Category Archives: Dom Testa

Review: 2020 BMW X3

Here’s something that stood out to me when I sat down to write this review of the BMW X3. You can find a starting MSRP of about $42,000. The version I drove came in at more than $82,000. I’d say you have choices. And here’s the cool thing: All of those choices will be good,…Continue Reading

Review: 2019 Alpha Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

We generally buy an SUV in order to accommodate our oh-so-busy lives of hauling people and stuff around. We don’t naturally think, “Hey, I want something sporty and badass. Think I’ll get an SUV.” Well, my friend, welcome to the marriage of utility and fun. It’s called the Stelvio. Or, using the name on its…Continue Reading

Review: 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Premier

The Chevrolet Equinox made its debut for the 2005 model year as a mid-size SUV before eventually dropping down in weight class to become a compact crossover. The results have been pretty stellar throughout the journey. In fact, last year Chevy sold more units of the Equinox than ever before, approaching 350,000. It’s a hit.…Continue Reading

Review: 2019 Toyota Prius XLE

Toyota chose the name Prius, which is Latin for “first,” or “original,” and it’s appropriate. The Prius was the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle in the world, rolling off the assembly line in Japan in 1997. Three years later it was introduced to America, where it has almost become the face of the entire hybrid segment.…Continue Reading

Review: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited

Back in the early 1970s an executive at Jeep had a brilliant idea: Take the struggling Wagoneer (Google it) and create an offshoot. Thus was born a creature called the Jeep Cherokee. Ten years later, when the second generation appeared with a few alterations, it spawned a whole new category in the automotive world. The…Continue Reading

Review: 2019 Mazda6

The biggest question I have regarding this car is: Why isn’t there a space between Mazda and 6? When I write Mazda6 it looks like I’m either screwing up or just too lazy to hit the space bar. The company, based in Hiroshima, Japan, will celebrate its 100th birthday in late January. Some of us…Continue Reading

Review: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

The first Lexus ES burst onto the market 30 years ago, a smaller luxury sedan that was originally built on the platform of a Toyota Camry. In fact, Lexus created the ES only because dealers didn’t want to be limited to just one model (at that time the LS). So they put together what some…Continue Reading

Review: 2019 Honda Civic Touring

The venerable Honda Civic will be celebrating its 50th birthday in just a couple of years. It burst upon the world as a two-door subcompact car, and over the years has gradually grown in size. It walks the tightrope now between compact and mid-size (with the couple in the former category). Through its evolution, however,…Continue Reading

Review: 2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate

For a small SUV that’s only been around for two years, the Kona sure has piled up the awards and the love. That includes the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, an award bestowed by automotive journalists. And this is for a vehicle that can be yours for well under $30k. For years I’ve…Continue Reading

Review: 2019 Fiat 500x Trekking Plus

In the late 1950s, Fiat introduced a car known as the Cinquecento, which is only one of the coolest car names ever. Eventually the Cinquecento came to be known as the 500 — which is nowhere near as cool. By the mid-70s the car was discontinued, and that could’ve been the end of it. But…Continue Reading