Jim Prueter

2017 Mazda3 — Mazda’s excellent compact hatchback

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 5, 2017) For 2017, the Mazda3 gets an update and a mild facelift. It has been repackaged with more refinement, additional content and a stronger value proposition against its competitors, especially the newly redesigned Honda Civic, which has been winning acclaim and awards. We tested the five-door hatchback but Mazda3 is also available as a four-door sedan.

Refreshed Chevy Trax is better, but still disappoints

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 3, 2017) It’s been just two years since Chevrolet introduced its diminutive four-door, five-passenger crossover to the booming utility vehicle segment. GM has sent the Trax back for a refreshing to its front and rear looks, interior, and has made a few other minor changes in response to increased competition in the segment. The refresh also addressed some of Trax’s initial flaws.

All new Volkswagen Atlas is Sehr Gut

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 27, 2017) Volkswagen earned the distinction of being the best-selling vehicle in the world last year, grabbing the sales crown from Toyota. The two companies have been in a title race for years.

2017 Honda CR-V — No-brainer choice for a compact CUV

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 26, 2017) PHOENIX — Sales of compact crossover utility vehicles are booming; consumers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for them and the segment continues to grow. In fact, utility vehicles now outsell cars. With players like Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue and others continually updating and refreshing their products, competition is keen and the vehicles are only getting better.

2017 Ford F250 — Brute power in an Armani suit

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 25, 2017) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — While Scottsdale may declare itself “The West’s Most Western Town,” and even have a bucking horse emblazoned on its city seal, it’s been a long time since pistols have been drawn on a dusty trail outside the saloon.

Volvo’s all-new flagship sedan: More luxury, less sporty

By Jim Preuter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 19, 2017) We were more than impressed with the completely redesigned XC90 when it was introduced for 2015. It was the first Volvo to be updated since Chinese automaker Geely bought the Swedish car company from Ford in 2010. For the record, the brand has kept its promise to completely refresh and revamp its entire product line by the end of 2017, recently introducing a redesigned XC60 crossover, V90 and V60 crossover wagons, and the all-new flagship S90 mid-sized luxury class sedan tested here.

2017 G80 — The Genesis of Genesis

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 16, 2017) In case you missed the announcement (you’re not alone), Hyundai has spun off the Hyundai Genesis as its own new luxury brand simply known as Genesis. Think of Hyundai’s approach to the Genesis brand as similar to that of Toyota and Lexus, Nissan and Infiniti, Honda and Acura.

2017 Dodge Durango R/T — Large, functional, capable

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 16, 2017) The Dodge Durango R/T is a muscular, well-proportioned, seven-passenger, three-row crossover sport utility vehicle. It’s also one of the most unique on the market when considering passenger and cargo capacity, power, capability and driving dynamics.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI — Wunderbar

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 5, 2017) Amid the accounts the emissions-cheating scandal with Volkswagen’s popular TDI diesel engine, along with a double-digit sales setback in the United States, one fact may have gotten past most consumers: In 2016, Volkswagen became the world’s best-selling automaker, unseating Toyota, who held the distinction since 2009.

Lincoln freshens the MKZ for 2017

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 29, 2017) For several years, Ford Motor Company has been touting the “rebirth” of Lincoln and the American luxury brand. But the difficulty is that what’s in Lincoln showrooms is largely tarted-up Ford mainstream products. The Lincoln MKC compact crossover utility vehicle is the lone exception.