New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
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.
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Moab Edition

The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Moab Edition: Unstoppable offroad, plush inside

The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition is named after the famous offroading area in Utah and while the features of the Moab Edition make this model a nearly unstoppable machine when it leaves paved roads – with plenty of luxurious features inside that make this a very comfortable daily driver on the asphalt.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium

A review of the 2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium: a big plush sedan without luxury pricing

The Toyota Avalon was redesigned for the 2013 model year with a bold, upscale exterior design coupled with a big, plush interior that offers many of the comforts of a large luxury sedan without the high price that comes with a luxury moniker – showing just how far the Avalon has come over the past two decades.
Cadillac XTS AWD Premium Review

2013 Cadillac XTS AWD Premium Review: a true luxury flagship sedan with a bargain price

While German and Japanese luxury brands grab the lion’s share of attention in the modern auto industry, the 2013 Cadillac XTS AWD Premium serves as a stark reminder that there is a true luxury flagship sedan that offers all of the comforts and amenities offered by the foreign counterparts made in the USA with a surprisingly low price.
The 2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport on a road course

Head to Head: 2014 Lexus IS350 versus 2013 Lexus IS350

The 2013 Lexus IS350 is a great car so it is hard to believe that the redesigned 2014 Lexus IS350 is significantly improved but after spending a few hours driving the two Japanese luxo-sport sedans head to head – it is clear that Lexus has done a masterful job of improving an already very good option in the small luxury sedan segment.
The Subaru BRZ Premium

A review of the 2013 Subaru BRZ Premium: no turbo or AWD needed for big fun

The 2013 Subaru BRZ departs from the company’s traditional recipe for success of combining turbocharging and all wheel drive so while it is a very different sort of fun than Subaru owners get out of vehicles like the WRX STI – the BRZ is one of the most exciting sports cars available in the US.
The 2013 Ford Escape in Ginger Ale

A 2013 Ford Escape SE review: America's bestselling SUV for a reason

Although the early days of the 2013 Ford Escape were plagued with precautionary recalls, spending a week behind the wheel made it clear why the Escape was, is and will continue to be one of the bestselling vehicles in the United States – with great power, tons of room and incredible fuel economy. It’s quite a bit of fun to drive, as well.
The 2013 Dodge Dart Limited

2013 Dodge Dart Limited review: proof that a compact can be fun, efficient and affordable

There was a point in time where buying a compact American sedan meant that you were driving a cheap, boring car but the 2013 Dodge Dart Limited shows how well the Chrysler Group has answered the increased demand for efficient and affordable compact vehicles that don’t skimp on the options – or the fun.
Chevrolet Suburban

A review of the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban: America's oldest model is better than ever

The Chevrolet Suburban is the longest running vehicle nameplate in the American auto industry with the first version being introduced way back in 1933 and after an incredible 80 years on the market – the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ is a clear illustration of why this brawny SUV is still one of best options in the segment.

A review of the 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab: 2013's most awarded truck for a reason

The 2013 Ram 1500 took the industry by storm with a refreshed exterior, a refined suspension system and the powerful Hemi drivetrain – easily making this one of the best half ton trucks on the marketing and showing that all of those awards handed to the Ram team over the past six months weren’t just the result of marketing fluff.
2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

A 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited Review: Hybrid efficiency - SUV capability

While the sport utility vehicle segment is chock full of vehicles desperate to offer good fuel economy, the 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited offers some of the best EPA ratings in the segment while also offering great power, tons of interior space and every modern gadget that you could ask for in an SUV.
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

A review of the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: the ultimate sport utility vehicle

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the founding members of the sporty utility vehicle segment and with the 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 – it is clear why this is the most awarded SUV ever considering that it is one of the few on the market that emphasizes both sport and utility.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco review: luxury hybrid fuel economy without the hybrid quirks

General Motors doesn’t call the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco a hybrid because – while it offers similar fuel saving technology through the eAssist drivetrain packed in a good looking, upscale midsized sedan – it doesn’t come with many of the quirks of the other popular hybrids on the market today.

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT review: Evolutionary looks on a fun, efficient compact sedan

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT doesn’t pack the advanced all wheel drive system of the high performance, turbocharged engine but with a roomy interior, a sporty exterior, a spirited yet efficient drivetrain and a purchase price just over $20k – the Lancer GT is a great compact sedan for someone who wants a fun to drive car but not the costs associated with the top of the line Lancer Evolution.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec review: good things come from small engines

While the 3.8L V6 engine packs more punch, the turbocharged 4-cylinder that serves as the base engine for the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe performs beautifully while also offering better fuel economy than the larger and more expensive V6 – while also featuring all of the strong points that make the Genesis Coupe one of my favorite cars on the market today.

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