My Thoughts Exactly: 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Maybe back in the days of the Mark II Golf and Jetta, where both cars were actually the same from the front bumper to the C pillar. Back then, journalists found the difference between the GTI and GLI, remarking that the latter was more of an inexpensive Audi than anything. That’s quite a compliment.

Rental Car Review: Back Where We Started

The concept of this mini-series of review articles was to take the energy of the Mid-Continent Road Trip and create some content to fill the month with vehicles that should have been covered on this site. The result is what you have read on this site so far.

Commentary: The Car Community Online, Love it or Hate It!

We met on a free stretch of road. One brought out a Ford with a flat-head V8 and all the modifications necessary for an argument. Another brought out a Chevrolet with one of those new fangled Small Blocks sticking out of the hood. You talked, but only to psyche out the competition. Then, both throttles were depressed sharply and away they went…onto an awaiting police car.

Rental Car Review: The Last Impala

There seems to be a theme unfolding here. A disturbing and sad theme, but it is the reality that 2020 had yielded for us. On top of a pandemic and the movement towards social justice, many car lines are being eliminated by the end of this calendar year.

Quickies: Meeting The Defender in Wichita

Before I was ready to do this piece, a little off-roader decided to take over the news cycle. You probably heard of it. It was a trio of Fords called the Bronco. While all of the attention shone on Dearborn, the Defender seemed like it was shoved off into the shadows.

Rental Car Review: So Long, Fusion

We can easily say that some car lines do not deserve to get eliminated from a manufacturer’s lineup. Then again, we have seen the proliferation of the SUV in the past few years and how one of them supplant a sale of a sedan.

Commentary: Is The RV Life For You?

It is a charming story, cottoned by the want of getting away and social distancing in a contained home. You can "work from home" in one, as long as there is a strong wi-fi hotspot nearby – or, on board. RV and van life can be a very carefree lifestyle for those who can afford to do so.

My Favorite Long Lost Souls

However, some of those vehicles no longer exist. Brands that have been erased from recent memory. Certain models no longer offered due to market conditions. Entire segments of automobiles withered away into dust.

Rental Car Review: A Better Traverse?

It has been something I have witnessed through a brief foray or two into Chevrolet’s mid-sized, three-row SUV since before its first appearance in showrooms in the summer of 2017. I applauded the fact that it has adult-sized space in the third row, despite having access to it from the passenger side only. I also applauded the fact that it is contemporary enough to fit within Chevrolet’s new design guidelines, along with huge advances to its technology offerings.

Historiography: The Personalization of the Pickup Truck

Whether you were a farmer, a tradesperson or in the business of transporting goods a distance, a truck was the best way to accomplish commerce. It made money for you, your employees and your business. The idea was simple: Take a chassis, add a cab and find a way to take care of the back to carry loads.