Auto reviews

  • On the Road Review: Mazda 6 Signature Sedan

    On the Road Review: Mazda 6 Signature Sedan

    America’s Big three automakers — Ford, GM, FCA — continue to move away from conventional automobiles, while the Asian automakers persist in making investments in a segment that they soon will not only dominate, but essentially own. The latest case in point: a $1.6-billion joint venture Mazda-Toyota auto plant going up in Alabama that will

  • On the Road Review: Volvo V60 Cross Country T5

    On the Road Review: Volvo V60 Cross Country T5

    Ten years since the divorce from previous owner Ford, Volvo Car is at another crossroad as current owner Gheely Motors of China works to shift this premium lineup to a fully electric vehicle future, making Volvo the first full lineup absent an internal combustion engine. Long a niche automaker in America, yet slightly more popular

  • On the Road Review: Kia Telluride SX

    On the Road Review: Kia Telluride SX

    Pushing northwest on a cold, windy late autumn day, up through the Sandy River Valley on a winding Route 4 toward Rangeley, our Snow White Pearl Kia Telluride once again demonstrated why this all-new three-row crossover is racing up the sales charts. It flat our works better than most of its established rivals. This was

  • On the Road Review: Ford Super Duty 2500 Powerstroke

    On the Road Review: Ford Super Duty 2500 Powerstroke

    Pickup trucks. They’re not quite the largest automotive segment (compact crossovers currently are), but pickup trucks are the bread-and-butter, money generating machines that propel income for Ford, GM and FCA in America. Big, burly, and now often quite beautiful with their lengthy list of work capabilities combined with amenities, today’s pickup trucks are the staple

  • On the Road Review: GMC visits New England

    On the Road Review: GMC visits New England

    MIDDLEBORO, MASS. — After too long of an absence, GMC recently staged a visit with New England’s automotive press to debut its 2020 Sierra lineup. Front and center were three of the stars: a brand new Sierra 1500 AT4 crew-cab, plus AT4 and Denali versions of the all-new Sierra 2500 Heavy Duty crew cabs powered

  • On the Road Review: My 10 favorite vehicles from 2019

    Mirroring the ascendant rise of all things truck in the American marketplace, this year’s 10 favorites list has only three cars and seven trucks — just like the new car sales ratio of 70 percent trucks dominating the marketplace. 2020 will bring us a plethora of new EVs, electric vehicles, however their current sales ratio

  • On the Road Review: Honda Civic Touring

    On the Road Review: Honda Civic Touring

    Certain readers, frustrated by the escalation of crossovers and trucks on the market, have remarked that there is still much interest in small cars, traditional vehicles that the majority of drivers can afford. To address those concerns, we have the second of at least three small(er) cars to present — the Honda Civic sedan, shown

  • On the Road Review: Kia Soul GT

    On the Road Review: Kia Soul GT

    Originally powered by hamster enthusiasm in one of the more clever marketing schemes ever unleashed, the third-generation Kia Soul rocks on with a rakish new face, several new power options, including a full EV model, plus a sporty GT model that redefines this subcompact car’s place in the overall market. Debuting in 2008, the Soul

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Palisade Limited

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Palisade Limited

    Webster’s Dictionary defines disrupts as “to break apart, to throw into disorder.” A lot of disruption occurs as society, life, progresses. Medicine improves, dispelling previous norms. Our foods change, our clothes change, and certainly our modes of transportation have changed immensely over the last decades. The vehicle pictured here will also be a disruptor. Hyundai

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Corolla SE

    On the Road Review: Toyota Corolla SE

    Every couple of years, Toyota is generous enough to share an edition of its compact class Corolla sedan with the New England media. This prudent exercise benefits all and serves as an appropriate reminder of what the world’s best-selling car — ever — is still like. Automotive enthusiasts surely will not exalt in the Corolla’s

  • On the Road Review: Lincoln Navigator Black Label

    On the Road Review: Lincoln Navigator Black Label

    In a recent edition of Autoweek magazine, one of America’s longest running industry journals covering cars, racing and car life in America, editor Natalie Neff perfectly highlighted the rapid, but still subtle, transition that has occurred for many consumers ownership experience. She states, “My experience in the car matters more than my experience of the