Jim Prueter

2018 Bentley Bentayga — Automotive nirvana

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 23, 2018) The notion of purchasing a new vehicle costing upwards of a quarter million dollars is clearly out of reach for middle-class bourgeois like myself. However, if you’re among the global one-tenth of one-percent who can easily write that check, you need pay attention to this: The long black luxury sedan is so yesterday as the choice of livery servitude, pushed aside by chrome ablaze, boxy, giant ultra-luxury SUVs in all their glorious swaddled seduction and refinement.

2018 Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X Diesel — Stuck in the middle with you

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 14, 2018) Nearly 50 years ago, Scottish musicians Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan wrote and released a song called “Stuck in the Middle with You,” performed by their band Stealers Wheel. It sold over a million copies, eventually peaking at number six on the Billboard charts. Since then a lot has been written about the meaning of the lyrics: there’s a lot of stuff going on around you and you can go either way, trying to make sense of it all.

All new Toyota Avalon: In search of a younger audience

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re not wearing reading glasses to read this review, don’t read newspapers or have the slightest clue what the letters AARP stand for, then you probably have no idea what a Toyota Avalon is — let alone have exciting thoughts about trading your current ride for one.

Toyota’s all-new Corolla hatchback: More haute than hot

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 30, 2018) Just over two years ago, Toyota announced it was killing off the Scion brand, which launched in 2003 hoping to attract trendy youthful buyers to the Toyota family.  By the end of 2016, Scion was toast and Toyota saw fit to rebadge the small, sporty FR-S as the Toyota 86. The diminutive iA became a Yaris subcompact sedan and the Scion iM hatchback became the Corolla iM hatchback.

2018 Audi SQ5 — One of the best gets better

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 26, 2018) A popular suburban mainstay of crossover utility vehicles, the Audi Q5 luxury SUV first came on the scene following its North American debut in 2009. The Q5 received a refresh in 2012 and now, for 2018, comes the second-generation with a complete revamp that includes more technology, advanced driver assistance systems, a redeveloped powertrain, and modest exterior design treatments. So modest, in fact, only those with an educated eye will spot the difference.

Nissan ProPILOT Assist — A taste of self-driving features

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 23, 2018) Last fall, I had the opportunity to drive Nissan’s first go at semi-autonomous driving with the launch of the all-new 2018 Leaf and introduction of ProPILOT Assist. This new technology beat the Leaf to dealer showrooms with the 2018 Nissan Rogue SL, the model tested here and, the only other Nissan model offered with the technology. The benefit and intent of ProPILOT Assist is to ease the driver’s workload by reducing the amount of acceleration, steering and braking effort, thus mitigating driver fatigue.

2018 Mustang GT: For those who have gasoline in their veins

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 21, 2018) It’s 1964, and Ford Motor Company vice president Lee Iacocca introduces the new Ford Mustang at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. That same year Dick Dale and His Del-Tones release the single “Wild, Wild Mustang,” and an icon is born.

More than a half century later the first muscle car, is not only still here, it’s actually gotten stronger and faster, and is still a car people dream of owning.

A fresh Fit for 2018 — Still king of the subcompacts

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 12, 2018) For 2018, Honda’s excellent subcompact hatchback, the third-generation five-door subcompact Fit, undergoes a substantial mid-cycle freshening, including the addition of a new Sport trim tested here.

It slots between the existing base LX trim and up-market EX trim level. Regardless of trim level, all Fit models get an updated infotainment system, and greater availability of Honda’s Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assistive technologies.

2018 Kia Stinger — Kia’s surprising real-deal sports sedan

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 9, 2018) In the rapidly changing world of automotive driving preferences, which has seen buyers cotton to sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks rather than family sedans in record numbers, Korean automaker Kia is swimming against the current with the latest addition to its lineup, the 2018 Stinger.

The Stinger is no ordinary run-of-the-mill mid-sized sedan. Rather, it’s a powerful mid-size sport-luxury “liftback” sedan that’s redefining the Kia brand.

2019 Ram 1500 — Dazzling new Ram is beyond impressive

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 5, 2018) Pickup trucks are more popular than ever and the market for them is about to get even hotter and more competitive for the 2019 model year. Ford raised the stakes this year with a refresh of the industry’s top-selling F-150. Chevrolet has already previewed an all-new Silverado, and GMC has an all-new Sierra. Further, Ram has just introduced its totally redesigned 15th generation Ram 1500.