Paul Borden

Dodge Durango a family friendly SUV when it comes to hauling capability

By Paul Borden

(May 21, 2017) One of the most appealing things about an SUV is its cargo hauling capability. You’ll find it listed among the top 10 attributes potential buyers give as their reason for shopping in the segment. The website lists cargo capacity as the No. 8 reason to buy an SUV right behind “dogs love SUVs” and “SUVs are better in a flood” and ahead of “SUVs have a commanding seating position.”

Audi A8 remains an understated entrant in field of luxury sedans

By Paul Borden

(May 13, 2017) A full redesign of the Audi A8L sedan is in the works for 2018, and if the 2017 model is any indication, the new version should really be something. Serving as Audi’s flagship vehicle for over 20 years, the A8 doesn’t garner the attention or plaudits of its Teutonic brethren in the full-size, luxury sedan segment, but it is every bit the equal of the Mercedes-Benz S Class or BMW 7-Series when it comes to sophistication, performance, comfort, and good looks.

BMW X4 M40i offers impressive performance, but little in functionality

By Paul Borden

(May 5, 2017) Chances are if you look for info on BMW’s X4 you’re going to find it listed with SUVs or m
aybe crossovers. For example, U.S. News & World Report in its compilation of reviews includes it in luxury compact SUVs along with its sibling the X3.

Jeep Compass finding its way with the 'new' 2017 model

By Paul Borden

(April 27, 2017) Back a few years ago, I knew a guy who owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and whenever I would show up driving one of the Jeeps at the other end of the food chain, like say the Patriot or Liberty, he would kind of scoff and say, “That’s not even a Jeep!”

There was a tad of snobbishness in the way he said it, as if anything less than a Grand Cherokee wasn’t really up to Jeep’s traditional standards. (I’m assuming he didn’t include the Wrangler in his castigation of the smaller models.)

Jaguar F-Type roadster follows in footsteps of automotive legend

By Paul Borden

(April 18, 2017) Three years ago or so Jaguar paid homage to its illustrious past when it brought the F-Type to the market. It was the first roadster from the company in 40 years and stirred memories of the legendary Jaguar E-Type, which was based on the British marque’s D-Type racing car and manufactured from 1961-75.

Such was the admiration for the E-Type that Enzo Ferrari, who had some great looking machines coming out of his own shop, flatly declared it “the most beautiful car ever made.” High praise indeed.

Volkswagen hopes to gain sales muscle with new Atlas SUV

By Paul Borden

(April 9, 2017) SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A new SUV is coming to Volkswagen showrooms in May. And yes, the VW folks say, its an SUV, not one of the growing numbers of “crossovers” that basically put an SUV body over a sedan chassis. (Though Mark Gillies, senior manager for Product Communications, sees them as “interchangeable terms.”)

2017 BMW 540i earns its reputation as an 'ultimate driving machine'

By Paul Borden

(March 31, 2017) It was over four decades ago that BMW came up with the slogan “The Ultimate Driving Machine” to promote its vehicles. Ten minutes behind the wheel of a 2017 BMW 540i recently convinced me the company has a strong case for the claim that came from the fertile mind of automobile legend Bob Lutz.

Fiat 500X adds flair to a genre known more for its economy

By Paul Borden

(March 24, 2017) Subcompact cars are usually more about functionality and fuel-saving than they are about style. Not that they are all inherently ugly, but style is not the first thing that comes to mind about them. Fiat’s 500 series, however, is one exception. With its Italian flair and carefree air — the front fascia even has a rather impish look about it — the Fiat 500 series adds a little chicness to a segment that tends to lean toward “cute” when it comes to appearance.

2017 Nissan Rogue SL comes packed with luxury-style features

By Paul Borden

(March 16, 2017) The line between entry level luxury cars and well-equipped so-called “affordable” vehicles seems to get more blurred every year as what were once exclusive features in the more expensive segment trickle down the line.

Oh, you may not get all the styling tweaks, and the cachet a luxury logo give you may be missing, but if that doesn't bother you, you may be able to save some bucks by going with the top-of-the-line offering from an “affordable” brand over the luxury choice.

Mercedes G-Wagen seems to defy logic when it comes to staying power

By Paul Borden

(March 10, 2017) MIAMI — The Mercedes-Benz G-Class seems to me to be a series of contradictions. It’s a big vehicle that seems small inside. It’s a luxury vehicle but lacks many of the features normally associated with the segment. And at a time that it seems every manufacturer is trying to coax the maximum number of miles from a gallon of gas, it drinks fuel like frat boys attacking a keg on “free beer” night.