Paul Borden

More seat time confirms first impressions of new Nissan Kicks

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 2, 2018) First impressions more often than not turn out to be accurate, at least according to my cursory research on the subject. For instance, my first take on the new Nissan Kicks when it was introduced at a media preview in late June was that of all the small hatchbacks that the Japanese automaker had come up with in recent years (Cube, Juke, Versa Note) this one was the best of the lot.

M is for delightful when it comes to BMW's new M5 performance sedan

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 23, 2018) You’ve no doubt heard the term “sports sedan” used to describe regular family cars that have enhanced performance characteristics, but did you know that the genre dates as far back as the 1930s? I confess I didn’t until I did a “Google” search (Is there any other kind?) and found it was first used in the 1930s to describe “sports saloon” versions of British-made Rover cars.

Infiniti recaptures magic of G-Series with 2018 Q60 sports coupe

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 16 2018) Infiiniti’s switch to a new naming system for its products four years ago was intended to simplify things, making Nissan’s luxury portfolio easier for customers to understand. Beginning in 2014, Infiniti designated its sedans, coupes, and convertibles“Q” while crossovers and SUVs were given “QX” badging.

Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium fighting tough battle in shrinking segment

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 9, 2018) The midsize family sedan may be a dying breed with the
public’s infatuation with crossovers and smaller SUVs at least putting it on life support, but, with the exception of Ford, apparently that doesn’t mean automakers are giving up on the genre.

Getting our Kicks out of a new crossover from Nissan

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 2, 2018) MIAMI — Though the vehicle started arriving in showrooms in May, Nissan last week took time to “introduce” its latest model, a subcompact crossover dubbed Kicks, at a preview for media. It is the second such session company publicists have conducted for automotive journalists, the first being earlier in June in San Diego.

Chevy's number two seller Equinox sheds a few pounds in 2018 redesign

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 28, 2018) Chevrolet has managed to do with the Equinox what I wish someone, or something, would do for me in 2018, which is reduce my weight by 10 percent. Not that I need to shed 400 pounds, which is what Chevy did in getting the Equinox down to just over 3,300 pounds, but 10 percent of that would get me down to my weight in college. (Quit laughing. I’ll accept 5 percent.)

With 603 horsepower, AMG E63 checks in as most powerful E-Class

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 13, 2018) I’m just guessing here, but it must be fun to be an engineer assigned to design AMG versions of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. While many automotive thinkers today are concerned with computers for self-driving vehicles and/or getting extra mile out of a gallon of fuel, the AMG guys keep amping up the horsepower and taking Mercedes-Benz products to a new level in performance, looks, and handling characteristics.

Ford gets it right with Mustang mid-cycle refreshening for 2018

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 9, 2018) Having moved it into its sixth generation with a makeover for 2015 that carried over the retro design theme first revealed a decade earlier, Ford has given the iconic Mustang a mid-cycle refreshing for 2018.

For tops in fun and driving experience, you can't beat AMG S63 Cabriolet

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 29, 2018) If you’re looking for a vehicle that tells the world “I’ve got it made” yet exudes a more carefree air and fun driving experience than you might ordinarily find in the Super Luxury Class, the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet may be a perfect fit. After bringing the coupe back to the S-Class portfolio from under the CL banner for 2015, Mercedes unveiled its first S-Class convertible since 1971 with the the S-Class Cabriolet a year later as a 2017 model.

Buick Cascada offers top-free driving fun with room for four

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 24, 2018) I have owned only three in my life, and I don’t own one now, but convertibles still remain my favorite kind of car. You can bet that if I ever win the lotto (hard to do when you don’t buy a ticket) one of my first purchases will be a convertible/cabriolet/droptop as a “second” car.