Paul Borden

X-Line upgrades give 2021 Kia Sorento more off-road chops



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 9, 2021) A hybrid drivetrain was not the only feature Kia added when it gave its Sorento midsize SUV a makeover for this year. The 2021 Kia Sorento SX Prestige X-Line is designed for those looking for more off-road capability with a slightly higher ground clearance, improved approach/departure angles, and a more capable roof rack than outgoing Sorento models.

2021 Cadillac CT5 gets V performance upgrade to 4.3 seconds 0-60




By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 4, 2021) A replacement for the aging CTS when it reached showrooms as a 2020 model, Cadillac’s CT5 — previewed at the 2019 New York Auto Show —  made a rather impressive debut by earning the No. 1 ranking for midsize sedans in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. For 2021, it is offered in five trims, but this review will concentrate on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 V-Series edition that tops the portfolio at a starting MSRP of $48,700 when the $905 destination and delivery charge is tacked on.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX the ultimate in performance pickups



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 15, 2021) Considering it was Dodge that “went nuclear” in the horsepower wars when it introduced 707-horsepower Hellcat versions of its Charger sedan and Challenger coupe for 2015, it should be no surprise that it was their cohorts at the company’s truck division brought that kind of power to the pickup segment with the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

Kia Sorento now offered as gas-saving hybrid model



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 8, 2021) Fully redesigned for 2021, the Kia Sorento gets a new look as it enters its fourth generation along with an upgraded, premium-like interior, and a new hybrid drivetrain for the fuel-conscious consumer. My model for the week, the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid EX, came packed with all kinds of features included in its $38,205 MSRP (including $1,170 for destination and delivery) while earning fuel mileage ratings of 39 miles-per-gallon city, 35 highway, and 37 combined.

Nothing 'stationary' about the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 27, 2021) Back in the day long before SUVs and minivans existed, the station wagon ruled when it came to family transportation. Often with wood-grained side panels and foldable seats in the far back that faced to the rear, the station wagon offered much-needed space to accommodate larger families and all the stuff they tended to pack for summer vacations.

Hyundai Veloster N gets 8-speed dual-clutch automatic for 2021



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 23, 2021) Though the three-door configuration gets a lot of the attention, it is not the only thing that makes the 2021 Hyundai Veloster N a worthy competitor to any compact hatchback coming from its Asian rivals from Japan. With its turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine pumping out 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels, the Veloster N compares very well with much-heralded rivals like Honda’s Civic Type-R when it comes to performance and fun-to-drive quotient.

Nice room for passengers, cargo in stylish Cadillac CT4



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 12, 2021) The XT4 was the last of the three crossover SUVs Cadillac brought to market to replace the popular SRX, joining the XT5 and XT6 as a 2019 model. It is the smallest of the three and, so far at least, has trailed its larger siblings in sales with the XT5 leading the way even though the XT4 carries a starting MSRP that tops out where the XT5’s begins. The XT4 starts at under $40,000. The XT5 and the XT6 start in the mid-to-high $40,000.

AMG GT 53 takes luxury, performance to high level



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 6, 2021) On the market for about five years now, the Mercedes AMG GT 53 is a luxury vehicle with the haughty attitude of a high-performance sports car. It certainly has the luxury price with a starting MSRP just under $100,000, and it has the chops when it comes to get-up-and-go with a 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine it zips from zero to 60 mph in a 4.4 seconds. Spec numbers are 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.

Let's have some respect for new generation Hyundai Elantra



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 1, 2021) There was a time when the Hyundai Elantra was like the Rodney Dangerfield of compact cars. To paraphrase the classic comedian, it didn't get no respect. Perhaps "no" is a little strong. "Little" may be more precise. But you can’t say even that about the newest Elantra.

Subaru Crosstrek gets new trim, more powerful engine for 2021



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 25, 2021) Fully redesigned for 2018, the Subaru Crosstrek gets some key updates for  2021 that include a new trim level and a major upgrade to what is under the hood for the upper half of the model portfolio. A new Sport model gives buyers the choice of four trims to choose, and the new model comes with a standard 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine featuring Subaru’s traditional Boxer layout and its horizontally moving pistons.