Peter Hubbard

2018 Volkswagen GTI is a proven winner

By Peter Hubbard

(June 13, 2018) Volkswagen has been cranking out its popular Golf models for some 40-plus years – and in that time it’s steadily moved up the sales chart to become the second most popular vehicle ever produced, with worldwide sales of over 30 million units — second only to the venerable Ford F-Series pickup truck, which leads all comers with sales topping 40 million.

In addition, VW helped pioneer the inexpensive, economical “pocket-rocket,” segment with the launch of the GTI model in 1976.

2018 GMC Acadia handles with style and ease

By Peter A. Hubbard and Joe Rutland

(June 9, 2018) If you’re in the market for a three-row SUV and have not yet test driven the 2018 GMC Acadia, we recommend you add it to your “must try” shopping list before you buy.  This GMC really is quite special. It handles everything from steep hills to wet roads with style and ease.  

2018 Mazda3 combines sporty performance, high safety ratings

By Peter Hubbard

(April 24, 2018) The Mazda3 arrived in 2003 as a 2004 model, and with apologies to Dale Carnegie … has been winning friends and influencing people ever since. It replaced the company’s previous compact, the Mazda 323/Protege.

Lexus GS 350 F Sport loaded with luxury and technology

By Peter A. Hubbard

(April 4, 2018) Believe it or not, the Lexus GS mid-level performance sedan is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the American market. It arrived in 1993, one year after the launch of the remarkable full-size LS sedan and smaller ES Camry-clone sedan — the first two models Toyota offered as part of its premium brand. 

Kia Forte5 SX offers style, good value, sporty performance

By Peter A. Hubbard

(March 29, 2018) For the past 10 years or so, entry-level car buyers have been flocking to Kia dealerships. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why.  Price, price, price!  Sorry for adapting your slogan, Realtor friends, but that’s the bottom line.  Kia currently offers 7, count them, 7 different models with a starting MSRP under $26,000. The list includes nearly the entire line: Optima, Sportage, Sorrento, Soul, Rio, Niro and Forte. 

2018 Toyota C-HR targets younger buyers with unique styling

By Peter Hubbard

(March 27, 2018) In  2003-04, Toyota spent untold millions launching a new entry-level brand called Scion, specifically targeting young “hipster” Gen Y and Millennial customers with what they saw as edgy compacts and crossovers designed to lure them into Scion showrooms and turn them into loyal, lifelong Toyota/Lexus car buyers. So in an effort to appear “with it” and equally hip, Toyota used rather unconventional (for an automaker) guerrilla and viral Internet marketing campaign tactics.

Volvo S90 impresses with refinement, safety technology

By Peter Hubbard

(March 21, 2018) With apologies to Oldsmobile for “borrowing” their ad slogan from 1988, but – this is NOT your father’s Volvo! The premier Volvo sedan from 30 years ago was the 760 Turbo.  Its 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivered a muscular (for typical death-grip-on-the-steering wheel, safety-obsessed Volvo owners) 182 horsepower, and according to reports from the time, propelled the boxy sedan from 0-60 in under 8 seconds. 

Honda's CR-V remains the compact SUV class leader

By Peter A.  Hubbard

(March 13, 2018) When your vehicle actually invented its classification, it typically has a target on its back — and it's the one every other automaker benchmarks.  So you have no choice but to keep moving and keep improving. 

Such is the case for the cuddly little Honda CR-V, which first burst onto the automotive landscape some 20 years ago — way back in February 1997 — becoming the first compact SUV. 

Mazda CX-5 impresses with athletic handling, styling, safety features

By Peter A. Hubbard

(March 4, 2018) Unless you’ve just crawled out from under an Afghan, you’re probably aware that the roadways and parking lots are jam-packed with crossovers these day — of every brand, color, size and description. 

If you had asked someone 20 years ago to define “crossover,” they would have either given you a blank stare, or started babbling some basketball jargon about a certain kind of play.  

Back then you had sedans, coupes, convertibles, station wagons, trucks and SUVs. Period. 

Honda Civic Si delivers flawless performance, great price

By Peter A. Hubbard

(November 27, 2017) If you’re like the majority of us 99-percenters, you have champagne tastes but are hobbled by a bank account that requires you live on a beer budget, or an occasional white wine every now and then.  But now we can all take heart. We may not be able to afford a brand new Corvette or Porsche — much less a Ferrari or Aston Martin — but for those of us with a need for speed, the new 2017 Honda Civic Si just might provide an affordable solution.