Jim Prueter

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor: An army of one

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 19, 2019) When Ford first introduced the F-150 SVT Raptor in 2010, it set a new standard for off-roading that few ever thought possible. It was not only a high-performance truck on the road, like the SVT Lightning it replaced, it was a completely improbable and delightfully flippant “Baja-ready-from-the-factory” high-performance off-road truck.

2019 Ford Ranger Lariat FX4 — Ford brings back the midsize pickup

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 2, 2019) It’s been seven years since Ford last sold its midsize Ranger pickup. It was discontinued following the 2011 model year due to slow sales over the previous decade. Dodge/Ram did the same with Dakota, and then, a year later, GM pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Those moves effectively ceded the midsized truck segment to just two players: Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited — High-performance luxury with a pickup bed

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 27, 2019) The current generation Ford F-150 dates back to 2015, when America’s best-selling vehicle switched to an all-aluminum body, resulting in significant weight savings. Tinkering with success was a huge gamble for Ford, which faced immediate backlash with the stigma that F-150s were now going to be made out of aluminum beer cans.

2019 Mazda CX-5 — Leader of the pack

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 22, 2019) Just two years ago Mazda completely redesigned the CX-5 compact SUV, its best-selling model. Mazda said they made over 250 improvements for the second-generation CX-5, none more obvious than the updated exterior styling Mazda designers call “refined toughness.” For the record, the 2019 CX-5 tested here has remained almost mostly unchanged since that time.

Q50 Red Sport 400 a credible alternative to German sport sedans

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 6, 2019) Back in 2016, Infiniti made a decision to up its performance game to compete with high-performance German sports sedans like the compact Mercedes AMG C43, BMW M3 and Audi S4 and S5. Infiniti started by discontinuing its outdated VQ-series 328-horsepower V-6 engine and replacing it with an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter 400-horsepower V-6 performance variant called the Red Sport.

2020 Mercedes GLE 450 — A technology tour de force

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 30, 2019) For 2020, Mercedes introduces its fourth-generation, mid-sized GLE with five trim levels: GLE 350, GLE 450, and the performance AMG GLE 43, GLE 63 and GLE 63 S. At this time, Mercedes has not indicated if a plug-in hybrid or diesel variant will come later. The new GLE is unquestionably the most technologically complex vehicle we’ve ever driven and tested.

2019 Cadillac XT4 — All-new small SUV is a sweetheart

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 28, 2019) There’s no disagreement that one of the fastest growing automotive segments is the compact luxury utility vehicle. It’s a field that’s growing more crowded by the day, which brings us to one of the latest additions, the compact Cadillac XT4 driven here.

2019 Lexus GX 460 — Old school SUV

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 25, 2019) The 2019 Lexus GX 460 is part of a generation of mid-size SUVs that time has long since passed by. In a flood of lighter, car-based unibody crossover utility vehicles with independent suspensions and luxury sedan-like driving characteristics, the traditional truck-based body-on-frame GX looks, drives, and feels old school when compared to all-new editions of competitors like the Mercedes GLE, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and even its popular stablemate Lexus RX 350.

2019 Lexus LX 570 — Old world luxury

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 22, 2019) The gargantuan LX 570 is Lexus’ flagship SUV, having been sold for more than two decades. The complete underpinnings of the LX 570 are essentially Toyota’s iconic Land Cruiser, extensively upgraded with sumptuous and gorgeous appointments both inside and out.

2020 Jeep Gladiator — Everything you’d expect in a Jeep plus a truck bed

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 14, 2019) It’s been 28 years since there’s been a Jeep-branded pickup, the Comanche, sold from 1986 through 1992. As one of the most highly anticipated new vehicles to launch in years the Gladiator finally arrives amid renewed interest in midsize pickups among the likes of Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Ford Ranger entries.