Vehicle Reviews

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Hybrid Review
First, the IRS shook me down, extending a cold gray palm and empty grin my way. It didn’t seem like much of a greeting. Then, I found a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan in my driveway... More ›
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier Review
When you think of a Chevy Blazer, you think of a K5 Blazer or perhaps an S10 Blazer. Well, those days are gone. This week I bring you the sexy new 2019 Blazer, which is nothing like any other Blazer f... More ›
2019 Honda Passport Elite Review
Cerebral, soft-spoken Honda typically prefers computer-haiku to back-alley kickboxing. When a barroom brawl breaks out, Honda generally keeps its head down – usually bent low over a thick boo... More ›
2019 Volvo S60 AWD R-Design Review
I’ve got to hand it to Volvo. It is on a roll with its impressive new vehicle lineup that started with the XC90, S90, XC60, and XC40 -- and now brings us the all-new S60. The S60 is a compact... More ›
2019 Audi A6 Premium Plus S-Line Review
This week we bring to you the redesigned 2019 Audi A6, a mid-sized luxury car that competes with the BMW 5- Series and the Mercedes E-Class. My Glacier White review vehicle is the Premium Plus package... More ›
2019 Kia Niro EV Review
Stealth comes standard on the egg-shaped Kia Niro EV. It whirs silently by like a wispy cloud on a sunny day, barely visible among the noisy clumps of crossovers, F-150 pickups,and Tahoes. I sus... More ›
2019 Lexus RX450h F Sport AWD Review
The Lexus RX has long been one of our go-to recommendations when it comes to a luxurious, roomy mid-size SUV that fits 5 people quite comfortably. Add to that its hallmark Lexus-smooth ride and brand ... More ›
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4MATIC Review
This week, we’re taking a look at the all-new from the ground up, 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350. This is the fourth generation SUV that started out as the M-Class. My review vehicle is the 4Mati... More ›
2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature Review
Think of me as a small peg rattling around in an increasingly square, 90-degree world. It leaves lots of slivers and nicks. As a car-guy steeped early on in the fumes of GTOs, Hemis and Shelbys, I ... More ›
2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature Review
This week I am behind the wheel of the 2019 Mazda CX-9, the granddaddy of Mazda’s SUV lineup with three rows and seating for up to seven passengers. The current CX-9 generation has been aroun... More ›
2019 Ford Expedition Limited Texas Edition Review
This week we are taking a look at the 2019 Ford Expedition Limited. This is the 4th generation Expedition since it came out in 1997. This particular one is the Texas Edition and as the name implies, i... More ›
2019 Kia K900 Review
All my friends snicker when I slide up to some stiff social event in an atomic-red Mustang that might be missing its mufflers. Heck, they swear I don’t even know which end of a tennis racket ... More ›
2019 Genesis G70 RWD 3.3T Prestige Review
Ladies and gentlemen, this week I bring you 2019 Genesis G70, an impressive effort from Hyundai’s new luxury brand Genesis. This is a sports sedan that’s received a lot of hype and after a... More ›
2019 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew Review
This week, I am behind the wheel of the updated 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew. I last reviewed the Raptor in 2017 when Ford went to the all-aluminum body and a few times before that since its incep... More ›
2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited Review
Calculus, Camus and coeds must await me. Oh boy. I mean, with a Toyota RAV4 sitting in my driveway -- the undisputed king of college cute-utes -- where else could we be bound but the liberal land o... More ›
2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport AWD Sport Review
Meet the newest and smallest edition to the growing Lexus SUV family: the 2019 Lexus UX. Lexus makes it easy on us by offering it in just two trims: the 200 or the 250h. They go up against the likes o... More ›
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Review
This week we say hello to the 2019 Ford Ranger, after it being missing in action for the past six years. The new Ranger is a good alternative for those people who need a truck, but not a full-sized on... More ›
2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Review
Ravines steep enough to stagger a mountain goat barely slow the stubborn, war-bred Jeep Wrangler. For decades, the dirt-dobbing Wrangler has seized hills and slithered through hip-deep mud with a h... More ›
2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD Review
It’s hard to stand out in the sea of compact crossovers on the road today but this week we bring you one that does. It’s Mazda’s best-selling vehicle the CX-5. The automaker sold mor... More ›
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 Coupe Review
This week I bring you the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 Coupe. The only problem is; it is not a coupe, it is a 4-door sedan. Not sure why Mercedes insists on calling it a coupe, but it does have a fairly... More ›
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Test Drive
This week we are taking a look at the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4. The Grand Cherokee has been around since 1992, and this is the 4th generation of the popular SUV. My review vehicle has the Summi... More ›
2019 Honda Pilot Elite Review
Even in a radiant shade of wine, the new Honda Pilot tends to disappear in the hard stucco glare of strip shopping centers – just like any other SUV/crossover, and Honda might be fine with that.... More ›
2019 Hyundai Veloster N Review
Hot hatchbacks – my favorite angry compacts -- tend to get shaded these days by cute crossovers with Starbucks looks. I mean, who needs horsepower and handling when you can get cargo-space fo... More ›
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
This week we’re taking a look at the 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. The Charger comes in many different configurations, and other than the Hellcat, this is probably my favorite. The Scat P... More ›
2019 Kia Sorento SXL Review
Tall-walking Kia wants to sweep your sister in Omaha off her well-planted American feet. It won’t be easy. As you may recall from the post-disco ‘80s, tinny Korean Kias once rattled dow... More ›
