Auto reviews

  • On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Sedan

    On the Road Review: Infiniti Q50 Sedan

    While mainstream compact and midsize sedan sales stagnate, luxury-logoed sedans are selling well. Crossovers, of all configurations, are selling well, too, while pickup trucks surge, again. Some of the appeal of luxury cars has to be that they are more affordable than ever. The average new car transaction price in America has climbed to almost

  • On the Road Review: Dodge Challenger SRT

    On the Road Review: Dodge Challenger SRT

    For the weeks either side of Halloween, some Detroit muscle showed up to put the trick-or-treat season in true perspective. For this driver, it turned out to be a real treat to drive three of America’s hottest tricks. First came the previously reviewed Corvette Stingray, which was followed by the updated Dodge Challenger SRT. At

  • On the Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

    On the Road Review: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

    Chrysler’s Jeep Division is a huge portion of the company’s current revival. With only five models — all crossovers/SUVs — this truck focused lineup has recorded 30 percent sales growth this year alone, over 160,000 units of additional production. That level of growth exceeds the total combined sales of Infiniti and Lincoln. The Jeep brand

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

    Crossover wagons are hot in America right now. Doesn’t matter what size, what shape or what brand — crossover wagons are the “in” category and are essential for the automakers in a market that hasn’t been this robust since 2006. But why? Why do American drivers want these five-, six-, seven-, even eight-passenger wagons more

  • On the Road Review: Nissan 370Z Roadster

    On the Road Review: Nissan 370Z Roadster

    Ragtop fans have a diminishing pool of two-seat roadsters to pick from. Larger automakers such as Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Hyundai and Kia offer nothing in this class, while many automakers have abandoned convertibles in any configuration all together. The stalwarts remain, however, and they offer some excellent products. At the entry level, Mazda’s MX5 Miata

  • On the Road Review: 2015 Subaru Outback Limited

    On the Road Review: 2015 Subaru Outback Limited

    Walpole, N.H., does not show up on any tourist guides as a destination location, but this community is part of a big central area for energy along the Connecticut River. Sharing several river crossings with Bellows Falls, Vt., this valley town just northwest of Keene has a power station with the dam, a railroad yard

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Sonata Limited

    On the Road Review: Hyundai Sonata Limited

    Korean automaker Hyundai has surpassed several of the hurdles that confronted its goal to become a mainstream marketer in America. Where once its products were considered entry-level, low-dollar value cars, Hyundai has rocketed forward in the last 10 years with credible cars across the whole range of its offerings. From compact Accent and Elantra to

  • On the Road Review: Toyota Corolla Redux

    Earlier this year, a new Corolla in sporty S trim paid a visit. Endowed with a hint of more elevated performance — trim pieces, special wheels, sportier stance, contrasting interior bits and pieces — the longer, more spacious Corolla did not reveal any extra action during its stay here. It did, however, reassert why it

  • On the Road Review: Hyundai Genesis 5.0

    Hello, Mr. Genesis. We exchanged pleasantries in 2009 when you first came to town, but my oh my, you have certainly elevated your game. Your seat at the premium luxury-car table is no longer in doubt, as you are a certifiable player in the big leagues now.