On this page you'll find the latest updates to our Long-Term Road Tests. The topics covered in these ongoing vehicle reviews range from things like fuel efficiency and comfort to highlights of specific features like GPS and audio technology. Check back frequently as our auto reviews are updated on a regular basis.
Where Did We Drive It? As we do with any other vehicle that joins the Edmunds long-term fleet, we covered the recommended break-in miles in our still fresh-smelling 2018 Mazda CX-5 and immediately went to the test track to lay down some baseline performance numbers and see how it stacks up to other compact SUVs.
We were more than a little surprised at the results.
Where Did We Drive It? Where we drove our long-term 2017 Tesla Model 3 in April is a bit less relevant than what happened while we were driving it. We did local commuting and a few freeway journeys, sure, but everywhere we went the car was fraught with problems. Sixteen weeks into ownership, we've had so many issues with our Model 3 that we started a shared Google Doc to catalog various warning messages, necessary screen resets and general failures.
Forget that this is a "cutting-edge" EV with a cult following. That's irrelevant if Tesla wants to be anything more than a footnote in automotive history. Our Model 3 cost us $56,000, and by that standard alone, the ownership experience so far has been unacceptable. But this is no ordinary $56K car. We put down a $1,000 deposit to get on a two-year waiting list for this car and it's falling apart.
Early adopters who could spend six figures on a car such as the Model S might've given Tesla a bit of extra leeway. Maybe they figure it's a small price to pay for such a technologically advanced car. Maybe it's a sacrifice they're willing to make to avoid using fossil fuels and get free access to the carpool lane. This far into its run, though, and with a car intended for mass appeal, Tesla should have the bugs worked out. It clearly doesn't.
Where Did We Drive It? April was a workhorse month for our 2017 Land Rover Discovery. We used it for local running around as per usual, but we also got it out on the open highway for a Grand Canyon road trip where the Disco returned decent fuel economy while carrying a family of four and gear.
While the Discovery continues to impress with its capability and overall panache, the verdict is in: This navigation system has got to go.
Where Did We Drive It? In the last update, I commented that we weren't using our long-term 2018 Mini Countryman SE Hybrid in the intended manner. This is a short-range plug-in hybrid best used for short commutes and occasional longer trips. In the update, I stated that "as one of the few editors on staff within the 12-mile EPA-rated electric range, I would likely be able to achieve better results than my colleagues with much longer commutes."
Where Did We Drive It? Our long-term 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a good multipurpose vehicle: It's been used for off-roading, city commuting and, in April, long-distance touring. Diesel engines like this sort of thing, so it was a good chance to hunker into the driver's seat and really stretch the ZR2's legs as editor Dan Frio drove up to Reno, Nevada, and back. How are the trick shocks on long highway stints? Any issues with the infotainment system? How is the road noise with those knobby tires?
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy
Where Did We Drive It? The long-term 2017 Honda CR-V has motored well past its 20,000-mile quota, rolling up 2,091 miles in April to end the month with 22,381 on the clock. No surprise there since the CR-V is a good fit for just about any driving scenario. It's big enough for families, small enough to park in the city, and athletic enough to give the driver a sense of confidence. Rare is the night that it sits idle in the Edmunds garage.
This month the CR-V spent most of its miles in the capable hands of Editor "Fresno Brent" Romans, who took the Honda home with him for an eventful extended stay in California's Central Valley. How did our CR-V handle the challenge?
by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations
Where Did We Drive It? The small proportions of our 2017 Infiniti QX30 are best suited for life as a city dweller, the role it fulfilled for most of April. Halfway through the month, we broke up the monotony of putting around town and office commuting with a 270-mile road trip south to San Diego.
Where Did We Drive It? Our 2018 Jeep Wrangler is settling nicely into the long-term fleet. During its second full month of ownership, our JL spent time commuting and off-roading on a camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park. You know, typical Jeep stuff.
So far we appreciate our Jeep's entertainment interface, specifically the navigation system's ability to route to GPS coordinates and the inclusion of a USB-C port. On the downside, we also learned our Wrangler is no less susceptible to fender benders than any other vehicle on the road. We'll report about that experience and the subsequent bodywork soon.
Where Did We Drive It? April was our first full month with the new 2018 Kia Stinger. It was a month spent getting up to speed with our interesting new long-term test car, but we still managed to roll 1,200 miles onto its odometer. Since this is not only a new car to us but also a new car for Kia, impressions are likely to differ from those for most every other Kia we've kept in our fleet. But with what I've seen so far, I'll wager this car will see 20,000 miles before the end of the year.