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2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD
Say hello to the all-new fourth-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander -- a vehicle that at its heart is a family SUV. The Highlander is completely redesigned for 2020, with big changes to the exterior, in... More ›
2020 Hyundai Kona Ultimate Review
Lime-green subcompact crossovers tend to spend a lot of time in my garage, collecting dust or moonbeams or whatever they attract. I mean, I’m still struggling to accept the notion of tiny SUV... More ›
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SEL AWD Review
This week, I’ve been behind the wheel of the stylish 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. VW decided to enter the very competitive 5-passenger SUV segment, so they took the already popular Atlas, ... More ›
2021 Toyota Supra 2.0 Review and Drive Impressions
We all need something to get excited about right now. So if you haven’t heard already, the Toyota GR Supra 2.0 is headed to the U.S. later this year! It may not be here as soon as we’d lik... More ›
2020 Acura MDX A-Spec SH-AWD Review
This week I spent time with the flagship of the Acura SUV lineup, the 2020 MDX, a stylish SUV with three rows of seating. If you are not aware, Acura is the luxury division of Honda. The MDX became... More ›
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Review
Get used to it, car-lovers: A bulky SUV, a soccer-mobile, roars up behind your sports-sedan, storming by like a heavy-metal tsunami. What??? We may have to rearrange the car world again, kids. T... More ›
2020 Lexus LX 570 Sport Package Review
It’s no secret I like large SUVs and always have. My review vehicle isn’t overly exciting, it is not terribly fast. It sort of lumbers down the road instead of cutting through wind like so... More ›
2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Review
This week I am privileged to have the upcoming 2021 Toyota GR Supra, the second year of celebrating the comeback of the iconic Supra that we saw for 2020 after a 22-year hiatus. One of the most exc... More ›
2021 Kia Seltos EX AWD Review
For years, Kia sought its golden groove in the auto industry with sedans that looked vaguely Russian. That was in the ‘90s, just as Kia and sibling Hyundai were slowly learning that vehicles ... More ›
2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Review
Who would have thought the first Dodge Power Wagon was produced in 1945 as a World War II military truck? As you can see from the pictures, it has evolved into one of the biggest, baddest trucks on th... More ›
2020 Nissan Leaf Plus Review
Computer-dating can’t seem to bring a spark to my life. So, for now, I’ll rely on the 2020 Nissan Leaf Plus, an agreeable little electric sedan that brings 62 kWh of lithium-ion spark t... More ›
2020 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Widebody Review
This week we’re taking another look at the 2020 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Widebody. The Charger comes in many different configurations, and other than the Hellcat, this is probably my favorite... More ›
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 4MATIC Review
Mercedes-Benz must want to be Ford – with more flash and panache, of course. Every time I look up, another new Benz like the 2020 GLB250 rolls onto dealers’ lots, ready to battle for af... More ›
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI Sport Review
This week I am reviewing the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI Sport. A midsized SUV that I would call both a luxury and performance SUV. I had my first experience with this vehicle in 2017 and I have to say... More ›
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review
Even small Land Rovers stand regally above rocks and rivers like English aristocrats on a sunny Sunday outing. Rovers such as the 2020 Discovery Sport can traverse or grind through just about any o... More ›
2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye Widebody Review
Well I must be doing something right - because this week I am back behind the wheel of the 2019 Dodge Challenger Redeye Widebody - the fastest and most powerful car I have ever reviewed. This is the s... More ›
2020 Lincoln Navigator Reserve Review
Large, luxury SUVs are still selling well in spite of all that is going on in the world. Temporary low gas prices probably help. You have few choices in the really large category: Cadillac Escalade, I... More ›
2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum Review
Everything but my paycheck seems to be getting bigger. Mid-size pickups now stand shoulder-to-shoulder with full-size trucks from a decade or so ago, while some compacts – formerly about as s... More ›
2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara EcoDiesel Review
This week we take a look at the 2020 Jeep Wrangler, and for the first time, my test vehicle has the Ecodiesel under the hood. Although Jeeps don’t change very often, the Wrangler was completely ... More ›
2020 Nissan Titan XD, Pro-4X First Drive
Determined Nissan has no intention of giving up on its slow-selling Titan pickup, a full-size brute still trying to find its niche in the highly profitable big-pickup segment. The Japanese automake... More ›
2020 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E Review
Put your big-tire, high-riding, monster-truck fantasies aside for a moment. And, yeah, I understand that’s a pretty heretical request here in Texas, home to ponderous pavement-pounding SuperD... More ›
2020 Cadillac XT6 Premium 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 hole between the 5-passenger XT5 SUV, and the huge Escalade, which is expensive and too ... More ›
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T Autobahn Review
This week I’m behind the wheel of the 2020 VW Golf GTI - a hot hatch with a cult following that’s both well-earned and well-deserved. My recent stint behind the Golf GTI 2.0T Autobahn only... More ›
2020 Lexus UX 200 F Sport Review
UX 200 – the name just suggests a vessel of some sort that Spock and I might use to zip around the edges of the universe. “Spock, set the gyros for that cluster of icy stars over there.... More ›
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport SE Review
This week we’re taking a look at the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport. This is the smallest and least expensive Land Rover in the lineup, and it has been lightly refreshed in the front and rear. ... More ›
2020 Toyota Avalon XSE Hybrid Review
Remember when Toyotas seemed scarcely bigger than an afterthought, with tinny doors and tiny backseats? Road biscuits, we called them. Small as they were, though, those fragile-looking but durab... More ›
