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: Lincoln Corsair Reserve Edition

    On the Road Review: Lincoln Corsair Reserve Edition

    Everyone not intricately involved in the auto industry is thankful to see that Lincoln has realized that consumers will better embrace and identity with your product when they know what it is. This week’s Corsair compact-class luxury crossover has a proper, recognizable name that you can remember. Yes, some will relate Corsair to the Barbary

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Highlander Limited

    On the Road Review: Toyota Highlander Limited

    This is the all-new Highlander, the three-row crossover that handily outsold every rival in America (Explorer, Traverse, Pilot, Durango, Pathfinder, CX-9) last year. While not the new Highlander Hybrid, the twin-electric motor/gas engine, CVT-shifted hybrid that promises 34 mpg, this high-end Limited model clearly illustrates everything that is good with Highlander and why it now

  • On the Road Review: Ford Escape Titanium

    On the Road Review: Ford Escape Titanium

    While the release of Ford’s reimagined Bronco utility vehicle sucks all of the oxygen out of the room, the bread-and-butter vehicle that helps to make lifestyle trucks like the Bronco possible makes another appearance Downeast. The all-new compact class Escape reminds all of us why this just might be the best of Ford’s SUV lineup.

  • On the Road Review: Cadillac XT6 Crossover

    On the Road Review: Cadillac XT6 Crossover

    After building the stage and gathering the band with the SRX wagon/crossover two decades ago, as well as providing the opening act with the very sporty (and highly potent) CTS and CTS-V sport wagons a decade ago, Cadillac is finally arriving at the wildly popular crossover dance. With three credible offerings working hard to make

  • On the Road Review: Toyota 4Runner Limited

    On the Road Review: Toyota 4Runner Limited

    Toyota’s midsize 4Runner SUV is now in its fifth generation since its 1984 debut. Sold all over the world — and still built in Aichi, Japan — this body-on-frame vehicle was last redesigned in 2009. With the majority of sport-utility vehicles now uni-body designs, often sharing mechanicals and chassis components with cars, the 4Runner’s segment

  • On the Road Review: Ford Super Duty Tremor

    On the Road Review: Ford Super Duty Tremor

    The same day that Ford announced the latest modifications for its top-selling F-150 pickup truck, a clean Oxford White Super Duty Crew Cab in King Ranch trim, and featuring new Tremor off-roading hardware, rolled into my possession for a visit. Pickup trucks remain the bread-and-butter money generators for the American automakers, followed closely by crossovers

  • On the Road Review: Nissan Versa SR

    On the Road Review: Nissan Versa SR

    It wasn’t that long ago that small cars like Nissan’s restyled 2020 Versa were mainstream offerings. One of America’s least expensive new models for many years, with a sticker price under $10,000 for a very long time, the Versa was almost as big as the compact Sentra sedan while satisfying the need for a thrifty

  • On the Road Review: Honda CR-V Hybrid

    On the Road Review: Honda CR-V Hybrid

    The best-selling Honda is now a crossover, surprise, and is now available with a hybrid-power option that will surely increase sales even more. Last year, full-size pickup trucks were the three top-selling vehicles in America. In second place were the numerous models of compact-class crossovers, the vehicles that are swiftly replacing the car in today’s

  • On the Road Review: Genesis G70 AWD Sport

    On the Road Review: Genesis G70 AWD Sport

    If you were an upstart luxury brand, you would probably find it necessary to emulate other products to some degree, while establishing a unique edge that would increase consumer appeal. There is a vast catalog of success stories in the American automobile market, as numerous brands have inserted themselves into one of the more lucrative

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator Mojave

    On the Road Review: Jeep Gladiator Mojave

    Life entails many choices. Chocolate over vanilla ice cream, thick-dough pizza instead of thin-crust and certainly football over baseball are but some of the most important decisions. Later in your years, you might select oceanfront over lakeside camp (if lucky, both), heated cloth instead of sticky leather or just any dessert versus none. Furthermore, I

  • On the Road Review: Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab

    On the Road Review: Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab

    Entering the third month of public restrictions due to COVID-19, and the warmer months of early summer when everyone longs to be out and about, my travels reveal a multitude of vehicles wearing registration tags other than the state of Maine’s. This is actually normal — we are, after all, touting that we are Vacationland

  • On the Road Review: Mazda 3 Sedan

    On the Road Review: Mazda 3 Sedan

    When compact car fans set out to buy a new model now, they will find that there are eight remaining mainstream nameplates to pick from — all but one of them produced by Asian-based automakers. Leading off the segment price-wise are the Kia Forte and Nissan Sentra, both starting around $18,000. Up next is the