Car Reviews

2016 Lexus NX 300h review: Unique combination of luxury, practicality and frugality

2016 Lexus NX 300h review: Unique combination of luxury, practicality and frugality

If your needs require a small crossover utility vehicle and your desires call for luxury and hybrid power to return the best possible fuel economy, then you should check out the 2016 Lexus NX 300h. Nobody else combines those features better than this Japanese manufacturer. True, the similarly sized, German-made Audi Q5 also comes with […]

August 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E review: It’s alive!

2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E review: It’s alive!

Everyone knew the Honda Ridgeline was dead. The sales of the unitbody pickup with the peculiar profile had been somewhat underwhelming in a booming segment of the motor vehicle market. It had arrived for 2005, hit is peak sales of just over 50,000 units in its second year, but by 2014 had sunk to just […]

August 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Nissan Altima SL revisited: Practicality, luxury and, oh, those mpgs

2016 Nissan Altima SL revisited: Practicality, luxury and, oh, those mpgs

A few months ago, I spent some time with a top-of-the-line 2016 Nissan Altima SL and found it to be well appointed, practical transportation for a family of four. Recently, I took a more extensive journey in a nearly identical Altima and realized that the mid-size Japanese sedan has a very important feature that I […]

August 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
2017 Honda Accord Coupe V-6 EX-L review: The sound of  science

2017 Honda Accord Coupe V-6 EX-L review: The sound of science

The exhaust note of the 2017 Accord Coupe says it all. It’s not too loud, too aggressive, or too intrusive. Rather it’s sweet, smooth and subtle, and while perhaps our 2017 Honda Accord EX-L test vehicle isn’t a righteous hardcore sports coupe, it’s smart, sporty and proper transportation for two, and the occasional additional small […]

August 12, 2016 | By | Reply More

News & Views

Mercedes gilds the silly with 2017 smart fortwo Brabus Perfomance Package

Mercedes gilds the silly with 2017 smart fortwo Brabus Perfomance Package

CarBuzzard isn’t The Onion, that satirical website that posts ludicrous stories that all too frequently get taken seriously. This is a real story and they’re really serious about it, it being a Brabus Sport Package for the smart fortwo coupe and Cabrio. Really. Here’s what the Brabus Sport Package from the celebrated Mercedes tuner Brabus […]

August 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Pickup trucks from around the world: Stuff YOU can’t get

Pickup trucks from around the world: Stuff YOU can’t get

The United States is deservedly recognized as the pickup truck capital of the world, with the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado the top selling models on the U.S. market while pickups in the rest of the world are niche players. But that doesn’t mean the open bed haulers aren’t, well, interesting. Mahindra Imperio: Back in […]

June 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
#PinkBeetle is VW’s girly-girl car for social media savants

#PinkBeetle is VW’s girly-girl car for social media savants

#PinkBeetle—that’s right, hashtag-Pink-Beetle as its name—is a real thing. Or at least it will be when it goes on sale this fall. Volkswagen claims the Beetle #PinkBeetle will be the first car with the pound sign as part of its name, and we certainly don’t doubt it. Thanks to the hashtag, says Volkswagen, the #PinkBeetle […]

June 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
How capitalism bests socialism: the Volkswagen GTI meets the Trabant

How capitalism bests socialism: the Volkswagen GTI meets the Trabant

What, one might ask, does the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI, the archetypical hot hatch and everyman’s sport compact from capitalist West Germany, have to do with the Trabant, the notorious automotive artifact of the dismal socialist economy of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik? Not much…and yet, everything. For those not familiar with the odd little Trabant, […]

May 26, 2016 | By | Reply More

Times Were

1988 Subaru RX coupe: Traveling the road less traveled

1988 Subaru RX coupe: Traveling the road less traveled

The tale the road less traveled of the Subaru RX Coupe begins in the early ’80s. Subaru had earned a reputation for building reliable if funky four-wheel drive automobiles, characterized by the advertising tag line, “Inexpensive and built to stay that way.” Not exciting, and sort of like a plaid flannel shirt: L.L. Bean without […]

August 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
1959 Talbot Lago America, the grand routier that broke Tony’s heart

1959 Talbot Lago America, the grand routier that broke Tony’s heart

Grand routier. It has that certain sound even on paper, without even being spoken. There can be no doubt that it is French, nor of its meaning, even for someone who doesn’t know the language and even if there is no direct translation into English. This was a great road car of France. This was […]

July 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
1992-1994 Mazda MX-3 GS: Was a little six enough?

1992-1994 Mazda MX-3 GS: Was a little six enough?

The smallest mass-produced V-6 would hardly seem to be something to brag about, something like having the smallest head in the senior class, except that the 1.8-liter V6 in the 1992-1994 Mazda MX-3 GS was such a gem. And a small diamond is worth more than a big chunk of quartz. Focusing on the engine, […]

June 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
1959 Toyopet Crown, Toyota’s ‘bitter experience’

1959 Toyopet Crown, Toyota’s ‘bitter experience’

Who would have believed that Toyota, maker of the 1959 Toyopet Crown would have become the international automotive juggernaut of today? Toyota products have been almost immovable from the upper reaches of customer satisfaction studies. In 1959 America, they were often simply immovable–except by tow truck. Toyota’s initial decision to send the Toyopet Crown to […]

June 2, 2016 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

Can a car headrest be used to break a car’s window in an emergency?

