2019 Volvo XC40 – Drive Review

fullsizeoutput_a2The new Volvo XC40 small SUV has been named the 2018 European Car of the Year ahead of the Geneva Motor Show last March in Switzerland. It is the first win of this prestigious award for Volvo Cars.

The XC40 is also a semifinalist for the 2019 North American Utility of the Year and a candidate for the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Luxury Family Vehicle of the Year.

I spent a week on the road with the XC40. Read more right here.

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2019 Nissan Altima – First Drive

DSC_3869Nissan has completely re-done the Altima for 2019. Now after 25 years on the U.S. market Nissan still sees a place for the Altima in its lineup. Even as many folks jump into SUVs, sedans still strike a cord with many buyers, especially younger buyers.

I recently drove the new Altima at Nissan’s launch program. It has a lot new to offer including two new engines and an all-wheel drive option.

Read more right here.

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2019 Subaru Ascent – First Drive

Subaru has upped its game with an all-new 3-row SUV. The 2019 Subaru Ascent can be had with seating for seven or eight. With an all-new 260-HP 2.4-L turbo boxer engine it’ll tow up to 5,000lbs.

It’s loaded with new tech, including EyeSight Assist and Trailer Stability Assist as well as a camera-based rear view mirror.

You can read more about the new Ascent right here.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta – Drive Report

A modified 2019 VW Jetta went 210.16 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a new record in the SCTA Blown Gas Coupe class.

I drove a new, stock 2019 VW Jetta across lower Michigan and got 43 mpg, beating the EPA highway estimate of 40 mpg. And, I didn’t waste any time doing it.

Read a bit more on the new Jetta right here.

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2018 BMW X1

The X1 is the entry to BMW’s X-series. Redesigned in 2016, it is unchanged for 2018 except for some option packaging revisions. The only power plant is a 228-horsepower 2.0-L turbocharged I-4 coupled to an 8-speed automatic.

Read more on the X1 right here.

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2019 Chrysler Pacifica – What’s New

For 2019 the Chrysler Pacifica gets some new packages, colors and equipment upgrades.

Read a bit more about the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid for 2019, right here.

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2019 GMC Sierra – First Drive Report

DSC_3165On the invite of GMC I drove the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra full-size pickup in St.Johns, Newfoundland and the surrounding area.

Different by design and different to meet customer demands, the GMC Sierra with its top-of-the-line Denali sub-brand intends to take a bigger share of the big pickup business.

Read more on the new GMC Sierra right here.

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