Car Reviews

2015 Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna: Rooms To Go

2015 Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna: Rooms To Go

If there exists a better shuttle between home and airport than a minivan, I haven’t seen it. With its big-box volume, low step-in height and (relatively) easy access to its third row, a minivan is just the ticket for holiday get-togethers when most of the ‘together’ is arriving from out of town. For this year’s […]

January 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2014 Ford C-Max Energi road test: Surprisingly fun to drive, inexpensive to operate

2014 Ford C-Max Energi road test: Surprisingly fun to drive, inexpensive to operate

  You say you’re not familiar with the car that Ford calls the C-Max Energi? Can’t blame you. I haven’t seen more than a handful myself. But, to simplify matters let’s just agree that the C-Max Energi is Ford’s alternative to Toyota’s plug-in hybrid. Surely, you know what a Prius looks like. Anyway, none of […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Lexus IS 350 C convertible road test: A fair (and foul) weather friend

Lexus IS 350 C convertible road test: A fair (and foul) weather friend

So what if you live in a place where the winds often howl, the temperatures plummet, the rains pound or the snows stick. Whenever the sun shines and the mercury climbs, all it takes is the push of a button and 20 seconds later you and your 2014 Lexus IS 350 C  Convertible are cruising […]

January 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited Review: C’mon get happy

2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited Review: C’mon get happy

Subaru is an interesting brand; it’s perfectly content to sit out of the limelight as grab enough attention to be successful. While Ford, and GM and FCA fight it out year after year for total dominance, Subaru (much like Kia) continues to plod along, slowly climbing in sales. I’ll bet if we asked you where […]

January 5, 2015 | By | Reply More

News & Views

North American International Auto Show, Part II: Double punch

North American International Auto Show, Part II: Double punch

Although the new Ford GT and Acura NSX were arguably the belles of this debutante ball, they weren’t the only headliners at the 2015 North American International Auto Show–or NAIAS, or even more colloquially, The Detroit Show–a 200 mph Cadillac sedan was hardly to be missed, nor the Audi Q7, more concepts–from Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Hyundai […]

January 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 North American International Auto Show, Part I: packing a punch

2015 North American International Auto Show, Part I: packing a punch

Once again, auto manufacturers brought a lot of eye candy to Cobo Center for the 2015 North American International Auto Show, fondly called NAIAS. By the time the snow had cleared, we saw 55 vehicle introductions, walked over 15 miles of convention center aisles and, according to the NAIAS website, drank thousands of bottles of […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Progressive International Motorcycle Shows: Goin’ With the Flo…

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows: Goin’ With the Flo…

While the rest of the small world known as ‘automotive media’ was packing its collective bag for the Detroit show, I was comfortably ensconced within the warm confines of Washington, DC’s Convention Center. There, most of what we regard as the North American motorcycle market was on display at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, irrespective […]

January 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ethanol is the new bad boy, but who’s to blame?

Ethanol is the new bad boy, but who’s to blame?

Ethanol, once the golden fuel of the sustainability/global warmists, ethanol has fallen out of favor of late. It’s expensive, has assorted negative ecological and human welfare impact, and even its “greenhouse gas” cred is dubious. So environmentalists, who were original proponents of ethanol-as-fuel, now must find a boogeyman for a little prophylactic blameshifting. Up against […]

January 5, 2015 | By | Reply More

Times Were

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
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

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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