Refreshed 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Takes a Bow

Nissan’s seven-seat, midsize utility vehicle receives a significant overhaul. Nissan’s three-row Pathfinder crossover utility vehicle was fully redesigned in 2013, shedding its previous body-on-frame SUV roots to assume a car-like unibody layout. The transition has been a sales boon for a vehicle now in its fourth model year. But it … Read more

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline by the Numbers

Following a two-year hiatus, the Honda Ridgeline crossover pickup truck returns. Beginning in 2006, Honda sought to turn pickup truck convention on its head, by building a car-based model. Early on, sales were quite strong as the Honda Ridgeline siphoned sales from competitors while also attracting a new breed of … Read more

How to Order a 2017 Ford GT Supercar

Ford GT ordering has begun and we’ll tell you how to snag one of these beauties! Ford’s all-new GT super car is ready for ordering. To that end, the automaker has established a dedicated website at FordGT.com to process applications, with only 500 units available for the first two years … Read more

Competitively Priced: 2017 Cadillac XT5

Latest Cadillac model brings utility to the midsize segment. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 arrives in showrooms this April, inaugurating a new naming convention for GM’s luxury marque. The model is all-new and serves as the successor for the outgoing SRX. Importantly, Cadillac has priced the neoteric SUV from $39,990 (includes … Read more

Hyundai Genesis Sedan: Grand Finale!

2016 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

A final look at the outgoing Hyundai Genesis. The Hyundai Genesis is marketed as a “premium luxury sedan” and is the first upscale model sold by this Korean manufacturer in North America. Introduced in 2009, it was soon joined by the unrelated Genesis Coupe and the still larger Hyundai Equus. … Read more

Benchmark This: 2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord

The Civic and Accord are among the best-known model names in the entire auto industry. The Honda Accord was introduced in 1976, three years after the Honda Civic went on sale in the United States. Initially a compact car, the Accord has grown through the years and is now categorized … Read more

Second Look: 2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

Auto Trends gets a second look at the 2016 Nissan Maxima, the latest iteration of this flagship model. This time around its a sporty SR edition for the testing. From time to time, car manufacturers ask journalists to review a vehicle again for the same model year, delivering a different … Read more

Burly Beast: Land Rover LR4

Someone at Jaguar Land Rover loves me. Indeed, not a month, perhaps two goes by and I receive yet another SUV, sedan or sports car. And just when I thought I have seen them all, yet another variant on the iconic British conveyance theme makes its way through my press … Read more

Chrysler 200S: Premium, Mainstream Sedan

The Chrysler 200S supplies premium features to the product line. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne did in 2014 to the Chrysler marque something that should have been accomplished decades earlier: he officially reassigned Chrysler to mainstream brand status, moving it away from its previous premium standing as a one-time direct … Read more

Sporty Crossover: 2015 Nissan Murano

There are no lack of SUVs on the market and Nissan itself is well represented. From its diminutive Juke to its burly Armada, there is something for everyone — six lines of utility vehicles to choose from. A Nissan Murano was a recent weekly driver, a five-passenger midsize crossover SUV. … Read more

Flagship Nissan Maxima Revived, Ready

Of all the car segments available, large or flagship sedans have taken a punch. Most of the larger mainstream brands still offer them, but they’ve been overshadowed by midsize sedans for years. Then there are those boring crossovers that seem to be everywhere. Chevrolet has its Impala, Ford markets the … Read more

Jaguar F-Type on a Stick!

There are times when automotive journalists hit the equivalent of a mega millions lottery. In this case, the “lottery” was me receiving an updated version of a prized vehicle such as the Jaguar F-TYPE. Not only did this writer test the F-TYPE for the first time this past March, but this … Read more

Aluminum Tough: 2015 Ford F-150

The Ford Motor Company is in the midst of an experiment, one that could just as easily be described as a gamble. Beginning with the 2015 model year the F-150 is all new, but its uniqueness isn’t limited to a fresh face or a new engine — both are apparent … Read more

Recalibrated SUV: 2015 Ford Expedition

For 2015, the Ford Expedition continues with its traditional body-on-frame construction. Several updates, including a turbocharged V-6 engine, give this vehicle a lease on life. A more comprehensive revision is needed, one that may still be two or three years away. Sales, however, have not suffered for this big SUV. … Read more

GMC Canyon: Smaller Truck, Big Amenities

The GMC Canyon is nothing less than a brute, a robust midsize pickup truck sold in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations. The Canyon and its Chevrolet Colorado sibling were brought back to the market in 2015 after a three-year hiatus — both models compete in a sector dominated last year by … Read more

