Auto Reviews

Built in Indiana, the all-new three-row Subaru Ascent has a high-strength steel body structure and roof rails.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent, the automaker’s all-new midsize offering, features Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive on all models, has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, the most ever offered by Subaru.      Our tested Ascent Premium model, the second trim level of four...
Ford debuted several vehicles in Detroit, including this 2020 Shelby GT 500 with a supercharged V-8 that produces more than 700 HP.
Sales. Final light-duty vehicle sales hit 17.27 million for 2018, up .03 percent over 2017, despite overall higher prices for cars and trucks. Lower fuel costs and a moderately strong economy are factors some analysts said played a role in helping sales for the year. The average cost of a new...
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 GT offers abundant standard features and attractive pricing.
Over the years, we’ve driven many Mitsubishi Outlander models, tested them in SUV competitions, and witnessed them competing well in the grueling winter edition of the Alcan 5000 Rally. These are tough performers that are priced right - base models are under $25,000; our tested 2019 Outlander Sport...
The full-size Chevrolet Impala, the brand’s flagship passenger car, will cease production next June. It was first introduced in 1958 (through 1985), again for the 1994-1996 models years, then as a FWD sedan in 1999 (model years 2000 to 2019).
Changes at GM. In late November, Detroit-based General Motors (GM) made a surprise announcement that it would layoff 15 percent of its salaried workforce, plus shut down five production and assembly plants in Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio. The plant closures are scheduled for after December 2019,...
The Toyota Tundra 4x4 has a double-walled bed, comfortable interior, and all the attributes of a rugged pickup.
We’ve been blessed with a plethora of delightful cars, trucks, and SUVs during 2018, most of which we have already reviewed in this column. The following is a brief summary of some of the vehicles we enjoyed in the past several months.   Toyota Tundra The Toyota Tundra 4x4 Limited Crewmax offers...
Audi’s first all-electric SUV, the e-tron, will be available in early 2019.
Audi electrifies. The all-new 2019 Audi e-tron, the automaker’s first all-electric SUV, is now in production with expected U.S. availability in early 2019. The company has been taking reservations for the quattro AWD unit since mid-September. With a sleek design and advanced aerodynamics, the...
With amazing rear seat space for a compact SUV, pleasurable steering, and a comfortable ride, the Ford EcoSport was an enjoyable test.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium 4WD model we tested was loaded with standard features and had fuel ratings of 25 MPG overall (23/city and 29/highway) with its 2.0-L Ti-VCT GDI engine and Stop-Start Technology. The in-line four-cylinder is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with...
The all-new Lexus UX has a totally new design, immense safety and technology features, a new architecture, and 12 exterior colors.
New Lexus. Lexus has debuted its newest addition to its luxury lineup, the 2019 UX crossover. Available with a fuel-efficient gasoline engine (FWD UX 200) or as a hybrid (UX 250h) with AWD, the new models will be available at dealerships in December (gas) and January (hybrid). The UX name is...
PLANO, Texas, October 30, 2018 -- Confirming one of the worst-kept secrets in the auto industry, Toyota announced it will premiere its oft-teased and much-anticipated 2020 Supra at January’s 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.  But in fresh news, Toyota will be offering...
The 2018 Subaru BRZ tS (“tuned by STI”) is a limited edition sports car with extensive performance upgrades.
Three small cars offer lively driving experiences      While small cars and sportsters are often fun to drive because of their quickness and reactive handling, there are drawbacks at times. But as summer was closing, we did have some fun road driving with the Subaru BRZ, Lexus LC 500, and the Fiat...

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