Jim Prueter

90 percent of new Buicks sold are SUVs — Encore GX is the newest



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 21, 2021) Almost 90 percent of U.S. Buick sales come from SUVs, and the newest addition is the Encore GX first introduced for Buick for 2020. The Encore GX is not to be confused as yet another trim level for the subcompact Buick Encore. It’s its own Buick model that’s larger and positioned just below Buick’s compact Envision. It’s essentially a tarted-up version of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, which is also new for the bowtie division of GM, and mechanically shares much of the same DNA including its two available engines, both of which are turbocharged three-cylinder variants.

2021 Toyota Supra GR 3.0 Premium — More horsepower, better handling



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 7, 2021) Last year we reviewed the 2020 Toyota Supra that returned 21 years after its last appearance. That Supra was powered by a 335-horsepower twin-scroll turbocharged inline six-cylinder paired with a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and with standard launch control reached 60 mph from a resting stop in just 4.1 seconds with thanks in part to the 365 lb.-ft of torque. That’s made it the quickest production Toyota ever.
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2021 Mazda3 2.5 T AWD Hatch — Lots to like, but missing 'feel alive' charm



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 28, 2021) Earlier this year we tested and reviewed the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo sedan and came away with a mixed, but mostly favorable sense of the vehicle. This time around, Mazda sent us an all-wheel drive turbo hatchback for testing; it’s essentially the same vehicle with a different exterior configuration — a rear lift hatch rather than a trunk lid.

2021 McLaren GT — The luxurious grand touring supercar



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 26, 2021) The legendary McLaren supercars all started with Bruce McLaren, the famous Formula One race-car designer, driver, engineer and inventor from New Zealand. He was also one of the most successful, with wins in Monaco, the Indianapolis 500, and 12 World Drivers’ Championships.

2022 Genesis GV70 — All-new SUV puts German rivals on notice



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 17, 2021) For 2022 the Genesis GV70 compact crossover SUV is the latest all-new model and arguably one of the most important product offerings from perhaps the most interesting and fascinating brand in the automotive industry today. Genesis boldly and unabashedly bursts on the scene to compete with varsity brand crossovers like the Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M40i and Porsche Macan S.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 — VW’s new battery-powered SUV (hits & misses)



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 13, 2021) With the introduction this spring of Volkswagen’s first battery-electric crossover, the ID.4 is the beginning of an entire new powertrain offering of vehicles for the brand in North America. The all-new from the ground up ID.4 we tested here is the  1st Edition which as the name implies, is a short run first of several trim levels, and variations yet to come and carries a base price of $45,190 including destination charges.

2021 GMC Yukon AT4 — GMC wants to take you off-road in style



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 6, 2021) The GMC Yukon is the middle child of General Motors full-sized sport-utility vehicles. A premium alternative to its Chevrolet Tahoe sibling but not quite a Cadillac Escalade either. All three share the mechanical underpinnings of GM’s pickup trucks and have been thoroughly redone for 2021 with its fifth generation offering.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport — Ford’s compelling new rugged-ready crossover



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(September 2, 2021) Bronco’s history is a long one, dating to 1966 when it started as a small, compact, yet rugged off-roader. It eventually grew to a full-size behemoth in the ’80s and ’90s. With a minimal, utilitarian application, those early Broncos have a tremendous appeal today, to both older buyers with fond memories and younger buyers who appreciate the coolness factor.

2022 M850i Gran Coupe — BMW’s high-performance, stunning Gran Tourer



By Jim Prueter
MotowayAmerica.com

(August 29, 2021) After a 22-year hiatus BMW revived the 8-Series as its new flagship model, sitting high atop BMW’s lineup in terms of design, luxury and status. The Gran Coupe reviewed here is a four-door sedan version of the two-door 8-Series, which is available as a coupe or convertible.

2021 Ridgeline HPD — Honda Performance doesn’t develop any performance



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 26, 2021) For 2021, the second-generation Ridgeline now in its fourth year is taking a page out of Toyota’s playbook by introducing the Ridgeline HPD package. HPD stands for Honda Performance Development and is to Honda what the TRD brand (Toyota Racing Development) is to Toyota. The HPD package for $2,800 is available on all Ridgeline trim levels include wide flat black plastic fender flares, a unique black plastic grille, specific bronze-colored wheels that look like they were lifted from a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am and vinyl HPD graphics affixed to the rear fenders.