Jim Prueter

2021 Toyota Venza — Venza returns as an upscale hybrid only crossover



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 15, 2020) Back in 2008, Toyota launched the Venza, a two-row crossover utility vehicle that some described as a Camry wagon, aimed primarily at the empty nester market. It was designed in the United States, with an elevated driving position, big, wide doors and seats that were, well, a bit wider to better fit the average American consumer. But the Venza never caught on and was discontinued in 2015.

Terrific new 2021 Hyundai Elantra has something for everyone



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(December 4, 2020) For more than 30 years, Elantra has been the standard bearer Hyundai in the competitive compact sedan segment that includes varsity brands such as the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and others. Even though compact crossover utility vehicles have become the flavor du jour for a copious number of car buyers, loyalists who prefer sedans still remain. And Hyundai makes excellent vehicles that still attract scads of customers.

2021 Honda Civic Type R — Honda’s track-ready hot hatch



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 28, 2020) Since 2017, Honda has been offering the highly desirable, high-performance Civic Type R (for “race”), with one of the most divisive styling packages on the market, for the relatively affordable price of about $38,000. That is, if you’re able to find a dealer that hasn’t added thousands of dollars in markup. If you can find one at sticker price, we suggest you run out and buy it.

New 2021 Acura TLX convincingly ups its sporty-casual luxury appeal



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 24, 2020) For 2021 Acura — Honda’s up market luxury brand — has just unveiled the second generation of its TLX “sports sedan.” Better known for its popular MDX and RDX SUVs that outsell its three car offerings nearly 3-to-1, Acura wants shoppers to know that their sedans are an important part of the caliper-badge product offerings. The new TLX is a vehicle that shoppers of premium sedans should put on their consideration list.

2021 Lamborghini Urus SUV — Irresistibly posh – incredibly fast



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica

(November 17, 2020) Riding the wave of an SUV explosion, Lamborghini — the maker of some of the world’s most extravagant supercars — brings the Urus, a large five-door family car with legitimate off-road capability to go along with credentials as one of the world’s fastest SUVs.

2021 Cadillac CT4 — All-new CT4 is good but missing the 'wow factor'



By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 10, 2020) With Cadillac launching its all-new CT4 sedans to replace the ATS and CTS, it’s once again overhauling the brand’s commitment to competing in the luxury sport sedan segment along with a stated goal of attracting the “new generation” (Cadillac speak for youthful) of Cadillac customers. This is of course on the heels of the company’s recent move back to Detroit from its New York City headquarters, and the reveal of its new Celestiq and Lyriq all-electric vehicles expected to arrive by 2022. Further, there’s the announcement of the all-out high-performance Blackwing sports sedans, set to replace the CTS-V moniker.

2021 Honda Odyssey Elite — Best-selling minivan gets refreshed for 2021

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(November 6, 2020) Ahhhhh…. the minivan — the often-maligned symbol of suburban domesticity still remains a familiar presence in family life across America, despite flying the banner of automotive shame. Reigning atop the minivan hierarchy is the Honda Odyssey, so nearly a perfect choice for families that it’s been America’s best-selling minivan for 10 years running, with more than 1.1 million sold.

2022 Maserati MC20 — The pure quintessence of an Italian supercar

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 24, 2020) SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Over the years there’s been a ridiculous number of car songs — from dusty old favorites like Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” (“I bought you a brand-new Mustang ‘bout 1965”) to “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys (“And she’ll have fun, fun, fun, til her daddy takes the T-Bird away”). Then there are songs about GTOs, Hot Rod Lincolns, and Cadillacs.

2021 Mercedes AMG GLE63S — A Heavenly SUV? It might be this one

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 22, 2020) Chances are, nothing in the 659-page operator’s manual — properly cached in a leather-bound and stitched folder located in the glove box — will even begin to prepare you for the first time you slip behind the wheel of the 2021 AMG GLE63S, with its 603 asphalt ripping horsepower launched by 627 lb.-ft of toque. The experience? Well, think of the G force of a rocket that’s launching toward Mars.

2021 Hyundai Venue SEL — Practical and surprisingly roomy

By Jim Prueter
MotorwayAmerica.com

(October 8, 2020) We first drove the Hyundai Venue when it was all new for 2020, and was introduced to the media in Miami. We came away from that first introduction more than impressed with Hyundai’s smallest and least-expensive SUV that slots below the excellent subcompact Kona.