Car Reviews

Buick Cascada delivers style and luxury for open top motoring

Buick Cascada delivers style and luxury for open top motoring

Buick is a brand within the General Motors fold that has taken a resourceful and dynamic direction. As its television commercials suggest, people do not expect the character of the new Buick vehicles from a brand such as Buick. Even when a Buick is parked right in front of them folks do not recognize it […]

February 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Nissan Maxima SR road test: Lots of luxury with a side of sporty

2016 Nissan Maxima SR road test: Lots of luxury with a side of sporty

A recent week with the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima SR served again to remind me that the traditional definition of a luxury car no longer really applies. Back in the day —- ok, way back in the day —- luxury might have meant an automatic transmission, or air conditioning, or power steering and power brakes, […]

February 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
2017 Hyundai Elantra First Drive Review: 30 years in the making

2017 Hyundai Elantra First Drive Review: 30 years in the making

It’s hard to believe that Hyundai is celebrating its 30th anniversary in America, and even harder to believe that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra sedan is a sixth-generation vehicle. A lot has happened to Hyundai and the Elantra during those decades, and the majority of it has been good. Hyundai had the best sales year in […]

February 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LT review: Chevy’s most popular car, if you don’t count the truck

2016 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LT review: Chevy’s most popular car, if you don’t count the truck

Believe it or not, the Chevrolet Equinox is Chevrolet’s second biggest seller, behind only the Chevrolet Silverado pickup. Americans seem to have decided that the crossover is the vehicle of family choice, and for Chevy, the Equinox is favored. Among the home team, it lies between the smaller Chevrolet Trax and larger Chevrolet Traverse. It […]

January 29, 2016 | By | Reply More

News & Views

Mahindra buys Pininfarina, plans upscale model

Mahindra buys Pininfarina, plans upscale model

If this were a cheesy clickbait article, it would have a title like, “Indian tractor maker buys Italian car designer and you won’t believe what…” And actually, the details are surprising, though not out of line with what crosstown rival Tata has done. Tata famously bought into the luxury car market by purchasing Jaguar/Land Rover. […]

February 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport…what’s that all about?

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport…what’s that all about?

If you read our review of the Hyundai Elantra, you know we really like this smart compact sedan. However, when potential buyers start to do their research, the max performance you’ll get from the Elantra trim levels is 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque from the SE and Limited, and 128/156 from the Eco […]

February 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Scion brand not completely dead as Scion models live on

Scion brand not completely dead as Scion models live on

We’re not going to cite the Mark Twain quote about “rumors of death” and “greatly exaggerated, but essentially that was the message from Toyota’s chief of American operations Bob Carter, who invited CarBuzzard to participate in a conference call with select publications regarding the “death of Scion.” CarBuzzard had broken the story in a news […]

February 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Breaking News: Scion is Dead

Breaking News: Scion is Dead

Word on the street is that tomorrow morning, the Scion division of Toyota will cease to exist. At a top-secret meeting this afternoon, employees were told that the division, which started with the xA and xB in 2002 as 2003 models, wouldn’t see it’s 14th anniversary. Those who were laid off were told they would […]

February 2, 2016 | By | Reply More

Times Were

1991-1994 Mercury Capri XR2: the anti-Miata that failed

1991-1994 Mercury Capri XR2: the anti-Miata that failed

I just goes to show you how things so similar can be so different. On the surface, the Mazda Miata—introduced in the fall of 1989—and the 1991 Mercury Capri are very similar: two seat sportsters powered by Mazda four-cylinder engines. Both had pop-up headlights, and crossed the Pacific to reach American buyers. How more similar […]

January 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Volvo 480ES: The immigrant that wasn’t

Volvo 480ES: The immigrant that wasn’t

Of all the “could’ve beens,” perhaps the saddest ever is the Volvo 480 Turbo. Volvo hadn’t built a sports car since the demise of the 1800ES after the 1973 model year. The five mph bumper rule that came into full effect in 1974 would have required a full redesign, something that really didn’t make sense […]

December 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
Why Fairlady? ‘My Fair Lady’ and the Datsun sports cars’ unusual name

Why Fairlady? ‘My Fair Lady’ and the Datsun sports cars’ unusual name

Why Fair Lady? It’s impossible to know what’s in someone else’s head, unless of course they tell you. And even then they may not be telling the truth. But there has been much speculation and pontification on exactly how the Datsun/Nissan sports cars came to be called Fairlady. There are some things that we do […]

November 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
1982 Lancia Zagato: A car we should have loved more

1982 Lancia Zagato: A car we should have loved more

You should have regrets, America. But Italy, it’s partly your fault as well. A car with pretty, if somewhat quirky styling, a lusty dohc engine and supple ride and handling should have found greater favor. But by 1982 the Italian automobile industry in America was limping with self-inflicted bullet holes in both feet. The Lancia […]

October 25, 2015 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

Chevrolet LTG crate motor puts a 2-liter turbo four in hotrodders hands; Chevy shows the Nova 2.0

Chevrolet LTG crate motor puts a 2-liter turbo four in hotrodders hands; Chevy shows the Nova 2.0

Now to find a 1967 Chevrolet Nova. Chevrolet has a new crate motor—a complete run-ready engine ready for installation—that isn’t the familiar Chevy smallblock V-8 loved by street rodders, hot rodders and whatever other rodders one might have. Instead, it’s a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged four. Chevrolet built it, in fact, to replace the V-8. And […]

November 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Falken Tire adds foam inside tires for a quieter ride

Falken Tire adds foam inside tires for a quieter ride

There’s nothing more tiring—pun intended—than noisy tires on a long drive. Well, maybe that thing in gym where you had to hold your arms out until they just ached. But road noise in a car interferes with conversation, impedes enjoyment of that expensive high end audio, and is just plain annoying. And car makers spend […]

September 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
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

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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