4Runner is old school and that’s OK …
Technophobes and off-roaders have a rare opportunity to live life large aboard Toyota’s rough trail loving 2018 4Runner. That’s because this off-roader has not yet been updated to include all the electronic gee-whiz gadgets that fill most others in the segment.
Some might say the 4Runner is long in the tooth, others may just say thank you. Continue reading 2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4X4
This beautiful Scarab won Riverside in 1958 …
First came the 1959 Scarab that Jim Jeffords drove to a win at Meadowdale, but now Replicarz delivers the first Scarab to win a sports car race. This beautiful bright light metallic blue racer is a replica of the one Chuck Daigh drove to victory at the Riverside International Grand Prix in California in 1958.
Replicarz exclusive lineup of Scarabs are cast resin, so feel substantial and are magnificently shaped with their sexy bulging fenders and long hood. This is a 1/18 scale model with great shelf or display case presence. Continue reading Die-cast: Replicarz’s 1958 Scarab Mk. II, Riverside winner
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
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
BMW’s M550i a hot, but sophisticated, rocket! …
BMW 5 Series sedans still rock.
I know I about drooled myself silly praising the BMW 530e xDrive I tested about six weeks ago. I lauded it as epitomizing BMW’s motto of The Ultimate Driving Machine, and I still believe that. But …
Along comes its sister sport sedan, the M550i xDrive, and well, my lather has returned. That’s because in place of the silky smooth plug-in hybrid system of the 530e, with its 248-horse twin-turbo I4 and electric hybrid system, the 550 drops in a throbbing V8. Yes, this one has a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that creates — hold on — 456 horsepower. Continue reading 2018 BMW M550i xDrive
Muddy fun for a Jeep geek
Full disclosure: I’ve been a Jeep guy for a very long time having first driven the SJ Cherokee back in the late 70’s.
I was forwarded on and email from my blogging partner, Mark Savage, who received an invitation from the Jeep people but couldn’t make it to an event. I was all over it and jumped at the chance, along with other media folks, to discover the off roading capabilities on the new JL Wrangler at Cliff’s Insane Terrain Off Road Park in Marseilles, IL.
This latest rendition created a lot of buzz prior to its release earlier this year, maybe even more than the last redesign in 2006. All kinds of speculation about what the JL would have and maybe not have. No worries off roaders, the Jeep guys were all over this from the start. Continue reading 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Muddy Fun