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JR Chocco

Car fanatic journalist living in the PNW covering all things automotive.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review: The Roomy Two-Row

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

You want style, space for five adults, a good warranty, and enough cargo space for a long weekend trip? I would answer with the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. Sure, the Chevrolet Blazer looks sportier, the Honda Passport has a sliding second row, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is more capable. None of these competitors combine presence, carrying capacity (for...

2021 BMW 4-Series Review: The Sport Coupe Leader

2021 BMW 4 Series Review

The redesigned 2021 BMW 4-Series has evolved into a technology tour de force with brilliantly responsive powertrains. The new 2021 4-Series is based on the same platform as the 3-Series but tweaked to make the two-door coupe longer, lower, and wider for some sleekness lacking in the 3-Series. BMW has been toying with larger sized versions of its signature...

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: The fun, fuel efficient RAV4

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the bread-and-butter crossover for many buyers. The RAV4 compact crossover SUV still has a few tricks up its sleeve. It adds a plug-in hybrid this year, with a twist: the 2021 RAV4 Prime has the quickest acceleration of the lineup. For 2021 the RAV4 Hybrid can be ordered as an XLE Premium, too. Like last...

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Review: The premier large luxury SUV

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Review

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a three-row crossover SUV that redefines luxurious family transport. The GLS-Class SUV is a masterful blend of performance, comfort, and luxury worth every dollar the automaker charges for its sublime ride, luxurious interior, and prodigious power. It’s so nice it’s hard to imagine how Mercedes will improve upon the GLS with an ultra-decadent Maybach...

2021 Volvo XC90 Review: Still our favorite large luxury SUV

2021 Volvo XC90 Review

Low-key luxury lies in the 2021 Volvo XC90’s crisp and clean styling, serene cockpit, and in its strong acceleration. The XC90 is a six- or seven-seat luxury crossover SUV. It’s often compared with vehicles like the Audi Q7, BMW X7, and Acura MDX, but it takes a different path to its luxury credentials. The 2021 Volvo XC90 puts bluff...

2021 Toyota Venza Review: Breaking the Camry Wagon mold

2021 Toyota Venza Review

The 2021 Toyota Venza brings an upscale flair to the compact crossover class to go with its efficient and reasonably powerful hybrid powertrain. The Venza is a hybrid crossover SUV that seats up to five, and is largely based on the RAV4. Smaller than the three-row Highlander, the Venza revives an older Toyota nameplate that was previously applied to...

2021 GMC Sierra Review: Everyday for Everyone

2021 GMC Sierra Review

The 2021 GMC Sierra has big looks, big tow ratings, and deep beds. The Sierra 1500 is a full-size truck that shares its underpinnings with the Chevy Silverado. It squares off against the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan. In terms of capability, performance, and getting it any way you want it, the Sierra excels. The Sierra’s...

2021 Lexus RX 350L Review: “L” for Length

2021 Lexus RX 350L Review

The 2021 Lexus RX stays strong in an increasingly crowded class with styling that stands out. The RX is a luxury mid-size crossover SUV that was refreshed for 2020 for sportier handling. Despite edgy styling, it doesn’t stray too far from being the comfy, quiet cruiser that has defined it for more than 20 years. It can be had...

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo Review: Mazda brings the zoom zoom back

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo Review

The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive. The Mazda 3 is a compact sedan and hatchback that competes with mainstream cars but has upscale aspirations. Its price range fits that narrative as it starts in the low $20,000s and ranges up...

2021 Toyota Avalon Review: Joining the AWD game

2021 Toyota Avalon Review

The 2021 Toyota Avalon lives its best life as a luxury-car companion. Corollas and Camrys are for the youngsters: The 2021 Toyota Avalon takes up residence as the grown-up sedan in the company’s fleet. That doesn’t mean it’s retired: The Avalon now offers all-wheel drive and sporty XSE and TRD models to go with the usual XLE, Touring, Limited...