2021 Toyota Yaris Cross Debuts With Hybrid Power And All-Wheel Drive

Lynne M. Centeno

The Yaris gets a crossover companion offering more room and an increased ground clearance.

Toyota originally intended to unveil its new small crossover in March at the Geneva Motor Show but the event’s cancelation caused by the coronavirus pandemic forced the automaker to reschedule the premiere. The company said it would delay the vehicle’s debut for weeks or even months, but the wait is now over as Toyota is ready to introduce its Yaris-derived crossover.

Positioned below the C-HR, the new Yaris Cross carries over the supermini’s wheelbase measuring 2560 millimeters (100.8 inches) while featuring longer overhangs increasing the overall length by 240 mm (9.4 inches) to 4180 mm (164.5 inches). It’s also 20 mm (0.8 inches) wider and 90 mm (3.5 inches) taller than the Yaris, while remaining significantly smaller than the aforementioned C-HR.

It features a more conventional design in what we’d argue is a wise

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What These 25 HGTV Stars Did Before They Were Famous

Lynne M. Centeno

Your favorite HGTV hosts offer everything from homebuying advice to renovation tips. After binge-watching more episodes of their addictive shows than you’ll care to admit, it’s hard to imagine these HGTV stars doing anything but doling out home advice to the masses. But these hosts had to earn a living somehow before they became reality show stalwarts.

See what the stars of these popular HGTV TV shows were doing before they were famous.

Last updated: July 26, 2019

Christina Anstead

Known for: “Flip or Flop” and “Christina on the Coast”

Then: Before “Flip or Flop” debuted in 2013, she was a real estate agent who had recently forayed into the house-flipping business with now-ex-husband Tarek El Moussa.

Now: Beyond filming “Flip or Flop,” the interior design expert is busy with her own HGTV show, “Christina on the Coast,” which premiered in early 2019 and follows Anstead as she expands

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Apple iPhone SE review (2020): Great phone, even better price

Lynne M. Centeno

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If you’re looking to spend about $400 or $500 on a smartphone and are open to using Android and iOS, you’re spoiled for choice. There’s a version of Samsung’s Galaxy A51 with four rear cameras and 5G support for $499. OnePlus’s very good OnePlus 7T packs a super-smooth 90Hz display and a great customized Android build. Hell, TCL will soon release a trio of seemingly solid phones, one of which is 5G, and all under $500. You get where I’m going here. The thing to remember is none of those smartphones — or any other in this price range — uses the highest-end processors available to them. Except for the iPhone SE.

Apple used its A13 Bionic chipset, which is the very same slice of silicon powering the company’s most expensive smartphones. Needless to say, you’re not going to be left wanting for power. If anything,

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El Salvador student takes to treetops to pick up signal for online classes

Lynne M. Centeno

By Nelson Renteria

ATIQUIZAYA, El Salvador, April 22 (Reuters) – When Alexander Contreras and his father planted a guava tree next to their house in rural El Salvador six years ago, he never dreamed that beyond providing shade and food, it would become key to his college education.

But since the government of President Nayib Bukele suspended in-person classes a little over a month ago to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, 20-year-old Contreras has been climbing to the top of the tree to get the signal he needs to connect to his online university classes.

Unable to log on from the humble, dirt-floor home he shares with his parents and five other relatives, Contreras said he was frustrated because he knew the clock was ticking and thought he might have to drop a class or even miss the whole school year.

“I told myself I had to find a

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