Car Reviews

2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang track drive review: Flat-plane geometry and monster brakes

2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang track drive review: Flat-plane geometry and monster brakes

There’s a sort of chicane, and the 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang tags the curbing on the right and then the left and then there’s a straight ahead. Put the hammer down. There’s a slight rise so the next corner can’t be seen, but it’s a left and the braking points are marked with cones. The […]

May 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X road test: Still truckin’ after all these years

2016 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X road test: Still truckin’ after all these years

In the first four months of 2016, Japanese manufacturer Nissan had sold 28,904 Frontier mid-size pickup trucks in the United States, an increase of 15.9 percent over the January-April period in 2015. Considering the renewed interest in mid-size pickup trucks since the recent introduction of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and a major makeover […]

May 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Fiat 500L Urbana Trekking review: Playing the game

2016 Fiat 500L Urbana Trekking review: Playing the game

The coaches at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles studied the Mini playbook and came up with a game plan that crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s—literally—for a return of the Fiat brand to America. To wit: Start with an iconic European brand that’s vaguely familiar to Americans and draw on the brand’s heritage to introduce a […]

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Jeep Renegade Sport review: More enjoyable than you might expect

2016 Jeep Renegade Sport review: More enjoyable than you might expect

At first glance the 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport that arrived for my inspection seemed shockingly primitive —- no 4-wheel-drive, no automatic transmission, no navigation, no satellite radio, not even a rear-view camera. Oh, there were a couple of comfort and convenience features —- air conditioning, cruise control, power heated outside mirror —- but they were […]

May 15, 2016 | By | Reply More

News & Views

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 everything. The Trabant, for those not familiar with it, was in […]

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
NYIAS: 2017 Nissan GT-R debuts as a good thing

NYIAS: 2017 Nissan GT-R debuts as a good thing

If you made 565 horsepower, had a drag coefficient of .26, and a circle-and-bar logo on your rear end, what would you be? You’d be the new 2017 Nissan GT-R, making its debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. And that would be a good thing. The 2017 Nissan GT-R is the latest […]

March 28, 2016 | By | Reply More

Times Were

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
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

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

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
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
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