me this morning.

"A Genesis" I replied. Because 2024 Genesis Electrified GV70 AWD Prestige is a mouthful.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Today I bring you notes on a slick road-trip ready hybrid sedan. The 2024 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited recently graced my "driveway" (read: parking spot in large multi-car parking garage) and I was genuinely sad to see it go.

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2024 Can-Am Spyder F3-S Reviewed

Last year, Can-Am invited us to experience its belt-driven Spyder trikes and I was pleasantly surprised. While legally categorized as motorcycles across most of the United States, Can-Am has actually produced something that doesn’t really slot neatly into any vehicle segment.

Having already been given an opportunity to see what they were like to pilot in 2023, I was interested in exploring what one might be like to live with for more than a casual weekend. The manufacturer obliged by loaning me the 2024 Can-Am Spyder F3-S, which I quickly put a few hundred miles on.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Volkswagen Taos SEL

This week I was testing the 2024 Volkswagen Taos SEL.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Hyundai Kona Limited

Today for our Drive Notes feature, I give you a 2024 Hyundai Kona Limited.

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2024 Nissan Leaf SV Plus Review – Likeably Behind the Times

The 2024 Nissan Leaf offers up an experience that leads to a bit of cognitive dissonance.

On the one hand, it’s a nice evolution over the first-generation car, especially following a refresh for 2023. On the other, it’s one of the few EVs that is CHAdeMO only on charging.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 1958

I've spent the past week behind the wheel of a 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 1958. This base model exudes retro charm -- it's clear Toyota is trying to play off of the classic Land Cruiser's reputation for no-frills utility.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Fiat 500e Inspired By Beauty

Two drive notes for the price of one this week. Next up: A 2024 Fiat 500e Inspired by Beauty

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Drive Notes: 2024 Land Rover Defender 110 County Pack

Last week, I piloted two very different vehicles. Here's a short report on the first one -- the 2024 Land Rover Defender 110 County Pack*.

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2025 Mazda CX-70 Review – Adding By Subtraction

For some reason, animals seem to love checking out large crossovers.

Last summer in upstate New York, a deer paused its day to check out the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas I was driving, nearly giving me a heart attack in the process. Last week in Desert Hot Springs, California, a wandering canine got my attention and forced me to stop as I piloted the 2025 Mazda CX-70. He or she checked out the CX-70 for about half a minute and then moved aside and started licking its fur.

Whether that’s a gesture of approval, disdain, or just a dog being a dog, I will let you decide.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line

Before decamping to California, I parted ways with a 2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line.

The experience was illuminating.

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2023 Toyota Crown Platinum Review – Eating (Some) Crow

I was a tad harsh last year after I drove the 2023 Toyota Crown for the first time. I got a Platinum trim for testing months later – and while I stand by what I wrote regarding lower trims, the Platinum offered a more pleasant experience than I’d had during my first drive.

Well, mostly more pleasant. There’s still a tiny bit of baking to do.

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Drive Notes: 2024 BMW 750e xDrive

This week I was testing a 2024 BMW 750x xDrive plug-in hybrid, and honestly, I can't fully process the experience.

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2025 Subaru Forester Review – Just A Little More-ester

The Subaru Forester is new for 2025. But the majority of changes aren’t the type you’d see with a totally new, ground-up model. Yes, the body is new, but Subaru has honed the Forester edge rather than totally re-forging the SUV. Frankly, I think that’s a good thing. The Forester doesn’t need major changes – it’s already a pretty darn good Point A-to-Point B machine. The changes by and large make it an even more appealing machine – and one that’s good for some off-road work, too.

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2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R Review – Beast Mode

It’s a bit of a shame that I didn’t have a chance to take the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R I tested off road. I’d have loved to have jumped some sand dunes or done some muddin’.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale eAWD

Welcome back to drive notes, which is a Cliff Note's review of vehicles that are currently in, or recently were in, my possession for a test.

Today we have the 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale eAWD.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT

Ford's popular Maverick pickup truck gets only minor changes for 2024. That's a good thing, since there's a reason the Maverick is well-liked.

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2024 Hyundai Elantra N Review – Tightening Up

Perhaps the 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N we featured isn’t your speed. Too tall, too expensive, too electric. Give me an old-school small sports sedan, you say. Give me internal-combustion and real exhaust noise and a trunk – hatchbacks have too much utility for me!

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2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N Review – Shockingly Spicy

I wouldn’t expect most crossover-ish hatchbacks to be solid track machines. Especially if they’re carrying the weight of an electric-vehicle battery.

