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Ford F-150 Tremor, Mercedes EQS SUV lead TCC’s new car news

This week we traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to check out the new Hyundai Santa Fe (more on that Aug. 10) and the heat index in the high desert was the same 106 degrees as our return flight back into the Chicago area. It really makes us appreciate everything from cooled seats to emission-free tailpipes. 

We hit the road for a Midwest weekend of fun, and while the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV impressed in all the right ways, the EV charging infrastructure left us wanting the convenience of internal combustion engines and its attendant gas stations. It’s coming, they say. On the other side of big heavy vehicles, we tested the F-150 Tremor and loved its V-8 despite the shortcomings of its towing capability. 

We’re pitting some popular three-row SUVs against each other, checking up on the latest price increases, and sharing the latest safety recalls. Here’s everything that moved us this week. 

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Test drive: Charging pains road-tripping in the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

An unreliable and immature electric charging infrastructure poses challenges on an EV road trip.

Test drive: 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor aces V-8 test despite towing challenges

The off-road variant of the bestselling truck now has a V-8, but it’s better for play than it is to tow. 


VW Atlas vs. Kia Telluride: Compare SUVs

The Atlas is the automaker’s largest vehicle and received a fluff and buff for the 2024 model year. The Telluride launched in 2020 and moved Kia into a league some never saw coming.

Toyota Sequoia vs. Chevy Tahoe: Compare Large SUVs

The redesigned 2023 Toyota Sequoia comes with a standard hybrid powertrain nearly 50% more efficient than the V-8 it replaces. Is it enough to overcome the segment’s bestseller, the larger, roomier, and more versatile 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe?


Can Mitsubishi follow Hyundai with its new warranty program?

Two years of complimentary maintenance, and topping customer satisfaction with dealers, points Mitsubishi in the right direction. 

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander costs $1,250 more than smaller Highlander

The larger, better version of Toyota’s three-row crossover SUV ranges from $44,465 to $59,520.

Mazda recalls 227,335 cars for rearview camera distortion

Mazda joins other automakers in recalling millions of cars with rearview cameras that can project a blank or distorted image. 

Toyota, Lexus recall 110K new cars for airbag issue

A poor weld in the airbag assembly of numerous 2023-2024 Toyota and Lexus vehicles can prevent the driver’s airbag from going off when needed. Ford F-150 Tremor, Mercedes EQS SUV lead TCC’s new car news

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