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Ford F-150 Lightning — Electric version of America’s favorite truck

By Jim Prueter

(October 4, 2022) The Ford F-150 is not only been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for most of its 45-year history, but also the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and has been for decades. But just over a year ago Ford announced it would build an all-electric F-150 named the Lightning and shortly thereafter put it into production.

Ford Bronco Raptor — A magnificent beast

By Jim Prueter

(September 21, 2022) While it isn’t quite the Rubicon Trail located in California’s historic gold rush territory in the Sierra Nevada, the 27,000-acre Butcher Jones OHV, UTV, ATV and Off-Road Trail system Recreation Site in Arizona was the perfect location to test the limits of Ford’s new and nearly unstoppable Bronco Raptor. It’s the most capable production off-road vehicle ever built snatching that title from its Jeep Wrangler competitor.

Genesis Electrified G80 — An electric drivetrain for a popular sedan

By David Boldt

(September 18, 2022) It is, parked on my driveway, utterly conventional in its appearance. And to be sure, in the (relatively) short time in which we’ve watched Tesla and its four models occupy our highways and byways they, too, have become utterly conventional, but in a way that makes them of this century and not – notably – the last century.

Kia Forte GT kicks it German-style — with value

By Casey Williams

(September 4, 2022) If you take a look at the Kia Forte GT and think it could just have easily been a Volkswagen or   vAudi, your mind isn’t cloudy.  A good portion of Kia’s design team and engineering gnomes come from The Fatherland.  And, that rapid insolence carries over on the road where the car kicks it like it’s swallowing Autobahn — wherever your version of the famed motorway leads.  Beyond all of that, it spoils passengers rotten and presents a window sticker that reflects Kia’s reputation for value.

Mercedes C-Class closely mimics S-Class luxury sedan

By Jim Prueter

(August 17, 2022) Seemingly with all the talk these days about all-electric cars dominating the new car automotive spotlight it isn’t surprising that Mercedes could launch one of the most important and best-selling cars in in the German automakers lineup and it seems no one knows about it.

Subaru BRZ — Driving enjoyment on a budget

By Jim Meachen

(August 14, 2022) Driving the 2022 Subaru BRZ took me back to a time long, long ago when I coveted an affordable new sports car, and the 1975 Datsun 280Z fit my budget and my need for a moderately priced cutting-edge machine. The 2022 Subaru BRZ is much like the '75 280Z in as much as both are — and were — desirable and affordable for those of us with a limited amount of money to realize our motoring dreams.

Genesis GV60 — Electric driving done right

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(August 7, 2022) It's possible to purchase breathtaking performance by opting for the AWD Performance edition of the 2023 Genesis GV60 all-electric compact crossover. That will bring you 429 horsepower in a 4,800-pound car. Not enough? You say you want more? Well, OK, suit yourself. Hit the "overboost" button and for 10 seconds of insanity the GV60 will throw you back in your seat giving you 483 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Toyota Tundra Capstone — The Lexus of Toyota pickups

By Jim Prueter

(August 1, 2022) In the world of super luxury pickup trucks Ford boasts the F-150 Limited, Chevrolet the Silverado High Country, RAM with its Limited and all-new for 2022 the Toyota Tundra Capstone driven here. Big expensive luxury trucks are a cultural awe in America, the very embodiment of an erotic fixation having magical potency with owners willfully throwing down $75 big and more eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect or devotion.

Ford Expedition — A competent full-sized family hauler

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 31, 2022) Ford has refreshed its large Expedition sport utility vehicle for 2022 with some exterior and interior styling tweaks and several new features and options. The cabin now sports a fresh dashboard design similar to the one in the recently redesigned F-150 pickup. Added to the lineup is the off-road oriented Timberline edition, which elevates ground clearance to a class-leading 10.6 inches, and the Stealth Edition Performance Package, which comes outfitted with 440 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

Nissan Pathfinder Platinum — Nothing short of outstanding View

By Jim Prueter

(July 27, 2022) With a dated lineup of utility vehicles that are well past their freshness date, Nissan has been rejuvenating its SUVs and the Pathfinder is the latest to receive a comprehensive and complete redesign for the 2022 model year. The previous Pathfinder was well out of its league and at the bottom of the segment against exceptionally good competitors like the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade and Jeep Grand Cherokee.