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2021 Acura TLX Advance SH-AWD Review
The Joker never smiled on me. For years, Acura’s alphabet-soup sedans – the TSX, the TLX and several other forgettable models – wore awkward, thick grilles resembling the Joker&rs... More ›
2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport Review
I’ve been accused of being a shill for Subaru because I sing their praises so much on the radio show. This is a badge I wear proudly, because I know Subaru SUVs are a great choice for my listene... More ›
2021 Toyota Venza Limited Review
This week we are taking a look at the all-new 2021 Toyota Venza SUV. This is the second time Toyota has produced the Venza, the first was from 2008 to 2015. What makes the Venza special is that all of... More ›
2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport AWD Review
It’s not often you get behind the wheel of a vehicle that really does change things. And I believe I just spent the week in a vehicle that does just that. I’m talking about the redesigned ... More ›
2020 Mazda Miata MX-5 Club Review
Barely bigger than some cardboard boxes, my favorite roadster lacks map pockets, a conventional glove compartment and a spare tire. It steps stiffly over smooth suburban streets like some old man o... More ›
2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63
This week I bring you the most powerful 3-row SUV on the planet, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63. The GLS is all-new for 2021 after debuting in 2018. Performance The AMG comes with a 4.0-liter... More ›
2021 Toyota Corolla XSE Review
This week I bring you the 2021 Corolla XSE - the top-of-the-line model and sportiest Corolla in the lineup. It’s the second year for the 12th-generation Corolla. To be around that long you have ... More ›
2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS Review
When word got out Chevy was bringing the Blazer back, we all had visions of the K5 Blazer, but that was not to be. Instead the Blazer slots between two popular Chevy SUVs, the smaller Equinox and t... More ›
2020 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid Review
Bland sedans don’t attract long-term fans. Just ask Toyota. After years of building mid-sized Camry sedans that seemed about as exciting as pulling weeds, the automaker gave the top-selling C... More ›
2020 Ford Edge Titanium Review
This week I bring you one of the most popular SUVs sold in America, the 2020 Ford Edge Titanium, which is the top-of-the-line before you get to ST, the performance version of Edge that I reviewed last... More ›
2021 Toyota RAV4 PRIME XSE Review
There are a few times in your life when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle and experience something totally unexpected. My recent week with the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is one of those times. This is... More ›
2021 Honda Odyssey Elite Review
Ferrari fantasies fade fast in a minivan, the dowdy cargo containers of the auto industry. Who has time in a van for 8,000-rpm reveries? You’ll be too busy dodging half-eaten Twinkies hurled ... More ›
2020 Ford Expedition Max Platinum Review
This week we are taking a look at the 2020 Ford Expedition Max, the extended 3-row version, intended to compete with the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL. This is the 4th generation Expedition since... More ›
2020 Cadillac CT4-V Review
This week I’ve got a real head-turner for you, the all-new 2020 Cadillac CT4-V. This is the performance version of the CT4, and the predecessor to last year’s CTS-V Sport. I love the lo... More ›
2020 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid Review
The busy-body Toyota RAV4, sporting more lines than a Rand-McNally map, tends to shout loudly about itself. “Look at me” radiates from every odd, hard-edged corner, though it’s ki... More ›
2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring Plug-In Hybrid Review
This week, I’ve got a real beauty for you! Introducing the new 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, a 3-row luxury plug-in hybrid SUV. I really like the sleek looks of this SUV. It has fantast... More ›
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Review
This week, I bring you Lexus' flagship performance coupe, the 2020 Lexus LC 500. And wow can it move! It’s a sure-footed 471-horsepower V8-powered Grand Touring sports coupe with power that ... More ›
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe Review
Forget “real” in vapory, hyper-strange 2020, the year of virtual education, masked dating and drive-in concerts. What’s next – digital breathing? Heck, I’m not sure my... More ›
2020 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab EcoDiesel Review
This week we are taking a look at the beautiful 2020 Ram Rebel Crew Cab 4x4 with the EcoDiesel engine. This is a serious off-road pickup, but it’s also a joy to drive on the pavement. I liken... More ›
2021 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition Review
Toyota Corollas, like toasters, live in appliance anonymity – mostly invisible until needed. Put the humble Corolla in a line of vehicles in traffic and it has no more distinction than a comm... More ›
2020 Honda Civic Type R Touring Review
Ok let’s start with the obvious. On paper, I’m probably not the demographic you think of when you see the Honda Type R hot hatch. (Or so I gather from all the looks I got this week.) But t... More ›
2020 BMW X6 xDrive40i Review
This week I bring you the 2020 BMW X6 xDrive40i, that is in its 3rd-generation this year and was redesigned, making it an inch longer and an inch wider than previous models. The X6 sits on the same... More ›
2020 Toyota Camry TRD Review
Well guys, what a surprise for me this week! When the 2020 Toyota Camry TRD arrived in my driveway -- I knew right away it was something special. With its sporty looks in Supersonic Red and two-tone m... More ›
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Review
Some brightly wrapped packages deliver way more than three pairs of brown socks or an electric toothbrush. I know all about these things. Too many long-ago Christmases and birthdays conditioned ... More ›
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review
This week I am fortunate to be behind the wheel of the hottest car of the year, the 2020 Chevy Corvette. This is also the most sought after vehicle by car reviewers in America. This is the 8th gene... More ›
