7.25.2017

A Little Bit Extra: The 2017 Ford F-150 4x4 SuperCrew Platinum

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew Platinum
2017 Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew Platinum
Pickup trucks have become all about the extras.  Humble two-door standard cabs do not cut it anymore, except as work trucks for public utilities.  No, a privately-owned pickup truck today has to be a pickup truck, a performance vehicle, a luxury vehicle and, ideally, bigger, glitzier and more expensive than the neighbor's pickup truck.

7.24.2017

Return of an Icon: The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

Front 7/8 view of 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD
The 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD.
The Volvo wagon.  In the 1980s and early-mid 90s, nothing said you were smart about however much money you had quite the way a Volvo wagon did.  Somewhere along the way, Volvo wagons lost that cachet...along with much of the Volvo lineup.  But now, the V90 is back, based on the S90 sedan  that yours truly pretty much lost his mind over last fall.  And it could take a Volvo wagon right back to being that type of understated status symbol for the next couple of decades.

6.30.2017

Niche No More: The 2017 Honda CR-V AWD Touring

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Honda CR-V AWD Touring
The 2017 Honda CR-V AWD Touring.
Nine years ago, when I was launching TireKicker, small SUVs were just starting to catch on.  They had a nickname: "Cute-Utes".  And, if that sounds somewhat dismissive, well, I guess it was.  It suggested that they weren't really up to the task that, in those days, we assigned to Ford Explorers and Chevy Tahoes.

What a difference nine-tenths of a decade makes.  The landscape has changed so much that not only is the Honda CR-V outselling Explorers and Tahoes, it is, for the year so far, the fifth-best selling vehicle in the USA.

6.29.2017

Fitting Into The Family: The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Toyota Corolla iM
The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM.
Twenty months ago, I wrote that the iM was the future for Scion.  At that moment, none of us outside the walls of Toyota knew the brand had no future.  It was four months and four days after that review posted that Toyota announced it was shutting down Scion.  Some models were killed off, but homes were found for others, including the iM, which is now the Corolla iM.

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.