Jim Prueter

2019 Lexus LC 500 — Sensuous good looks, grand touring performance

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 19, 2019) First introduced last year, the LC 500 sports coupe is a new product for Lexus and, in some ways, a new line of business. One could dispute that by citing the now defunct, high-performance 553-horsepower V-10 powered Lexus LFA coupe that debuted back in 2012 with a price starting at $375,875. But since only 500 LFAs were produced, all as a 2012 model, I’m betting most have never heard of the growling, pulsating, tire-ripping LFA and it would be unfair to compare it to the new LC 500.

We spend a week with the 2019 2.0-liter Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 13, 2019) It was just over a year ago that we first drove the significantly updated and refined Jeep Wrangler at its media introduction in Tucson, Arizona. Rumors of this “new” Wrangler had been the subject of speculation for years, with loyalists cautiously optimistic that the iconic off-roader would at the very least maintain its heritage.

Toyota 86 GT — Agile, zesty, best-in-class driving entertainment

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 8, 2019) Back in 2016 the Scion brand said, “Sayonara.” Well, not exactly, as several models just removed the Scion label off the trunk lid and replaced it with the Toyota emblem. Take the revered FR-S, for example. It’s a sporty rear-wheel drive coupe that sells below $30,000 and is now called the Toyota 86.

2019 QX80 Limited: Keep moving, nothing to see here

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 30, 2018) Last year, we did a thorough review of the QX80, Infiniti’s flagship SUV. It had just received a complete refresh that included, among other things, improved interior materials, a modestly upgraded infotainment system, and new safety systems. We concluded, based on our impressions, that QX80 still fell short of newer and thoroughly upgraded competitors like Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Range Rover.

2019 Genesis G70 — The Genius of the G70

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 26, 2018) Genesis Motors, the luxury car division of Korean auto giant Hyundai, started in 2015 as a stand-alone brand, primarily designed to compete against European luxury brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, not unlike Toyota’s Lexus and Nissan’s Infiniti divisions.

2019 Honda Pilot — Honda’s top-notch family hauler

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 21, 2018) The current generation of the Honda Pilot began back in 2016. For the 2019 model year, Honda has given its family-friendly midsized SUV a mid-cycle update.  With its flexible room-for-eight seating, easy driving nature, comfortable ride, quiet cabin and a gem of an engine all with a starting price of just $32,445 including destination charges, it’s no surprise the Pilot is in the top four of midsize SUV sales.

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.