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? In October, we split our time in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas between road trips and normal commuting. For most of the month, the Atlas safely shuttled our editors to and from work. While Kathleen found the Atlas mostly enjoyable, its anonymous character enraged Will. Despite Will's derision, Jonathan thought it would be an excellent road-trip companion, loading it up with friends, surfboards and gear for two straight weekends while they searched for the perfect wave.
Where Did We Drive It? Our 2018 Mazda CX-5 really stretched its legs in October. We drove it about 3,500 miles, including trips to Sonoma and even north of Lake Tahoe. We set new fuel efficiency and range records, further lamented the lack of a cargo net and had some impressions of the CX-5's tech features.
Where Did We Drive It? It can take a few months for cars to start making sense to us, especially when they're as unique as the 2018 Kia Stinger GT. Even then, the opinion formed is derived from a consensus from all editors, as we usually don't get to lock ourselves away with any particular car or truck for more than a couple of days. But our man Brent Romans had the Stinger to himself for a couple of weeks in October and came away with a new appreciation for the Kia. He also might have earned himself a sales commission, not that he'd take it.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy
Where Did We Drive It? Fresh off a road trip up Highway 101 to Paso Robles in our 2018 Honda Accord, I can tell you that there are few better feelings than setting both a range record and a fuel-economy record with the same tank. On that glorious occasion, I rolled up 429 miles and pumped in 12.2 gallons, yielding an average of 35.2 mpg.
Now, that's not exactly breaking news, given that the Accord is EPA-rated at 38 mpg highway and those were pure highway miles. But over our first four months with the car, our range and efficiency records had been 359 miles and 31.5 mpg, respectively. I'm going to go ahead and call this progress, though frankly I'm still disappointed that I couldn't get closer to the EPA highway figure on the open road.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery kicked off the model's first real overhaul in more than a decade. Does this new Disco, with its streamlined looks and sophisticated interior, live up to the rugged legacy of its predecessors? We drove one for a year to find out.
Where Did We Drive It? We put 1,100 miles on the odometer of our 2018 Ford F-150 in October, driving up and down California and scooting around town during our daily commutes. We hit a new fuel economy milestone and hauled away a bed full of plant trimmings from a local wetlands preserve. As I've mentioned before, the new-kid-on-the-block Ram 1500 is getting a lot of attention, but the F-150 still fits nicely as a go-to workhorse in our fleet.
Where Did We Drive It? Our 2016 Toyota Prius has served in our long-term fleet for two and a half years — a year and a half longer than our usual stint. You'd think we've said all there is to say about it, but turns out new issues and observations continue to pop up with our senior long-termer.
For October, we stuck around town again, with one trip to a pumpkin patch. So this month's logbook comments focus more on what's going on in the car rather than its fuel economy or its driving demeanor. Nitpicks from our editors range from a persistent stank to the Prius' unsafe-for-pumpkins interior. We've also complained about its ineffective sun visors and its judgmental attitude toward our driving. Not too much love for the Prius this time.
Where Did We Drive It? There's an old saying that "you never get a second chance to make a first impression." In September, our 2017 Chevrolet Bolt got a chance to win over our esteemed copy chief Kathleen Clonts. You'll have to read her in-depth impressions below. We found them to be quite insightful.
The Bolt continues in its lifelong struggle with Southern California commutes. An editor got blinded during her drive, not by science, but by the glare from the dashtop vents. We were able to rediscover the cool, wide-angle rearview mirror camera feature and continue to appreciate the large, easy-to-understand infotainment screen during our local travels.
But remember last month when we said the Bolt was issue-free? Apparently, we jinxed ourselves because the steering wheel controls went on the fritz. Thankfully, cruise control still worked. Can you imagine doing without the volume and radio controls during a two-hour commute? Oh, the humanity!
Where Did We Drive It? September marked an important milestone for our long-term 2017 Tesla Model 3: It reached 10,000 miles on the odometer. While we neglected to commemorate this accomplishment, we are happy to report the passing of another month without a mechanical or technical fault. Now that's cause for celebration.
Our Model 3 spent the month commuting to and from the office. Dan Edmunds commented on the difficulty of achieving the electricity consumption needed to meet the rated range in comparison to other electric vehicles, and surmised the car's true value rests in the scale of Tesla's Supercharger network.
Where Did We Drive It? Our 2017 Land Rover Discovery had an easygoing month. Its only major trip was to Buttonwillow Raceway, about three hours north of Los Angeles. Dan Edmunds marshalled a round of the 24 Hours of Lemons race series where the luxury SUV was, in Dan's words, "worth more than a good chunk of the field."