Paul Borden

Ford introduces a pickup for non-truck people with new Maverick



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 5, 2021) The 2022 Ford Maverick revives an old Ford nameplate but is a new — and very much different — vehicle from its predecessor. The 1970s’ Maverick was a compact sedan designed to challenge the imports beginning to arrive from Japan. The 2022 Ford Maverick is a compact pickup truck that essentially is a truck for people who never really gave serious consideration to buying a pickup but always had the thought in the back of their mind

Mini refreshed for 2022, but still very much a Mini


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By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 27, 2021) Just as the word “dated” began to appear in reviews of the iconic Mini in recent years, the 2022 Mini Cooper Convertible arrives refreshed and updated but still with the sassy attitude that has been an integral part of its DNA for just over six decades.

Feature-loaded 2021 Hyundai Venue Denim a 'best bargain'



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 19, 2021) At under $25,000 for the top trim, the Hyundai Venue is one of the best bargains available in the subcompact SUV segment today. It offers a full array of standard safety and convenience features at what is by today's standards is a very affordable price.

Kia all-in with Carnival MPV replacing Sedona in minivan market



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 10, 2021) The 2022 Kia Carnival is yet another vehicle out of the South Korean automaker's assembly plant that merited a new name rather than simply being recognized as a “refreshening” of the model it replaces in the lineup. Like the 2021 K5 when it took over for the longstanding Optima sedan, the 2022 Kia Carnival replaces the outgoing Sedona nameplate that enjoyed a two-decade run in the minivan segment.

Nissan gives Rogue crossover extensive remake for 2021



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 16, 2021) Fully redesigned, the 2021 Nissan Rogue looks to continue its role as not only the company’s best seller but also as one of the most popular compact crossover SUVs on the market today. Through the first three quarters of the year, the Rogue holds a solid third place in U.S. sales as one of three in its class with over the 200,000 mark behind only Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V.

Power upgrade on GT model gives performance boost to Kia's K5 sedan



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 11, 2021) The 2021 Kia K5 GT isn’t billed as a “sports sedan,” but with a 290-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 314 pound-feet of torque it does a pretty good impersonation of one, especially when dialed into Sport mode for city environs.

Ford Ranger bigger, but still a good option in pickup market



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 3, 2021) MIAMI — If you are thinking about buying a pickup truck but don’t want, or need, a full-size model, the Ford Ranger may be just vehicle for you. Though it has grown a bit since its debut as a compact pickup nearly four decades ago, the Ranger is not so big that it is going to cause concerns as you encounter tight spaces but
still is up to handling the light hauling that comes with those weekend do-it-yourself chores.

Ford finds remedy for range anxiety with Mustang Mach-E




By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 20, 2021) Putting aside the fact that it looks about as much like a Mustang as the late Ford C-Max Hybrid, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E stands tall on its own as the company’s first all-electric vehicle. It really doesn’t need whatever tenuous boost in prestige it might get from association with the company’s iconic Pony Car.

If you think a coupe has only two doors, Mercedes would beg to differ



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 15, 2021) Here we go again. When it comes to distinguishing a car as a sedan or a coupe, most people simply count the doors. Four doors, it’s a sedan. Two it’s a coupe. But it wasn’t always that way. You go back far enough in history and you likely can find references to a “two-door sedan” and a “four-door coupe,” especially when watching old crime movies — and by that I mean from the 1940s and ’50s or earlier, not the Clint Eastwood era.

New Calligraphy trim gives premium feel to Hyundai Sant Fe



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 8, 2021) With a history that dates back two decades, the Hyundai Santa Fe was the South Korean automaker's first venture into the SUV segment with the debut of the 2001 model. My oh my how it has grown up over the years. The early Santa Fe was very capable vehicle but featured styling quirks that either turned on buyers or made them immediately head for the staid safety of a Toyota showroom.