Paul Borden

2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T R-Line — A winner in a shrinking segment

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 13, 2017) One can never be sure — there are always grammar nazis around ready to jump on you for the slightest misuse of a term — but I think I have this right. One of the ironies in the automotive world today is that the better manufacturers are making sedans, the fewer the public seems to be interested in buying.

Yes, a muscle car can have four doors

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 31, 2017) Muscle Car aficionados and automotive purists may have been unhappy when Dodge resurrected the Charger as a four-door sedan instead of the two-door coupe from the 1960s and ’70s, but a little over a decade later, it seems to have worked out just fine.

Thinking pink? Volkswagen certainly did with the 2017 Beetle

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 24, 2017)It was a few years ago that I was delivered a New Beetle Convertible for the week and was stumped by what was stuck on the dash. It was a plastic cylindrical tube that seemed to serve no real purpose other than to distract me.

Was it a place to store coins for tolls? No, because it was too thin for anything but a dime, and even back then the toll collectors were demanding more than 10 cents a pop. Not to mention it would be tough to get even a dime out of it, let alone a quarter.

It wasn't the first, but Ford Explorer set the bar for SUVs to come

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 16, 2017) The Ford Explorer wasn’t the first SUV, which dates back to the 1930s with the wagon-like Chevrolet Carryall Suburban, nor was it the first of the modern version inspired by the post-World War II Land Rover and Jeep.

It's a truck! A crossover! A truck! No, it's the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 11, 2017) A few years back I had a friend who said the reason she had bought her Pathfinder was because she had decided that if she was going to buy an SUV, she wanted a real, truck-based SUV with body-on-frame construction, not one of the new unibody crossovers that were just coming onto the market.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq — A traditional hybrid that doesn't act like one

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 2, 2017) I have never been a big fan of the Toyota Prius, no matter what version (Prius Hatchback, Prius C, Prius Prime, or Prius v Wagon) you are talking about. When they first came to the U.S. 17 years or so ago, I ran a few numbers and immediately thought, “Wow. You're going to have to drive a lot of miles to make up in savings on gas what you are paying in up front costs.”

VW Golf SportWagen shows it's time for the station wagon to get respect

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 16, 2017) MIAMI — This is no fairy tale, but I’ll say it anyway. Once upon a time, before crossovers, SUVs, and minivans began taking over as the favored providers of family transportation, there were perfectly capable vehicles for the task. They were called station wagons.

All-new Chevy Equinox gets a power boost for 2018

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 4, 2017) The Equinox served as Chevrolet’s first venture into the crossover market when it was introduced over a decade ago, and after years of producing truck-based SUVs, it looks like Chevy made a wise decision. The Equinox is now the company's best-seller behind only the Silverado pickup with nearly 2 million sold since its introduction as a 2005 model. With the improvements made for 2018, it figures to maintain that pace.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport gets new trim names, design tweaks for 2018

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 28, 2017) It seems like it was just a month ago that I got a red 2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 for review. Actually, of course, it wasn’t that recent. It was back in November. But this year still has over four months to go, and already now I have had the pleasure of spending a week in the 2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has more going for it than fuel-saving virtues

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 19, 2017) Having resurrected the Pacifica nameplate in 2016 with the introduction of a full-fledged minivan replacing the combination wagon/SUV that went out of production after the 2007 model, Chrysler has unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of the same for the more fuel-conscious among you.