Paul Borden

XT5 crossover SUV takes over for SRX as Cadillac's sales leader

By Paul Borden

(April 3, 2020) Since the SRX became Cadillac’s best-selling vehicle during its 13-year run, it isn’t surprising that its successor, the XT5 crossover SUV, would assume the same role, and it has. Though it has yet to match the sales popularity of the SRX, which hit a model sales high of 68,850 for 2015, the next-to-last year of production, the XT5 still outpaced every other Cadillac model with a reported 49,878 sold in the U.S. in 2019.

After spectacular debut, Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV has it all

By Paul Borden

(April 29, 2020) Introduced as a 2018 model, the Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV wasted little time making an impression when judges at the North American Auto Show in Detroit selected it as the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, making it the first in its class to be so honored.

Ford F-250 keeps workhorse capability without sacrificing comfort or style

By Paul Borden

(March 22, 2020) Heavy duty pickups are not for everyone, not even all truck enthusiasts, but if you really do need a bigger truck, the Ford’s 2020 F-250 Super Duty certainly should be on your shopping list.

Available in six trims (XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited), the F-250 offers the choice of three powertrains, including a new gas V8, a choice of three cabs (Regular, SuperCab, or Crew) and two bed lengths (6.8 or 8.2 feet). It also is offered in 4X2 (rear-wheel) or 4X4 drive configuration.

Ford updates Mustang sports coupe with mid-cycle refresh for 2020

By Paul Borden

(March 14, 2020) Every car enthusiast should have a Ford Mustang sometime in their life, and, with the possible exception of the debut 1964 1/2 model or the original Fastback that starred in the 1968 movie Bullitt (more on that later), there may be not better time for that than now.

Hyundai Ioniq offers buyers choice of three fuel-efficient powertrains

By Paul Borden

(March 9, 2020) About at the midpoint of its first generation that was introduced for the 2017 model year, Hyundai’s 2020 Ioniq hatchback gets a refreshing that keeps it at the forefront of its class. It is offered with one of three, fuel-sipping powertrains — traditional gas-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric — and at prices that, at least by today’s standards, won’t break your bank account.

Hyundai completes its fleet of SUVs with new subcompact Venue

By Paul Borden

(February 26, 2020) Hyundai has rounded out its portfolio of SUVs and crossovers with the 2020 Venue. As a subcompact, it is the smallest of the South Korean automakers SUV fleet that includes the Kona and Kona Electric, Tucson, Santa Fe, Palisade, and the hydrogen fuel-cell NEXO, but it punches way above its weight with a long list of features not usually found in its class.

2020 AMG GLC43 ups performance for the popular Mercedes SUV

By Paul Borden

(February 22, 2020) Introduced as a replacement for the midsize GLK-Class, the GLC-Series has become the most popular SUV in the Mercedes-Benz stable in just four years, outselling even the company’s much-admired, entry-level C-Class sedans and coupes.

Also available as a coupe, GLC-Series sales in the U.S. were 73,650 for 2019, up 5.6 percent over 2018 numbers and over 24,000 more units than the C-Class, the company reported.

Hyundai tinkers with equipment updates on Veloster hatchback for 2020

By Paul Borden

(February 11, 2020) After a redesign for 2019, not a whole lot was left for Hyundai to do with its sporty little
Veloster hatchback for 2020. It still retains the innovative three-door design with one coupe-sized door on the driver’s side and two sedan-like doors on the passenger side for easier access to a small backseat.

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody a beast among muscle cars

By Paul Borden

(January 31, 2020) At a time when some automakers are giving up on sedans or least pushing their SUVs/crossovers to buyers seeking family transportation, Dodge seems to be taking a different approach.

Since bringing back its famed Charger as a 2006 five-passenger large sedan after killing off the coupe version in 1987, the automaker has expanded the Charger portfolio from two versions (SE and R/T) to five trim levels for 2020 with the outrageous 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat sitting at the top of the class.

2020 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 delivers fun drive in eye-catching package

By Paul Borden

(January 22, 2020) Despite an impressive appearance and refreshing for the 2017 model year, Infiniti’s Q60 small luxury sports coupe doesn’t get the respect it deserves from critics who generally give higher marks in their reviews to its mostly Teutonic competitors.