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: Dodge Challenger GT

    On the Road Review: Dodge Challenger GT

    March in Maine brings a higher, warmer sun that signals that winter will soon be over and spring will splash everything new again. March rekindles long dormant passions for driving sports cars and getting personal vehicles out from under cover and into the sunlight, again. March also brings black ice, slushy snowstorms and nasty roads

  • On the Road Review: Kia Soul

    On the Road Review: Kia Soul

    It’s OK; you critics can sneer about the little car that used to be powered by hamsters. But those early commercials worked, planting a product seed that has led to the compact Soul leading all of its rivals on the sales charts. And Kia cheers all the way to the bank as its diminutive volume

  • Honda brings new Passport to New England

    MIDDLEBORO, Mass. — The media coverage may be all things electric-powered or autonomous operating, however the sales charts and the industry dialogue is all about crossovers and how they are dominating sales, production and consumers’ preferences. Honda is extending its reach into this category with a new two-row, midsize crossover that resurrects a name from

  • Spring selling season: speed bumps ahead?

    As spring arrives across the country, automobile retailers are gearing up for the usual bump in sales after the winter doldrums. There is a host of new products to excite consumers — from sports cars to electric vehicles — yet there is also a healthy reservation sweeping the auto industry as a host of data

  • On the Road Review: Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid

    On the Road Review: Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid

    In 1990, two years after Subaru converted all of its vehicles to symmetrical all-wheel drive, sales had cratered to only 108,500 units. Five years later, however, the first Outback wagon debuted (remember spokesman Paul Hogan, Crocodile Dundee?) and Subaru hasn’t looked back since. Today, Subaru is America’s number seven selling automotive brand with this market

  • On the Road Review: Ford Raptor

    On the Road Review: Ford Raptor

    Maine’s Carrabassett Valley is a veritable winter playland, if you follow the axiom that there is no cold weather just bad clothing. That’s especially so if you have a vehicle to get out there and take you playing no matter what the weather, the terrain or the conditions. Ford’s F-series-based Raptor is the unique one-off

  • On the Road Review: BMW X4 xDrive30i

    On the Road Review: BMW X4 xDrive30i

    Bavarian Motor Works was created in Germany in 1916, but didn’t officially start selling cars in America until 1975. The first model, a two-door “sedan” called the 2002, went on to become the legendary 3-series compact lineup that remains the benchmark sport luxury sedan in the world. Today, BMW is the second best-selling premium brand

  • On the Road Review: Ram Big Horn, North Edition

    On the Road Review: Ram Big Horn, North Edition

    Horace and John Dodge did not live long, yet the car company that bears their name has been around since 1914 and developed a loyal following. Despite current Dodge owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) deciding to separate pickup trucks and commercial work vehicles from the Dodge brand in 2009, the resulting Ram brand has proven

  • On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

    On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

    This Mitsubishi Outlander is the brand’s top-selling model in the American market, with over 41,800 sold in 2018. Along with its similarly named siblings, the Outlander series helped Mitsubishi reach 118,000 total units sold last year, a 13 percent sales increase that propelled the import brand past Lincoln, Volvo, Land Rover and a host of

  • On the Road Review: Honda Pilot Elite AWD

    On the Road Review: Honda Pilot Elite AWD gallery

    Minivans. The mere mention of this type of family-oriented vehicle drives some buyers nutty. It can’t be the versatility, because no vehicle in the marketplace has more interior space or cargo capacity for traveling families than the minivan. So it must be the image, the perception that you are something less than your peers by

  • On the Road Review: Ram 1500 Limited

    On the Road Review: Ram 1500 Limited gallery

    Stepping up to the plate right after the recent Ford F-150 Limited is FCA’s (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) all-new Ram 1500 Limited. With a host of similarities, not the least of which is their lofty prices, premium cabins and impressive wow factor, these two high-end pickup trucks now define the top of the class until the