2022 RAM 1500 Rebel G/T

There are very few moments where this fifth-generation RAM 1500 hasn’t impressed. From the mainstream Laramie trim to the monster-truck TRX to this off-road-ready Rebel, the RAM demonstrates the engineering and styling teams’ efforts to raise the bar in nearly every category. In many ways, it is the segment’s benchmark but still, there are a few places with room for improvement. 

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2022 BMW X3 xDriver30i

2022 BMW X3 xDrive30i

BMW’s most popular SUV gets a styling update for 2022 that brings slightly edgier touches to the front and rear ends and thankfully maintains a reasonable grille design. As far as features, the X3 has more standard equipment yet still requires pricy packages to feel well equipped. That usually hasn’t been a bad thing with BMW models in the past because the “Ultimate Driving Machine” DNA was built in – at least that was my expectation when taking on this base-spec’d X3. 

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2021 Mercedes AMG A 35

Mercedes AMG A 35

The A-Class sedan radiates with European flair, but here, in the land of large crossovers, the market for premium compact sedans is slim but interestingly, it is filled with impressive competition from Mercedes’ premium German rivals. This mid-level AMG performance trim adds a lot of character to the practically minded A-Class sedan but Mercedes squeezes its role into such a narrow space that this A 35 has become a one-year wonder. 

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2022 Nissan Armada

The 2022 Nissan Armada is your classic and unapologetically rough and ready SUV. It carries an off-road pedigree – known as the Patrol in the rest of the world – that few others have forged. But now, with its dune-crushing partner, the Land Cruiser sitting on the sidelines, the Armada is feeling a bit lonely in this narrow segment of the SUV kingdom. Does the recent refresh keep the Armada civilized enough for life on the pavement?

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