Car Reviews

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review: Young, adult and (still) novel

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review: Young, adult and (still) novel

On a bicycle, ‘fit’ isn’t a component; it is the component. Whether you’re spending $80 for a junkyard dog or $8,000 on the slickest bit of carbon fiber, if the bike doesn’t fit you must, uh, quit. Almost as essential as good fit are the points of contact: handlebars, pedals and seat. If bars or […]

September 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab Denali 4×4 review: Six-point-six liters worth of big

2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab Denali 4×4 review: Six-point-six liters worth of big

Here’s a surprise, not. The 2015 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD 4WD Crew Cab is big. It’s big even with the “short” six-and-a-half foot bed—an eight-footer is available. The “short” bed’s wheelbase 153.7 inches. For perspective, a Chevrolet Spark is 144.7 inches one end to the other. And while we’re at it, the name is long, […]

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Chrysler 200C AWD review: Still impressed

2015 Chrysler 200C AWD review: Still impressed

We were impressed by our first drives in the Chrysler 200 series, and after spending a week in the 2015 Chrysler 200C AWD, we’re no less so now. The Chrysler 200 is, of course, the new mid-size Chrysler, a notch below the Chrysler 300 series, a replacement for the Chrysler 200 that ran from 2011 […]

August 20, 2014 | By | Reply More

News & Views

Three of eight Corvettes damaged in museum sinkhole collapse to be restored

Three of eight Corvettes damaged in museum sinkhole collapse to be restored

When a sinkhole opened up below the National Corvette Museum, it swallowed up eight historic ‘Vettes, and the cars, all damaged, became a museum attraction in their own right. The bad news is that five of them were too smashed up to restore. The good news is that three have been selected to restore. Chevrolet […]

August 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Mazda’s MX-5 Miata @ 25: That was then…and it is now

Mazda’s MX-5 Miata @ 25: That was then…and it is now

As this is written, I’m beginning my third month of a scheduled 90-day ‘test’ in a new, zero-miles Miata. Although not the package commemorating the Miata’s 25th anniversary, the PRHT variant incorporates as many bells-and-whistles as a Miata can reasonably offer, while still remaining a Miata and not – thankfully – the Lexus SC 430. […]

August 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Transit Preview: Connecting with the Transit – and Transit Connect!

2015 Ford Transit Preview: Connecting with the Transit – and Transit Connect!

Fort Worth, TX – At Texas Motor Speedway, the site of a regional intro for Ford’s Transit, I’m reminded of a product walkaround of Lincoln’s then-new Navigator in Dallas, almost twenty years ago. At what – if fading memory serves – was the Mansion Hotel in Dallas’ Turtle Creek area, Ford enlisted Jackie Stewart to […]

August 21, 2014 | By | Reply More

Places

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 Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Road Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Los Angeles, CA – Road Race Motorsports was founded by owner Robert Tallini in 2001. Over the last twelve years Tallini has built a well-respected company – and established an international presence on the high-performance stage – with a wide range of innovative products. This September the stage was Nevada’s Silver State Classic, where an aggressively-prepped Road […]

October 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
America on Wheels, a car museum with a Pennsylvania flavor

America on Wheels, a car museum with a Pennsylvania flavor

“America on Wheels” might seem to be reaching a bit far for a museum that doesn’t cover at least several acres, but for a well-presented collection occupying considerably less square footage, it’s still a worthwhile visit. The theme for America on Wheels, located on a bank of the Lehigh River in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has a […]

June 13, 2013 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

Honda hops up CR-Z hybrid sports with HPD supercharger

Honda hops up CR-Z hybrid sports with HPD supercharger

Honda finally recognized what everyone else saw from the beginning—that the sporty Honda CR-Z hybrid is too slow—and is finally correcting the shortcoming with a factory-developed supercharging kit that will boost horsepower output to a max 197 horsepower. Back in 2011, when we first drove the Honda CR-Z, we liked it, not only the irreverent […]

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Three-liter diesel in a Ram 1500: The first diesel in a full-size pickup

Three-liter diesel in a Ram 1500: The first diesel in a full-size pickup

The 2014 Ram 1500 with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel could be considered the first full-size pickup with a diesel engine. Or it could be considered the first diesel in a full-size pickup. That’s not a tautology. There is a difference. The latter is an engine with a truck around it. And it’s a great truck, as […]

August 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Early airbag designs were bulky, with the steering wheel bag assembly making the wheel look like a hassock with a grab ring. Over the years, however, the inflatable safety devices have become smaller and more compact, and engineers have found more ways to deploy them. Side curtain and side torso seatbelts help prevent side impact […]

June 21, 2014 | By | Reply More

Times Were

Bentley Continental R-Type: The Bentley of Rolls-Royces

Bentley Continental R-Type: The Bentley of Rolls-Royces

When I was boy, a visit at Uncle Henry’s was always special. Uncle Henry, you see, had every copy of Mechanix Illustrated ever printed—or so it seemed—and ever copy of Mechanix Illustrated , in addition to Mini-clad-in-overalls-that-covered-as-little-as-possible in those days modelling some clever and undeniably useful device while simultaneously showing a lot of leg, had […]

August 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

  Paranoid. That’s what a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi’ Cud makes you. Paranoid. You carefully scan the road ahead, alert for the telltale roof-mounted light bar. You watch the mirrors to see if there is a police car behind you. You check the cross streets as you pass, and examine the car alongside at a […]

June 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

Like a persistent back-seat driver, the 2.0-liter V8 yammers incessantly. Sucking air and high test spritzed into the velocity stacks I can see in the rear-view mirror, it urges “faster, faster,” and my right foot is all too ready to comply. The seat of my pants is on full alert and my neck muscles are […]

June 11, 2014 | By | Reply More

Road Kill

Surgeons worst drivers in Great Britain, insurance claims show

Surgeons worst drivers in Great Britain, insurance claims show

Based on almost two millions auto insurance claims, the most dangerous drivers in Great Britain are…surgeons. They are, at least, the most likely to file an “at-fault” claim on their car insurance. And the safest drivers? Building society—savings and loan—clerks. That’s the finding of a study by Moneysupermarket.com, as reported by The Guardian. Furthermore, nine […]

September 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fiat ‘encourages’ worker support by putting non-Fiat cars in plastic bags

Fiat ‘encourages’ worker support by putting non-Fiat cars in plastic bags

Shades of the United Autoworkers Union not allowing “foreign” cars—in an increasingly internationalization of the auto industry a truly difficult thing to define—in any of its parking lots: Fiat wrapped non-Fiat cars owned by employees parked outside its factories in clear plastic with the message that the driver is breaking the company’s heart. “To see […]

April 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
First date? Not an estate. Brit babes say ‘No’ to wagons

First date? Not an estate. Brit babes say ‘No’ to wagons

While we’ve always heard about how they’re more sensible about their automobiles on the other side of the pond, with Brits getting sniffy about sedans in lieu of the more favored station wagons, or as they call them over there, estates. But according to a survey by rental car giant Europcar, an estate doesn’t rate […]

March 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
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