This week in video, the Toyota RAV4 and Audi R8 show off their new faces, we take a look at the Chevrolet Silverado's countless improvements for 2019, Genesis takes on Mercedes-Benz, and an old Jeep Cherokee just refuses to die.
This week in video, the Toyota RAV4 and Audi R8 show off their new faces, we take a look at the Chevrolet Silverado’s countless improvements for 2019, Genesis takes on Mercedes-Benz, and an old Jeep Cherokee just refuses to die.
First Drive: 2019 Toyota RAV4
Toyota’s Canadian-made crossover gets a big refresh that sees the shape become a little more truckish and aggressive. In Canada, the RAV4 is fighting to become the top-selling crossover over the Honda CR-V; in the U.S., it’s already done that with over 50,000 sold per year.
Pickup Review: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevy’s new Silverado is huge — maybe a little too huge for some buyers — and so is the price tag, topping out at $76,630 with all the option boxes ticked. That’s a lot of money for a pickup truck, but the new Silverado could offer enough comfort and utility to make it worth the money, thanks to 420 horsepower, a 12,200-pound towing capacity, and almost luxury-car-like ride quality.
First Drive: 2020 Audi R8
The Audi R8’s days may be numbered, but it will surely go out with a bang with its normally aspirated V10. Base R8s make 570 horsepower, but that’s cranked up to 620 in the V10 Performance version. Although the styling hasn’t changed significantly, the small improvements make this one of the best-looking supercars on the market today — even finished in a boring slate grey colour.
Car Comparison: 2019 Genesis 2.0T vs. 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300
In a fight, who do you cheer for — the underdog, or the reigning champion? It’s a classic question embodied in these two luxury sport sedans fighting for supremacy. In one corner, we have the Mercedes-Benz C300 — the old standard with German quality and a nameplate that says money. In the other corner, we have Rocky Balboa — a.k.a. the new Genesis G70; it has a lot of fighting to do before it reaches the top, but this punk stands up to the godfather and proves itself worthy.
Jeep Cherokee literally folds itself in half in a mud hole
How tough are Jeeps, really? Well, pretty damn tough, as this video proves. The older Jeep Cherokee is a staple in the off-roading community because they’re cheap and there are a ton of equally cheap upgrades available. Rustproofing was never its strong suit, though, exemplified by the frame in this one totally detaching from the body while falling into a puddle. But no, that doesn’t stop the little Cherokee — it soldiers on and eventually makes it way out of a mud-soaked death (with the help of a friend, and a winch, mind you).