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Review and Test Drive: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

The Chevrolet Bolt, Detroit’s answer to the call for electric vehicles with sufficient range as to be useful for more than short trips and commutes, made its debut not at one of the major auto shows but at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
That alone should be telling.
The Bolt is assembled …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

The last thing one might think of is that the world needs yet another mid-size SUV.  The folks at Kia clearly thought it did, and, after a little over a week with the new 2020 Kia Telluride – the largest vehicle Kia ever produced for the United States – we …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Seltos SX AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia Seltos SX AWD

As crossovers continue to gain in popularity, automakers are naturally adding additional models to their lineups.  Some models are merely OK, while others stand out in their class.  The all-new 2021 Kia Seltos is representative of the latter.
The Seltos is Kia’s sixth SUV in the United States and fits in …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Honda CR-V Touring

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Honda CR-V Touring

 Since its launch in 1995, the Honda CR-V has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States. We last looked at the fourth generation CR-V in 2015, and the current fifth generation CR-V made its debut in 2016 at the North American International Auto Show and went on sale …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

The inventor of the automobile has reinvented, well, the automobile.  More specifically, Mercedes-Benz has rethought what constitutes an entry-level vehicle and has come up with the rather impressive 2020 A 220 Sedan.
Luxury automakers view entry-level vehicles as a means of getting a car buyer into the brand with what is …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mazda Mazda6 Signature – Road Trip to Asbury Park

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Mazda Mazda6 Signature – Road Trip to Asbury Park

Reviewing cars during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic here in the New York area was one of the few things I could really look forward to and the temporary drop in traffic made far longer day trips possible as a perverse form of compensation.
Every spring, like clockwork we have …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

It’s hard to imagine that the Toyota Avalon has been around long enough to be in its fifth generation but the elegant family sedan continues to carve out its niche in the United States, now sporting a massive grille à la Lexus. Built on the new TNGA platform shared with …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

If you think gasoline-electric vehicles are a non-starter, you haven’t driven the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE.  While Toyota has manufactured the Camry since 1982 – that’s almost 40 years if you’re counting – this is decidedly not your father’s Camry.
The eighth generation of the Camry – known internally as …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid

While I’ve always admired Volvo from afar, it wasn’t until the launch of the new 90 Series, specifically the XC90 and the S90 that quickly followed it, that I actually lusted after one.
All 90 Series vehicles are built on the automaker’s global platform, SPA or Scalable Product Architecture. They all …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Nightshade Edition

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Nightshade Edition

If you want a bit of fun, park your Army Green Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro somewhat adjacent to an off-road trail or gravel road.  For even more fun, wear a safety vest and hold a large walkie-talkie in your hand. For no good reason whatsoever, almost every car turning off will …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line

When it was introduced in 2008, it was the latest in a trend from German automakers: the four-door coupe. Traditionally, a coupe had two doors but those presumptions have long fallen by the wayside.  We’re talking about the Volkswagen CC. We loved it when it came out (CC stood for “Comfort …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve

If the name Lincoln Aviator sounds familiar, that’s because it is: the first generation Lincoln Aviator was produced from 2003 through 2005 as a rebadged Mercury Mountaineer, itself being a rebadged Ford Explorer.  Perhaps the only Lincoln with a shorter shelf life was the Lincoln Blackwood pickup, which made its …