New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
2013 Buick Verano

2013 Buick Verano review: a luxurious compact with a compact price

It has been many moons since the Buick brand offered a high quality compact option but with the 2013 Buick Verano, General Motors has an affordable compact sedan that offers a luxurious interior, a superb ride and drivetrain that is both powerful and efficient that makes the Verano exactly what Buick has been needing.
The 2013 Scion FR-S

A review of the 2013 Scion FR-S: daily driving Japan's award winning sports car

This past summer, I spent a few hours driving around Florida in the 2013 Scion FR-S in an area with no traffic, no stop lights, no real turns and no destination which really showcased the performance attributes of the FR-S but it didn’t really give me a chance to see what it was like to drive under normal circumstances – a problem solved recently when I spent a week behind the wheel of Japan’s uber popular sports coupe.
The 2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport

2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport review: a luxury sport sedan worthy of the title

The 2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport is a premium luxury sport sedan fitted with all of the amenities and features that a car claiming to be both luxury and sporty should have – with these attributes combining to create a roomy sedan that is a blast to drive while also being packed to the roof with the greatest of creature comforts.
The Veloster Turbo in some autocross action.

A review of the Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Korea's handy hatchback with big power

I have driven the Hyundai Veloster a handful of times including spending a full week testing the funky little hatchback and my only concern was that it could use a little more power – a problem that is well solved with the Hyundai Veloster Turbo which adds a turbocharged to the standard 1.6L engine and more than just a little more power.
Our Fiat 500 Abarth test car

Fiat 500 Abarth review - the most exciting car in America under $25k

The Fiat 500 Abarth might not be the fastest or the most high tech sports car in America but with a price starting just under $23,000, fuel economy measures in the 30-34 mile per gallon range and driving characteristics that make it just as much fun to drive as far more power and far more expensive sports cars – it is my belief that the Fiat 500 Abarth is not only the most engaging compact car sold in America but it is also the most exciting car sold in the US with a price tag under $25,000.
2013 Cadillac Escalade Platinum

A review of the 2013 Cadillac Escalade Platinum: the icon of American opulence

When you look at the traditions of American luxury it is all about being the biggest and having the best of everything - two qualities that are well represented in the 2013 Cadillac Escalade Platinum and while the top of the line Escalade might carry a big price tag, there is no question that this is truly a premium American luxury vehicle.
The 2012 Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Quattro Coupe

A review of the 2012 Audi TT 2.0 Quattro: driving Germany's affordable sports coupe

The German auto industry is ripe with sports cars that can offer an exhilarating driving experience with a stylish exterior combined with a luxurious, high tech interior but few do it as efficiently as the 2012 Audi TT 2.0 Quattro S-Tronic Coupe – a compact sports coupe that offers everything that you would expect from a European luxury sport model.
2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged

A review of the 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: 470 ponies and a sleek, midsized cat

The 2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged very well may be the perfect embodiment of the British luxury brand as it isn’t the biggest, it isn’t the fastest and it isn’t the most powerful among the lineup but much like the four legged Jaguar in the animal world – the XF Supercharged is sleek, smooth and powerful enough to be taken seriously be its prey.
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

The 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302: a name that says it all about a car that does it all

The Ford Mustang has been a top dog in the high performance world for almost 50 years now but one area where the factory stock Mustang has been criticized was handling – a critical point that has been resolved with the incredible 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302.
BOLT receiver locks

A review of the BOLT receiver lock featuring one key technology

I recently found that the receiver lock on my Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab was getting harder and harder to deal with when I was changing my hitch receiver so I began shopping around for a new lock. I was first introduced to the BOLT products at the SEMA Show with their “one key lock technology” and considering how handy their product appears – I picked one up for my own truck.
2013 Lexus LS460L

A quick ride in the 2013 Lexus LS460L: Japanese opulence renewed

Since the Lexus brand was first introduced in the United States, the LS lineup has been the flagship vehicle so it should come as no surprise that with the introduction of the 5th generation LS Sedan for the 2013 model year – the Japanese luxury brand hasn’t taken any shortcuts with their new premium sedan.
The 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8

