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 Navigator Black Label

    On the Road Review: Lincoln Navigator Black Label gallery

    Every now and then a vehicle shows up that simply blows away preconceived notions or earlier perceptions of either the brand or that particular model. The latest Navigator does both. Now assembled with numerous aluminum body parts like Ford’s latest pickups, saving 200 pounds of weight despite countless new components, this three-ton, three-row sport utility

  • On the Road Review: BMW X3 30i

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    The year was 1975 and the new BMW 3-series automobile was coming to the USA. Really an upright two-door sedan, that car put BMW on the map in the United States while debuting a theme that still exists today — “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” Today, BMW is America’s second most popular luxury car marquee, behind

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate gallery

    In the midsize, five-passenger sport utility class there are six dominant players. Jeep’s Grand Cherokee is far and away the sales leader (240,696 sold last year) followed by Ford’s Edge, the Toyota 4Runner, Lexus RX350, Nissan’s Murano and Hyundai’s Santa Fe Sport. Notably absent in this class is GM. However, a Chevy Blazer (there’s a

  • Sales and new car news: what’s hot — and not

    With total new vehicle sales slipping slightly in 2017 to just under 17-million units, emerging trends reveal how much the market is shifting as consumers selected pickups, crossovers and SUVs 65 percent of the time over conventional car sales last year. With lots of ink spilled over electric vehicles and hybrids, their sales remain less

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Elantra GT Sport

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Elantra GT Sport gallery

    Almost 40 years of piloting powerful sport-bikes left me with an overfull driving philosophy carefully expressed by John Stein recently in one of the world’s leading motorcycle magazines: “I want to control the spatial relationship of my bike (car) and myself to the traffic around me, rather than staying locked into one place and letting

  • On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

    On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander SEL gallery

    Psst — wanna hear a secret? Mitsubishi, the Asian automaker formerly known for its innovative vehicles like Eclipse and Montero, among others, and recently seen coasting through its meager existence in the world’s largest markets on budget-based products, is still alive and poised to become relevant again. Unlike rivals like Isuzu, Suzuki and Daewoo, which

  • On the Road Review: Kia Niro Touring Hybrid

    On the Road Review: Kia Niro Touring Hybrid gallery

    After seven days with Kia’s all-new Niro hybrid five-door hatchback, several thoughts come to mind. One, it’s amazing how much Kia has evolved and matured in the short 25-years it has been selling cars in America, and two, if our future hybrid cars are as good as the Niro, auto geeks have nothing to fear