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: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited EcoDiesel

    On the Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited EcoDiesel

    There is a large segment of the American automotive market that is powered by a collection of iconic namebadges. Buyers pay rapt attention to everything associated with these models and long for, lust after and generally pursue these nameplates for decades — with some never attaining ownership. Names like Corvette, Mustang, Camaro, Raptor and Wrangler

  • On the Road Review: Ford Edge ST

    On the Road Review: Ford Edge ST

    The changes afoot in the world’s auto industry are capsulated by the headlines in front of us every day. “Small SUVs Surge as Drivers Ditch Sedans.” “Farewell to the Family Sedan”. “EVs Assault the Market.” “Climate Change Mandates Carbon Taxes.” If you were sitting in the captain’s chair at any of today’s automakers, how do

  • On the Road Review: Subaru Legacy Premium

    On the Road Review: Subaru Legacy Premium

    Visiting right on the heels of our recent Mazda 6 sedan, the seventh-generation Subaru Legacy sedan is an evolutionary design outside, yet a notable new look inside. The same size, the same Crimson Pearl paint, and targeting the same shrinking sedan market as that Mazda, the new Legacy proved why this car remains a foundation

  • On the Road Review: Mazda 6 Signature Sedan

    On the Road Review: Mazda 6 Signature Sedan

    America’s Big three automakers — Ford, GM, FCA — continue to move away from conventional automobiles, while the Asian automakers persist in making investments in a segment that they soon will not only dominate, but essentially own. The latest case in point: a $1.6-billion joint venture Mazda-Toyota auto plant going up in Alabama that will

  • On the Road Review: Volvo V60 Cross Country T5

    On the Road Review: Volvo V60 Cross Country T5

    Ten years since the divorce from previous owner Ford, Volvo Car is at another crossroad as current owner Gheely Motors of China works to shift this premium lineup to a fully electric vehicle future, making Volvo the first full lineup absent an internal combustion engine. Long a niche automaker in America, yet slightly more popular

  • On the Road Review: Kia Telluride SX

    On the Road Review: Kia Telluride SX

    Pushing northwest on a cold, windy late autumn day, up through the Sandy River Valley on a winding Route 4 toward Rangeley, our Snow White Pearl Kia Telluride once again demonstrated why this all-new three-row crossover is racing up the sales charts. It flat our works better than most of its established rivals. This was

  • On the Road Review: Ford Super Duty 2500 Powerstroke

    On the Road Review: Ford Super Duty 2500 Powerstroke

    Pickup trucks. They’re not quite the largest automotive segment (compact crossovers currently are), but pickup trucks are the bread-and-butter, money generating machines that propel income for Ford, GM and FCA in America. Big, burly, and now often quite beautiful with their lengthy list of work capabilities combined with amenities, today’s pickup trucks are the staple

  • On the Road Review: GMC visits New England

    On the Road Review: GMC visits New England

    MIDDLEBORO, MASS. — After too long of an absence, GMC recently staged a visit with New England’s automotive press to debut its 2020 Sierra lineup. Front and center were three of the stars: a brand new Sierra 1500 AT4 crew-cab, plus AT4 and Denali versions of the all-new Sierra 2500 Heavy Duty crew cabs powered

  • On the Road Review: My 10 favorite vehicles from 2019

    Mirroring the ascendant rise of all things truck in the American marketplace, this year’s 10 favorites list has only three cars and seven trucks — just like the new car sales ratio of 70 percent trucks dominating the marketplace. 2020 will bring us a plethora of new EVs, electric vehicles, however their current sales ratio