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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 …

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 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 …

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 and Test Drive: 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE 1.5T S-AWC

Review and Test Drive:  2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE 1.5T S-AWC

Mitsubishi teased us with the XR-PHEV and the XR-PHEV concepts earlier in the decade before bringing the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to the market. The compact crossover made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show and it slots betweenthe Outlander Sport and the Outlander in Mitsubishi’s lineup.
You may be wondering …

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 …