Auto Reviews

The 2019 Subaru Ascent three-row SUV joins the lineup in 2018.
Mixed sales. November sales were mixed for automakers, but there were highlights for several brands. While December sales have yet to be tallied, 2017 may end up being another very good year for auto and truck manufacturers. In general, SUVs and trucks continue to sell well, with many sedans...
The distinctive Sunshine Orange exterior on the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i makes its visible in even the busiest of parking lots.
We’ve been longtime fans of Subaru crossovers/SUVs and the recent test of the 2018 Crosstrek 2.0i Premium (middle of three 2.0i trim levels) confirmed our support for the brand. With a loyal customer base that continues to purchase its models, IHS Markit U.S. data said 98 percent of Subarus sold in...
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 has is a well-designed SUV that offers lots of safety and comfort features.
Anyone who follows this column is aware that we are grand fans of SUVs because of what they offer their owners - generally comfortable ride qualities (up to seven passengers), standard or available AWD and 4WD systems, and exceptional cargo space.      One of our recent tests involves the three-row...
The Mazda KAI Concept uses a new hatchback concept that is dramatically quieter, has vastly improved ride qualities, and features enhanced performance elements.
Mazda hotties. Mazda unveiled the KAI Concept and the VISION Coupe at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show in late October. the KAI compact hatchback is what the automaker heralds “as a new generation of Mazda cars.”      Featuring a next-generation SKYACTIV-X gas engine, the KAI has SKYACTIV-Vehicle...
Center, from left: Alan Batey, president, GM North America; Judy Curran, director, planning & strategy-vehicle components and systems, Ford Motor Co.; and Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service, MOPAR, FCA, accepted the awards for their companies.
Las Vegas—The top-trending vehicle models in five categories were announced at the 2017 SEMA Show. Selected by SEMA Show exhibitors, the winners of the 2017 SEMA Awards are Chevrolet Camaro as the Hottest Coupe, Cadillac CTS-V as the Hottest Sedan, Ford Focus as the Hottest Hatch, Jeep Wrangler as...
The iconic 1957 Jaguar XKSS is being recreated after 50 years.
Reincarnation. Envisage Group Ltd. of Coventry, England, has been commissioned by Jaguar Classic to create nine new XKSS continuation models, replacing those lost in a 1957 fire at the Jaguar Browns Lane factory. A leading global engineering group, Envisage was chosen for the project because the...
The machine-gray metallic paint on the 2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF starts with a black primer followed by a layer of aluminum silver paint.
Mazda keeps creating new Zoom-Zoom products that attract new buyers and keep existing fans excited. The 2017 MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF we recently tested (and was an entry in the sports/performance car competition we recently attended that included 24 various models) proved that Mazda has...
The multiple award-winning 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road is the right SUV for off-road enthusiasts.
The rugged and capable 2017 Toyota 4Runner offers plenty of features to make it a competitor in the market, especially the 4x4 TRD Off-Road Premium model we tested.      Perhaps not as sporty or graciously adorned on the interior as some midsize SUVs, the 2017 the 4Runner, which now offers a PRO...
The 2018 Maserati Ghibli GransLusso will be the first car that enters the world of semi-autonomous driving for the automaker.
Autonomous. Maserati unveiled the 2018 Ghibli GranLusso in late August at the Chengdu Auto Show in China. The revamped model includes a new grille, front and rear bumpers that enhance aerodynamics, LED lighting, plus technological features Maserati said will address driver-assisted or autonomous...
The all-new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue offers top-rated fuel economy and is a real contender in the pricing game.
Though it’s in the large car segment, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue feels more like an oversized compact, but it has many positive large car driving traits that make it a decent road car - with just a few quirks.      The Blue is the base model of three Ioniq trims, but it’s loaded with...

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