My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Acura TLX

I know, this theme is getting old. But, consider the entire story of Honda’s luxury brand. Where it started some 35 years ago with two models – the Integra and Legend. The path where it showed the Europeans and Americans that you can deliver on the promise of offering something special and backing it up with a great dealer network and dedicated staff from the Acura division.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Honda Odyssey

The story of the Honda Odyssey follows the trajectory of the brand in this country. It is developed off of a platform that forms two mid-sized SUVs, a unibody pickup truck, and this minivan – all of which are North American market exclusives.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Lexus NX 300h

The good news is that it is still with us. It’s debut in 2014 helped put Lexus at par with other luxury compact SUVs at the time. Although it is due for an all-new model soon, the current NX is familiar enough to warrant another look.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Chrysler Pacifica

A year ago, Chrysler showed off this revised 2021 Pacifica to the world at the Chicago Auto Show. Little did I know that it was happening at all. I did not pay attention to my social media while on the plane heading to Chicago early that morning. I believe it was as I was on Chicago Transit Authority’s Orange Line “L” from Midway Airport that I discovered that this minivan took the stage first at McCormick Place.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Kia K5

Of course, things change. So is Kia. They just introduced a new marketing and brand strategy that is future-forward and relevant. That is reflected on their latest offerings that have debuted since the Seltos SUV.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Ford F-150

Maybe I was too accustomed to the outgoing model. That last F-150 was innovative with its aluminum cab and bed bolted on top of a stronger frame. Then, you have not one, but three EcoBoost V6s engines, along with a diesel and a well-balanced V8 to the lineup. And, let’s not forget about the Raptor! Even with fewer cylinders and two turbochargers, the Raptor lived up to its mission of its original V8 icon, and rightfully so.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Nissan Rogue

It took a while, but the 2021 Nissan Rogue arrived after months of teasing, revealing, and advanced social media marketing. Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic has something to do with this wait. As we know over the years, some things are definitely worth the wait.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Then again, this work has shown me how much I appreciate the automotive industry’s bread-and-butter. I also appreciate how this versatile combination of work and play has evolved into what it is today.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Mazda3

The first time I worked with the newest Mazda3, it arrived at the worst time in my life. I was going through my mystery health issue that ended up getting corrected after almost two months of frustration, tests, pain, and a wrong prescription.

My Thoughts Exactly: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

In its second-generation, the Crosstrek is now the third best-selling model in the Subaru lineup in the USA. It continues to be the choice of fun-seeking active people looking for a smaller vehicle to do anything their heart’s desire. In other words, it is proof that you do not need an Outback or Forester to experience the world around you.