2021 Honda Ridgeline

What kind of car is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline? What does it compare to? 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a mid-size pickup that splits the difference between crossover SUVs and utilitarian trucks such as the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Ford Ranger.  

Is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline a good car?

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Sold in Sport, RTL, and RTL-E trim levels, the 2021 Ridgeline scores a 7.0 out of 10 in our ratings, an excellent score for a pickup thanks to its crossover-like driving attributes and interior as well as its impressive utility.  (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2021 Honda Ridgeline?

Honda tweaked the Ridgeline’s looks this year, giving it more conventional styling to look less like a soft crossover and more like a rugged truck. Its bones remain the same, though.

Additionally, a new Honda Performance Development model—that’s HPD, in Honda-speak—tosses in different styling with nifty bronze wheels. 

Otherwise, the Ridgeline is largely the same today as it was when the current model debuted for the 2017 model year. That’s no bad thing. Underhood, you’ll find 280 horsepower from a 3.5-liter V-6, shuffled to either the front or all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission. The optional all-wheel-drive system lacks the mud-plugging low range found in rivals, but most buyers won’t miss it. Tow ratings rise to 5,000 pounds.

The Ridgeline shares its structure with the Honda Pilot, which is one of our favorite SUVs. You’ll find a similarly spacious passenger compartment, with convenient controls and a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen that now incorporates an actual volume knob rather than a distracting slider. Five people fit easily and comfortably.

As for cargo, the Ridgeline has a composite bed that won’t rust and is exceptionally difficult to dent. Locking storage under the bed is convenient for parking lots, while the tailgate can be flopped downward like a conventional pickup or can swing to the side to make loading heavy items a little easier. 

The Ridgeline has standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. Crash-test results have been impressive, too. 

How much does the 2021 Honda Ridgeline cost?

Honda hasn’t said how much the refreshed Ridgeline will cost, but we expect pricing to be similar to the roughly $35,000 the automaker charged for the outgoing model. The loaded-up HPD is likely to crest $45,000. 

Where is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline made? 

In Alabama.

Can You Go Off-Roading In The 2021 Cadillac Escalade?

Can You Go Off-Roading In The 2021 Cadillac Escalade?

We recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2021 Cadillac Escalade and were left very impressed. One thing we didn’t do with it during our time with it, though, was take it off-road. Fortunately, TFLoffroad has done just that.

During testing, they drove the new Escalade along some tricky off-road trails and, while these trails weren’t the kind that would push a Jeep Wrangler to its limits, they were difficult enough to show that it’s capable of more than simply acting as a luxurious SUV for the street.

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The Escalade tested was fitted with the company’s familiar 6.2-liter petrol V8, the same engine our test car had. This engine is good for 420 hp and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) and proved to be a good fit for the massive SUV on the street. As it turns out,it also offers up enough grunt when driven off-road, helping the Escalade up ‘Tombstone Hill’ in the Colorado Rockies that TFLoffroad likes to test off-roaders on.

Cadillac has said that it will add a 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-six to the luxury SUV’s range later this year as a no-cost option. This engine should deliver 277 hp and 460 lb-ft (624 Nm) of torque, although it remains to be seen how popular it will be among buyers.

Will anyone buying the new Escalade ever take it off-roading? In all likelihood no, but it’s good to know it won’t become stranded the moment it sees some gravel.

2021 Genesis G90

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Genesis G90? What does it compare to?

The 2021 Genesis G90 is the South Korean luxury brand’s flagship full-size sedan. Loaded with standard safety and convenience features, the G90 is a rival to the Lexus LS500, Volvo S90, Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and Audi A8. 

Is the 2021 Genesis G90 a good car?

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The G90 earns a TCC Rating of 7.0 out of 10 for its excellent standard safety and convenience features, potent powertrains with a smooth ride, and stately style. The only thing holding back the large sedan is middling fuel economy. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2021 Genesis G90?

After last year’s refresh with a new front fascia, the 2021 G90 remains mostly the same. Genesis added an adaptive suspension with electronic dampers as standard this year, as well as auto-dimming automatic high beams. 

The G90 floats on a style made less conservative by a massive mesh grille shaped like a shield and available 19-inch wheels with a metallic weave. A band of daytime running lights split the headlights and wrap around the fenders. The attractive if understated styling continues inside, where chrome switches complement open-pore walnut wood trim and oodles of leather. 

Two powertrains simplify the G90 lineup. The 3.3T Prestige comes with a 365-horsepower 3.3 liter twin-turbo V-6, or an available 5.0 flexes a 420-hp 5.0-liter V-8 that sounds more muscular, even though the performance difference is negligible. Standard with rear-wheel drive but available in all-wheel drive, the most efficient G90 is not so efficient at 20 mpg combined. The V-8 with all-wheel drive brings up the rear at 18 mpg combined. 

Standard adaptive dampers and active noise cancellation soften the ride for smooth sailing, and a 22-way power driver’s seat that is heated and cooled keeps the cruising comfy. 

Active safety features run the gamut from automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection front and rear to adaptive cruise control that can restart from a stop, as well as a surround-view camera system that costs extra on other luxury sedans. 

Other standard content includes a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an excellent 5-year/60,000-mile warranty that includes 3-year/36,000 complimentary scheduled service with concierge delivery.  

How much does the 2021 Genesis G90 cost?

Unlike nearly every other luxury sedan, the G90 has a limited price spread with two trims tied to the two engines. The 3.3T Prestige starts at about $74,000 and tops out in 5.0 Ultimate trim just over $80,000. 

