BMW X6 M Competition — Astonishing performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 26, 2020) What's the point of the astonishingly fast BMW X6 M Competition? Is there a reason a rational individual would invest north of 100 grand for a copy of this fire-breathing fastback crossover propelled by a twin-turbocharged V-8 that can complete a 0-to-60 sprint in a supercar mid-3 second time with a top speed of 177 mph? We must put rationality aside in this case and marvel at this German work of art from its unique coupe-like styling to its mechanical wizardry.

VW Golf GTI — A modern 'hot hatch'

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback for years has offered drivers the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an affordable compact car that dispenses a high level of performance measured by its confidence-inspiring handling and quick steering response — qualities lacking in many family compacts.  At the same time the Golf's ride is surprisingly comfortable and composed, and its useable storage capacity is just right.

Hyundai Venue — Useable and affordable

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 12, 2020) Hyundai's all-new subcompact crossover is small, but passenger friendly. It's very affordable and with the best warranty in the business, loaded with safety technology, attractive inside and out, and relatively fuel efficient. Say hello to the 2020 Venue starting at $18,445.

Toyota Highlander — New and improved

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Toyota Highlander has been the best-selling mid-sized three-row crossover utility  since 2016 in what has become a very crowded segment. Facing strong competition from all-new and redesigned vehicles it was time for a new and improved fourth generation Highlander. And Toyota answered with the 2020 version, a vehicle that takes a new design direction while building on the qualities of the third generation.

Lincoln Corsair — Solid luxury crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 28, 2020) Lincoln begin developing its new luxury image several years ago with an all-new Continental sedan. The Navigator large SUV was the next vehicle to get a total makeover, and now Lincoln has completed a new three-crossover lineup as it re-invents itself into a 21st Century luxury car-company after losing much of its luster during the reign of the crazy "MK" name game. The new crossover lineup consists of the mid-sized Nautilus and full-sized Aviator — and now the compact 2020 Corsair.

Hyundai Sonata — Raising the bar

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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

You've probably spotted one on the road, turned your head to take a better look, and wondered what was that — a new Audi or a late-model Mercedes? No European luxury car here, however. You were gawking for the first time at a 2020 Hyundai Sonata. The South Korean Hyundai/Kia group has become known for its cutting-edge styling, and the Sonata is the latest iteration of its design superiority.

Ford Expedition — Now in King Ranch trim

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 17, 2020) More and more buyers seem to be opting for luxury SUVs and crossovers or the most opulent versions of mainstream vehicles. For that reason, Ford has felt the necessity of bringing back the King Ranch version of the Expedition that has been missing from the lineup since 2015. King Ranch has continued to be offered on the F-150 pickup, and the lavishly outfitted King Ranch now rides just below the Platinum edition and above the Limited in the 2020 Expedition lineup.

VW Atlas Cross Sport — Just right for small family

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 14, 2020) The subcompact crossover segment is not the only red-hot portion of the SUV market these days, the two-row mid-sized crossover has also become hugely popular with new and innovative products such as the Honda Passport, Ford Edge and Chevrolet Blazer. Now, add another stylish vehicle to the mix — the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

2020 Mini Cooper EV

MIAMI — All-electric power trains may be the future in the automotive world, but the new electric version of the 2020 Mini Cooper SE Electric is already behind the times, which, as we shall see, is unfortunate. With an estimated 110-mile duration on a full charge, the Mini Cooper SE Electric is burdened with a notably short driving range, especially considering several other all-electric competitors are offering twice that and more with recent models.

Toyota Sequoia — Now with off-road chops

By Jim Meachen

(June 3, 2020) It's hard to imagine a nameplate going more than 10 years without a major change. But there's a sport utility vehicle on the market that's in the 13th year of its second generation — the 2020 Toyota Sequoia. The full-sized Sequoia has been employing the same body-on-frame design and same 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with the same six-speed automatic transmission since 2008. Little has been done to alter the Sequoia's exterior appearance and the cabin layout is showing its age.