Jim Prueter

2020 Hyundai Sonata — Way more than stunning good looks

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 20, 2020) It’s a fact that nearly 75 percent of all new vehicles sold in America today are SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks. And while that craze continues, it’s also a fact that people are still buying sedans. The all-new-from-the-ground-up 2020 Hyundai Sonata is proof positive that the Korean automaker is committed to serving those buyers.

2020 Mazda3 — One of the best compacts moves the brand upscale

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 17, 2020) Mazda is intent to move the brand upmarket — not unlike Acura and Infiniti. With the Mazda3, redesigned last year, it certainly does that. It has engaging driving performance, upscale interior, sharp exterior styling features, and new innovative technology. Mazda3 is noticeably more upscale than competitive rivals like Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Volkswagen GTI and Nissan Sentra, and aligns closer to a European sports sedan than a Japanese econo box.

2020 Toyota 4Runner — Old school, but surprisingly addictive

Editor's note: This review was originally written about the 2018 4Runner. Little about the vehicle has changed since that time, but the review has been updated to include changes for both the 2019 and 2020 model years.

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 5, 2020) In many respects, Toyota 4Runner is a dinosaur of a vehicle, a throwback survivor that’s been roaming the earth for 36 years and five model generations since 1984, long before car-based SUVs and the term “crossover” even existed.

2020 Honda Civic Si sedan — Practicality, refinement, value, performance

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 2, 2020) We last drove the Honda Civic Si three years ago in a coupe version that the Japanese automaker brought back for 2017. The new model was lighter, stiffer, faster and better equipped than ever before. Available in both a coupe and sedan, the Si adds distinctive and unique features to the exterior, interior and under the hood. Si is on a very short list of cars that are both affordable and truly fun to drive.

2020 Jaguar I-Pace — Better than a Tesla, but lacking cult-like status

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(February 1, 2020) Until recently, if you wanted a luxury electric crossover utility vehicle, your choice was limited to one: Tesla Model X. However, now both Porsche and Audi have introduced luxury EVs, and Jaguar has been selling its I-Pace, tested here, since the 2019 model year.

The 2020 I-Pace is a sleek, sharp-looking, five-passenger crossover that runs on a pair of electric motors, powered by a 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.

2020 Jeep Compass — Jeep heritage in a compact crossover

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 30, 2020) All new for the 2017 model year, the second-generation Jeep Compass is decidedly more upmarket than the vehicle it replaces. Slotted between the subcompact Jeep Renegade and compact Jeep Cherokee, the Compass – with looks that mimic the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee – is, in our opinion, the better looker.

2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan — The Rolls-Royce of SUVs

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 26, 2020) It was inevitable that Rolls-Royce would follow the likes of Lamborghini, Bentley, and Maserati into the booming SUV market, albeit belatedly. Cullinan is named for the largest rough-cut diamond ever found, discovered in 1905 and weighing over 3,100 carats.

2020 Hyundai Venue — Skip the used car and buy this

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 24, 2020) The auto industry is always riding the wave of change especially when it comes to the car buying public and their insatiable appetite for crossover utility vehicles. And, here’s a brand new one, the entry-level Hyundai Venue. With it, the South Korean brand is chasing after younger buyers, enticing them to buy a new car with a roomy interior, advanced safety features and a great warranty all for about what you’d spend for a three- or four-year-old Toyota or Honda.

2020 Infiniti QX50 — Runway good looks, but not a standout

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 20,2020) Infiniti is Nissan’s upscale brand of performance and luxury vehicles whose product offerings include one sedan, one coupe, two crossovers and one large SUV. The QX50 tested here is Infiniti’s second smallest utility vehicle and was known as the EX35 until a name change for the 2016 model year. Last year, Infiniti completely redesigned the QX50, which shares nothing with the outgoing model and is expected to be its best-selling selling model.

Nissan Titan King Cab — Full-size pickup gets a refresh for 2020

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(January 7, 2020) Nissan launched its current generation Titan pickup truck in 2017. Until then, it had remained relatively unchanged since its initial launch back in 2004. The 2017 Titan was a major leap forward and huge improvement over the previous Titan.