So imagine my surprise at the relative capability of the 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N as I hustled it around the famous Laguna Seca racetrack near Monterey, California.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Kia Telluride SX-Prestige X-Line

Last week I wheeled a 2024 Kia Telluride SX-Prestige X-Line around town. I have thoughts, and here they are, in bullet-point form.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Nissan Versa SR

The high cost of new cars is often bemoaned by consumers and keyboard warriors such as us alike. Sticker prices are high these days, no doubt. Enter the 2024 Nissan Versa -- a potentially decent set of wheels for under $25K.

Is the Versa a good entry-level ride or a penalty box?

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Drive Notes: 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive

I tested a 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive last week, and I have thoughts.

Hit the jump for more.

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Drive Notes: 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor

I just tested a 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor -- yes, 2023s are still in the press fleets and this isn't unusual, no big deal -- which is supposed to split the difference between the badass off-roader Raptor and the "regular" F-150.

Does it do that? Read on.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness

Due to travel, I got a little behind on giving you the Cliff's Notes on what I've been testing, so you'll get two this week.

First up: The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Wilderness.

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2023 Hyundai Ioniq6 Review – What Range Anxiety?

I had two opportunities to drive the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 last year – one short, one long – and found it charming.

Not only that, but unlike with many EVs, I found myself worrying less about range than I normally would.

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Where Your Author Owns a Used BMW Convertible for a Year

It seems only a couple of months ago I reported on my experience traveling from Cincinnati to Nashville to purchase the 2010 BMW Z4, thus satisfying a used convertible car search that lasted for a year and a half. Though that search was much more lengthy than I’d have preferred, I was convinced at this time last year that I selected the right car for my usage case. But does that still ring true, do I still think an old German car was the right choice?

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Drive Notes: 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLB35 AMG 4Matic

Every time I drive an AMG-massaged Mercedes-Benz crossover/SUV, I get a sense of déjà vu.

They're all quick, fun to drive, and bestowed with the latest in Mercedes-Benz dash tech. That last bit means lots of screen space, enough customization options to make your head spin, and haptic touch that mostly works.

Here is my short-take snapshot of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLB35 AMG 4Matic.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Infiniti QX60 Autograph AWD

Welcome back to Drive Notes, a feature in which I do a brief recap of a vehicle I've been testing, whether a future full review is planned or not.

Today, the 2024 Infiniti QX60 Autograph AWD.

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2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L Series III Obsidian Review – Smooth Sailing

The word “Hurricane” doesn’t usually conjure up a feeling of smoothness. Hurricanes are brutal forces of nature that involve whipping winds, flying debris, and extremely choppy waters.

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2025 Ram 1500 Review – No Hemi, No Cry

Sometimes, less is more.

Or, in this case, fewer is more. That’s because the available cylinder count in the 2025 Ram 1500 is reduced by two, and as any grammar stickler will tell you, it’s “fewer” when it comes to things you count. Such as, you know, the number of cylinders in an engine.

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2023 Toyota Prius Prime Review - Time For Me To Fly

No doubt you’ve seen it, whether here on TTAC, other websites or magazines (GASP! You actually read something other than TTAC!), or on the roads. One of the most daringly styled, attractive new cars on our roads wears a badge that has, for over two decades, been nothing but an ugly duckling camped out in the left lane at well less than the speed limit.


Well, our ugly duckling has grown into a swan. The 2023 Toyota Prius Prime is still a mileage champ, but it now has power and styling to befit its avian glow-up. The thing with swans is, well, they crap all over the place. Is this new Prius Prime a plugged-in pile of dung on a freshly-waxed showroom floor, or is it a genuinely graceful bird spreading its’ wings?

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Drive Notes: 2024 Lexus GX 550 Premium AWD

Today I am testing a 2024 Lexus GX 550 Premium AWD that may have just come from the national launch event.

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2023 Toyota Prius Limited Review – Finally a Worthy Choice

The Toyota Prius was once reviled by most enthusiasts and often the butt of jokes, even in pop culture. Prius drivers were stereotyped as left-lane camping, NPR-listening, Green Party-voting smug virtue-signalers.

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Mitsubishi’s S-AWC: The Brand’s AWD Secret Weapon

When you think of performance Mitsubishis, the Outlander PHEV is almost certainly not what comes to mind. Each time I drive one I’m surprised at how good it is, specifically its handling. A seven-passenger PHEV crossover shouldn’t handle this well. I’d previously driven it on closed tarmac and dirt courses. Each time I’d leave both the autocross and track and think—why is this so fun? It shouldn’t be this fun.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA35 4Matic

Today I bring you a honey of a car that has very few flaws and an expensive yet reasonable price.

