Paul Borden

It wasn't the first, but Ford Explorer set the bar for SUVs to come

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 16, 2017) The Ford Explorer wasn’t the first SUV, which dates back to the 1930s with the wagon-like Chevrolet Carryall Suburban, nor was it the first of the modern version inspired by the post-World War II Land Rover and Jeep.

It's a truck! A crossover! A truck! No, it's the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 11, 2017) A few years back I had a friend who said the reason she had bought her Pathfinder was because she had decided that if she was going to buy an SUV, she wanted a real, truck-based SUV with body-on-frame construction, not one of the new unibody crossovers that were just coming onto the market.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq — A traditional hybrid that doesn't act like one

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 2, 2017) I have never been a big fan of the Toyota Prius, no matter what version (Prius Hatchback, Prius C, Prius Prime, or Prius v Wagon) you are talking about. When they first came to the U.S. 17 years or so ago, I ran a few numbers and immediately thought, “Wow. You're going to have to drive a lot of miles to make up in savings on gas what you are paying in up front costs.”

VW Golf SportWagen shows it's time for the station wagon to get respect

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 16, 2017) MIAMI — This is no fairy tale, but I’ll say it anyway. Once upon a time, before crossovers, SUVs, and minivans began taking over as the favored providers of family transportation, there were perfectly capable vehicles for the task. They were called station wagons.

All-new Chevy Equinox gets a power boost for 2018

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 4, 2017) The Equinox served as Chevrolet’s first venture into the crossover market when it was introduced over a decade ago, and after years of producing truck-based SUVs, it looks like Chevy made a wise decision. The Equinox is now the company's best-seller behind only the Silverado pickup with nearly 2 million sold since its introduction as a 2005 model. With the improvements made for 2018, it figures to maintain that pace.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport gets new trim names, design tweaks for 2018

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 28, 2017) It seems like it was just a month ago that I got a red 2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 for review. Actually, of course, it wasn’t that recent. It was back in November. But this year still has over four months to go, and already now I have had the pleasure of spending a week in the 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has more going for it than fuel-saving virtues

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 19, 2017) Having resurrected the Pacifica nameplate in 2016 with the introduction of a full-fledged minivan replacing the combination wagon/SUV that went out of production after the 2007 model, Chrysler has unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of the same for the more fuel-conscious among you.

AMG C43 Coupe far from your ordinary Mercedes C-Class two-door

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 13, 2017)The Mercedes-Benz C-Class often serves as an introduction to the luxury automotive class for many buyers. It is the company’s best-selling model and ranks high in its class in sales overall. But not this C-Class. Not the new AMG C43 Coupe. This is a C-Class in another, well, class.

Success story continues for Ford with 2017 Mustang convertible

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 5, 2017) Sales of the Ford Mustang have dipped in the U.S. recently, but the car that inspired the Pony Car craze over a half-century ago may be more popular than it ever has been. That’s because the demand for it globally continues to rise even as monthly U.S. sales numbers, which are still good enough to lead the segment by a wide margin, begin to fade just a bit.

Resurgent Land Rover gives Discovery its name back for 2017

Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 3, 2017) A recently released list of the world’s Top 100 most valuable brands from BrandZ, an international firm that complies such lists from a database of information, contains the usual automotive suspects.

Toyota checks in at No. 30, BMW at 35, Mercedes-Benz at 40, Ford at 83, and Honda at 91 on the ranking of most valuable global brands. Not making the Top 100 overall companies but checking in at spots 6-8 on a side list of the Top 10 automotive brands are Nissan, Audi, and Tesla.