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2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premum


In the Market for an electric car?
Mach-E continues to Impress

By Jim Prueter

(November 30, 2023) The Mustang Mach-E when first introduced for the 2021 model year it was met with both confusion and controversy. Mustang loyalists were none too pleased about an electric vehicle riding herd on the pony's iconic name, sensing it was simply a marketing ploy and worse, the hypocrisy that Ford would call a four-door crossover fully electric powered vehicle a Mustang.

2024 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss

PHOENIX — The vast majority of pickup truck buyers today are what's called "never-never" truck owners — never tow, never haul, but seek the tireless experience and unique takeaways from driving one on a daily basis. Likewise, not everybody needs an oversized half-ton pickup thus there are the masses who opt to buy an easier-to-drive and park midsize with nearly all the convenience of a larger truck.

2024 Chevrolet Trax

PHOENIX — All-new for 2024 the Chevrolet Trax — the brand's new entry-level model now that the Spark has been discontinued — is larger, much better looking inside and out, less expensive and surprisingly a bit larger than the Trailblazer, Chevy's other small compact SUV. The previous Trax ended production after the 2022 model year, and there is no 2023 Trax model rather just jumping to 2024 for the Korean built sub-compact crossover.

2024 Subaru Impreza

PASO ROBLES, Calif. — Spring has finally come to California wine country and I’m clipping through tight two-lane roads through vineyards and wineries around Paso Robles.  I’m doing my best to keep eyes on the road, but the greenery and mountains are simply magical.  Yet, the roads and this car demand attention lest I end up a visitor center lawn ornament.  As invigorating is the drive, this little hatchback could just as easily take Miles and Maisey to cello lessons.  I’m driving the completely redesigned 2024 Subaru Impreza RS.

Vehicle of the Week

2023 Lincoln Navigator Reserve strives to earn its six-figure window sticker

By Casey Williams

(November 26, 2023) I’m going to do something I’ve never done before — give you the price tag right up front:  $107,390.  That’s for a regular length 2023 Lincoln Navigator with the Reserve package.  That’s pretty heady pricing against the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and Lexus LX, but is it worth it?  Let’s find out.

Here's the Thing

2023 Los Angeles Auto Show — The director's cut

By David Boldt

(November 29, 2023) LOS ANGELES — To most mainstream media, automotive topics are invariably reduced to either Tesla or, more recently, the UAW and its industry-wide strike. Happily, there’s more going on in the business than Elon Musk or the battle for a sustainable wage. These are transformative times for the auto industry, and while the return to urban zip codes and the rise of ride services have rendered automobile ownership an option, many still rely on their cars, trucks and SUVs to navigate life.

Chevrolet Silverado holds second spot in pickup sales ahead of Ram

Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden

(November 26, 2023) It you have ever taken a moment to look around you when idling at a busy intersection, it should come as no surprise to you that pickup trucks rate among the most popular vehicles on the road today. In fact, putting together numbers supplied by Car & Driver magazine, the top three vehicles in sales last year were pickup trucks with the Ford F-Series leading the way and the Chevrolet Silverado reclaiming the No. 2 spot from Ram, which checked in at No. 3.

Lexus (luxury), Honda (mass market) lead in residual value

Lexus tops J.D. Power Residual
Value Awards for 4th straight year

(November 24, 2023) TROY, Mich. — As new- and used-vehicle prices continue to rise, the resale (or residual) value of those vehicles has never been more important to consumers, according to the J.D. Power 2024 U.S. ALG Residual Value Awards.  For a fourth consecutive year, Lexus received the brandaward for best premium brand, while Honda received the award for best mass market brand for a third consecutive year. Three marques — Honda, Lexus and Toyota — were each recognized with four model segment winners.

Inside the Industry

New Mini family debuts with larger-than-life ad on Las Vegas Sphere

(November 30, 2023) LAS VEGAS — An historic automotive debut requires a venue of a similar caliber, and Sphere in Las Vegas was just the right venue for a unique reveal of the next generation of the new Mini family. To showcase its innovative next-generation models, Mini USA partnered with independent creative agency Pereira O’Dell to launch a creative campaign with Spike, Mini’s Intelligent Personal Assistant and digital companion within the New Mini family's cutting-edge technology experience.

Hyundai and Kia unveil paradigm-shifting 'Uni Wheel' drive system

New system integrates existing drive
components to deliver top efficiency

(November 30, 2023) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have unveiled the Universal Wheel Drive System — called ‘Uni Wheel’ — at ‘Uni Wheel Tech Day’ in Seoul, Korea. This paradigm-shifting vehicle drive system will revolutionize the design of future mobility devices.

Tesla Cybertruck reaches showrooms ahead of launch

(November 29, 2023) Tesla has been sending early versions of its Cybertruck to showrooms across the U.S. in anticipation of the pickup's formal launch Thursday (Nov. 30), according to Automotive News. The Cybertruck will be a halo vehicle for the growing Tesla brand and an entry into the massive pickup segment.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Studebaker pickup lives in abandoned car heaven

Studebaker wasted little time after WW II answering the peacetime call for new haulers. South Bend's 2R series of trucks rolled out as 1949 models looking decades more advanced than the trucks they replaced — the dowdy but historically significant M series. Thy were built through 1954. This early 1950s model was found resting comfortably among other retired nameplates.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)