Road Tests

Harold Gunn's Road Tests

Harold takes the new Buick convertible for a Texas spin


(May 20, 2016) Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter doesn't care how it's pronounced — he calls it as he thinks it should be pronounced — before he gives a concise 90-second description of Buick's all-new convertible, the Cascada.

Apparently Harold is not the only person who likes the neat-looking Cascada, Buick says it's selling faster than it can fill orders and is leading a Buick sales resurgence this year.

Harold likes the new Prius — Just ask him


(April 22, 2016) Never mind that Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter didn't particularly like the looks of the last-generation Toyota Prius, the new generation introduced as a 2016 model has caught his fancy. Harold likes the design and he likes the way it drives.

Toyota has refined the Prius with a radically different exterior design, created better driving dynamics, added front leg- and headroom, and increased the array of standard features. At the same time, Toyota did not lose site of its core appeal — outstanding fuel economy.

Harold says of the 2016 GMC Canyon: 'I like it'


(April 17, 2016) Harold Gunn of The Automotive Reporter proclaims his affinity for the 2016 GMC Canyon with the new 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that generates 181 horsepower and a prodigious 369 pound-feet of torque.

Harold says he especially likes the mid-size stance of the Canyon and its sibling, the Chevrolet Colorado.

Harold tests the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Series


(April 5, 2016) At first blush you would think that the full-sized Toyota Tundra pickup is at a disadvantage to American-made trucks because it is a product of a  Japanese company. But that's just part of the story — the Tundra is built by Americans in the tuck capital of the U.S., Texas. Japanese owned, American built.

Harold gets his turn in the new Lincoln MKX crossover


(March 23, 2016) This week Harold Gunn, chief honcho of The Automotive Reporter, signs the praises of the 2016 Lincoln MKX Black Label mid-sized luxury crossover. As well he should because Lincoln has upped its game with the all-new MKX.

The MKX is based on the new Ford Edge mid-sized crossover, but with most of the "Edginess" removed. Lincoln has, indeed, created a true luxury vehicle that can compete on equal footing with a slew of solid competitors including the Lexus RX 350 and the Acura MDX.

California Package gives Mustag GT a head-turning stance


(March 7, 2016) Ford Mustang GT Premium owners can order the California Special Package with a host of features for the 2016 model year and Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter loves the special look — as well as the V8 performance of the latest Pony car.

Harold drives the all-new Chevy Malibu


(March 2, 2016) The Chevrolet Malibu has been reworked for 2016 and now carries a striking exterior design, and the mid-sized sedan has a premium look and feel inside. Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter drove the new Chevrolet for a week and reports his findings.

Harold proclaims the new car has "great ride and handling" and he likes the fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that is EPA-rated at 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.

Giving the Chrysler 200 a good look


(February 5, 2016) The current generation Chrysler 200 is a vast improvement over the last iteration in nearly every area. The 200 gives Chrysler a competitive vehicle in the crowded mid-size sedan segment populated by such popular nameplates as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.

Harold takes the 2015 Nissan Titan for a spin


(December 18, 2015) Harold Gunn drives a 2015 Nissan Titan 4X4 and compiles a long list of attributes. This may be a good time to pick up a brand new truck as dealers will be offering incentives to get the '15 models off the lot as the all-new 2016 Titan reaches showrooms.

Harold discovers that the outgoing Titan has a lot going for it including a robust V-8 engine. New owners will find a spacious and functional cabin with easy-to-use controls. Nissan has made most of the buying decisions for you with just one engine, two body styles, one bed length and the choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Harold takes a crack at the cute little Nissan Juke NISMO


(December 11, 2015) The cute little Nissan Juke crossover has been updated for 2015 with such styling updates of the grille, headlights, taillights and rear fascia. Nissan has also added some standard features. But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Juke is the performance-oriented NISMO version.

The Automotive Reporter's Harold Gunn got his hands on a copy and he outlines the attributes of the Juke NISMO in his video report. But it seems the thing he likes best about the Juke are its bug eyes sitting high atop the finders. Harold is like that.