2019 Nissan Rogue Review And Buying Guide

2019 Nissan Rogue Review and Buying Guide

The 2019 Nissan Rogue compact crossover makes a wonderful first impression. Its attractive styling bucks the usual trend of frumpy and/or utilitarian design, and despite this model being around for five years since its last full redesign, it still looks pretty fresh. The interior similarly looks good, there's plenty of up-to-date tech, and those seeking lots of family-friendly space will find one of the roomiest cabins in the segment.

However, the longer you spend with the Rogue, you might start to notice the underpowered engine, unrefined transmission and general dreary driving experience. Back-to-back test drives of key competitors — most of which have been more recently redesigned — might also reveal that they manage to at least match the Rogue's strong points while substantially bettering it in others. Not a bad choice, but we think there are better ones.

2019 Toyota Rav4 Review And Buying Guide

2019 Toyota RAV4 Review and Buying Guide

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 represents a bold new direction for what has been the bestselling SUV in America. With characterful styling, best-in-class power and an ulta-efficient Hybrid model, it stands above top rivals in key areas, while at least matching their quality, safety and tech offerings. It's not quite as spacious any more, but few would deem it cramped. It also continues to benefit from Toyota's strong reliability, resale value and included scheduled maintenance program. Really, anyone shopping for a compact crossover would be wise to consider the 2019 RAV4.

What's new for 2019?

Everything about the RAV4 is new for 2019. The styling is blockier and more SUV-like, while the ground clearance has been raised. Certain trim levels, including the RAV4 Adventure, also get special off-roading drive modes and a more sophisticated all-wheel drive system. Importantly, driving dynamics have been sharpened for 2019 on every RAV4, the powertrains seriously upgraded for both the base gas engine and the more efficient RAV4 Hybrid, and the interior made more attractive and functional. Cargo capacity is a bit down, however, as is headroom.

2019 Honda Cr-v Review And Buying Guide | Everything You Need To Know

2019 Honda CR-V Review and Buying Guide | Everything you need to know

The 2019 Honda CR-V is one of the bestselling vehicles in the country, and while popularity doesn't necessarily go hand-in-hand with excellence, it most certainly does in this case. The CR-V is impeccably well-rounded with space, fuel economy, performance, value, safety and quality that betters most of its compact crossover SUV competitors. And while some of its rivals may be sportier, more characterful or off-road capable, none manage to cater to such a wide audience. We highly recommend any search for a small SUV include the 2019 CR-V.

What's new for 2019?

The Honda CR-V is unchanged for 2019. It was last redesigned for 2017.

What's the CR-V's interior and technology like?

The CR-V provides a tasteful, if a tad dull, design aesthetic backed up with above-average materials and build construction for this segment. If you're a previous CR-V owner, you'll note that this most recent version features a higher-quality and more premium environment than past models. If you aren't, you'll still find it to have one of the nicest cabins in terms of quality, and also one of the most functional, as it boasts a number of clever storage solutions in the center console.

2019 Lexus Ux Review And Buying Guide

2019 Lexus UX Review and Buying Guide

The 2019 Lexus UX is the smallest and cheapest Lexus you can buy, and the UX 250h hybrid model just barely misses out being the most fuel efficient. As an entry into the Lexus brand, this subcompact crossover is generally an impressive effort, embodying the design, quality, features and driving experience we've come to expect – albeit with understandable cutbacks made to achieve its lower price.

However, the UX faces stiff competition. It has one of the smallest cabins in a segment not known for its spaciousness, and its Remote Touch tech interface constantly frustrates. And while fuel economy is exceptional for the segment, its acceleration is underwhelming regardless of whether you get the UX 250h or gas-only UX 200. Worse still, you can only get the latter with front-wheel drive. In other words, this is a car with distinct highs and lows.

What's new for 2019?

The Lexus UX is an all-new model for 2019. It is mechanically based on the same platform that underpins most new Toyota models such as the Toyota C-HR and Toyota Corolla, as well as the Lexus ES sedan. It slots into the bottom of the Lexus SUV lineup below the NX.

2019 Nissan Altima Buyer's Guide | New All-wheel Drive And Turbo Engine

2019 Nissan Altima Buyer's Guide | New all-wheel drive and turbo engine

The Altima was just redesigned for 2019, and it's significantly different than its predecessor. First introduced in 1992, the midsize sedan slots in-between the larger Maxima and the Sentra in Nissan's car lineup. It's built at Nissan's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn. The outgoing Altima is Nissan's third best-selling vehicle.

The brand new Altima offers snazzier looks and some very interesting powertrain options. All-wheel drive is now available, as is a technologically impressive VC-Turbo engine with variable compression for enhanced power and economy. We'll get to all of the new details and features below.

Ana To Offer Travel Guide Service

ANA to offer travel guide service

Japanese airline ANA says it's introducing a service to help people navigate the country on arrival.

