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2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport Review
I’ve been accused of being a shill for Subaru because I sing their praises so much on the radio show. This is a badge I wear proudly, because I know Subaru SUVs are a great choice for my listene... More ›
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe Review
Forget “real” in vapory, hyper-strange 2020, the year of virtual education, masked dating and drive-in concerts. What’s next – digital breathing? Heck, I’m not sure my... More ›
2020 Fiat 500L Trekking Review
If there’s a vehicle to pep up your spirits with its fun design and personality, it’s a Fiat. So when the 2020 Fiat 500L arrived in my driveway recently it solved a case of the Monday blue... More ›
2020 Nissan Kicks SR Review
Any dinky crossover vehicle steeped in the Stones gets a second look from me – period. I believe it’s a rule in the auto industry. Granted, I seriously doubt that Nissan had Mick and... More ›
2020 Honda CR-V Touring Review
Check your Fast and Furious fantasies at the door when you climb into the buttoned-down 2020 Honda CR-V crossover. Even if the wife and kids aren’t riding shotgun, forget those far-flung drea... More ›
2020 Hyundai Kona Ultimate Review
Lime-green subcompact crossovers tend to spend a lot of time in my garage, collecting dust or moonbeams or whatever they attract. I mean, I’m still struggling to accept the notion of tiny SUV... More ›
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Review
Get used to it, car-lovers: A bulky SUV, a soccer-mobile, roars up behind your sports-sedan, storming by like a heavy-metal tsunami. What??? We may have to rearrange the car world again, kids. T... More ›
2021 Kia Seltos EX AWD Review
For years, Kia sought its golden groove in the auto industry with sedans that looked vaguely Russian. That was in the ‘90s, just as Kia and sibling Hyundai were slowly learning that vehicles ... More ›
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 4MATIC Review
Mercedes-Benz must want to be Ford – with more flash and panache, of course. Every time I look up, another new Benz like the 2020 GLB250 rolls onto dealers’ lots, ready to battle for af... More ›
2020 Lexus UX 200 F Sport Review
UX 200 – the name just suggests a vessel of some sort that Spock and I might use to zip around the edges of the universe. “Spock, set the gyros for that cluster of icy stars over there.... More ›
2020 Lexus NX 300 F Sport Premium Review
My how time flies! This week I bring you the 2020 Lexus NX -- a model I last reviewed for the 2018 model year. Back then it was the brand’s entry-level crossover. But that spot now goes to the n... More ›
2020 Kia Soul GT-Line 1.6T Review
Don’t look for hip-hop hamsters inside the boxy Kia Soul GT, the crossover-wagon-thing that somehow makes square seem fashionably anti-sleek. Sure, the likable 2020 Soul GT still looks as if ... More ›
2019 BMW X4 xDrive30i Review
Give this crossover craze another year or two and high-riding crossover limos will likely be off-loading dizzy, glittery celebs at the Academy Awards. Why not? A few years ago, as you may recall, N... More ›
2019 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate FWD Review
There are a lot of vehicles I can imagine getting a speeding ticket in -- say maybe the eye-catching “what is that?” 2019 Kia Stinger or the Flare Yellow 2020 Lexus RC F that certainly has... More ›
2019 Nissan Kicks SR Review
Don’t bother chasing the faded neon and dusty ghosts of Route 66 in this dinky Nissan crossover. Despite the tantalizing irony – “got my Kicks out on Route 66, dudes” -- the... More ›
2020 Subaru Outback Limited Review
This week I bring you the all-new 2020 Subaru Outback. Although the exterior changes were subtle from the 2019 model, there were a lot more things that improved with this crossover SUV. Powertrain ... More ›
2019 Nissan Pathfinder SV Rock Creek Edition
Soccer moms and softball dads must yearn for windswept dirt roads and empty, blue-sky silence. Who can blame them? Those fantasies, though, might be the best explanation for the 2019 Nissan Path... More ›
2019 Subaru Forester Sport Review
