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Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

Despite long being a symbol of the open road, Americans are falling out of love with the sedan and have focused their affections on behemoth SUVs, which now dominate the market.  General Motors, whose models for the majority of the automaker’s existence were the epitome of the genre, recently killed …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury AWD

Cadillac, the “Standard of the World” since 1908, is one of the oldest automakers and automotive brands in the world, second in the United States only to Buick.   For decades it was known for its sleek sedans and coupes such as the Sedan de Ville, the Fleetwood Brougham, and the …

First Look: The New 2021 Lucid Air Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range

First Look:  The New 2021 Lucid Air Luxury Sedan with 517-Mile Range

If anyone thinks that the race for the best electric vehicle has been won and that the King of the Hill title has been awarded to Tesla, the conclusion is premature, to say the least.
Lucid Motors unveiled the Air in a coronavirus-friendly online event earlier in the fall, and its …

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 14 – Siri Makeover and Speed Camera Warnings

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 14 – Siri Makeover and Speed Camera Warnings

Apple recently released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 14, which includes significant updates to Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment system that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
We tested the latest version of Apple CarPlay over the course of a month with an Apple iPhone …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Look around as you’re driving and you’ll notice, if you haven’t already, that crossovers and SUVs rule the roads.  They’re everywhere and they are no longer a compromise to drive.
When Acura took the wraps off the first generation of the MDX at the annual New York Auto Show in 2000, …

Review and Test Drive: The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is On Fire

Review and Test Drive:  The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is On Fire

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG S Cabriolet is a supercar for all seasons, one that can be driven top up or top down, regardless of the weather.  It brings this range of performance to the under $100,000 class with excellent comfort and head turning design.
Need one say more?
Indeed, let …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD

We last looked at Lexus’ flagship LS in standard LS and LS Hybrid guise late last year and this summer turned our sights towards their more powerful sibling, the LS 500 F Sport AWD.
Now in its fifth generation, the original Lexus LS, launched in the same year that the marque …

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: 2020 Mazda Mazda3

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Mazda Mazda3

Mazdas are always welcome guests in our fleet.  No sooner did we turn in a Soul Red Crystal Mazda6 than a Polymetal Gray Metallic Mazda3 appeared in our driveway.
Several years ago we looked at the Mazda3, which was the third generation of the successful compact line that made its debut …

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 …