2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited V8 4WD: Introduction

Here’s my newest acquisition: a 2005 Toyota 4Runner Limited in Titanium Metallic, with the 4.7L V8 and 4WD. I’ve been joking about what to name it, and the official name is TBD, but I really wanted to name it Britney because, well, oops… I did it again. Or “T-3PO,” aka “The Millennium Falcon.” There are […]

6.4L Hemi V8-powered Wrangler is here, and it’s spectacular

It’s a thing of juxtaposed poetic beauty: Five days ago on November 12th, Jeep announced it had won the Green SUV of the Year by Green Car Journal for its upcoming hybrid Wrangler 4xe. And five days later, on November 17th, Jeep announced the production version of its most powerful Wrangler ever, a gas-powered, 6.4L-Hemi […]

Hooniversal Opinion: 2022 GMC Hummer EV

My, how the times have changed. The last time a Hummer-branded vehicle was on sale was ten years ago. It was the era of GM-ified Hummer vehicles, those which sold on-brand cache and supposed off-road ability. The general public frowned heavily upon the brand. And while the trucks performed well off-tarmac, public perception finally won […]

Motor Trend crowns the new Land Rover Defender their 2020 SUV Of the Year

Another year, another “SUV Of the Year” crowning in the books. Motor Trend has named Land Rover’s Defender their 2020 champion, beating out a hefty and diverse field of contenders. The winner is named such on the merit of “A heady mixture of go-anywhere capability, refinement, style, and luxury, the surprising Defender wins our hearts […]

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer: The Amalfi Coast Honeymoon Review

The honeymoon is supposed to be the best trip of your life: relaxing, rewarding, indulgent. Six months after our wedding my wife and I ventured out to Italy’s Amalfi Coast and had an experience that was all of the above and more. It was my wife’s first time in this specific region and my first […]

Electric UTVs are coming: Polaris and Zero partner to build electric side-by-sides

The off-road world changed about ten years ago. Side-by-sides (SxS), or UTVs (Utility Terrain Vehicles), were about to hit the market en masse. In response to market demand, in turn, it helped a massive boom. ATV riders noted a high level of comfort and usability over their handlebar-driven brethren. Suddenly they were the hot item […]

Review: Michelin PS4S ultra high-performance summer tires

Tires can make or break a car. It’s no more apparent than in racing, where in Formula 1 the difference between the “soft” and “hard” tires is as much as 1.5 seconds a lap. That is an eternity. It translates to road cars: Not only do good tires affect the level of cornering grip, but […]

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Review (Pt.2): Dirt, reminiscence, and conclusions

A few days into my time with a 2020 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and I was falling for it. The charm alone was enough. Better yet, the Jeep was proving to be a comfortable, enjoyable road-trip companion in ways I hadn’t expected. And as we rounded the corner on our time with the JLUR, we finally […]

Hooniversal Opinion: 2021 G80 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe

In the world of luxury sports coupes and sedans, none is more iconic than those made by BMW. Forever the gentleman’s plaything that commutes comfortably and can tango when asked, each iteration of the famous cars has gone a step further, each pushing the boundary of what performance is capable from a vehicle you’re proud […]

Hooniversal Opinion: Nissan Z Proto

Deciding where to start a Hooniversal Opinion on the Nissan Z Proto is a difficult task. On one hand, the Z is among the most storied and appreciated sports car nameplates out there. On the other, the 370Z has been on sale, largely unchanged, since 2009. In layman’s terms, that’s an eon: Model cycles are […]