Where is the 2021 Genesis G90 made?

The Genesis G90 is built in its home country of South Korea.

Driving A Lamborghini Diablo SV Is Not As Demanding As You Might Have Thought

Driving A Lamborghini Diablo SV Is Not As Demanding As You Might Have Thought

Launched 23 years before the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, the SV sat in the middle of the Diablo’s range.

Slotted beneath the bodywork of the Diablo SV is a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V12 that produces 510 hp and 428 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque. Unlike the Diablo VT on which it was based, the SV ditched the four-wheel drive system in favor of rear-wheel drive with the engine coupled to a manual transmission.

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The Diablo SV could reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h), very impressive figures for the mid-1990s and still quite respectable nowadays. Sure, it won’t keep up with an Aventador SVJ in a straight line, or around the corners for that matter, but it is still more than fast enough for the narrow B-roads found throughout the UK.

Henry Catchpole from Carfection recently had the opportunity to sample one. The veteran journalist says that the owner of this Diablo SV, one of roughly 30 examples sold in the UK, drives the car frequently.

He also states that driving the Lambo is much easier than he expected. He thought that it would be quite a challenge, but comments on the excellent driving position, nice five-speed gated manual shifter and impressive handling.

Jay Leno Introduces Us To His 1996 Dodge Viper GTS

Jay Leno Introduces Us To His 1996 Dodge Viper GTS

The Dodge Viper is one of America’s most iconic performance cars, and in this latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the former late-night host discusses his own personal car.

As this is a 1996 Viper, it is a second-gen model, but changes over the first generation weren’t particularly significant. Leno’s car is a GTS that sat above the standard RT/10 in the Viper range.

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Slotted under the hood of the Viper GTS is a naturally-aspirated 8.0-liter V10 that pumps out 450 hp, a healthy gain over the 415 hp of the standard Viper RT/10. Paired to this almighty engine is a six-speed BorgWarner T56 manual transmission driving the rear wheels.

As you can see, Leno’s car is blue with white racing stripes. The front fenders also feature dozens of signatures from those who built the car, making it unlike any other Viper made back in the day. While the TV host and car enthusiast has a massive collection, he clearly isn’t shy about driving his Viper and has racked up just over 10,700 miles behind the wheel.

During his review, Leno says that the engine pulls well and that Vipers of this period are easy to find on the used car market at reasonable prices. He also compares it to the Dodge Challenger Demon, saying that when the Viper launched with 450 hp, it put its rivals on notice, much like the Demon did when it was launched a few years ago.

2021 Cadillac Escalade review

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade? What does it compare to?

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is the luxury automaker’s full-size, three-row SUV and its most expensive model. The Escalade is mechanically related to the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, as well as the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Rivals include the Lincoln Navigator, BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, and Land Rover Range Rover.  

Is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade good SUV?

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The Escalade has always been a symbol of luxury, but the 2021 model improves its technology, space, and comfort. It rides better than it ever has, remains powerful, and its cockpit sits at the forefront of connected technology. We rate it highly, and give it a TCC Rating of 7.2 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade?

The Escalade is redesigned for 2021 and is now in its fifth generation since it debuted in 1999. The luxurious people mover is even larger and features a roomier third row, more cargo room, and the latest technology, including Super Cruise and up to five screens inside its cabin. It also gets an independent rear suspension, available air suspension, a new diesel engine option, and more safety features. 

Nearly 8 inches longer overall with an almost 5-inch increase in the wheelbase on the standard model, the Escalade will challenge suburban garages. It continues in standard and long-wheelbase configurations; the latter is still called the Escalade ESV, and it is 2.6 inches longer than the 2020 model.

The new Escalade has a blunt front end, horizontal headlights, and vertical taillights that go from bumper to roof. Sport models trade all the exterior chrome for shiny black trim. Every 2021 Escalade rides on 22-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Escalade distances itself from its truck-based roots with a true luxury-car interior. The dashboard features 38 inches of curved OLED screens stretched across the dash and wrapped in leather. 

Escalade buyers have two engine options: A carryover 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 or a 277-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 that arrives late in 2020. A 10-speed automatic transmission is paired to both engines. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive with low-range gearing and a mechanical or electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential is available. 

All Escalades get an independent rear suspension that improves interior space and smooths out the ride quality. The ride is further improved with adaptive magnetic dampers and a four-corner air suspension system can raise or lower the Escalade by up to 4 inches.

Buyers can choose seven- or eight-passenger seating. The larger size greatly improves third-row leg room and cargo space. The second row slides forward and back to trade space with the third row. 

Cadillac outfits the 2021 Escalade with standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, and a seat that vibrates in the direction of a potential danger. Also available are adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, rear automatic braking, automatic parking, and night vision.

How much does the 2021 Cadillac Escalade cost?

Cadillac offers the Escalade in Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum, and Sport Platinum trim levels, each in short-wheelbase or long-wheelbase ESV body styles. 

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade starts at $77,490 for the short-wheelbase base model and $80,480 for the ESV. Four-wheel drive adds $3,000 to any trim level.

The Escalade luxury comes standard with 12-way power-adjustable front seats covered in synthetic leather, heated first- and second-row seats, remote start, power-folding second-row seats, a 19-speaker AKG sound system, wireless smartphone charging, a hands-free liftgate, LED headlights and taillights, a mechanical limited-slip rear differential, and 22-inch alloy wheels.  

Where is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade made?

In Arlington, Texas.