Jim Prueter

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.

2019 Mercedes E450 4MATIC Cabriolet — 'Here Comes the Sun'

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 29, 2019) Few things in life are as magical as the sun breaking out on a warm spring day after a long winter. The Beatles’ George Harrison said, “It was one of those beautiful spring mornings in April after a long hard, and dismal winter that led me to writing "Here Comes the Sun."

Updated for 2019 — Nissan Maxima falls far short of a sports sedan

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 21, 2019) It’s been over three years since I last drove and reviewed the current eighth-generation Nissan Maxima. Back then, Nissan did a complete makeover and reprised the 4DSC (four-door sports car) logo it sported as far back as the days when Nissan was known as Datsun.

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.