Author: Wooley

2017 Acura MDX Review

You take luxury, plus sensibility, plus durability. You work them together in equal parts… and you have the 2017 Acura MDX. All the women in my life, from age 3-63, LOVED this car. And although it’s not really ‘my cup of tea’ as a car enthusiast, hypothetically I would buy this SUV in a second with confidence. Because the Acura MDX hits its mark perfectly. It doesn’t necessarily over-boast any one particular feature, or gimmick, or styling cue (although the jeweled headlights are really nice). But what the MDX does in its segment, is place functionality over flash. It...

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2017 Ford Raptor Review

Photos by Jonathan Walker Stop watching/reading fake news – The 2017 Ford Raptor is the ultimate tree-hugger vehicle. Because unlike a Prius, you can go out there & literally hug ALL the trees. Annnnd be back home in time for supper. No flaws here: This is the truck you want! No drawbacks. Face it – you’ve wanted this thing since you were 5-years-old. You grew up sort of, the future is now, and Ford made you a monster truck. The 2017 Ford Raptor!    -Snarling widebody. -Boosted. -450 horsepower. 510 lbs of torque. -10-speed transmission. -4-wheel-drive for off-road. Plus...

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2017 Buick Encore

Let’s be honest – the Buick Encore is a polished turd. A Chevy Trax with a makeover. It looks goofy on the outside (arguably a little ‘cute’ I guess). And the seating position is just as goofy on the inside. It’s like driving a car from your dining room chair.   But hey, the dash is nicely trimmed… not bad to look at. The car gets good gas mileage. It’s easy to park. And it’s effortless to drive. That’s kind of the takeaway from the Encore – it’s EASY. I get it. It’s not for me… but I get...

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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT review

Can we all just take a moment, and tip our hats to the boys at Mopar. You don’t necessarily have to own a Mopar to be alive and be a fan of what these guys are doing. But it’s hard be a fan & NOT eventually want one. The ‘Mopar’ just starts to sink in, and it’s hard not to smile. Because Mopar is the ZZ Top of the automotive industry. Walking into the room wearing dark sunglasses & a bandana… with traces gold glitter on a disheveled suit. Quietly & confidently saying something over the corporate boardroom chatter...

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review

Don’t do what I did, and accidentally mistake the 2017 Golf Alltrack for some sort of all-terrain GTI… you’ll be let down. It’s an easy mistake to make. The Alltrack has cool & adventurous trim. It sparks some curiosity. It seems maybe a little separated from the herd. But get behind the wheel, and it’s definitely ‘the herd’. The exciting stops at red with silver trim. The interior feels over-sanitized and under-comfortable. When it comes to power & performance (particularly throttle response & downshift response time) – it’s too little too late. A yawn in a neat costume. If...

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