Jim Prueter

Domesticating Godzilla with expressive absurdity

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica

(April 18, 2016) MOAB, Utah — It’s a military vehicle in most of the world including the U.S. Marine Corps and in the civilian market it’s hugely popular with the likes of the Russian mafia, professional superballers who can consistently hit 3-point falling away jump shots, cardiothoracic surgeons (for some odd reason) and heavily armed gun toting bad guys in action movies.

Challenger Hellcat — The sweet sound when flexing your muscles

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica

(April 3, 2016) I spent the last week driving the tumultuous 707-horsepower supercharged license-loser Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It’s street legal and so powerful, you can expect to turn the quarter mile at the drag strip in close to 11 seconds at just over 125 mph on Pirelli P Zero summer tires. Swap for drag radials and you’ll record times in the 10-second range.

All-new Pacifica could make it cool to drive a minivan

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica

(March 25, 2016) NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — For the most part, minivans live out their existence lonely and unloved, with owners who are all too self-conscious of and embarrassment associated with driving one. To be sure, the minivan is not an aspirational vehicle. Nope. They are strictly life-stage vehicles, ready to fill the void between the third-trimester and the age when the kids no longer want to be seen with their parents — especially in a minivan at Wal-Mart.

Eye-catching Nissan Sentra grows up

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica

(March 4, 2016) To say the compact Sentra is an important vehicle for Nissan would be a huge understatement. Last year, Nissan sold more than 200,000 Sentras — that’s double sales in just three years. Sentra is Nissan’s third-best-selling vehicle, behind the Altima and Rogue.

Now in its seventh generation, Sentra has been in the U.S. market for 34 years, with more than four million units sold. Nissan says 93 percent of all Sentras are still on the road.

We pick the 10 most undervalued classic cars

By Jim Prueter

(October 4, 2015) January in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the place to be for the vintage, classic and collector car spectacle known as Scottsdale Collector Car Auction Week. Buyers, sellers and spectators flock from around the world to attend the half-dozen events that this year broke multiple records and over $228 million in sales.

If you like lists, here's a good one — 10 best car songs of all time

By Jim Prueter

(August 24, 2015
) Ever since the Galvin brothers installed the first commercially successful car radio into a Ford Model A Deluxe Coupe back in 1930, Americans have been inexorably wedded to the notion of having music in their car while hitting the open road. For some, it’s the soothing background music of a Brahms concerto. For others it’s the full-on rush of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as sung in a memorable driving scene in the 1992 film Wayne’s World.