Peter Hubbard

Fiat uses assist from Mazda to revive its iconic 124 Spider

By Peter Hubbard 


MotorwayAmerica

(June 25, 2017) While test driving a silver Fiat 125 Spider convertible a few weeks ago I had more than one person stop me and inquire about the cute little car.  Most thought it was quite a novelty, since at this point in time there are so few on the roads.
 

Honda Civic marks 45 years on America's roads

By Peter Hubbard



MotorwayAmerica

(June 24, 2017) Can anyone out there remember a time when there were NO Honda Civics puttering along America’s highways and byways?  If you can, you have to be at least 50 years old or older?  Why?  Because Honda Civics have been purring along our nation's highways and byways since July 11, 1972 — 45 years ago next month.

Mazda bakes sports car DNA into its CX-9 flagship crossover



By Peter A. Hubbard 

MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 19, 2017) When you drive an automaker’s flagship model you expect it to impress. You expect excellent fit and finish on the body, seating that fits like a glove, and an abundance of safety, luxury and convenience features throughout. You also anticipate crisp and accurate steering, a supple suspension, boffo braking, and a good deal of zip when you poke the throttle as you’re passing that semi … and make that urgent “call” down to the engine room requesting more power. 

Lexus IS 350 turns into a grown-up sports sedan after 16 years 




By Peter Hubbard
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 12, 2017) For those who recall a time long, long ago and far, far away … when cigarette advertising was still legal on network TV, a certain cigarette company tried to lure women into switching to their thin, slim brand of cancer-causing tobacco product with the advertising tag line “… You’ve come a long way, baby!”

Dodge Durango R/T a very attractive SUV package

By Peter Hubbard




MotorwayAmerica

(June 7, 2017) Remember when all SUVs were big brawny beasts — truly providing both SPORT and UTILITY?  

If not, just jump into the old “Way-Back Time Machine” with me and venture back to the 80’s, and you’ll quickly encounter a whole slew of big old rear-drive SUVs (most even with 4x4 talent) like the Chevy K-5 Blazer, full-size Ford Bronco, the Dodge Ramcharger and Jeep Grand Wagonner.

Dodge Journey pleasantly surprises first-time Journey driver

By Peter Hubbard



MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 24, 2017) In the interest of full disclosure, my week behind the wheel of the 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD recently was my first time behind the wheel of this Dodge entry in the compact crossover class — ever.  

Sure, it HAS been on the market for eight, going on nine years now, and we should have taken at least a short journey in the Journey. 

Kia Soul gets infusion of power, more creature comforts for 2017

By Peter A. Hubbard




MotorwayAmerica

(May 22, 2017) When the Kia Soul first hit the streets in 2009 as a 2010 model, it was clearly aimed at entry-level buyers.  Its subcompact size, excellent fuel economy and shaved-box look were clearly aimed at first-time buyers in their early-to-mid 20’s.  The marketing push used for the modest little crossover clearly pitched it as the ultimate party car, with cocky little hamsters posing as “party animals,” ready to roll. 



Don't overlook Nissan Rouge when shopping compact crossovers

By Peter Hubbard
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 10, 2017) If you’re in the market for a compact crossover — and it seems like maybe 20 percent of buyers are these days — the task of finding just the right one is getting harder and takes more work; lots more work.

Jeep Wrangler adds two doors, comforts, but still loves the wild side





By Peter Hubbard
MotorwayAmerica

(March 31, 2017) True confession time.  It’s been a few years since my backside was nestled in the driver’s seat of a Jeep Wrangler.  In fact, this was the very FIRST time I’d slid behind the wheel of a 4-Door Wrangler … it’s been that long.  But I have a legitimate excuse.  For the past 15 years or so my duties only required me to test, review and evaluate pickup trucks.