2023 Honda Civic Type R

PHOENIX — Honda's highly desirable high performance oriented Civic Type R (for Race) makes a return for 2023 after a one-year hiatus. Dating back to 2017, the Type R has had one of the most unique purpose built design and styling packages on the market for a relatively affordable price. That is if you are able to find a Honda dealer that hasn't added a sizable "market adjustment" upping the price of the window sticker by as much as an additional $20,000 or more.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Plug-in Hybrid — Saving some gas

By Dan Scanlan

(September 24, 2023) The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Plug-in Hybrid was silent as it bounded along the rutted dirt trail, the only sound from this electric drivetrain a subtle humming warble and tires scratching the soil. Nature could be heard as we drove with windows down, the EV was the best way to go off road — until a screeching sound arose behind: “BIG SCARY BUG IN THE CAR!!,” yelled my grandson from a booster seat in the leather back seat.

Acura Integra Type S — Capability enhanced by 6-speed manual shifter

By David Boldt

(September 17, 2023) According to Acura — and they’d know better than I know — the company’s Integra Type S is a "new interpretation of sophisticated street performance engineered for a new generation of enthusiast drivers." And while I find the new(ish) Integra to be attractive across all trim levels, from its $30K base to the $50K Type S, I’m hard-pressed to find the "new interpretation" in a front-wheel drive, 4-passenger hatch with — to its credit — 320 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Dodge Hornet — Historic name for new compact crossover

By Casey Williams

(September 10, 2023) It dominated NASCAR, boogied through the ‘70s, starred in countless movies, and is now enjoying a trip from Italy dressed as a boisterous American tourist.  No, this isn’t an A-list actor from classic Hollywood, though “Doc Hudson” Hornet in Pixar’s “Cars” was voiced by Paul Newman.  Hornet reappeared on fenders in the ‘70s after Hudson merged with Nash to form AMC and on a 2006 concept car.  Now, it’s on the tailgate of the stingin’ little 2023 Dodge Hornet crossover.

2023 BMW X4 M

MIAMI — High-octane performance is not usually what you expect from SUVs, even luxury makes, but there are exceptions. Not surprisingly, a prime example of an SUV that is all about horsepower and torque comes from Germany. The 2023 BMW X4 M Competition model that the company bills as a Sports Activity Coupe and most others call an SUV sports a 503-horsepower, turbocharged inline-6 engine that produces a whopping 479 pound-feet of torque.

2023 Kia Niro Hybrid

PHOENIX — In a world of lookalike vehicles few standout with an uncommon yet attractive design appeal. It's easy to see that one could make a legitimate claim that the throughly redesigned 2023 Kia Niro is one of them. Part hatchback, part wagon and part SUV, there's design cues from its Kia sibling the Soul. Undoubtedly the most exclusive and unique aspect of its exterior is the contrasting black colored "Aero Blade" with its slight protrusion across the rear-most pillar that directs airflow through and around it toward the rear hatchback.

2023 Cadillac Escalade V-series

MIAMI — Two decades after unveiling the 2003 Cadillac CTS-V and nearly a quarter-century since jumping into the SUV pool, Cadillac has brought high performance capability to its signature Escalade. The result is a full-size work horse with the DNA of a 1960s-era muscle car. It is capable of towing up to of 7,000 pounds, and its spacious interior has a cargo capacity of 121 cubic feet behind the first row, 72.9 behind the second, and 25.5 with all three rows in place.

Cadillac Escalade — High-performance V-Series

Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden

Infiniti QX60 — Stylish and comfortable


By Jim Meachen
Editor, MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 20, 2023) We praise Infiniti for ditching the continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the current-generation QX60, which started life in 2022, with a proper 9-speed automatic. We're not fans of the CVT in any car — even as its popularity with automobile manufacturers grows — but we are especially opposed to its use in luxury vehicles.

2023 Mercedes EQE SUV

PHOENIX — There's yet another EQ-branded fully electric Mercedes and the EQE SUV tested here is its newest offering that shares its platform and styling cues with the mid-sized Mercedes EQE sedan. If you're familiar with Mercedes' popular gas-powered GLE the EQE is similar in size, but totally different and not just because it's all- electric.