Review: 2021 Toyota Corolla XSE

In this review, I get into the new 2021 Corolla in its XSE package. The Corolla has long been the benchmark for the compact car category, but now seems a little behind in many ways. Here’s what’s good and bad about this car from my perspective. Enjoy!

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2020 Texas Truck Rodeo Roundup

In this special episode, we talk about the annual Texas Truck Rodeo put on by the Texas Auto Writers Association. Kristin walks us through what she saw, what she learned, and the types of capabilities and comparisons that are tested at this event.

Kristin’s review of the Durango SRT:

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392:

Interview with Nicole and Alice pre-Rebelle:
Interview with Alice and Nicole, Rebelles:

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2021 Toyota Sienna and Venza Unveiled

The Toyota Venza returns as a 2021 model in an all-new design. Aaron is glad to see the wagon-like Venza look more appealing and Kristin likes that it’s a hybrid by default. The new Sienna minivan was unveiled at the same time, sharing the same drivetrain and with a surprise nudge-nudge finger point towards Chrysler in its announcement.

Both of these are a big deal for Toyota, whose losing ground in the smaller two-row midsized crossover segment and whose minivan has become aged against newer competition. Both of these seek to rectify those shortcomings and are definitely on point towards doing so.

Find out what we know and what we think about the new 2021 Toyota Venza and the 2021 Toyota Sienna.

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What the Automotive Industry Is Doing During Lockdown

There are a lot of good things happening during the coronavirus social distancing. Even as automotive plants shut down the production of vehicles for the health and safety of their workers, automakers are jumping in to help communities and the country during this time. Here, we talk about the current happenings and give highlights of what vehicle brands and companies are doing to give back to communities. From building ventilators to making safety gear and feeding the hungry, the automotive industry continues its long tradition of caring for the people and nations it serves.

Stay safe and happy. We’re getting through this together.

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Checking Out the New Toyota Avalon and Camry AWD

Kristin was in Utah talking with Heather Updegraff about the new all-wheel drive offerings in the Toyota sedan lineup, including the new Avalon AWD and Camry AWD. Toyota has added all-wheel drive to its most popular sedans for several reasons. Heather explains those and the two moms talk about teenage drivers and why Toyota is such a great fit for them as well.

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Why Did Toyota Make AWD Sedans?

In this interview, Kristin talks with TomKretschmann of Toyota about why the company moved to all-wheel drive with its sedans. Tom talks about what AWD can offer buyers, even those who don’t live in winter climates, and explains that Toyota customers have asked for this for several years.

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