John's Journal: John McElroy's multimedia blog about the automotive industry

Archive for the ‘Road test’ Category

Quick Spin – 2012 Audi A8

July 19th, 2011 at 10:05am


Runtime 2:02

Audi is on a roll. Every new or redesigned model it comes out with is excellent. They’re fun to drive, luxurious and elegantly styled, with the best interiors in the business. And I’m happy to report, all of this applies to the brand-new A8, which recently hit the market.

Mmmm-Mmmm Good – BMW’s X5 M

May 24th, 2011 at 9:01am


Runtime 1:33

Good things cost money. Great things cost a lot of money. BMW’s X5 M is a fast, fun-driving luxury crossover with a sticker price two bucks short of a fortune. Is it worth the nearly six-figure window sticker? Autoline Daily’s Craig Cole spent a few days driving one. Click “play” for his thoughts.

Driving Ford’s Four-Cylinder EcoBoost

March 14th, 2011 at 11:43am

Runtime 2:02

We’ve reported extensively on Ford’s EcoBoost engines. The story began a couple years ago when the company introduced its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. That engine launched in the Taurus SHO as well as the Lincoln MKS and MKT. Now, in 2011, Ford is spreading the technology across all kinds of vehicles, from pickup trucks and crossovers to family sedans and c-segment hatchbacks. The latest EcoBoost engine in the works is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Reporting from the driver’s seat, here are a few of John’s thoughts on the new powerplant.

2012 Ford Focus Review

February 15th, 2011 at 1:52pm

Runtime 4:04

The compact-car segment is really heating up. The Chevy Cruze is a solid offering and Hyundai’s redesigned Elantra is coming on strong. Not to be left out of the party, Ford is preparing to launch its all-new Focus for the 2012 model year. But how good is its latest C-segment offering? Watch to find out.

ROAD TEST – 2010 Kia Forte

October 7th, 2009 at 5:44pm


Runtime 3:08

The quality product coming out of Hyundai and Kia these days is starting to get really good. With Kia’s the latest offering, the Forte, the Korean company takes dead aim at the Honda Civic. So, how does it do? Will your next compact be a Kia? Watch and find out.

ROAD TEST: Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

October 1st, 2009 at 11:40am


Runtime 3:36

The fine folks at Ford’s in-house high-performance division – the Special Vehicle Team – have created a MONSTER. With rugged aftermarket hardware, the new 2010 Raptor F-150 is a beast when the pavement ends. It can tackle off-road trails that would destroy lesser pickups, but how does it drive on the street? McElroy gives his thoughts on this testosterone-charged truck after testing one for a week.

ROAD TEST: Hyundai Genesis Coupe

September 8th, 2009 at 2:04pm


Runtime 3:46

As you probably already know, here at Autoline we get to test drive all different kinds of vehicles. This week John shares his thoughts on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis Coupe powered by the 2.0-liter turbo four engine.  He really likes the car’s styling and interior, but he finds a couple areas where this sporty two-door could use some improvement.

ROAD TEST: Nissan Cube Krom

August 27th, 2009 at 11:30am


Runtime 4:11

Let’s take a look at the Krom edition of Nissan’s quirky answer to Scion–the Cube. The styling is odd, but goes just far enough to work, however it does present some annoying drawbacks. On the road the powertrain leaves a bit to be desired, but the rewarding fuel economy may just be worth it.

FIRST LOOK: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi

August 20th, 2009 at 2:37pm


Runtime 5:31

SUZUKI KIZASHI

Suzuki is one of Japan’s smaller automakers. To try and grow its sales, later this year it’s launching a new midsize sedan called the Kizashi. It’s aimed right at competitors like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The car is not available at dealerships yet, but here’s a quick overview of what it will bring to the market.

ROAD TEST: 2010 Lexus HS 250h

August 5th, 2009 at 3:45pm

The Flash Player is required to watch Autoline. Download Flash.

Runtime 4:54

LEXUS LUXURY

As reported on Autoline Daily, John recently had some time behind the wheel of the latest Lexus hybrid, the HS 250h.  This new model is a first not only for the company, but the industry as well.  It’s the only dedicated luxury hybrid out there.  Here are some of John’s thoughts about the segment-founding vehicle.