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Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

Review and Test Drive:  The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is ‘the EV Generation’s Pony Car’

First of a Two-Part Series Looks at the Vehicle’s Significant Place in History
Remember the original pony car, the 1965 Ford Mustang?  The term for a then new class of automobile, a pony car had sporty yet affordable performance and it could carry four people. In addition, a pony car would …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus GX 460

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX, first launched in 2002 and built on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado platform, arrived at a time in the United States where there was no coronavirus pandemic and the biggest health concern was SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome, an epidemic traced back to cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

The Cadillac XT6 is the largest vehicle in the automaker’s XT series, which offers three crossovers that include the smaller XT5 and XT4.   The only vehicle Cadillac offers that is larger than the XT6 is the Escalade.
Introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the seven-seater went …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

Review and Test Drive:  2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

The Toyota Highlander was released in 2001 shortly after it made its debut at the 2000 New York International Auto Show. After 20 years, it was time for the fourth generation Highlander to come to these shores, “redesigned from the ground up,” as Toyota put it.
The Toyota Highlander was one …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

If you’re a subcompact buyer, there may be a Korean-designed crossover that will allow you to “see the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.”
The Chevrolet Trailblazer, designed by GM Korea, made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, and its U.S. debut later that year at the Los Angeles …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

Review and Test Drive:  2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63
Mercedes-Benz introduced the first GLS Class, which was known as the GL-Class, at the North American Auto Show in 2006.  It was the flagship SUV in the Stuttgart-based automaker’s lineup, the SUV equivalent to the S Class, if you will.
While we didn’t review …

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 …