Sunny little Subaru continues to scale more than crusty red-dirt foothills in Colorado, fueled by good vibes. Once again, suburban-hippie Subie – the little brand that can -- saw sales rise l... More ›
2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid Review
Cute-utes just don’t suit my hot-rod feet and six-speed hands . I mean, most of the hyper-practical compact-crossover SUVs tend to be about as much fun as a two-hour appointment with the icy ... More ›
2020 Kia Soul GT-Line 1.6T Review
If the sound of a $28,000+ Kia Soul makes your jaw drop just a little - you wouldn’t be alone. Considering it’s long-been a funky, economical subcompact car aimed at budget-conscious shopp... More ›
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Wagon Review
I don’t know what’s happened to me. I saw a picture of my review vehicle at the recent Texas Auto Writers Roundup and groveled until they let me be the first in the area to review it. T... More ›
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate Review
It happens. One day, you dream of shrieking down Highway 1 in a blood red Ferrari 488, lost in the lusty symphony of its $100,000 engine. The next, you’re looking at baby seats and strollers ... More ›
2019 Honda Passport Elite Review
Cerebral, soft-spoken Honda typically prefers computer-haiku to back-alley kickboxing. When a barroom brawl breaks out, Honda generally keeps its head down – usually bent low over a thick boo... More ›
2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature Review
Think of me as a small peg rattling around in an increasingly square, 90-degree world. It leaves lots of slivers and nicks. As a car-guy steeped early on in the fumes of GTOs, Hemis and Shelbys, I ... More ›
2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature Review
This week I am behind the wheel of the 2019 Mazda CX-9, the granddaddy of Mazda’s SUV lineup with three rows and seating for up to seven passengers. The current CX-9 generation has been aroun... More ›
2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited Review
Calculus, Camus and coeds must await me. Oh boy. I mean, with a Toyota RAV4 sitting in my driveway -- the undisputed king of college cute-utes -- where else could we be bound but the liberal land o... More ›
2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD Review
It’s hard to stand out in the sea of compact crossovers on the road today but this week we bring you one that does. It’s Mazda’s best-selling vehicle the CX-5. The automaker sold mor... More ›
2019 Hyundai Veloster N Review
Hot hatchbacks – my favorite angry compacts -- tend to get shaded these days by cute crossovers with Starbucks looks. I mean, who needs horsepower and handling when you can get cargo-space fo... More ›
2019 Acura MDX Review
Back when cars still mattered, the salty, sassy, Acura MDX reigned as the industry’s most conflicted crossover. Despite its bulk and SUV-like body, the spirited MDX wanted to run with smaller... More ›
First-Ever 2019 Cadillac XT4 Is A Great Compact Luxury Crossover
This week we are taking a look at the least expensive Cadillac you can buy, the all-new from the ground up, 2019 XT4, a compact luxury crossover that competes with the likes of the Acura RDX, Lexus NX... More ›
2018 Hyundai Kona Stands Out In The Subcompact Crossover Crowd
Most cutesy subcompact crossovers look like they just backed out of a gingerbread garage somewhere, their hatches filled with sunshine and butterflies. Oh, boy. Break out the kazoos. Grumpy old ... More ›
2019 Subaru Forester Takes What Was Already Good And Makes It Better
I’m always excited to get behind the wheel of a Subaru SUV.  This week I bring you the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester Sport. 2019 Subaru Forester Sport Let’s talk about what is ne... More ›
2019 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD Hits And Misses
This week we take a look at the 2019 Cadillac XT5 luxury crossover SUV.  XT5 was completely redesigned in 2017 after replacing the Cadillac SRX. 2019 Cadillac XT5 The XT5 has the signature ... More ›
2018 Toyota Highlander XLE Packs A Lot of Cargo and Passengers
The Toyota Highlander has long been one of America’s most popular family crossover SUVs. Last year Toyota sold nearly 216,000 Highlanders in the US, making it the third best-selling mid-size SUV... More ›
