Jim Prueter

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo — Electric Taycan is pure Porsche

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 24, 2020) Porsche’s first all-electric car, the 2020 Taycan (pronounced Tie-kahn meaning “lively young horse”) is a profoundly impressive sports sedan. It delivers every bit of refinement, driving engagement with the recognized high-performance sports car experience of other Porsche models that affluent driving enthusiasts have come to expect.

2020 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack — A bargain-priced widebody monster

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 18, 2020) Equipped with a massive 6.4-liter V-8 SRT 392 Hemi that delivers 485-horsepower, courtesy of an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2020 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Plus Widebody lives in the shadow of the attention-getting headlines of its more powerful big brother, the 707-horsepower Charger Hellcat.

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA — A much improved CLA for 2020

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 16, 2020) Mercedes first introduced the CLA for 2014 as the brand’s entry-level vehicle, with a starting price of $30,825. It was targeted at younger buyers, thinking they would rather drive the three-pointed star rather than a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord for a similar price. Get them into the Mercedes family and eventually they’ll upgrade to a C, E or S-Class down the road as their career meets with promotional success.

Toyota’s first ever TRD Avalon — Better looking, more fun

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 12, 2020) The Avalon, Toyota’s flagship full-sized sedan, was all-new for 2019. Now in its fifth generation, it was first introduced in 1994 as a 1995 model. Toyota made no secret that the Avalon was aimed those who were members of AARP, collected Social Security checks and had their health care handled by Medicare.

Toyota RAV4 adds TRD off-road version for 2020

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 24, 2020) For years, Toyota products were commonly referred to as “appliances.” Vehicles that — while boring in appearance and not particularly exciting — were extremely reliable and not prone to breaking down or needing repairs. And, as with a refrigerator or kitchen range, owners could easily get 15 years or more service out of them before needing or wanting to buy a replacement.

2020 Hyundai Sonata — Way more than stunning good looks

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 20, 2020) It’s a fact that nearly 75 percent of all new vehicles sold in America today are SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks. And while that craze continues, it’s also a fact that people are still buying sedans. The all-new-from-the-ground-up 2020 Hyundai Sonata is proof positive that the Korean automaker is committed to serving those buyers.

2020 Mazda3 — One of the best compacts moves the brand upscale

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 17, 2020) Mazda is intent to move the brand upmarket — not unlike Acura and Infiniti. With the Mazda3, redesigned last year, it certainly does that. It has engaging driving performance, upscale interior, sharp exterior styling features, and new innovative technology. Mazda3 is noticeably more upscale than competitive rivals like Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Volkswagen GTI and Nissan Sentra, and aligns closer to a European sports sedan than a Japanese econo box.

2020 Toyota 4Runner — Old school, but surprisingly addictive

Editor's note: This review was originally written about the 2018 4Runner. Little about the vehicle has changed since that time, but the review has been updated to include changes for both the 2019 and 2020 model years.

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 5, 2020) In many respects, Toyota 4Runner is a dinosaur of a vehicle, a throwback survivor that’s been roaming the earth for 36 years and five model generations since 1984, long before car-based SUVs and the term “crossover” even existed.

2020 Honda Civic Si sedan — Practicality, refinement, value, performance

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 2, 2020) We last drove the Honda Civic Si three years ago in a coupe version that the Japanese automaker brought back for 2017. The new model was lighter, stiffer, faster and better equipped than ever before. Available in both a coupe and sedan, the Si adds distinctive and unique features to the exterior, interior and under the hood. Si is on a very short list of cars that are both affordable and truly fun to drive.

2020 Jaguar I-Pace — Better than a Tesla, but lacking cult-like status

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 1, 2020) Until recently, if you wanted a luxury electric crossover utility vehicle, your choice was limited to one: Tesla Model X. However, now both Porsche and Audi have introduced luxury EVs, and Jaguar has been selling its I-Pace, tested here, since the 2019 model year.

The 2020 I-Pace is a sleek, sharp-looking, five-passenger crossover that runs on a pair of electric motors, powered by a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.