Articles by: Tim Plouff

Tim Plouff

Tim Plouff

Columnist at The Ellsworth American
Tim Plouff has been reviewing automobiles in the pages of The Ellsworth American weekly for nearly two decades.
  • On the Road Review: Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum

    On the Road Review: Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum

    Cute-utes, SUVs, crossover utility vehicle, crossover activity vehicle, whatever label you choose to affix to small five-door wagons flooding the market, know that these compact and subcompact vehicles are rapidly eclipsing buyers’ taste for conventional four-door small cars. And nowhere is this more notable than in the premium/luxury car segments, where this week’s Volvo XC40

  • On the Road Review: Infiniti QX50 Luxe

    On the Road Review: Infiniti QX50 Luxe

    Maine’s Maple Sunday allows the state’s numerous rural farmers to display their harvest and success at all things growing and earning a sustainable living throughout the 16 counties. With a new luxury-ute, we pushed into central and western Maine to sample several maple sugar houses in Pownal, Turner, West Minot and Mount Vernon. Escorting us

  • On the Road Review: Dodge Durango GT

    On the Road Review: Dodge Durango GT

    Multiple copies of the third-generation Dodge Durango have visited through the years since its 2011 debut, and none have disappointed. A three-row crossover based on the same uni-body platform that underpins the top-selling Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Dodge asserts itself very nicely in a segment loaded with competent full-size crossovers. For 2019, Dodge continues to

  • On the Road Review: Dodge Challenger GT

    On the Road Review: Dodge Challenger GT

    March in Maine brings a higher, warmer sun that signals that winter will soon be over and spring will splash everything new again. March rekindles long dormant passions for driving sports cars and getting personal vehicles out from under cover and into the sunlight, again. March also brings black ice, slushy snowstorms and nasty roads

  • On the Road Review: Kia Soul

    On the Road Review: Kia Soul

    It’s OK; you critics can sneer about the little car that used to be powered by hamsters. But those early commercials worked, planting a product seed that has led to the compact Soul leading all of its rivals on the sales charts. And Kia cheers all the way to the bank as its diminutive volume

  • On the Road Review: Ford Raptor

    On the Road Review: Ford Raptor

    Maine’s Carrabassett Valley is a veritable winter playland, if you follow the axiom that there is no cold weather just bad clothing. That’s especially so if you have a vehicle to get out there and take you playing no matter what the weather, the terrain or the conditions. Ford’s F-series-based Raptor is the unique one-off

  • On the Road Review: BMW X4 xDrive30i

    On the Road Review: BMW X4 xDrive30i

    Bavarian Motor Works was created in Germany in 1916, but didn’t officially start selling cars in America until 1975. The first model, a two-door “sedan” called the 2002, went on to become the legendary 3-series compact lineup that remains the benchmark sport luxury sedan in the world. Today, BMW is the second best-selling premium brand

  • On the Road Review: Ram Big Horn, North Edition

    On the Road Review: Ram Big Horn, North Edition

    Horace and John Dodge did not live long, yet the car company that bears their name has been around since 1914 and developed a loyal following. Despite current Dodge owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) deciding to separate pickup trucks and commercial work vehicles from the Dodge brand in 2009, the resulting Ram brand has proven

  • On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

    On the Road Review: Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

    This Mitsubishi Outlander is the brand’s top-selling model in the American market, with over 41,800 sold in 2018. Along with its similarly named siblings, the Outlander series helped Mitsubishi reach 118,000 total units sold last year, a 13 percent sales increase that propelled the import brand past Lincoln, Volvo, Land Rover and a host of