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 […]

Throwback Thursday: 60 Minutes Visits Lamborghini Circa 1987

“A more elegant weapon from a civilized age” would seem to appropriate for this. In April of 1987, CBS’s Morely Safer headed to Sant’Agata to visit the Lamborghini factory, get a tour and go for a ride in the Countach with the legend Valentino Balboni. A few highlights to look forward to. Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. The […]

2019 Lexus GX 460: Hot Tub Time Machine

Technology in cars is an interesting thing. It’s a bit like boiling the frog by gently turning up the heat little by little. If you go back to a car pre-2005, you’ll see that the tech didn’t change that much between then and the early ’90s.   Somewhere around that 2005 time frame, manufacturers started tossing […]

2019 Lexus 300h: Ghosts In The Machine

My experience with Toyota/Lexus hybrid models, outside the Prius, has always been positive. I remember driving the RAV4 Hybrid the first time, looking at the price difference between it and the standard gas version and thinking why would you ever not choose this model. It was similar with Toyota Highlander, Lexus LS and most recently […]

2019 Kia Forte EX: Where Cheap And Good Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Have you looked at the sticker prices on cars lately? Yes, Mildred, they are getting ridiculous! The average MSRP for a new car is almost $38,000 and the average transaction price is right at $35,000. For many, buying a new car may seem out of reach. Leasing comes with its own thirty-yard dumpster full of […]

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate: But Is It?

  With Ford deciding that it would not bring the next generation of the Fiesta to the United States the Hyundai Veloster is the only small hot hatch left for this market. For those that are/were fans of the Fiesta ST what are they to do when it comes time for their next car? Is […]

Buick Regal TourX: Affordable premium German wagon

Eleven of the last thirteen vehicles I’ve reviewed have been a crossovers or an SUV. This has served to remind me how much I’m a wagon man. Occasionally, a crossover or SUV will stick in my mind as good or even exceptional, like the Volvo XC 40 Inscription. But at the end of the day, […]

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Quietly Quite Good

For over a decade now Hyundai’s calling card has been value for money if you aren’t a badge snob. Sure sometimes the interior materials weren’t quite there, or the suspension tuning was a little harsh, but often as not you would get features as standard that you would not expect. Items like heated AND cooled […]

This is the all-new 2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape-2

When the Ford Escape debuted in 2000, the market for “softroaders” was still small. Unibody car based platforms were not yet a popular thing. Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V were the two big players in the segment. Now, almost twenty years later there are twenty-two different vehicles in the segment. By the end of 2020, […]