Jim Prueter

All-new Santa Fe excels in style, advanced safety features, value

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 5, 2018) There was a time not all that long ago when Hyundai’s product lineup, while generally good, was unremarkable and easily blended in with the wallpaper. To be sure, their design was on the weird side – case in point, the Santa Fe compact crossover utility vehicle that debuted in 2000 as a 2001 model.

2018 Kicks — Nissan’s hip new urban arrival

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 29, 2018) Nissan just introduced a new subcompact crossover utility vehicle intended primarily for younger buyers. Nissan’s newest and smallest utility vehicle, called Kicks, carries the strong DNA of the brand’s other utility-vehicle offerings, most noticeably Rogue Sport.

2018 Maserati Levante — La Dolce Vita

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 27, 2018) Maserati, an Italian automaker with a rich and noble racing heritage delivered by its luxurious high-performance sedans, sports cars and coupes, has, for the first time, added the brand’s trident badge to a much needed sport utility vehicle. Named the Levante (pronounced la-von-tay) for the tropical Mediterranean winds, it is uniquely Italian and positioned to compete directly against vehicles like Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.

A superb value for a German sedan, if you can live with the styling

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 9, 2018) It may be a surprise many people that the best-selling automotive brand in the world isn’t Toyota or Ford or General Motors. Last year, Volkswagen had record global sales of over 10 million vehicles, knocking Toyota out of the top spot.

Taking you places where only fools would otherwise attempt to go

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 5, 2018) With last year’s debut of Chevrolet’s hardcore go-anywhere Colorado ZR2, off-road enthusiasts now have an alternative choice to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro that’s currently the only legitimate alternative to the Ford Raptor, which is much larger, less agile and significantly more expensive, or Jeep Wrangler, which isn’t a pickup truck.

Full-Sized Titan pickup adds Midnight Edition to lineup

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 3, 2018) Last year, we reviewed the then all-new 2017 Nissan Titan full-sized pickup truck that slots above the mid-sized Nissan Frontier. But don’t confuse the new Nissan Titan with its almost heavy-duty version, Titan XD, which actually appeared a year earlier as a 2016 model and slots a bit above the regular issue Titan. Confusing, I know.

F-150’s new Power Stroke diesel is the first full-sized pickup to get 30 mpg

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 26, 2018) How hot is the Ford pickup? Every 30 seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, a new Ford pickup is sold. Keep in mind, with dealerships closed during the middle of the night and on certain holidays those numbers are even more spectacular.

Don’t even think about fat-shaming this widebody

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica

(July 24, 2018) Since Dodge reintroduced the Challenger for the 2008 model year, both the Mustang and Camaro muscle cars have undergone complete refreshes. Further, Camaro is expecting another update for 2019. By contrast, the Challenger has basically remained unchanged for the past 11 years, except for one minor mid-cycle refresh back in 2015. Still, sales keep climbing and thus far in 2018, it is outselling the three-year-old Camaro.

New Infiniti QX50 struggles to impress

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 23, 2018) There’s no denying that the U.S. car-buying community is crossover-crazy, shunning traditional family sedans for a piece of the upscale driving action you get with the likes the popular Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Jaguar F-Pace and numerous others including the Infiniti QX50, the long awaited replacement for the EX and QX50 predecessors after a one-year hiatus.

2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid — The right car at the wrong time

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 7, 2018) At a time when family-sedan sales are taking a long and extend sales dive — as consumers seemingly can’t satisfy their appetite for utility vehicles — Ford Motor Company has decided to wave the white flag, announcing this past April that it will discontinue all sedans in North America. That includes the Fusion, tested here.