TJ Heffner

TJ Heffner is a contributing writer for MotorBiscuit.

BMW X5 is a midsize luxury SUV on display at Brussels Expo
Crossover & Midsize

German Rivals Were No Match for the 2021 BMW X5

A perennial favorite on the luxury sedan list for a long time, BMW is turning heads in the luxury SUV market as well. A top performer on BMW’s 2021 SUV lineup, which has gained considerable attention among auto critics is its midsize offering, the BMW X5. While working to top the midsize luxury SUV list …

A white 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid luxury SUV on display at the 2019 New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 18, 2019
Crossover & Midsize

Not All Is Well in 2019 Porsche Cayenne Ownership

Few luxury SUVs meet discerning, thrill-seeking owners’ expectations better than the Porsche Cayenne. However, most consumers and critics place Lexus and BMW at the top of the midsize luxury SUV reliability list while giving a less enthusiastic nod to the Cayenne. This could have something to do with issues Cayenne owners have endured before their …

A blue 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 SUV parked on rocks at sunset in mountainous terrain
Trucks & SUVs

How Many Miles Will a Jeep Wrangler Last?

Few other vehicles produce the level of off-roading satisfaction as a Jeep. For more than 20 years, the Wrangler has been the most recognizable and popular model in the brand’s lineup. Though several issues continue to dog the Wrangler, few other rides boast this iconic SUV’s longevity on the road, off the road, or anywhere …

A silver 2021 Honda Insight hybrid sedan parked in front of a red bridge and blue sky
Hybrids & Electrics

The 2021 Honda Insight Surprisingly Came Out on Top

The competition among compact sedans is tighter than ever. And the 2021 Honda Insight is pushing its way to the top of the heap. Impressing eco-friendly consumers, the hybrid Insight boasts motorcycle-like fuel efficiency without sacrificing the attractive styling other hybrids lack. Those benefits, plus a lower sticker price, have propelled the 2021 Honda Insight …

A dark-red 2021 Nissan Armada full-size SUV drives across a creek on a sunny day
Trucks & SUVs

Is the 2021 Nissan Armada Worth the $1,000 Price Hike?

Topping the full-size SUV segment requires a delicate balance of features and sticker price. One competitor scrapping its way to the top is the 2021 Nissan Armada. The redesigned SUV got a face-lift and some much-needed interior upgrades to compete with rivals. But it appears Nissan has upset the delicate feature/sticker price balance. It’s prompted …

An overturned black car on a snow-covered highway
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Deadly Crashes Prompt U.S. Agency to Beg Drivers to ‘Stop Taking Unnecessary Risks on the Road’

Driving a two-ton motor vehicle carries inherent risks of serious injuries or fatalities. But with every generation, automakers strive to improve car safety by providing more innovative features and technology in their vehicles. Simple distractions, like listening to loud music or driving aggressively, increase the odds of deadly car crashes. Despite fewer vehicles on the …

A 2020 Subaru Outback's black interior, showing the steering wheel, gear shifter, and infotainment display
Crossover & Midsize

This 2021 Subaru Outback Feature Won’t Frustrate You When You’re Listening to Music

Classed as a wagon, midsize crossover, and two-row SUV, the Subaru Outback continues to demonstrate its diversity and consumer appeal. The 2021 Outback, along with the Forester and Crosstrek, are getting a serious off-road upgrade, attracting the attention of car experts who really like the Outback as the “black sheep” of midsize crossovers. The 2020 …

A 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with a silver paint job and black racing stripes drives on a racetrack in the desert
Sedans & Coupes

Is the Mustang Shelby GT500 Faster Than a Lamborghini?

Arguments about whether American muscle cars or European supercars are better has been ongoing for decades. A standard Ford Mustang, even with plenty of growl in the pipes, can’t compete with the likes of Lamborghini. But the Shelby GT500 is hardly a standard Mustang. The 2020 Shelby GT500 has the horsepower to demand respect from …

A 2020 Audi S4
Sedans & Coupes

The 2021 Audi S4 Doesn’t Really Change Anything, but That’s OK

The SUV has captured most automakers’ imagination, but sedans and sport sedans continue to attract car buyers’ attention. Sedans such as the Audi S4, the sports car people keep the longest, refuse to pass silently into the night. Sport sedans continue to endure for their ability to raise heart rates through higher performance capabilities while …

speed boat with its nose out of the water, exposing the bottom of the boat above the water
Marine & RVs

Why Do Boats Have Paint on the Bottom?

