BMW 335i coupe – could it be the real ultimate

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We revised our list of favorite cars the other day. Yes a new model enthusiastically caught our attention and you probably won’t be surprised to find it’s a member of the Ultimate Driving Machine (oh how we hate that ubiquitous ad tag) family, the all-new 2007 BMW 335i coupe.

BMW X5 – bigger, better and sometimes befuddling

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Don't expect your neighbor to do a double take when you park your new 2007 BMW X5 in the driveway for the first time. It looks much like all the previous models dating back to its inception in 2000, except if you put them side by side, then you get the “wow, that’s changed hasn’t it,” factor.

Audi Q7 – a running back in disguise

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Audi left Jaguar the only luxury nameplate without a sport utility vehicle in its lineup when it introduced the Q7 early in 2006. Of course Jaguar has Land Rover as a sibling.

The German automaker had inexplicably been left standing on the platform after the sport utility train had departed the station. The all played catch-up and Audi has finally climbed on board entering the luxury segment with a large stylish wagon-like vehicle that adequately fills the niche for people with a lot of disposable income who love Audi and want something bold and a little different.

Acura RDX - sporty luxury – but fun comes with a price


By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If you need a third-row seat and enough towing capacity to pull a recreational vehicle or a boat, you can skip this review.

If you need the security of a sophisticated all-wheel drive system in a high-riding vehicle that goes fast, handles like a sports car and pampers its passengers with luxury appointments, then continue reading. In other words, if you want a small, nimble crossover with luxury intentions and loads of excitement, you have arrived at the right place.

Acura MDX — hard to beat

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The automotive mantra when a manufacturer launches a new or significantly upgraded vehicle is that it has held the line on prices, particularly when figuring in equipment now standard that was optional last year.

But Acura is making no such claim for its all-new MDX premium sport utility. And it can’t, because prices have shot up between 7.6 and 8.1 percent depending on packages selected. Acura says it has figured in all the new features now available as standard equipment and the price hike is just 6.2 percent.

Acura TL Type S — performance at a (relatively speaking) bargain price

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Acura TL is one of our favorite vehicles with its combination of style, performance, impeccable fit and finish and remarkable bang for the hard-earned buck.

More bang has been added this year, the fourth of its current iteration. The Type S edition has been reinstated after a three-year hiatus, which means extra horsepower and a stiffer suspension setup. It means more driver enthusiast enjoyment in a vehicle already chock full of smile-inducing highway pleasure.