2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost King Ranch: All hat, no cattle

F-150 King Ranch PowerBoost front view

The hype is strong for this PowerBoost King Ranch F-150. This is the first real full-on attempt to create a hybrid pickup truck. In an era where fuel economy and emissions regulations are ever-tightening, the popularity of full-size trucks and SUVs continues to grow. In addition, the physical size of these vehicles continues to expand as well. Larger […]

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited: New Class Standard?

2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited

About a decade ago one of my podcast co-hosts, the infamous Roundabout Show’s own Craig Cole (now with Roadshow), and I attended a local ride and drive of a previous generation Hyundai Tucson.  He kept referring to it as the “Tuckson”.  And damn you, Craig Cole, that has stuck in my brain so hard I have […]

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 – The Sweet Spot

It seems all new vehicles have to be crossovers or SUVs.  This trend has made sedans, wagons, and pretty much every other interesting car disappear from the market, for this reason, I have a general disdain for them.  There are a few exceptions that prove the rule, but they have to do something special. Toyota […]

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GT63S – German Hellcat

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT63S

I was contemplating what analogy would work best in describing the AMG GT63S, several came to mind. If the band Pantera was also MBA Ivy League School graduates. Sexy Beast (very underrated movie) and as the title suggests.  A German Hellcat. Sexy Beast is apt because, well, the GT63S is a great looking car, and 0-60 in […]

2020 Royal Enfield Continental GT: A Good Ride Interrupted

2020 Royal Enfield Continental GT

When the opportunity came up to have Royal Enfield send me a motorcycle for six weeks I jumped at the opportunity. Over the last 18 months to two years, Royal Enfield in the U.S. has really raised their profile with very clever and stylish marketing. Aesthetically, the visuals here have a cool retro vibe without […]

Ford Godzilla 7.3-L V8 Makes Almost 800 Horsepower N/A

Ford Godzilla 7.3L V8 Dyno

There have been more than a few people asking why all the hype around the new Ford Godzilla 7.3-L V8. It has always been about two things. Diesel like toughness and durability with gas engine running and maintenance costs. Also as a platform to make big power. How big? How about just shy of 800 […]

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: Podium Contender?

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum

Backstory Right up until the Kia Telluride came out, if someone asked me what was my go-to three-row crossover choice, I would have said the Highlander in XLE trim.  Several years ago I had the XLE and Limited trims nearly back to back to review, and put 700+ miles on the Limited model. This included […]

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line: Half Measures

Preamble When a five-door hatchback like the Elantra GT, rolling on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and with a manual transmission is dropped off for you, you have expectations.  More so, given that Hyundai, for more than a decade, tends to deliver a lot of value for the money. To that value point, this is […]

2020 Mazda CX-30: Second Bite At The Apple

Mazda CX-30 Hero shot Mackinac Bridge

Preamble I would have to go back and check the dates to be sure, but something like three and half years ago I reviewed the Mazda CX-3.  To cut to the chase, my take on Mazda’s small crossover was not favorable at all.  It was smaller than a Mazda3 yet cost more money.  My opinion […]

2020 Lexus GS F-Sport: The End Of An Era

There are three overriding memories from attending the launch of the current generation Lexus GS in Las Vegas. Number one was the Mandarin Oriental where we stayed, though for less than 48 hours. Number two, being driven for three laps on the infield course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by Jon Capps in an LFA. […]