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April 6, 2020

The history of the Toyota RAV4 was written with a very peculiar model name. Under the philosophy "Recreative Active Vehicle 4-Wheel Drive", the brand created a small SUV with a lot of charisma, even the roof could be removed. However, over time, subsequent generations were diluted this rebellious character for a much more civilized and softer compact SUV. 

The 2020 TRD Off Road is return to fo...

March 28, 2020

The mid-size crossover SUV market is now a heavily saturated space. Whoever your automotive brand allegiance is with, they are likely to produce an SUV of sorts. This even applies to Lamborghini owners at this point. However, Hyundai (and also Kia) have managed to get the mainstream market excited about SUVs with the introduction of the Palisade and the Telluride respectively. 


It’s hard to make a crossov...

March 15, 2020

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2020 is yet another example that the traditional sedan still plays a role in the automotive industry and can meet all the needs of most drivers.

The name Arteon - whose correct pronunciation emphasizes the first syllable - is made up of two parts: 'Art', which describes the harmonious design lines and emotion of a sports car, and 'eon', which relates it from the same way that Volkswagen id...

November 15, 2019


The Mazda CX-5 is probably our favorite mid-size crossover here at Autonotas. We love the styling and the fantastic driving dynamics, along with the amazing build quality of the interior. Among its many sterling qualities, however, the CX-5 suffered from a glaring fault; quite simply, there wasn’t sufficient power to complement that fabulous chassis. When Mazda announced that the 2019 CX-5 would be offered with th...

September 3, 2019

As a travel companion during our recent trip to beautiful Colorado, the 2019 Lexus RC 350 AWD F Sport allowed us to full enjoy the Centennial State. A car with sporty tendencies, a high level of luxury and advanced technology, the RC 350 AWD took us everywhere we wanted to go with zero hesitation. Among our storied destinations were the United States Air Force Academy, Broncos Stadium, and Pikes Peak - each provided a unique o...

July 9, 2019

In 2003, Ford introduced a compact SUV (the Escape) to the market that would meet the needs of a van, but at a much lower cost than those in the market. Following this launch, many other options came to light in order to compete; brands such as Nissan, Chevrolet, Mazda, Renault and Suzuki were the main ones in charge of unveiling a different option to evolve the compact SUV segment.

In 2016, Honda decided to...

June 28, 2019


Mazdas are, as a general rule of thumb, always underrated, and sometimes even entirely forgotten in regard to their respective classes. Indeed, in the highly competitive market segment for mid-size sedans, the offerings that immediately come to mind are the top-selling Toyota Camry, and the Honda Accord, with any bandwidth for niche offerings largely consumed by the all-wheel champion, the Subaru Legacy. In this h...

March 27, 2019

There's nothing like an off-road drive for a little post-apocalyptic roleplaying. Up there in the mountains, away from the smoggy tendrils of civilization, it's easy to imagine yourself a lone survivor plunging through the wilderness. And after giving it a fair amount of thought, I reached the following conclusion: After the nukes fall, all that will remain are the ruins of our cities, cockroaches, and people selling 10-year-o...

March 2, 2019

We've actually covered winter tires, specifically the Blizzaks, on Autonotas before. But after this snow storm, I decided it was important to cover it again. 

When I bought my 2016 Subaru BRZ last year, I knew I'd be getting a dedicated set of winter tires. As the cold months went on in Seattle, I decided to hold off because it looked like we weren't going to get any snow. However, a huge snow storm (for Seattle) came early Feb...

February 8, 2019


The Honda Accord has long been at the top of the mid-size sedan class along with the Toyota Camry. The two have been duking it out since the early 90’s but the Honda Accord has been on Car and Driver’s 10Best list 33 times now. For 2018, the Accord has grown significantly and has blurred the line between Honda and Acura. The Accord has become a significantly higher value proposition.

Driving Dynamics:

Between the Ac...

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