What We’re Reading, February 2020

The new year is bringing some great news about long-lasting cars (longer lasting if you replace your powertrain with Gearhead Engines’ products!), station wagons that are REALLY SUVs (right?), news about the 2021 Ford Bronco, and more!

Station Wagons Sell in U.S. Mainly When They’re Disguised as SUVs

By Noah Joseph, Car and Driver

We’ve all heard the common refrain: the station wagon is all but completely dead in America, its place largely taken by crossovers and sport-utility vehicles. And we’re not here to tell you otherwise: Jeep, for example, sold more Grand Cherokees alone last year in the United States than all the wagons combined. But if the station wagon does have a future in America, it’s to pose as an SUV.  Read more…

The Toyota Land Cruiser Dominates This List of the Longest-Lasting Cars You Can Buy

By Tyler Duffy, Gear Patrol

Durability is one of the most important considerations when you’re buying a car, especially if you’re planning on keeping it for a long time. Which in turns begs the question: what, then, are the most durable vehicles you can buy?

In its latest study, iSeeCars.com looked into just that, determining the models with the highest percentage of vehicles lasting more than 200,000 miles. The study backs up the Toyota Land Cruiser‘s reputation for being bulletproof; a whopping 15.7 percent of Land Cruisers made it that far. Read more…

5 Electric Vehicles That Can Go More Than 250 Miles on a Charge

By Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports

With electric vehicles becoming more mainstream, paying less for one doesn’t have to mean you’ll be saddled with a short driving range. And you don’t have to pay a big luxury-car price for an EV that allows you to drive farther between charges. American car shoppers can now find EVs across a range of prices and automakers.

In 2019 automakers introduced five EVs that can deliver more than 200 miles of range. By the end of 2020, automakers plan to introduce eight more. Read more…

Ford Will Finally Show Us the 2021 Bronco in March

By Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver

Ford will unveil its 2021 Bronco off-road SUV next month, Automotive News reports. The smaller Bronco Sport crossover’s reveal will follow in April, likely at the New York auto show.

Ford executives told dealers to expect to see the Bronco Sport late this year and the two- and four-door versions of the Bronco in early 2021. Dealers were also told Ford is rolling out hundreds of Bronco accessories alongside the initial launch to help boost profits. This makes sense. Like its primary competitor, the Jeep Wrangler, the Bronco is meant to be customized. Both the two- and four-door body-on-frame models have a removable roof and doors and have some serious off-road chops. Read more…

The Top 15 Cars Most Likely to Last 200,000 Miles or More

By Bob Sorokanich, Road & Track

When you buy a new car, you want it to last. iSeeCars analyzed more than 15.8 million vehicles to find out which models are most likely to last 200,000 miles or more. On average, 1 percent of cars built every year make it past 200,000 miles. These are the models that outperform that statistic. While iSeeCars used data for older models, we’ve opted to show the most recent model year of each example. Read more…

Subaru Crosstrek in for more power with larger engine option, report says

By Sean Szymkowski, Road/Show by CNET

The Subaru Crosstrek is a fine and dandy piece of transportation, but if there’s one thing owners aren’t thrilled about, it’s a lack of power.

Never fear, because the Japanese automaker heard those worries loud and clear, according to Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll. Speaking at a National Automobile Dealers Association meeting, Doll reportedly said the Crosstrek will soon receive a larger engine option. Automotive News first reported the update Monday; Subaru declined to comment for this story. Read more…