Car Reviews

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport AWD 2.0T review: No foolin’

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport AWD 2.0T review: No foolin’

OK, we fooled you. Though not really. The car driven and photographed for this review is actually a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport AWD 2.0T, not a 2016 model year, as in the title. The truth is that it really doesn’t matter. It hasn’t changed. Indeed, even the base price remains at $24,950. And outside […]

August 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD 2.0 EcoBoost review: Still cool

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD 2.0 EcoBoost review: Still cool

When we first drove the 2015 Ford Edge, we were impressed with all the cool ideas that Ford engineers and designers and product planners put into the second generation of its midsize crossover. But when we got one at home and spent more time in it…we were even more impressed. Our loaner was a 2015 […]

August 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chevy Colorado Z71 Crew Cab Review: A Big* Yellow Truck

2015 Chevy Colorado Z71 Crew Cab Review: A Big* Yellow Truck

In a segment most analysts – you know, the guy with the MBA and Mercedes – had given up for dead, a resurgent General Motors has again proven the doubters/haters/birthers wrong with the unexpected success of its all-new – and ostensibly midsize – Chevy Colorado. And while we might take issue with the midsize descriptive […]

August 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Review: King of the Hell?

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Review: King of the Hell?

Southlake, TX – On the same weekend the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Neil reported on lapping the Elkhart Lake road course in Cadillac’s CTS-V, this reporter was doing laps of Southlake, Texas (no road course – just roads) in Dodge’s Charger SRT Hellcat. And despite a price difference between the Big Daddy Caddy and chargin’ […]

August 3, 2015 | By | Reply More

News & Views

Dodge Barracuda convertible, next Charger, super Grand Cherokee shown to dealers in Vegas

Dodge Barracuda convertible, next Charger, super Grand Cherokee shown to dealers in Vegas

Performance enthusiasts of the brand that used to wear the Pentastar have been crying for the Barracuda to return ever since the revival of the Dodge Challenger. According to a report in the automotive trade publication Automotive News, they may get their wish, although details are still sketchy. However, at a closed-to-the-media dealer meeting in […]

August 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Chevrolet Camaro prices released…and Chevy lets you ‘visualize’ your next Camaro

2016 Chevrolet Camaro prices released…and Chevy lets you ‘visualize’ your next Camaro

Ready to see your 2016 Chevrolet Camaro now? Chevrolet has an online “visualizer” that will allow users to select options and accessories installed on a 2016 Camaro. The visualizer can show a Camaro in ten standard exterior colors and five interior colors, plus accessories including wheels, ground effects, stripe packages and interior accents. When we […]

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Volkswagen’s Golf R Hyper Hatch: A People’s Car…For Crazy People

Volkswagen’s Golf R Hyper Hatch: A People’s Car…For Crazy People

If you’ve been asleep since the Reagan administration, you may have missed the automotive and cultural phenomenon known as the hot hatch. To be sure, it’s a more pronounced phenom in Europe than it is stateside; there, VWs, Fords, Opels-and-even-Peugeots fight for consumer affection and, uh, Euros. The recipe is simple enough: take a 2-box […]

August 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
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

Times Were

1956 Lancia Aurelia Spyder: Golden

1956 Lancia Aurelia Spyder: Golden

When the roll is called up yonder for great cars that no one ever thinks about anymore, surely the Lancia Aurelia Spyder’s name will be written in gold. No one really thought very much about it in 1956 when it was new, despite it being Lancia’s icebreaker for reentry into the U.S. market. The Italian […]

August 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
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

Tech & How To

Ford Focus ST gets more power from warranty-approved mountune tuner kit

Ford Focus ST gets more power from warranty-approved mountune tuner kit

Aftermarket tuner parts typically have done three things, increase power, invalidate the warranty, and void emissions compliance. Unless of course if they have no effect, in which case why bother? Now, however, Ford is offering a tuning kit that will increase performance of the Ford Focus ST to 275 horsepower and torque to 296 lb/ft […]

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Volkswagen thinks small again with new EA211 1.4-liter TSI engine

Volkswagen thinks small again with new EA211 1.4-liter TSI engine

A print ad from the 1960’s for the VW Beetle famously said “Think small.” Now with a new 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct injection engine, dubbed EA211 Volkswagen is reprising that theme, and for much the same reason: fuel economy. The new engine will first see duty in the Volkswagen Jetta as a replacement for the […]

August 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
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

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

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 […]

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