Car Reviews

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 AWD review: We with the Genesis…with all-wheel drive

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 AWD review: We with the Genesis…with all-wheel drive

  As we write this, computer models are showing with typical meteorological accuracy, anywhere from five to 16 inches of snow in our area. (If they can’t be more accurate than that for a few days out, how can they tell us how deep the ocean will be 50 years from now? But we digress). […]

November 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Kia K900 V-8 VIP follow-up review: A closer look

2015 Kia K900 V-8 VIP follow-up review: A closer look

This is our third look at the 2015 Kia K900 V-8—fourth if you count the brief exposure we had while experiencing Kia’s free-meal promotion program—which makes this a follow-up to the one-day K900 first drive and another K900 evaluation that left us so impressed. And looking forward to spending more time in the K900 for […]

November 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Honda Fit EX review: Two, two, two cars in one

2015 Honda Fit EX review: Two, two, two cars in one

With a two car household, it’s possible to own vehicles that can serve different purposes. For example, a compact fuel miser can be paired with another that’s big enough to take on Costco, IKEA and the farmers’ market without breathing hard. But with only one car, the task becomes more difficult. Of course, those who […]

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Ford Fiesta ST, Take 3: Aimed at the young, fun for everyone

2014 Ford Fiesta ST, Take 3: Aimed at the young, fun for everyone

When you are invited to try out a car with a paint job described as Molten Orange Metallic you pretty much know in advance that it’s not going to be some kind of slothful sedan. And, sure enough, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST turns out to be a rowdy little hatchback that is as ready […]

November 13, 2014 | By | Reply More

News & Views

Notes on the Economy Hatch: Your Door to More (Money)

Notes on the Economy Hatch: Your Door to More (Money)

At the end of 1966 my parents, having relocated to an Omaha suburb, found themselves in need of a second car. With money tight, the folks took what was at the time a no-brainer decision: the purchase of a brand-new VW Beetle. With a 4-speed manual and no a/c, the only option they popped for […]

November 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Edge Update: prices, stats, and other random notes

2015 Ford Edge Update: prices, stats, and other random notes

Although co-Buzzard David Boldt gave us a preview of the next-gen Ford Edge midsize crossover last July (read about it here), more details have been shared with the press. The Edge is the next step up in size from the Escape, and Ford calls it the midsize crossover. Since its launch in 2006 as an […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Shakespeare was wrong: A Mercedes by any other name…

Shakespeare was wrong: A Mercedes by any other name…

Here we go again, folks. First Infiniti did the big switcheroo, going from a series of vehicles badged G, M, FX to Qs. Now Mercedes-Benz is messing with the alphabet. The company announced today that it was rebadging the entire lineup of vehicles so customers can more easily understand the model and engine propulsion choice […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ford Begins Production of New F-150: Alloy, Mate!

Ford Begins Production of New F-150: Alloy, Mate!

That Ford should begin production of its all-new F-150 on Veterans Day has to be more than coincidence; in both World Wars Ford Motor Company did much to establish the United States as the arsenal of democracy. And just as Veterans Day marks the end of what was the first conflict with global import, production […]

November 11, 2014 | By | Reply More

Times Were

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
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

Tech & How To

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
Do you see what I see? Driving while talking, what’s safest

Do you see what I see? Driving while talking, what’s safest

There’s evidence that talking on a hands-free mobile phone while driving is just as dangerous as driving while holding a mobile phone and, aside from the obvious problem of not having enough hands for both driving and phone holding, it seems somewhat counterintuitive. After all, the first is just talking. But talking with someone in […]

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Volkswagen has new 2.0-liter diesel engine for 2015; dubbed EA288

Volkswagen has new 2.0-liter diesel engine for 2015; dubbed EA288

Volkswagen has cornered 90 percent of the American automotive diesel market, a remarkable achievement, especially considering the diesel engines now in everything from BMW and Audi to even the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chevrolet Cruze. To be fair, Volkswagen has had an exclusive on smaller diesel engines in the U.S. No one else has […]

September 8, 2014 | By | Reply More

Places

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 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

Road Kill

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
Smart fortwo runs twelves, 107 mph in the quartermile, with Paseo s/c engine (video)

Smart fortwo runs twelves, 107 mph in the quartermile, with Paseo s/c engine (video)

We don’t know whether to file this under What Kind of a Mind Thinks Up Something Like This, or What Kind of Person Would Drive Something Like That? The “this” and “that” in this case is Mercedes-Benz’s Smart fortwo—a Smart Car—powered by a 1.5-liter Toyota four-cylinder engine from a Toyota Paseo. We don’t know the […]

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
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
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