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Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 eAWD Plug-In Hybrid

While I’ve always admired Volvo from afar, it wasn’t until the launch of the new 90 Series, specifically the XC90 and the S90 that quickly followed it, that I actually lusted after one.
All 90 Series vehicles are built on the automaker’s global platform, SPA or Scalable Product Architecture. They all share numerous features and characteristics both inside and out, including a 9” tablet-like touch screen for infotainment and climate control …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro and Nightshade Edition

If you want a bit of fun, park your Army Green Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro somewhat adjacent to an off-road trail or gravel road.  For even more fun, wear a safety vest and hold a large walkie-talkie in your hand. For no good reason whatsoever, almost every car turning off will stop in your vicinity and the driver will ask if he may proceed.
For one week, I felt as if I …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is permanently enshrined in my personal hall of fame of marketers. Why?  The automaker hitched its wagon, perhaps quite literally, to what was truly rather remarkable total solar eclipse that traveled across entire continental United States for the first time in almost a century in the summer of 2017 to launch the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse.  Mitsubishi livestreamed the eclipse to ensure no one would miss it and …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line

When it was introduced in 2008, it was the latest in a trend from German automakers: the four-door coupe. Traditionally, a coupe had two doors but those presumptions have long fallen by the wayside.  We’re talking about the Volkswagen CC. We loved it when it came out (CC stood for “Comfort Coupe”) and lamented its demise in 2017. Now the CC faithful can rejoice: the new Volkswagen Arteon is the spiritual successor …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve

If the name Lincoln Aviator sounds familiar, that’s because it is: the first generation Lincoln Aviator was produced from 2003 through 2005 as a rebadged Mercury Mountaineer, itself being a rebadged Ford Explorer.  Perhaps the only Lincoln with a shorter shelf life was the Lincoln Blackwood pickup, which made its debut in 2002 and was discontinued in 2003.
But that’s all in the past.
While there was nothing to get excited about …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is the latest generation in the Wolfsburg automaker’s 40-year run with the seemingly unbeatable compact. It’s also the most premium Jetta ever.
The Jetta – which depending on year and market has been branded as Atlantic, Vento, Bora, City Jetta,Jetta City, GLI, Clasico, and Sagiar – gets its name from the Atlantic jet stream (conveniently der Jetstream in German), a name bestowed upon it during a …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

Executive Sedan.  If you weren’t paying attention, that’s what the “ES” in Lexus ES stands for.  Lexus first introduced the ES series in its earliest days back in 1989 a mere seven generations ago.  The ES started as a compact executive sedan and over the years became a mid-sized luxury vehicle.
The seventh generation ES made its debut at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show and was introduced in the United States …