Highlights of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL)

Jeep’s venerable Wrangler enters it fourth generation. Think “Jeep” and invariably a picture of the Wrangler comes to mind. And as it should: the Jeep Wrangler is the spiritual successor to the original GP or Government Purposes vehicle that came to fame during the Second World War. The Wrangler name … Read more

At a Glance: 2019 Ford Edge ST

Ford Performance serves up an Edge ST model. Ford Performance has done it again. This time, Ford’s performance division sets its eyes on the company’s midsize, two-row SUV, the Ford Edge. As they’ve done with more than a dozen models in recent years, the engineers and designers transformed a not-so-ordinary … Read more

Hyundai Veloster N: Namyang Performance

Veloster N brings Hyundai’s performance division to North America. “N” stands for Namyang, the location of Hyundai Motor’s global research and development (R&D) Center in Korea. The “N” also represents Hyundai’s performance division, the automaker’s equivalent of Ford’s ST and Volkswagen’s GTI lines. Starting this year, the first model bearing … Read more

At a Glance: 2019 Kia Forte

Kia’s Forte compact sedan is big on style. Son of a Stinger! At first glance, the 2019 Kia Forte looks a lot like the premium Kia Stinger performance sedan. Those ported design elements provide the Forte with perhaps the most handsome sheet metal amongst small cars, something certain to capture … Read more

Refreshed Jeep Cherokee Includes New Turbo Engine

Updated Jeep Cherokee delivers style and performance. Ever since its 2014 return, the Jeep Cherokee has established and maintained a strong beachhead in the highly competitive small-to-midsize SUV segment. Notwithstanding its polarizing front fascia, the Cherokee has successfully played on both its name and rugged off-road capabilities to stand out. … Read more

The Next Centennial: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2019 Silverado launches Chevrolet’s second century of trucks. Yesterday, we looked at the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado in Centennial trim, a model that both marks an important milestone and brings the curtain down on the final model year of the current generation. Later this year, an all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado debuts, … Read more

New 2019 Ram 1500 Includes Mild Hybrid Drivetrains

FCA’s bestselling vehicle bar none. For the first time, Ram 1500/2500/3500 sales crossed the 500,000-unit threshold in 2017. Beyond that important number is an interesting fact: the current-generation model was nearing the end of its life cycle. Usually, product sales begin to fizzle late in a model run. Not so … Read more

New Safety Tech Accompanies 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Pursuit Vehicle

Tahoe police pursuit vehicle gains crash mitigation technologies. Police departments across the nation have their choice of Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford models to choose from. All three manufacturers vie to serve our men and women in blue as well as other emergency service personnel. Available Enhanced Driver Assist Package The … Read more

Nissan: Out With Juke, In With Kicks

Updated May 8, 2018, to include pricing details. New Kicks model debuts next June. Strange looks aside, the Nissan Juke was a fun little crossover, one of the first models of its kind. Since its 2011 debut, nearly every manufacturer has jumped in and with designs much more subdued than … Read more

Premium SUV: 2018 Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento seats 5 or 7, offers 3 engine choices & tows up to 5,000 pounds. The midsize crossover market is awash with competitors, with the Kia Sorento one of the few offering two- and three-row seating capacities. Its elegant looks and available premium features make it a strong … Read more

Flagship Acura RLX Debuts With a Refreshed Look

A new transmission and updated technologies for the 2018 RLX. My, how fast time passes by. It hardly seems possible, but the Acura RLX is now in its fifth model year. Acura’s flagship replaced the RL beginning in 2015 and has served the brand well. And unlike other top-of-the-line models, … Read more

Dodge Durango SRT: High-End Performance for the Family

A 2017 WAPA Rally first look at Dodge’s hot SUV. High-end performance SUVs are nothing new. In the early 1990s, the GMC Typhoon lifted the fun quotient considerably by delivering a turbocharged 4.3-liter V6 engine, Garrett intercooler, BorgWarner transfer case, and a self-leveling rear suspension. It rivaled the performance of … Read more

First Look: 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 350e PHEV

A Kent Island glimpse at a compact luxury PHEV sedan. The Mercedes-Benz brand has remained elusive among my press fleet vehicles, a situation I plan to amend by next year. You simply can’t properly evaluate the market without a steady dose of M-B models to compare with Audi, BMW, and … Read more

Highlights of the 2018 Volvo Product Reveal

Updated Sept. 5, 2017, to reflect specification changes. Rejuvenated Volvo gains marketshare. Volvo Cars continue to transition away from old platforms and powertrains, to new and updated models powered exclusively by four-cylinder gasoline engines, including some paired with electric motors. For 2018, several changes are evident, with most of the … Read more

