2.13.2018

Wouldn't You Really Rather? The 2018 Buick Enclave Premium AWD

Front 3/4 view of 2018 Buick Enclave
The 2018 Buick Enclave.
The headline for this review might need a bit of explanation for anyone younger than....well, me.

In the 60s, Buick had a very successful advertising campaign.  "Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?"  That one question covered a lot of ground for Buick, which was competing with Chrysler and Mercury directly, but also was part of the General Motors family, which was built on the idea of moving up from a Chevrolet, Oldsmobile or Pontiac to a Buick (and eventually, one hoped, to a Cadillac).

Fifty years hence, Buick's competition is more along the lines of Acura, maybe Infiniti, the lower end of Lexus and...this could spark debate...perhaps Volvo.  As far as GM, the old Alfred Sloan model of moving up the ladder of General Motors products is pretty well dead and buried.  But there's still a "wouldn't you really rather" within the family, since the 2018 Buick Enclave and the 2018 GMC Acadia are essentially the same machine.

2.12.2018

How Do You Say "Subaru" in German? The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL

Front 3/4 view of 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.
Since The Great Unpleasantness, Volkswagen has been trying to identify its way forward.  Given that it's a rough road, why not a raised wagon with four-wheel drive?

2.09.2018

Dream Machine: The 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T quattro S tronic

Front 3/4 view of 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet
The 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet.
I was raised to believe that flashy and quality simply did not go together.  Things must have changed, because the 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet is flashy personified and the quality is tremendous.

2.08.2018

What's In A Name? The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE

Front 3/4 view of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.
The Volkswagen model name list is filled with exotic sounds---Scirocco, Touraeg, Tiguan.  And now there's Atlas.  Sounds big and familiar, doesn't it?  That's fitting, because for the first time, VW has built a full-size SUV that requires no adjustment in thinking for buyers of American SUVs.

1.16.2018

Big Change To A Small Package: The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited

Front 3/4 view of 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited.
They tell us love is what makes a Subaru a Subaru, and who are we to argue?  But ruggedness, reliability, safety, value and an attitude that change for change's sake isn't such a good thing also are a big part of the Subaru DNA.  So when a Subaru model is all-new, that's big news.

We loved the last-gen Crosstrek, which was new for 2013.  We love the 2018 even more.

1.15.2018

The Littlest Rogue: The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport SV FWD

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport.
There was a time, not too long ago, that the Rogue was the small Nissan crossover SUV.  Mission creep set in, as it inevitably does, and the Rogue grew larger and more expensive.  As SUV-heavy as the Nissan lineup is (Juke, Rogue, Pathfinder, Murano, Armada), the gap in size between the Rogue and the next-smallest, the Juke, is more like two gaps.  And, truth be told, despite its fun-to-drive factor, the Juke's somewhat cartoonish appearance turns off some potential buyers.

Nissan's solution is another, smaller Rogue, the Rogue Sport.