2020 Lexus NX 300 F Sport Premium Review
My how time flies! This week I bring you the 2020 Lexus NX -- a model I last reviewed for the 2018 model year. Back then it was the brand’s entry-level crossover. But that spot now goes to the n... More ›
2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 RST Duramax Diesel Review
Today, we are taking our first look at the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Duramax diesel. This is GM’s first attempt at a half-ton diesel to compete with Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ford F-150 Powerstroke... More ›
2020 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T Is The Right Mix of Style, Performance and Comfort
Great American sedans bigger than some mini warehouses once floated down smooth interstates, gulping a gallon of high-test every few miles. With their loping, road-eating V-8s and trunks large enou... More ›
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 Is A Powerful Performance SUV Disguised as a Family Hauler
This week we take a look at the 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63, a 5-passenger SUV that doubles as a daily driver as well as a track-ready racer. The 2020 GLC has a slight refresh, primarily a new grill... More ›
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review
Craggy West Texas mountains full of bobcats and bears and things that rustle the dry bushes at night no longer concern me. I figure they should worry about me when I’m in the olive-green 2020... More ›
Behind the Wheel of the 2020 Passat SEL 2.0T
Oh Volkswagen Passat, you know what they say about relationships. They’re complicated. You see, once upon a time I used to lease a Passat. It was roomy and offered a nice, comfortable ride even ... More ›
The 2020 Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition Is A Fantastic Truck at a Great Value
You probably heard me extoll the virtues of the new Ram 1500 and its quietness and great ride when I reviewed the 2019. This week I am looking at the 2020 model and can tell you up front, this is a he... More ›
2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition Is A Fun To Drive Gorgeous Green Package
If a true driver-centric sports car is what you’re after, at an attainable price point, do I have a two-door for you. It’s the 2020 Toyota 86. I’ve driven it before, and after a seco... More ›
The 2020 Mazda3 Premium Sedan Is Tops In Its Class
Loud, crude music – the stuff I used to crank up daily – rarely tumbles and crashes from the genteel interior of the 2020 Mazda3. So much for my Frank Zappa and Moby Grape CDs, I guess.... More ›
2020 Chevrolet Traverse High Country Is An Impressively Roomy Three-Row SUV That Delivers Luxury, Comfort and Value
This week I bring you the 2020 Chevy Traverse, a large SUV meant to compete with the likes of the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. The Traverse went through a huge re-do in 2018, and... More ›
Tech Updates Highlight 2020 Lexus RX 350 F Sport AWD
If you’re wondering what the best-selling midsize luxury SUV in America is - this is it. The Lexus RX 350 and this week I’m behind the wheel of the 2020 RX with some significant updates fo... More ›
2020 Toyota Yaris XLE Review
Life in the slow lane keeps my little Toyota Yaris and I well grounded – mostly in yesterday, but hey, we can see today right there on the horizon and we’re gaining on it, slowly. At least... More ›
2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Review
Today, we look at one of the most iconic vehicles on the road, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser has been around for 60 years and is the longest continuously sold Toyota in America. Fo... More ›
2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited Is a Worthy Mid-Size Sedan Packed with Cool Technology
Don’t tell Hyundai sedans don’t matter. Even as Americans increasingly move from sedans to SUVs, Hyundai, like Toyota and Honda, is taking it as a challenge to make its best sedans yet. Th... More ›
2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Review
All my friends claim I’m too loud these days for a guy with gray hair and a Medicare card. Blame it on the searing yellow 2020 Lexus LC 500 I had last week, a curvaceous, razor-cut luxury cou... More ›
2020 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Widebody Review
This week we’re taking a look at the 2020 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Widebody. The Charger comes in many different configurations, and other than the Hellcat, this is probably my favorite. On t... More ›
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Review
Think of the humble Toyota Corolla Hybrid as half a Tesla without the buzz or spark of amped-up electric hype. It doesn’t seem to mind. Sure, the 2020 Corolla – the first Corolla Hyb... More ›
2020 Mazda CX-30 Premium Review
Just when you thought the roads couldn’t possibly fit another small subcompact crossover comes one more that begs to differ. The first-ever Mazda CX-30 hits the road slotting between the CX-3 an... More ›
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Duramax Diesel Review
What is almost 21 feet long, 7 feet wide, 6 ½ feet tall, and weighs almost 4 tons? The all-new 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 with the Duramax diesel. This heavy-duty truck was completely redone for... More ›
2020 Kia Telluride SX Prestige Review
About the time SUVs and crossovers started to all resemble square-cut soldiers in the same army, along came the contrarian, high-stepping Kia Telluride. Sure, the 2020 Telluride basically qualifies... More ›
2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited AWD Review
A while back, we brought you the Kia Telluride SUV, which I loved. Today we look at its sister, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, a 3-row SUV that competes with the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and Hond... More ›
2020 Nissan Altima SL Review
Mid-size sedans may be the Maroon 5 of the auto industry these days – yesteryear’s hot pop, now a bit out of tune with the times. After all, four-door cars with trunks just don’t ... More ›
2020 Lexus RC F Review
This week I am behind the wheel of a Lexus, but probably not the 4-door luxury car that comes to mind. No, this is the 2020 Lexus RC F, a hot-looking sporty coupe with a swooping roofline, some amazin... More ›
2020 Honda Civic Si HPT Sedan Review
You know it’s going to be a great week when a vehicle with a manual gear shift shows up in your driveway. That certainly held true in the case of the 2020 Honda Civic Si Sedan in Rallye Red that... More ›