Vehicle Reviews

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 ›
The 2018 Ford Mustang GT Level Two Is the Best-Handling GT Ever
Curves used to scrub the sparkle clean off Ford Mustangs, often leaving them bobbing and stumbling right in front of a bunch of wise-cracking Camaros. Darn straight-line ‘Stangs, I would mutt... More ›
The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Blends Sizzling Looks With Driving Excellence
This week, I’ve got a real head-turner for review, the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V coupe.  This is a beast of a car that is track-capable, but would make an exceptional daily driver as well. ... More ›
2018 Toyota Sequoia Limited Is A Powerful, Roomy Three-Row Ride
Bigger is better, right?  Certainly in Texas and when it comes to SUVs it seems consumers are gobbling them up and filling them up with kids, pets, and all kinds of gear.  If a behem... More ›
We Love the 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman S E ALL4 Just Not the Hybrid
This week I am behind the wheel of the 2019 Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4.  This is the largest Mini ever produced and features a plug-in hybrid electric system that debuted in 2018. 20... More ›
The 2019 Genesis G70 Is An Impressive Near-Luxury Sports Sedan
Big, raging sports sedans always seem to storm out of Germany, their fat tires and deep-thunder exhausts stirring angry clouds of dust. Attitude and Autobahn moves get bolted into every one, right?... More ›
The 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Is The Fastest, Most Powerful Car We’ve Ever Reviewed
This week, I bring you the fastest and most powerful car I have ever reviewed: The 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody.    Building this car was a brilliant idea by Dodge. ... More ›
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Conquers Road Ahead And Looks Good Doing It
Can a city girl used to hugging corners in a compact sports sedan enjoy driving a mid-sized truck? One with some trail-ready chops?  That was the question I had for myself recently as I push... More ›
Redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Hits and Misses
Deeply dented Volkswagen, still battered by “Dieselgate,” crackles with new energy these days. Matter of fact, it sounds vaguely like the whirr of electrons racing through the halls of ... More ›
The 2018 Genesis G80 Sport Is An Outstanding Luxury Car At A Phenomenal Price
This week I bring you the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport, a new entry into the Genesis lineup from Hyundai. The G80 Sport is a strikingly beautiful car with sleek lines, 19” alloy wheels, and quad ex... More ›
2018 Nissan Frontier Is A Reliable Workhorse For The Budget-Conscious Truck Buyer
Seven hundred dollar tents and sleek Manatee kayaks rarely clutter the beds of rawboned Nissan Frontier pickups, and you won’t likely find one amid the glistening Porsches and Benzes at those fo... More ›
2019 Subaru Forester Takes What Was Already Good And Makes It Better
I’m always excited to get behind the wheel of a Subaru SUV.  This week I bring you the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester Sport. 2019 Subaru Forester Sport Let’s talk about what is ne... More ›
The 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid Is A Nice Surprise
Four inches of dreary rain doused every candle on my birthday cake – all three levels of them. Drat. Then, my grandkids gave me a card with a great, intense-looking dog on the front and a cap... More ›
2019 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD Hits And Misses
This week we take a look at the 2019 Cadillac XT5 luxury crossover SUV.  XT5 was completely redesigned in 2017 after replacing the Cadillac SRX. 2019 Cadillac XT5 The XT5 has the signature ... More ›
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Is A Multi-Talented Hot Hatch
Blink and you might miss the special sparkle of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, a dancer in overalls. Despite its sterling hot-hatch heritage and golden image with enthusiasts, the feisty GTI prefers whis... More ›
All-New 2019 Toyota Avalon Cuts A Shapely Shadow On The Road
It was just a few months ago that I reviewed the Toyota Avalon in this space.  I liked the smooth ride and roominess it offered, though several things on it were a bit dated.  I knew To... More ›
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 Coupe Dazzles With Looks, Luxury, and New Powertrain
This week I am behind the wheel of a brand new entry for the Mercedes family: The 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 coupe.   AMG is the performance division of Mercedes and has a storied history... More ›
2018 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Backs Up Sizzle With Substance
The sleekly sinister Infiniti Q60 coupe – a taut mix of metal, leather and muscle -- looked to me like a one-way ticket to Hollywood, fast. I mean, what’s not to like about low and chis... More ›
The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe Packs Solid Power and Premium Luxuries
This week, I’ve got a real head-turner for review, the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V coupe.  This is a beast of a car that is track-capable but would make an exceptional daily driver as well. 2019... More ›
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Is a Midsize Pickup For Urban Dwellers
Leave those battered old boots behind when you climb into the 2018 Honda Ridgeline pickup, along with your deeply creased, sweat-stained Resistol. Two-hundred-dollar tennis shoes or tasseled loafer... More ›
The 2018 GMC Canyon Denali V6 Is A Capable, Comfortable Midsize Pickup
This week I am behind the wheel of the 2018 GMC Canyon 4-wheel drive Crew Cab Denali.  It is available in a 4-cylinder Duramax diesel, but my test vehicle has the 3.6-liter V6 with an 8-speed aut... More ›
2018 Toyota Highlander XLE Packs A Lot of Cargo and Passengers
The Toyota Highlander has long been one of America’s most popular family crossover SUVs. Last year Toyota sold nearly 216,000 Highlanders in the US, making it the third best-selling mid-size SUV... More ›
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Is Brand's Best-Developed Vehicle
From just about every angle, the bulky, long-nosed Mitsubishi Outlander lacks luster. Though not grossly unattractive like several overly busy Japanese crossovers I can think of, the mid-size Outla... More ›
2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali Delivers An Exceptional Ride, Incredible Roominess
This week we take a look at the 2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali, a very popular large SUV that was completed redesigned in 2015 and has been largely unchanged since them. 2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali The X... More ›
2018 Mazda 6 Turbocharged 2.5L Test Drive
Maybe Mazda doesn’t really need fine lines and sensuous curves just to sit on dusty grocery-store lots. I mean, why put on a Brooks Brothers suit to pick up a greasy bag of fast food at the B... More ›