The new 2016 Kia Optima was the subject of a Super Bowl commercial featuring Hollywood tough guy Christopher Walken in which they likened the sporty midsized sedan to a really flashy pair of socks, but after spending a week driving the turbocharged Optima, I feel that they are selling the car a little short – as this car is far better than my favorite socks.
I recently had a chance to spend a day driving the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited and I can say that while the new Elantra doesn’t perform all that differently from the previous models – it has gotten a little better and a little prettier with the next generation.
While the Cadillac Escalade is the first name in high end luxury SUVs in the US market, the Buick Enclave is ideal for those buyers who want premium amenities in a smaller, more efficient and more cost effective package – with a big luxury feel sans the big luxury price.
I recently had a chance to spend a week testing the 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road and after putting it through all of the same punishment as I do the larger half-ton trucks, this truck impressed me in every way like no “small” truck I have tested – from off-roading to towing to everyday driving, the Tacoma TRD Off-Road rocks.
While testing the 2016 Scion tC recently, a friend asked me why the company still sells the tC when they also have the FRS in the lineup, so today, I look at why Scion offers two sporty coupes in the same lineup – and why it is a great idea.
Over the past six days, the writers here at TorqueNews have offered up their favorite vehicles from 2015 including the BMW M4, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the VW Golf GTI, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, the Alfa Romeo 4C and the new Mazda Miata.
While the Dodge Grand Caravan often falls prey to the anti-minivan stigma, spending a week driving the original name in the minivan segment makes it very clear why these infamously unhip people haulers sell so very well.
While many modern performance cars are adorned with exterior features which make their purpose in the world unmistakable, the Audi S6 packs high performance, twin turbo V8 fun into a sleek, subtle luxury sedan – making it an awesome option for someone who wants a very fast sedan that blends in with the crowd.
I recently had a chance to spend a week behind the wheel of the Hyundai Azera Limited and after my experience, I continue to wonder why more people hunting for a luxury level vehicle on a budget don’t give this large midsized sedan a closer look – as it offers all of the goodies that you get from some of the more cost effective luxury brands without the massive price tag.
I recently had a chance to drive the 2016 Lexus RX lineup, including the RX350, the RX350 F Sport, the RX450h and the RC450h F Sport, and while the RX is already the top dog in this luxury SUV segment – Lexus managed to improve the new RX in every way.
I recently had a chance to spend a week driving the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and while the American car-buying public is hesitant to accept diesel engine technology, I can say without any doubt that this is the best engine option for the Chevy Cruze – both in terms of driving dynamics and fuel economy.
There are plenty of people in the automotive world who have criticized the decision to offer the 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder in the 2015 Ford Mustang but having had the chance to spend a week driving the new pony car with the tiny engine, I can safely say that no one should judge this car without first driving it – as this fuel-friendly engine is worth every bit of the hype.
I recently had a chance to spend a week driving the 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum and in my opinion, this is the most underrated luxury sedan sold in America – with a stunning interior, Hemi power and a price around $45,000 when very well appointed making it more powerful, less expensive and just as swanky as the high priced European competitors.
I recently had a chance to spend some time behind the wheel of the 2015 Toyota Prius C and while I own a fleet of V8-powered pickups and muscle cars, I totally get the appeal of this spunky little hybrid for those folks who spend long days battling city traffic – and it isn’t terrible to drive on uncongested open roads, either.
While the package name All-Terrain might lead some to believe that this is an unstoppable heavy duty pickup that will conquer any trail, the truth is that the 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD All-Terrain is more of a luxury trimline that can still do every bit as much work as any other truck in the company lineup – including handling muddy trails as well as almost any heavy duty truck in the segment.
I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2015 Toyota Camry with the base model 4-cylinder engine and in doing so, I was able to understand very clearly why this is the bestselling car and engine option in the US market – with the following 5 reasons explaining what makes this car so popular.
I recently had a chance to spend a week behind the wheel of the Acura ILX and while driving this compact luxury sedan, it occurred to me that there is really no competition for the ILX – exposing a pretty substantial gap in the American luxury car segment.
I recently had a chance to spend 8 days behind the wheel of the sleek, swift and luxurious Lexus RC F shortly after driving the new 2015 Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, so rather than another basic drive review of the new Lexus sports coupe – today I look at how the RC F sizes up the American muscle cars.
Forget everything you may think you know about Kia quality, or the lack of it. 2016 Kia Sorento SXL AWD SUV, may be the best looking, best driving SUV in north America, while quashing a misconception or two. Kia Sorento SUV gives the 'Big Dogs' of the automotive world a run for the money.