Bob Plunkett

Bob Plunkett

Bob's Recent Reviews

2011 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Review

2011 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Review
A breakthrough product last year, new Heavy Duty pickups by both Ford and Chevy have ousted the Ram HD from its pedestal with the truck now listing some of the lowest power, towing and payload numbers in the class.

2010 Toyota Tacoma Review

2010 Toyota Tacoma Review
The leader in the compact pickup class, it’s not hard to see why the Tacoma continues to outsell rivals thanks to strong engine choices, a low entry cost, a more modern look and Toyota’s legendary reliability. We could do with improved fuel economy though.

2010 Mazda CX-9 Review

2010 Mazda CX-9 Review
Mazda’s 7-seater CX-9 has space for people and their cargo, plus it’s got the company’s trademark fun-to-drive qualities and plenty of style. The drawback? Fuel economy.

2011 Chevrolet HHR Review

2011 Chevrolet HHR Review
Functional and fun to look at, we’ll miss the SS model. Still, with two modest engine offerings the HHR doesn’t just offer a unique package; it’s also an excellent alternative to the family sedan.

2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Review

2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Review
On paper the Chevy Malibu is still a solid competitor in the mid-size sedan segment and while there’s lots to recommend, the current drivetrain lineup leaves you opting for either performance or fuel economy, but not both.

2010 Chrysler 300 Review

2010 Chrysler 300 Review
While dated in certain respects, the Chrysler 300 still boats a spacious interior, bold looks and a rear-drive layout. Updates for 2010 don’t add much, but there’s more to come for 2011.

2010 Volvo S80 Review

2010 Volvo S80 Review
Volvo has once-again updated the look and features of its flagship S80 sedan for 2010. But are these changes enough to keep this old platform competitive in a segment that is changing fast?

2010 Honda Odyssey

2010 Honda Odyssey
Getting near the end of its run, this generation of the Odyssey continues to offer space, fuel-economy, a versatile seat layout, as well as Honda’s reputation for reliability and durability.