Jim Prueter

2018 Hyundai Kona — Terrific new Kona an absolute sweetheart

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 2, 2018) Rolling into dealer showrooms across the U.S. now, the Hyundai Kona, a little late to the small crossover-utility market, is going up against some of the most solid and serious performers in its class: Subaru Crosstrek, Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade and others. Still, we think it’s one of the best.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In — Don’t judge this 'book' by its cover

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 28, 2018) Honda has introduced an entirely new model line of vehicles called Clarity. It encompasses different fuel powertrains including a hydrogen-powered electric car, a fully electric vehicle, and a plug-in hybrid.  For now, the hydrogen-powered electric car is only available in California, and only as a leased vehicle. The all-electric model is only available in California and Oregon, while the plug-in is for sale nationwide.

Redesigned Elantra GT attractive, affordable, fuel efficient

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 27, 2018) When it comes to Hyundai, few, if any, associate it with the word “sporty.” With the introduction this year of the new compact Hyundai Elantra GT, that could change. We think it will appeal to those seeking a hatchback with extra style and flair that is more fun to drive.

The all-new Navigator: Spectacular styling, dreamy to drive

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 26, 2018) The Navigator was the original large, luxury SUV, coming on the scene way back in 1989. It was an instant hit and the ride of choice for the rich and famous. But its glory faded as Land Rover, Lexus, Cadillac and others moved decidedly upscale. But with a complete redesign for 2018 — its first in more than a decade — Navigator leapfrogs competitors and reclaims its spot at the top of the segment with gorgeous new style, advanced technology and countless best-in-class notables.

2018 Kia Rio — An excellent car for most people

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 25, 2018) Kia’s product offering in the subcompact car segment is the Rio sedan and hatchback. For 2018, Kia introduces the fourth-generation Rio with an entirely new look, a roomier cabin, improved fuel economy and a value proposition that’s tough to beat.

Newly refreshed Sonata a serious mid-size contender

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 21, 2018) While sedan sales continue to decline in favor of utility vehicles, mid-sized family sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry received major redesigns for 2018 in an attempt to attract buyers back and stop the bleeding. However, designers at Hyundai elected to go with a mid-cycle refresh instead. But, this refresh is about as close to a redesign as you can get without changing the engines.

All-new Volkswagen Atlas three-row SUV an absolute winner

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 13, 2018) The Atlas is the Volkswagen’s first large, three-row seven-passenger SUV. It’s big — very big — and was designed for the needs of the modern American market. Atlas was styled in Wolfsburg Germany, with a bit of help from VW’s Santa Monica, Calif., design studio. Atlas is built exclusively in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Fresh new looks grace Infiniti’s luxury flagship QX80 for 2018

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 6, 2018) For the 2004 model year, Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan, introduced its massive SUV, called the QX56. It was an upscale version of the Nissan Pathfinder Armada and a close kin to the Titan V-8 full-size pickup truck.

2018 Cadillac XT5 — Comfortable, composed and capable

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 3, 2018) I reviewed the Cadillac XT5 last year when it first launched in mid 2016 as a 2017 model. It took the place of the outgoing SRX. That review has been updated to include changes for the 2018 XT5 tested here.

The XT5 is powered by an all-new 3.6-liter 310 horsepower V6. The engine includes cylinder deactivation that allows it to switch down to four cylinders when the vehicle decides it doesn’t need the extra power and can also shut off completely when the vehicle is stopped to save fuel.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R — 'The Beast from Green Hell'

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 23, 2018) AMG, the high-performance speed shop for Mercedes, has been hammering out a steady stream of unrestrained, tire-shredding, asphalt-ripping street machines for more than 30 years. The GT R is its latest sports car. If you’re familiar with Germany’s Nurburgring (nicknamed Green Hell), it’s worth knowing that the GT R got around the track in a record 7 minutes and 10 seconds, which Mercedes claims is a record for rear-wheel-drive cars.