Traditionally tough Defender returns

Traditionally tough Defender returns

One of the toughest of Land Rovers, after a 23-year absence from the U.S., is back. The Land Rover Defender 110, for which roots date to the original LR in1950, fits the role of terrain tamer and is pitted against…

Buick delivers early look at ’21 Envision

Buick delivers early look at ’21 Envision

As the 2021 Buick Envision showed up in my driveway, after I’d cleared the snow, I was impressed with its appearance – lower and wider than last year, finished in cinnabar metallic, with dark 20-inch wheels and dark-gloss grille and…

Jeep Gladiator pickup adds ecodiesel

Jeep Gladiator pickup adds ecodiesel

Items of added concern, in addition to the coronavirus, seem to pop up fairly frequent these days. For instance, the newest test-drive is a Jeep, and preceding its delivery I receive a note that the parent company is now “Stellantis,”…

Kia tests sedan slump with sporty K5

Kia tests sedan slump with sporty K5

The car-building bosses at Kia from South Korea, perhaps heady from the sales successes with their Telluride and Seltos SUV crossovers in the past year, are taking aim at the midsize sedan market with the 2021 K5. Around 30 grand…

All-electric Mustang Mach-e slips onto trail

All-electric Mustang Mach-e slips onto trail

“Is it the electric Mustang?,” I was asked dozens of times while driving the new Ford hatchback. Yes, it’s the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-e4 all-electric crossover, which had only begun to reach Ford dealer showrooms by early in 2021. The…

Toyota Land Cruiser in final year

Toyota Land Cruiser in final year

The Toyota Land Cruiser, a pinnacle of toughness in the U.S. for 60 years, will be discontinued at the end of the 2021 model year. That the end of the line for the Land Cruiser is that imminent was confirmed…

AT4 trim expands 4WD of GMC Yukon

AT4 trim expands 4WD of GMC Yukon

As far back as I can remember, GMC has offered the most comfortable ride among the auto industry’s full-sized SUVs. Following a week with the 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 four-wheel drive, I’d say it continues to hold that distinction.  It…

Handling, turbo lift ’21 Mazda CX-5

Handling, turbo lift ’21 Mazda CX-5

“Merry Christmas” was my 2020 holiday greeting from the open window of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature all-wheel-drive edition. The message was muffled somewhat by the mask on my face, adhering to suggested practice in the face of the severe…

Nissan offers early look at ’21 Armada

Nissan offers early look at ’21 Armada

Nissan unveiled the 2021 version of its full-sized SUV, the Armada, in a 12-minute virtual presentation one morning in December 2020, a month before it was to go on sale. Twenty minutes after the online showing, a noise in my…

2021 Ram TRX seeks offroad supremacy

2021 Ram TRX seeks offroad supremacy

Thankful I am this Thanksgiving weekend; I’ve just finished driving and testing the toughest, most powerful half-ton pickup ever – the 2021 Ram TRX. It’s amazing. A thankful mood, too, for last week’s delivery of the new, midengine Chevy Corvette…