New Vehicle Reviews

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

The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic: Reminding Us What Muscle Cars are All About

The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T is the most affordable V8 powered rear wheel drive sports car sold in America today but with 375 horsepower and a standard 6-speed manual transmission – the Challenger R/T Classic offers the excitement of the American muscle car without the gigantic price of the more powerful cars on the market today.

A Review of the 2013 Ford Fusion SE: Taking the Affordable Midsized Sedan to the Next Level

There was a point in time where driving an affordable and efficient midsized sedan meant driving a drab, boring car but the 2013 Ford Fusion SE is a clear example that those days are long gone – with a ton of amenities and a drivetrain that makes the Fusion efficient and fun to drive.
2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate Review

2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate Review: More Luxury Means a Bigger Bargain

The changes made to the 2014 Hyundai Equus might be fairly subtle but when combined with the long list of features that makes the Equus one of the most impressive – and least expensive – large luxury sedans sold in American, those subtle changes help to make the best bargain in the luxury segment even better.
2013 Ford Explorer

A Review of the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport: a Full Sized SUV with the Spirit of a Sports Car

Unlike many of the options in the modern sport utility vehicle segment, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport offers sports car like performance with the help of the high performance drivetrain from the Ford Taurus SHO – with a 365hp EcoBoost V6 and an intelligent all wheel drive system working together to offer the usefulness of an SUV and the fun of a sports car.
2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport

2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport Review: Premium Luxury Personified - Japanese Style

The Lexus brand was introduced in the United States with the 1990 LS400 sedan so it is fitting that the 2013 Lexus LS460 F Sport serves as such a stunning example of premium Japanese luxury that can compete with any large luxury sedan sold in the world in terms of styling, comforts and driving dynamics.

2013 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan Review: Technology, Efficiency, Affordability

When the 9th generation of the Honda Civic was introduced for the 2012 model year, it was met with harsh criticism to which Honda was quick to respond with changes from top to bottom – changes that make the Civic a very impressive high tech compact sedan with the efficiency and affordability that you would expect from the Honda brand.

A Quick Spin Review of the 2014 Toyota Tundra

I recently had a chance to log some miles behind the wheel of the 2014 Toyota Tundra and there weren’t just any miles – they were miles driven in some of the most scenic roads in the United States as we traveled around the Smokey Mountains. While the 40 miles that I drove on road and off weren’t enough for me to draw enough experience on which to base a full review, this seat time gave me a good look at where Toyota is headed with the new Tundra.

2013 Mazda MX5 Club Review: More Fun Than You Can Imagine – Until You Drive It

I recently had a chance to spend a week behind the wheel of the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Club with the Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) and I was completely blown away by how much fun this compact roadster was to drive – and how many heads it turned with the super sharp red and black design scheme.
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

A review of the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: Even with Compacts - Bigger can be Better

In the world of compact sedans and 5-door models, “getting bigger” is usually a bad thing but in the case of the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek – the added height that comes via the XV’s unique high riding suspension system makes for a vehicle that offers the positioning and ride of a small crossover without compromising the fun to drive, go anywhere feel that you would expect from a modern Subaru.
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT review: a 5-door worthy of the GT name

There are few automakers doing business in the US who are growing as rapidly as Hyundai so it came as no huge surprise when the Korean automaker opted to launch the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT - a 5-door version of the uber popular sedan that will help the Elantra continue to climb the charts of the most popular cars in the US while also helping Hyundai to continue their steady growth in North America.
The 2013 Ford F150 FX4 SuperCab

2013 Ford F150 FX4 EcoBoost Review: New technology makes America's bestselling truck even better

The Ford F150 is America’s bestselling truck and while there weren’t many changes for the 2013 model year F150, pretty much every change made for 2013 was featured on my F150 FX4 EcoBoost test vehicle – making for a very clear illustration of why this is America’s bestselling truck and how Ford keeps holds onto that title with new high tech features.
The 2013 Honda Accord Sport

2013 Honda Accord Sport review: More than just a sporty face

While the auto industry is packed full of vehicles that have exterior additions to make them sportier, the new 2013 Honda Accord Sport takes a modest approach to exterior styling while fitting the package with a handful of upgrades that make the Accord Sport more fun to drive – just like a car wearing the “Sport” nomenclature should be.