Articles by: Tim Plouff

Tim Plouff

Tim Plouff

Columnist at The Ellsworth American
Tim Plouff has been reviewing automobiles in the pages of The Ellsworth American weekly for nearly two decades.
  • On the Road Review: Toyota Corolla SE

    On the Road Review: Toyota Corolla SE

    Every couple of years, Toyota is generous enough to share an edition of its compact class Corolla sedan with the New England media. This prudent exercise benefits all and serves as an appropriate reminder of what the world’s best-selling car — ever — is still like. Automotive enthusiasts surely will not exalt in the Corolla’s

  • On the Road Review: Lincoln Navigator Black Label

    On the Road Review: Lincoln Navigator Black Label

    In a recent edition of Autoweek magazine, one of America’s longest running industry journals covering cars, racing and car life in America, editor Natalie Neff perfectly highlighted the rapid, but still subtle, transition that has occurred for many consumers ownership experience. She states, “My experience in the car matters more than my experience of the

  • On the Road Review: Honda Passport Elite

    On the Road Review: Honda Passport Elite

    Automakers continue to expand their crossover vehicle offerings, trying to cover every size, segment, niche and fashion statement in an effort to recover the lost sales from conventional cars. Honda, one of the earliest adopters with the original CR-V, has added a fourth crossover to its lineup — the new five-passenger, two row, midsize Passport.

  • On the Road Review: Lincoln Aviator

    On the Road Review: Lincoln Aviator

    MIDDLEBORO, Mass. — One of America’s traditional luxury automakers announced not only a brand new model, but a new ad campaign called “Fresh Take on Movement,” recently at the New England debut of both. For well over a decade, Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln brand has been caught on a plateau — new models designed to

  • On the Road Review: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

    On the Road Review: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

    For any readers who might have fallen behind on their Land Rover models since the brand’s departure from Ford into the capable hands of Tata Motors of India, the compact class Evoque is the fabled British carmaker’s smallest SUV. While small physically, it surely packs a big visual punch as the evocative shape is like

  • On the Road Review: Volvo V60 T6 Momentum Wagon

    On the Road Review: Volvo V60 T6 Momentum Wagon

    Decades ago, before airbags were liberally sprinkled around your car’s cabin, regulators were trying to force consumers to use their seat belts, as crash data indicated too many drivers neglected this valuable safety tool. Death rates were rising in America, as more and more cars and commercial trucks, and many more drivers, filled our byways.

  • On the Road Review: Ford Raptor SuperCrew

    On the Road Review: Ford Raptor SuperCrew

    For Ford’s domestic rivals, the Raptor version of the top-selling F-series pickup line has presented huge marketing issues to overcome. With outsized pricing — as well as matching profits — the Raptor has a distinct dynamic, an extroverted character that overshadows any potential competitor. Indeed, over six years in, no other automaker has yet to

  • On the Road Review: Ford Edge Titanium AWD

    On the Road Review: Ford Edge Titanium AWD

    For buyers of a certain age, let’s call them empty-nesters, midsize SUVs are attractive alternatives to staid sedans. Featuring roomy cabins, composed road manners and (usually) the inherent advantages of all-wheel drive, these two-row, five-passenger wagons seem mature, responsible vehicles that meet modern living. Head south to visit the grandkids; load up the SUV. Schedule

  • On the Road Review: Lexus UX250h

    On the Road Review: Lexus UX250h

    What is a UX250h? It is the smallest Lexus model available in two models: UX200 with 2.0-liter four-cylinder power and UX250h with hybrid power added. F-sport trim is also available. How big (small) is it? Based on the front drive Toyota C-HR compact five-door, the UX has a higher hip point than most cars, yet

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Sienna SE Premium AWD Minivan

    On the Road Review: Toyota Sienna SE Premium AWD Minivan

    Since 1984, many American families have utilized the virtues of minivans as a primary mode of transportation. An efficient one-box design that was more about function than style, the venerable minivan is clinging to the last vestiges of marketshare as the crossover onslaught has reduced consumer appeal and, ultimately, minivan sales. Last year, the five

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

    On the Road Review: Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4

    While once only a small segment of the driving fleet, today’s compact and subcompact crossovers are now the leading automotive segment in America, displacing compact and midsize sedans like yesterday’s trash. Five-door crossovers are everywhere. Think of them while you drive — what are you meeting for traffic? Toyota RAV4s, Honda CRVs, Chevy Equinoxes and