2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Drive Review

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was awarded Green Car Journal’s 2019 Green SUV of the Year. With all-wheel drive, 22 miles of pure-electric range plus room for five and decent cargo space, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is unique in the market.

Read my take on the 2019 Outlander PHEV right here.

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2019 Mazda3 Hatchback – First Drive

For 2019 the Mazda3 is an all-new design and offered in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback body styles. Sedan prices start at $21,000 and is offered in base, Select, Preferred and Premium trims. The hatchback starts at $23,600 and comes in base, Preferred and Premium trims.

New for the Mazda3 is the availability of all-wheel drive, making it a rarity in the compact car segment.

Hatchbacks make a great choice for urban-dwellers. Read more here.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N – on the track and on the road

Hyundai has upped its game with the new Veloster N that’s only available with a six-speed manual transmission. The base model N has 250-HP and is priced at $26,900. With the optional Performance Package the power is boosted to  275-HP for $29,000. Plus there’s a host of more performance enhancements with this package.

The N is a lot of performance and fun for the money. A good value pocket-rocket that will give you lots of grins.

Read more about the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster N right here.

Save the manuals.

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2019 Lexus UX – Drive Report

The UX is an all-new compact crossover from Lexus for 2019. The UX 200 is front-wheel drive with a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter priced at $32,000. The UX 250h is all-wheel drive with the same 2.0-liter mated to a CVT and two separate, dedicated electric motor-generators producing 181-total system horsepower, priced at $34,000.

The hybrid UX 250h has better fuel economy and also better performance that the UX 200.

I found the UX to be very car like. Check it out at this link for more details.

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Driving the Ford Police Interceptor

Ford invited a number of local auto writers to join in with a contingent of police officers from various Illinois communities to drive the new 2020 Ford Police Interceptor at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL.

A derivative model of the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer, the Ford Police Interceptor (PI) comes standard with a hybrid engine designed to provide all the needed performance and yet save lots of the taxpayer’s money on fuel.

Here’s my run-down of the Ford PI at this link.

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2020 Kia Soul GT-Line turbo – Drive Report

Kia has revamped the Soul for 2020 and now there’s a GT-Line with a 1.6 Turbo engine.

The 1.6 Turbo puts out 201-HP and is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. A sport-tuned suspension, larger disc brakes, 18-inch wheels with P235/45 R18 tires round out the GT-line’s driving dynamics. Shift paddles and a sport mode are there for those who want more go and more fun.

On the outside and also inside the Soul GT-Line has unique design features and trim.

Read a bit more on this fun-to-drive urban use pocket rocket right here.

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2019 Honda Passport – Road Review

With its 280-horsepower V6 backed up by a 9-speed automatic, the midsize SUV Honda Passport is quite a joy to drive.  There’s room for five, plenty of cargo space and it can tow up to 5,000 lbs.

I did a bunch of road tripping in this Lunar Silver rig and easily exceeded the EPA highway mpg ratings.

Read more here.

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2019 Maserati Levante GTS -Drive Report

The Levante GTS is powered by a 550-HP twin turbo 3.8-L V8 built at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. It’ll push the GTS to 60mph in 4 seconds flat and top things out at 181mph. It’s the same engine as used the flagship Quattroporte GTS. Driving through an 8-speed automatic, the Maserati Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive system puts the power to the ground.

The base price of the GTS is $120,980. The one I drove was optioned out to $136,890

Read a bit more on this Italian gem here.

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The Badlands Off-Road with Jeep and Ram

The Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana leaves nothing to the imagination when it comes to driving in dirt, rocks and water.

We paid a visit with Jeep and Ram and did manage to get things pretty dirty.

Read more here and perhaps you’ll want to make the trip.

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2019 BMW M5 Competition – Drive Review

With just ten minutes behind the wheel I knew I should be heading to Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL or Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. A 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V-8 with 617 horsepower paired up with an 8-speed automatic and rear-biased all-wheel drive will get you to 60 in 3.1 seconds and top out at 189 mph.

The M5 Competition will run you $110,000 to start and easily creep up to $130K.

Read a bit more on this street-legal race car right here.

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2019 Chrysler Pacific Hybrid – Drive Review

In celebration of 35 years of minivan leadership, the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid is offered in a 35th Anniversary edition that’s available on Pacifica Touring L Hybrid and Limited Hybrid models.

This special edition features new badging, an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and upgraded content.

With an all-electric range of 32 miles and a total electric plus gasoline range of 520 miles the Pacifica Hybrid is a very good choice for both around the town zero-emission driving as well as long road trips.

Check out more right here.

