Jim Prueter

2021 Ford F150 King Ranch — Electrifying America’s favorite vehicle



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(May 9, 2021) The F-150 is part of the F-Series pickup trucks that’s been America’s number one choice for 44 consecutive years. Now for 2021 Ford has introduced its 14th generation F-150 that they call “all-new.” While the redesign debuts with a mildly updated exterior and an upgraded cabin, the biggest news is it’s the first F-150 to offer a full hybrid option and embracing the advantages of electrification.

2021 Toyota Sienna XSE — Redesigned as a hybrid offering bold new styling



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 27, 2021) With its completely redesigned Sienna minivan for 2021, Toyota takes a bold new step by making it exclusively a four-cylinder hybrid through all five trim levels — LE, XLE, Limited, Platinum and our tested mid-level XSE. As a hybrid, the Sienna is the most fuel-efficient minivan in America with a combined EPA fuel rating of 36 mpg. By comparison, the 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan gets 22 mpg in city-highway combined.

2022 Hyundai Tucson — Stunningly stylish and thoroughly impressive



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 21, 2021) Hyundai made a big deal out the introduction of its all-new, fourth-generation Tucson SUV introduced to the automotive media last week in where else but Tucson, Ariz. The outgoing Tucson while in itself a decent and credible compact crossover utility vehicle never gained the traction and sales against newer and more popular crossover competitors like the Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V.

Audi R8 Performance — Beautiful and powerful with an incredible roar



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 20, 2021) This is the 2021 Audi R8 — It’s beautiful, powerful and has an incredible roar, enough to make the hair stick up on the back of your neck. It’s powered by a behemoth of an engine with as much as 602 horsepower depending on which model you choose. After not being sold for the 2019 model year, the R8 returned last year with freshened enhancements both inside and out.

2021 Lexus ES 300h — Endearing driving dynamics, value priced excellence



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 17, 2021) Twenty-two years ago, Toyota developed the first fully hybrid gas-electric mass-produced automobile, a new way to reduce gasoline consumption and vehicle emissions. Since that time Prius has been the leader in hybrid vehicles now sold worldwide in the millions. No other model has come close to its more than 2 million cumulative sales in the U.S. since, and generally supreme reign of fuel economy.

Updated 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid combines style, tech and fuel efficiency



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 11, 2021) For the 2021 model year, the Honda Accord Hybrid has been given a very mild refreshening starting with revamped grill that’s broader giving the vehicle a more aggressive fascia. That’s paired with new LED high — and low — beam headlamps that improves forward visibility.

Mazda hops up the 3 — Lots to like, but falls short of 'Feel Alive' slogan



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 7, 2021) Perhaps my pre-testing expectations of the new Mazda3 I-4 2.5 Turbo were too high given its 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft torque and all-wheel drive (Subaru Impreza is the only other model in in this class to offer it) powerplant bringing more power to the popular hatchback and sedan model. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the same that’s used in Mazda’s bigger SUVs and larger 6 sedan and proved to be a major disappointment with its dawdling slow-to-shift languidly.

2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport — Stylish crossover new to VW lineup in 2020



Editor's note: This review was originally written for the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport introduced last year. There have been no significant changes for 2021 but has been updated to include a few new features

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 5, 2021) The mid-sized Atlas Cross Sport was an all-new addition to the Volkswagen lineup when it was first introduced last year for 2020. We deemed it a more stylish derivative of the boxier Atlas on which it’s based.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat — Anything but subtle



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(April 1, 2021) It seems as though Dodge has put their 6.2-liter Hellcat engine in everything except their coffee. Oh, and the Durango — that is until now. 710-horsepower, 645-lb.-ft of torque and an eight-speed automatic transmission the SRT Durango racks up a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds and rockets through the quarter mile lights in 11.5 seconds. Top speed reaches 180 mph.

2021 Toyota Tacoma gets new SR5 Trail Edition



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(March 28, 2021) The Toyota Tacoma — affectionately known as the Taco by its copious fans — has been the best-selling mid-sized pickup for 16 years running, outselling its nearest two competitors by more than two-to-one last year. Tacoma is available in 33 different configurations and various models to satisfy the needs of a multitude of truck buyers. For 2021, Toyota is offering two limited production models: the Nightshade Edition and Trail Edition model tested here. Just 7,000 will be available. Otherwise, there are no major differences between the 2020 and 2021 models.