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JR Chocco

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

2023 Audi A3 & RS3 Review: All Smiles

2023 Audi RS3 Review

The Audi A3 doesn’t stand out from German rivals, but its confident composure is undeniable and pocket-rocket RS3 sure do. The Audi A3 small sedan ratchets up the power in S3 and RS3 performance models, but the base car competes with German rivals such as the BMW 2-Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class, as well as the reborn Acura Integra. It’s...

2024 Subaru Impreza pricing starts at $24,085

2024 Subaru Impreza

Subaru has announced the pricing for the redesigned 2024 Impreza, which starts at $24,085, including destination. The 2024 Impreza is only available as a hatchback, which means the former sedan has been discontinued. It's also only available with a CVT, but there are two engine options to choose from. The Base and Sport trim levels are powered by a 2.0-liter...

2023 Mazda 3 Hatchback Review: Bold Rakish Swagger

2023 Mazda 3 Review

The 2023 Mazda 3 entices as a compact car that looks and handles like a class above more than the competition. The Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback are compact entry-level cars punching above a class that includes the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Hyundai Elantra. Fun driving dynamics, sophisticated style, and a good safety make the Mazda 3 Hatchback...

2023 Mazda CX-5 Second Take Review: Still Stylishly Skillful

2023 Mazda CX-5 Review

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV is a fun, stylish choice for drivers who prioritize handling over cabin space. The CX-5 is a small SUV that rivals the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Volvo XC40, among others. It’s a solid choice for drivers seeking a stylish ride that delivers sports sedan-grade handling, though just-OK fuel economy doesn’t impress. For...

2023 Mazda CX-9 Second Take Review: Roomy Zoom-Zoom

2023 Mazda CX-9 Second Take Review

The 2023 Mazda CX-9 is a sporty three-row SUV, for drivers who prioritize fun over interior space and practicality. With three rows of seats, the CX-9 squares off against the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, among many other three-row crossover SUVs. It’s a driver-focused crossover SUV, which may or may not be what your family needs. Cargo and third-row...

2023 Toyota Tacoma Review: One Tough Taco

2023 Toyota Tacoma Review

The 2023 Toyota Tacoma has slipped behind newer rivals for comfort, but it hangs tough off-road. The Tacoma is a mid-size pickup truck that squares off against the Ford Ranger and Nissan Frontier, among others. Many buyers may be attracted to the Tacoma for its durable reputation, which is backed up by spectacular resale value. In what may be...

2023 Lexus ES 350 Review: Serene and Luxurious

2023 Lexus ES 350 Review

With its modern take on luxury, the 2023 Lexus ES blends eco-friendly frugality, sporty touches, and traditional luxury. The 2023 Lexus ES is a mid-size luxury sedan with a big, well-outfitted cabin. It can be shopped against the Cadillac CT5 and the Acura TLX. If you can resist the SUV craze, the Lexus ES stands out as a highly...

2023 Toyota 4Runner Review: Ever Ready

2023 Toyota 4Runner Review

As a backwoods exploration companion, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner excels. With the 4Runner, Toyota offers a relatively inexpensive and highly capable SUV that emphasizes off-road ability over on-road plushness. The 4Runner squares off against the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler, plus the Honda Passport and Subaru Outback. For most drivers, the choppy ride, sloppy handling, and lousy fuel consumption...

2023 Genesis G90 Review: Silently Formidable

2023 Genesis G90 Review

The 2023 Genesis G90 brims with luxury-car confidence and sizzling dynamics in its quest for prestige. The G90 four-door takes the top spot in the South Korean luxury brand’s lineup. The flagship sedan competes with full-size luxury cars such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS, and Audi A8. With the growth in its sticker price, the G90...

2023 Lexus RX 500h Review: No longer your grandma’s crossover

2023 Lexus RX 500h Review

The redesigned 2023 Lexus RX now comes with more potent powertrains and a more efficient hybrid. The redesigned RX is a five-seat crossover SUV that straddles the premium and luxury classes, similar to the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60, and Volvo XC60. With four powertrains, including three hybrids, and six trim levels, the mid-size SUV tries to entice a more...