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2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe
This week I’ve been behind the wheel of a very unusual Jeep Wrangler, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe (pronounced 4 by E). So, what makes this Jeep so special and so unusual? It’s a plu... More ›
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve Review
I just spent a week with the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve. This was the replacement vehicle for the 2018 and earlier MKX, which was an upscale version of the Ford Edge. Exterior I had a lot of ... More ›
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL Review
I have been behind the wheel of the redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross this week, a compact SUV that is intended to rival the RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and others. Powertrain Under th... More ›
2021 Ford Expedition Max Limited
This week we are taking a look at the 2021 Ford Expedition Max, the extended length 3-row version, intended to compete with the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL. This is the 4th generation Expeditio... More ›
2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD Advance Review
Acura’s been promising to deliver more engaging vehicles lately and I have to say, the brand has succeeded again with the all-new 4th-generation 2022 Acura MDX. As the brand’s flagship, an... More ›
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Review
This week we are looking at what Ford calls the most track-capable 5-liter Mustang ever, the 2021 Mach 1. This pony car is a hybrid of sorts, blending elements of the GT350, the GT500, and the Bullitt... More ›
2021 Subaru Ascent Limited Review
This week, I’ve been behind the wheel of the largest Subaru ever made, the 3-row 2021 Ascent, that debuted and we reviewed in 2018, as a 2019 model. My tester is the Limited, which is next to th... More ›
2021 GMC Yukon Denali Duramax Review
This week we’re taking a second look at the all-new 2021 GMC Yukon Denali produced in my home area in North Texas, only this time, we have the Duramax diesel version instead of the big V8 we had... More ›
2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands Edition Review
This week we are looking at the much-anticipated Ford Bronco Sport. To clear up any confusion, many expected it to be much larger, but that is the Bronco that comes out in the summer of 2021, and it i... More ›
2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Review
This week I’ve been behind the wheel of the most unusual Jeep Wrangler I’ve ever driven, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392. So, what makes this Jeep so special and so unusual? It’s ... More ›
2021 Hyundai Sonata Limited Hybrid Review
Can’t put solar panels on your house? Well, how about your car? Better yet, just let Hyundai do it for you. You’ll find them on the roof of this week’s test drive, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Lim... More ›
2021 BMW 430i Coupe Review
This week I am taking a look at the totally redesigned 2021 BMW 430i coupe. This is essentially a 3-Series BMW sedan, but in a two-door body. Exterior So, let’s address the elephant in the... More ›
2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD PRO Review
Do I need an off-road beast with enough ground clearance to warrant a step-stool for my 75+ something mom to climb in? No. But after driving the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, I find myself thinking it sure ... More ›
2021 Kia Sorento X-Line Review
This week we are taking another look at the all-new 2021 Kia Sorento SUV, but this time a brand new edition. Many call this the baby Telluride, because there are some styling cues from the fastest-sel... More ›
2021 Hyundai Venue Denim Review
Don’t be too dismissive about the tiny new Hyundai Venue, a comma of sorts in a world of meaty adverbs. Sure, it’s a dinky subcompact, a stubby little box surrounded by big trucks, SUVs... More ›
2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD Review
If the first thought of a station wagon brings back memories of National Lampoon’s Vacation, you’re not the only one. The 1980s-era movie immediately comes to my mind when I think of a wag... More ›
2021 Nissan Murano Platinum Review
This week we look at the 2021 Nissan Murano. Murano has been around since 2003 and underwent a complete re-do in 2019. Other than a few new colors like the Boulder Gray I am reviewing, not much has ch... More ›
2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo AWD Premium Plus Review
Oh what fun it is to ride in a turbocharged Mazda! This week I bring you the new for 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo sedan (it’s also available as a hatchback) - and I’ll cut to the chase here. It&r... More ›
2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Review
Pickups just don’t pack the grit and broken gravel they once did. Oh, sure, they will tow your garage while transporting you in leather, heating and cooling your bottom and then backing thems... More ›
2021 Buick Envision Essence Review
This week we look at the all-new and completely redesigned 2021 Buick Envision which is technically a compact SUV, but for me, it is more of a midsized entry. It seems longer and wider than any compac... More ›
2021 Lexus GX 460 Luxury Review
Enter the theme music to Star Wars! Because today I bring you the 2021 Millennium Falcon of SUVs… the 2021 Lexus GX 460. I can think of no better way to describe this, well, dinosaur of an SUV,... More ›
2021 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review
Maybe I should hitch my wobbly old wagon to a polished new Hyundai. At least I’d be moving forward at a pretty good clip. Every time I attempt to break through one of life’s little w... More ›
2021 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Review
This week, I have the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E350 mid-sized luxury sedan, one of the most popular Benz models sold today. It slots between the smaller C-Class and the super-large S-Class flagship sedan. M... More ›
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Compact Pickup Makes Long-Awaited Debut
We've been talking about the Hyundai Santa Cruz since 2015 when it first made its debut as a concept at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. It's been an intruiguing vehicle that's generated a lot... More ›
