VW’s Tiguan leads the brand with better handling …
Volkswagen has had its rocky moments the past few years. One word – diesel – tells you everything you need to know.
But of late the giant German automaker seems to be getting its mojo back, and none too soon. More new models are hitting the streets each year now. Continue reading 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4motion
Outlander a star in Mitsubishi’s quiet lineup …
Mitsubishi is the quiet company in the U.S. auto market; we hardly hear a peep out of the Japanese vehicle maker. Its lineup is compact and advertising minimal.
But the star of its lineup for several years has been the Outlander, a competent crossover with available AWD and a standard third row seat. That’s certainly something to tout to families looking for inexpensive wheels and the ability to carry 7 passengers. Continue reading 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL S-AWC
Car heaven at Road America
Nobody ever has to ask a second time if Mark and I want to attend an event at Road America. For us track, located in Elkhart Lake, WI, is one of the most fun locations we visit in the automotive world. We were among the 80 plus media members from across the country given the opportunity to check out more than 90 new vehicles at the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s (MAMA) annual Spring Rally held May 23-24. Continue reading Road America test drives
Kia’s Niro plug-in hybrid rocks the mpg ratings …
Last year Kia’s Niro hybrid crossover wannabe surprised me big time. It’s attractive, handles well, has decent power and achieved good gas mileage because it was a standard hybrid.
Sure the Toyota Prius is queen of this category, but Niro has it all on looks and thoughtfully designed interior. Continue reading 2018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium
Toyota C-HR takes cute, useful and fun to drive to a new level …
Mini has had cute pretty well sewed up among small cars with four doors, but now Toyota has stepped up to the plate with its latest C-HR crossover.
The tested C-HR (cute hot rod?) was the top-level XLE Premium model decked out in a bright blue paint job with a bright white roof. It’s a fun, economical home run of a car! Continue reading 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium
Mazda CX-5 remains a sporty crossover …
As the world turns toward an all crossover and SUV automotive market it’s encouraging that the likes of Mazda continues to try and design sharp-looking vehicles that drive more like sports cars than trucks.
This week’s fun four-wheeler is the midsize CX-5 crossover in top-level Grand Touring 4×4 trim and bathed oh so beautifully in Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint. That’ll cost you $595 extra, but it’ll also turn heads. Continue reading 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD