Peter Hubbard

2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 redefines the sporty SUV category

By Peter A. Hubbard

(October 2, 2018) While SUVs for the middle class may all be morphing into tame little crossovers, that’s certainly not the case if you’re a certified member of the Country Club Set.  Choices are exploding almost monthly for those with $70,000 to $100,000 lying around in your petty cash drawer, and available to spend on sporty and speedy transportation. 

Nissan creates nifty Texas Titan for booming Texas truck market

By Peter A. Hubbard

(August 14, 2018) AUSTIN, Texas — We don’t know exactly who coined the phrase “Go Big, or Go Home!”  But here in big old Texas, it certainly applies … especially when you’re talking about pickup trucks.  That may be one reason why full-size pickup trucks keep getting bigger, badder — and better, since over one-fifth of all pickups are sold there.

2019 Buick Enclave Avenir delivers sleek styling, impressive handling

By Peter A. Hubbard

(August 9, 2018) For the past 10 years or so following General Motor’s 2008 bankruptcy and the demise of four key brands — Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer and Pontiac — GM has been working to fortify it’s four remaining nameplates — Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Buick. 

Tundra 1794 gives Toyota stylish competitor in Texas truck wars

Peter A. Hubbard

(August 2, 2018) If you think the “Car Wars” are competitive these days — you’re wrong. Dead wrong.  Where the OEMs are really slugging it out is in the “Truck Wars.”  Perhaps living in Texas gives me a slightly better vantage point, so here’s a bulletin from the battle front.  This war is serious! 

Toyota 4Runner soldiers on in true sport utility tradition

By Peter Hubbard

(July 27, 2018) Toyota 4Runner’s reputation for durability appeals to SUV lovers 

Once upon a time, there was no such thing as a crossover, or Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV).  Back in the 80’s there were only truck-based sport utility vehicles (SUVs), available in either full-size (as a Ford Bronco, Chevy K-Blazer, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Dodge Ramcharger), or mid-sized dimensions like the Toyota 4Runner and a fleet of competitors (Ford Explorer, Chevy Blazer, Jeep Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Nissan Pathfinder and Xterra). 

2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 — New and improved

By Peter A. Hubbard

(July 23, 2018) The Camry may not be as old as dirt — but unless you were born around 1975, or earlier, you probably don’t remember a time when Toyota Camrys were not cruising America’s highways and byways.  

First introduced in 1982, the Camry has been around for over 35 years now.

Lexus NX300h and 300 F Sport — Economical and sporty crossovers

(July 18, 2018) Some 20 years ago, few industry insiders could have predicted that the launch of the Lexus RX300 mid-sized luxury crossover would mark the beginning of the CUV explosion that has erupted ever since. 

Sure, you had the little car-based Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V that appeared earlier, but this vehicle was not only innovative, it proved to be a trailblazer.

2018 Volkswagen GTI is a proven winner

By Peter Hubbard

(June 13, 2018) Volkswagen has been cranking out its popular Golf models for some 40-plus years – and in that time it’s steadily moved up the sales chart to become the second most popular vehicle ever produced, with worldwide sales of over 30 million units — second only to the venerable Ford F-Series pickup truck, which leads all comers with sales topping 40 million.

In addition, VW helped pioneer the inexpensive, economical “pocket-rocket,” segment with the launch of the GTI model in 1976.

2018 GMC Acadia handles with style and ease

By Peter A. Hubbard and Joe Rutland

(June 9, 2018) If you’re in the market for a three-row SUV and have not yet test driven the 2018 GMC Acadia, we recommend you add it to your “must try” shopping list before you buy.  This GMC really is quite special. It handles everything from steep hills to wet roads with style and ease.  

2018 Mazda3 combines sporty performance, high safety ratings

By Peter Hubbard

(April 24, 2018) The Mazda3 arrived in 2003 as a 2004 model, and with apologies to Dale Carnegie … has been winning friends and influencing people ever since. It replaced the company’s previous compact, the Mazda 323/Protege.