2021 Toyota Sienna Platinum AWD Review
Wow, have minivans come a long way. And let's face it, they've had to with the SUV craze gripping America. If Q1 sales numbers are any indication, Toyota is proving its popular minivan is still releva... More ›
2021 Miata MX-5 Miata Club Review
Most of your neighbors will presume you spent time in Alaska, pulling bits of muddy gold from the ground when they see your tiny, high-spirited Mazda Miata. Or they might peg you for a Vegas poker ... More ›
2021 VW ID.4 All-Electric SUV
Today I bring you the much-anticipated VW ID.4 First Edition all-electric SUV. This is a new page in the history books for Volkswagen, and the beginning of what the automaker hopes is an electric revo... More ›
2021 Toyota C-HR Nightshade Review
Red can “right” a lot of wrongs in an uninspired car. It’s not miracle juice, but if a vehicle wears red badly, it’s got some serious style issues. Heck, I even look OK i... More ›
2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport HPD Review
This week I am behind the wheel of the Honda Ridgeline Sport mid-sized pickup. This 3rd generation Ridgeline was redesigned for 2021 with an all-new frontend from the windshield forward, and some new ... More ›
2021 VW Arteon 2.0 SE Review
In a world where sedan offerings are dwindling, it becomes even more important to stand out in the field that remains. And I’d say the refreshed VW Arteon - equipped with some cool new tech feat... More ›
2021 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Review
Six-thousand pounds of steel and a towering height of 77 inches keep the Toyota Sequoia riding NBA tall and NFL wide. But I doubt that the big SUV will do much bragging at the neighborhood Fourth o... More ›
2021 Ford F-150 Platinum SuperCrew Review
This week we are looking at the most popular vehicle in America, the 2021 Ford F-150. Although it doesn’t look all that different, it actually is. Ford says 97% of the parts on this truck are ne... More ›
First Drive: 2022 INFINITI QX55 Sensory AWD
It is without a doubt a big moment for INFINITI as the brand introduces the all-new QX55, it’s proclaimed re-entry to the crossover coupe segment. As part of the new QX55’s launch I took p... More ›
2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus AWD Review
Mazda, the little automaker with large plans, sees gold in its next roll. The ambitious Japanese company intends to compete with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi – as well as Toyota, Honda and Nis... More ›
2021 BMW Alpina XB7 SUV Review
This week I’ve got a beauty for you! Presenting the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7, a 3-row luxury SUV that is packing 612-horses under the hood. Alpina is a company that crafts performance vehicles for... More ›
2021 Lexus LX 570 Inspiration Series Review
This week I’m behind the wheel of the 2021 Lexus LX 570 -- Lexus’ flagship SUV that shares a body-on-frame platform with the Toyota Land Cruiser. This is a limited-edition LX Inspiration S... More ›
2021 Lexus RX 450h F Sport Black Line Review
Big black wheels, alluring blue paint and a grille as large as some gates in West Texas don’t always add up to sporty. Heck, Lexus has been trying to light that fire with the F-Sport package ... More ›
2021 Lexus LC 500h Review
This week we look at the stunningly beautiful 2021 Lexus LC 500h, a large, luxury coupe that turns heads no matter where you go. Exterior As you glance at the exterior of the vehicle, you’... More ›
2021 Toyota Venza Limited Review
The Toyota Venza is back! After being discontinued in 2015, Toyota is giving the two-row Venza new life with an all-new model for 2021. It’s no surprise the Venza is making a comeback, given the... More ›
2021 Toyota Supra GR 2.0 Review
Forget politics – Repubs against the ‘Crats, women opposed to “insensitive” men, even dogs versus cats. I don’t care what any of them stand for as long as I get my sec... More ›
2021 BMW X5 Xdrive45e Plug-in Hybrid Review
This week we take a look at a large, luxury SUV from BMW that is also a plug-in hybrid. This is the 2021 BMW X5 Xdrive45e and let this sink in: this big SUV will get you 50 miles to the gallon as rate... More ›
2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport V6 SE w/Technology Review
Volkswagen had a hit on its hands with the great-looking VW Atlas, a three-row SUV designed specifically for America. It’s applied the same winning formula to its smaller and sleeker Atlas Cross... More ›
2021 Genesis G80 Review
Get accustomed to the puzzled looks and persistent questions. If you drive a Genesis – formerly the Hyundai Genesis – you know all about car-confusion and inquiries. “What is t... More ›
2021 Toyota Prius 2020 Edition Review
Happy 20th Anniversary to the Toyota Prius, the pioneering hybrid that sparked a revolution in electrified vehicles. Toyota says it’s sold more than 1.9 million of them in the U.S. since 2000. T... More ›
2021 Genesis GV80 Advanced AWD Review
This week, we take a look at a new entry into the luxury SUV segment, the 2021 Genesis GV80 Advanced package. This is the first entry from Genesis in the SUV arena, and I have to say, the wait was wor... More ›
2021 Hyundai Kona Limited AWD Review
Small, all-wheel-drive crossovers leave really big tire- prints when they crunch through mile after mile of ice slicker than the paint on a $500,000 Rolls-Royce. Thank you, Hyundai Kona, because we... More ›
2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Review
Adventurous Honda refuses to follow the familiar hybrid path through the dense, crackling electric forest. It isn’t the first time for Honda’s rebel engineers. Remember the six-cylin... More ›
2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line
Well it’s official. Hyundai can do no wrong with the Sonata in my book. Already impressed with redesigned 2020 gas and hybrid models, the brand new-to-the-lineup 2021 Sonata N Line version solid... More ›
2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Review
I apologize in advance. This week I bring you an amazing SUV that you cannot purchase…the 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat. Dodge is only making 2000 of these and they’ve all been spoken for. ... More ›
2021 Toyota Camry SE Nightshade AWD Edition
Editor's Note: Click here for the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line Review in the February 19th Newsletter.  Blacked-out from-the-factory customized looks are popular these days and Toyota k... More ›