Auto Reviews

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the automaker’s new entry in its SUV lineup and it performed beyond our expectations.
While winter was still showing its force, we tested two excellent sport utilities that made driving just a bit more pleasurable, including the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas 4Motion midsize crossover. Our tested Atlas V6 SEL with 4Motion was a delight to drive for several reasons, but we liked the...
The 2018 Toyota Camry is Consumer Reports pick for Best Midsize Car. CR noted that the redesigned Camry had vastly improved style, handling characteristics, and fuel economy.
Top dogs. Consumer Reports (CR) recently released its list of top performers and Toyota was an overwhelming winner with four vehicles on the list of top picks for 2018. Toyota won Compact Car (Corolla), Midsize Car (Camry), Minivan (Sienna), and Midsize SUV (Highlander). Chevrolet did well with two...
The award-winning 2018 Subaru Outback is rugged, spacious, and has an IIHS 2018 Top Safety Pick+ rating.
We are longtime Subaru fans and the 2018 Outback 2.5i Touring model we recently tested affirmed our pleasure for the vehicles. There are four Outback models equipped with the 2.5-L DOHC Boxer engine (175 HP) and two with the 3.6R Boxer power plants (256 HP). We like the 2.5 because it provides more...
The 2019 Ford Mustang BULLITT has road-gripping 19-inch tires to hold it to the ground as it reaches its 163 MPH maximum speed.
Volvo again. Just after winning the 2018 Japan Car of the Year award (see our February edition), the all-new Volvo XC60 garnered top honors at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), when it was named the 2018 North American Utility of the Year. The 2018 luxury compact SUV features...
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE AWD with Ruby Flare Pearl  man-handled snow near Mt. Rainier.
We put the test to three Toyota products for the final three weeks of wintry December and they all performed well in dry, wet, and snowy weather. The redesigned 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SE AWD we tested, the middle of three hybrid models, performed exceptionally well in severe snow and ice...
The beyond-stylish McLaren Senna supercar has a mid-mounted V-8 engine, ultra light-weight construction, and electro-hydraulic steering.
Global debut. Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd., Japan’s largest trade show organizer, launched the world’s first Autonomous Driving Technology Expo in January. It debuted inside Automotive World 2018, the world’s largest exhibition of advanced automotive technologies held in Tokyo. More than 40,000...
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...

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