If you live near a body of water, a boat is a great way to spend some quality family time. Because of their resale value, buying a boat can also be a decent investment. However, you should be prepared to put a decent amount of cash into your boat, because it never pays to be cheap. Protecting your investment …

An RV towing a car refuels at a gas station
Marine & RVs

You Are Probably Overlooking the Easiest Way To Save Fuel on Your RV

Because pandemic lockdowns have eliminated the use of beachfront hotels and resorts, many families have turned to a more traditional form of vacation; the camper. However, the costs of maintaining an RV, especially as new regulations force manufacturers to modify their engines, can cause unwanted stress when you are supposed to be relaxing. The less-than-stellar fuel economy of RVs …

two cars crashing
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Why Don’t Some Vehicles Have Public Crash Test Ratings?

Those shopping for a family car often place safety ratings very high on their list of priorities when choosing a new car. Though safety ratings include the efficiency of lighting, driver assist features, driver and passenger restraint systems, and braking and handling features, a primary focus of auto safety ratings include crash test ratings, carried …

red 2021 Nissan Rogue
Crossover & Midsize

The New 2021 Rogue Comes at a ‘Critical Time’ for Nissan

Kelley Blue Book described the 2020 Nissan Rogue as very “vanilla” in spite of its position as a top-seller among Nissan’s offerings, and especially when compared with Toyota’s RAV4. Whether KBB’s comments motivated Nissan to revitalize Rogue for 2021 or a significant refresh was already in the works is difficult to tell. However, given comments …

2021 Infiniti QX80 outside of an office building
Trucks & SUVs

The 2021 Infiniti QX80’s Upgrades Aren’t Coming Cheap

The good news for those considering the Infiniti QX80 is that their choice of a luxury SUV is getting much-needed changes to the 2021 model. Car critics identified some standard safety features absent on the 2020 QX80, which kept it from topping the list of 3-row luxury SUVs. It appears that Infiniti listened to the critics’ input and made the recommended …

2020 Subaru Ascent in the snow
Trucks & SUVs

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander: It’s Too Close To Call

Midsize SUVs represent a leading segment for overall sales. Toyota produces two of the perennial leaders of this class, the 4Runner and the Highlander. The 2020 Toyota Highlander provides surprising luxury, though priced a little above its competitors, but maintains an excellent track record for reliability. However, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is mounting a significant challenge to this long-time …

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid driving through the mountain
Hybrids & Electrics

You Can’t Go Wrong With the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

In recent years, automaker Hyundai has pushed the envelope to become more competitive with each automotive sector’s leaders. Hyundai’s 2020 Sonata Hybrid is a perfect example of their capacity to compete with Honda and Toyota. In a market dominated by SUVs and crossovers, the Sonata is a champion to keep sedans into consideration. Though the 2020 Hyundai Sonata presents no over-the-top …

Fairway lawnmowers are seen during previews prior to the start of THE PLAYERS Championship
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Lawnmowers Are the New Way to Do Off-Roading

Among America’s favorite ways to “get away from it all” is off-roading. There are plenty of classic vehicles that have played the off-roading role for decades, and several modern additions to the list of off-road worthy vehicles will surprise you. However, one vehicle added to the list is that will make you think of Tim …

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 driving with another GLC300
Trucks & SUVs

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 Has Flaws but There’s a Lot You’ll Like

Mercedes-Benz has represented the gold standard of interior luxury for decades. Despite being a luxury crossover, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 has nothing to apologize for as a representative of the brand. As the automaker introduces the roomier GLE class crossover in 2020 and the sportier GLB luxury subcompact crossover turns heads, the GLC300 has taken a backseat in the commotion. Though competing …

The BMW i8 in the Joe Macari Performance Cars Showroom. The BMW i8 was designed by Benoit Jacob and the production model was unveiled at the 2013 International Motor Show in Germany. It features butterfly doors, head-up display, rear-view cameras and partially false engine noise
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Is a Head-Up Display an Essential Car Feature?

