Jim Prueter

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.

2021 VW Jetta R-Line — Solid choice for budget-minded car shoppers



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 21, 2021) The latest generation of the Volkswagen Jetta is the seventh-generation that was all-new when it was introduced for 2019. It wasn’t just a refresh of the then-current Jetta, rather it was a complete redesign, no longer built on the Golf platform. Rather, it is now built on the MQB platform that serves duty for almost all VW models, including SUVs and crossovers.

2021 Lexus LS 500 — Flagship luxury the Lexus way



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 19, 2021) Last year we drove and tested the 2020 hybrid model of the Lexus flagship LS sedan and noted few changes since it was redesigned for the 2018 model year. That redesign was flush with the style, substance and presence expected for a top-tier luxury sedan, with evidence that the Japanese automaker went to great lengths with state-of-the-art advanced technology throughout the vehicle.

Ford F-250 Super Duty Tremor makes heavy loads, tough jobs easy



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(August 8, 2021) After Ram and GM introduced all-new heavy-duty pickups, Ford followed last year with a refreshed Super Duty lineup adding the most powerful engines and highest tow ratings its ever offered. As with most things when it comes to a pickup truck the F-250 continues to offer an infinite array of configurations and options for every need when it comes to brawny work needing towing muscle and massive payloads. Ford says 90 percent of Super Duty buyers tow, so this stuff matters — a lot.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy a near-luxury winner



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 27, 2021) For 2021 the popular Hyundai Santa Fe that fits above the smaller Tucson and below the larger, three-row Palisade SUV receives an update that’s less than a full-on redesign but more than your average refreshing that includes a new look, new technology, the first-ever Santa Fe hybrid and a new range-topping Calligraphy trim level tested here.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible — Escaping in top-down luxury



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.ccom

(July 18, 2021) When first introduced for 2018 almost everything about Lexus’ new flagship coupes screamed “irresistible.” Inspired by the 2012 LF-LC concept car, the LC 500 and LC 500h hybrid have presence and savoir-faire that are nearly off the charts. Now for 2021 Lexus has dropped the top on the LC introducing a gorgeous grand touring 2+2 convertible, a fantastically well rounded, tasteful, luxurious automobile-and it is thrilling.




2021 Infiniti Q60 — Wins the beauty contest, but not the athletic medal



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(July 1, 2021) It’s been five years since we last drove and tested Infiniti’s luxury sport coupe the Q60. Since that time little has changed. Oh, there has been tweaks a few nips and tucks here and there like an updated infotainment system last year, new wheel options and exterior color changes along the way and a new trim level structure that now consists of three choices: Pure, Luxe and Red Sport 400.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe Plug-in Hybrid — Electrifying off-road fun



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 28, 2021) Recently Jeep unveiled its 2021 Wrangler 4xe, a plug-in hybrid version of their iconic off-roader that combines the capabilities expected when the pavement ends, with all-electric capability and the most performance of any production Wrangler in its nearly 80-year history.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 — Ford resurrects Mach 1 with 480 HP



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 25, 2021) Since it was first introduced back in 1964 — almost 60 years ago — Mustang has been on the short list of cars most everyone wants to own. For decades Ford has created its own Mustang ecosystem with an interconnected stable of high-performance offerings like the Boss 302 and 429, Mustang Bullitt offered three times — 2001, 2008 and 2019, Mach 1 and the super rare SVT Cobra R, with only 300 copies ever built — all in red, to name just a few of many over the years.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 — Staggeringly high-performance baby crossover



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(June 21, 2021) There’s a certain metronomic cadence relative to some of Mercedes’ new product introductions that’s reassuringly Germanic. Having previously driven the staggeringly powerful Mercedes-AMG A 45 sedan, I knew it was only a matter of time before the wizards of Affalterbach performance got their hands on Mercedes’s baby GLA SUV (built on the same platform) by fitting it with the hand-built searingly powerful and ridiculously quick 382-horsepower 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine.