|The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0t.|
|The 2016 Lexus IS 200t.|
So why did Lexus make the IS 250 the IS 200t and how is that actually an improvement?
Yes, the gray-haired fellow in the sweater dispatching enemy spies through his deft work behind the wheel of the 2017 Jaguar XE is yours truly, Mike Hagerty, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TireKicker. So how did that happen?
|The 2016 Mazda 3 S Five-Door Grand Touring.|
It had a six-speed manual and I am one of the estimated seven percent of American drivers who know how to drive a stick. Don't be impressed. It used to be much, much higher. But over the decades since I learned, the number of people who learned has dropped like a rock. That affects sales, of course, and as of now, only 3.9% of cars sold in this country are sold with a manual transmission. Meaning most people buying a Mazda 3 S Five-Door Grand Touring will be buying it with an automatic.
The question is, is it as good?
|The 2016 Buick Regal GS.|
|The 2016 Nissan Maxima.|
We are having a sudden burst of cars at TireKicker that we have not driven in some time. For our Publisher and Executive Editor, it had been seven years between drives in the Honda Pilot. Now comes the Nissan Maxima, and it's been nearly as long---five years since Michael reviewed the 2011 model.
In the intervening five years, the Maxima has gone through some major changes.
|The 2016 Kia Optima SX Limited.|
|The 2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD.|
|The 2016 Toyota Corolla S.|
Everything Michael said then stands now. But there is a bonus.
|The 2016 Ford Escape Titanium|
And then we drove the 2016 Ford Escape Titanium with the optional 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine.
|The 2016 Honda Fit.|
And that's a good thing.
|The 2015 Ford F-150.|
|The 2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited.|
|The 2016 Honda Pilot AWD Elite.|
If we're not in a certain car one year, we'll probably see it the next. Worst case, the year after that. So how is it possible that our last review of the Honda Pilot was seven years ago this week? So much has changed since that review....most of all, the Honda Pilot itself.
|The 2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid.|
I say "tragically" because I stand behind my review from 2014, and am prepared to go even further after my week in the 2016 RLX Sport Hybrid.
|The 2016 Toyota Camry XSE.|
|The 2016 Honda CR-V Touring.|