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John Paul

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honda passport

Good Things Come in Small(er) Packages – Honda Passport/Dodge Durango

These midsize SUVs have full-size features.

2019 Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla Hatchback Is One of the Best in Its Class

The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback isn’t exactly new; it’s a re-imagined version of the Toyota iM that was once the Scion iM. This Corolla hatchback is powered by a new 168-horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. Performance from the 168-horsepower engine was pretty good, not exactly sporty but more than enough power for any driving conditions.Read More

2019 Ram 1500

Ram 1500 is Powerful, Yet Quiet and Comfortable

The Ram 1500 pickup truck has been completely updated for 2019. There are a total of 29 different configurations of the Ram 1500 pickup. My road test was in the two-wheel-drive Ram 1500 Big Horn Sport Quad Cab with the 5.7 liter mild-hybrid V-8 engine. The 5.7-liter V-8 provided plenty of power. The ride wasRead More

hyundai veloster parked outside a restaurant

Hyundai Veloster R-Spec is the Latest “Hot Hatchback”

When it comes to “hot” hatchbacks, most people think of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Honda Civic Si or Ford Focus ST. These small cars are nimble, quick and fun to drive. The latest car in this segment is the Hyundai Veloster R-Spec. My road test vehicle featured a 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbochargedRead More

acura rdx interior and exterior shots

Acura RDX is High-Tech, Sporty and Fun

This compact luxury sport-utility vehicle has a sporty, high-tech look and feel. It’s powered by a 2.0 turbocharged, 272-horsepower, four-cylinder engine connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. (My test drive had Acura’s SH-AWD system.) It has a full suite of safety features such as lane departure warning, lane centering, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alertRead More


Hardworking Ford F-150 Can Replace the Family Car

The Ford F-150 is the undisputed leader in pickup truck sales. Its seven versions come with various engines, cab configurations, bed lengths and rear-wheel- or four-wheel-drive versions. I drove the top-of-the-line Ford F-150 Limited Edition SuperCrew with a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine. The cabin is as luxurious as any passenger car, with spacious rear seating.Read More


Sporty 2018 Infiniti Q60 AWD Powerful Enough for New England Winters

It seems like the number of luxury two-door sport coupes gets smaller every year. But one car that keeps getting better is the Infiniti Q60 coupe, an attractive-looking car with great lines. The Q60 has two engine choices: a four-cylinder 2.0-liter 208 horsepower engine and a V-6 engine that changes depending on trim level. TheRead More

Nissan Rogue

Stylish 2018 Nissan Rogue Rivals Any Luxury Vehicle

This compact sport-utility vehicle comes in three trim levels powered by a 2.5-liter engine. This four-cylinder engine is connected to a continually variable transmission that can power the front wheels or – in the case with my test car – all four wheels. I tested the top-of-the line SL model with the premium package, which hadRead More

Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango Packs Full-Size Features Into Midsize Model

The Dodge Durango three-row SUV comes in five trim levels, rear or all-wheel drive, and a V-6 or V-8 engine. My road test was in the high-performance SRT version with a 475-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The cabin of the Durango was comfortable, featuring heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel. Combined with aRead More

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Couples Extensive Features, Great Warranty

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport – not to be confused with the larger Santa Fe – is a five-passenger SUV that comes in two trim levels: base and ultimate. The base model is equipped with a 2.4-liter engine that develops 185 horsepower while the ultimate model has a 2.0-liter 240-horsepower turbocharged engine. My road test wasRead More