Jim Prueter

Thrilling performance from a top-notch German luxury sports sedan

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 16, 2018) Last year, Audi updated its fifth-generation A4 sedan. Audi didn’t do anything radical, with the basic dimensions staying the same, but Audi aficionados certainly recognized some significant changes. So, understandably, for 2018 the A4 is almost exclusively a carryover from last year, and a much stronger performance-oriented S4 has joined the lineup.

Does the new Lexus ES have enough magic to woo younger buyer?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 11, 2018) When the Lexus brand first launched in the U.S 28 years ago, it did so with just two sedans: the LS and the smaller ES. Over the years, Lexus, of course, added numerous vehicles to its portfolio — SUVs, sportier models and more coupes and sedans. With 2.18 million worldwide sales — one million in the U.S. alone — it is the most popular Lexus ever.

Newly refreshed Cherokee Trailhawk: Getting over the rough stuff

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 6, 2018) Earlier this year we drove and reviewed the updated 2019 Jeep Cherokee when members of the automotive media were invited to California for its “first drive” introduction. Jeep provided both the Latitude and Overland trim levels and a very limited amount of time in the Trailhawk model for test-driving. Jeep engineers promised I’d get more time behind the wheel of the Trailhawk Elite in the coming months and that time came a week ago when I fully tested the “Trail Rated” Elite.

All-New 2018 Honda Accord is supremely excellent

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 2, 2018) For 2018, Honda has introduced an all-new 10th-generation Accord, a nameplate that has long been one of the most recognized and best-selling vehicles in the U.S marketplace. The new Accord was quickly bestowed with numerous “best-of” awards, including North American Car of the Year at the Detroit International Auto Show in January.

All new Hyundai Veloster stays quirky and fun to drive

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

AUSTIN, Texas — I first heard about the Veloster back in 2012 when Hyundai initially launched the quirky little hatchback, and the name reminded me of a carnival ride. “Weird name for a car,” I thought. Fast forward to May 2018, when Hyundai fittingly introduced the second generation 2019 Veloster to the media in Austin, a city that takes immense pride in proclaiming itself the weirdest city in the country (although Portland, Ore., takes exception to that claim).

2018 Bentley Bentayga — Automotive nirvana

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 23, 2018) The notion of purchasing a new vehicle costing upwards of a quarter million dollars is clearly out of reach for middle-class bourgeois like myself. However, if you’re among the global one-tenth of one-percent who can easily write that check, you need pay attention to this: The long black luxury sedan is so yesterday as the choice of livery servitude, pushed aside by chrome ablaze, boxy, giant ultra-luxury SUVs in all their glorious swaddled seduction and refinement.

2018 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X Diesel — Stuck in the middle with you

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 14, 2018) Nearly 50 years ago, Scottish musicians Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan wrote and released a song called “Stuck in the Middle with You,” performed by their band Stealers Wheel. It sold over a million copies, eventually peaking at number six on the Billboard charts. Since then a lot has been written about the meaning of the lyrics: there’s a lot of stuff going on around you and you can go either way, trying to make sense of it all.

All new Toyota Avalon: In search of a younger audience

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re not wearing reading glasses to read this review, don’t read newspapers or have the slightest clue what the letters AARP stand for, then you probably have no idea what a Toyota Avalon is — let alone have exciting thoughts about trading your current ride for one.

Toyota’s all-new Corolla hatchback: More haute than hot

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 30, 2018) Just over two years ago, Toyota announced it was killing off the Scion brand, which launched in 2003 hoping to attract trendy youthful buyers to the Toyota family.  By the end of 2016, Scion was toast and Toyota saw fit to rebadge the small, sporty FR-S as the Toyota 86. The diminutive iA became a Yaris subcompact sedan and the Scion iM hatchback became the Corolla iM hatchback.

2018 Audi SQ5 — One of the best gets better

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 26, 2018) A popular suburban mainstay of crossover utility vehicles, the Audi Q5 luxury SUV first came on the scene following its North American debut in 2009. The Q5 received a refresh in 2012 and now, for 2018, comes the second-generation with a complete revamp that includes more technology, advanced driver assistance systems, a redeveloped powertrain, and modest exterior design treatments. So modest, in fact, only those with an educated eye will spot the difference.