Turbo added to Mazda3 AWD hatch

Delightful, spirited driving in the rain came my way in the form of the 2021 Mazda3 hatchback; after an eight-year absence, the little compact regains optional turbocharging. Precise, light steering complements performance by the new turboed Skyactiv-G, 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine…

Rubicon 392 reinforces Jeep Wrangler

The idealized Hemi engine, on Memorial Day weekend, in return of V-8 power in the Wrangler Unlimited has swelled interest even beyond the multitude of Jeep enthusiasts. The new 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392 has arrived with the 6.4-liter…

Ford Ranger in 4X4 bid with Tremor

Fortified with a new offroad package called Tremor, the Ford Ranger ventures into the wilds of the west against roughest of terrain and toughest of weather. With Tremor, the Ranger is a competitor of the Chevy Colorado ZR2, Toyota Tacoma…

Ford Bronco Sport lead-in for bruiser

The recently arrived 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, somewhat surprisingly, felt comfortably refined in its week in my possession. On sale for three or four months, it does battle with the Jeep Cherokee and Compass and others, leaving the bigger Bronco,…

VW’s ID.4 Electric worthy challenger

The small, smooth ID.4, the one that temporarily put the “t” in Volkswagen, is no joke. It is a well-designed, fully electric SUV crossover that VW expects will emphasize the brand’s focus on electrification. The ID.4, along with another recently…

Big AMG Mercedes tests twists of Rist

The twists of Rist provided a delightful start to Christmas week 2020 for Jan and me aboard the 2021 Mercedes AMG GLS63 sport ute. This big full-sized beauty belies its size in  driving the narrow, curvy roads of Rist Canyon…

Honda toughens Ridgeline look

Honda for the 2021 model year has toughened the look of its Ridgeline compact pickup, long noted for excellent ride quality. Tired of hearing little praise for the Ridgeline’s other characteristics, Honda execs ordered a redesign of the front, from…

Audi A6 allroad, Mercedes’ true coupe

Out-of-the-ordinary body styles showed up on a couple European luxury imports sent my way. They’re the 2021 Audi A6 allroad quattro wagon and ’21 Mercedes AMG E53 two-door coupe. The outstanding products are German-built – the Audi at Neckarsulm near…

Power, efficiency for Accord Hybrid

The role of gas/electric hybrids is fast-moving past its traditional major-domo status toward key player for several manufacturers in the intensely competitive automotive field. The Honda Accord is an example. It is determined to “go the distance” in the face…

710-hp Durango Hellcat most powerful

The 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat is the most powerful SUV in the country; well, most powerful in the world, I guess. Its supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V-8 generates 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque. It will attain 180-miles-per-hour speeds…