Finally caught the April 2021 Auto issue of Consumer Reports, but not happy they are unkind to the TB:
For non-subscribers, their "road test" score is not just a skidpad, acceleration, and braking test like at Car&Driver that just concerns itself with performance but is more like an overall driving score.And look at that road test score for the CX-30! 🤦♂️I have never read a review that put the CX-30 at the bottom of the pack in a road test.
Its been hugely inaccurate for first year models, like the 2020 Kia Soul the predicted reliability was based on the brand itself and prior year models which were reliable, but due to issues with their IVT (basically a CVT) failing prematurely for many subscribers, they changed it from "most reliable" in April 2020 issue to "lowest reliability" in April 2021 issue, took it off their recommended list, and put the Soul in their "worst used cars" category. Predicting the future is hard, and who would have guessed Kia's IVTs would be grenading left and right.Seems heavily based on "Predicted Reliability" which... I guess that's what the tarot cards told them?
It is objectively slow 0-60 wise because of the horsepower to weight ratio, but people always say horsepower wins races but torque is how it feels 99% of the time when you're not driving, and I've watched a crapton of reviews and in fact they all said it feels much more powerful than its 0-60mph time implies because of that big midrange torque. I don't think power was a big quibble except with those V8 owners of previous generation that were mad it was a smaller platform with a three cylinder on principle.Surprised with how much talk about the TB being slow and underpowered I've seen in reviews, it seems to stack up pretty well at 0-60 times.
Its hands down the best looking, and I think they may have also forgotten that the front seat folds flat, which none of its competitors do and does increase capacity a huge amount if its just two people in the car on a camping trip or whatever.They also didn't factor in the one aspect that matters most to me... It looks insanely nicer than any other vehicle in that segment to me. I've essentially sold 2 more Trailblazers for Chevy since driving mine around.
What the hell do they know? I’m really enjoying my RS CVT. I always joked about the Oriental “Rice Burners”. Now I’m driving one!