Duane Pemberton

Duane has been an auto editor for more than a decade. He loves things that move us and help bring us some of the most memorable times in our lives. Cars do that.

The 2022 Toyota Camry XSE AWD offers great value

By Duane Pemberton / February 5, 2023

Toyoyta’s Camry has been a massive success for the automaker and its 2022 iteration continues the bold, intense look it has had over the past few years. They did away with the looks of it being a “family sedan” and transformed it into something more striking, and youthful. This 2022 […]

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The 2023 Nissan Z offers great looks and fun driving!

By Duane Pemberton / January 20, 2023

For many auto enthusiasts, the thought of a Nissan Z car harkens to thoughts of decades gone by – back to 1969 for many. It was the year Nissan (then called Datsun) would shake up the sports car world with the original 240Z. A lightweight, two-door sports car with plenty […]

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2023 Hyundai Palisade Limited offers style, power and comfort

By Duane Pemberton / January 9, 2023

Since its release, the Hyundai Palisade SUV has been turning heads and converting many car buyers into Hyundai owners. This 2023 Limited model is one of the best trims you can buy. There’s a few cosmetic changes for 2023. Some obvious changes are on the front of the vehicle with […]

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The 2023 Hyundai Kona N is a ton of fun!

By Duane Pemberton / December 5, 2022

Forget everything you think you know about the Hyundai Kona. Done? Good deal. The reason for this exercise is because the gear-heads at Hyundai’s N development team have thrown out the rulebook for this hot-rod compact SUV. In fact, this vehicle borders on the verge of being a tad ridiculous. […]

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2023 Cadillac XT4 Sport

By Duane Pemberton / December 4, 2022

The cross-over SUV segment has never been hotter, especially for those in the luxury class.  With more great models to choose from than ever before, it makes sense why Cadillac sharpens its focus on this all-important class of vehicle. The 2023 XT4 Sport represents the car-makers latest effort into the […]

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The 2022 Mercedes Benz E450 4Matic All-Terrain – the best wagon?

By Duane Pemberton / November 9, 2022

Great news for fans of station wagon cars, they’re still around and the latest E450 All-Terrain from Mercedes-Benz may be one of the best you can find. Built around its legendary 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, this wagon features a brilliant combination of luxury, tech, and some decent off-road prowess.  First off, […]

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2022 Mercedes Benz GLE 53 AMG Coupe

By Duane Pemberton / October 19, 2022

Mercedes-Benz’s latest GLE 53 AMG Coupe brings about all of the latest technology, features, comfort, and performance we’ve come to expect from them. We love the overall sculpting of its exterior looks stellar in the dark green that our test model had. Staring at the overly huge logo on the […]

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2023 Mazda CX-50

By Duane Pemberton / October 17, 2022

Mazda’s 2023 CX-50 might seem a bit like the CX-5 but there are some notable differences. Namely, the CX-50 looks more rugged is lower, wider, and longer, and has a higher towing capacity. The front grill is a bit slimmer than the CX-5, and the black plastic trim above the […]

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2022 GV70 3.5T Sport Prestige

By Duane Pemberton / September 18, 2022

The 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T all-wheel-drive Sport Prestige is a worthy competitor and a head-turner. Few luxury vehicle brands are as successful at creating a lot of buzz around their products as Genesis has been over the past few years. That noise has been amplified since the automaker rolled out […]

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2022 Mercedes-Benz C300

By Duane Pemberton / September 18, 2022

Mercedes-Benz is easily one of the most iconic automakers in the world, so we know whatever it does, will be done with class. Its newly redesigned 2022 C300 sedan is one of the most well-groomed midsize sedans in its class.  It continues to be an excellent looking car with a […]

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2022 Audi Q3 S line Premium 45 TFSI quattro

By Duane Pemberton / September 12, 2022

The 2022 Q3 S Line Premium 45 TFSI continues Audi’s strong position in the compact SUV market. If ever the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” could apply to a compact crossover it would be the 2022 Audi Q3. Styling hasn’t changed much for Audi over the last […]

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

By Duane Pemberton / August 31, 2022

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been known as a capable, family-friendly SUV that’s been a prevalent vehicle for Jeep. This 2022 version has a host of welcomed changes, including the option of a plug-in hybrid known as the Cherokee 4XE model. We love the updated front fascia, which includes […]

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2022 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR AWD Midnight Edition

By Duane Pemberton / August 2, 2022

Nissan’s 2022 Altima 2.5 SR Midnight Edition spices up the game for this mid-sized sedan that’s been around for decades. The Midnight Edition features a blackened grille, black wheels that look stunning, black side mirror caps, and a great deal of black trim. There’s also a black rear spoiler and […]

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2022 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid

By Duane Pemberton / August 2, 2022

Even though the SUV market is the strongest-selling one, there’s still a demand for a flexible, comfortable minivan. No other company has crushed the minivan segment like Chrysler – the company responsible for the first minivan — the 1983 Plymouth Voyager. That and its cousin, the Dodge Caravan, changed the […]

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2022 Infiniti QX80 Sensory All-Wheel-Drive

By Duane Pemberton / June 20, 2022

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 performing car for the money. It is the de facto “halo car” for Chevrolet. But is it a supercar? That depends on who you ask. It seems as if the term, supercar, is a bit subjective. If you ask some folks, they’ll tell you that a supercar has to be built by hand and incorporate all of the cutting edge in performance and materials used. They’ll say that a supercar needs to be a limited production to have that title. However, with the C8, they cannot make the case of performance – not anymore.

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2023 Kia Sportage SUV – New Car, New Technology, New Price

By Duane Pemberton / June 3, 2022

Check out the all-new 2023 KIA Sportage SUV, Paul Brian and Lauren Fix take the first drive of this sportier new SUV. Plenty of new technology and lots of great features too.

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2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X

By Duane Pemberton / May 20, 2022

Fans of the mid-sized truck market rejoiced at Nissan’s news while 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 […]

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2022 Corvette Stingray LT2 Z51

By Duane Pemberton / May 2, 2022

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 […]

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2022 Grand Wagoneer

By Duane Pemberton / April 27, 2022

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 […]

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2022 GMC Terrain AT4

By Duane Pemberton / April 24, 2022

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 […]

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2022 Kia Stinger GT2

By Duane Pemberton / April 22, 2022

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 […]

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2022 Hyundai Veloster N

By Duane Pemberton / April 11, 2022

The 2022 Hyundai Veloster N is unchanged from the prior model year and still 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 with one on the roads in eastern Tennessee.  Is it […]

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2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn Edition

By Duane Pemberton / February 24, 2022

In 1983, Volkswagen introduced its first Golf GTI, this new Mark 8 version for 2022 is fun to drive and offers more than ever. It has had a very loyal following for decades. Thanks to the modding community and folks who simply love to drive small, fun cars, the GTI […]

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2022 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid

By Duane Pemberton / February 24, 2022

The 2022 Prius Prime is here and is a plug-in hybrid. Toyota has been an industry-leading champion of Hybrid technology for over two decades. Its Prius is the best-selling hybrid of all time and it’s showing no hints of slowing down. Its 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is augmented with an 8.8KWh […]

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Driven: 2022 Kia Telluride SX AWD

By Duane Pemberton / February 17, 2022

The 2022 KIA Telluride is here, looking to continue KIA’s plethora of industry awards since its release a few short years ago. Not only is it arguably one of the best-looking SUVs in its segment, it offers tech, power and other goodness that all add-up to a great SUV. For […]

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Is The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Sports Sedan Better Than The Germans?

By Duane Pemberton / February 16, 2022

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 […]

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2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph Luxury SUV

By Duane Pemberton / February 4, 2022

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 […]

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2022 Kia EV6 – First Look

By Duane Pemberton / February 2, 2022

On the heels of the Hyundai Ioniq5 comes KIA and its EV6 electronic SUV that’s poised to shake up the market with great looks, great tech, and an excellent driving experience. Tesla should be worried. There are two different models that we recently drove while in Sonoma, California. The Light […]

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2023 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 details and Interview with Shad Balch

By Duane Pemberton / December 27, 2021

The C8 Corvette is about to get a new version, the 2023 ZO6. While Chevrolet dealers are already taking orders, we don’t expect to see them hit the showrooms until the mid-summer of 2022. This upgraded model harnesses insane power and handling, once left to sport’s cars costing 2-4 times […]

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2022 Mercedes-AMG EQS

By Duane Pemberton / December 21, 2021

Mercedes Benz is redefining the past while paving a new way into the future with the all-new Mercedes-AMG EQS, the first fully electric vehicle from AMG. Outside of some cosmetic changes, such as the new “drill design” 21-inch or 22-inch wheels, there’s also a large rear spoiler.  Quicking moving to […]

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First look: 2023 Toyota bZ4X all electric SUV

By Duane Pemberton / December 16, 2021

Toyota is releasing a full EV SUV for the 2023 model year. Named about as odd as the name of Elon Musks’ son, the Toyota bZ4X is already creating some buzz. Toyota’s ambition is to be “carbon neutral by 2050” and it feels this kind of move is the right […]

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2022 Hyundai Elantra N – review