2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible
This week I’m bringing you something extra special. The first-ever Lexus LC 500 Convertible. And I have to tell you my jaw is still on the floor after my week behind the wheel of this stunning v... More ›
2020 INFINITI QX50 Autograph Edition Review
This week I am behind the wheel of the beautiful 2020 Infiniti QX50 Autograph edition SUV. The Autograph is the top-of-the-line model, and as you’ll see, it’s all about the interior. Ex... More ›
2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe Review
The last time I got really lost in glitzy, gritty Dallas – and I’m a native – I ended up in downtown Fort Worth. An accidental stranger in a strange new land, I suppose, still on ... More ›
2020 Buick Encore GX Essense Review
This week we take a look at the all-new Buick Encore GX, a small premium crossover that is a little larger than the original Encore, but not as large as the Buick Envision. Encore GX shares a platform... More ›
2020 Fiat 500L Trekking Review
If there’s a vehicle to pep up your spirits with its fun design and personality, it’s a Fiat. So when the 2020 Fiat 500L arrived in my driveway recently it solved a case of the Monday blue... More ›
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 53 Review
German cars swoop where others stumble, snarl when vehicles around them tend to sputter. They inhale concrete as if it were an hors d’oeuvres, wearing their over-sized sense of superiority li... More ›
2020 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury Review
This week we take a look at the all-new 3-row 2020 Cadillac XT6 luxury crossover SUV. XT6 was created to fill a void between the 5-passenger XT5, and the huge Escalade, which is expensive and too larg... More ›
2020 Chevrolet Bolt Premier Review
It seems like only yesterday when Chevrolet was unveiling the all-electric Bolt in 2016 amid much fanfare and mass-market production hype. As it turns out, the hype was warranted. Fast-forward to pres... More ›
2020 Nissan Kicks SR Review
Any dinky crossover vehicle steeped in the Stones gets a second look from me – period. I believe it’s a rule in the auto industry. Granted, I seriously doubt that Nissan had Mick and... More ›
2020 Cadillac CT5-V Review
This week I’ve got a real head-turner for you, the all-new 2020 Cadillac CT5-V. This is the performance version of the CT5, and the predecessor to last year’s CTS-V Sport. Exterior I... More ›
2020 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody Review
I don’t know about you guys but I can’t think of a better time to be transported to a different time in history. And I am doing just that in a way this week with the nostalgic, yet modern ... More ›
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe Review
Confusion seems to cloud everything I touch these days. I mean, should my mask and gloves match my shirt? Can I substitute flip-flops and a Big Daddy Roth T-shirt on Fridays and still meet office-c... More ›
2020 Chevrolet  Silverado 1500 RST Crew Cab Review
Today, we are taking a look at the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 RST Crew Cab, which stands for Rally Sport Truck. This model falls sort of in the middle of the Silverado lineup. Powertrain Let&rsqu... More ›
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 Review
King Kong snarls in measured suburban tones, but don’t be fooled: The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, a brute of an all-new model, somehow offers 603 Corvette-stuffing horsepower, room for seven, taut... More ›
2020 Acura MDX A-Spec SH-AWD Review
This week I bring you Acura’s second best-selling vehicle, the flagship MDX SUV. This three-row SUV seats up to seven, and is currently second in sales to the smaller RDX which went through a re... More ›
2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe Review
This week we are taking a look at a new entry from BMW, the 2020 M235i Gran Coupe. Yes, it has four doors, but the Germans tend to call anything with a sloping roof a coupe. I don’t get it, but ... More ›
2020 Nissan Murano SV Review
Even after five years, the Nissan Murano still looks like that kid in school who mixed madras with pinstripes and high-top red P.F. Flyers. It’s about as subtle as a two-alarm fire – ju... More ›
2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Review
This week we are going to take a look at the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Edition. Gladiator is basically a Jeep Wrangler with a bed on the back. The Mojave is designed to be a desert runner, while the ... More ›
The 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Makes Social Distancing Bearable
The world is an isolating place right now. But I can’t think of a better way to social distance than inside the luxurious, hand-crafted 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan. I had the good fortune recently... More ›
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Review
Imagine what the neighbors would say if a large, unremarkable Toyota – a Toyota – eased through the gates of your exclusive subdivision. A few might wonder with a shudder if the cousins... More ›
2020 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro Edition Review
I spent the week of July 4th with what may be the ultimate tailgating rig: The 2020 GMC Sierra Denali, the top-of-the line model from the Professional Grade folks at General Motors. The truck I have i... More ›
2021 Kia Seltos SX Review
This week we are taking a look at the very stylish 2021 Kia Seltos SUV. Seltos is a derivative of the name of Hercules’ Son in Greek mythology. This SUV fills the gap between the Kia Soul and th... More ›
2020 Hyundai Venue SEL Review
What do you do in a crossover-crazy world and you need a subcompact to round out your lineup? Well, if you’re Hyundai you roll out the new 2020 Venue. It’s the automaker’s newest and... More ›
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Review
This week I am truly privileged to be behind the wheel of not just the fastest Mustang ever produced, but the fastest production Ford ever made. This is the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Powertra... More ›
2020 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T SEL Premium Review
Wow, has the Jetta come a long way since it debuted in 1979. Its success over the years is cemented by the numbers -- VW says it’s sold 17.5 million Jetta’s worldwide and 3.2 million of th... More ›