Auto Reviews

Sporty and techy enough, the 2018 Toyota Corolla SE offers a lot for a very competitive price.
The 2018 Toyota Corolla SE we recently tested was fun to drive because it handled exceptionally well and sounded like a sports car with its throaty exhaust (equipped with an optional $649 TRD Performance Exhaust system). It also had 17-inch machined alloy wheels, a sporty front fascia, and rear...
The very capable Toyota Tacoma has had just under 23 percent sales increases for the first half of 2018.
Hot truck sales. For the first half of 2018, light truck sales in the U.S. are sizzling hot. Through June, light truck and SUVs had sales of 5,785,799, up 10.5 percent over the same period in 2017, while passenger cars were down 11.5 percent with unit sales of 2,148,218. No real surprises with the...
From a remarkable Divide-n-Hide rear cargo feature to the techy NissanConnect system, there is much to like on the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SL FWD.
Every now and then we test a vehicle that just seems to fit most every need we have and is simply a comfortable and pleasurable unit to drive. We found that in our recent test of the 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport SL FWD model, a compact SUV that handled well and provided us an excellent driving...
The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer with six USB ports, an electronic locking glove box (a Chevy first), and heated/vented front seats will be available early next year.
Diesel buses. The Diesel Technology Forum announced that 95 percent of the nation’s school buses are now diesel powered with 40 percent of those operating with the newest generation near-zero emissions diesel technology. The latter figure is up from 31 percent in 2016. According to IHS Markit data...
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 4x4 displayed its off-road performance at the 2018 Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Competition known as Mudfest.
Since its redesign a few years ago, we have been great fans of the Jeep Cherokee and what it offers the marketplace. Our recent test of the 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk Elite 4x4 just reaffirmed why we like this compact SUV, though we do like several in this crowded segment. Our Trailhawk (the middle of...
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor provides improved off-road capabilities.
New Audi. The all-new 2019 Audi Q8 SUV had its world debut in Shenzhen, China, June 6. It features new exterior and interior design cues, an all-new MM1 touch response display (including haptic and acoustic feedback), a Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System, comes standard with an adaptive...
The Mustang GT Coupe Premium offers increased horsepower, an optional 10-speed automatic, plus a new suspension system for the 2018 model.
There is little to compare to the power, ride, and throaty exhaust of the Ford Mustang; it’s what this Pony car is all about. Our recent test of the 2018 GT Coupe Premium was a testament to what we like in a performance sports car. The sixth of nine model offerings (including convertibles and two...
The Brabham Automotive BT62 is crafted from lightweight carbon fiber and has a price tag in excess of $1 million.
Auto Notes          compiled by Jerold B. Smith     Stunning racer. Brabham Automotive had the global launch of its first product in early May, the BT62. The track-ready sportster is crafted from lightweight carbon fiber, is equipped with a naturally aspirated 5.4-L V-8 engine, and has a price tag...
Comfortable, safe, and loaded with synchronized systems, the 2018 Kia Niro PHEV is a player in the plug-in EV market.
With ever-rising fuel prices (well above $3.00/gallon in western states at press time) the 2018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium offered a refreshing change at the pump. After a weeklong drive, this plug-in hybrid had used just a few dollars in fuel as it has EPA/DOT fuel ratings of 105 MPGe, and 46...
Customer-driven updates are found on the 2019 Buick Envision which features a newly sculpted front and rear, plus a signature grille and new wheel selections.
World car. The Road to World Car journey concluded at April’s New York Auto Show with the Volvo XC60 winning the 2018 World Car of the Year award. The all-new Swedish-built utility vehicle has won numerous major awards worldwide with the World Car award perhaps its crowning glory. The XC60 was one...

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