A review of the 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8: the ultimate businessman's muscle car

When the Chrysler 300 was first introduced in the 1950s, the high performance sedan was informally referred to as the “businessman’s muscle car” and with the introduction of the 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 – the 300 moniker is as much of a muscle car as it has ever been with more power and luxury than has ever been offered by the Chrysler brand in the past 50 years.
Chevrolet Sonic 5-door LTZ Turbo

A review of the Chevrolet Sonic 5-door LTZ Turbo: way too good to push out of a plane

General Motors has featured the new Chevrolet Sonic in a variety of commercials where the sporty little compact is doing things like flipping off of a ramp or skydiving but after spending some time driving the Sonic 5-door Turbo – I can confidently say that GM has finally developed a compact model that is efficient, affordable and a whole lot of fun to drive.
2013 Mazda CX5 Sport

A review of the 2013 Mazda CX5 Sport: America's most efficient SUV

In the world of the compact sport utility vehicle, the battle of the most efficient offering is heating up but with the ability to average better than 30 miles per gallon with a mix of city and highway driving – the 2013 Mazda CX5 is the current king of the hill in terms of being the most efficient SUV available.
The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO with the American Flag.

2013 Ford Taurus SHO: aggressive new styling meets twin turbo awesomeness

The 2013 Ford Taurus SHO is powered by the same powerful twin turbo EcoBoost V6 engine as the 2012 and older models but the exterior refresh displayed across the entire 2013 Taurus lineup gives the newest SHO a look that is far more appropriate for a modern high performance sedan.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 Limited Luxury Series

2012 Chrysler 300 Limited Luxury Series review: premium luxury combines with efficiency

There was a point in time when getting all of the high end luxury features in the Chrysler 300 meant that you had to order a 300C, which includes the Hemi V8 and the price increases that come with that pricier drivetrain but with the 2012 Chrysler 300 Limited Luxury Series – owners can have all of the luxury amenities available on the 300 with the efficiency and power of the Pentastar V6.
2012 Audi Q5 3.2 Prestige

2012 Audi Q5 3.2 Prestige: a roomy SUV with the spirit of a sports car

I recently had the pleasure of spending 8 days behind the wheel of the 2012 Audi Q5 3.2 Quattro and I cannot emphasize more what a pleasure it truly was – with an aggressive exterior, a luxurious interior and a drivetrain that provides a driving experience that is hard to find in a sport utility vehicle.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec: Korea's best challenge yet for the American muscle cars

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec - a V6 powered sports coupe that presents itself as the best chance yet for the Korean automaker to challenge the American muscle cars even without a V8 engine.
The 2012 Kia Soul! in Alien

2012 Kia Soul! review: so much more than a catchy advertising campaign

Before driving the 2012 Kia Soul!, I really didn’t think much of the funky little crossover beyond the ultra catchy television commercials featuring the hip hop “Hamstars” but after spending a week driving the Soul!, I’ve learned that this vehicle is way more than just a fun advertising campaign.

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox AWD LTZ: affordable luxury in a compact SUV

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox AWD LTZ is the top of the line trim package for the smallest of the Chevy sport utility vehicles and the level of detail inside allows this compact SUV to offer luxury comforts with a price well below comparably equipped models around the industry.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC: 25+mpg and space for 7

The diminutive Mitsubishi lineup offers two sport utility vehicles that share the same name and recently, I had a chance to spend a week behind the wheel of the roomy 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC - the larger of the two company SUVs packing seating for seven and realistic fuel economy of 25mpg on the open road.
2012 Ford F150 4x4 XLT EcoBoost

The 2012 Ford F150 4x4 XLT EcoBoost: a 20+mpg on a long highway trip

I recently had a chance to spend some time in the 2012 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and since this was my second time testing the F150 powered by an EcoBoost V6 from the 2012 model year – I took a little different approach to my road test this time around with a long drive on the highway to test the fuel economy figures of the super-efficient engine.

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