Road Tests

Harold Gunn's Road Tests

2015 Scion FR-S gets Harold's two-minute inspection


(August 11, 2015) Harold Gunn of the Automotive Reporter discovers the fun factor built into the 2015 Scion FR-S. He gives his two-minute take on the most exciting car in Scion's lineup.

When Scion introduced the FR-S two years ago, the coupe became a hit with driving enthusiasts. Here was a back-to-basics sports car with rear-wheel drive, a light curb weight, excellent balance and an affordable price. Two years later, it still offers a big does of excitement that won't break the bank.

Volkswagen Jetta TDI gets a thumb's up from Mr. Gunn


(August 8, 2015) The price of diesel fuel has fallen in recent months to the point it is now no more expensive than unleaded regular making the diesel car, which traditionally gets 30 percent better mileage than its gas engine equivalent, a very attractive purchase.

Nissan product planner discusses the company's new Maxima


(August 2, 2015) Nissan has taken its flagship Maxima to a new level of styling both inside and out with reduced curb weight,  increased structural rigidity, and now with 300 horsepower from its 3.5-liter V-6. The head-turning sedan is 2.2-inches longer and sits 1.3 inches lower facilitating sleeker styling and better aerodynamics.

Harold takes a top-of-the-line Tundra 1794 Edition for a spin


(July 27, 2015) Harold Gunn describes the attributes of Toyota's luxury edition 1794 Edition Tundra. Harold reports that living is easy in the well-appointed Tunrda — if you can afford the gas.

The 1794 Edition is available only as a CrewMax, and comes with such amenities as unique silver exterior details, saddle-brown leather upholstery with simulated suede trim for the front seats and matching soft-touch materials for the shift console, door trim and instrument panel.

Lexus and the RC 350 next up for Harold


(July 19, 2015) The all-new 2015 Lexus RC 350 sports coupe has been getting rave reviews from around the country — and the world. And Harold adds his highly favorable comments to further enhance the image of the newest Lexus.

Perhaps Lexus was going after BMW, Mercedes and Audi with this new entry, but we discovered that — the Germans aside — it effectively makes its own mark in the luxury ranks of sports coupes. Harold recites his views in this two-and-one-half minute mini-review.

Harold reports on the VW Golf SportWagen TDI


(July 13, 2015) In this audio test report Harold finds the new Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with diesel engine to be a very special vehicle. But he probably knew that ahead of his drive based on all the awards and accolades the Golf has received over the past year including being named North American Car of the year.

Also catch MotorwayAmerica's review of the SportWagen. We concluded that the new VW wagon would make the "station wagon" cool again.

Chevy official discusses the Silverado, Colorado


(July 13, 2015) Harold Gunn and Brent Clanton of The Automotive Reporter interview Tom Wilkinson, Chevrolet Truck Communications Manager, who provides an overview of the 2015 Silverado and the hot-selling mid-sized Colorado.

If you are a Chevy truck fan you will find Wilkinson has some interesting insights into the current state of Chevrolet trucks, and a peak into what may be coming.

Harold takes a quick look at the 2015 Chrysler 300


(July 13, 2015) Harold ticks off the attributes of the 2015 Chrysler 300 in a mere 75 seconds in this audio report from The Automotive Reporter. The 300 has been refreshed for the 2015 model year with exterior styling updates and a reworked interior.

The newest updates to the long-running platform should keep it relevant in the big-sedan segment until FCA gets around to an all-new vehicle in the upcoming years.