Jim Prueter

Land Rover Discovery properly luxurious, spectacular off-road

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 2, 2018) Fresh off a complete new redesign last year, the fifth-generation model sports a new look, a new name and features a slew of technological advancements, including lightweight body construction, making Discovery about 20 percent lighter than the outgoing LR4.

Gone is the boxy look in favor of a more rounded aerodynamic flowing design. But a few historical lineage cues remain, like the offset rear license plate and the signature, stepped roof that’s now dwindled to a mere ripple.

2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Sport — Winning the pickup war

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 23, 2018) At dealer showrooms now, the 2019 Ram 1500 half-ton pickup has been completely redesigned and is nothing short of spectacular.

A few months ago, we drove the new Ram at its media launch in Scottsdale, Ariz. While we were only able to get driver’s seat time for a few hours at that event, I recently spent an entire week driving the 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Sport Crew cab 4X4 for a more comprehensive review.

Thrilling performance from a top-notch German luxury sports sedan

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 16, 2018) Last year, Audi updated its fifth-generation A4 sedan. Audi didn’t do anything radical, with the basic dimensions staying the same, but Audi aficionados certainly recognized some significant changes. So, understandably, for 2018 the A4 is almost exclusively a carryover from last year, and a much stronger performance-oriented S4 has joined the lineup.

Does the new Lexus ES have enough magic to woo younger buyer?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 11, 2018) When the Lexus brand first launched in the U.S 28 years ago, it did so with just two sedans: the LS and the smaller ES. Over the years, Lexus, of course, added numerous vehicles to its portfolio — SUVs, sportier models and more coupes and sedans. With 2.18 million worldwide sales — one million in the U.S. alone — it is the most popular Lexus ever.

Newly refreshed Cherokee Trailhawk: Getting over the rough stuff

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 6, 2018) Earlier this year we drove and reviewed the updated 2019 Jeep Cherokee when members of the automotive media were invited to California for its “first drive” introduction. Jeep provided both the Latitude and Overland trim levels and a very limited amount of time in the Trailhawk model for test-driving. Jeep engineers promised I’d get more time behind the wheel of the Trailhawk Elite in the coming months and that time came a week ago when I fully tested the “Trail Rated” Elite.

All-New 2018 Honda Accord is supremely excellent

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 2, 2018) For 2018, Honda has introduced an all-new 10th-generation Accord, a nameplate that has long been one of the most recognized and best-selling vehicles in the U.S marketplace. The new Accord was quickly bestowed with numerous “best-of” awards, including North American Car of the Year at the Detroit International Auto Show in January.

All new Hyundai Veloster stays quirky and fun to drive

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

AUSTIN, Texas — I first heard about the Veloster back in 2012 when Hyundai initially launched the quirky little hatchback, and the name reminded me of a carnival ride. “Weird name for a car,” I thought. Fast forward to May 2018, when Hyundai fittingly introduced the second generation 2019 Veloster to the media in Austin, a city that takes immense pride in proclaiming itself the weirdest city in the country (although Portland, Ore., takes exception to that claim).

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.