Entries by Tony Whitney

REVIEW: 2017 AUDI R8 V-10

It’s about ten years since the Audi R8 was introduced but it remains a fresh and exciting design and upgrades have been minor over that decade. On its release, the world’s motoring press universally agreed that it was an outstanding sports car in every possible way and few were the voices that had anything even mildly critical to say.

REVIEW: 2017 TOYOTA 86 SPORTS COUPE

When Toyota decided to retire its Scion brand there was a lot of concern over what would happen to some of the stars of the lineup, cars like the FR-S sports coupe. Thankfully, one of the survivors was the FR-S, which has surfaced in the Toyota range as the Toyota 86.

REVIEW: 2017 JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON RECON 4X4

You can buy an off-road capable 4X4 for a surprisingly reasonable price if you look around, but when it comes to getting involved in serious trail-bashing activity involving very steep grades, loose rock, ford-crossing and deep sand, the choice begins to narrow to a very few elite off-roaders.

TEST DRIVE: 2017 LEXUS NX 300h HYBRID

Lexus gives its customers an amazingly wide range of products to choose from in every configuration. Compact luxury SUVs are often a gap in auto builders’ model ranges, but not at Lexus where the NX model is offered with both conventional (2.0-litre turbo) and hybrid powertrains.

REVIEW: 2017 NISSAN PATHFINDER

Nissan’s Pathfinder has undergone a major workover for 2017 and the occasion prompts a look at the history of this very long-lived SUV. It’s been in the marketplace for more than 30 years and was one of the pioneers of the most popular vehicle segment in this country.

REVIEW: 2017 JAGUAR F- PACE CROSSOVER SUV

Years ago, even before its fairly short period of Ford ownership, Jaguar, management made it quite clear that the famed British carmaker would never build an SUV. It was “not Jaguar’s thing” and the very idea of offering such a vehicle, rather than concentrate on sports sedans and pure sports cars was not even worth thinking about.