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.

Quickies: A Pre-Historic List of Rental Car Reviews From The "Cutting Room Floor"

Prior to April of 2011, I tried my hand on automotive vehicle reviewing by talking about the cars I rented. They helped me understand what these vehicles were all about. I paid attention to their positive and negative attributes very closely. The result was informed opinions with the approach of living with each of these vehicles day in and day out.

Quickies: Alfa Romeo Making Necessary Changes

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continue to bolster its 110-year-old Alfa Romeo brand as their entry into the luxury car world. The Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV are focused on delivering an Italian experience in two of the most competitive segments in this business – compact sports sedans and compact premium SUVs.

Quickies: Follow This Leader

Now, it’s Toyota’s turn. The Highlander has been one of the leaders in this segment and has been satisfying families for a very long time. They went back to the drawing board and created a new 2020 Highlander for today's families.

Quickies: The Measure of a Luxury SUV

Perhaps that is where the measurement of luxury comes from – the top of the range. If I put every S-Class, SL, and AMG GT on a pedestal, then that should be the confirmation of Mercedes-Benz's level of luxury excellence that the brand has been known for since before World War II.

Quickies: In Search of The Ultimate Driving Experience

When I was a kid, BMW not only claimed they were the Ultimate Driving Machine – they backed it up. If you have driven a 2002 or an E12 5-Series, then you get why BMW can make that claim. They drive like nothing else sold in this country. Their performance was coupled with excellent driving dynamics matched with a driver-focused design. All other BMWs were expected to follow these tenets for time and eternity.

Quickies: Vehicles Published Elsewhere – Round 3 for 2019

Here we go again! Round 3 of this year’s roundup of vehicles that I worked with but appear elsewhere in the mediasphere. Sometimes, it is hard to track which vehicles were published where. However, CarSoup.com has been getting the lion’s share of my work lately. It is with intention, as they try to build traffic for vehicle reviews before site visitors select which vehicles they should choose from. It works that simply. But, hey, at least V&R gets some traffic on here for our (er, my) reviews. You’ve read them, right?