New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.

A Review of the 2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco Plus: New and Improved While Maintaining Affordability

While many of the options in the compact sedan class have gone all high tech and expensive with their new versions, the 2014 Toyota Corolla has been refreshed in a way that improves it in pretty much every way – but without going overboard and jacking the price way up so prospective consumers can get everything that they expect and nothing that they don’t want to pay for from this new Toyota sedan.

A Hard Working Review of the 2014 Toyota Tundra Platinum Crew Max

I got the pleasure of putting a few hundred miles on the 2014 Toyota Tundra at the launch earlier this year and while I was impressed by the new model during normal daily driving – the true measure of a proper full size pickup is the ability to do the harder jobs and in this review, I put the new Toyota pickup through the paces of a proper work truck.

2014 Kia Soul! Review: The Spunky Little "Hamster Car" Gets Even Better

In my time writing about the automotive industry, no vehicle has had a marketing campaign that has gotten more attention than the Kia Soul, but with the introduction of the new and improved Soul for the 2014 model year – Kia has improved on an already very good compact vehicle that delivers great fuel economy, awesome driving dynamics, a ton of space and an impressive number of features for a surprisingly low price.

2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Limited Review: Luxury Meets the Segment's Toughest Truck

While hard working pickups like the 2015 Ram 2500 were once designed with nothing but the ability to tow and haul as much weight as possible, the upscale shift in these heavy haulers have led to trucks that can do more than pickups of the past while also packing an interior that could comfortably pose as a luxury model – creating what I like to call “the Boss’ truck.”
2014 Buick LaCrosse AWD Premium Review

2014 Buick LaCrosse AWD Premium Review: Evolution in Affordable GM Luxury

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse introduces a new look for the affordable luxury brands flagship, we note in this review, and while the changes made between 2013 and 2014 aren’t all that elaborate – this midcycle facelift is just enough to keep this big sedan fresh for those who want the luxury feel without the big luxury price.

A Review of the 2014 Ford Focus ST: The Ultimate American Sport Compact

The American sport compact world has been clamoring for the high performance Ford Focus RS that has dominated the European segment for years and while the RS still hasn’t arrived stateside, the Ford Focus ST is a powerful representation of how great an American sport compact can be…and in more ways that just straight line acceleration.

A Review of the 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport AWD: The Original Sporty Lexus Keeps Getting Better

The Lexus IS lineup has always been the sportiest of the Japanese luxury brand (aside from the mighty LFA) so it should come as no surprise that the new 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport is sportier than past models in every way – while still maintaining the high level of luxury that you would expect from a modern Lexus sedan.

2014 Cadillac CTS VSport Review: a Fierce Wolf in a Stylish Sheep's Clothing

The Cadillac CTS is all new for 2014 and while there is no CTS-V so far, the new CTS VSport offers an incredible driving experience for those CTS buyers who demand more power than is offered with the non-VSport models – while including every bit of luxury that GM has to offer in this incredible sport sedan.

A Review of the 2014 Dodge Durango R/T: More 'Sport' Makes for an Even Better SUV

There are rumors that the Dodge Durango will soon leave the company lineup, but it only takes a short time behind the wheel to figure out why the sales of the 2014 Durango R/T are going so strong – with tons of interior space in a high tech cabin, a super aggressive exterior design and a drivetrain that makes it versatile and a total blast to drive.

2014 Buick Encore Premium Review: Luxury Amenities in a Compact SUV without the Luxury Price

The 2014 Buick Encore rockets General Motors’ midlevel luxury brand into the most popular segment in the US auto industry and after driving this spirited little crossover for a week – it is clear that GM did their homework with this vehicle before introducing it to the US market as it checks all of the important boxes and does so for right around $30,000.

First Drive of the 2015 Chrysler 200C: Performance Technology Brings Chrysler to the Midsized Forefront

When the 2015 Chrysler 200C was introduced earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it was clear to pretty much everyone that this new midsized sedan looked the part of a major contender in the industry’s most popular segment but would the new 200 drive as great as it looks?

A Review of the 2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD: Sporty, Roomy and Surprisingly Luxurious

The Kia brand has come a very long way over the past decade and the 2014 Kia Sorento SX AWD is a shining example of the automaker’s progress – offering an impressive list of amenities inside and out in a roomy, sporty midsized SUV that packs a price under $40k.
Lexus RX350

2014 Lexus RX350 Reviewed: Premium Luxury in a Small, Efficient SUV

The 2014 Lexus RX350 might not be the freshest small luxury SUV sold in America but with a plush cabin filled with modern high tech goodies and the same exterior design language that is featured across the entire brand lineup – the RX350 is still one of the best small luxury SUVs available in the American market.

2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ Review: Copious Amounts of Luxury Redefine the Impala Name

The Chevrolet Impala has gone from being one of the go-to large cars in the US to being a vehicle that is largely reserved for rental fleets and old people, but that could all change with the introduction of the redesigned 2014 Impala – a car that will make you think twice about how you look at the Chevy Impala.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: America's Best Performance SUV Gets Even Better

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was already one of the most capable true sport utility vehicles on the market but the predominantly high tech changes made to the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT improve performance, fuel economy, workhorse capability and daily drivability to make the best actual Sport Utility Vehicle sold in America that much better.

2014 Chevrolet Sonic LT Review: So Much Good - So Little Cost

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LT fitted with a handful of optional accessories shows that you can have a sharp looking, fun to drive and high tech GM hatchback that you can look forward to driving without paying an arm and a leg – with a price just over $20,000 with all of the optional goodies.

A Review of the 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited: SUV Abilities with the Driving Comforts of a Car

The 2014 Subaru Forester ushers in a new generation of the long-running small crossover and while the exterior of the newest Forester doesn’t appear to be all that different from the previous models – it is the slight changes here and there which allow the 2014 models to make a solid crossover even better.
2013 Toyota Highlander

2013 Toyota Highlander Limited Review: Luxury Amenities without the Luxury Price

While the new 2014 Toyota Highlander is arriving in dealerships around the country, there are still plenty of 2013 Highlander models on lots throughout the US and recently I had a chance to spend time in one of these 2013 models – an experience which left me impressed by the level of luxury offered by this relatively inexpensive SUV.

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