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Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Executive Sedan.  If you weren’t paying attention, that’s what the “ES” in Lexus ES stands for.  Lexus first introduced the ES series in its earliest days back in 1989 a mere seven generations ago.  The ES started as a compact executive sedan and over the years became a mid-sized luxury …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus LS and LS Hybrid

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus LS and LS Hybrid

Now in its fifth generation, the current LS made its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and claims a heritage that goes back to 1989, when Lexus first entered the U.S. market.
While the first four generations of the LS were V8 powered and predominantly rear-wheel …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus UX 200 Luxury

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lexus UX 200 Luxury

Lexus introduced its tiny (based on Lexus standards) UX 200 subcompact crossover SUV at the March 2018 Geneva Motor Show, slotting it below the compact NX, which we last reviewed in April.   For the curious, UX stands for “Urban Explorer,” Lexus tells us, and the moniker does fit nicely.
The UX …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Prius Limited

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Prius Limited

It’s been several years since we looked at the standard Toyota Prius in depth.  In the interim, we reviewed the smaller Prius c, which was completely redone in 2018. The ‘c’ based not on other Prii but on the much smaller Yaris so any similarities beyond the name are without …

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

The biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, facing a dwindling number of exhibitors, says it will no longer focus on numbers, instead championing “sustainable individual mobility.”
“We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility,” said Bernhard Mattes, president of the Verband …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE

Close your eyes for a moment. Wouldn’t you imagine that the first electric SUV from a European automaker would be from, say, BMW, or perhaps Mercedes-Benz, given those companies’ highly publicized EVs? You’d be wrong, as the first electric SUV from a European automaker is actually from Jaguar, and it’s …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription

The Volvo S90 – first unveiled in 2015 – continues to stand apart when it comes to design and passenger comfort four years later.  The striking exterior seems as fresh as it was at launch and the interior continues to be a benchmark for tasteful and functional design.
The S90 – …

Review: 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Review:  1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible

Classic. Iconic. Few vehicles are deserved of such exultations as the fourth generation Lincoln Continental and Lincoln Continental Convertible.
Introduced in 1961 with the marque’s first rear-hinged doors in a decade, the 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible was America’s only four-door convertible, not just in that model year but for the entirety …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia K900 Luxury V6

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia K900 Luxury V6

Kia may very well be onto something, namely that luxury can be something that very few know about and have. After a one-year hiatus, the K900 is back with a new look and a higher price point.
Completely redesigned for 2019, the K900, which in some markets is known either as the …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Based on the Nissan Armada pickup truck, the original Infiniti QX80 – albeit as the QX56 – went on sale in 2004 as the first Infiniti manufactured in the United States. It was known for several unique design details including the concealed rear door handles, which gave it the appearance …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo

First introduced in 2000, the Kia Optima is now in its fourth generation, which went on sale in late 2015. It was designed by Kia Chief of Design Peter Schreyer, who cut his teeth at Audi.  Schreyer also designed the game-changing previous generation of Optima. A facelifted design was introduced at …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

The latest Lincoln to shed its MK moniker is the MKX, which henceforth is to be referred to as the Lincoln Nautilus.
Although technically a mid-life refresh of the second generation MKX, the Nautilus has a completely new look, having adopted the design language of the new Continental and Navigator, including …