2020 Kia Soul X-Line: Soul Gone Missing?

Having driven all the previous generations of the Kia Soul over the years they have been one of my favorite affordable vehicles. Nicely sized, good interior room with the only issue being the lack of cargo room with the back seat up. So when the opportunity to drive this latest generation became available I was […]

New Dog Hauler? 2020 Subaru Outback XT Onyx Review

The brief for this review, would the Outback make a good replacement for my wife’s Ford Edge for hauling our Irish Wolfhound. You see, while he pops up to put his front paws in the hatch area, he has to have his rear end lifted to get the rest of the way in. Drogon weighs […]

2020 Ford Escape Hybrid AWD: Why would you buy a gas-only version?

My wife and I owned a 2005 Ford Escape Limited for twelve years and close to 170,000 miles. With the exception of a torque converter that failed, it was a pretty solid vehicle that served us well. I have had the opportunity to drive every generation of Escape and have generally found them to be […]

2020 Ford Explorer Platinum: Doesn’t Make The Podium

When Ford as a company declared that they were getting out of the car business and would concentrate on crossovers, SUVs, trucks, and vans, with the exception of the Mustang, the rollout of an iconic nameplate for its next-generation should be ultra important. The Setup The Explorer is one of two or three vehicles that […]

How The Five Liter Mustang Craze Was Born

This one is funny, because not only did I know all the players, some were and some still are friends. Back in 1987, there was this crazy car magazine, kind of underground called Cars Illustrated. It was everything Hot Rod and Car Craft was not. Cars Illustrated was about low budget guys and not only […]

2019 Toyota Sienna: Logic And Reason Over Emotion

Take a step back from the world today. Have a look at advertising, purchasing decisions, popular tv/video and yes even the political clown show. What do you see? Everything is based on emotion. Everything. By pulling at your emotions they hope to make you make decisions quickly, not think about it. Stimulus, response, pause, rather […]

2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Preview

Yesterday while I was attending the Midwest Automotive Media Association driving school, which was sponsored by FCA, Ashton Muñoz the Dodge Charger Brand Manager was on hand to give us an overview of the 2020 Widebody Charger Hellcat. You can watch the video below for all the details, but the highlights included: New grill and […]

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature: Almost Famous

Last year when I drove and reviewed this latest generation of CX-5 I gave it a favorable review as one of the best in its segment. That is, as long as you could deal with the engine, which was grossly underpowered. Of course, up sprung the apologists who claimed that the normally aspirated motor provided […]

2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i: But Is It $92,405 Good

It has been a few years since I’ve driven a BMW. It’s been closer to twenty years since I last drove a BMW X5. Over those last twenty years, BMW has moved something close to three-quarters of a million X5’s in the U.S. and 2.75 million worldwide. While it may not have created the midsize […]

Volvo XC40: I Have Time For This One

Insert the old trope about there are too many crossovers, that they all blend together, so go buy something different. And yet, within a few minutes of sliding behind the wheel of the Volvo XC40 in Inscription trim, this one was different.  Let me walk you through the reasons why. #1 Style I see enough […]