Vehicle Reviews

2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV Review
This week we take a look at the 2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV, the flagship SUV in the Cadillac lineup. Escalade debuted in 1999 and this is the 4th generation of this large, bold, SUV and not a lot has ... More ›
2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Review
Burly Ram pickups once arrived new with dents and dirt – as well as a restless border collie in back if they happened to be in extreme West Texas. They reigned as sturdy, affordable work-truc... More ›
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Review
This week, we take a look at a beautiful 2019 Corvette Grand Sport coupe. This is one of the last C7 Corvettes as we get ready for the arrival of the new mid-engine C8. The Grand Sport was original... More ›
2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid Review
Cute-utes just don’t suit my hot-rod feet and six-speed hands . I mean, most of the hyper-practical compact-crossover SUVs tend to be about as much fun as a two-hour appointment with the icy ... More ›
2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Review
This week I bring you the most beautiful AND expensive SUV I’ve ever reviewed, the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan. It was named after the Cullinan diamond found in 1905 weighing in at over 3100 karat... More ›
2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Review
Virtuous Volvo shed its Nordic ice-tanker image several years ago, trading stolid for style with a fresh pack of sleek new SUVs and station wagons. Not a single one of them looked as if they might ... More ›
2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited Review
This week we take a look at the 2019 Infiniti QX80, a beastly SUV that was refreshed for 2018, but has remained largely unchanged since 2010. What is new for 2019 is this trim level, called the Lim... More ›
2019 Mazda3 Hatchback Review
Loose and lofty Mazda must use soft fingers – not knives – to shape its windswept cars and crossovers. Unlike some of its chopped and sliced competitors, Mazda’s subtle, carefully... More ›
2019 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury Diesel Review
This week we’re taking a look at the 2019 Land Rover Discovery. This is the fifth-generation Discovery that debuted in America in 1989. You might remember previous versions were very square with... More ›
2019 Dodge Durango SRT 392 Review
Street-searing Hemi V-8s belong beneath the lumpy hoods of hot-rod Dodge Challengers, preferably in lime green. Heck, with a couple of good smoky launches, those brute coupes can make the Earth spi... More ›
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet Review
This week I bring you a real beauty! I have the 2019 Mercedes Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet, a 200-plus thousand dollar ragtop. This car features a hand-made engine from AMG, the performance division of M... More ›
2019 Volkswagen New Beetle Final Edition Review
Not even an unplanned visit to my drill-happy dentist could put a lid on me recently. Heck, bring on my awful ex’s pit-bull attorney. On a semi-warm spring day, the top on my 2019 Volkswag... More ›
2020 Kia Soul GT-Line 1.6T Review
If the sound of a $28,000+ Kia Soul makes your jaw drop just a little - you wouldn’t be alone. Considering it’s long-been a funky, economical subcompact car aimed at budget-conscious shopp... More ›
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Wagon Review
I don’t know what’s happened to me. I saw a picture of my review vehicle at the recent Texas Auto Writers Roundup and groveled until they let me be the first in the area to review it. T... More ›
2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Cabriolet Review
This week I bring you the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Cabriolet, a beautiful sportster that went through a light freshening for the 2018 model year. By Mercedes standards, this is the entry-level model, ... More ›
2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD Review
This week, I bring you the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited. The RAV4 is a popular seller and ranks as the 7th best-selling vehicle as of the first quarter, behind the Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V. The... More ›
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Review
It happens. One day, you dream of shrieking down Highway 1 in a blood red Ferrari 488, lost in the lusty symphony of its $100,000 engine. The next, you’re looking at baby seats and strollers ... More ›
2019 Audi A7 Review
High-end German sedans tend to bristle with silky look-at-me malice. They flash chiseled, aggressive sides and muscular fender flares, growling with enough attention-getting power to launch one of ... More ›
2019 Ford Transit 150 w/Explorer Conversion Review
Editor’s Note: SPECIAL THANKS TO FIVE STAR FORD IN CARROLLTON, TX & EXPLORER VANS FOR MAKING THIS REVIEW POSSIBLE. This is a bit of an unusual review this week as I take a look at the 201... More ›
2019 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD Review
Well, you know what they say. Sometimes timing is everything. Case in point, I just spent two weeks with the 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited. During which the new redesigned 2020 model made its grand e... More ›
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 ›