Scott Sturgis is The Inquirer's auto columnist.

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BMW i8: Engine and motor combine to double the fun

Looking like a cross between a Ferrari and the Batmobile, this top-down two-seater with the dihedral doors really draws attention.

Crosstrek Hybrid delivers sippiness, but there’s more to life than mileage

The Crosstrek Hybrid is Subaru's first toe wiggle into the plug-in hybrid deep end. It offers impressive fuel economy, but when it comes to performance, comfort, value, and fun, there's a little bit left on the table.

Kermit the Kona? Small Hyundai crossover hops into the world

The Hyundai Kona arrived with some fanfare to the small crossover segment in 2018. It offers lots to like, mainly because of its small size, and an upgraded engine makes performance surprising.

AMG A53 not just fun, but aesthetically pleasing as well

The 2019 AMG E53 takes a Mercedes E-Class sedan and punches it up with performance engineering by AMG — and prices it accordingly. In addition, though, the sedan becomes ones of the most aesthetically pleasing driving experiences around.


Final judgment: How the Corolla-Forte-Mazda3 battle was won

Picking a winner among the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, Kia Forte EX and Mazda3 was not an easy task. But the judging wasn't so hard because they were so wonderful and so much fun.

Putting small cars to the test: Corolla vs. Forte vs. Mazda3

Small cars aren't cheap -- the Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE, Kia Forte EX and Mazda3 Premium AWD ranged from $24-$30,000. How do they compare? First of two parts.

2019 Pacifica Hybrid efficient, roomy, practical — but does it go the distance?

Mr. Driver's Seat and family tried the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid on a long journey years ago, but an opportunity to keep it closer to the extension cord offered a different kind of test. It remains a nice ride, comfortable, and roomy, but falls short in one important way.


Hyundai Santa Fe moves ahead for 2019 — but not far enough

Redesigning the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe opened up a big opportunity for the company to take the large SUV and make it shine. While the company has made great strides with its other vehicles, the Santa Fe takes a baby step forward.


2019 Lexus ES 350 is just a touchpad away from perfection

Lexus sedans come close to car guy nirvana, and the redesigned ES 350 inches even closer — until you try adjusting the stereo or turning up the AC.

Xtra big and Xtra smooth, the all-new BMW X7 is not really that Xciting

The 2019 BMW X7 takes the German carmaker up a notch, at least in the SUV realm. But its BMW breeding is overwhelmed by its steroidal sizing.