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.
In this interior walkthrough, I take the shaky cam into the 2020 Mazda CX-30. As the all-new small crossover from Mazda, the CX-30 has a lot of goodness in one package. It’s fun to drive, has a killer stereo, and is right-sized for a lot of people. Check it out and be sure to keep tabs on the channel for the CX-30’s full review coming soon.
My interview with Matthew Valbuena of Mazda can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBOKFsEtSM
In this review, I get into the 2020 Ford Ranger in its Lariat 4×4 package and talk about the hits and misses for this little truck. The Ranger is somewhat unique in that it gets compared to larger, more capable pickups and yet isn’t one of them and shouldn’t be confused with one. Instead, it’s a small, capable pickup with a mixture of car and truck attributes. Check it out.
*Editorial update: As commentators have pointed out, I was incorrect in stating that the Lariat trim is the middle trim for the Ranger. It is the top trim.
See the interior (2019 model) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZsQ_SvXUVc
Here’s me answering a question about the Ranger’s marketing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUjbo5UI1IZ-1Oq4gylz-8Vw&v=s7fFj70fw8c
In this review, I look at the 2020 Nissan Titan in its Pro4X package. Nissan made a lot of changes to its full-sized pickup and all of them are for the better. The Titan is now a competitive truck with a lot to offer those willing to look. Check it out.
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In this review, Kristin looks at the underrated Nissan Murano and talks about its features and design. Competing in the hot two-row crossover segment, the Murano offers uniqueness on several fronts. Check it out.
In this full review, I look at the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica in its Hybrid Limited package. As the only plug-in hybrid minivan on the market, the Pacifica Hybrid has everything you could ask for. Plus HUGE amounts of MPGe on top of that. Check it out!
See the full interior walkthrough here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oDS8KhEv2I
In this question and answer video, Aaron answers a question about gasoline versus diesel fuels. Why is diesel more efficient? It comes down to physics and the properties of both the fuels and the engines that use them. Check it out.