Auto reviews

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

    On the Road Review: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

    When you have a new vehicle as extroverted looking as this Electric Lime Tacoma in specialized off-road trim called TRD Pro, it only seemed prudent to balance my perspective with another driver, like Bill Green — owner of a ’15 Tacoma SR extended cab model. Bill, the very popular longtime host of the TV show

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Highlander XSE

    On the Road Review: Toyota Highlander XSE

    All of our press cars arrive freshly cleaned, fully gassed and ready to rock and roll for a week. But if you live in Maine, especially rural Maine, you are keenly aware of the short interval for which your clean, shiny car lasts as more than weather conspires to sully your handiwork. So, frequently our

  • On the Road Review: Chevy Equinox RS

    On the Road Review: Chevy Equinox RS

    With the conventional four-door family sedan dwindling in sales numbers each month — only one car made the top-10 sales list in America for the first quarter — the compact crossover segment has exploded in popularity. The heavy hitters remain the Toyota RAV4 — America’s favorite crossover, by sales — along with Honda’s CR-V. In

  • On the Road Review: Ford Maverick Hybrid Pickup

    On the Road Review: Ford Maverick Hybrid Pickup

    A traveler heading Downeast on Maine’s Route 1 coastal route might be tempted to peel off at Waldoboro, the crossroads that leads south to the scenic Medomak River and Muscongous Bay, or follow the less-traveled Route 220 north. Meandering through farm country, this rural byway will lead to clever little settlements like Stickney Corner as

  • On the Road Review: BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe

    On the Road Review: BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe

    It was over two decades ago, late in winter, and the first of several memorable new BMWs made the pilgrimage to Downeast Maine courtesy of Automotion. That first sedan was a 5-series with a sonorous in-line six-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission (remember when serious cars likely featured a stick shift?). The car was

  • On the Road Review: Kia Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige

    On the Road Review: Kia Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige

    Georgetown is like many coastal Maine towns, with multiple villages comprising the expansive waterfront community. From Bay Point to Robinhood, and Georgetown Island to Five Islands, there are coves, inlets, ponds and three major rivers — Kennebec, Sasanoa and Sheepscot — to feast your eyes upon, as well as to pursue your leisure activity. Add

  • On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Limited Powerboost Hybrid

    On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Limited Powerboost Hybrid

    Jumping out of last week’s GMC Sierra Denali into our polished-silver Ford F-150 Limited with the Powerboost Hybrid option will surely invite some comparisons. Ford’s Powerboost uses the brand’s vaunted 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine and marries a 47-hp electric motor to the 10-speed automatic transmission. With 7.2kW of transferable power delivered via six outlets in

  • On the Road Review: GMC Sierra Denali 1500

    On the Road Review: GMC Sierra Denali 1500

    Full-size pickup trucks are essential to life here whether you work or play deep in the Maine woods, or along the rocky coast. From towing, hauling and just commuting, pickup trucks are practical and an often-necessary tool in our vehicle arsenal for a large majority of Mainers. So, it seemed only fitting that our handsome

  • On the Road Review: Nissan Sentra SR

    On the Road Review: Nissan Sentra SR

    Two big numbers stand out with this week’s redesigned Nissan Sentra SR compact sedan. The first, and still very important to many automotive buyers, is its starting price, $20,635 including destination fee. That is $300 less than the Hyundai Elantra, $500 less than Toyota’s top-selling Corolla and a whopping $2,200 less than the base Honda

  • On the Road Review: Honda Civic Si Sedan

    On the Road Review: Honda Civic Si Sedan

    For almost four decades, driving enthusiasts all over the globe have been savoring the lithe manners and athletic driving characteristics of Honda’s compact class Civic. Although the car has grown in every dimension through the years, now larger than many generations of the Accord, the Civic remains a fun and functional daily automobile for drivers

  • On the Road Review: Honda Passport TrailSport

    On the Road Review: Honda Passport TrailSport

    Late winter in Maine finds many rural roads suffering the vulgarities of the season. Plowed roads start to heave up as the frost goes deep under the surface, while culverts drop. Even recently paved roads crack and ice seeps in to create a vicious damage cycle. The resulting undulating surface becomes the ultimate test track