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JR Chocco

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

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...

2021 GMC Canyon Review: Just-right (Sized?)

2021 GMC Canyon Review

The 2021 GMC Canyon looks good and performs well. The Canyon is a mid-size pickup truck that shares DNA with the Chevy Colorado. It competes with the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier. It is a good-looking truck with good powertrain options and more configurations than most trucks this size. GMC reordered the trim levels for the...

2021 Mazda CX-5 Review: Aging Gracefully or Getting better with age

2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 crossover is still the handling champ, now with more power in the Turbo, but still has a tight back seat for the class. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is a five-seat compact crossover SUV that puts ride and handling at the top of its priority list. Its competition includes the Toyota RAV4, VW Tiguan, and Volvo...

2021 Toyota Prius Review: Better than ever but lost in the crossover craze

2021 Toyota Prius Review

The 2021 Toyota Prius appeals to shoppers looking for a no-frills commuter that excels at fuel economy. For 2021, Toyota Prius celebrates its 20th anniversary as one of the best-selling hybrids in the world. It’s been sold as a subcompact car, a wagon, a plug-in hybrid, and now the compact hatchback comes with all-wheel drive and just one body...

2021 Honda Odyssey Review: Our favorite family hauler

2021 Honda Odyssey Review

The Honda Odyssey is refreshed for 2021 and loaded with standard safety features. If smart is sexy then the 2021 Honda Odyssey is a knockout. The refreshed minivan is big on space and interior comforts. The Odyssey excels at what it was meant to do well: haul families and their gear in space, comfort, and safety. Like last year,...

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Review: The perfect balance

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Review

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 proves we're in the golden days of perfect crossover SUVs. Everyday sporty ‘utes like the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 hardly look like they’re just as quick as their smaller siblings but stopwatches don’t lie. Mercedes says the GLC 43 crossover takes just 4.7 seconds from 0-60 mph compared to the C43 sedan’s time of 4.5 seconds. Two-tenths...