2018 Ford Expedition Review

2018 Ford Expedition Review

Sometimes, splitting the difference hits the sweet spot. The Ford Expedition is bigger — and roomier — than a Chevy Tahoe. But it’s not as huge as a Suburban. It’s also unusual in two other ways. First, it’s wrapped in aluminum. All the other SUVs it wrestles with — the Tahoe/Suburban, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan […]

2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel Review

2018 Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel Review

Two things used to be almost givens in trucks — or at least, available: Manual transmissions. And diesel engines. Usually, they were available together. Today, it’s impossible to find a new full-sized truck with a manual transmission. Regardless of engine — and brand — they are all automatic-only. But there is one half-ton truck which […]

2018 VW GTI Review

2018 VW GTI Review

The VW GTI hatchback sedan doesn’t look like a Corvette, but it reminds me of one. Not a new one. My high school buddy’s 1978 L-82 coupe. The GTI has a 220 hp engine. So did my friend’s Corvette. Both engines make almost exactly the same torque, too: 258 ft.-lbs. for the VW’s vs. 260 […]

2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid Review

2018 Mini Countryman Hybrid Review

One of the reasons the Germans lost the Battle of Britain almost 80 years ago ties into the problem with plug-in hybrids today. Range on the batteries. The Luftwaffe’s fighters could only remain in the air over England — covering the Luftwaffe’s bombers — for about 15 minutes before they had to head back to […]

2018 Hyundai Sonata Review

2018 Hyundai Sonata Review

Two years makes all the difference. Two years ago, the Hyundai Sonata had out-Camry’d the Camry and out-Accorded the Accord. It had achieved at least parity with the blue chips — and exceeded them in some ways. No longer was it the “value” choice — as opposed to one of the best choices. Fast forward […]