Tag: auto reviews

Short Report: Volvo kills the last of the bricks with the latest V90 Cross Country

Volvo station wagons are, and have been, cool without even trying. Arguments can be made whether the original PV445 Duett met the standard when it was new, but it sure is today. Its successor, the 140, the original “brick,” most certainly did. After all, it established the squared-off design parameters […]

First Drive: Redesigned for 2018, the Kia Rio proves cheap doesn’t mean crap

The last year has been a busy one for Kia. The South Korea-based automaker has introduced an all-new version of its full-size Cadenza sedan, put a new turbocharged engine in its top-selling Soul multi-activity vehicle, and is slowly launching the head-turning Stinger sports sedan. Not to be ignored is the […]

Head-to-Head: Chevrolet Bolt vs. Chevrolet Volt; which is the better EV?

While some automakers are working on introducing their first electric vehicles, Chevrolet already has two models that boast significant battery-only driving range and their names even rhyme. Besides their badges and the last three letters of their names, the Volt and the Bolt EV don’t have much in common. Besides […]

Short Report: Old-school style meets new-school smarts in the 2018 Dodge Challenger T/A

Amidst the hurricane of hype swirling around electrified powertrains, it’s easy to miss the fact that we are living through a golden age of internal combustion engineering. Government regulations and market trends have forced some automakers to reduce engine sizes and supplement power with turbochargers or electric motors. Meanwhile, other […]

Ratings and Review: The updated 2017 Cadillac CTS is a refreshingly fun sport sedan that no one thinks about

Already boasting enthusiast-approved dynamics and award-winning safety, the 2017 Cadillac CTS is updated with new design elements and more technology. The list of changes includes addressing long-standing criticism of the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system. The next-generation system is now faster, more intuitive, better designed, and offers individual profile […]

Flash Drive: Does the 2019 Genesis G70 Sport have what it takes to compete in the entry-luxury sport sedan segment?

Genesis revealed its luxury compact 2019 G70 sedan in Seoul this week, and I had a front row seat for the festivities. Following introductions of an array of executives with exotic names and luxury-brand pedigrees (Bentley, Lamborghini, Mercedes are all mentioned in the intros), the BMW 3 Series fighter was […]

Short Report: Driving the 2018 Kia Niro through the Montana wilderness to see if it’s truly a crossover

Officially, Montana was nicknamed The Treasure State because of the wealth of precious metals and fossil fuels hidden beneath its soil. The real treasures, however, are found on the surface and sometimes several thousand feet above, in the forms of mountains, prairies and badland canyons. In Bozeman, the air is […]

Ratings and Review: With the 2018 Tiguan, Volkswagen swaps sporty performance for spacious packaging

Americans have been SUV-crazy for more than 25 years. That’s right. Ford irrevocably altered the automotive universe with the original 1991 Explorer, and then five years later both Subaru and Toyota created the modern crossover with the 1996 Outback and RAV4. Volkswagen apparently missed this trend. Sure, there was the […]

First Drive: All-new 2018 Lexus LS aims to surprise and delight a new generation of premium luxury buyers

Lexus is introducing an all-new generation of its range-topping LS sedan. It’s a car that steadfastly embodies the virtues that got the brand where it is today, with a sumptuous, roomy and quiet cabin, ample power and great reliability. But in the stratosphere of premium luxury where ownership or lease […]