Paul Borden

Mercedes dives into EV market in a big way with EQS sedan

By Paul Borden

(May 22, 2022) Mercedes may be late to the party, but it makes a grand entrance to the all-electric vehicle market with the 2022 EQS 580 4MATIC sedan. Spectacular is a word that just doesn’t do it justice. It’s not just a luxurious electric vehicle, it is luxurious vehicle period with a prominent profile and opulent interior. You can even get pillows for the  headrests!

Hybrid drivetrains coming to Kia Sorento SUV at right time

By Paul Borden

(May 16, 2022) Talk about good timing. With gas prices hitting record levels, Kia is bringing the plug-in version of the Sorento to showrooms this year after introducing the standard gas-electric hybrid drivetrain on the Sorento last year. The two hybrid models round out the portfolio for the company’s SUV that slots in between the smaller Sportage and slightly larger Telluride in the South Korean’s stable. Even though a bit more compact than the Telluride, the Sorento still offers 3-row seating.

AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe — Coupe profile, sports car performance

By Paul Borden

(May 14, 2022) If you’re looking for a vehicle that offers sports car-like performance and still has a practical side — and budget is not a factor — Mercedes-Benz may have the answer for you in the 2022 AMG GT 53. Called a 4-door coupe, the 2022 AMG GT 53 has room for two in the back and gives them easy access without having to contort themselves as you often must do in a two-door coupe when entering through the front doors.

Chevrolet goes bold with new color for 2022 Blazer

By Paul Borden

(May 8, 2022) MIAMI — Usually, I refrain from commenting on the color of vehicles I review, figuring that it is such a matter of personal taste and preference it is not something for me to judge. But the 2022 Chevrolet Blazer that recently showed up in my driveway calls for an exception to that rule.

BMW 2-Series takes role as gateway to luxury automotive class

By Pul Borden

(April 19, 2022) For years, decades even, BMW’s 3-Series served for many as an introduction to the luxury automotive segment. Its popularity even led to a nickname for its competitors: BMW fighter. But after reaching six figures in U.S. sales in 2001 and hitting that mark in 13 of the next 16 years, U.S. sales of the 3-Series have failed to reach even 50,000 over the last four years, falling from 72,290 in 2016 to less than 40,000 for the Covid year of 2020 to 49,458 in 2021.

Chevy Corvette Stingray assumes 'Super Car' status

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By Paul Borden

(April 7, 2022) MIAMI — The Great American Sports Car will celebrate its 70th birthday next year, but like fine wine and quality bourbon, it just keeps getting better with age. The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is every bit as revolutionary as the first production model that rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Mich., on June 30, 1953 (the famed Bowling Green, Ky., plant didn’t open until June 1, 1981).

BMW kicks up performance with Competition model for M3 sedan

By Paul Borden

(March 30, 2022) The 2022 BMW M3 Competition xDrive sedan is a “hot take” on the German automaker’s fleet of M performance models that are at home on the track as well as country club drives.

2022 Infiniti QX50 compact SUV offers intriguing choice

By Paul Birden

(March 20, 2022) Infiniti gave its QX50 a redesign for 2019 models, moving the luxury compact SUV into its second generation since replacing the EX in the 2014 model year. For this year’s models, the Japanese automaker adds to the list of standard equipment for the 2022 Infiniti QX50 with such features as its ProPilot Assist system and Apple CarPlay and convenience items like a charge port for rear-seat riders, welcome lights on the rear door handles, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

Hyundai gets into truck market with Santa Cruz pickup

By Paul Borden

(March 7, 2022) The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is the South Korean automaker’s first venture in the pickup segment, though with its sleeker styling and compact box it likely is going to appeal to a different audience from the traditional truck shopper. Hyundai does’t even call it a truck, preferring to label it a “Sports Activity Vehicle.”

Ford Escape plug-in relieves worries of range anxiety

By Paul Borden

(February 28, 2022) If you’re looking for a way to get into electric vehicles (EVs), but are put off by range anxiety concerns that go along with all-electric power, Ford has an answer with its plugin version of its popular Escape SUV.