By Duane Pemberton / December 15, 2021

Hyundai continues to push the envelope with what consumers expect from its products for a long time now — and this 2022 Elantra N model keeps that pace. Hyundai first launched its “N” performance line a few years ago as a moniker that consumers know means performance. It does come […]

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2021 BMW M440i Convertible – Review

By Duane Pemberton / December 13, 2021

Unfortunately, the convertible segment seems to be shrinking but fortunately we still have this new 2021 BMW M440i. This car is good for performance and for comfortable touring. It’s packed full of features and technology as well.  BMW uses the 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder that has twin-turbos slapped on it […]

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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xE Rubicon

By Duane Pemberton / December 3, 2021

By Duane Pemberton 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 two-finger wave from their steering wheel hand as […]

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The 2022 Subaru BRZ presents a solid sports car value

By Duane Pemberton / November 30, 2021

For 2022, Subaru has made some welcomed changes to its BRZ. This includes more power, better exterior design as well as some inside. It competes directly with the Mazda MX-5, Toyota 86 and Mini Cooper.  Its engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine co-developed by Toyota. It’s good for 228 […]

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GMC’s 2022 Hummer EV is making quite the buzz, we tell you why

By Duane Pemberton / November 17, 2021

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. […]

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2021 Ford Explorer XLT offers a tough appearance and plenty of power

By Duane Pemberton / October 15, 2021

Ford first popularized the SUV market with the debut of its original Explorer over 20 years ago. There’s a reason why it continues to be a great-seller for Ford and its 2021 Explorer XLT looks to continue this trend.  Starting under the hood of this XLT trim level, you’ll find […]

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Toyota’s 2022 Corolla Cross is a potent little SUV

By Duane Pemberton / October 11, 2021

With the compact SUV market on fire, it’s of little surprise to see Toyota make a move with its new 2022 Corolla Cross. This all-new SUV based on the popular Corolla brand, slots itself right between the C-HR and Rav4 in terms of size.  The Corolla Cross has a very […]

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Almost a RAPTOR? | The 2021 Ford Ranger TREMOR

By Duane Pemberton / October 9, 2021

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 […]

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2021 Mercedes Benz E450 | Solid performance and luxury abound

By Duane Pemberton / September 23, 2021

Hybrid technology has really taken off over the last several years and for good reason. The 2021 E450 is the latest from Mercedes Benz that underscores its commitment to both hybrid and EV vehicles. There’s quite a bit of new, impressive technology upgrades in this 2021 model, so let’s dive […]

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2021 Cadillac XT4 Luxury Edition

By Duane Pemberton / September 17, 2021

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 changes […]

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Lexus finally gives us a convertible LC 500

By Duane Pemberton / June 1, 2021

Top down, wind in the hair, sunset blazing and the sweet symphony that is a masterful, naturally aspirated V8 engine. For the 2021 model year, Lexus has finally given us a drop-top grand touring car. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it fast? Quick but not fast. Why does it cost […]

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The 2021 Genesis GV80 AWD Prestige has style, form and posh

By Duane Pemberton / May 4, 2021

Every now and then, there’s a vehicle that sparks a keen interest from auto journalists, everywhere. The Genesis GV80 is one of those. The reason? Simple. It’s the first luxury SUV released under the Genesis moniker and is clearly aimed at taking on the competition, especially those from Germany. From […]

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2021 Acura TLX Advance with SH-AWD

By Duane Pemberton / May 4, 2021

SEATTLE — Even though the sedan market has been shrinking in sales over the last few years, it has allowed the cream to rise to the top. The best sedans, ever, are being built right now. Regardless of who’s making it, there’s never been a better time to be a […]

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Reviewed: Lexus 2021 GX 460 – Dated tech but great off-road

By Duane Pemberton / April 2, 2021

Since Toyota announced the end of its infamous Land Cruiser, die-hard off-roaders should be checking out the Lexus GX 460 as a viable solution. It’s really the only SUV left in the Lexus line-up that’s built for off-roading and has some great aftermarket solutions to really kick it up a […]

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2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE Road Tested and Rated

By Duane Pemberton / March 28, 2021

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Volkswagen 2021 Arteon SE. With competition from the Honda Accord Sport, Nissan Maxima, KIA K5 and the Toyota Camry TRD Pro, I knew it was in a competitive category. Of course, there’s that running joke that it’s the […]

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2021 Lexus RX 350L

By Duane Pemberton / March 26, 2021

With its 2021 RX 350L – Lexus looks to continue its dominance in the luxury crossover SUV segment. For 2021, the entire RX line-up gets an updated interior color scheme called glazed caramel and there’s a new Black Line Special Edition for the F-Sport models as well. There are new […]

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