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


When it comes to distinguishing a car as a sedan or a coupe, most people simply count the doors. Four doors, it’s a sedan. Two it’s a coupe.

But it wasn’t always that way. You go back far enough in history and you likely can find references to a “two-door sedan” and a “four-door coupe,” especially when watching old crime movies — and by that I mean from the 1940s and ’50s or earlier, not the Clint Eastwood era. Read more

An Unexpected Nice Surprise

BMW M440i Convertible (2021)

No need to go into detail on the polarizing front that BMW is putting on its new cars today. You either love it or hate it. Mind you, I am an old school BMW fan, with a soft spot for the E46 M3 which to many, is the zenith of quintessential BMW design. Regardless of what anyone thinks of the front of the new M440i, in a couple of years, we will all be used to it. Moving on! Frankly, what a lot of people don’t realize, that what really matters, is how the M440i drives and makes the driver feel doing it. My answer? This car has been one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. Read more

Gets Better and Better

Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy (2021)

With every model refresh, the Santa Fe not only becomes more upscale and also better looking. Hyundai has made huge strides in design and execution of each model and the refreshed Santa Fe is no exception. The Calligraphy is the highest trim level offered in the Hyundai SUV family, featuring a contemporary design, modern and usable technology, at a price point that’s less than the Japanese or European counterparts. The Santa Fe is positioned just below the full sized, three row Palisade. Read more