Jim Prueter

2016 BMW 328i Wagon — All cars should be this much fun to own and drive

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 31, 2016) Cars are an emotional choice, an expression of our personal style, likes and aspirations. As a working automotive journalist I’m first and foremost, an automotive geek. An automotive enthusiast. I honestly don’t know anyone who loves cars more than I do and for whatever reason I have always been completely addicted to station wagons.

2017 Nissan Titan — Re-engineered, restyled and ready to compete

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 28, 2016) Last year, Nissan made big news with the full-sized Titan pickup, which was completely redesigned and restyled for the first time since it went on sale back in the 2004 model year. Truck owners are fervently brand loyal, and Nissan has had a rough time of it, trying to get Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 owners to switch brands. As a result, Titan sales have never quite lived up to expectations. It’s not unlike what Toyota discovered with its full-size Tundra pickup.

GMC Acadia gets downsized

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 21, 2016) The first GMC Acadia went on sale in 2006 as a 2007 model, one of three amigos — with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave — sharing the GM Lambda platform. This is called badge engineering, where vehicle clones are sold under different brand monikers.

The Smart and charming big city vehicle

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.con

(December 14, 2016) MIAMI — I’m in Miami’s South Beach for the media launch of Smart’s latest and much improved third generation EV. My driving partner and I are drawing a fair amount of attention as we make our way to the comically tiny red and black car we’ll be evaluating. The stares, jokes and wisecracks are coming from my fellow auto journalists who want to watch my 6’-6” frame — along with my drive partner at 6’-4” — gyrate, pirouette as we attempt to enter the vehicle.

2017 Audi S3 — Audi’s mighty mite

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 13, 2016) The Audi A3 sedan arrived on the U.S. automotive scene a couple of years ago as the entry-level vehicle for the brand. Since then, Audi has launched Audi 3 versions in convertible, plug-in hybrid Sportback e-tron, and the high-performance S3 sedan tested here. Think of it as a smaller version of the popular Audi A4. 

Subaru Outback is simply a gem

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 10, 2016) I’ve always thought the Subaru Outback to be the Centaur of vehicles. It didn’t start out that way when it was first introduced back in 1995 and marketed as a Legacy Grand Wagon in Japan. That was long before the crossover utility vehicle craze came on the automotive scene.

Infiniti Q60S Red Sport —The head turning supercoupe

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 31, 2016) With just five percent of the automotive market share, two-door coupe models are considered objects of desire rather than a vehicle that fills a mainstream transportation need. People buy them because they want one not because they are necessarily a practical choice. And visually, the new Infiniti Q60 is not only an object of desire it’s also absolutely gorgeous inside and out.

Fresh new Nissan Rogue is outstanding

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica

(October 23, 2016) LAKE OCONEE, Ga. — Following three straight years of sales growth since the introduction of the completely redesigned second-generation Nissan Rogue for the 2014 model year, it has been given a mid-cycle refreshing for 2017 to stay competitive in the booming compact crossover market.

Redesigned Q7 loaded with high-tech, luxury and performance

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica

(September 23, 2016) The original Audi Q7 SUV has been around since 2007, when it was introduced to compete with Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. But sales never approached those of the Mercedes or BMW offerings.  For 2017 Audi has completely redesigned the Q7. In the process, it shed some 474 pounds, an unusually huge amount for any vehicle.

A new Armada — Your ship has come in

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 12, 2016) The Nissan Armada has been around for a long time, having first been introduced in late 2003 as a 2004 model known as the Pathfinder Armada. Later, the Pathfinder name was dropped and since then, it has simply been known as the Armada.