Awesome 2023

Driven: 2023 Lexus RX 500H F SPORT Performance

Driven: 2023 Lexus RX 500H F SPORT Performance

The Lexus RX is the best-selling luxury SUV in the US. So when Lexus redesigned it for 2023, they set out to preserve what people love about it while also appealing to new buyers. There are four RX models in the works, but the powerful RX 500H F SPORT Performance was our hands-down favorite when given a chance to drive them all.

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz Night

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz Night

Hyundai turns down the lights for this slick new variant of its Santa Cruz sports activity vehicle. This AWD model packs a powerful 2.5L turbo engine, making 281 hp and 311 lb-ft. of torque, and is decked out entirely in black, with a dark chrome grille, 20″ dark alloy wheels, black body trim, dual side steps, LED bed lighting, and more.

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2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante

This high-performance Lamborghini Urus SUV has more power, less weight, and better aerodynamics. Its twin-turbo V8 makes 657 hp and 627 lb-ft. of torque. By shaving 104 pounds, it does 0-to-60 mph in 3.3 sec and has a 190 mph top speed. It rides 20mm lower and 16 mm wider than a standard Urus and has a new Rally mode.

Polaris Ranger XP Kinetic

Polaris Ranger XP Kinetic

Road America may be famous for its 4-mile road course, but tucked away at the eastern edge of the complex is a gnarly off-road park that’s been used to test the mettle of everything from Wranglers and Broncos to Raptors. Last week, we ran those trails in something very different, the 2023 Polaris Ranger XP Kinetic.

2023 Dodge Hornet

2023 Dodge Hornet

The muscular brother to the Alfa Romeo Tonale compact crossover, the Hornet is the first Dodge vehicle with a hybrid electric drivetrain. The Hornet R/T has a 1.3L turbo engine and rear motor that combine to make 285 hp and 383 lb-ft. of torque. As a PHEV, you can plug it in and get 30 miles of pure electric range too.

2023 Ford Bronco + Bronco Sport Heritage Editions

2023 Ford Bronco + Bronco Sport Heritage Editions

The Bronco and Bronco Sport channel 1966 with these new Heritage Editions. Based on Big Bend models, the SUVs have a white roof and grille, retro color choices, painted wheels, and classic Bronco graphics. Heritage Limited Editions are based on the more powerful Badlands models, and get plaid vinyl seats with leather trim.

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor

The Ford Maverick compact pickup joins the Ranger, F-150, and Super Duty with its own Tremor package. It adds a 1″ lift, Trail Control, an off-road-tuned suspension, and advanced AWD with 4WD lock. Design accents include orange tow hooks, special 17″ aluminum wheels, and a distinctive grille. Available on XLT and Lariat trims.

2023 Honda Civic Type R

2023 Honda Civic Type R

Based on the 11th-generation Civic Hatchback, the new Civic Type R features a decidedly less overworked design than its 2020 Honda Civic Type R while retaining its aerodynamic qualities. Honda says it’s the most powerful and fastest vehicle they’ve offered in the U.S., though they’ve yet to reveal its engine or performance specs.

2023 Ford Performance F-150 Raptor R

2023 Ford Performance F-150 Raptor R

This bonkers Ford F-150 has a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that cranks out 700 hp and 640 lb-ft. of torque. It’s built for high-speed desert driving and serious off-roading with 24″ coil springs and Advanced FOX Live Valve shocks. It rides on 37″ tires and offers 13.1″ of ground clearance with 13″ of front wheel travel and 14.1″ in back.

2024 Chevy Blazer EV

2024 Chevy Blazer EV

Chevy took its Blazer compact crossover and turned it into a sporty battery electric vehicle. Taking aim at the Mustang Mach-E, the Blazer EV, models will offer ranges from 247 to 320 miles, DC fast charging, and FWD, RWD, or AWD motor configurations. The SS performance model has 557 hp and can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.

Driven: 2023 Nissan Z Performance

Driven: 2023 Nissan Z Performance

The Nissan Z is back and it’s simply fantastic. We spent a week living with the 2023 Z, and it’s everything we hoped for. The new Z deftly balances nostalgia and modernity with its thoughtful design, performance, and technology. A powerful drivetrain and spirited handling make this the best Z car in years.

