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2024 Buick Encore GX Avenir – The Subcompact Grows Up

The Buick Encore GX is now in its fourth model year and has been updated for 2024 with new looks, features, and trim lines. Our tester is the new 2024 Encore Avenir trim, which replaces the Essence trim at the top of the Encore food chain. The 2024 Encore starts at $25,600 for the Preferred trim before the $1,295 destination charge, while the Avenir starts at $31,900 before the destination charge. That’s a lot of money for a subcompact crossover and puts the Encore Avenir in the middle of a very crowded segment, with the likes of the Volkswagen Taos and the BMW X1. We spent a week with the Encore Avenir to see how it fares against said competition.

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2023 Jeep Gladiator Mojave – Fun In The Sun and Sand

By now, most enthusiasts know that the Jeep Gladiator is a lot more than just a Wrangler with a five-foot bed in the back. The Gladiator is a purpose-built lifestyle truck engineered to do everything a truck is supposed to do, including towing up to 7,650 lbs.

Gladiator shares with the Wrangler the rugged styling and go-anywhere, top-off, doors-off, fun spirit of its sibling. This review focuses on the Mojave trim Gladiator, which is identical in price to the rock-crawling Rubicon trim, but more suited to high-speed desert running than crawling.

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2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Series III – Now with Hurricane Force Power

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer has already established itself as a solid alternative to the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator in the luxury full-sized SUV space. The unique styling and upscale interior have been popular with customers shopping in this luxury segment, and sales have been relatively strong for the brand, which is best known for the rugged Wrangler SUV. For 2023, Jeep has given the Grand Wagoneer the new “Hurricane” engine to make it even more competitive in the segment.

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Speed:Read – 2023 Kia Soul GT Line

We’ve always loved the Kia Soul for being the feature-packed, quirky, boxy, fun hatchback that it is. Kia has refreshed the Soul for the 2023 model year and reduced the trim lineup from six trims to four by dropping the X-Line and GT-Line Turbo trims. Kia has also simplified the powertrain offerings for 2023 by only offering a naturally -aspirated four-cylinder engine across the model lineup.

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Last Chance: 2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Shakedown Final Call Edition

Murphy’s tenth law states that “Mother nature is a …” with the three dots being a word I won’t put in print. Unfortunately, that tenth law always seems to kick in here on the Texas Gulf Coast whenever I have a fun vehicle booked to review for the week.

In this case, I was absolutely excited to drive the 2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Shakedown Edition, part of Dodge’s “Final Call” series of special editions to send these cars off into the sunset. The week I had this car, I had *ONE* afternoon with it that it wasn’t pouring down rain to the point of nearly flooding. You know what? One afternoon of driving the Challenger is better than a week with some vehicles.

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Speed:Read – 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel

Ram has updated the 2500 Heavy Duty lineup for 2023 with the introduction of the Heavy Duty Rebel model. The 2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel is positioned between the Laramie and the famously capable 2500 Power Wagon. The 2500 Rebel is an off-road focused truck that blends rugged off-road capability with towing and hauling capability.

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