Jim Prueter

E400 Cabriolet — Everything a convertible should be and more

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 19, 2018) It never ceases to amaze me just how many individual Mercedes-Benz models there are on the Bavarian automaker’s palette. Mercedes currently offers over 85 individual models with numerous additional models being introduced on a yearly basis. If there’s a marketing niche — no matter how small — Mercedes feels the obligation to their loyal clientele to fill it. The E Class Cabriolet is such a vehicle.

Thinking inside the box — GMC Acadia is decent but breaks no new ground

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 15, 2018) The GMC Acadia was all new for 2017 when it downsized from a full-sized sport utility vehicle to a mid-size crossover, a bit smaller than the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango it competes against. For 2018, Acadia is, for the most part, a carryover vehicle, meaning little has changed from last year.

In every respect the AMG C63 S Cabriolet is exceptional vehicle

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 12, 2018) 503 horsepower, 516 lb-ft of torque, AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed transmission. The car is flanked by 19-inch front/20-inch rear AMG forged cross-spoke wheels. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and is brought to a smooth but certain stop with large 15.8-inch cross-drilled and vented ceramic brakes with specially painted brake calipers. All this goodness came wrapped in a gorgeous brilliant blue drop top Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S. This car is the bomb.

All-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio: so much dolce vita

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 10, 2018) At over 9,000 feet, Stelvio Pass is the highest and most dramatic paved pass in the Eastern European Alps. While not the most beautiful, it is a stunning road to view, and the wall of 48 hairpin switchback turns running up the north face renders it iconic for car enthusiasts around the world. Befitting the name, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio has terrific handling, agility, steering and power to lend both credibility and worthy kudos sufficient to naming it after Italy’s most famous mountain pass.

Smart Electric Drive Cabrio falls short with low range, high price

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 4, 2018) A year ago, Daimler announced the decision to convert the Smart brand to all-electric in North America, discontinuing gas-powered Smart cars. Smart cars are built by Daimler in France and sold exclusively through Mercedes-Benz dealers in the U.S. The current and third generation of the Smart Fortwo was introduced in 2015 in gasoline form. In June 2017, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive went on sale and was recently followed by the cabriolet (convertible) model that will go on sale in spring 2018.

All-new Nissan Leaf – Is 150 mile driving range enough?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 3, 2018) Most news stories regarding battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are about Tesla and the great things Elon Musk is doing…or not. But what’s known but by a few is that the world’s best-selling electric car to date is the Nissan Leaf. At the start of 2016, more than 200,000 have been sold worldwide.

Track ready Honda Civic Type R is nothing short of spectacular

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 27, 2017) The Honda Civic is one of the most popular, affordable, reliable and best resale value cars one could hope to purchase. It’s also one of the most staid, sedate and uninspiring vehicles one could drive. Even Honda acknowledged that Civic had grown boring and placid over the years.

After a near-death experience Mitsubishi is now a believer

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 27, 2017) Pick up a copy of most any car buff magazine, or browse online auto reviews of the Mitsubishi Outlander, and you’ll be hard pressed to find much critics like about the Mitsubishi crossover. That’s understandable, since just a few short years ago the brand was practically dead, on the verge of pulling out of the U.S. market, and the company was doing little to improve or add to their product lineup.

Don’t expect to find much 'sport' in the Outlander Sport

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 24, 2017) Despite the name Outlander Sport, a sporting driving experience is not in the equation. The steering is vague with little feedback, body roll presents itself quickly on curves and when cornering, and acceleration from the 168 horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is disappointing. Much of the blame can be attributed to the CVT automatic transmission that really struggles to get the most from the rather anemic horsepower, creating excessive engine noise in the process.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT — The hot rod family hauler

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 21, 2017) Dodge is the last automotive brand that has remained committed to building true muscle cars. Some will argue that Chevrolet has the Camaro and Corvette, and Ford the Mustang, but nobody does high-performance better or on a wider scale than Dodge. Dodge already does Challengers with up to 840-horsepower with its human-hauling rocket sled Demon, and 707-horsepower Hellcats in a choice of either a Challenger coupe or a four-door Dodge Charger, that’s popular as a cop car.