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JR Chocco

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

2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review: When a Prius just won’t do

2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review

The 2021 Toyota Corolla buffs the automaker’s small-car credentials in some obvious ways, and some subtler ones, too. An absurdly good value especially in hybrid trim, the 2021 Corolla’s a resale beacon and hasn’t lost those attributes even as it’s grown more stylish and more nimble. For 2021, all versions gain Android Auto compatibility, two more airbags,...

2020 Nissan Murano Review: Still the trendsetter

2020 Nissan Murano Review

The 2020 Nissan Murano is stylish and sophisticated SUV that started the stylish missive crossover craze. The Murano is a stylish, comfortable mid-size crossover SUV that makes some compromises in the name of coolness. For 2020, the Murano gains more standard safety equipment. Features such as blind-spot monitors now are standard on the SV trim and above. A...

2020 Cadillac CT4 Review: The new and improved ATS

2020 Cadillac CT4 Review

The new entry-level 2020 Cadillac CT4 sedan has impressive new styling and presents a strong value. The CT4 is an entry-level compact luxury sedan meant to entice a new generation of buyers into GM’s luxury brand. It succeeds the ATS but comes at a time when automakers are pulling back on sedans in favor of crossover SUVs....

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review: The hidden gem

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Review

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is comfortable and quiet, with few rivals among small luxury crossovers. For years, Mercedes-Benz GLC crossover buyers have touted their luxury rides. With the updated GLC, Mercedes-Benz adds its latest infotainment system and a slightly more powerful engine. Like last year, the GLC-Class is available as a crossover “coupe” with a racier roofline...

2020 GMC Sierra Review: A truck for everyone

2020 GMC Sierra AT4 Review

The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 finds new ways to deliver on an automotive concept older than a century: the pickup truck. This year, the GMC adds to its roster a turbodiesel inline-6 that’s more refined, new trailer cameras, and a handful of added trim levels. The lineup for the GMC Sierra 1500 is wide and deep. The...

2021 Toyota Supra First Drive Review: The best of two brands

2021 Toyota Supra Review

The 2021 Toyota Supra marks year two of sports-car excellence and gains a less powerful, more intriguing turbo-4 edition.. The Supra came back in 2020 after a 21-year hiatus; now based on BMW Z4 running gear, it’s a fluent performer in turbo-6 or new turbo-4 form, with the usual two-seater concessions to space and price. Toyota sells...

2020 Ford Ranger Review: Scouting for the top small truck spot

2020 Ford Ranger Review

The 2020 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup is a willing companion to weekend adventures, and it would be a shame if the 2020 Ford Ranger were lumped into a category to include “all trucks.” The 2020 Ranger is not a diesel-swilling, lifted, train-sized hauler that hardly fits in your driveway. The Ranger is not a profane sticker with...

2020 Lexus LS 500 Review: Easily living up to its name

2020 Lexus LS 500 Review

The 2020 Lexus LS is a throwback cruiser with edgy, space-age looks, though the hybrid version is unbeatable as a road-tripper. The bold styling of the 2020 Lexus LS four-door sedan is coupled with a high-tech interior that goes hand-in-hand with its supple ride. This year, Lexus adds the Inspiration series, dials back on available exterior colors,...

2020 Ford Expedition Review: No one does it better

2020 Ford Expedition Review

The 2020 Ford Expedition sets a benchmark for full-size SUVs, with rugged ability and sophisticated sensibilities. The Expedition wears clean and pure styling, doles out loads of space for people and cargo, and drops a twin-turbo hammer through a transmission with more gears than you can count. It’s a category-leader, as the marketing folks would say. Ford...

2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe Review: Not your typical BMW, but still a BMW

2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe Review

The 2020 2-Series Gran Coupe fills the smallest void in the BMW lineup. But the smallest BMW series gets a much more modern addition with the arrival of the new 2020 2-Series Gran Coupe. That’s right, the two-door rear-wheel-drive coupe or convertible can now be had as a four-door all-wheel-drive sedan. The 2020 2-Series coupe, convertible, and...