Let's get into the pros and cons of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLA35 4Matic.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

Today we have another bit of basic transport from Chevy, though this one is a step up in terms of price and size from the Trax I recently reviewed.

I dug the Trax's combination of utility, sport, and affordable price. Would I feel the same about the 2024 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS?

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2024 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line Review – Ready for the Road Trip

The more I review crossovers and utility vehicles, the more I evaluate them by how well they just simply work for commuting duty. With exceptions for performance and off-road versions. Those with luxury-brand badging and/or premium pricing get viewed through that prism.

This is, hopefully, a common-sense approach. Most of you readers may be enthusiasts, like I am, but these vehicles aren’t built for that. They are utilities before they are sporty. So that’s the way I look at it.

Viewed through that lens, the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas generally works well. And with some upscale feel, to boot.

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2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 SUV 4Matic Review – Suburban Comfort

It’s not uncommon for vehicles to get slapped with labels based on stereotypes. One of the more derisive ones I’ve heard over the years is a pejorative reference to mid-size luxury crossovers as “parent mobiles.” Although it’s usually more sexist than that, with moms taking more flak than dads, for reasons I don’t need to explain.

Perhaps, though, this stereotype doesn’t need to be so negative. If you need to haul children and/or pets and/or aged parents around the suburbs and you have the means to shop upmarket, you could do worse than the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLC.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro

Two Drive Notes for the price of one this week, due to travel last week.

Up today: The 2024 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Lexus TX

Welcome back to Drive Notes -- a recurring feature in which I give you a few brief notes on what I am driving or have driven recently.

Up today: The 2024 Lexus TX 350.

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2024 Acura MDX Type-S Review - The Solution

Spend any time on various social media subcultures populated by car enthusiasts and you’ll certainly be confronted by the discussion topic known as “The Two Car Solution.” Sometimes, the phrasing is different, and sometimes, you’ll be presented with limiting factors such as “Pick the two best cars for all driving tasks from the same automaker,” but invariably, it assumes the respondent shall choose to sate each and every driving need with these two vehicles.

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2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid Max Review - Yeah, It Is That Good

God knows I’m a big proponent of the minivan. I’ve owned a few, though my rapidly-emptying nest no longer requires the flexible cargo area behind the seats that roughly resembles a small airport hangar. It’s hard to argue against the versatility of the big square box where stale french fries and the dreams of DINKs go to die.

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2024 Kia EV9 First Drive – Setting Expectations

Having one of the first entries into a segment can really help an automaker. It’s even better if said entry is done well. Enter the 2024 Kia EV9 – a three-row large SUV with an electric powertrain that is one of the first vehicles of its type on the market.

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Drive Notes: 2023 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Last week's ride was the 2023 Hyundai Elantra Limited. Here are my first-take thoughts on this commuter-focused compact.

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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport Review – Pumping It Up

I recently reviewed the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Premium and my biggest critique, at least from a driving dynamics standpoint, was a lack of guts.

The 2024 Subaru Crosstrek Sport is meant to address that criticism. Want a Crosstrek that’s a bit more fun? This is your trim of choice.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Genesis GV60 Performance AWD UPDATED

Today I say goodbye to a funky EV hatchback that has charmed me in some ways and left me befuddled in others.

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2024 Polestar 2 Dual Motor Review - Not A Smart Time To Be Sexy Anyway

Like it or not, electric vehicles are part of our world today. While I shall never tire of the sweet sounds and scents of internal combustion, a number of forces are converging to make it entirely possible that we shall see the end of the traditional gasoline engine as we know it within our foreseeable lifetimes. We may grasp onto our fuel pumps with our cold, dead hands, but for those who appreciate buying and driving new cars somewhat regularly, we need to get on board with the alternatives.

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2024 Subaru Crosstrek Premium Review – Competent Utility

Reliability, when it comes to cars, has at least two meanings. One meaning involves a model’s likelihood to suffer mechanical maladies over time. The other involves how well it does its prescribed job.

Subaru has made its bones by being very good at the latter.

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Drive Notes: 2024 Lexus NX 350h Luxury AWD

I am bringing back Drive Notes, a little mini-review of vehicles I had in my garage. We tried it last year and for reasons I don't recall moved away from it. Let's see how it goes this time around. Don't worry, a full review of most vehicles featured here will come later.

