2022

Mercedes GLE AMG 53 — Impressively classy with tech galore



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 22, 2021) I headed east out of Casa Grande Ariz., taking the backroads home avoiding the interstate. I wanted to go slow, to savor the ride and experience. I wanted it to last. I was behind the wheel of the AMG variant of Mercedes’ mid-sized GLE SUV powered by the hand built 429-horsepower turbocharged AMG-enhanced inline 6-cylinder and paired with a 9-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder



HERNDON, Va. — If, like me, you were licensed in the late ‘60s and car shopping in the ‘70s, you’d have great memories of Nissan’s creative output. First up – again, for me – was the Datsun 2000, a Japanese riff on the British sports car (think MGB) some 20 years before Mazda did its own riff, the Miata, on the British sports car. Before most had time to take note of the 2000, Datsun introduced its 240Z.

2022 Lexus NX



PHOENIX — When it comes to luxury-subcompact utility vehicles, there are plenty of choices and prices are generally climbing as more and more automakers luxe up advanced design, technology, driver assistance features and powertrain options including turbocharging, plug-in hybrids and even all-electric choices.

Lexus NX 350 — NX gets a redo with new engines, tech, safety features



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 20, 2022) When it comes to luxury-subcompact utility vehicles, there are plenty of choices and prices are generally climbing as more and more automakers luxe up advanced design, technology, driver assistance features and powertrain options including turbocharging, plug-in hybrids and even all-electric choices.

Hyundai Kona EV — A solid entry-level all-electric vehicle


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(March 20, 2022) Buyers looking for their first electric vehicle should put the 2022 Hyundai Kona on their short list. It checked all the boxes for us after a week and 200 miles behind the wheel. It has stylish proportions, it's easy and fun to drive, its gauges and switchgear work exactly like a standard gas engine vehicle, and perhaps at the top of the list — it gets 258 miles on a single charge.

Volkswagen Golf R — The pinnacle of driving enjoyment


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(March 16, 2022) There's bad news for long-time fans of the family friendly Volkswagen Golf — it will no longer be sold in North America. But there's good news for fans of the sporty side of the Golf brand — it's still available in the newly redesigned eighth-generation GTI and ultimate hot hatch, Golf R. With the Golf R, the subject of this review, Volkswagen is now well positioned to take on such mainstream rivals as the Honda Civic Type R and the Hyundai Veloster N.

Mercedes GLB — Small family luxury SUV is smooth, quiet, roomy



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 9, 2022) It’s been two model years since we last drove and tested Mercedes compact luxury SUV when it was first introduced for the 2020 model year. The 2022 GLB tested here is nearly identical to the 2020 and 2021 model since its debut adding standard blind spot monitoring for 2021 and both SiriusXM satellite radio and a 115-volt power outlet added to the optional Premium package for 2022.

BMW M440i Gran Coupe — Practicable driving thrills


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(March 13, 2022) We've been blessed with the opportunity to drive three variations of the BMW 4-Series in the past 18 months, all outfitted with the M performance 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine that provides all the driving thrills and enjoyment you expect from the "Ultimate Driving Machine" company. It makes 382 horsepower ad 396 pound-feet of torque directed to all four wheels in the M440i configuration.

Hyundai Venue — Good transportation at a great price


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(March 9, 2022) Remember back to the mid 80s when the Yugoslavian-built Yugo was hyped as the least expensive new car on the market? Why buy used, when a new car is within reach at a very affordable price, Yugo dealers argued. That turned out to be very bad advice because the Yugo proved unsafe and unreliable. A five-year-old Civic or Corolla were much better purchases at the same price — hugely more reliable and with a better trade-in value.

Toyota Corolla — A good value with a stick shift


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By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(March 6, 2022) We are amazed that Toyota continues to offer a manual transmission in its 2022 Corolla. Based on the average age of a Corolla buyer we figure so few would opt for a shift-for-yourself transmission — and even know how to operate one — that it would be hard for Toyota to make an economic case for it. It's no secret that manual transmissions are a dying breed, and most automakers refuse to even build them anymore.