Auto reviews

  • On the Road Review: Nissan Pathfinder

    On the Road Review: Nissan Pathfinder

    Since buyers have long since forsaken more sensible front-drive minivans for three-row crossovers often equipped with AWD, one can imagine that the segment provides ample choices — with continuous upgrades. Very safe assumption, as the profits (and the competition) in this class virtually dictate constant updates. Under these conditions, Nissan has given the Pathfinder only

  • On the Road Review: Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum

    On the Road Review: Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum

    Cute-utes, SUVs, crossover utility vehicle, crossover activity vehicle, whatever label you choose to affix to small five-door wagons flooding the market, know that these compact and subcompact vehicles are rapidly eclipsing buyers’ taste for conventional four-door small cars. And nowhere is this more notable than in the premium/luxury car segments, where this week’s Volvo XC40

  • On the Road Review: Infiniti QX50 Luxe

    On the Road Review: Infiniti QX50 Luxe

    Maine’s Maple Sunday allows the state’s numerous rural farmers to display their harvest and success at all things growing and earning a sustainable living throughout the 16 counties. With a new luxury-ute, we pushed into central and western Maine to sample several maple sugar houses in Pownal, Turner, West Minot and Mount Vernon. Escorting us

  • On the Road Review: Dodge Durango GT

    On the Road Review: Dodge Durango GT

    Multiple copies of the third-generation Dodge Durango have visited through the years since its 2011 debut, and none have disappointed. A three-row crossover based on the same uni-body platform that underpins the top-selling Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Dodge asserts itself very nicely in a segment loaded with competent full-size crossovers. For 2019, Dodge continues to

  • 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