Car Reviews

2015 Kia Sedona long-term review: 365 days of adventure

2015 Kia Sedona long-term review: 365 days of adventure

We all know that the glory days of the minivan are in the past. Sales that were once over a million annually have been cut in half, mostly because of the growth of crossovers, and the undeserved reputation of the minivan as the preferred ride of soccer moms. For those of us who have either […]

May 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Audi A3 road test: Small, frugal and luxurious

Audi A3 road test: Small, frugal and luxurious

Of course size matters but, when it comes to cars, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Consider the 2015 Audi A3 sedan, a new, small entry from the German manufacturer of highly regarded automobiles. With the introduction of the newest A3 models, Audi joins a growing list of carmakers who seek to increase sales by going down […]

May 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport review: Great stuff, if you like how it’s canned

2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport review: Great stuff, if you like how it’s canned

The advertising tag line for a jelly maker goes, “With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good.” Well, with a face like the 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport, it must to be great. Or else. The Lexus spindle grille is, well, controversial, and that on the NX 200t is the largest yet, […]

May 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chevrolet Trax road test: Just right for the big-city folks

2015 Chevrolet Trax road test: Just right for the big-city folks

To be honest, it took a while to wrap my brain around the 2015 Chevrolet Trax LT that I recently put through its paces. The problem is terminology. The Trax is referred to by many as a subcompact sport-utility vehicle. Isn’t that kind of like an oxymoron? You know, giant shrimp, tallest midget, etc. I […]

May 1, 2015 | By | Reply More

News & Views

Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept worth seeing at Worthersee 2015

Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept worth seeing at Worthersee 2015

For fans of the Volkswagen GTI, there’s hardly a spot better than Lake Worthersee in Austria for the annual conclave of owners and enthusiasts of Volkswagen’s sporty sedan. Going strong for 34 years and with attendance hitting 200,000, the event has become a place for Volkswagen to treat the faithful with a new GTI special, […]

May 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
An Open Letter to Jeep: MAN UP!

An Open Letter to Jeep: MAN UP!

In the July issue of Jp Magazine (All Jeeps!), a Jeep-specific mag published by The Enthusiast Network, its Dispatch section quotes Business Insider : “Jeep is the most relevant brand in the auto industry.” While knowing what ‘relevant’ means, the blurb doesn’t supply any context beyond the quote itself. And while ‘relevant’ is obviously better […]

May 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
Solar Stratification: Where Have All The Droptops Gone?

Solar Stratification: Where Have All The Droptops Gone?

Washington, DC – So, you’re looking for transparency in government? Aren’t we all? And if you hope to find it within the Beltway, best to do it behind the wheel of a convertible. Of course, if you’re a deep-pocketed lobbyist your choices are many, beginning (alphabetically) with Alfa, Audi and Aston and continuing – as […]

May 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Where are all the Hummers? Not where you might think

Where are all the Hummers? Not where you might think

Where are all the Hummers? The Hummer dealerships, with their distinctive simulated corrugated galvanized steel roofs are gone, converted to other purposes. On the other hand, Hummer vehicles, the Hummer H2 and H3, didn’t simply evanesce when GM pulled the plug on the simulated military vehicles. To some extent, they’ve kept on rolling. And according […]

May 5, 2015 | By | Reply More

Times Were

1990-1993 Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo: The ‘ultimate Celica’

1990-1993 Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo: The ‘ultimate Celica’

In its press releases, Toyota called it the “ultimate Celica.” It certainly was. With 200 turbocharged horsepower under the hood, all-wheel drive, a curvaceous body and traditional Toyota quality and reliability, it was in the running for the best compact sports coupe of its day. It was, of course, the 1990 Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo, […]

May 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Looking back before looking forward: Alfa Romeo at the 2015 NAIAS

Looking back before looking forward: Alfa Romeo at the 2015 NAIAS

While everyone was running from press conference to press conference trying to get photos of all the new vehicles and concepts coming to showrooms soon, one small area behind the FCA stand caught our attention, and we had to stop for a moment to remember the past before returning to the future. What we’re talking […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
1969 Datsun 2000 Sport classic review: The sports car from Yokohama-on-Thames

1969 Datsun 2000 Sport classic review: The sports car from Yokohama-on-Thames

One of the best traditional British sports cars was the Datsun 2000 Sports. British, perhaps, as sushi and chips, but British nonetheless. Not in manufacture, of course, but in spirit it was every inch the equal to the MGB. In performance, it beats the B hands down, and as for racing, SCCA Regionals have had […]

