Paul Borden

2020 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 delivers fun drive in eye-catching package

By Paul Borden

(January 22, 2020) Despite an impressive appearance and refreshing for the 2017 model year, Infiniti’s Q60 small luxury sports coupe doesn’t get the respect it deserves from critics who generally give higher marks in their reviews to its mostly Teutonic competitors.

Hyundai previews its new subcompact Venue SUV in south Florida

By Paul Borden

(January 16, 2020) MIAMI — A Hyundai team of executives and publicists were in Miami this week to preview the latest edition to their fleet of SUVs/crossovers, the new 2020 subcompact Venue, for an audience of Southern Automotive Media Association members who gathered at a local restaurant.

Nissan Leaf Plus models ease issue of range anxiety in EVs

By Paul Borden

(January 8, 2020) It doesn’t rank up in medical history with the discovery of penicillin or the development of the polio vaccine, but Nissan has found a remedy for a common complaint of owners of all-electric vehicles — range anxiety.

I remember when a few years ago I was sent a Nissan Leaf for week. Much of my time was spent calculating how far away it was that I wanted to go and if I would have enough charge to get back home later.

Lincoln leaves alphabet soup to others as Nautilus replaces MKX

By Paul Borden

(December 31, 2019) In a trend that we would very much like to see continue, Lincoln apparently is abandoning its “alphabet soup” approach to automotive nomenclature with only two such models, the MKZ and MKZ Hybrid, remaining in its present day lineup.

With the 2019 Nautilus taking over as the company’s entrant in the midsize segment, each of Lincoln’s crossovers/SUVs now has a full name and not a three-letter combination starting with “MK.” Its former incarnation as the MKX is no longer.

Kia goes all out in luxury with 2019 full-size K900 sedan

By Paul Borden

(December 16, 2019) At one time, and not all that long ago, the notion of spending $60,000 on a Kia may have been taken as a joke. Three or four Kia's, yes, but one? Well, last month, according to figures announced by the South Korean company, 32 people apparently paid at or near that much for the company’s flagship sedan, the K900, which was 10 more than the previous November and 17 more than October.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe rivals luxury SUVs with its features, technology

By Paul Borden

(December 7, 2019) Shopping for a family SUV with champagne tastes but burdened by a beer budget? You might want to start by checking out a Hyundai showroom for the Santa Fe. You also might finish there.

Fully redesigned for 2019 with the tag “Sport” removed for five-passenger models (the former three-row Santa Fe now goes by Santa Fe XL), the 2020 Santa Fe comes with about all the amenities you might want in a luxury model except the name cachet of a traditional luxury import brand from Europe or Japan.

2020 Genesis G70 gets high scores in 'small' luxury segment

By Paul Borden

(November 26, 2019) In the interest of full disclosure, I should state at the start that I have been a fan of South Korean automaker Hyundai’s products for close to 20 years now. We had a good experience with the 2003 Santa Fe SUV we bought, and it worked well for my daughter and son as well.

Redesigned 2019 Audi Q3 rates among best luxury compact crossovers

By Paul Borden

(November 11, 2019) If you’re looking for a reason for the rise in popularity of SUVs/crossovers and the corresponding slumps in sedan sales, you need look no further than the 2019 Audi Q3, a compact SUV that drives and rides like a traditional car while offering the roominess and hauling capacity that today’s buyers appreciate in an SUV.

2020 Palisade SUV looks line a winner for Hyundai

By Paul Borden

(November 7, 2019) The good reception that Hyundai’s earlier ventures into the three-row SUV segment (Santa Fe XL, Veracruz) received never really translated into much of the way of overall success in the market, but that may be changing, and soon. There's no guarantee of that, of course, but the 2020 Hyundai Palisade’s combination of good looks and functionality will even appeal to those who customarily browse luxury showrooms. It’s a high-class vehicle!

Interested in a big truck? GMC might have the one for you

By Paul Borden

(October 24, 2019) The GMC Sierra 2500HD AT4 is a big truck. It’s also a beautiful truck and a very utilitarian vehicle, but your first impression is pretty much going to be, “Wow. This is a big truck.”

This is not the kind of truck you likely would want for runs to the local home improvement store to pick up a load of sod. This one you’d use for bringing back a load of trees for your landscaping project. Big trees.