Can a car headrest be used to break a car’s window in an emergency?

There’s a meme making its way around Facebook saying that car manufacturers make car seat headrests detachable so they can be used to break window glass in an emergency. Well, let’s take a look at that. First, we’ll posit the primary reason they’re detachable is not because they’re so much “kept detachable” but rather because […]

April 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Euro car safety group adds dual star rating to include advanced safety features

Euro car safety group adds dual star rating to include advanced safety features

A problem, if you can call it that, for car safety testing is that automakers are going above and beyond governmental safety requirements. While car crash testing has been going on for decades and refined to match real world conditions for more accurate crash test ratings, new safety equipment has been developed and touted by […]

April 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Chevrolet LTG crate motor puts a 2-liter turbo four in hotrodders hands; Chevy shows the Nova 2.0

Chevrolet LTG crate motor puts a 2-liter turbo four in hotrodders hands; Chevy shows the Nova 2.0

Now to find a 1967 Chevrolet Nova. Chevrolet has a new crate motor—a complete run-ready engine ready for installation—that isn’t the familiar Chevy smallblock V-8 loved by street rodders, hot rodders and whatever other rodders one might have. Instead, it’s a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged four. Chevrolet built it, in fact, to replace the V-8. And […]

November 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Falken Tire adds foam inside tires for a quieter ride

Falken Tire adds foam inside tires for a quieter ride

There’s nothing more tiring—pun intended—than noisy tires on a long drive. Well, maybe that thing in gym where you had to hold your arms out until they just ached. But road noise in a car interferes with conversation, impedes enjoyment of that expensive high end audio, and is just plain annoying. And car makers spend […]

September 28, 2015 | By | Reply More

Places

Going, Going Gone! Hot August Nights and the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Reno

Going, Going Gone! Hot August Nights and the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Reno

What do you get when you combine a giant car show with a collector-car auction? Hot August Nights (HAN) and the Barrett-Jackson Auction, held in Reno, Nevada. This is the 29th year for HAN, and it continues to be one of the busiest events for car enthusiasts. Thousands of top vehicles and their owners flock […]

August 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
B.R.A.K.E.S. is making sure your teenager has a tomorrow

B.R.A.K.E.S. is making sure your teenager has a tomorrow

I have never been in a serious car crash where the vehicle’s airbags have deployed or a first responder has had to extract me from a vehicle. Nor have I ever had to answer the door to a state trooper telling me a loved one has been killed on the highway. But many people have, […]

July 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fabulous Fords Forever: celebrating the bold and the beautiful

Fabulous Fords Forever: celebrating the bold and the beautiful

  The Fabulous Fords Forever (FFF) event held at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, is celebrating its 30th year. It’s one of the largest gatherings of Ford and Ford-related products in the country, and is the place to go to see Mustangs, one-off customs, trucks, and Lincoln Mercury vehicles. For 2015, FFF celebrates 50 […]

April 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Grand National Roadster Show: picking America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

Grand National Roadster Show: picking America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

While many people travel to Detroit in January in the cold weather for the North American International Auto Show, the really smart people head west to attend the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The GNRS is one of the largest car shows for customs and classics, and it’s where they hand out the […]

January 28, 2015 | By | Reply More

Road Kill

Kentucky crash leads to bee attack, girl in bikini gets ‘little red dots all over her’

Kentucky crash leads to bee attack, girl in bikini gets ‘little red dots all over her’

Not long ago CarBuzzard published an article about how bees sometimes take a liking to a particular car and select it as new location for a hive. Those swarms, however, are nothing like the fury of a hive upset when you’re drunk and run your Geo Tracker into a telephone pole in Laurel County, Kentucky, […]

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Car chase, Fiat 500, helicopter TV news…the ultimate in product placement? (video)

Car chase, Fiat 500, helicopter TV news…the ultimate in product placement? (video)

We’ve seen some unusual product placement efforts in the past, but Fiat has outdone about all of them with a Fiat 500 not only being chased by a half dozen or so police cars but also show on live television that yes, it’s not a clown car. California is probably the only place in the […]

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Bees on cars: It’s the real sting

Bees on cars: It’s the real sting

You know that dog that chases your car? Think it would chase it for two days, even after he caught it once and was taken away once? That didn’t happen to a woman in England, but something close did. According to The Telegraph, that back end of one Carol Howarth’s silver Mitsubishi Outlander was covered […]

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Multi-vehicle pileup wrecks seven brand-new Jeep Wranglers…but no bananas

Multi-vehicle pileup wrecks seven brand-new Jeep Wranglers…but no bananas

Multi-car accidents have been called pile-ups, but one in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, truly lived up to the term. According to a report on WNEP-TV, a driver of a truck carrying seven new Jeep Wranglers ignored warning signs to use a lower gear and slow down for a steep hill just out of town. Shades of Thirty-Thousand […]

April 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
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