Matthew's Recent Reviews
Family sedans aren’t the biggest draw to showrooms these days, with crossovers and SUVs taking centre stage and providing most of the profits. Still, a few customers in the outfield (*raises hand*) prefer a four door car for their daily tasks.
Like the Cheshire Cat slowly vanishing from the Queen of Hearts’ croquet field, the mid-size four-door sedan is disappearing from this country’s automotive marketplace. Two of the Detroit Three are busily pulling the plug on Fusion and Impala. And the Charger and 300 soldier on with underpinnings so old they could be carbon dated.
There was a time when nobody could out-weird Subaru. It was long the go-to brand for granola types seeking a rig with power always going to all four wheels. In fact, if you wanted an all-wheel-drive coupe with bizarre windows or a station wagon with most of its roof lopped off, Subaru was the only…
Two strong sellers for the Blue Oval, the Escape and Edge often make up a significant portion of dealership volume. For this model year, the smaller Escape has lost some of its chunky and squared-off charm in favor of more rounded bodywork. After receiving a boatload of changes last year, Edge soldiers on with no powertrain…
If one were to heed the bleating of certain corner offices and C-suites, it would seem that the compact car culture has been #cancelled, evaporated from the landscape like a fleeting Instagram story or ill-considered tweet. Those suits assert that SUVs and crossover (read: tall wagons) are the Way Forward.
It can be argued with some vehemence that the Ford Motor Company is responsible for the plethora of crossovers and SUVs plying our nation’s roads. When the Blue Oval introduced its then-new Explorer for the 1990 model year, it introduced a vehicle that offered 4×4 grip wrapped up in a spacious yet easy-to-park package. At…
As car companies innovate their way into the 2020s, many cubic acres of time and money are being shoveled into the furnace that is research and development for electric cars. Whether batteries will ultimately become the de facto replacement for internal combustion is up for debate and a conversation best left for another day. For…
Hot dogs. Wine. Chainsaws. Jewelry. That’s what the sign read outside a gas station in rural Alabama, not long after setting off from the Hyundai manufacturing facility, just off the I-65 in Montgomery. It put the exclamation point on how a single shop can wear many hats. A commentary about how those four items might…
Nearly twenty-five years ago, the creators of Star Trek decided to go back to the well one more time in search of TV gold. Riding high on the recent success of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine series, Berman et al launched Voyager, a third show which was a similar – yet unique –…
Two segments growing faster than any other in today’s market are crossovers and EVs. The former has been growing like gangbusters for ages, with everyone from Aston Martin to Volkswagen busying themselves with stuffing their portfolios full of these high riding wagons. As for electric vehicles, manufacturers need to simultaneously appeal to shoppers while offering…
The small crossover segment, a murderously competitive market in which there is a phalanx of players, is plenty crowded. In fact, trying to choose the best one is like trying to pick your favorite trumpeter out of a large brass band. With everyone making so much noise, it’s tough to focus on a single player….
See how the Ford EcoSport and Ford Escape compare to one another.
Matthew's Recent News Posts
The FX2 package dresses two-wheel drive trucks in off-road style
Ford is shaking things up with the off-road capability of its Super Duty Pickup
Carbon fiber composite isn’t just for supercars anymore.
It’s time for the Easter Jeep Safari!
You might save a few bucks, but is it worth the risk?
Ford has overhauled its popular CR-V competitor.
Another small crossover. Yay.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.
It ain’t cheap, but it’s pretty damn cool.
New plug-in hybrid models of the Compass and Renegade were shown
A new 3-row SUV, ultra luxury Jeep, and more electrified models are coming soon.
Both these Nissan crossovers have a lot to offer.