6.28.2017

More MPG And More: The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid AWD Advance

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid AWD Advance
The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid AWD Advance.
Seven months ago, we reviewed the new, better-looking Acura MDX.  The one with a regular gasoline engine.  Everything we said about that MDX stands for this one, so follow the link.

So what's this one about?  A different engine, a different transmission and very different city fuel economy.  All the while providing more...yes, more...power.

6.27.2017

Rx For Excess: The 2017 Toyota Camry XSE

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Toyota Camry XSE
The 2017 Toyota Camry XSE.
As you read this, truckloads of 2018 Toyota Camrys are heading for your local dealer.  Toyota, in its continuing quest to put its "beige" image behind it, has styled the new Camry very aggressively, causing some, even those who believe Toyota needed to be more exciting, to wonder how far is too far (see the current Prius).

If you are among that group, now is a wonderful time to get what is still this year's car---the 2017 Toyota Camry XSE.

6.26.2017

The One To Have? The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF

Front/side view of 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.
Our fondness for the Mazda MX-5 Miata is well documented throughout the nine-year archives of TireKicker.  You'll find it firmly ensconced at number two on the list of TireKicker's Best Cars on the right-hand side of this page.

So what could make it even better?  Well, how about a hardtop that keeps out the noise and the rain that also goes away without the problems of where to store the roof or clunky styling (a problem with the previous-gen MX-5 Miata PRHT)?

That is exactly what the new MX-5 Miata RF delivers.

6.07.2017

Brilliance on Four Wheels: The 2017 Audi A4 Sedan 2.0T quattro S tronic

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Audi A4 Sedan
The 2017 Audi A4 Sedan 2.0t.
Our Publisher and Executive Editor said it four years and some months ago, when last TireKicker reviewed an Audi A4: "The worst part of a successful car is keeping the ball rolling...doing the freshening needed to keep the car relevant without losing the thread and screwing it all up."  Michael's assessment at the time was that Audi had succeeded---that the 2013 A4 was, in his words, "simply tremendous".

That meant meeting or exceeding a very high bar this time around.  And more.

6.06.2017

Just One Thing...The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.
There are four words to keep in mind when discussing fuel economy.  They are the disclaimer in every advertisement that touts an EPA estimate: "Your mileage may vary."

You see, what we have here in the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited, at least in the humble opinion of yours truly, is a perfectly-timed Prius killer.  There's just one thing...