Jim Prueter

2018 Mercedes GLA 250 — Good things in a small package

By Jim Prueter
MotorwyAmerica.com

(October 19, 2017) The small, compact luxury crossover segment is growing rapidly, with numerous manufacturers flooding the market with a vast choice of vehicles and trim levels. Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30 are just a few, with Jaguar’s new E Pace going on sale in 2018.

The sporty Honda Civic Si coupe is back

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 1, 2017) After a brief hiatus, Honda has brought back its sporty Si Civic for 2017. The new model is 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 car
s that are both affordable and truly fun to drive.

2018 Lexus LS 500 — Flying first class with a V-6

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 26, 2017) SAN FRANCISCO — Luxury carmakers always have one flagship vehicle. Most often it is their biggest sedan, the one they want as their lead vehicle, one that radiates the essence of excellence, along with all the substance and presence of a dreadnought-class luxury sedan. For Lexus, that vehicle is the LS sedan, originally launched 28 years ago to compete with cars like the Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 sedans.

Impressive 2018 Honda Odyssey even looks better

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 3, 2017) It occurred to me that the Honda Odyssey, first introduced almost 25 years ago in 1994, is the perfect stealth vehicle. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging any suspicious or illegal activity. But Odyssey’s never been a vehicle that will turn heads or be followed home to ask the owner what they are driving.

For most drivers Chevy Bolt is all the vehicle they will ever need

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 24, 2017) When it comes to all-electric vehicles (EVs), most of the news has been about Tesla’s Model 3, which launched just a few weeks ago when production began at its Freemont, Calif., facility. But the EV that should be getting to most attention is the Chevrolet Bolt, a vehicle described as General Motor’s electric moonshot, a game changer that goes head to head with the Model 3. Bolt began a limited rollout in a few states last December and nationwide this month.

Luxury and practicality with impressive diesel performance

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 21, 2017) It seems most auto reviews I have been writing of late have been about SUVs of one sort or another. With rocketing sales, they now easily outsell traditional sedans. It seems automakers can’t build enough to satisfy consumer demand.

Popular refreshed 2017 Nissan Rogue gets a hybrid variant

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 9, 2017) Sales of the mid-cycle freshened 2017 Nissan Rogue are so hot, it's now the brand's best-selling vehicle. It’s also the best-selling sport utility vehicle and the single best-selling nameplate in the U.S., excluding full-size pickups. It seems consumers can’t get enough of the compact Rogue, whose sales continue to skyrocket.

2017 Audi A4 Sedan Quattro — A4 redo is a sweetheart

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 25, 2017) For 2017, Audi introduces its fifth generation A4 sport sedan. It first appeared in 1995, replacing the aging Audi A80. Unless you park it side-by-side with the outgoing A4, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to discern a difference. Even though they look similar, the A4 is thoroughly redesigned, rides on a completely new platform, and has a slightly larger body.

Ford F-150 Raptor is a heart-pounding off-road bully

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 18, 2017) It’s approaching dusk and I’m behind the wheel of the ludicrous new 2017 Ford Raptor. I’m being somewhat inconsiderate to the numerous minions in other vehicles around me who are trying to get my attention through the addled pated fog of my own distractions.

2018 Mercedes E-Class Coupe — The romance continues

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 27, 2017) As American drivers persist in their unquenchable thirst for luxury SUVs and crossovers, the popularity of coupes, in particular, continues to decline; they make up less than 2.5 percent of all new vehicles sold. Yet, auto manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz see an opportunity in a market segment being abandoned by others.