On the Road With the Family Toyota Camry

America’s best selling car model holds tight to its lead. A V-6 option adds performance, although it lacks the handling characteristics of a sports sedan. The 2015 Toyota Camry has an appealing visage and offers a model for a variety of shoppers, including an available hybrid edition. 2015 Toyota XSE … Read more

Premium SUV: 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Hyundai has its own three-row utility vehicle for your consideration. The Santa Fe is sold in Sport and standard editions, with the latter competing against seven-passenger models from Toyota, GMC, Ford and others. The Veracruz is no more, but its replacement shouldn’t be overlooked. The extended wheelbase 2015 Hyundai Santa … Read more

Achievable Indulgence: 2015 Lexus ES 350

Your pathway to luxury in a Lexus ES 350. Like other premium brands, Lexus has been working diligently to attract and capture new customers. Unlike its competitors, it now has four lines of vehicles to get the job done. Specifically, you can choose a CT200h hybrid hatchback, an NX crossover, … Read more

Sport Sedan: 2015 Dodge Charger SE

Dodge’s brawny sedan also has a more subdued side. I am an enthusiast of traditional rear-wheel drive sedans. Large ones too: my first two cars were a Chrysler Newport Convertible and a Dodge Polara, although I admit having left that palatial reservation for about 10 years to drive econocars. Never … Read more

Sport Luxury Crossover: 2015 Infiniti QX70S

2015 Infinityi QX70s

Infiniti’s sporty crossover shows much muscle. It is a privilege to receive new cars every week for test drives. My weekly drivers range from plebeian subcompact hatchbacks and humble sedans to flamboyant sports cars and natty luxury barges. Crossovers compose about half the vehicles tested — such is the growing … Read more

Attainable Opulence: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

Wow. There are very few cars I test drive that surprise me. I expect that certain vehicles will stand head and shoulders above the pack, including the Porsche Cayman among sports cars and the Toyota FJ Cruiser among 4×4 models. But I must tell you that Hyundai has trotted out … Read more

At a Glance: 2015 Ford Expedition

Fourth generation model debuts this year. The Ford Motor Company released updated information on Wednesday about its full-size sport-utility vehicle. The 2015 Ford Expedition is the latest version of this big body-on-frame SUV. Standard and stretched wheelbase versions are once again available; a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine is now standard. … Read more

Versatile Crossover: 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE

Toyota offers customers six utility vehicles — seven if you include the FJ Cruiser that is being retired this year. Half of the remaining six models are traditional body-on-frame sport utility vehicles; the other three are crossovers. It is in the middle of the line up where customers are best … Read more

Peak This: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

One year after taking delivery of my first 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee test vehicle, the fourth model pulled into my driveway. Among Grand Cherokees the Summit appropriately occupies the apex of the model line although the Grand Cherokee SRT costs much more and acts like a sports car. It is … Read more

2014 Hyundai Azera: Value-Oriented Luxury

Second-generation model makes a luxury statement. The current Azera features Hyundais fluidic sculpture design language. Hyundai offers four medium to large sedans, more than any other brand. The Korean manufacturer has steadily expanded its product line to provide incrementally larger and more luxurious vehicles beginning with the midsize Sonata and … Read more

All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 Debuts

Introduced in 2011, the Chrysler 200 took up where the Chrysler Sebring left off. That is, it occupied a position toward the bottom end of the midsize sedan pack. Not so much in sales, rather in looks, engineering, and the execution of the final product. The 200, like the previous … Read more

2014 Lexus ES350: Luxury for Americans

Traditional luxury get a fresh look. Three decades ago Toyota began considering how it might best serve premium customers, in a bid to go head-to-head against Lincoln and Cadillac. It was determined that a new brand was necessary, thus Lexus was born. Today, Lexus is one of the top selling … Read more

On the Way: 2016 Ford Taurus

Lighter full-size sedan expected in summer 2015. Large sedans may no longer carry the status they once did, but to automakers they represent both premium and profitable models, serving retail and fleet customers alike. The Ford Taurus is one such vehicle, a model name rescued by CEO Alan Mulally soon … Read more

2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Much Anticipated Arrival

It is a fact that GM needs a pickup truck hit. Its current generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models are new for 2014, but the six-year-old Ford F-150 continues to outsell these two models by more than 100,000 units annually. Where GM can expect to enjoy some gains has … Read more