The 6 most exciting new cars at the 2019 Detroit auto show

15 Jan
2020 Kia Telluride, 2019 Detroit auto showFew they may have been, but most of the new cars revealed at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit were crucial for their brands. Ford kicked off the morning by taking the wraps off of its latest Explorer, a replacement for its aging family hauler that may have evolutionary styling but is totally different underneath. It looks...

2020 Toyota Supra: Legendary two-seat sport coupe returns, with a European twist

14 Jan
2020 Toyota Supra, 2019 Detroit auto showLaunching a new model name costs many millions of dollars, which is why automakers often bring back old names or radically alter the vehicles sold under an existing name. That explains why Toyota's new two-seat sport coupe is called Supra, reviving a name last used in 1998. The new 2020 Toyota Supra has an inline-6 engine, just like the old one...

2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck shows in Detroit: Big bruiser wears a starched shirt

14 Jan
2019 Ram 2500, 2019 Detroit auto showIn 1981, when the Dodge pickup and Ram badge first applied to the truckmaker's heavy-duty trucks, a 12-inch screen came from Sears. Color wasn't necessarily a given, either. A lot has changed over the four decades and five generations that Dodge (or Ram) has offered a heavy-duty three-quarter or one-ton pickup to the masses. The 2019 Ram Heavy...

Kia Sorento diesel planned, could offer improved fuel-economy

22 Jan
2018 Kia SorentoKia says that it will offer a diesel-powered version of its Sorento crossover in the U.S. by as early as the end of 2018. When it arrives, it will be one of only a handful of sparkplug-less offerings in this market and it could significantly improve the Sorento's fuel economy ratings. Kia’s vice presiden of product planning, Orth Hedrick...

Chevrolet to sell redesigned 2019 Silverado alongside outgoing model

17 Jan
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail BossChevy truck buyers will have two 2019 Silverado pickups to choose from later this year. The Detroit automaker plans to re-brand the current truck, which launched for the 2014 model year, as the Silverado LD. The redesigned truck that Chevy showed off at the 2018 Detroit auto show will be sold as the 2019 Silverado 1500. The nameplate is hardly the...

2019 Toyota Avalon video preview

17 Jan
2019 Toyota Avalon, 2018 Detroit auto showIf you're going to have a flagship, it had better be your best and brightest. Enter the 2019 Toyota Avalon, which further blurs the line between mainstream and luxury. The 2019 Avalon is available with either V-6 or a hybrid engine options and it's still a large four-door sedan, albeit a much more stylish one than ever before. It's a hair longer...

2019 Kia Forte video preview

17 Jan
2019 Kia Forte, 2018 Detroit auto showThere is big value in small sedans for new car shoppers. Few cars pack as many features with as much space, for such a low price. Now the 2019 Kia Forte adds a whole lot of style. The Forte raided the closet of its bigger brother Stinger for its looks. The Forte’s windshield has been pushed back nearly half a foot for a long-hood look. The...

2019 Volkswagen Jetta video preview

16 Jan
2019 Volkswagen Jetta, 2018 Detroit auto showThe 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is here, and even if it doesn't look at that different from its predecessor, it's what's underneath that counts. And there are some major changes that make the 2019 Jetta ride and handle like the pint-size luxury sedan it once was. First, some inside baseball. The 2019 Jetta now rides on the same, sophisticated...

2019 Jeep Cherokee goes mainstream, turbocharged

16 Jan
2019 Jeep Cherokee, 2018 Detroit auto showThe 2019 Jeep Cherokee addresses its controversial design head on with an updated fascia and rear end that bring it more in line with its siblings, both big and small. Along with a new turbocharged engine, Jeep’s middle child should be better to drive and less polarizing to look at. Jeep is retaining the current Cherokee’s two engines...