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As a Board Member and long-standing contributor to the Texas Auto Writers Association, Michael knows his stuff about cars and trucks. He test drives no less than 50 new vehicles each year and has the inside track to many manufacturers as to what’s hot, what’s new, and what’s fast.

Auto Review: 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Auto Review: 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Man it has been a looong time since I was behind the wheel of a Toyota for an auto review.  I haven't forgotten about Texas-based Toyota USA but maybe they forgot about me.  Either way I was not about to turn down a week-long ride in the company's newest Highlander,...

Auto Review:  2021 Lexus ES 350 F-Sport

Auto Review: 2021 Lexus ES 350 F-Sport

It's been a while since I've been in a Lexus and it's good to be back.  It was also a pleasure to drive the 2021 ES 350 F-Sport for a week as I put it through a few tests, not just on the road but inside the cabin.  It is luxury sedan with a lot of comfy features...

Time Warping To A Drive-In Theater In The 2020 Nissan Armada

Time Warping To A Drive-In Theater In The 2020 Nissan Armada

I really didn’t want to see Trolls World Tour, the recent DreamWorks Animation release skewed more to my young cousins than this ornery auto journalist in his 50’s. But I wanted to do something a bit different for my review of the 2020 Nissan Armada. Since we can’t do...

Nissan’s AWD Altima Handles Ice Like A Pro

Nissan’s AWD Altima Handles Ice Like A Pro

Mont-Tremblant, Canada – If there is one thing I learned from my 28 hours here in the frozen north, it’s that -40 degrees Celsius is the same as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Though our group did not see that number on the digital thermometers of our vehicles, we got very...

Nissan’s New CUV Kicks You-Know-What

Nissan’s New CUV Kicks You-Know-What

It’s the middle of June and I’m driving south on I-95 headed for Key Largo, Florida.  Temperature 95 degrees with humidity to match.  There may be better times of the year to visit this tropical escape but I’m not feeling the heat as I push down the pedal on the...

REVIEW: 2018 Toyota RAV4

REVIEW: 2018 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 Shows Why It Was Top-Selling Passenger Vehicle Last Year That headline most likely took you by surprise. Though the top three spots in U.S. vehicle sales went to pickup trucks in 2017, over 407,000 Toyota RAV4 CUVs were sold making it the top seller in the...

REVIEW: 2018 Toyota 4Runner

REVIEW: 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner Handles Road Well But Built For Serious Adventures I love the outdoors - primarily because we have to be outdoors to drive cars and trucks. But when you want to get around the real outdoors for off-roading, climbing big hills, and crossing ranches, you...