Paul Borden

Kia Soul gets good marks, but sales numbers are declining


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By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 5, 2023) The Kia Soul generally gets good marks from reviewers — U.S. News & World Report places it No. 2 in its class in its analysis/ratings of subcompact SUVs — but you have to wonder if boxy little hatchback-stye vehicle has jumped the shark. Sales reports show a decline of nearly 25 percent in 2022 numbers, the third straight year of under 100,000 in sales after a solid seven-year, six-figure run that hit a high of 154,768 in 2016.

With the end near, Dodge Challenger SRT raises bar with 807 HP



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 29, 2023) With electric cars the wave of the future, it comes as no surprise that the Muscle Car era that hit its peak in the 1960s and early 1970s and was revived in the early 2000s seems to be coming to a close. Dodge last August announced production of its gas-powered Challenger coupes and Charger sedans will cease after the 2023 models and though there has been few other formal announcements, other manufacturers are likely to begin following suit. GM, of course, already has pledged to be all-electric by 2035.

All-electric driving capability adds to appeal of Hyundai Tucson


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By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 23, 2023) I’ve changed my mind. About a year ago, I reviewed the 2022 Hyundai Tucson with a standard hybrid power train and answered the question “Would I buy it?” with a firm yes. Then I added I would not recommend the plug-in version because of the hassle of recharging it.

Buick learns that bigger is better even when it comes to small SUVs



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 13, 2023) Buick got into the small SUV segment a decade ago when it launched the 2013 Encore. Apparently, it wasn’t all that long when it dawned on designers that perhaps it was “too small” and they decided a slightly larger “small” vehicle was needed.

Kia adds styling updates for 2023 to award-winning Telluride



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 6, 2023) Introduced as a 2020 model at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, it didn’t take long for the Kia Telluride to make a good first impression. Within a year of its launch, a panel of 50 judges for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year competition named the Telluride its Utility Vehicle of the Year; MotorTrend selected it as its SUV of the Year; and Car and Driver put it among its 10 Best Vehicles of the Year, a veritable Triple Crown of automotive awards.

Chrysler leads the way in hybrid minivans with 2023 Pacifica



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 27, 2022) Chrysler was the first automaker to offer a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain in a minivan when it revived the Pacifica for the 2017 model year, and it remains the only manufacturer with a plugin version with the 2022 Pacifica Hybrid. Considering all the emphasis on electric vehicles and their automotive future, it is kind of surprising that to date the Pacifica is the only plug-in minivan on the market. Toyota has put a standard hybrid drivetrain in all of its Sienna models, but offers no plug-in trim.

2023 GMC Sierra offers myriad of choices for outfitting a pickup


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By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 18, 2022) Imports pretty much have taken over the sedan, SUV/crossover, and coupe markets, but there is one automotive segment that U.S. products still dominate. We Americans love our pickup trucks. Not only do domestic products — i.e., Ford F Series, Ram, and Chevrolet Silverado — dominate their segment, they also were 1-2-3 in U.S. sales of all vehicles through the third quarter of this year.

When size matters, Chevy Tahoe stands out among large SUVs



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 30, 2022) If you’re in the market for a large SUV, sooner or later — probably sooner — you’re going to find yourself in a Chevrolet showroom looking at a new Tahoe and/or Suburban. Likely it will be the Tahoe, which through the third quarter of this year had more than doubled its older stablemate in sales.

EQB compact SUV latest entrant in Mercedes all-electric fleet


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By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 24, 2022) Mercedes-Benz keeps expanding its all-electric fleet with a new introductory sub-compact model based on the gas-powered GLB SUV as the latest newcomer. It comes in two versions, the EQB300 and the EQB350, the former providing a bit more in the way of range and the latter more in the way of power and performance. Both come with Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system as standard. This review is based on the EQB350.

Available Super Cruise provides hands-free driving for XT6 SUV



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 15, 2022) Since joining the fleet of Cadillac’s fleet of XT-designated SUVs for 2020, the XT6 has picked up a couple of extra features in ensuing years as it fights on in the large and very challenging midsize luxury SUV segment. New this year, buyers of the 2023 Cadillac XT6 have the option of adding Cadillac’s Super Cruise system that provides a hands-free driving experience on more than 400,000 miles of compatible roads and highways.