Automobile safety and convenience are among the areas that apply technological innovations. Some manufacturers include features like backup cameras as standard features while some keep costs down in base models and provide advanced technologies as added features. Because technology continues to advance in the automotive industry, a wide range of futuristic trends are the norm, …

Hyundai Tuscon in the desert
Trucks & SUVs

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. Hyundai Tucson: It All Comes Down to Preference

SUVs, cars, and trucks are evaluated by how they compare to their competition. This is true of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and the 2020 Hyundai Tucson, which critics compare to the best selling crossovers in their class. Each of these SUVs is making a unique impression. The CX-5 has critics talking about how this compact crossover is fun to …

2021 Genesis G80 parked for its debut
Sedans & Coupes

The New 2021 Genesis G80’s Fuel Economy Makes It More Competitive With Luxury Sedans

Dominating brands in the midsize luxury sedan market include brand names like BMW, Audi, Lexus, and Mercedes as expected. However, the Genesis G80, a relative newcomer to the class made a significant move toward the top in 2020, providing potential buyers with a lower-priced luxury option. Those who purchase the G80 in 2021 will have to pay more, but they’ll receive a …

2020 Cadillac Escalade Sport Edition in the city parked next to an apartment building
Trucks & SUVs

The Best Luxury SUVs You Can Buy That Haul 7 People

Regardless of class, seating capacity is among the most common critical features to check off on the SUV buyers’ list. There are plenty of options among midsize and full-size luxury SUVs like the BMW Alpina X7, the Lexus LX470, or Mercedes-Benz GLS to name a few. Though luxury SUVs don’t have to cost more than $50,000, you will pay significantly more to drive …

2020 Dodge Challenger and Charger parked in a hangar
Sedans & Coupes

The Dodge Demon Is the Most Powerful Challenger Ever

Known for his obsession with power on Tool Time, even Tim Allen was impressed by the incredible power of the 2018 Dodge SRT Demon present in Jay Leno’s Garage. Touted by Leno as “the most powerful muscle car on the planet,” the Demon’s rule of the streets has ended. A June 2019 announcement of the Demon’s discontinuation made by the …

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is on display at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show
Trucks & SUVs

Which 2020 Toyota Tacoma Trim Is Right for You?

The Toyota Tacoma has earned a place in the spotlight among compact trucks by meeting the needs and expectations of its owners. To keep up with compact truck owner demands, Toyota made some significant changes to the 2020 Tacoma that were not present in the 2019 model. These improvements provide potential owners with a broad …

2021 Honda Odyssey parked in front of palm trees
Tips, Tricks & Trends

These Are the Safest and Most Affordable Hondas You Can Buy

Whether shopping for a teen who just got their driver’s license or searching for a replacement for an existing family vehicle, many buyers place safety at the top of the list right beside affordability. Automakers like Toyota and Honda have a reputation for providing a wide range of sedans to vans and safety features at a price you can …

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo at the beach shore
Trucks & SUVs

The Porsche Macan Tied Itself for Best Luxury SUV

Most car critics have been less than complimentary when discussing the price and available features of the 2020 Porsche Macan. Have car critics given the Macan a fair shake? Car and Driver have a difference of opinion with the auto critics crowd, placing both the Porsche Macan at the top of its Best Compact Luxury SUVs list for 2020. However, buyers …

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 parked with a seaside view
Trucks & SUVs

Spend $100K for a 603-HP Family SUV in the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

Buyers have to be careful when shopping for a luxury SUV because a lot of automakers cut corners and sell an inferior product at a luxury price. Mercedes-Benz has cut back on passenger car production and transferred its trademark for gold-standard luxury and superior engineering to the more popular and lucrative SUV/crossover market. Though no one is complaining about …

Visitors look at Chevrolet's next generation Spark car during a press preview of the Seoul Motor Show
Hybrids & Electrics

The 2021 Chevy Spark Is Home to a Dying Feature

Chevrolet struggled in the first quarter of 2020 due to COVID-19 woes. However, there were two bright spots among its 2020 line of cars. In spite of a less-than-favorable critique from Consumer Reports, one of Chevy’s cars that produced first-quarter sales was the Chevy Spark. Looking at the production of 2021 cars, Chevrolet looks to …

2020 Buick Enclave Avenir driving through a forest
Trucks & SUVs

Is the Buick Enclave Better Than the Chevrolet Traverse or Honda Pilot?

Consumer Reports placed the 2020 Buick Enclave atop their list of large luxury SUVs, basing their claim on its road-test performance, predicted reliability, and predicted owner satisfaction. However, mediocre overall reliable scores in the model years from 2017 to 2019 leave many critics wondering if the higher-priced Enclave is any better than its two closest competitors Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot. …

The Subaru logo attached to the grill of a snow-covered Subaru Outback in New Mexico.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Fuel Pump Failure Leads to Another Subaru Lawsuit

Subaru automobiles rank among the most dependable on the road, recognized for longevity, low cost to own, and maintaining their resale value. With Subaru models like the Forester and Crosstrek securing places among the top SUVs in 2020, it is rather inconvenient that the automaker has to endure another recall issue – this time a …