Driven: 2023 Toyota Sequoia

Driven: 2023 Toyota Sequoia

The 2023 Sequoia has a muscular new look, drawing directly from its pickup truck brother, the Toyota Tundra. It has a powerful new hybrid drivetrain, excellent towing capacity, and offers a smooth and comfortable ride. Read on for our thoughts on this handsome full-size SUV from our first drive on the streets of Texas.

Toyota GR Corolla MORIZO Edition

Toyota GR Corolla MORIZO Edition

This special matte grey edition of the Toyota GR Corolla has seen its torque increased to 295 lb-ft., a close gear-ratio manual gearbox, shorter differential gears, 18″ forged wheels, brake vents, mono-tube shock absorbers, a stiffened chassis, a forged carbon fiber roof, and weighs about 100 lb. less than the Circuit Edition.

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2023 Lexus RX

2023 Lexus RX

Lexus’ popular RX crossover gets a sleek new look. The spindle grille now morphs into the body and is flanked by integrated headlamps. It rides on a new platform with a lower center of gravity and is up to 198 pounds lighter. Powertrain options include a 2.4L turbo-4, a hybrid, a turbo-hybrid, and a future plug-in hybrid model.

2023 Land Rover Defender 130

2023 Land Rover Defender 130

Land Rover’s most capable SUV gets a three-row, 2+3+3 seat configuration. At 13.38″ longer than a Defender 110, it can hold up to 80.9 cubic feet of cargo with the seats down. It has standard electronic air suspension for everyday comfort and off-road prowess, plus a panoramic sunroof with a second sunroof above the third row.

2023 Hyundai Palisade

2023 Hyundai Palisade

The imposing, 3-row 2023 Hyundai Palisade means business when it comes to family transportation. The company’s flagship SUV has received a dignified sprucing up, inside and out, most notably with vertically connected LED headlights, a revamped instrument panel, multi-spoke alloy wheels, and heated third-row seats.

Land Rover Defender 30th Anniversary Edition

Land Rover Defender 30th Anniversary Edition

This limited-edition Defender pays tribute to the 1993 Defender 110 First Edition. The loaded Defender 110 P300 S is painted in Fuji White with 18″ gloss white steel wheels, an Expedition roof rack, classic mud flaps, a deployable ladder, and more. Inside, you’ll find ebony leather seats and a white powdercoat cross-car beam.

2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

The Ranger Raptor is coming to the US and Europe, rocking a twin-turbo V6 making 392 hp and 430 lb-ft. torque stateside or 284 hp and 362 lb-ft. in Europe. Both are mated with a 10-speed automatic. It has FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks, an active exhaust system, and is ready to conquer all terrain with power and confidence.

2023 Toyota Sequoia

2023 Toyota Sequoia

Sharing the same platform as the 2022 Tundra and Lexus LX 600, Toyota’s great-looking, redesigned Sequoia SUV has three rows of seating and comes standard with a powerful i-FORCE MAX hybrid drivetrain that makes 437 hp and 583 lb-ft. of torque. It will come in SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and a luxurious new Capstone trim.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette 70th Anniversary Edition

2023 Chevrolet Corvette 70th Anniversary Edition

The 2023 Corvette Stingray and Z06 will offer a 70th Anniversary Edition package with distinctive wheels, logos, and badging in two unique colors: White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat and Carbon Flash Metallic. (Holy Batmobile!) VIN 001 of the special Z06 goes to auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 1.29.22 benefitting Operation Homefront.

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2023 Toyota bZ4X

2023 Toyota bZ4X

The production version of Toyota’s battery-electric crossover is coming to the U.S. It offers a front-wheel or all-wheel drivetrain and up to 250 miles driving range per charge. Known for their reliability, Toyota is touting a long-lasting battery pack that’s expected to deliver 90% of capacity after ten years of use.

2023 Nissan Z

2023 Nissan Z

The new Nissan Z features a streamlined design that takes inspiration from the 280Z and 300Z, but still looks modern. Its notable upgrades are a 3.0L twin-turbo engine that makes 400hp and 350 lb-ft. of torque, an available 9-speed automatic, a new cockpit with a digital dashboard, and available two-tone leather trim.

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