The One With The Six: The 2020 BMW M340i

Front 3/4 view of 2020 BMW M340i
The 2020 BMW M340i.
If you've ever wondered why the BMW 3-series sedan became a thing---it's the engine. Or it was. A silky-smooth inline six-cylinder, capable of propelling BMW's small (now mid-size) sedan quickly with seemingly endless reserves of both torque and horsepower. You would pin the speedometer, lose your license or both long before you ever felt you needed more from under the hood.

As technology has evolved and fuel economy has become a matter of law, automotive engineers have found that they can achieve that kind of power from a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. And BMW has adopted them in the 330i. It's a fine engine---among the best of its type. But it doesn't have the same feel, the same sound as that glorious BMW straight six. If you want that in 2020---and can't quite justify the leap to the hardcore twin-turbo 425-horsepower M3, you want the BMW M340i.


The Comeback Kid: The 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec

Front 3/4 view of 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec
The 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec.
We all have our ups and downs. That goes for car companies too. Take Acura---the hotter-than-hot upscale performance arm of Honda in the 90s, which, as the new millennium wore on, saw its luster wear off.

Well, Acura is back and the best example I can think of is the 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec.


A GTI For The Family: The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Front 3/4 view of 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI.
The Volkswagen Jetta is all-new for 2019, bigger on the inside and outside, with sleeker styling. It's a more aggressive look that pairs well with the GLI, the most sporting of the Jetta lineup.


Some Camaro In Your Blazer? The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier AWD

Front 3/4 view of 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier AWD
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier AWD.
The slicing and dicing of the crossover/sport utility vehicle market is a wondrous thing to watch. 

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is Chevy’s sixth SUV.  That’s right.  Sixth.   The bowtie boys and girls (check the Chevy logo if that reference escapes you) have found a space of daylight between the compact Equinox and the midsize Traverse and thus we have the Blazer.

Actually, there’s some fair amount of good sense involved here, since the Blazer pretty well goes head-to-head against the Toyota Highlander and that’s a vehicle worth competing with.