Cosmo Tires and Their New Mud Kicker Off Road Tire is a Hit!

Recently I was invited to try out a new tire from Cosmo Tires in an off-road setting in none other than Moab, Utah. For those that are off road enthusiasts, all you need to do is mention Moab and instantly, you will get a reaction…. “On my bucket list!” ….. “Oh wow! I have always wanted to go there” ….. “I hear it’s one of the best off-roading places in the United States.” They are all true! Naturally, I said yes and was excited about the opportunity. Being a sports and classic car enthusiast and afficionado, I had never done any sort of off-roading and I joked with the organizers that the biggest obstacle I’ve gone over is a speed bump at the mall. Read more

Want a Superb Sports Sedan? Look at the Kia Stinger

Kia Stinger GT-Line RWD (2022) 

The Kia Stinger is a drop-dead gorgeous near premium sports sedan, that looks great from every angle. The execution of the design is a combination of elegance and sportiness that works perfectly for this car. There is a striking front-end that features the new Kia logo as well as a restrained grill that is unlike today’s over designed luxury models. My favorite though, is the simple yet perfect flow of the difficult to get right C pillar design. For some, like BMW, there is always the Hofmeister Kink, which pays an homage to Wilhelm Hofmeister, BMW’s chief designer from 1955 to 1970. Yet, for others, like the Infiniti Q sedans & coupes, there is a curved zig-zag shape that some simply say, why? Well, for the Stinger, it’s a swooping roof line that blends seamlessly into the C pillar and door opening that makes it look balanced, purposeful and yet, functional enough for people to enter and exit the rear seats. Well done, Kia! The rear of the Stinger is equally dramatic, flanked by oversized quad oval exhaust tips, that make the car look aggressive and powerful. Keep in mind, when sitting in traffic, we all spend a lot of time looking at the back end of the car ahead of us. This is a nice way for manufacturers to captivate people and create brand awareness. At least for me, it does. Read more

Intro Line

Chevrolet Bolt EV 2LT (2022)

The Chevrolet Bolt has been totally redesigned for 2022 and as an added bonus, it now has a lower price as well as host of new technology items and enhanced safety. Chevrolet has really worked hard to make this EV a value driven proposition for those that want their first EV or even someone that is looking to buy their first new car. The Bolt EV is worth considering. Read more

CADILLAC CT5 BLACKWING TAKES V-SERIES TRADITION TO HIGHEST LEVEL

One sentence you rarely, if ever, used to come across while reading a Cadillac review: “This is a fun car to drive.”

Luxurious? Yes. Comfortable? That, too. Prestigious? Natch. Even “gold standard of domestic luxury” fit big, precocious vehicles of the past like the Cadillac DeVille, Cadillac Fleetwood, and Cadillac Eldorado. Read more

KIA GIVES BASE MODEL STINGER GT-LINE MAJOR HORSEPOWER BOOST FOR 2022

I know of no data that will back this up but it has been my experience over the last 20 years that automakers pay more attention to updating the higher trims on their models than they do on their entry level vehicles, though many of the features introduced on the top trim eventually trickle their way down through the lineup. Read more

Making Minivans Cool Again

Kia Carnival SX (2022)

For some unexplained reason, mini vans aren’t cool, and they haven’t been for a number of years. Most families today feel that the ruggedness and taller stance of an SUV vehicle instead will give them an air of adventure and excitement that mini vans just don’t convey. I believe this is going to change, if what I drove recently is any indication. Kia has recently introduced their all-new Carnival and it fits perfectly in both worlds. It has the outdoorsy, adventure look of an SUV plus all the great features and benefits of a van. Read more

It’s a Mustang in Name Only and That’s Ok

Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD (2021)

We are all creatures of habit and embrace familiar things around us. The classic Ford Mustang is exactly that. Been around a while (we are the same age) and its familiar. That’s fine, but why sit still and live in the comfort zone? So, Ford did the unexpected and came out with a fully electric crossover and named it with not only one, but two familiar Ford names. Mustang Mach-E Read more