Electric G-Wagen, Nissan Rogue top this week’s new car news

This week we traveled to the western edge of Montana near the Blackfoot River to soak in the latest version of the Subaru Forester, details of which we’ll be sharing May 6. Toyota made news with a big investment in its Princeton, Ind., factory, where it makes its three-row passenger cars in the Sienna, Highlander, and Grand Highlander, and where it will soon begin development of a battery electric Highlander to complement what is believed to be a bZ5X three-row electric crossover to be made in its Kentucky plant. 

As if that weren’t interesting enough, Mercedes unveiled a fully-electric version of its iconic SUV, the G-Wagen. Interesting times. Here’s a look at what moved us in the automotive world this week.

New car reviews

2024 Nissan Rogue

I spent a week at home with Nissan’s bestselling model, and the refreshed Rogue compact crossover improves in all the right ways, with Google built-in making the infotainment experience as seamless as with a smartphone. There’s a reason it’s the fourth bestselling crossover SUV, even though it lacks a hybrid or plug-in option. 

2025 Subaru Outback

The 2025 Outback crossover wagon that put Subaru on the map decades ago mostly carries over this year, and Subaru kept the prices mostly the same. It still earns a high TCC Rating of 6.7 out of 10. 

The Outback shares many parts with the Legacy midsize sedan, which Subaru announced will end production after the 2025 model year. 

New car news

2025 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV goes electric

A full battery electric version of the iconic G-Class SUV uses four motors to make it even more off-road capable than the gas model. Check out its tank turn feature. 

IIHS automatic emergency braking tests at high speed and motorcycles

What’s the deal with automatic emergency braking?

Ever wonder if all the dings, zings, and things in new cars actually make us safer? The IIHS unveiled its new testing criteria for automatic emergency braking, increasing the speed thresholds to see if 10 of the most popular crossover SUVs can automatically brake before rear-ending a car, motorcycle, or trailer. The Subaru Forester was the only one that could.