Jim Prueter

All new RDX: Good enough to finally benchmark class superstars?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 12, 2018) RDX is Acura’s premium compact to mid-sized crossover utility vehicle that first arrived for 2007. With its turbo-powered engine and upscale appointments, it was an enjoyable vehicle to drive but, unfortunately, didn’t catch on with the car-buying public. Later, the second-generation RDX added more luxury and a standard 279-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine. But it was predominantly a gussied up Honda CR-V, sharing the same basic chassis architecture.

2019 Honda Insight — The third time’s the charm

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 4, 2018) It comes as a surprise to most people that Toyota Prius wasn’t the first hybrid electric vehicle sold in the U.S. Rather, it was the Honda Insight, an odd looking three-door, two passenger hatchback that arrived in 1999 as a 2000 model, seven months earlier than the Prius. Fuel economy estimates under then-current EPA standards were 61 mpg city, 70 mpg highway, and 65 mpg combined.

2018 Audi A5 Sportback — The audacity of Audi

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 3, 2018) Most fans of Audi already know they make a terrific A5 model as a two-door coupe or convertible. But for 2018, they’ve expanded the A5 moniker to include the all-new S5 Sportback and the A5 Sportback tested here, by concocting a four-door hatchback that mimics the look of its larger upmarket A7 hatchback.

2018 Mercedes AMG GLC43 Coupe — Impressive new SUV

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 27, 2018) Pick any vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio of product offerings and chances are, there’ll be a performance-oriented AMG version from which to choose. In fact, the Barons of Bavaria have currently attached the AMG badging to over 40 vehicles, including 11 SUVs. Two of the most recent additions are the compact GLC43 and GLC43 coupe.

New 'Bullitt' recalls the most famous car chase scene ever filmed

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 24, 2018) It was 50 years ago when, on the streets of San Francisco, some guy named Steve McQueen made film history, starring as tough-guy police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt in the aptly named action thriller “Bullitt.”
While I personally found the movie cinematically a bit tedious (I consider “Papillion” to be McQueen’s magnum opus), the movie’s 10-minute chase scene, exquisitely filmed with real cars and no special effects, has become the stuff of legend.

Electric goes Audi: All-new all-electric e-tron SUV unveiled

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 21, 2018) SAN FRANCISCO — We first heard about and saw Audi’s all-new first all-electric vehicle when it was
introduced at the Frankfurt Germany auto show in the fall of 2015. And now the first production version e-tron was unveiled to the automotive media, over 300 Audi dealers and a number of current Audi customers at the world premier in San Francisco this week.

Audi TT RS Coupe — Wickedly fast and technologically advanced

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 11, 2018) With an MSRP of nearly $80K as tested, the new-for-2018 high-performance TT RS is an expensive vehicle, dropped into a competitive set that includes notable sports cars like the Porsche Cayman and Boxster, Chevy Corvette, Jaguar F-Type, Alfa Romeo 4C and others. Let me tell you why it not only might be worth the big bucks, but also why it might be the best pick in the lot.

2018 Audi Q7 — The Armani of expertly crafted utility vehicles

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 11, 2018) Last year, for 2017, Audi completely redesigned its Q7 luxury flagship SUV. This is its first redo since being introduced for 2007. As we would expect, the 2018 Q7 is a carryover from that redesign and remains virtually unchanged, other than a few upgrades. These include Audi’s proximity-sensing Advance Key with passive entry, memory features, and push-button start, now standard on all Q7 trim levels.

Black Label — Opulent 2018 Lincoln Navigator is first in its class

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 6, 2018) Earlier this year we drove and reviewed the all-new, completely redesigned Lincoln Navigator and came away with rave reviews and enthusiastic plaudits to the designers and engineers at Lincoln. It is an outstanding vehicle that we placed at the top in its competitor segment.

All-new Santa Fe excels in style, advanced safety features, value

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 5, 2018) There was a time not all that long ago when Hyundai’s product lineup, while generally good, was unremarkable and easily blended in with the wallpaper. To be sure, their design was on the weird side – case in point, the Santa Fe compact crossover utility vehicle that debuted in 2000 as a 2001 model.