Car Reviews

2016 Hyundai Elantra GT review: Is the touring really grand?

2016 Hyundai Elantra GT review: Is the touring really grand?

The letters “G” and “T” are among the most abused in the automotive moniker mien, specifically when they’re joined to form “GT.” That, of course, stands for “grand touring,” which evokes images of European motorcars of the ‘Thirties with long hoods, short cabins. Or maybe a sleek Euro coupe from the Sixties, with a V-12, […]

August 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop first drive review: My speed

2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop first drive review: My speed

There we were, stuck in Friday afternoon gridlock on Interstate 84 just west of Danbury, Connecticut. Neither my driving partner nor I was pleased with our situation, nor that we couldn’t agree on the radio station. She liked XM’s 1stWave, while The Bridge was more my speed…though speed was only a memory. But not distant. […]

July 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Honda HR-V Navi review: Smaller scale CR-V

2016 Honda HR-V Navi review: Smaller scale CR-V

The Honda CR-V has been a hit since its introduction as a major player in the crowded compact SUV/CUV, in no small part because of its versatile interior, unmatched by any other vehicle in its segment. The same utility has been present in the Honda Fit, but the Fit lacks all-weather capability of the Honda […]

July 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport review: When two doors are more than four doors

2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport review: When two doors are more than four doors

At first blush, the 2015 Lexus RC 350 to be simply a coupe version of the Lexus IS sedan, and there is some justification for that assumption. After all, they’re about the same size and they share the same powertrain, a 3.5-liter V-6 with an eight-speed or six-speed automatic transmission, with a choice of rear […]

July 21, 2015 | By | Reply More

News & Views

GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado lead latest round in light-duty diesel applications, but not the only action

GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado lead latest round in light-duty diesel applications, but not the only action

The GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup trucks will be available with an all-new 2.8-liter Duramax diesel for the 2016 model year when they goes on sale this fall. They’re part of a new wave of light-duty pickups available with diesel engines, including the full-size Nissan Titan, all new for 2016, and the Ram […]

July 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
An Overview of Honda’s 2016 Pilot Elite – Jurassic Parked

An Overview of Honda’s 2016 Pilot Elite – Jurassic Parked

The automotive industry’s Jurassic era ended – at least unofficially – with the OPEC crisis of 1973. With the oil exporting countries – led by Saudi Arabia – in a snit over U.S. support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War, the oil spigot from the Mideast was shut off that fall, gas lines became […]

July 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ford approaching autonomous car function by function, not all at once

Ford approaching autonomous car function by function, not all at once

The arrival of the autonomous car, says Ford, will be more like Chanukah than Christmas. Not that the carmaker went theological, Ford indicated that instead of getting everything on one day, presents will come over a period of time. (Yes, we know gift-giving isn’t part of Chanukah, but technically, neither is Christmas, but rather than […]

June 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Further With Ford: Oh, Henry!

Further With Ford: Oh, Henry!

Palo Alto, CA – This isn’t Ford’s Glass House in Dearborn, although the unassuming two-story building in Palo Alto does have glass. It doesn’t rise, however, like a mid-century bar graph, a descriptive you might use (but wouldn’t) for Ford’s World Headquarters in Dearborn. Rather, Ford’s newly established Research and Innovation Center (RIC) near Stanford […]

June 27, 2015 | By | Reply More

Times Were

1967 Chevrolet Corvette L89 was the rarest, if not quite the fastest, ‘Vette of its time

1967 Chevrolet Corvette L89 was the rarest, if not quite the fastest, ‘Vette of its time

If this were 1967 and you were able to ask Ed Cle, then general manager of General Motors, for the hottest, meanest street-drivable automobile in the GM fleet, he would have suggested this, the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette with Regular Production Option L89. We know, because some is reputed to have done just that. A friend […]

July 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
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

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

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
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

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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