Paul Borden

Alfa Romeo continues to refine Stelvio, but it's the performance that counts

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 29, 2020) In just its third year, Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio already has established itself as a go-to vehicle for someone seeking a functional, fun-to-drive SUV in a distinctive, stylish package. With a best-in-class 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque produced by a 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the Stelvio — it is named for a mountain pass in the easter Alps in northern Italy  — is based on the Alfa Romeo’s popular Giulia sport sedan and delivers breathtaking performance numbers.

Look out — It's an SUV! No, coupe! No, it's an AMG GLE 53 SUV Coupe!

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 17, 2020) You would think that any person fairly cognizant of the automotive world would have no problem distinguishing a coupe from an SUV. After all, an SUV is a somewhat boxy vehicle with four doors and a big storage area in the back often coming with three rows of seats while a coupe is a smaller version (usually) of a sedan but with only two doors, right?

2021 Kia Seltos shows good things can be found in small packages

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 5, 2020) Kia has added another vehicle to its growing fleet, and to the surprise of nobody save, perhaps, a monk in far off Tibet, it is another crossover SUV. Classed as a subcompact, the 2021 Kia Seltos — Seltos comes from Greek mythology, Celtos being the son of Hercules — slots in between the company’s popular Soul and Sportage at about the same starting price point as the company’s Niro crossover.

Mercedes fills out SUV portfolio with addition of AMG GLS 63

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 29, 2020) After updating the GLS with new GLS 450 and GLS 580 models for 2020, Mercedes-Benz is now out with the AMG version of its largest SUV with the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63. The Germans say it “is more dynamic and versatile than ever before” with “plenty of space for seven people” and “improved driving dynamics” powered by a 4.8-liter biturbo V8 engine that boosts horsepower to 603 and torque to 627 pound-feet over the 577/561 numbers of its predecessor.

2020 Ford Mustang convertible lives up to its glorious pony car past

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 15, 2020) MIAMI — It was unveiled at the 1964 New York’s World Fair and made its movie debut the same year in the James Bond flick Goldfinger. It appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek and was featured in commercials that ran simultaneously on all three television networks the night before it went on sale.

Mini Cooper electric is fun to drive, but it needs more range

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 8, 2020) All-electric power trains may be the future in the automotive world, but the new electric version of the 2020 Mini Cooper SE Electric is already behind the times, which, as we shall see, is unfortunate. With an estimated 110-mile duration on a full charge, the Mini Cooper SE Electric is burdened with a notably short driving range, especially considering several other all-electric competitors are offering twice that and more with recent models.

Breaking free from a lockdown in style with a 2020 Kia Stinger

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 4, 2020) After nearly two months of self-imposed isolation for you-know-what with trips limited to the grocery and drug stores and takeout food runs, we managed to escape Miami over the Memorial Day weekend to visit our daughter and son and their families near his home in Tampa.

BMW X1 shows that good things can come in small packages

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 28, 2020) As you may surmise from the numerical designation, the X1 is the smallest of BMW’s fleet of  SUVs, but don’t sell it short. This is a roomy vehicle that delivers both a fun driving experience while remaining true to the functional aspects of the SUV segment, or SAV for Sports Activity Vehicle in BMW parlance.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S is powerful brute, but in a refined package

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 22, 2020) MIAMI — So, you want a vehicle with lots of pop but need one with lots of room for hauling stuff? Well, how about getting one for both. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S performs both functions in luxurious fashion, befitting the company that introduced the concept of the performance-oriented SUV when it brought forth the 342-horsepower 1999 Mercedes-Benz GL 55 AMG.

Hyundai takes 2020 Sonata into a new design direction

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 18, 2020) A redes
ign for the 2020 model moves the Hyundai Sonata into its eighth generation as what the South Korean company heralds as its “longest standing and most successful model” globally. With a svelte, coupe-like profile, classy interior, and lots of standard features, the 2020 Sonata makes for a compelling competitor in the affordable midsize sedan segment long dominated by entries from Toyota and Honda.