Up today: The 2024 Lexus NX 350h Luxury.

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2024 Hyundai Kona N-Line Review - A Solid Cup

As I write this, I’m sipping my third cup of Kroger-branded “Breakfast Blend” coffee, brewed via a cheap Mr. Coffee maker. It’s nobody’s first choice in gourmet coffee. But, mixed with a bit of almond milk (my lactose intolerance seems to be aggravated by hot bean water) and I’ve an acceptable cuppa joe that gets me going each morning. Sure, I could run out to Starbucks, Dunkin, or Tim Horton's for something a little bit better, or drive a few miles for something truly special, but it’s hard to justify the time and expenditure for my daily dose of industrial-strength caffeination. I don’t even bother with grinding fresh beans or investing in a pour-over Chemex setup, because that’s too much effort and thought before I’ve had my first cup.

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2024 Chevrolet Trax Activ Review – A Surprising Bargain

The Chevrolet Trax was once on my short list for worst vehicles on the market.

I remember some years ago, before joining TTAC, going to San Diego for the launch of the first-generation Trax. All I could think was that the little runabout was something to be avoided unless you just wanted cheap transport in crossover form.

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2023 Dodge Hornet GT Plus Review – Sometimes, Less is More

Sometimes the lower-trim version of a particular model seems like the better choice. Such is the case, at least to this reviewer’s eye, with the 2023 Dodge Hornet GT.

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2023 Kia EV6 GT Review – Generating Grins

Nearly 600 horsepower in any vehicle can do a lot to make a person happy. Nearly 600 horsepower in a silent EV with instant torque can make a person feel like they’ve ingested a bunch of amphetamines.

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2024 Mercedes-Benz GLE 53 AMG Review – AMG All the Things

How do you take a small crossover and make it better?

Slap the AMG badge on it and give it the AMG treatment.

That process turned the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GLE 53 AMG from just another crossover into something that’s reasonably fun to drive – though the price tag will make eyes water.

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2023 Nissan Z Review - Skips, Pops, Noise, Fuzz, And Joy

I recall reading reviews of the Nissan GT-R back in 2008 when it debuted - holy crap, that car is STILL being built! - where it was labeled a digital car for the PlayStation generation. This was often ascribed to the big screen in the center console which allowed for the tweaking of various settings. Reviewers often lamented these changes as a drift away from a traditional enthusiast vibe. It’s funny to see that nearly every sporty car on the road has followed this path of high-tech performance.


And, indeed, there remains a big screen atop the dash in the 2023 Nissan Z. Yet I feel this is perhaps one of the last genuinely analog sports cars around. In a world dominated by ones and zeroes, there are still those who prefer to indulge in film cameras and vinyl records. The Z is a trip to a time when holding something tangible was worth something, and embracing imperfections was better than chasing theoretical perfection.

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2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4XE Review – Getting Your Money’s Worth?

In general, I am on record as liking the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s one of the vehicles that I would consider buying with my own money.

I am not sure that same consideration extends to the electrified version. The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4XE costs a pretty penny, especially when you opt for the off-road-oriented Trailhawk trim, and while I like the concept of plug-in hybrids in general, this one might not be worth the dough.

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2023 Ford Bronco Sport Heritage Limited Review – Beauty Isn't Just Skin Deep

The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport Heritage Limited is purely all about nostalgia. Thankfully, the platform upon which it’s built is good enough to indulge the trip down memory lane.

In other words, if you’re buying this trim of the Bronco Sport, you’re almost certainly doing so because you like the way it looks and/or you like its nod to the past.

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  • Carson D I hadn't seen a second-generation Courier with a Mazda engine before. I've seen a few with Ford engines. There was one at the Cox Driving Range that they used to collect golf balls. Golf would definitely be more entertaining to watch if they used moving targets.
  • Tassos ooops, Tim, you missed this one. Would make a lovely "Tim's used car of the day". It satisfies all the prerequisites except the wildly overpriced bit.
  • Tassos ASTON AND BOND BY A MILE. While Aston Martin sells a TINY FRACTION of what even the rarified Ferrari and Lambo sell, it is unbelievably well known. Credit the idiotic, but hugely successful and sometimes entertaining James Bond Movies.
  • Tassos 1988? Too young for me. It's all yours, Tim... BAHAHAHAHA!
  • Gray Awesome. Love these. But, if I had the money for a Fox-body, there is a clean '84 GT 350 here for little more than half the price.