Auto reviews

  • 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

  • On the Road Review: Honda Odyssey Elite

    On the Road Review: Honda Odyssey Elite

    The only automotive segment hurt worse than family sedans by the market’s crossover explosion is the venerable minivan. Long a staple, and stable, transportation appliance for millions of families, the minivan class continues to witness declining sales despite the best editions ever engineered.  Ford and GM don’t even offer minivans anymore. Chrysler/FCA has two, the

  • On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Red Sport AWD

    On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Red Sport AWD

    “As with the original G35 sedans, this Red Sport is playing in the sporty end of the small premium car segment, where the Germans crush latecomers,” writes Tim Plouff in his auto review column this week. “Kudos to Infiniti for taking the risk and being willing to pursue buyers who may not desire the driving style exhibited by Audi/BMW/Mercedes.”

  • On the Road Review: 2021 Toyota Supra GR

    On the Road Review: 2021 Toyota Supra GR

    Regular readers of this column will think to themselves, “Hey, didn’t a Supra fill this space recently?” Well, yes, one did. But that was an original 2020 model, in Silver, while this is a red-hot (Renaissance Red) 2021. There is a difference. And buyers who waited a year, and didn’t race out and buy the

  • On the Road Review: Kia K5 GT-Line Sedan

    On the Road Review: Kia K5 GT-Line Sedan

    Automotive consumers continue their rapid conversion from four-door sedans to crossovers and other function vehicles at a pace that has forced several brands to abandon most of their conventional car lineup. Kia (as well as Genesis and Hyundai), plus Toyota, Nissan and Honda in this market, remain committed to sedans.  The latest four-door from Kia

  • On the Road Review: Lexus ES350 F-Sport

    On the Road Review: Lexus ES350 F-Sport

    On the last day of the Lexus’s visit, 3 inches of fresh snow proved that the season is definitely changing. Early darkness, icy roads and foreboding, gray skies do not generally make for happy motoring. More about this momentarily. The midsize ES sedan series is the best-selling Lexus car, and has been for a long

  • On the Road Review: Lexus ES350 F-Sport

    On the Road Review: Lexus ES350 F-Sport

    On the last day of the Lexus’s visit, 3 inches of fresh snow proved that the season is definitely changing. Early darkness, icy roads and foreboding, gray skies do not generally make for happy motoring. More about this momentarily. The midsize ES sedan series is the best-selling Lexus car, and has been for a long

  • On the Road Review: Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring Hybrid

    On the Road Review: Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring Hybrid

    Almost 60 miles north of Bangor, up the swiftly traveled interstate, is Exit 244 for Medway and the Gateway to the Maine North Woods. With a shrinking population under 1,400 souls (that could change due to COVID), this river town rests on the shores of the mighty Penobscot River, in the shadow of Mount Katahdin.

  • On the Road Review: Ford F-350 Super Duty Platinum Crew Cab

    Heavy duty pickup truck buyers have four brands to work with to create the ultimate play/work/tow vehicle among the thousands of option specifications spread across each maker’s expansive lineup. Gas engines to turbodiesels, 6- to 10-speed automatics and ¾-ton to 1¼-ton brutes with dual-rear wheels, heavy duty trucks can now tow up to 36,000 pounds

  • On the Road Review: Land Rover Defender 110

    On the Road Review: Land Rover Defender 110

    Missing from America for over two decades, the tough, utilitarian Defender series returns to the States with features and capabilities heretofore never imagined by previous admirers of this legendary off-roader.  Since 2009, immense changes have occurred in the worldwide auto industry. Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Plymouth, Mercury, all longtime brands, are gone. Volvo, the conservative Swedish

  • On the Road Review: Subaru Crosstrek Sport

    On the Road Review: Subaru Crosstrek Sport

    It was 1968 and numerous entrepreneurs were chasing the dream of finding, and selling, the next VW Beetle to American consumers anxious to drive something different. Malcolm Bricklin and Harvey Lamm teamed up with Fuji Heavy Industries of Japan to import some oddly styled subcompact cars. They were inexpensive — and built to stay that

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Supra GR

    On the Road Review: Toyota Supra GR

    After Toyota let the previous generation Supra die in the late 1990s, performance fans of the brand have had to migrate to other sports cars or reconcile that the tiny FR-S/86 coupe was the best that the engineers could produce for pure driving fun. These consumers now have a far better option. This is the

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