Paul Borden

Hyundai kicks subcompact Venue up a notch with 2021 upgrades



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica

(August 17, 2021) After loading up the initial version with a pretty long list of standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, lane-keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking, Hyundai took its subcompact Venue SUV up another notch for 2021.

BMW offers upgraded hybrid version for its X5 Sports Activity Vehicle



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 11, 2021) The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e represents the company’s second go at a plugin hybrid-powered SUV and offers up more power and a longer range for all-electric than its predecessor, the xDrive40e that debuted for 2016. But that isn’t to say you are going to be going for long, quiet cruises and snubbing gas stations for the rest of your life. The key phrase here is “longer range,” not “long range.”

Kia K5 bucks trend, gives life to shrinking sedan segment



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 2, 2021) If the family sedan is a shrinking segment, at least the Kia K5 is evidence that reports of its impending doom may be premature. Through June, the 2021 K5 five-passenger sedan remains the South Korean’s third-biggest seller behind only the less expensive Kia Forte economy car and its compact Sportage SUV, and the margin between the K5 and the Sportage for the first six months of the year is just a little over 2,000 vehicles.

Mercedes tries to disguise E450 All-Terrain, but it's still a wagon



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 22, 2021) If the $141,000 price tag for the AMG E 63 S wagon reviewed on this site back in February was just a bit out of your financial reach, Mercedes-Benz has another wagon (though it doesn’t call it that) that doesn’t go into six figures but is quite stunning in its own right. The 2021 E450 4MATIC All-Terrain model is a real beauty and features all the bells and whistles you expect from the company with a stunning two-tone interior and a new mild hybrid powertrain that provides both power and pretty decent fuel numbers for its class.

Looking for Hell on wheels? Check out the 2021 Dodge Durango



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 20, 2021) The big news for the Dodge Durango this year is the introduction of the SRT Hellcat model at the top of the SUV’s portfolio for 2021. Yes, for a limited time (more on that later), Dodge is offering the mid-size Durango with the 710-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 engine under the hood. With its 645 pound-feet of torque, it zips from zero-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, according to the company, and has recorded a time of 11.5 seconds for the quarter-mile as certified by the National Hot Rod Association. Top speed is 180 mph.

Corsair stands out from imports among compact luxury crossovers



By Paul Borden
Motorwayamerica.com

(July 12, 2021) If you are in the market for a compact luxury crossover SUV and are in a “buy American” mood, you’re going to find your choices somewhat limited. Imports from Germany and Japan pretty much have taken over the segment. Fortunately, however, one of the best — a couple of sources even rate it No. 1 — choices among the compact luxury crossover SUVs is as American as complaining about election results. It also carries a well-known American name.




Power, plushness put Lincoln Navigator among best large SUVs



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 5, 2021) If you are in the market for a luxury large SUV and don’t have the Lincoln Navigator on your list, you might be regretting it later, and not just because actor Matthew McConaughey has nice things to say about it and other Lincoln products in the automaker’s popular low-key TV ad campaign.

Infiniti cuts Limited trim for QX80, adds two new trims for 2021



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica

(June 28, 2021) It assumed its present designation when the Japanese automaker adopted a new naming strategy for  its product line. Starting with 2014 models, Infiniti labeled its sedans, coupes, and convertibles as “Q” and crossovers and SUVs as “QX” with the number that follows not based on engine size but rather representing its status in the portfolio — essentially the bigger the number the bigger the vehicle.

2022 Hyundai Tucson now a serious player in compact SUV segment



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 23, 2021) Move over Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and other popular compact crossovers. Another player has upgraded its game with Hyundai giving its best-selling vehicle, the Tucson SUV, a major refreshing for 2022 following the “Sensuous Sportiness” concepts espoused by the company’s Global Design Center in South Korea.

Ford Bronco back for 2021 after long production hiatus



By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmeica.com

(June 11, 2021) Ford put the Bronco on what would become a 25-year production hiatus after the 1996 model year even though just two years earlier it had been the most widely viewed SUV in the country.