Simple clean straight lines are often the best. And that’s what we found when climbed into Volkswagen’s 2020 Passat.
The Hyundai Elantra Limited is a perfect example of how times have changed. Small used to mean cheap in the auto world but not anymore.
It is difficult reviewing a vehicle that will be discontinued. But that is what we face. Production of the 2020 Lexus GS 350 is scheduled to stop in August. But do not get it twisted, this is a great car. The problem is it could not stand the onslaught of sport utilities and crossovers, sales fell, and it was no longer profitable to make in Japan, ship here and then sit in dealer showrooms. It is as simple as that.
While test driving the 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback, we pulled into a parking spot at the grocery store and before we could get out of the car a young lady pulled in beside us. As we exited our test vehicle, she said, “I like the color of this car. I need to go get mine washed.”
We did not get as much seat time in the 2020 Nissan Sentra as we would have liked thanks to the lock-down brought about by the coronavirus.
The last version of the Toyota Highlander had about a nine percent share of the crossover market. But the automaker would like a bigger slice. Implicit in that desire is that it will need to create a better piece of pie.
Toyota’s RAV4 literally invented the compact crossover segment and after more than 20 years, it continues to dominate.
There is no way around it. The Lexus GX 460 is a throwback to the time when big, powerful, body on frame sport utilities were aspirational vehicles. During that era, it seems like the clarion call was the bigger the better.
The short story is as the automobile market continues to shift towards crossovers and sport utilities, Mazda created the CX-30 to meet a need. That’s what they told us. But the small crossover also fills out the automaker’s crossover lineup, giving it a full-size, mid-size and now small crossover.
This review of the 2020 Lexus NX 300h started in Houston. We landed and picked up the luxury crossover at airport parking and headed here, no stops, no visiting friends, no nothing. We got on state highway 59 South headed for I-610 East that would take us to I-10 East.