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? Our 2018 Nissan Leaf spent all of June handling commuting duty. We've found that most potential EV owners fixate on the Leaf's lack of range compared to its competitors. But fixating on the one odd road trip they'll take every few months rather than how they'll use the car 95 percent of the time is counterproductive. Meanwhile, the Leaf has dutifully shuttled our editors to and fro without any issues while welcoming converts to the electric mobility fold.
Where Did We Drive It? Though nearly everyone on staff loves driving our long-term 2018 BMW 540i, the past nine months haven't been issue-free. Weird electrical gremlins have popped up on occasion. And while none have been catastrophic, they do make you wonder what's going on inside the car.
Since we've had the 540i, Apple CarPlay has frozen a few times, and the entire entertainment screen has refused to boot up. This month? The backup camera stopped working, which required a simple restart. More complicated was the "passenger restraint system malfunction" alert that popped up one morning. That warning required a visit to the dealer, which didn't fix the problem.
Where Did We Drive It? After a month of "All Brent, All the Time," in which our 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman S E Hybrid spent the bulk of May at our Central California office with editor Brent Romans (and racked up many miles with two road trips and lots of local driving), we tried something different with the Mini in June: We made it an all-gasoline month.
That meant no recharging in the Edmunds HQ garage or at home. Just driving solely on the Mini's tiny 9.5-gallon fuel tank, which meant plenty of trips to the pump. Our driving was limited to local trips and office commuting, and we were pleasantly surprised by the results.
We also formed a few more impressions of the Mini's cargo utility and tech features.
Where Did We Drive It? We've owned our 2017 Honda CR-V for more than a year now and the red-purple utility vehicle still proves to be darn popular with our staff. You wouldn't know it by looking at the fuel log, though: We added just 593 miles to the odometer in June. If you could peruse our signout sheets, however, you'd see that the CR-V went home with editors 25 days out of the month.
The short distances we traveled didn't do anything to boost overall fuel economy, but with so few miles added, they didn't hurt it much either. We didn't embark on any trips in June, but with summer about to hit full swing, expect to see the useful CR-V escaping the L.A. area soon.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey drives better, has a more refined powertrain, and offers more clever technology and interior features than Odysseys of old. So we bought one to live with for a year. Will we still think it's superior to a three-row crossover after 20,000 miles?
by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations
Where Did We Drive It? June was a month of variety for our 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. We drove to Disneyland, one hour in each direction on the freeway. The truck spent an afternoon as a sawhorse. On one particular night, though, it wasn't even good enough for the dog to ride in. It sat parked for four days in a dealership service center.
Thankfully, it spent the end of the month in its element as a support vehicle for an off-road comparison test in the Inyo National Forest. It was an eventful month.
Where Did We Drive It? I can't say June was a particularly pleasant month for our 2018 Toyota Camry. Not because it was in an accident or suffered any mechanical failures, but because it endured another month of abuse and vitriol directed at its in-cabin technology and drivability. The former might very well be the culprit behind the Camry's distinct lack of road-trip mileage.
But it wasn't all bad for our blue 'Yota. And while it took a child seat to highlight something positive, at this point I think the Camry will gladly take praise when and where it can get it.
Where Did We Drive It? For a good portion of June, our long-term 2017 Land Rover Discovery spent time with some of our Edmunds colleagues outside of the editorial team. But while we had the keys, we took it in for a regularly scheduled maintenance appointment. The most notable thing about that visit was the price; it set us back almost $600. Ouch.
Where Did We Drive It? I hogged our long-term 2018 Ford F-150 a bit in June. I needed it for a big trip and it was the only candidate in our fleet suited to hauling two motorcycles more than 1,200 miles. I'd also be loading up on all sorts of parts from an old Chevy on the return leg. This is what full-size trucks are made for, right?
It was no surprise that the Ford excelled at hauling all this gear, but it was very surprising to see how close we came to its payload limit when weighing the rig. After loading up some spare wheels, a few bucket seats and two toolboxes, the truck was 300 pounds over its payload limit.
The most surprising part? It pulled its highest mpg number yet while hauling all that stuff.
Where Did We Drive It? Stop us if you've heard this one before: "The Prius spent [insert month here] mostly commuting around the Greater Los Angeles area." Until now, we've mostly driven our 2016 Toyota Prius as most Prius owners do: stuck in traffic, letting the engine rest as the battery keeps the car creeping along at low speeds. We haven't made a concerted effort to take it on long road trips.
In April, it was more of the same, and May looked to be no different. That is until Rex decided the Prius would be a suitable partner on his road trip to Oregon. In the process, Rex more than doubled the distance the Prius had driven in any month to date.