Paul Borden

2020 Encore GX a larger version of Buick's Encore

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 27, 2020) “Trickle down” is not just an economic theory that either works or doesn’t work mostly depending on your political views, but there is no doubt that “trickle down” when referred to in the automotive world works. Today safety and driver assistant features that once were exclusive to high-end luxury cars often are showing up on much less expensive vehicles, and not just as options.

Pacifica plug-in offers more than 30 miles of electric driving

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 17, 2020) With a major refreshing due for 2021, the Chrysler Pacific doesn’t get much in the way of major changes for 2020, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss this year’s version of the company’s familiar minivan out of hand. Since introducing the Pacifica as a replacement for the company’s Caravan in 2017, Chrysler has continued to issue updates that has kept the Pacifica at the forefront of the segment, second only in popularity and sales to the Honda Odyssey.

Manual transmissions fading, but Genesis offers one on G70 sedan

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 4, 2020) With automatic transmissions coming with Sport and Sport+ modes and manual gear selection via paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel or, in some cases, the steering wheel column, vehicles equipped with manual transmissions continue to fade from the market.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid add fun to fuel-sipping performance

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 25, 2020) If you still cling to the notion that a gas-electric powertrain has to be a boring vehicle that is no fun to drive, you need to check out the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. You will likely change your mind. The Sonata offers a different kind of hybrid performance. Though it wouldn’t be your first choice for a drag race, it is a peppy performer around town and a steady cruiser on the highway.

Bigger and bigger pickups like Chevrolet Silverado all the rage

By Paul Borden
MortorwayAmerica

(August 15, 2020) Pickup trucks, especially full-size pickup trucks, have never been high on my list of favorites. In fact, if I had to list automotive vehicles by segment, the behemoths of today would rank at or very near the bottom among my desires, perhaps ahead of only all-electric vehicles with less than 100 miles of range.

Alfa Romeo Giulia intriguing choice as 2020 luxury sedan

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 10, 2020) Introduced as a 2017 model, the Alfa Romeo Giulia gets technology updates for 2020 that make it an even more attractive option for those looking for “something different” in the compact luxury sedan segment. Its Italian styling and lively handling made it an immediate hit among critics, and now such new features as a new 8.8-inch touchscreen display for infotainment functions and connectivity features like a wi-fi hotspot and SOS call add to its appeal.

BMW expands 2-Series portfolio with launch of M235i Gran Coupe

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 3, 2020) Here we go again. If memory serves, which it doesn’t always, Mercedes-Benz was the first to muddy the coupe-sedan waters when it introduced the idea of a four-door coupe a few years ago. Until then, it had been pretty accepted that a sedan had four doors, a coupe two. Now BMW has jumped in with a version of its 2-Series coupes with a powerful four-door model it dubs a “Gran Coupe.”

Alfa Romeo continues to refine Stelvio, but it's the performance that counts

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 29, 2020) In just its third year, Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio already has established itself as a go-to vehicle for someone seeking a functional, fun-to-drive SUV in a distinctive, stylish package. With a best-in-class 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque produced by a 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the Stelvio — it is named for a mountain pass in the easter Alps in northern Italy  — is based on the Alfa Romeo’s popular Giulia sport sedan and delivers breathtaking performance numbers.

Look out — It's an SUV! No, coupe! No, it's an AMG GLE 53 SUV Coupe!

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 17, 2020) You would think that any person fairly cognizant of the automotive world would have no problem distinguishing a coupe from an SUV. After all, an SUV is a somewhat boxy vehicle with four doors and a big storage area in the back often coming with three rows of seats while a coupe is a smaller version (usually) of a sedan but with only two doors, right?

2021 Kia Seltos shows good things can be found in small packages

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 5, 2020) Kia has added another vehicle to its growing fleet, and to the surprise of nobody save, perhaps, a monk in far off Tibet, it is another crossover SUV. Classed as a subcompact, the 2021 Kia Seltos — Seltos comes from Greek mythology, Celtos being the son of Hercules — slots in between the company’s popular Soul and Sportage at about the same starting price point as the company’s Niro crossover.