New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
2017 sportage dirty

Driving the 2017 Kia Sportage EX AWD in Rural America

The 2017 Kia Sportage EX AWD is a great vehicle for daily driving on paved roads, but can this Korean compact SUV handle the rough dirt roads of rural America? I spent a week driving the new Sportage on my local unpaved roads to see how well – or how badly – the smallest Kia SUV performs on some of the worst public roads in the area.
2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Review: All-Terrain Luxury on a Budget

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk offers the greatest off-roading capabilities in the model lineup, a cabin loaded with premium features and room for five for under $50,000 – making it one of the best options on the market for someone shopping for a luxury SUV that can be taken off-road with confidence.
2017 Discovery in the sand

2017 Land Rover Discovery First Drive: Softer Look, Same Incredible Capabilities

The all-new 2017 Land Rover Discovery has a much sleeker, softer look than the boxy Discovery from the previous five generations, but this sportier look is achieved without diminishing any of the offroading capabilities which you would expect from a proper Land Rover.
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2017 Mazda 3 Sedan Grand Touring: Snow Tire Noise Kills Positive Drive Experience

It’s not unusual for a sub-premium compact sedan to run a bit noisy in the cabin. Such is the case with Mazda’s top-trim 3 series touring sedan. In the case of 2017 Mazda3, running Bridgestone Blizzak Winter Tires exponentially increased cabin noise.
2017 fusion sport in lightning blue

The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport: America's Most Exciting Mid-Sized Sedan in Almost 20 Years

I recently spent a week driving the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport and while this car doesn’t have any affiliation with Ford’s high performance SVT group, this roomy mid-sized sedan is like a modern day interpretation of the Ford SVT Contour from the late 1990s – except with far more power and standard all-wheel drive.
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Arcimoto SRK Trike brings motorcycle inspired adventure to EV segment

That headline took me several attempts to land on. Archimoto’s founder Mark Frohnmayer’s unique take on electrified personal transportation, may look simple enough. But once behind the handlebars, my imagination took over as to the “what if” of this equation. Arcimoto SRK Trike brings motorcycle inspired adventure to the EV segment.
2017 Dodge Challenger GT pair

The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT Maintains the Muscle Car Feel - with AWD

I recently had a chance to spend a day driving the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT – America’s first 2-door muscle car with all-wheel drive – around snowy New England to see if FCA could really build an AWD muscle car that maintains the properties which has made the brawny Mopar muscle car so popular.
Ram Rebel Mopar 16

The Ram Rebel is the Best in a Long Line of Great Trucks

I recently spent a week driving the Ram 1500 Rebel with the Mopar 16 package on the roughest roads in my area, in hard snow, and after this, I believe that the Rebel package makes this Ram 1500 the best full size pickup the Ram brand has offered in the modern era – combining a premium cabin, Hemi power and impressive off-road capabilities into one fantastic package.
GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain X

The GMC Sierra 1500 All-Terrain X is GM's Coolest Modern Truck

I recently spent a week driving the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain X and in addition to having a list of functional features which make this Sierra among the most capable off-road trucks in the half ton market – the exterior features of the All-Terrain X package makes this the coolest half ton truck GM has offered in the modern era.
2017 XC90

A Lifetime Volvo Critic Falls in Love with the 2017 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription

Having grown up in a “Volvo household" while having a passion for American muscle cars, I really wasn’t all that excited to spend a week driving the 2017 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription, but after that week in the T6 – I have to admit that I have become smitten with the high tech Swedish SUV.
2016 Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker

2016 Dodge Challenger 392 Shaker: Hellcat Aside, Mopar's Coolest Modern Muscle Car

I recently had the pleasure of spending a week driving the 2016 Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, which has the longest name of any modern Mopar muscle car and the best collection of features for the price – making this the coolest late model Dodge Challenger shy of the supercharged Hellcat.

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