Charleston Charmed: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

Hyundai rhymes with Sunday. —Updated Dec. 10, 2017, to reflect this model’s safety score.— Most car designs are getting slammed in the face of an ever increasing onslaught of all things SUV. While sedans and coupes aren’t likely to go the way of some wagons, the market is heavily skewed … Read more

First Drive: 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Behind the wheel of Hyundai’s updated Sonata midsize sedan. Updated Jan. 11, 2018, to reflect latest crash testing score. Demand for cars may be shrinking, but some of the remaining players are staying in the game, even ratcheting up their offerings in an effort to slice out a larger portion … Read more

Blue Light Special: Ford F-150 Police Responder

Popular Ford F-150 pickup truck spawns a pursuit variant. The Ford Motor Company has added yet another vehicle to its police pursuit vehicle arsenal. The 2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder joins existing sedan, hybrid sedan, and utility vehicle models to give law enforcement a new tool for their consideration. The … Read more

Model Preview: 2018 Infiniti Q50

Infiniti’s entry-level sedan steps it up for 2018. The Infiniti Q50 is an entry-level luxury sedan, the first model to advance the company’s current naming convention, which rolled out in 2014. The sedan replaced the widely-acclaimed G Series without losing its predecessor’s top attributes — value, styling, and premium touches. … Read more

Highlights of the 2018 Toyota Camry

The eighth-generation Toyota Camry is the largest, most powerful and efficient one yet. The 2018 Toyota Camry will soon debut, an all-new model that launches this midsize sedan’s eighth generation. The new Camry is a clean sheet redesign and is the latest model built on the Toyota New Global Architecture … Read more

About the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Stelvio expands Alfa’s North American product line to three. The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will soon arrive in dealer showrooms, the third US model for this premium Italian brand. The Stelvio joins the 4C sports car and the compact Giulia sedan, expanding Alfa’s reach into unchartered territory. Indeed, that dominion … Read more

First Impressions of the Second-Generation Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2018 VW Tiguan debuts in late July. Volkswagen’s rejuvenation continues apace, with its second all-new SUV this year set to arrive later this summer. The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan launches this compact SUV’s second generation, a model that is larger, updated and offers the latest technologies. The 2018 Tiguan (pronounced … Read more

All-New 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Tops 50 MPG

The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid by the numbers. Toyota has long held a big edge in the hybrid market, easily selling more vehicles than all of its competitors combined. The Prius, of course, is the best-known Toyota hybrid, but there are other hybrid models available based on the Camry, Avalon, … Read more

Hyundai Kona: New B-Segment SUV

Updated February 1, 2018, to include pricing. Hyundai Kona: Make that four Hyundai SUV models by March 2018. Hyundai’s US sales are down this year and for one significant reason: the automaker lacks a tiny SUV, a model occupying the red-hot subcompact range. This week, the Korean automaker introduced the … Read more

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon by the Numbers

Updated on May 24, 2017, to include pricing. $86,090 for the world’s fastest production car. By now, you have heard that the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the fastest production car ever built. That means it outperforms the McLaren 570S, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Worldwide, and even the Tesla … Read more

Big-Time Hit: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV

The Atlas brings strength to Volkswagen’s product line. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize, three-row crossover SUV, the first model of its kind from this German automaker. Sure, the Volkswagen Group has produced sizable SUVs before, but Audi and Porsche claimed them. For reasons not quite known, the eponymous … Read more

Nothing Ironic About the Hyundai Ioniq

Not a Prius fighter…or is it? Some may say the Hyundai Ioniq is this Korean manufacturer’s answer to the Toyota Prius. Hyundai insists otherwise, citing its own effort to deliver the most affordable and efficient cars the world over. Maybe there is a touch of irony here, but what’s important … Read more

Full Disclosure: 2018 Toyota C-HR

Last week, I shared certain details surrounding the 2018 Toyota C-HR. Some of the information was under embargo and that meant me honoring Toyota’s request to keep three points under wrap until 4 a.m ET on March 8, 2017. Well, the time has come and those three points about the … Read more

2017 Subaru BRZ: Charting the Changes

Subaru’s sport coupe receives design enhancements inside and out. Introduced in 2013, the Subaru BRZ brings rear-wheel drive excitement to this overwhelmingly all-wheel drive brand. The 2+2 sports coupe is a niche model for this boutique brand and for 2017 it receives several important updates. Those changes are outlined as … Read more

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Makes 48 MPG

Among midsize sedans, the Accord Hybrid is the most efficient of all models. The Honda Accord Hybrid is back and is more efficient than ever. The 2017 Accord Hybrid is EPA-rated at 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway for a combined 48 mpg. That’s 1 … Read more