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Savage On Wheels

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Savage On Wheels

Mark Savage's auto review column, Savage On Wheels, looks at a new vehicle every week and tells consumers what’s good, what’s not so good, and how the vehicle fits into the marketplace. Value, simple functionality and good looks are always key components on Savage’s evaluation checklist. The Sunday column aims to give an honest account of a vehicle’s merits after a week’s test drive during which gas mileage is measured for a real-world report.

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  • Kia’s EV6 GT-Line AWD gets nearly everything right to entice buyers who may be leaning toward an electric vehicle. This is the top performing electric of the year, and there’s not much year left.
  • Ioniq5 was Car and Driver’s electric vehicle of the year for 2022 and I agree, from styling to functionality it is tops, so far. Now we’re all just waiting for the nation’s infrastructure to catch up.
  • It would certainly be difficult for Toyota to top its latest Tundra, dubbed the Capstone CrewMax. The hybrid system links seamlessly with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 to create an impressive 437 horsepower and a massive 583 pound-feet of torque.
  • Considering that it’s a short-wheelbase rear-drive two-seater, the Jaguar F-Type handles well with keen cornering and a sporty flair —but without full-on sports car steering feedback.
  • Volvo’s swoopy-tailed C40 Recharge, a small SUV, is the epitome of form over function when it comes to styling. Like any Volvo with Recharge in the name, it has a plug, so full electric or plug-in hybrid.
  • There are reasons why Toyota’s Camry has been the top-selling sedan in the U.S. market for roughly 20 years — Camry remains king of the sedans.
  • The Z epitomizes modern fastback style sports car and is an automotive icon. Nissan’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine is stout and smooth and feels strong as you shift through the gears. And, this model had low-pro performance 19-inch tires that gripped the road well.
  • Around town, the 2022 Land Rover Defender 90 V8 delivers a decidedly luxury ride, feel and handling. Put it off into the weeds and gravel and it’ll perform nicely too.
  • The nearly $100,000 BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupe is considered a high-end luxury fastback sedan. Its AWD system is able to slice through corners at speed and slip into parking spots at a crawl.
  • Subaru engineers firmed up the chassis and suspension on this fifth-generation WRX to improve cornering and supposedly ride. To that end they mounted the rear anti-roll bar directly to the chassis, upgraded shock dampers and stiffened the torsional rigidity of the chassis by 28%.