Paul Borden

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.

Chevy moves Traverse into second generation with redesign for 2018

By Paul Borden

(September 24, 2018) Chevrolet apparently has been busy lately in updating its fleet of crossovers and SUVs. The 2018 Traverse is the fourth SUV/crossover that the manufacturer has updated within a year, joining the Equinox, Trax, and Bolt EV in that category.

Ford gets small crossover with introduction of 2018 EcoSport

By Paul Borden

(September 11, 2018) Ford may be getting out of the sedan market, but that doesn’t mean the company is getting out of the car business. In fact, the Detroit News last month reported in an interview with Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's executive vice president of product development and purchasing, that the company actually expects to have three more new vehicles in its lineup by 2023 as it puts its emphasis on trucks and SUVs/crossovers.

2018 Nissan Rogue gets ProPilot technology for top trim models

By Paul Borden

(September 3, 2018) Nissan followed up its redesign of its popular Rogue crossover with several midyear enhancements for 2017, and the updates keep coming for 2018 with added technology that represents a step — albeit a baby one — to self-driving capability.

The system, dubbed ProPilot, is available on the top trim Rogue SL model as part of a $790 Platinum Package suite of features that also includes 19-inch wheels (replacing standard 18-inchers) and an electronic parking brake.

Not-so-mini Mini Cooper S Countryman offers plug-in technology for 2018

By Paul Borden

(August 27, 2018) Maybe the first thing you might notice about the 2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is that it isn’t quite so mini, and I’m not talking about just the name. At nearly 170 inches long and with a wheelbase of just over 105 inches, it isn’t exactly reaching “maxi” standards, but it’s nearly the size of a Kia Soul (and with a longer wheelbase) and approaches the standard for classification as a compact rather than a subcompact vehicle as with some other Minis.

Atlas gives VW sales a big boost after enjoying its best month yet in July

By Paul Borden

(August 17, 2018) Volkswagen executives were expecting (hoping for?) much success when the Atlas was launched as a replacement for the Touareg in the midsize SUV segment in the U.S., and the latest sales reports seem to confirm their expectations (hopes?).

The Atlas enjoyed its best sales month yet this past July and was one of three vehicles from the German automaker’s stable that helped spur overall sales growth of nearly 13 percent for the company over the same month for the previous year.

After a year hiatus, the QX50 returns with new engine, new platform

By Paul Borden

(August 12, 2018) After taking a year off, the Infiniti QX50 is back as a 2019 model, a little bit shorter but wider and taller than its predecessor with a new interior, a more fuel-efficient, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and generous cargo space as it moves into its second generation under the QX nameplate. (The first QX50 in 2014 was essentially an update of the EX series introduced in 2008.)

More seat time confirms first impressions of new Nissan Kicks

By Paul Borden

(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.