Jim Prueter

Nisan Armada essentially an Infiniti QX80 for the price of a Nissan

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 10, 2018) These are boom times for big SUVs which, perhaps more than any other style of vehicle, are affected by the price of gasoline. As I write, today’s AAA national average is $2.44, with some locations around the country surprisingly less than $2 per gallon. That’s great news for those who own the latest generation Nissan Armada, a huge V-8 powered SUV that’s rated by the EPA at 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.

Newly redesigned 2019 Chevy Traverse — Room with a view

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 6, 2018) Last year, for 2018, Chevrolet completely redesigned the Traverse, a popular three-row family crossover utility vehicle that seats up to eight passengers and starts under $30,000. The Traverse competes against the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, VW Atlas, Dodge Durango, Kia Sorento, and Nissan Pathfinder, as well as its up-market sibling, Buick Enclave.

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross — New crossover eclipsed by rivals

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 3, 3018) For years there have been rumors and innuendo of Mitsubishi’s U.S. demise. The company has been mired in one scandal after another, including its admitted overstatement of the fuel economy of at least four models, including two under the Nissan badge. That misstep cost Mitsubishi some $3 billion, further damaging a brand that has already been losing market share.

The all-new all-electric Jaguar I-Pace: Shock and Awe

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 25, 2018) Until now, if you wanted a luxury electric crossover utility vehicle, your choice was limited to one: Tesla Model X. However, Jaguar has started delivery of its luxury crossover EV, the I-Pace, and Audi has unveiled its e-tron SUV. Others like Porsche are close behind.

Ford EcoSport fails to make its case against excellent competitors

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 21, 2018) Today, 70 percent of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. are non-sedans; most of those are SUVS. Consumers are flocking to SUVs and pickup trucks, and manufacturers are busy filling that demand with new products of all sizes. To that end, earlier this year Ford began selling its first subcompact crossover utility vehicle in the U.S., EcoSport (pronounced “echo-sport”).

2019 Mercedes Benz S 560 4Matic — Benchmark of automotive excellence

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 18, 2018) The S-Class sedan, a benchmark of automotive excellence, is not only the flagship of Mercedes-Benz, it arguably makes a strong case for the “best car in the world.”  The S-Class dates back to 1972, with the most recent generation introduced for 2014 with a mid-cycle refreshing completed for 2018.  At first glance, it appeared little was changed.

Hyundai’s first performance car — Capable and then some

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 8, 2018) Just this last spring, Hyundai introduced the second-generation Veloster to the media in Austin, Texas, a city that takes colossal pride in proclaiming itself the weirdest city in the country. We came away overwhelmingly impressed with the ferocious new styling, the significantly upgraded cabin, advanced technology and standard safety features, and the more powerful 201-horsepower R-Spec turbo engine.

All-new 2019 VW Jetta — Perfectly sufficient for most drivers

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 1, 2018) Lately, Volkswagen, the people’s car brand, has been spending a lot of time and effort on their excellent SUV products like the recently introduced mid-sized Atlas and completely restyled and redesigned compact Tiguan. They’ve also been making a lot of noise relative to their goal of rolling out 80 new electric cars across its multi-brand group within the next six years. VW says they will invest more than $24 billion in that effort.

All-new X2 — Another reason why we can’t get enough BMWs

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 22, 2018) The newest Bimmer in the German automakers lengthy lineup of luxury crossovers is the compact X2. It’s essentially a sportier, funkier, sleeker and slightly less roomy version of the company’s X1 subcompact crossover.

All new RDX: Good enough to finally benchmark class superstars?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 12, 2018) RDX is Acura’s premium compact to mid-sized crossover utility vehicle that first arrived for 2007. With its turbo-powered engine and upscale appointments, it was an enjoyable vehicle to drive but, unfortunately, didn’t catch on with the car-buying public. Later, the second-generation RDX added more luxury and a standard 279-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine. But it was predominantly a gussied up Honda CR-V, sharing the same basic chassis architecture.