Paul Borden

There's more to the new Corvette than just the mid-engine configuration



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 15, 2021) There was so much made in the months leading up to the debut of the first mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette in the summer of 2019 that you might have wondered if the vehicle itself could live up to all the hoopla. But after a week in this beauty to start off the new year, I’m here to say that the C8 Corvette Stingray has not only lived up to expectations, it has taken the Great American Sports Car to a new, higher level.

Chevrolet stands out in midsize SUV segment with 2021 Traverse



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 10, 2021) Introduced as a 2009 model, fully redesigned for 2018, and updated with some minor changes two years later, the Chevrolet Traverse goes into 2021 with no major changes from its immediate predecessor. But don’t hold that against it. When it comes to family transportation and all that goes with it (carpooling, weekend road trips, family vacations, etc.), the Traverse has a lot in its favor as a midsize SUV segment.

Kia moves on from Optima to new K5 sedan for 2021



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com


(December 29, 2020) When it came time for Kia to update its Optima sedan after nearly 20 years of production, the South Korean automaker didn’t mess around. The overhaul was so extensive that the old Optima is completely gone, replaced by a new vehicle, the K5, for 2021 with a major upgrade in both appearance and features from its predecessor.

Lincoln brings back Aviator name for its midsize crossover SUV



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 20, 2020) After a brief run over a decade ago, the Aviator name is back for Lincoln, and it is welcome change from the use of alphanumeric nomenclature among luxury class vehicles, whether they been sedans, coupes, convertibles, or the growing crossover SUV segment. It is much easier to remember “Aviator” than it is “MKX” or whatever Lincoln’s previous midsize SUV was.

Land Rover gives old name to new SUV — The Defender



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 10, 2020) The 2020 Land Rover Defender is a new SUV sporting an old name. First introduced in 1983 as the Land Rover 110 with a Land Rover 90 coming a year later — the designations were based on the vehicle’s wheelbase, not engine size — the name was altered to Defender in 1990, but it wasn’t too survive very long in the U.S. market.

Luxury comes to pickup trucks with GMC Sierra 1500 Denali



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 4, 2020) I don’t know when pickup trucks started coming with price tags that used to be found only on top-end luxury sedans, but there is no question you can spend just as much on a workhorse vehicle these days as you can on a thoroughbred. Not saying you have to, of course, because manufacturers tend to start with lower-end pricing, but they certainly can work their way up rather quickly.

2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van all about work, work, work



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 9, 2020) MIAMI — After spending a week in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris van, I have a new respect for drivers of commercial vehicles with enclosed rear cargo areas, and I intend to give them plenty of room when driving. How they manage with just side mirrors letting them know what is going on behind them is beyond me. I never did get comfortable in the Metris without the typical interior mirror mounted above the windshield.

Bigger than Escape, smaller than Explorer, Ford Edge is right-size SUV

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 2, 2020) While Ford has given its redesigned Escape crossover an advertising push recently, the Ford Edge remains a nice option for car shoppers looking for something just a tad bigger but don’t care about three-row seating. Around since its debut as a 2007 model, the 2020 Edge slots in between the Escape and familiar Ford Explorer in the company’s SUV fleet and though it would seem a third-row could be squeezed in, thankfully the company has avoided that temptation and provided pretty good cargo space behind the second row.

Revived Fiat 124 Spider both a sibling and a rival to Mazda MX-5

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 23, 2020) Since its inception just over three decades ago, the Mazda MX-5 Miata not only has been the go-to choice for car shoppers looking for an affordable, modern-day version of the classic 1950s-’60s British roadster, for a good part of that time it pretty much has been the only option. But not so much any more.

GLB250 hits the sweet spot in Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 14, 2020) Introduced a little over a year ago, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 is one of the more practical and stylish SUVs in the luxury class. It is functional, comfortable, a joy to drive, and offers all the technology expected in today’s top-end vehicles though you do need to add optional packages to get features like blind-spot assist, larger displays, hands-free liftgate, keyless entry, and adaptive cruise control.