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Duane Pemberton is a lifestyle writer and CDNs Auto Editor. Pemberton loves anything that helps bring people together which is why he writes about food, wine, cars, and travel.

On or off-road, the 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X delivers

Fans of the mid-sized truck market rejoiced at Nissan’s news awhile back about its release of an updated Frontier. This truck used to be quite popular but it never quite could catch-up to the likes of the Toyota Tacoma. Enter in the 2022 Pro-4X Frontier. This updated truck features all of the modern conveniences and ...

Driven: 2022 Corvette Stingray LT2 Z51 | A super car that’s fun and looks great

CHATTANOOGA, TN — The 2022 Corvette Stingray LT2  continues to be refined and offers incredible performance for the money. For as long as I can remember (and that’s a long time), the Chevrolet Corvette has been referred to as the “poor man’s Ferrari”. Year after year, decade after decade, the Vette has been a solid ...

Tested on and off-road: 2022 Grand Wagoneer

The Wagoneer might instill images of a Jeep family SUV from years gone by, but it has been revived as its own luxury brand of SUV. Last year, we saw the release of its ultra-luxury SUV dubbed the Grand Wagoneer with no Jeep moniker on it. While many of us remember the glory days of ...

Road tested: 2022 GMC Terrain AT4

CHATTANOOGA, TN – GMC hasn’t slowed down a bit with keeping pace in the highly competitive SUV market. Its 2022 Terrain AT4 ramps things up with some beefy tires, rugged looks, and some nice amenities. GMC did a refresh for 2022 which includes a new bumper and front grille, LED headlights, new 18 or 19-inch ...

Reviewed: 2022 Kia Stinger GT2 RWD – the asphalt melter

Chattanooga, TN – Kia has made some nice refinements to the Stinger. When this car first came out back in 2018, it started turning heads and winning the hearts of many. For the first time, we saw Kia release a vehicle that cemented its commitment to performance. Consequently, it also helped some skeptics take the ...

Chevrolet’s 2022 Trailblazer has stylish looks and is very roomy

Chattanooga, TN — Chevy’s 2022 Trailblazer is the company’s hat in the ring for the smaller SUV market. Capitalizing on the Trailblazer brand for years gone by, this small, stylish SUV is a great seller for Chevrolet. Chevy’s design team did a fabulous job of coming out with one of the best-looking SUVs in its ...

Road tested: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 represents a bold move for Hyundai, not only in looks but in EV value as well. With the Government pushing hard for electric vehicles to help “fight climate change”, automakers are steadily being pushed to produce them. Tesla was the trailblazer towards the EV path but now it has some ...

The hot, 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is here and we drive it

CHATTANOOGA, TN — In an effort to both showcase its heritage as a championship-winning racing brand and to lure would-be German sport sedan buyers, Cadillac has unleashed the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing. One glance at this new performance sedan, and you can quickly see why it carries the Blackwing moniker. Only 250 of these will be ...

Infiniti’s 2022 QX60 Autograph is one of the best luxury SUV values going

Infiniti has gone through a nice overhaul these past couple of years with its design language and the QX60 is the final vehicle to see those benefits. This large, three-row SUV seats 7, hauls up to 6,000 pounds and has a starting price tag of $46,785. Our test model, the Autograph trim level, prices out ...

Jeep makes a splash into the plug-in hybrid market with its Wrangler Rubicon 4xE

CHATTANOOGA, TN — Jeeps’ new 4xE Wrangler Hybrid is here, how will the Jeep community respond? For most Jeep owners, the brand and the vehicle are a way of life. There’s a certain cult-like following that the brand has garnered over the past several decades. You’ll see it as other Jeep drivers give you a ...

GMC’s 2022 Hummer EV ushers in innovation and capability | First Look

Ever since the original Humvee was released decades ago, there’s been a loyal fanbase to the Hummer brand and vehicles. GMC is poised to release it with this moniker, the Hummer EV will come in the form of a SUV and or with a 5-foot bed for a pick-up configuration. This is not your garden ...

2022 Rivian R1T all electric pickup – First Look

By: Lauren Fix and Duane Pemberton Rivian has finally released its first vehicle to the market and what we have is the very trick, R1T electric truck. This mid-sized, all-wheel drive truck has tons of features, some of them are unique to the R1T and can’t be found anywhere else. Tesla’s Elon Musk loves to ...

Hyundai, Santa Fe, SUV, Review

Hyundai’s 2021 Santa Fe SEL offers excellent looks, features and value

There are plenty of reasons why the Hyundai Santa Fe SEL has been a top-selling SUV. It offers great styling, a comfortable ride, and technology that outpaces its competition. The 3-row SUV market is huge and there’s a great deal of competition in this segment by many worthy competitors. Even though it shares the same ...

2021 Ford Ranger TREMOR – is it almost a RAPTOR?

By Lauren Fix and Duane Pemberton Ford’s Ranger was reborn a couple of years ago and is now better than ever. The new Ranger Tremor Off-Road is a Supercrew cab pick-up that comes with standard 4×4 and goes beyond the FX4 Off-Road package. Powertrain: Powering this truck is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that’s good ...

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring | Economy, style and power

By Duane Pemberton and Lauren Fix Chattanooga, TN — The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring is essentially a carry-over from last year’s model. The only changes an 8-inch touch screen for its infotainment system, and has native support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s a reason why the Accord continues to be a great ...

2021 Hyundai Veloster N | The most fun you can have under $35k

Chattanooga, TN — The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N provides the most fun driving experience you can buy for under $35k. There, I said it and I’ll stick by that statement after spending a week in one for a week on the roads in eastern Tennessee. Is it silly-looking? Yes. What’s up with that third door ...

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy is a best of class 3-row SUV in many ways

By Duane Pemberton and Lauren Fix   Chattanooga, TN — With the 2021 model year, Hyundai has introduced a new top trim level called Calligraphy for its Palisade SUV. So what are the changes and features in this new trim? Glad you asked. You’ll find a blackened grill, quilted leather door panel inserts and 20-inch ...

2021 Cadillac XT4 Luxury Edition | A compelling SUV

By Duane Pemberton and Lauren Fix Buffalo, NY — The 2021 Cadillac XT4 is here in a few trim levels but does it live up to the Cadillac brand that evokes thoughts of utmost quality? It’s the brand that General Motors will spare no expense in developing and producing. We only have a few minor ...

Hyundai’s 2021 Elantra offers new, bold looks and a ton of tech

SEATTLE — The entry-level sedan market is as important as ever. With cars like the Honda Civic having had such dominance in this segment, it’s driven Hyundai to keep increasing the quality and value of its Elantra. Hyundai has done an all-new redesign for the 2021 model year and you can see how this new ...