2025 Ford Explorer tops this week's new car news and reviews

One month into the new year and next year’s new car models keep marching into the virtual showroom. This week, Ford previewed the redesigned Explorer three-row SUV and Mazda debuted its newest vehicles, the CX-70 midsize crossover. Meanwhile, Tesla ran afoul of safety agencies yet again, and yet again it fixed the problem with a software update.

We march in time. Here’s what moved us this week.

New car previews and reviews

2025 Ford Explorer preview

The redesigned Explorer aims to correct a rough launch of the previous generation in competing with a slew of new three-row family haulers. But this one doesn’t have a hybrid option, yet. 

2025 Mazda CX-70 preview

The Mazda CX-70 shares a platform with the larger CX-90 three-row crossover SUV, but offers more cargo space instead of a third row. 

2024 Mercedes-Benz C-Class review

The 2024 Mercedes-Benz C-Class compact sedan embraces tech and comfort for a TCC Rating of 7.0 out of 10.

2024 Toyota Crown review

A hybrid sedan with a crossover style, the Toyota Crown replaces the Avalon and offers a choice between power and efficiency. It earns a TCC Rating of 6.7 out of 10.

2024 Volvo XC40 review

The XC40 makes high-tech soothing, fits more space than you might expect into a compact SUV, and is at its best in fully electric Recharge form. Gas models earn a 6.5 out of 10, but Recharge models would rate considerably higher if reviewed separately. 

2024 Lexus RZ review

The electric crossover now comes with a less expensive, longer-range option in the 2024 Lexus RZ 300e.

New car news

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Tesla recalls nearly 2.2M cars for too small of a font size

The second Tesla recall in as many months of more than 2 million cars can be fixed with a software update. 

Ford Edge to be discontinued in 2024, won’t return for 2025

The end of the popular midsize crossover has been confirmed, even as the related Lincoln Nautilus immigrates from China. 

Redesigned 2024 GMC Acadia costs at least $5,800 more

The larger, more luxurious three-row crossover SUV starts at $42,600, without destination.

Ford recalls nearly 1.9M Explorers for loose parts

Trim covering the A-pillar can come loose while driving and create a road hazard. 

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