Jim Prueter

2024 Honda Ridgeline TrailSport — Not much of an 'off-roader'



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 25, 2024) Honda has made the decision to bring the pageantry of its TrailSport sub brand to its Ridgeline pickup truck for 2024. First use of the TrailSport name with its intentions to throw their hat into the off-road game came in 2022 with the Passport variant by shedding knobby "rugged-looking" tires to all four corners and a flimsy skid plate that by any stretch of the imagination wasn't a skid plate to the chassis underside with lift to the suspension or shocks. It also sported the identifying black and orange TrailSport badging.

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid — Toyota's new, roomier family hauler



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 23, 2024) Ply urban and suburban America and if you pay any attention you'll immediately discover the roads are full of the ubiquitous Toyota Highlander. Thoughtful packaging, obligatory safety systems, non-offensive styling, and affordably priced, the Highlander is a quality built three-row family favorite that's easy to drive, comfortable with a sterling reputation for reliability and a decent resale value. While not flattering, I tend to classify the Highlander as an appliance, much like a refrigerator.

2024 Acura Integra Type S — In a word: brilliant



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 8, 2024) Shortly after Acura, Honda's luxury division relaunched its iconic Integra nameplate the company sent us the A-Spec trim level for our review testing. After a week behind the wheel we came away impressed with its attractive styling, long list of standard features, strong technology and driver assist features. It was essentially a Honda Civic Is dressed in prom clothes.

2024 Mercedes AMG C43 — More power comes in a smaller package



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 5, 2024) As SUVs and pickup trucks garner all of the attention and the lion's share of sales, Mercedes is quick to remind us they still find value in the sedan market as verified by the new-for-last-year fifth-generation mid-sized C-Class sedan. And, with that comes a new four-door AMG model that foregoes its 385-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 in favor of more powerful 402-hp but smaller hybrid integrated electrically charged turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with power delivered to all four wheels passing through a nine-speed automatic transmission.

2024 Kia Telluride SX-Prestige X-PRO — Still best choice for a midsize SUV



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 29, 2024) The Kia Telluride remains as a carry over into 2024 virtually unchanged from 2023 after a styling refresh and updating, the first since it launched for the 2020 model year. Last year's refresh included a new updated grille, redesigned LED headlamps, a new front bumper and fascia on the exterior. Inside, there was an all-new digital instrument panel with dual 12.3 inch panoramic LED screens that serve as the infotainment center and gauge displays.

2024 Mercedes-AMG SL 43 — First SL four-cylinder soft-top in 60 years



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 22, 2024) With beginnings as a LeMans racing car dating back to the early 1950s Mercedes recognized it needed a lightweight, aerodynamic sports car to successfully compete at the track. Short for Sport-Leicht, or Sport Light in German, the SL launched as the first incarnation of Mercedes two-seat sports car.

2024 Infiniti QX60 Autograph



QX60 Looks the part, but falls
short of reigning competitors


By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 21, 2024) Completely redesigned and all-new for the 2022 model year, the excellent and luxurious QX60 is unchanged for the 2024 model year. Our Autograph trim tested here is exquisitely furnished using some of the finest materials inside and dramatic styling outside.

2024 Toyota Sienna XLE Woodland Edition



Practical and comfortable
with superb fuel economy

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 16, 2024) There's a stigma associated with owning and driving a minivan that somehow you've reached maturity and now a fully responsible adult signaling to the world and your family that among those at the school "drop your kids off lane" you're the sensible adult here. When you were younger and pre-parenthood, minivans' sole purpose was seemingly the hideous monster of the automotive world, monstrously ugly, that sucked all the life and fun out driving.

2024 Jeep Compass Trailhawk — Trail rated off-road crossover



A decent compact SUV but
trails segment competitors


By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 14, 2024) The Jeep Compass Trailhawk is a five-passenger four door compact crossover utility vehicle whose best asset is it's trail rated off-road, all-terrain capabilities compared to a class of excellent rivals, and comes standard with four-wheel-drive. If rugged off-roading is high on your list of "must haves" the Trailhawk is more than worthy of your strong consideration, but so is its same sized competitor the Ford Bronco Sport. However, most competitors in its class are excellent and better choices for on-pavement ride quality, comfort and modern features and design elements.

2024 Lexus LS 500 F Sport — Classy and comfortable, but showing its age



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 1, 2024) While marching to the beat of its own drummer since it debuted some 30 years ago, Lexus still marches forward taking on the German luxury giants of Mercedes, Audi and BMW with its core values of luxury, quality and style at a better price.