Entries by Tony Whitney

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.

REVIEW: 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE PICKUP TRUCK

Honda introduced its Ridgeline sport utility truck in 2005 as a 2006 model and it was something of a sensation at the time, being the only pickup class vehicle Honda had ever offered in North America. The first generation truck has had a very lengthy lifespan, no bad thing for people who like their new vehicle to “stay current” for a few years and not go out of date.

TEST DRIVE: 2016 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA SEDAN

Volkswagen’s Jetta sedan has been around for many years after starting life back in 1979 as more or less a “Golf with a trunk.” Since then it’s acquired a character of its own and many people would never know that it uses Golf running gear and much of its general trim.

TEST DRIVE: 2016 MERCEDES BENZ S 65 AMG COUPE

For many years, Mercedes-Benz has been almost the only car manufacturer to include in its range a two-door coupe based on a large sedan. The reason many makers shy away from this layout is the belief that most buyers want four doors when they purchase a large car. But for Mercedes, the company not only perseveres with a big 2-door coupe,