Car Reviews

2016 Hyundai Tucson ECO review: Mother says, sure, go ahead

2016 Hyundai Tucson ECO review: Mother says, sure, go ahead

Remember that game we played when we were kids, Mother May I? One child would tell the others what kinds of steps they could take. Well, the Hyundai Tucson just got one giant step. Just like the Tucson did for the 2010 model year, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson takes a big stride in the first […]

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Honda Civic Touring 4-door review: How Honda brought its “A” game

2016 Honda Civic Touring 4-door review: How Honda brought its “A” game

Honda famously muffed the ninth generation Civic. Into one of the most competitive segments in the automotive market, Honda brought its “B” game. The 2012 Honda Civic wasn’t so much bad. It was that it wasn’t as good as it could have been, confusing inexpensive with cheap. Honda must have known it from the beginning, […]

June 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Nissan Sentra translates to getting more for your money

2016 Nissan Sentra translates to getting more for your money

There are plenty of compact sedans vying for buyer’s attention and keeping your vehicle fresh is a major concern for auto makers. Nissan has given the 2016 Sentra an extensive reworking, continuing to make this compact sedan a first rate choice. As we look at the global automotive market place, the Nissan Sentra continues to […]

June 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Chrysler 300C Platinum AWD review: A real Chrysler’s Chrysler

2016 Chrysler 300C Platinum AWD review: A real Chrysler’s Chrysler

The 2016 Chrysler 300 is simply the most Chrysler of a Chrysler there is. That’s not a tautology, really. While of course it is a Chrysler—that’s the name on winged badge on its grille—it’s also a Chrysler, living up to the heritage that built the Chrysler Building, one of the most recognizable icons of the […]

June 6, 2016 | By | Reply More

News & Views

#PinkBeetle is VW’s girly-girl car for social media savants

#PinkBeetle is VW’s girly-girl car for social media savants

#PinkBeetle—that’s right, hashtag-Pink-Beetle as its name—is a real thing. Or at least it will be when it goes on sale this fall. Volkswagen claims the Beetle #PinkBeetle will be the first car with the pound sign as part of its name, and we certainly don’t doubt it. Thanks to the hashtag, says Volkswagen, the #PinkBeetle […]

June 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
How capitalism bests socialism: the Volkswagen GTI meets the Trabant

How capitalism bests socialism: the Volkswagen GTI meets the Trabant

What, one might ask, does the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI, the archetypical hot hatch and everyman’s sport compact from capitalist West Germany, have to do with the Trabant, the notorious automotive artifact of the dismal socialist economy of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik? Not much…and yet, everything. For those not familiar with the odd little Trabant, […]

May 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hertz reprises Shelby Mustang rentals with 2016 GT-H, but reserve yours now

Hertz reprises Shelby Mustang rentals with 2016 GT-H, but reserve yours now

Black with gold on Mustang is back at Hertz. The car rental company has announced that it will be leasing the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, reprising the Shelby Mustangs that Hertz rented out in 1966 as the Shelby GT350-H, and again in 2006 as a 40th anniversary celebration of the original Beginning TK, muscle […]

May 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Triple play: Hyundai bringing new hybrids, electric car to the U.S.

Triple play: Hyundai bringing new hybrids, electric car to the U.S.

Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai  is preparing fuel efficient and environmentally friendly fraternal triplets, all named Ioniq, to take on the Toyota Prius and similar competitors in the United States. Introduced at the New York International Automobile Show, the three vehicles are nearly identical in exterior design, but each carries its own fuel-efficient powertrain. The standard […]

March 30, 2016 | By | Reply More

Times Were

1992-1994 Mazda MX-3 GS: Was a little six enough?

1992-1994 Mazda MX-3 GS: Was a little six enough?

The smallest mass-produced V-6 would hardly seem to be something to brag about, something like having the smallest head in the senior class, except that the 1.8-liter V6 in the 1992-1994 Mazda MX-3 GS was such a gem. And a small diamond is worth more than a big chunk of quartz. Focusing on the engine, […]

June 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
1959 Toyopet Crown, Toyota’s ‘bitter experience’

1959 Toyopet Crown, Toyota’s ‘bitter experience’

Who would have believed that Toyota, maker of the 1959 Toyopet Crown would have become the international automotive juggernaut of today? Toyota products have been almost immovable from the upper reaches of customer satisfaction studies. In 1959 America, they were often simply immovable–except by tow truck. Toyota’s initial decision to send the Toyopet Crown to […]

June 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
1964 Renault 8 Gordini: How to say ‘Shelby’ in French

1964 Renault 8 Gordini: How to say ‘Shelby’ in French

Saying “Gordini” in France is like saying “Shelby” in America. Not only do both names mean automotive performance, but if you don’t stretch the analogy too far, there are similarities between the careers of the men behind the names, Amedee Gordini and Carroll Shelby. Each had begun his career as a race driver, each had […]

May 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Brubaker Box, visionary–but too farsighted

The Brubaker Box, visionary–but too farsighted

“We were chugging along looking for clients, trying to survive with a small design office, when it occurred to me that there were a hell of a lot of surfer kids getting around in old beat-up Volkswagen vans.” That was Curtis Brubaker’s epiphany. A trip to Newport Beach yielded a photo with eight or nine […]

March 29, 2016 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

Can a car headrest be used to break a car’s window in an emergency?

Can a car headrest be used to break a car’s window in an emergency?

There’s a meme making its way around Facebook saying that car manufacturers make car seat headrests detachable so they can be used to break window glass in an emergency. Well, let’s take a look at that. First, we’ll posit the primary reason they’re detachable is not because they’re so much “kept detachable” but rather because […]

April 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Euro car safety group adds dual star rating to include advanced safety features

Euro car safety group adds dual star rating to include advanced safety features

A problem, if you can call it that, for car safety testing is that automakers are going above and beyond governmental safety requirements. While car crash testing has been going on for decades and refined to match real world conditions for more accurate crash test ratings, new safety equipment has been developed and touted by […]

April 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
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

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 chase, Fiat 500, helicopter TV news…the ultimate in product placement? (video)

Car chase, Fiat 500, helicopter TV news…the ultimate in product placement? (video)

We’ve seen some unusual product placement efforts in the past, but Fiat has outdone about all of them with a Fiat 500 not only being chased by a half dozen or so police cars but also show on live television that yes, it’s not a clown car. California is probably the only place in the […]

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Bees on cars: It’s the real sting

Bees on cars: It’s the real sting

You know that dog that chases your car? Think it would chase it for two days, even after he caught it once and was taken away once? That didn’t happen to a woman in England, but something close did. According to The Telegraph, that back end of one Carol Howarth’s silver Mitsubishi Outlander was covered […]

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Multi-vehicle pileup wrecks seven brand-new Jeep Wranglers…but no bananas

Multi-vehicle pileup wrecks seven brand-new Jeep Wranglers…but no bananas

Multi-car accidents have been called pile-ups, but one in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, truly lived up to the term. According to a report on WNEP-TV, a driver of a truck carrying seven new Jeep Wranglers ignored warning signs to use a lower gear and slow down for a steep hill just out of town. Shades of Thirty-Thousand […]

April 1, 2016 | By | Reply More

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
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