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: 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

  • On the Road Review: Honda Pilot Elite AWD

    On the Road Review: Honda Pilot Elite AWD gallery

    Minivans. The mere mention of this type of family-oriented vehicle drives some buyers nutty. It can’t be the versatility, because no vehicle in the marketplace has more interior space or cargo capacity for traveling families than the minivan. So it must be the image, the perception that you are something less than your peers by

  • On the Road Review: Ram 1500 Limited

    On the Road Review: Ram 1500 Limited gallery

    Stepping up to the plate right after the recent Ford F-150 Limited is FCA’s (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) all-new Ram 1500 Limited. With a host of similarities, not the least of which is their lofty prices, premium cabins and impressive wow factor, these two high-end pickup trucks now define the top of the class until the

  • Twenty new vehicles for under $20,000

    Twenty new vehicles for under $20,000

    New car prices have been rapidly escalating, reflecting new safety regulations, the inclusion of many popular features, plus rising materials cost. According to the folks at Kelly Blue Book, the average new vehicle transaction price last year was over $35,700, a number heavily affected by the proliferation of pickup and crossover sales. With the average

  • On the Road Review: Genesis G70 Prestige 3.3T

    On the Road Review: Genesis G70 Prestige 3.3T gallery

    Hyundai Motor Co. has been using the Genesis title for 10 years now. The first edition was a midsize premium sedan and coupe series selling under the Hyundai showroom sign. Innovative, clean-sheet sedans in every sense of the word for the rapidly maturing Korean automaker, the cars’ arrival coincided with the financial swoon of 2009

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

    On the Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited gallery

    Lifestyle trucks are the auto industry’s latest profit niche. Expressive, high-performance on-road and off-road trucks are being created to meet a swelling interest for vehicles that are different from the hum-drum offerings preferred by the masses. And who better to define this expansion — in sales and profits — than FCA’s venerable Jeep brand. Riding

  • On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Limited

    On the Road Review: Ford F-150 Limited gallery

    Businesses define their success with numerous data measurements that will often entail best, highest, most in the description. One case study of success in the auto industry has to be the Ford Motor Co.’s consistent success with its F-series pickup lineup. Since wrestling the top-selling pickup honor away from Chevrolet in 1977, Ford’s F-series (half-ton,

  • On the Road Review: Kia Forte Sedan

    On the Road Review: Kia Forte Sedan gallery

    Of all the car classes remaining in the marketplace, the most life exists in the compact sedan class, where recent redesigns from Honda, Toyota and this week’s Kia Forte illustrate that the Asian automakers are not ready to abandon the vehicles that helped establish them in America. Indeed, the latest Forte is a stylish, handsome