Car Reviews

2015 Toyota Sienna SE Premium first drive review: True to the concept

2015 Toyota Sienna SE Premium first drive review: True to the concept

The Toyota Sienna is one of a decreasing number of minivans that has stayed true to the original concept. It seats up to eight in relative comfort, doubles as a stuff hauler, and can fit most garages. And even Mom can drive it. (That’s a joke, folks, based on the popular designation of the minivan […]

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Toyota FJ Cruiser road test: Rugged all-terrain vehicle nearing retirement

Toyota FJ Cruiser road test: Rugged all-terrain vehicle nearing retirement

It is almost time to say good bye to the Toyota FJ Cruiser  When the last of its  2014-model off-road vehicles has been sold, the Cruiser will officially be put out to pasture, so to speak.. This undoubtedly does not come as good news to  many of the faithful, who have recently bestowed upon it […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition Review: The fun, fabulous ’50s are back!

2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition Review: The fun, fabulous ’50s are back!

October 1957 was an extremely busy month in the United States, with lots of big news being made. On the 4th, the Soviet Union sent Sputnik into orbit, launching the Space Age. On the 8th, the Dodgers confirmed that they were leaving Brooklyn and heading to Los Angeles, and on the 30th, a Buzzardette was […]

October 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye review: Drop the ‘e’ and nobody gets hurt

2014 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye review: Drop the ‘e’ and nobody gets hurt

Can we please drop the “e”? We know that Dodge is hyping its heritage with the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, and that heritage dating to the Sixties includes the cloying use of the “European”—or is it that the Olde English—way to spell “rally.” But no, it really isn’t. So can’t we, while keeping the […]

October 7, 2014 | By | Reply More

News & Views

Lexus and its Coupes – From Sport Coupe to Radical Concept

Lexus and its Coupes – From Sport Coupe to Radical Concept

Alexandra, VA – It’s a fall afternoon, and I’m at a light just north of Alexandria’s Old Town. To my left is an early ‘90s Lexus SC, in what looks to be immaculate condition; behind the wheel is a 20-something that makes him a toddler when the car was first sold. His window is down, and […]

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
‘Mustang Bucket List Tour’ gets Mustang club owners to happily carry Ford’s water

‘Mustang Bucket List Tour’ gets Mustang club owners to happily carry Ford’s water

It may appear to be carrying coals to Newcastle, but Ford is traveling the country pitching the 2015 Ford Mustang to the Mustang faithful. The “Mustang Bucket List Tour” is hitting seven cities around the U.S., enticing Mustang club members to attend with a test drive the 2015 Mustang even before it hits dealer showrooms. […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Manual Transmission: Get ‘em before they’re not…

The Manual Transmission: Get ‘em before they’re not…

In the November issue of Automobile magazine, an editorial celebration of Ferrari’s 60 years in America devotes one of five Ferrari articles to a privately-owned 599 with manual transmission. In that the last Ferrari with a manual transmission rolled off the assembly line in 2011, finding an example wasn’t a walk in the park…it was a drive […]

October 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
EPA Regs, Consumer Fleet Pump U.S. Up!

EPA Regs, Consumer Fleet Pump U.S. Up!

WASHINGTON – In a report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last Wednesday, new vehicles sold in the U.S. achieved an all-time high fuel economy in the 2013 model year. The average – 24.1 miles per gallon – represented a .5 mile per gallon improvement over 2012, and reflects an almost 5 mile per gallon […]

October 14, 2014 | By | Reply More

Times Were

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
1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

Like a persistent back-seat driver, the 2.0-liter V8 yammers incessantly. Sucking air and high test spritzed into the velocity stacks I can see in the rear-view mirror, it urges “faster, faster,” and my right foot is all too ready to comply. The seat of my pants is on full alert and my neck muscles are […]

June 11, 2014 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

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
Honda hops up CR-Z hybrid sports with HPD supercharger

Honda hops up CR-Z hybrid sports with HPD supercharger

Honda finally recognized what everyone else saw from the beginning—that the sporty Honda CR-Z hybrid is too slow—and is finally correcting the shortcoming with a factory-developed supercharging kit that will boost horsepower output to a max 197 horsepower. Back in 2011, when we first drove the Honda CR-Z, we liked it, not only the irreverent […]

August 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Three-liter diesel in a Ram 1500: The first diesel in a full-size pickup

Three-liter diesel in a Ram 1500: The first diesel in a full-size pickup

The 2014 Ram 1500 with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel could be considered the first full-size pickup with a diesel engine. Or it could be considered the first diesel in a full-size pickup. That’s not a tautology. There is a difference. The latter is an engine with a truck around it. And it’s a great truck, as […]

August 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Ford’s new glovebox door knee airbag debuts in 2015 Mustang

Early airbag designs were bulky, with the steering wheel bag assembly making the wheel look like a hassock with a grab ring. Over the years, however, the inflatable safety devices have become smaller and more compact, and engineers have found more ways to deploy them. Side curtain and side torso seatbelts help prevent side impact […]

June 21, 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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