Auto Reviews

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...
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...

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