Author Archives: Benjamin Hunting


2017 Kia Sorento in 7 passenger SUV showdown with Toyota, Honda, and Mazda

2017 Kia Sorento in 7 passenger SUV showdown with Toyota, Honda, and Mazda

The 2017 Kia Sorento is a strong 7 passenger crossover contender for anyone looking to step up into a 3 row SUV. Hovering between mid-size and full-size, the recently-redesigned Kia Sorento manages to deliver much of the same comfort, equipment, and practicality that more established brands like Toyota and Honda have to offer, while at the same time undercutting the competition on price.

Continue Reading

A Brief History of Dodge’s Scat Pack – From late-60’s marketing masterstroke to modern muscle machine

A Brief History of Dodge’s Scat Pack – From late-60’s marketing masterstroke to modern muscle machine

The 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is my pick for the best of the breed when it comes to the retro-themed muscle car. The Scat Pack checks all the right boxes: 485 horsepower from a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, the quicker steering, stiffer suspension, and bigger brakes found in the standard Super Track Pak package, a louder exhaust system, and the availability of the 'Shaker' intake option, which sticks up through a hole in the middle of the car's hood and rumbles every time you rev the engine.

Continue Reading

Comparing each 2017 Chevrolet Camaro model with its Chevrolet Performance modified counterpart

Comparing each 2017 Chevrolet Camaro model with its Chevrolet Performance modified counterpart

In October, I had the chance to put some laps on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, an amazing track facility located about an hour outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. I flew in a few days before that particular event, however, so that I could also sample the full range of Chevrolet Performance parts now available for the current-generation coupe and convertible.

Continue Reading

2017 Nissan GT-R: Supercar for the people

2017 Nissan GT-R: Supercar for the people

The 2017 Nissan GT-R is not a supercar that asks you to put down a deposit and wait your turn. It doesn't require that you be a previous Nissan owner to buy one, or that you be vetted by a team of brand gatekeepers to determine whether you're worth of GT-R stewardship. You don't have to accept exotic hybrid technologies to tap into what the GT-R has to offer, nor does it come with an elaborate maintenance schedule and a pair of white gloves that you must wear each and every time you slip behind the wheel. Instead, it simply kicks enormous amounts of ass, and invites you to come along for the ride.

Continue Reading

Redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass fully modernizes brand’s entry-level offerings at 2016 LA Auto Show

Redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass fully modernizes brand’s entry-level offerings at 2016 LA Auto Show

The 2017 Jeep Compass is in a bit of an odd spot, rolling on-stage in Los Angeles at the 2016 LA Auto Show at the same time you can still buy a....2017 Jeep Compass, hailing from the previous generation, in Jeep showrooms across the country. Our suggestion is to wait for the latest and greatest, however, rather than try to snag a deal on the existing model because the off-road brand has put a lot of effort into improving what the compact SUV has to offer.

Continue Reading

Subaru Viziv-7 Concept promises 7-passenger full-size SUV at 2016 LA Auto Show

Subaru Viziv-7 Concept promises 7-passenger full-size SUV at 2016 LA Auto Show

In the current automotive climate, to not have a three-row SUV sitting in your showroom is the equivalent of leaving millions of dollars in lost sales on the table. Subaru, a brand well known for its sport-utility vehicles and crossovers, hasn't offered anything with more than five passenger seating since the quiet death of the competent, but unremarkable Tribeca several years ago. That all changed at this week's 2016 LA Auto Show with the unveiling of the Subaru Viviz-7 Concept.

Continue Reading

Redesigned 2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV keeps the spice, could add diesel

Redesigned 2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV keeps the spice, could add diesel

Hot on the heels of its mid-year 2016.5 refresh, the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV has been given a more comprehensive redesign for the 2017 model year. Most of the changes will be familiar to anyone who has been keeping pace with the development of other members of the Mazda line-up - notably the Mazda3 - so it's instructive to think of the new CX-5 as more of an accumulation of the best of what the brand has to offer, rather than a significant step away from the familiar.

Continue Reading

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman hits the hybrid big-time at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman hits the hybrid big-time at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show

There's money to be made in crossovers and SUVs, which means the newest MINI feels no shame about getting a bit bigger around the waist. The 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman is the largest model yet from the brand better know for building tiny retro-mobiles than full-fledged people movers, but it comes at a time when the Mini family is maturing into a more fully-featured line-up interestd in more than just stylish subcompacts.

Continue Reading

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO First Drive: A modest performance proposal

2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO First Drive: A modest performance proposal

It seems like only a month or so ago that I was behind the wheel of the new 2017 Nissan Sentra SR Turbo, the first forced-induction version of the Japanese brand's volume-selling compact sedan. Flash-forward to the eve of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show, and here I am again, hand on the six-speed shifter of yet another turbocharged Sentra - this one bearing the NISMO badge.

Continue Reading

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 introduces all-new DSSV suspension technology

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 introduces all-new DSSV suspension technology

Need proof that GM is serious about its mid-size pickup program? Look no further than the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the first real counter-punch to Toyota's popular Tacoma TRD Off-Road truck to have been produced by the domestic brand. The Colorado ZR2, which will hit showrooms as a 2017 model, goes beyond merely butching up the suspension and adding fender flares - it actually introduces brand new technology under the chassis that has yet to see the light of day in a pickup platform.

Continue Reading

Ford EcoSport cute ute unveiled at 2016 LA Auto Show

Ford EcoSport cute ute unveiled at 2016 LA Auto Show

The burgeoning cute 'ute scene just got that much bigger, thanks to tonight's introduction of the Ford EcoSport. Perhaps 'introduction' is too strong of a word - the EcoSport has been on sale for more than 10 years all around the world, but has thus far eluded American buyers.

Continue Reading

2017 Buick Envision First Drive: Room for one more?

2017 Buick Envision First Drive: Room for one more?

'Room for one more?' seems to be the battle cry of automakers eager to cash in on the unrelenting popularity of SUVs, and the 2017 Buck Envision bellows this inquiry at the top of its gilded lungs. Poised to participate in the nebulous 'premium compact' segment that at any given time encapsulates offerings from Lexus, Acura, Volvo, and Lincoln, the Envision hits the ground running thanks to strong support from smaller (Encore) and larger (Enclave) sport-utility siblings in the Buick showroom.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15