Jim Prueter

2022 Kia Niro PHEV EX — Easing pain at the pump



By Jim Prueter
Motorway America.com

(October 6, 2022) The Kia Niro PHEV isn’t especially engaging to drive, its looks are on the generic side, it’s classified as a sport utility vehicle but to be honest it falls quite short of sport and utility. It also isn’t a massively interesting or beguiling styled vehicle. What it is, however, is every bit a clever piece of automotive engineering that’s loaded with advanced technology presented to those who want the benefits of it without necessarily wanting  to engage in it.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning — Electric version of America’s favorite truck



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 4, 2022) The Ford F-150 is not only been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for most of its 45-year history, but also the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and has been for decades. But just over a year ago Ford announced it would build an all-electric F-150 named the Lightning and shortly thereafter put it into production.

Phoenix Coyotes Zamboni — We drive the coolest ride on four wheels



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 30, 2022) PHOENIX — Snoopy drove one in the Peanuts comic strip, The Gear Daddies had a minor hit song “I Want to Drive the Zamboni,” on the television sitcom “Cheers,” Carla’s hockey-playing husband, Eddie LeBec, died when he was run over by a Zamboni, and even former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told People magazine she thought it would be a great name for a son.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor — A magnificent beast



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 21, 2022) While it isn’t quite the Rubicon Trail located in California’s historic gold rush territory in the Sierra Nevada, the 27,000-acre Butcher Jones OHV, UTV, ATV and Off-Road Trail system Recreation Site in Arizona was the perfect location to test the limits of Ford’s new and nearly unstoppable Bronco Raptor. It’s the most capable production off-road vehicle ever built snatching that title from its Jeep Wrangler competitor.

2022 Mercedes S580 — Elegant, adroit and an amazing driving experience



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 19, 2022) The Mercedes S-Class is the world’s best-selling luxury sedan and the latest generation recently introduced as expected is impressive with spectacular new features and amazing technology.  Mercedes is offering two versions of the S-Class, the base level S-500 powered by a 430-hp V6 engine or the S-580 reviewed here with a 496-hp bi-turbocharged mild-hybrid drive V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard on both models. Of course, luxury not horsepower is what the S-Class is all about.

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Trail Edition — Mild updating for 2022



(September 12, 2022) The Toyota Tacoma — affectionately known as the Taco by its copious fans — has been the best-selling mid-sized pickup for 17 years running, outselling its nearest two competitors by more than two-to-one last year. Tacoma is available in numerous configurations and various models to satisfy the needs of a multitude of truck buyers. Last year, Toyota introduced two limited production models: the Nightshade Edition and Trail Edition model tested here. Otherwise, there are no major differences between the 2020 thru 2022 Tacoma models.

Lexus LX 600 Ultra Luxury — SUV all-new for 2022



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmeria.com

(September 5, 2022) All-new and totally redesigned from the ground-up inside and out Lexus has launched its fourth generation LX 600 that replaces the outgoing LX 570 that was first introduced back in 1995. It’s worth noting that Toyota has discontinued the Land Cruiser for 2022 after a 65-year continuous run, from which the LX is derived. Toyota is hoping Land Cruiser loyalists will step up to the Lexus LX.

2023 Rivian R1S — Electrified futuristic SUV



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 24, 2022) PHOENIX — There’s a very strong likelihood you’re unfamiliar with the new electric vehicle startup Rivian — the first to bring an EV pickup to the market. You’re even less likely to have seen one on the road let alone it’s new second vehicle, the three-row R1S SUV tested here.

2023 Kia Sportage gets distinctive new looks and gains a hybrid powertrain



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 21, 2022) With a presence of over 20 years, the Sportage is Kia’s longest running nameplate in the U.S. and for 2023 it’s been completely redesigned inside and out. In addition to a distinct new design and built on Kia’s 7-inch longer N3 platform, the same used by the larger Kia Sorento, making for an overall larger Sportage. For the first time it’s being offered as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants alongside the gas-only Sportage.

Impressive new Mercedes C-Class closely mimics S-Class luxury sedan



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 17, 2022) Seemingly with all the talk these days about all-electric cars dominating the new car automotive spotlight it isn’t surprising that Mercedes could launch one of the most important and best-selling cars in in the German automakers lineup and it seems no one knows about it.