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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 …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is the latest generation in the Wolfsburg automaker’s 40-year run with the seemingly unbeatable compact. It’s also the most premium Jetta ever.
The Jetta – which depending on year and market has been branded as Atlantic, Vento, Bora, City Jetta,Jetta City, GLI, Clasico, and Sagiar – …

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 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4Motion

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4Motion

Introduced in 2017 as a 2018 model, the Volkswagen Atlas filled in a gap in Wolfsburg’s lineup: a three-row SUV.
Previewed as the Volkswagen Crossblue, the Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its name is quite apt: In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold …

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 …

It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

It’s Time to Put Winter Tires on Your Car

In many European countries, the advent of late fall or winter is a signal for drivers to switch to winter tires on their vehicles, where it’s understood to be as important as setting the clock to Winter Time.
Indeed, having winter tires on your vehicle is required by law starting in …

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 …

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

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

First introduced in 2007, the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan, a compact crossover, was unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in 2015 and the U.S. version was shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2017, with sales starting approximately six months later.
Volkswagen only markets the long-wheelbase …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

Mitsubishi Motors markets the Outlander as “the feature-filled family SUV” and it has something there: the chunky sport-ute has a clear target market in mind and the automaker’s description is spot on.
We last looked at the Outlander one year earlier, in Sport guise.  It was time to switch things up. …

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 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

The Toyota Corolla’s reputation is that of a solid, reliable, economical, and boring sedan since its launch in the 1970s. Back then, Toyota called its hatch a Liftback but, with the launch of the aggressively styled 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE, the “h” word is in.
Our Oxide Bronze Metallic hatch …