Paul Borden

Mercedes G-Wagen seems to defy logic when it comes to staying power

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica

(March 10, 2017) MIAMI — The Mercedes-Benz G-Class seems to me to be a series of contradictions. It’s a big vehicle that seems small inside. It’s a luxury vehicle but lacks many of the features normally associated with the segment. And at a time that it seems every manufacturer is trying to coax the maximum number of miles from a gallon of gas, it drinks fuel like frat boys attacking a keg on “free beer” night.

VW Golf TSI SEL sets up a nice hatchback, but good luck finding one

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica

(March 3, 2017) I just spent a week in the 2017 Volkswagen Golf TSI SEL and though it isn’t the “hot hatch” that the Ford Focus RS that I had a couple of weeks ago is, it still offers a lot in the way of driving fun and in a more economical package.

If you want performance from an SUV, Infiniti QX50 may be answer

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica

(February 24, 2017) MIAMI — Shortly after the new year began, I had the opportunity to spend time in an Infiniti QX80 SUV, which I thought fit the description of a true “land yacht” as a colleague had dubbed the full-size conversion van I owned back in the mid-1980s and ’90s.

Ford takes hatchback performance to a new level with 2017 Focus RS

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 17, 2017) With a couple of exceptions, hatchbacks are generally more known for their utility and practicality than they are for their performance. One of the most notable of those exceptions, perhaps the most notable, is the Ford Focus RS.

Genesis G90 a true luxury vehicle, but don't call it a 'Hyundai Genesis'

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica

(February 12, 2017) —  It wasn’t all that long ago that the idea of vehicle coming out of a Hyundai plant carrying a price tag of over $70,000 was as farfetched as the notion of self-driving and flying cars. Well, today self-driving cars are, if not around the corner, getting closer, Uber has asked a NASA engineer to do research on flying cars, and Hyundai indeed has on the market a sedan that is very worthy of such a lofty price tag.

With Mercedes GLC 300 you can have your cake and eat it too — sort of

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica

(February 4, 2017) A couple of years ago at the Shanghai Auto Show Mercedes-Benz unveiled a concept vehicle that was a coupe version of its GLC SUV. I wasn’t there, but apparently the reception was such that the German automaker hustled it into production, and thus we have the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

Paul Borden review: A minivan wins North American Utility Vehicle of the Year

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 25, 2017) MIAMI — In case you missed it, the North American International Auto Show, more commonly called the Detroit auto show, announced its selections for vehicles of the year earlier this month. The new Chevy Bolt EV received Car of the Year honors. Not surprising, considering the media's infatuation with electric vehicles.

2017 Mercedes E300 goes to the head of the class

By Paul Borden
Motorw
ayAmerica.com

(December 22, 2016) After a full-scale redesign, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan moves into its 10th generation with the 2017 model, offering a new engine, numerous technological features that include the ability to drive itself for short stints, and the kind of classy interior you typically expect from the
German automaker.

Paul Borden review: Jaguar F-Type R convertible offers performance, luxury

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 11, 2016) M
IAMI — I have a fondness for convertibles — and my favorite car of the moment is the Jaguar F-Type. So you can imagine how I feel about the convertible version. Yes, I like it. A lot.

Just a week after driving the 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe, I was given the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 2017 Jaguar F-Type R Convertible. (Not that it means anything, but this is the opposite way the F-Type was introduced with the convertible hitting the market as a 2014 model and the coupe following for 2015.)

Whatever you call it, Infiniti's Q50 Red Sport has a lot to offer

By Paul Borden
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 14, 2016) I like red cars. Unless you count a maroon Ford Falcon Sprint convertible I had back in the mid-1960s, though, I’ve never owned one, but I do like them. Thus when a red 2017 Infiniti Q50 sedan showed up in my driveway recently, it had me at first look. That it happened to the top-of-the-line Red Sport 400 trim just added to the anticipation.