Jim Prueter

2019 Acura ILX A-SPEC — More than just a glorified Honda Civic?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 20, 2019) There’s an ongoing debate and discussion among my automotive journalist colleagues about whether Acura is a premium or luxury brand. Personally, I’ve always come down on the premium side of the argument and along the way included Volvo, Cadillac, Lincoln, Genesis, and Tesla as premium rather than luxury.

2020 Kia Soul X-Line — A new box full of driving pleasure

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 19, 2019) We’ve always loved the boxy five-passenger, five-door, compact hatchback/crossover Kia Soul since it was introduced a decade ago. Now, for 2020, Kia has introduced its third-generation Soul, keeping all the things we love about the vehicle and fixing the few things we were hoping they would — all to keep the Soul one of Kia’s best sellers.

Chevy brings back a different kind of Blazer

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 16, 2019) For 2019, Chevrolet has brought back the Blazer nameplate, affixing it to an all-new, two-row, five-passenger crossover utility vehicle targeting Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It shares a platform with the three-row GMC Acadia and the compact Cadillac XT5. The Blazer slots between the smaller Equinox and the larger three-row Traverse.

All-electric Niro EV debuts for Kia — Good range, steep price

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 10, 2019) The Kia Niro is an attractive, compact five-door hatchback that seats five-passengers. It’s surprisingly roomy, comfortable and easy to drive. For the record, Kia calls the Niro a compact crossover utility vehicle. Having been on sale nationally for a few years as a traditional gasoline and plug-in hybrid, what is new for the Niro lineup is the pure, 100 percent, all-electric model that, right now, is offered for sale in only 12 states.

2019 Edge ST — Ford’s first performance SUV

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 1, 2019) Fans of Ford Performance vehicles are no doubt well aware that vehicles with an ST badge affixed to the grille are fast, include enhanced handling capabilities and are fun to drive.

2020 Palisade is easily one of the best mid-sized SUVS you can buy

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 30, 2019) For 2020, Hyundai has just introduced its all-new three-row mid-size SUV. The Palisade is basically the mechanical sibling to the impressive Kia Telluride, introduced earlier this year, and placing at the top of our SUV ratings. In addition to the Telluride, the new Hyundai flagship Palisade competes with class rivals such as Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Nissan Pathfinder.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 — Outrageously spectacular

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 20, 2019) I’ve always had a soft spot as well as a passion for old vehicles. I guess they are a fresh breeze of the past, blowing through our minds to remind us of truths of times long forgotten. Some of those vehicles were nothing more than shooting stars, debuting to raves then quickly flaring into oblivion, to be completely forgotten. Others, like the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, introduced in 1979, are an immediate conflagration, developing a rock-star presence and a cult-like following that burns on. The word “legendary” could easily preface its name.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid — Is it possible to fall in love with a minivan?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 3, 2019) Say what you will about the minivan and the stigma associated with owning and driving one, it’s undeniably the most versatile family-friendly vehicle you can buy. And, when it comes to flexibility, cargo and passenger capabilities, and ease of overall use, any three-row crossover — regardless of size — pales in comparison. And I haven’t even begun to laud plaudits regarding ease of mid- and third-row entry and exit.

2020 Kia Telluride — The top ranked #1 midsize SUV you can buy

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 3, 2019) Kia has just introduced its all-new Telluride three-row midsized SUV with seating for up to eight people. The largest Kia ever offered, the 2020 Telluride, when compared to the hugely popular Sorento, is larger — much larger. The newcomer is eight inches longer and four inches wider, and a wheelbase that stretches nearly five inches farther.

2019 Nissan Kicks — Feature packed, efficient and value priced

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 3, 2019) Last year, we drove Nissan’s then all-new and smallest utility vehicle, Kicks, a replacement for the quirky Juke. Kicks carries strong DNA from the brand’s other utility-vehicle offerings, most noticeably Rogue Sport. This week, Nissan dropped off the 2019 Kicks in the top-level SR Trim for a week of test driving. All-new last year, Nissan hasn’t changed anything on the 2019 model.