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2019 BMW X4 xDrive 30i – Road Test

BMW’s X4 sport activity coupe has been revamped for 2019. I first drove it last summer at the media preview program at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina assembly plant.  And I also drove it last October at the Midwest Automotive Media Association Fall Rally at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL.

This time around two road trips within a week’s time gave me a lot more seat time. The X4 is the more stylized version of the X3. It’s offers lots of utility in a more car-like package, if you  will.

Read a bit more on my over-the-highway drives right here.

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2019 Ford Edge – Drive Review

 

The Edge has come a long way in the twelve years since it came on the scene. It’s been significantly revamped, updated and improved over the course of the years. Gone is the mainstream V6 engine. Transmissions now have many more gears for better performance and lower fuel consumption. Advanced Driver Assistance Safety (ADAS) technology is helping to significantly reduce the risk of a crash. Materials have improved for an overall higher quality vehicle.

The Edge has a new look for 2019 with new front and rear styling.  And a new ST trim with 335 horsepower moves it into the performance world.

Read more with one click,

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2019 Kia Sorento – Drive Review

2019 Sorento Kia’s best-selling Sorento SUV has been freshened for the 2019 model year, touting a number of visual and feature enhancements, inside and out. Aside from new front and rear fascias, which help it achieve a more sophisticated appearance, the cabin is now decidedly more upscale and integrates newly-added technology,

With the choice of two engines, front or all-wheel drive and five different trims, this 3-row, 7-passenger midsize SUV should be many folks shopping list.

Read a bit more right here.

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2019 Genesis G70 – Drive Report

fullsizeoutput_196The 2019 Genesis G70 is the 2019 North American Car of the Year and has received numerous additional accolades and awards.

The G70 is a compelling entry in the sport sedan segment and a worthy competitor to the established European entries.

You can read a bit more right here on this new sport sedan.

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2019 Mazda CX-5 – Drive Report

In its 2012 debut, CX-5 helped introduce the world to Mazda’s KODO-Soul of Motion design ethos and SKYACTIV Technology. Since then, CX-5 has seen continuous improvements, including an all-new redesign in 2017. Now for 2019, it takes its next key step with a high-quality interior befitting a new top-tier Signature trim level, the refinement of the powertrain lineup with the addition of the turbocharged SKYACTIV-2.5T engine and an enhanced focus on the chassis featuring the latest technologies with G-Vectoring Control Plus.

Read more about my drive in the new 2019 CX-5, just click here.

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2019 Kia Forte – First Drive

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DSC_4362.JPGKia’s entry in the compact car market is the Forte which has been updated for 2019. It’s entirely new. Kia made it longer, wider and a bit taller.

It’s got some design cues from the Stinger and has a 5-passenger interior layout that’s clean and very user friendly.

Read a bit more on this new Forte which makes a great choice for the first-time car buyer or a new, teen driver.

Just click here for more details.

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2019 Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (PHEV) – drive review

The 2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (PHEV) is MINI’s first hybrid. The drive train concept is the same as used in the BMW i8, except it’s reversed. It’s got a gasoline engine driving the front wheels and an electric motor driving the rear. On the road only one of the two power units is used when the car is moving, while the other one can be additionally used at any time to optimize traction, ride stability and agility.

The 2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (PHEV) is priced at $36,900 and has a 12 mile all-electric range. That may not sound like much. However, in a big city you actually don’t drive many miles to get around,

Read more on what is probably the first of many electrified MINIs right here.

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2019 Infiniti QX80 – Drive Review

The QX80 was refreshed in 2018. It’s very similar to its cousin the Nissan Armada but of course with more premium features. Both are based on the Nissan Titan pickup and are body-on-frame architecture. The 2019 QX80 is offered in Luxe (two-wheel drive), Luxe AWD and a new Limited AWD model. New for the 2019 model year, Luxe models add standard Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Predictive Forward Collision Warning.

Prices start at $65,100 plus a $1,295 destination charge.

You can get more information on the QX80 right here.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz E 450 – Drive Report

Mercedes offers the E-class in body styles to suit everyone. Along with the sedan and wagon there’s also a coupe and a convertible. The present generation of E-class was introduced in 2016 loaded with numerous technical innovations.

For 2019, new E 450 model designation for the E-Class Sedan, Coupe, Cabriolet and Wagon receive a more powerful engine, and replace the previous E 400 models. The E 450 and E 450 4MATIC models are now equipped with an upgraded 362-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine.

The 2019 E 450 4MATIC sedan went on sale in the U.S. in fall 2018 priced at $59,950.

You can learn a bit more on the new E 450 right here, just click.

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