Mid-engine Corvette, new Toyotas, prototype tests and more: Roadshow's week in review

Here's what you missed for the week ending July 27, 2019.

Steven Ewing Former managing editor
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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All eyes are on Chevy's mid-engine C8 Corvette.

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Welcome to Roadshow's week in review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. While new mid-engine  technically debuted last week, we've had plenty of followup information to report, and it's proved to be one of the hottest items from the past seven days. Toyota's new and kicked off a week of hot reviews, and we drove a pair of prototypes previewing some soon-to-be-revealed new cars.

Here's a look at our most important stories from July 21 to 27, 2019.

Top reviews

2020 Toyota Tacoma gets a new face, tech

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2020 Toyota Tacoma

OK, so maybe the Toyota Tacoma isn't the freshest truck on the block. We still love it for its rugged capability and handsome good looks. For 2020, Toyota gives the Tacoma a big infotainment and driver assistance tech upgrade, and we test the truck's off-road prowess on the trails of Colorado and Utah. We even take the updated 2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV for a spin, as well.

Click here to read our 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive review.

2019 Honda CR-V: A can't-miss small SUV option

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2019 Honda CR-V

new CR-V is a couple years old, but it's still a top contender in the compact SUV class. It offers solid driving dynamics, great infotainment tech, and a usable and refined interior.

Click here to read our 2019 Honda CR-V in-depth review.

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe hides in plain sight

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2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Prototype

BMW's new sedan -- or Gran Coupe, in the company's parlance -- will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Ahead of that premiere, we take a spin in a colorful, camouflaged prototype in Germany to see if the 2GC's front-wheel-drive platform hinders its performance. Spoiler alert: it doesn't.

Click here to read our 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe prototype first-drive review.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar

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Top news

  • Little red Corvette: Chevy's new, mid-engine C8 Corvette is finally, finally here.
  • It's a bargain, too: Even more amazing than the new Corvette's performance is the fact that it'll start around $60,000 when it goes on sale later this year.
  • Solar Sonata: swoopy new sedan gets a hybrid version complete with solar panels on its roof.
  • Electric 'Slade: New reports suggest Cadillac's next Escalade SUV could be offered with a electric powertrain.
  • Super-efficient Silverado: Chevy confirms its diesel-powered is the most fuel-efficient fullsize pickup in the US.
  • Lotus flowers: Say hello to the 2020 Evora GT, the company's latest US offering.
  • Kia wants a truck: A report out of Australia suggests Korean automaker Kia might launch a small pickup in 2022 or 2023.

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Top videos

Watch this: 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport goes to Death Valley

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport in the desert

Volkswagen will introduce a five-passenger version of its Atlas SUV next year. Ahead of that, we tag along while VW engineers complete hot-weather testing of the new SUV in California's Death Valley.

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Watch this: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on Corvettes, manual transmissions and flat-earthers

Astronaut Scott Kelly talks Corvettes

Is there really any comparison to launching a car and launching a rocket? Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly says yes, and he sat down with editor-in-chief Tim Stevens to explain.

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Watch this: 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes

2019 Audi RS5 Sportback

The Audi RS5 Sportback is an amazing car. In fact, its only flaw might be that it doesn't have any. Is this four-door sports car too good for its own good? Associate editor Andrew Krok explains.

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