Jim Prueter

Smart Electric Drive Cabrio falls short with low range, high price

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 4, 2018) A year ago, Daimler announced the decision to convert the Smart brand to all-electric in North America, discontinuing gas-powered Smart cars. Smart cars are built by Daimler in France and sold exclusively through Mercedes-Benz dealers in the U.S. The current and third generation of the Smart Fortwo was introduced in 2015 in gasoline form. In June 2017, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive went on sale and was recently followed by the cabriolet (convertible) model that will go on sale in spring 2018.

All-new Nissan Leaf – Is 150 mile driving range enough?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 3, 2018) Most news stories regarding battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are about Tesla and the great things Elon Musk is doing…or not. But what’s known but by a few is that the world’s best-selling electric car to date is the Nissan Leaf. At the start of 2016, more than 200,000 have been sold worldwide.

Track ready Honda Civic Type R is nothing short of spectacular

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 27, 2017) The Honda Civic is one of the most popular, affordable, reliable and best resale value cars one could hope to purchase. It’s also one of the most staid, sedate and uninspiring vehicles one could drive. Even Honda acknowledged that Civic had grown boring and placid over the years.

After a near-death experience Mitsubishi is now a believer

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 27, 2017) Pick up a copy of most any car buff magazine, or browse online auto reviews of the Mitsubishi Outlander, and you’ll be hard pressed to find much critics like about the Mitsubishi crossover. That’s understandable, since just a few short years ago the brand was practically dead, on the verge of pulling out of the U.S. market, and the company was doing little to improve or add to their product lineup.

Don’t expect to find much 'sport' in the Outlander Sport

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 24, 2017) Despite the name Outlander Sport, a sporting driving experience is not in the equation. The steering is vague with little feedback, body roll presents itself quickly on curves and when cornering, and acceleration from the 168 horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is disappointing. Much of the blame can be attributed to the CVT automatic transmission that really struggles to get the most from the rather anemic horsepower, creating excessive engine noise in the process.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT — The hot rod family hauler

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 21, 2017) Dodge is the last automotive brand that has remained committed to building true muscle cars. Some will argue that Chevrolet has the Camaro and Corvette, and Ford the Mustang, but nobody does high-performance better or on a wider scale than Dodge. Dodge already does Challengers with up to 840-horsepower with its human-hauling rocket sled Demon, and 707-horsepower Hellcats in a choice of either a Challenger coupe or a four-door Dodge Charger, that’s popular as a cop car.

2018 Toyota 4Runner — Who said dinosaurs are extinct?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 9, 2017) In many respects, Toyota’s 4Runner is a dinosaur of a vehicle, a throwback survivor that’s been roaming the earth for 34 years, long before car-based SUVs and the term “crossover” even existed.

Is Jaguar’s radical new I-PACE benchmarking Tesla?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 28, 2017) Most auto manufacturers are quite secretive when it comes to models they may or may not be introducing in the future. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard an executive from an auto manufacturer tell a room full of journalists that “we don’t talk about future products,” when asked about, well, future products.

Genesis G80 Sport – Good enough to stand out from the crowd?

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 23, 2017) It’s no secret that Hyundai has struggled to get its Genesis sedan the same kind of attention to a car buying public that has otherwise completely embraced the Korean auto manufacturer, whose popular models include Sonata mid-sized family sedan, Azera premium sedan, and Santa Fe and Tucson crossovers.

2018 Mercedes GLA 250 — Good things in a small package

By Jim Prueter
MotorwyAmerica.com

(October 19, 2017) The small, compact luxury crossover segment is growing rapidly, with numerous manufacturers flooding the market with a vast choice of vehicles and trim levels. Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30 are just a few, with Jaguar’s new E Pace going on sale in 2018.