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: Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid

    On the Road Review: Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid

    America’s best-selling vehicle didn’t earn that honor by standing pat, resting on previous laurels. And while being a leader also means lots of slings and arrows coming your way, the Ford F-150 has proven to be able to repel competitive assaults with a certain resiliency.  For 2021, the F-150 moves the pickup’s powertrain offerings up

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Avalon AWD

    On the Road Review: Toyota Avalon AWD

    Toyota Motor Co. is the largest automaker in the world, selling vehicles on every continent. Akio Toyoda, great-grandson of the founder and now the man in charge of this sprawling industrial giant, has brought excitement to the fringe products produced by Toyota (think Supra sports car and NASCAR racing) as well as innovation and solidity

  • On the Road Review: Infiniti QX50

    On the Road Review: Infiniti QX50

    When Infiniti debuted in America in 1989, it was a three-sedan lineup working against Lexus and Acura for the established luxury car market long held by brands named Cadillac, Lincoln, plus the German brands. Performance was the niche that Nissan’s luxury arm pursued, earning accolades from the critics. Over the past 30 years, this segment

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax

    On the Road Review: Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax

    In an industry that favors four- to five-year product designs, Toyota counters that philosophy with extended-run production cycles that are far longer than what competitors utilize on their vehicles.  Camry and Corolla sedans might get styling updates to remain competitive every few years, yet the foundation, the chassis and powertrain, might remain unaltered for much

  • On the Road Review: Dodge Durango SRT

    On the Road Review: Dodge Durango SRT

    Only six weeks into the new year (as this is prepared) and the tumult from 2020 seems unabated. Consumers will need to be wary, if they aren’t already weary. GM has announced that it will stop building all internal combustion-engined vehicles by 2035, and only building electric vehicles — spending another $20 billion to do

  • On the Road Review: Ram 1500 TRX

    For a truck designed for, and promoted to handle, high-speed off-roading, the Ram engineers reworked the frame below to create a stiffer, stronger foundation for a 6,800-pound truck that can literally fly — yet land without braking itself.

  • On the Road Review: Ford F-350 Super Duty Tremor

    On the Road Review: Ford F-350 Super Duty Tremor

    Leaving the bustling commercial district of Biddeford’s Route 11 West, the Velocity Blue Ford Super Duty, in off-roading Tremor edition, soon finds the selected route for more rural motoring — Route 35 to 5 and on to Route 160 as we meander toward Center Ossipee, N.H. Carving along the mostly deserted and undulating terrain past

  • On the Road Review: Genesis GV80 Prestige

    On the Road Review: Genesis GV80 Prestige

    The transformation started in 2006 with the debut of the third-generation Sonata sedan, a four-door announcing that Hyundai would not be just a budget, entry-level carmaker. The process continued in 2009, when the full-size Genesis sedan appeared, loaded with tech and features previously reserved for luxury brands. Four years ago, Hyundai took another large step,

  • On the Road Review: Chevy Blazer RS

    On the Road Review: Chevy Blazer RS

    It is not unusual to motor the 11 miles up my local road toward Route 9 — the infamous Airline — and not meet a single vehicle while heading to work. This twisting, turning, rising and falling, undulating tarmac offers the full scope of what chassis engineers surely use to develop the best ride and

  • On the Road Review: GMC Canyon AT4

    On the Road Review: GMC Canyon AT4

    The compact pickup trucks of a few decades ago- — Chevy Luvs, Ford Couriers, Datsuns and Toyotas — were markedly smaller than their full-size pickup siblings. The majority were single-cab models, many were two-wheel-drive only, and they all had diminutive four-cylinder powerplants. Today’s “small” pickups are actually four-fifths versions of their full-size counterparts. Like too

  • On the Road Review: Cadillac CT5 AWD Sedan

    On the Road Review: Cadillac CT5 AWD Sedan

    For several decades, Cadillac proudly carried the luxury car honor of being “The Standard of the World.” Superior engineering and build quality, recognized by two prestigious Dewar Awards early in Cadillac’s life, helped the brand to cement its legacy in the hierarchy of American auto brands. Through most of the 1960s, pop culture and knowledgeable

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

    Make note of this name, Ioniq (I-on-ik). Hyundai is going to vastly expand its hybrid and electric vehicle offerings under this banner in the coming years, in effect creating a brand within the brand. Consumers who recognize the current Ioniq, a compact hybrid hatchback sedan that mimics much of Toyota’s Prius, but wins hearts and

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