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: Subaru Forester Wilderness Edition

    On the Road Review: Subaru Forester Wilderness Edition

    For over 20 years, the Forester has been the shorter, taller sibling to the Subaru Outback, a compact five-passenger wagon brimming with comfort, stability, wicked good visibility and overall convenience. Endowed with the brand’s stress-reducing symmetrical AWD, the Forester has pulled through deep snowstorms and pushed up greasy slick leaf-covered hills for thousands of Mainers.

  • On the Road Review: Nissan Pathfinder Platinum

    On the Road Review: Nissan Pathfinder Platinum

    Nissan hit a very big pothole several years ago and has struggled to get its wheels fixed ever since. After firing longtime CEO Carlos Ghosn and charging him with multiple crimes, which remain unresolved, certain business practices combined to shade dealer practices and consumer confidence. Several key products had also been neglected. Since 2019, Nissan

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Grand Cherokee L

    On the Road Review: Jeep Grand Cherokee L

    Back in November, Jim Morrison, Jeep’s brand manager for Stellantis/FCA, came to New England to tout the four new products rolling into dealers. Headlining his program to New England’s auto scribes was the all-new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer full-size SUV, followed by the Wrangler 4Xe hybrid and what ultimately might be the top-selling new arrival

  • Electric vehicles are coming: Are consumers on board?

    Electric vehicles are coming: Are consumers on board?

    The first electric car was built in 1886 by Thomas Parker in England. The first gasoline-powered car, using a 1-cylinder two-stroke engine from German Karl Benz, appeared two years later. The first American-built internal combustion vehicle came from the Duryea Brothers in Springfield, Mass., in 1893 — four years before the Stanley Brothers, F.O and

  • On the Road Review: Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ

    On the Road Review: Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ

    The race to expand the crossover/SUV segment to replace the rapid departure of conventional sedans from the marketplace continues to erase any doubt about which segment buyers have shifted their attention toward. Where once there were compact, midsize and full-size crossovers, the industry has now added a series of subcompact offerings as well as a

  • On the Road Review: My 10 Favorite Vehicles From 2021

    On the Road Review: My 10 Favorite Vehicles From 2021

    Optimism reigns in the auto industry despite facing multiple challenges. Brand leaders are embracing the regulatory rush toward battery electric vehicles despite low consumer demand; dealer profits are at all-time highs despite negligible new vehicle inventory; and consumers are caught in the middle of this tumult facing the highest transaction prices, ever, rising fuel prices,

  • On the Road Review: Lincoln Corsair Reverve Edition

    On the Road Review: Lincoln Corsair Reverve Edition

    This week’s Corsair, the compact class entry from Ford’s luxury car division Lincoln, should be, by all rights, a hot seller right now, as virtually every crossover model is swiftly eclipsing the sales of standard cars. Yet, Lincoln continues to labor against stiff headwinds in its quest to return to luxury car prominence. The ongoing

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Venue SEL

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Venue SEL

    This week’s Hyundai Venue is a top seller in a rapidly shrinking segment of the auto marketplace — cars that list for under $20,000. Once a mainstay of the industry, with every automaker offering at least one, if not more, entry level-priced vehicles to entice consumers to that brand, few automakers still embrace that business

  • On the Road Review: Ford Bronco Sport Outer Banks Edition

    On the Road Review: Ford Bronco Sport Outer Banks Edition

    The thick spray from the rain-soaked highway, plus the constant flip-flop of the wipers after hours of peering at fading white lines and glowing red taillights, is sucking my eyeballs out. But circumstances improve radically outside Waterville, as the downpour stops for the rest of the late-night ride home from Middleboro, Mass. The four-and-a-half-hour ride

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

    Earlier this year, a top-of-the-line Calligraphy-trimmed Santa Fe visited. Eight months later we drive the new hybrid model in Limited trim, while Hyundai adds two more models in the coming months — a plug-in hybrid Santa Fe (with up to 31 miles of electric-only operation) as well as a new off-road themed XRT trim. The