November 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
1966 Alfa Romeo GTA: Faster than velour, carpet or radio

1966 Alfa Romeo GTA: Faster than velour, carpet or radio

There’s not much to the interior of an Alfa Romeo GTA. Memory fails all but the most important details, things like highly legible gauges, the Alfa-typical dogleg shifter, the bucket seats that hold the occupant like a miser holds his ledger. There’s the should-belt-only restraint system—no lap belt—that hopefully works better than it feels. Mamma […]

September 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

Winter tires are a basic safety issue in snow and ice

Winter tires are a basic safety issue in snow and ice

  For those of us who actually have a real need for winter tires most rationalize with reasons for not spending the effort, energy and the money to outfit your vehicles with a set of real honest to goodness winter tires. Many of us talk ourselves into believing if our car is equipped with tires […]

February 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
New in-dash Porsche ‘radio navigation’ unit solves a #firstworldproblem

New in-dash Porsche ‘radio navigation’ unit solves a #firstworldproblem

Call it a first world problem. You own an older Porsche, old enough that it didn’t have the option of in-dash GPS navigation. And a Garmin suction cupped to the windshield is so gauche. What will you do? Whatever shall you do? Porsche has the answer, a “radio navigation” unit that plugss into the standard […]

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Is your E-15 GMO-free? And does it matter?

Is your E-15 GMO-free? And does it matter?

Perhaps you’ve seen the above meme floating about Facebook, warning about the hazard of using E15 gasoline made with GMO corn in your pre-2012 automobile. According to the meme, the GMO-corn E15 will “DAMAGE YOUR CAR AND VOID YOUR WARRANTY.” As is quite often the case with breathless alarms on the internet, that’s only a […]

November 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

In over a century of automobile production, only a handful of vehicles have become legendary. Say the name Mustang, Corvette, or Challenger, and people know exactly what you’re talking about. But while these and a few other nameplates have reached legendary status, a short list of engines can make that same claim. Say Cleveland 351 […]

October 26, 2014 | By | Reply More

Places

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
NOLA Motorsports Park and the 2015 Lexus RC-F: a perfect combination

NOLA Motorsports Park and the 2015 Lexus RC-F: a perfect combination

There are few things more satisfying than driving a high-performance vehicle in the way for which it is intended. We recently had a chance to spend some time with the all-new 2015 Lexus RC lineup, including the RC 350, RC 350 F-Sport, and performance-focused RC-F. Lexus was smart enough to know that, while the RC […]

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lambo on your laptop: Lamborghini Museum now offers virtual visits

Lambo on your laptop: Lamborghini Museum now offers virtual visits

Not everyone will be able to visit the Museo Lamborghini—the Lamborghini Museum—in person. More is the pity, particularly for the Lamborghinisti among us. It is the mothership, after all. But the good news is that Lamborghini has created a virtual tour of the museum, allowing the digital visitor to stroll through the museum and even inside […]

October 9, 2013 | By | Reply More

Road Kill

Car gets D.C. parking ticket while trapped behind police crime-scene tape (video)

Think you got an unfair parking ticket? No matter what yours is, it doesn’t top what happened to this woman. Lynne Zaris came out from a restaurant in the District of Columbia where she had been dining to find her car in a crime scene. A gunman had fatally shot a security guard at the […]

April 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kid gets tooth pulled by Camaro, the world tunes in

Kid gets tooth pulled by Camaro, the world tunes in

He should have least give the kid a beer. At least then the kid could say, “Hey, y’all, hold my beer and watch this.” A kid is lucky, we think, that the stunt a dad played with his son, pulling the kid’s tooth with his Camaro, ended successfully. And so successfully that a video of […]

April 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Video: Luck of the Irish runs out for would be car thief

Video: Luck of the Irish runs out for would be car thief

Call it Luck o’ the Irish meets Blarney, and in this case at least, the luck won. It happened when a would-be car thief in Drogheda, Ireland, knocked himself out with a brick he was trying to use to break the car’s window. And it was all caught on camera, and that’s where his luck […]

March 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Safety tip: Don’t burn the driver’s armpit hair In Idaho

Safety tip: Don’t burn the driver’s armpit hair In Idaho

Safety Tip of the Day: Don’t set the armpit hair of the driver of the vehicle you’re in on fire while he’s driving at high speed at 5:30 in the morning and none of the five of you in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt. But what makes a humorous lead for a Roadkill article […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
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