The new Mustang GT PP2, Performance Package Level 2, is not for the weak-willed driver; this car will outperform the abilities of most 4-wheel pilots. The GT PP2 may have 20 fewer horses than the iconic Bullitt edition, but the modifications to the suspension, gearing and steering make that 460 horsepower more usable and challenging for ambitious drivers.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee competes in the mid-size SUV class by offering a broad lineup of 7 trim levels filling the needs of buyers wanting anything from a utilitarian commuter to a high performance, off-road trail capable, adventure wagon.
The new to the US Arteon replaces the Passat CC in the lineup, giving VW a competitor in the mid-size sedan market. The Arteon may be a contender in the class; offering forward-looking Design to compete against the Camry and Accord by bringing a touch of the luxury sedan to the game.
Most reviews compare the test vehicle to the others in that class. The Ram Power Wagon has no class competition. Power Wagons stand alone. They are the only truck with a factory, standard equipment front winch, electronically disconnecting sway bars, and locking front and rear differentials. All Power wagons come with the 6.4-liter Hemi kicking out 410 horses and 429 pounds of torque to provide enough brute strength to climb, crawl or pull as needed to go wherever the job or fun is.
The Challenger has been a success for Dodge, remaining one of the most popular Coupes on the market. While Challengers are ubiquitous, the Hellcat is a rare bird. The 2019 Challenger Hellcat Red Eye is an amazing vehicle, combining power, performance technology, and daily drivability in one package. The 797 horsepower is so overwhelming that often the rest of the story is missed.
The new Cadillac Escalades does not disappoint. The full-size SUV continues the tradition of luxury in an eight-passenger, tow capable, country club ready behemoth. Escalade offers a long list of standard and optional features designed to make driving more comfortable, safer, and easier. While the Escalade still shares the same frame platform and powerplant as its less auspicious cousins, the Tahoe and Suburban, it is set apart by luxury and technology not found in the plain jane relatives.
I was waiting with great anticipation when the media fleet company delivered the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara to me on Thursday morning. I had a week-long trip planned to showcase the Wrangler’s abilities and to take some time to enjoy myself. The new Jeep didn’t disappointed.
After almost 2 decades of front wheel drive only cars, Dodge gambled on a retro styled 4-door sedan with rear wheel drive and re-introduced the Charger badge. The bet was successful, in large part due to the maker’s ability to revive the nostalgic love of 70’s performance cars with models like the SRT8. They carry on the performance image with models like the Charger Scat Pack that appeal to those wanting muscle car performance but needing a back seat.
Over the past few weeks I have had both the Titan and the Titan XD to drive for a week. In each case it was the Pro-4X version with all the trim and performance packages added. Like every competitor in the full-size pickup field they were big, powerful, loaded with high tech, and expensive. However, the Titan lineup has several features that set it apart from the field, not the least of which is value.
How do you pick the best car for you? There are basic metrics that you can find in a hundred different reviews, articles, and maker’s websites. The selection may vary considerably based on the driver’s needs and budget. Let’s not forget one of the biggest factors motivating the purchase, the buyer’s ego. In the end, I believe it is totally subjective, the opinion of the person in the seat. Here are my seat of the pants opinions of the rides of the year, and as someone with over 50 years as an automotive professional and a couple of decades as an industry journalist I think it counts for something. Of course, my kids may disagree with that.
The cars of today are capable of things we didn’t even dream of 20 years ago; what will the cars of the future be able to do? These are a few of the things the Auto Mojo Gang has come across as future technology ideas.
The luxury pickup truck battle may have a new champion in the 2019 Ford F150 Limited! From the lustrous paint to the soft leather active motion seats the new Limited projects a sense of elegance and quality expected from high-end luxury sedans. The story doesn’t end there, the F150 Limited packs the most powerful engine of any truck in the class and brings a full suite of driver’s aids and amenities.
The Corvette has long been the dream car of red blooded American high school boys and lots of many rational and mature adults. The Corvette Stingray is a national icon, the standard bearer of American sports cars, and a symbol of status, success and independence. It is also a fun car to drive! The 2019 C7 Corvette Stingray is the last year for this body and much of the hype now is about the soon to come C8 mid-engine model for 2020.
With the introduction of the 2019 Ford Ranger the mid-size pickup truck wars can officially begin! Toyota Tacoma has held the outdoor adventure market with stiff competition from Nissan Frontier. Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon have been GM’s answer to small personal or work trucks. Ford Ranger will shake that up in the coming years. The first year of the new Ford Ranger offers limited options, but that is sure to expand in the near future.
The Nissan Frontier enters 2019 with few changes to the rugged and proven Mid-sized success. Despite the lack of significant updates since the introduction of the Crew Cab in 2000 and a few changes to power and trim the Frontier plows on, retaining a loyal following and adding new adventurous owners. There is little incentive for Nissan to change a truck that hit sales goals as a rugged and dependable, inexpensive work truck, or as a no-frills adventure toy.