Paul Borden

Audi Q7 reflects balance between power, functionality

By Paul Borden

(December 13, 2018) Manufacturers of luxury SUVs tend to lean toward the performance side when it comes to the engineering and the design of their products, but aside from some issues with available storage space behind the third row, Audi’s Q7 hits the sweet spot between get-up-and-go and comfort/functionality.

Volkswagen gives its Tiguan crossover long overdue makeover for 2018

By Paul Borden

(December 6, 2018) Having debuted as a 2009 model as Volkswagen’s first compact crossover SUV, the Tiguan moves into its second generation as a 2018 model, which is bit longer than usual between redesigns. But it was well worth the wait.

No, it's not the end of the world, but Rolls-Royce now has an SUV

By Paul Borden

(December 4, 2018) MIAMI — If you are among those who think the rising popularity of SUVs/crossovers and the decline of the family sedan is the coming of the end of the world, I have some bad news for you. In what could be interpreted as confirmation of the impending apocalypse, Rolls-Royce has brought an SUV to the market.

2019 Ram takes truck to a new level in full-size pickup segment

By Paul Borden

(December 2, 2018) When Ram designers and engineers sat down four years or so ago to create the next generation half-ton 1500 pickup, they were given a blank sheet of paper and the goal of producing a no-compromise truck that, according to Brad Pinter, 1500 brand manager, would be the strongest and most technologically advanced Ram the company had ever built.

Jaguar brings its electrifying experience to Miami

By Paul Borden

(November 10, 2018) MIAMI — To help familiarize consumers who may have some qualms about the future of these vehicles (range angst, anyone?), the company is staging a nationwide tour billed as “Jaguar Electrifies Experience” that showcases its electric products with an emphasis on its first electric-power vehicle, the I-Pace SUV.

Genesis adds third sedan to its portfolio with introduction of G70

By Paul Borden

(November 5, 2018) Disposed of the Hyundai label and launched as a separate brand from the South Korean manufacturer three years ago, Genesis continues to expand its portfolio with the introduction of its G70 luxury sedan for 2019. As you might deduce from the alpha-numeric naming system, it is the smallest of the three sedans now under the Genesis banner following the G90 and G80 sedans that have been around for a couple of years.

Audi A4 an outstanding choice in field that has a lot of good ones

By Paul Borden

(October 30, 2018) The A4 has been a stalwart seller for Audi for well over two decades now, moving into its ninth generation with the redesign for 2017.In fact, the A4 and two crossover SUVs, the Q5 and the Q7, are largely responsible for keeping the company from a decrease in year-to-date sale through September comparing 2018 figures to those for 2017.

Jeep Cherokee gets a welcome mid-cycle refreshening for 2019

By Paul Borden

(October 20, 2018) Jeep has given its Cherokee a mid-cycle refreshing, and the result makes it a competitor in the compact SUV segment, especially for those who are looking for something they can take off-road from time to time.

Among styling updates new to the 2019 model are the front fascia and hood with LED headlamps, daytime running lamps and fog lamps, a handsfree power rear liftgate, dual panel sunroof, and a more refined interior that includes more cargo space than its predecessor.

Chevy honors muscle car tradition with 2018 convertible

By Paul Borden

(October 18, 2018) The glory days for Muscle Cars may go back four or five decades, but even though there are fewer of them around today, you can still learn what they were all about without having to shop the collector's car market. Take the Chevrolet Camaro, launched in 1967 as a competitor to Ford's Mustang.

Fun in a Hyundai — 2019 Veloster R-Spec adds to driving experience

(October 3, 2018) As good as Hyundai vehicles have become, “fun to drive” is not usually something you associate with them. Functional, yes, and attractive both inside and out as well. The Sonata is a great midsize sedan, and the Genesis, now broken off as a separate brand, is one of the more underrated sedans in the luxury segment.

They are not sluggards by any means, but still more tuned to efficiency, daily commutes and family trips than performance.