2019 BMW X4 xDrive30i Is More Sports Car Than SUV
This week we are taking a look at the 2019 BMW X4 xDrive30i.  BMW calls it a Sport Activity Coupe even though it has four doors.  The coupe designation comes from the sloping roofline, and a... More ›
Surprising 2018 Nissan Kicks Offers Great Features, Room and Value
This week, I bring you the 2018 Nissan Kicks, a new entry into the hot compact crossover market.  Before we get into the review, I want you to bear in mind that the base price on this model is ju... More ›
2018 Toyota C-HR Packs Nice Features In A Small Space
Lately, it seems many people are opting for larger passenger vehicles. A buddy of mine even offered this sage advice: “if it don’t seat at least five, then it don’t jive.” ... More ›
The 2019 Volvo XC40 is a Fresh Take on the Small Crossover
Orange carpet belongs in ramshackle, tree-shaded old houses with black lights and a giant Jerry Garcia poster in the living room. Home sweet pungent home, I say – or so it seemed in the late ... More ›
The Refined 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir Is A Classy Three-Row Family Hauler
Long, low, chrome-slathered sedans – the kind once favored by small-town lawyers and big-city preachers – no longer light up Buick’s lots. Hefty, high-riding wagons long ago shove... More ›
The 2019 Buick Envision Delivers Roomy, Comfy Ride And Cool Tech
This week I bring you the refreshed 2019 Buick Envision, a midsize family SUV that’s so understated on the outside you’d be forgiven for thinking it wasn’t anything terribly exciting... More ›
The All-New 2019 Infiniti QX50 Transforms Into A Real Luxury Contender
This week I bring you the all-new 2019 Infiniti QX50:  an eye-catching mid-size luxury SUV that will impress your neighbors, keep your family close in the confines of its plush cabin, and put you... More ›
The 2018 Audi Q5 Masters The Art Of Being Skillfully Subtle
Some cold morning, the feds will pry my fingers from the wheel of my beloved, belligerent Mustang. I smell it in the wind – and in trends. “Get a crossover or else,” the feds w... More ›
First-Ever 2018 Hyundai Kona Makes Solid Entrance to Subcompact SUV Party
If you’re going to arrive late to the subcompact SUV party, you’d better be something worth waiting for. Luckily for Hyundai, the new Kona is. And one look at the anything-but-minimalist f... More ›
The Secrets To The 2018 BMW X1's Success
It's not often the baby of the family gets the credit it deserves. But in this case, it should.  Because the truth about the BMW X1 is that for being the runt of the BMW X lineup, it does a l... More ›
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Succeeds For All Its Efforts
Forget those hazy memories of clattering turquoise-and-white Volkswagen vans that needed a good tailwind to clear most hills. You may even recall passing one of those old hippie-vans on your 10-spe... More ›
Subaru Proves It Can Do Three-Row SUVs With New 2019 Ascent
This week, I bring you the largest Subaru ever made, the 3-row 2019 Subaru Ascent.  People have waited for a 3-row Subie since the Tribeca went away in 2014. Although much bigger than the Outb... More ›
Lexus Squeezes Third Row into the 2018 RX 350L
This week I am behind the wheel of the most popular luxury SUV sold in America, the 2018 Lexus RX 350.  If this one looks a little longer, it’s because it is.  For the first time since... More ›
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE Test Drive
Steep mountains await the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, an oddly appealing trucklet probably better suited to hills and big bumps. Maybe it can get fitted with multiple pairs of La Sportiva rock-bu... More ›
All-New 2019 Infiniti QX50 Is Redesigned to Impress
You know you’ve been an automotive journalist for a while when an engine excites you. Well, such is the case of Infiniti’s new VC-Turbo, plopped under the hood of the all-new 2019 Infiniti... More ›
Sporty All-New 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Offers Manual
The all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is here and it didn’t come to idle on the sidelines either. Toyota’s replacement for the outgoing iM took home the Best Compact Car award at the 2... More ›