2019 Chevrolet Equinox Premier Review
General Motors totally redesigned its popular Chevrolet Equinox in 2018, but this week we look at the 2019 version, which is pretty much unchanged except for a few new colors, 19” wheels, and an... More ›
2019 Corolla Hatchback XSE Review
The virtuous, pock-faced Toyota Corolla apparently got lost recently in the golden dust and glitter of cut-and-buff California. It probably knows all about body-pumps, Bosu balls and avocado-smooth... More ›
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S Coupe
When I first saw this week’s review vehicle, I was not sure what it was. Is it a sedan, a large hatchback or an SUV? Turns out it is a compact SUV, in spite of its full name: the 2019 Mercedes-B... More ›
2019 Toyota Corolla Review
The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car ever. Over 43 million Corollas have been sold since 1966 and the 2019 version will push those numbers higher. It’s a fuel efficient car that is afforda... More ›
2019 Nissan Armada Review
Giant dinosaur SUVs still lumber down our streets, occasionally nudging aside slow-moving Honda Fits and flashing tailgates the size of billboards. Call it the surprising survival of the biggest, a... More ›
2019 McLaren 720S Review
As a professional car reviewer, every once in a while I get a really special car for the week. Such is the case with the 2019 McLaren 720s I spent a week with. I’ve been blessed to have had 4 su... More ›
2019 Acura MDX Review
Back when cars still mattered, the salty, sassy, Acura MDX reigned as the industry’s most conflicted crossover. Despite its bulk and SUV-like body, the spirited MDX wanted to run with smaller... More ›
2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Cabriolet Review
This week I bring you the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Cabriolet, an updated version of the 2018 E400.  The biggest difference is the addition of 33 more horses. Under the hood, the E450 has a 3-li... More ›
2019 Honda Insight Review
The ruthless future just won’t let me be. About the time I get hybrids neatly categorized as silent, lackluster little pods that resemble the landing gear on a sea plane, along comes the styl... More ›
2019 GMC Terrain Denali Review
This week we are taking a look at the 2019 GMC Terrain Denali, a very popular small SUV that was completely redone in 2018.  Not much has changed for 2019 except a much-improved rear camera and s... More ›
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 Review
Don’t be fooled by the lazy lines of the somewhat lumpy new Mercedes-Benz GLE350. I mean, if my guy Clint Eastwood can continue to land roles in Hollyweird, lines and lumps must not matter mu... More ›
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Review
I have enjoyed watching the transformation at the Lincoln Motor Company.  Being a former Lincoln dealer myself some 15 years ago, we were used to Ford brand products getting new grills, tail... More ›
2019 Toyota Camry Remains Solid With One Addition This Year
The Toyota Camry is one of the most steadfast sedans in the history of automobiles.  Since its inception in 1983, it is now in its 8th generation.  It received a big upgrade l... More ›
2019 Mazda CX-3 Review: Polished But Give Us More Pep
Maverick Mazda must speak Japanese with an Italian accent. What else can you say about a free-wheeling company that claims its flowing, carefully carved cars and crossovers embody the “soul o... More ›
2019 Ram 1500 4X4 Laramie Crew Cab Review
Every once in a while, you climb behind the wheel of a new vehicle and within the first few miles, you know it’s a game changer. Such is the case with the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. 2019 Ram... More ›
All-New 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Is A Refined Mid-Sized Pickup
Ford Rangers are popping out of the woodwork these days – as in I can’t go a day without spotting several of the 1983-2012 model year pickups that last rolled off the line in 2011. But it&... More ›
2019 Ford Ranger Is An Adventure-Ready Mid-Sized Pickup for the Masses
It’s a great time to be a mid-sized truck buyer in America.  Case in point — the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger. Back after an 8 year hiatus, make no mistake, this is not the same Ranger th... More ›
First-Ever 2019 Cadillac XT4 Is A Great Compact Luxury Crossover
This week we are taking a look at the least expensive Cadillac you can buy, the all-new from the ground up, 2019 XT4, a compact luxury crossover that competes with the likes of the Acura RDX, Lexus NX... More ›
Year-In-Review: Top SUVs, Trucks and Cars Reviewed In 2018
For a lot of years, I chose my Top Five vehicles I drove during the year.  It was a daunting task to whittle the list down to five, and I always felt like I left some great cars off the list... More ›
2018 VW Passat GT Is A Sporty Sedan With a Potent V6
Quietly stylish new Volkswagens never wear peace symbols in their back windows. They tend to clash with urban chic and leather seats, but about the time I get nostalgic about the simple, hippie-dip... More ›
The 2018 BMW M5 Is An Ultimate Driving Sports Sedan To Love
At this gray stage of life, when Merle Haggard sounds better than Mumford and Sons, I generally try to avoid rearranging my internal organs. It makes my milk toast and Geritol taste funny. Big b... More ›
The 2018 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Is a Cool and Very Capable Compact SUV
Don’t immediately dismiss this review just by looking at the color of this Jeep.  Do what I’ve done all week:  imagine in your mind it is blue or red.  Now on t... More ›
2018 Hyundai Kona Stands Out In The Subcompact Crossover Crowd
Most cutesy subcompact crossovers look like they just backed out of a gingerbread garage somewhere, their hatches filled with sunshine and butterflies. Oh, boy. Break out the kazoos. Grumpy old ... More ›
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Is A Sporty Hot Hatch That Makes Daily Driving Fun
I found myself surrounded by plaid recently, and no, I wasn’t attending a Scottish or Irish wedding. It was inside the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI. It’s a genre-defining hot hatch with an ent... More ›
Sporty 2019 Ford Edge ST Delivers Power, Handling and Style
This week I bring you the first performance SUV from Ford, the 2019 Edge ST.  This is the replacement for the Edge Sport model from recent years. Performance Starting under the hood, y... More ›