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Review: 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R – the “Ultimate” Off-Road Beast

Review: 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R – the “Ultimate” Off-Road Beast

Ford has long been the king-of-the-hill in the full-size pickup market, outselling all competitors, domestic and foreign. So, it’s no surprise to see it determined to rule the off-road segment, as well. With the big F-150 getting a major update for 2024 that means a new version of the rugged Raptor R, as well. Ford’s “ultimate” off-roader gets more power, and new features designed to help it overcome the toughest obstacles – whether you’re crawling a boulder-strewn trail or racing down the Baja.

First Drive: 2025 Mazda CX-70 PHEV

First Drive: 2025 Mazda CX-70 PHEV

There was a time when the little Miata defined the Mazda brand. Though the roadster remains a much beloved part of the Mazda portfolio, the new CX-70 is much closer to what the automaker is all about these days. New for 2025, it’s the two-row sibling of the Mazda CX-90 that made its debut a year ago. Like that three-row crossover, it’s well equipped and well appointed. And it offers some intriguing powertrain options, including the plug-in hybrid I had the chance to drive during a couple days behind the wheel in Palm Springs earlier this month.