ANA's parent company is teaming up with a firm that matches foreign travelers with professional guides.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Buyer's Guide: Get Answers To Your Truck Questions

2018 Toyota Tacoma Buyer's Guide: Get answers to your truck questions

Don't let its small(er) size fool you—the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is as tough as they come in the pickup truck world. This long-running compact truck has been a favorite of shoppers who want to take their vehicle off the beaten path. Revised for the 2016 model year, the Tacoma was given a freshened cabin and exterior, along with a choice of a four-cylinder or optional V6 engine. Tacoma shoppers can opt for rear- and four-wheel drive, and there is a choice of manual or automatic transmission with either engine.

Like the Jeep Wrangler, the Tacoma caters to a client base that demands a rugged truck that plays to a spirit of adventure. The Tacoma TRD Pro, TRD Sport and TRD Off Road trim levels come with features such as beefier shocks and suspensions, skid plates, an electronic locking differential and a Terrain Select system.

2018 Nissan Rogue Buyer's Guide: Answers To Your Crossover Questions

2018 Nissan Rogue Buyer's Guide: Answers to your crossover questions

The 2018 Nissan Rogue presses a lot of the right buttons in the highly competitive market for family-friendly SUVs. The Rogue comes with plenty of standard equipment, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and LED daytime running lights, along with safety features such as blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert.

Dynamically speaking, the Rogue is only mid-pack (at best) among rivals that include the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox and Hyundai Tucson, to name a few. That's because the Rogue's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is hardly what you'd call a tire-burner, and it's paired with an economical but uninspiring CVT automatic transmission. Available in front- or all-wheel drive, the Rogue puts much more emphasis on fuel economy, cargo room and cabin quality. For many compact-SUV buyers, those attributes rank highly.

Square Enix Provides Detailed Guide On Cosplaying As Lara Croft

Square Enix Provides Detailed Guide On Cosplaying As Lara Croft

When it comes to cosplay, all characters are more or less fair game, but given that there are some characters that are more popular and recognizable than others, it is understandable that some are cosplayed more. Take Tomb Raider's Lara Croft for instance, who is a pretty popular character to cosplay.

For those who are interested in cosplaying as Lara Croft from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, you might be pleased to learn that Square Enix has recently put out a very detailed guide on how you can cosplay the character. Granted at a glance Lara Croft's outfit seems simple enough, but any cosplayer worth their salt knows that the devil lies in the details.

2018 Toyota Rav4 Buying Guide | Answers To Top Questions About A Leading Crossover

2018 Toyota RAV4 buying guide | Answers to top questions about a leading crossover

The RAV4 is now Toyota's top-selling vehicle, having last year outsold the venerable Toyota Camry, itself the best-selling passenger car in the U.S. for many years running. It was the top-selling non-pickup in the U.S. in 2017. And its popularity shows no sign of waning, with sales up more than 15 percent last year — pretty good for a compact SUV that arguably birthed the segment.

Here you'll find all the information you need to make an educated buying decision if you're considering a 2018 Toyota RAV4, including safety and reliability ratings, engine specs, horsepower, fuel economy ratings and pricing. And we'll summarize what Autoblog's professional auto reviewers think of the RAV4.

Is the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Safe?

Trio Of Acura Models Receive 2018 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards

Trio of Acura Models Receive 2018 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards

The 2018 Acura RDX, MDX and TLX have received 2018 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards in their respective segments. The three Acura models were selected by the Consumer Guide Automotive editorial team based on a number of criteria including performance, features, accommodations, fuel efficiency, resale value and price.

The 2018 Acura RDX, receiving the Best Buy Award for the sixth consecutive year, continues to be one of the most balanced SUVs on the market, in terms of dynamic performance and fuel efficiency. It seats five adults comfortably and has a long list of desirable features including a powerful V6 engine and available AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies.

Ps4 Pro 4k Games And Videos Guide

PS4 Pro 4K Games and Videos Guide

It's been a whole year since we launched PS4 Pro – how times flies! If you've just picked up a PS4 Pro and a 4K TV, or maybe you're thinking about taking the plunge over the holidays, you're probably on the hunt for as much 4KTV-friendly content as possible.

So the PlayStation.Blog team put together this guide to help readers new to the PS4 Pro scene. We've collected some of the top picks that show off PS4 Pro's numerous benefits. And with more than 225 available games that deliver an enhanced experience on PS4 Pro, there's no shortage of content to choose from.

The Skyrim Vr Launch Guide: Controls, Settings, And More

The Skyrim VR Launch Guide: Controls, Settings, and More

We have been so thrilled to see the excitement and reception from the community around the launch of Skyrim on PlayStation VR.

From the first time we tried virtual reality, we immediately dreamt about how our worlds would feel on this amazing technology. We couldn’t wait for you to experience The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — in its entirety — in VR. Once you step inside the world of Skyrim and take in the breathtaking scale and scope of the world and creatures, you’ll see why we’re so excited.