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The latest news and headlines from around the global brake industry. This page lists all of the articles from our automotive test drives.

the 2023 Hyundai Tucson Limited PHEV AWD is a very efficient SUV

Tucson PHEV an Efficient SUV

CHATHAM, MA – The number on the 2023 Hyundai Tucson PHEV (plug-in hybrid) dash was other worldy – 308 miles per gallon! The number reflected my diligence in plugging the sport utility vehicle (SUV) into the charger every chance I…

Kia EV6 GT brakes

Kia EV6 GT Brakes

PALO ALTO — The BRAKE Report realized it left out a significant photo for the recent review the 2023 Kia EV6 GT super EV — the lime-green brake calipers and huge ventilated rotors The brake system, as we mentioned in…

The EV6 GT is the most powerful Kia ever produced

Kia Unleashes the Super EV6 GT

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Outside — big, wide Z-rated tires mounted on open 21-inch rims revealing fluorescent lime green calipers and massive ventilated brake discs. Runway red paint. Inside — wide-bolstered, manually adjustable seats. The new Kia EV6 GT AWD…

Genesis GV70 Electrified another excellent SUV

Electrified GV70 Another Genesis Hit

CHATHAM, Mass. – The electrification of Hyundai Motor Group’s luxury/premier Genesis brand has included both ground-up battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) like the GV60 as well as redesigned electrified versions of its successful models, like the 2023 Electrified GV70 Prestige I had…

2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid represents great value

Sportage Hybrid a Compact SUV Value

CHATHAM, Mass. – Now in its fourth decade, the Sportage remains a stalwart of the ever-expanding line of Kia sport-utility (SUV) and crossover-utility (CUV) vehicles. Once one of the smallest of the compact SUVs, the fifth-generation Sportage upon its introduction…

RAV4 Adventure provides off-road capability to Toyota's compact SUV

Rav4 Ready for an Adventure

CHATHAM, Mass. – Like nature coming across a vacuum, when the product planners at Toyota sees a promising automotive niche, they designate one of its numerous models to fill the niche. For compact sport-utility (SUV) consumers who want some rough-road…

The Palisade is Hyundai's modern 3-row family SUV

Palisade is a Thoroughly Modern Family SUV

CHATHAM, Mass. – Hyundai’s television ads for the three-row Palisade sport-utility vehicle (SUV) always revolves around a happy family, a theme I thoroughly understand following a week enjoying its technology, features, amenities, comfort and driving characteristics. My review sample was…

The new 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 is a premium luxury EV

Electrified, the G80 Shines

CHATHAM, Mass. – The first time I drove the Genesis Electrified G80 during last autumn’s International Motor Press Association Test Day (#IMPATESTDAY) I was blown away by the four-door sedan’s silky-smooth performance characteristics and luxurious comfort. A week in February…

The Volvo XC90 B6 AWD Ultimate was a solid three-row SUV

Ultimate Volvo XC90 Makes Luxury Statement

CHATHAM, Mass. – Large, quiet, well behaved and relatively fuel efficient, the mild-hybrid Volvo XC90 B6 AWD Ultimate three-row sport-utility vehicle (SUV) provided an enjoyable week of driving during the continuing remarkably mild New England Winter. Living with the Volvo…

NEMPA winter car off the year brought together EV, PHEV and ICE versions of truck, sedans and SUVs

EV, PHEV, Supercharged V8 Tested for NEMPA Award

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – During last week’s initial discussion of vehicles driven during the 2023 New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) Winter Car (#NEMPAWINTERCAR) of the Year evaluation in Middleborough, Mass., I concentrated on the hybrid-electric (HEV and PHEV) and battery-electric…

EVs, PHEVs were the stars at the NEMPA Winter Car of the Year event

EVs, PHEVs Star at NEMPA Program

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Motor Press Association (#NEMPA) recently held its annual Winter Car of the Year program which brought approximately 25 journalist members to Middleborough, Mass., to drive contenders and vote on their choices for the best…

Mazda CX-50 an excellent compact SUV

CX-50 Continues Tradition of Simple Excellence

CHATHAM, Mass.—There is something simple — elegant in its simplicity — about the 2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5 Turbo w/Premium Plus package. Added to the Mazda family for 2022, the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) offers a comprehensive complement of technology,…

2023 Chevrolet Equinox Premier AWD is a solid compact SUV

Equinox is Chevy’s Solid Compact SUV

CHATHAM, Mass. – The 2023 Equinox provides Chevrolet with a solid, well-equipped entrant in the highly competitive compact sport-utility (SUV) segment. The Premier AWD (all-wheel drive) version which we piloted around Cape Cod last week fits in with other top…

The 2023 Toyota Sienna hybrid is a solid minivan with great fuel economy

Sienna Shines for its Silver Anniversary

CHATHAM, Mass. – Once upon a time the original Toyota Sienna was the ugly duckling of minivans. Now, in its 25th year, it has evolved into a beautiful all-wheel-drive, hybrid-only thoroughly modern swan amongst automotive people movers. We spent a…