Car Reviews

2015 Hyundai Santa FE Sport 2.0T road test: Classy and capable

2015 Hyundai Santa FE Sport 2.0T road test: Classy and capable

If you happen to be looking for a small to mid-size crossover vehicle for the family, I have two words for you: Good luck! The continued proliferation of these vehicles, many of them very similar, keeps making the choice more difficult. Nevertheless, let me make a case for the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. […]

February 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Mustang 1-4 Coupe Premium review: Well grounded at speed

2015 Ford Mustang 1-4 Coupe Premium review: Well grounded at speed

  Perhaps it’s not the way one should begin a review of the 2015 Ford Mustang, but it is a lot about the car and the technology of the times. Open the hood of the 2015 Mustang I-4 Coupe powered by the 2.3-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder and to be seen, in addition to the engine, the […]

February 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Expedition EL Platinum 4X4: Best Supporting Actor?

2015 Ford Expedition EL Platinum 4X4: Best Supporting Actor?

As you’ve probably noticed, Ford builds an abundance of well-regarded cars and the country’s best-selling (and most innovative) truck. And it also builds an absolute truckload of buzz, especially in the last twelve months. As you might expect, there’s much more to the Ford story than simply its iconic Mustang and an alloy-bodied truck. One […]

February 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Lincoln MKC review: More than an Escape

2015 Lincoln MKC review: More than an Escape

It would be easy to write off the new 2015 Lincoln MKC as a Ford Escape in pearls. It’s what Ford has done before, taking a model for the masses, adding a veneer of luxury touches and then sending it off to Lincoln-Mercury dealers with a kiss and a wave and best wishes. And the […]

February 19, 2015 | By | Reply More

News & Views

2015 NHRA Winternationals: Let’s set the record straight

2015 NHRA Winternationals: Let’s set the record straight

A long time ago, my dad took me and my three siblings to the NHRA drag races in Pomona. I must have been eight years old, and all I remember is the smell of rubber for days, and my mom combing chunks of burned tire out of my hair. I think that was the last […]

February 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chicago Auto Show: A bit more that matters, Part III

2015 Chicago Auto Show: A bit more that matters, Part III

In many ways the Chicago auto show is the most important major auto show in North America. Not entirely because significant automobiles are unveiled or even that it generates large headlines. What lies beneath the swirling lights and glitzy presentations are the strong relationships developed or fortified between our intrepid journalists and company executives and […]

February 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rolls-Royce will build an SUV; Yes, you read that right, a Rolls SUV

Rolls-Royce will build an SUV; Yes, you read that right, a Rolls SUV

Rolls-Royce will build an SUV. Not that they’d say it quite like that. Rolls-Royce wouldn’t even issue a press release.  Instead, Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes the chairman and chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars issued an “open letter.” And rather than an SUV, the new vehicle will be a “car that offers the luxury of a […]

February 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chicago Auto Show: A little more that matters, Part II

2015 Chicago Auto Show: A little more that matters, Part II

The Chicago Auto Show is the industry equivalent of third base. As Matras said in Part I: first comes LA, then NAIAS, then Chicago, and finally New York; these four make up the top shows in the country. And while Chicago news and reveals may not match the glitz and glamour of Detroit, we love […]

February 17, 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

Winter tires are a basic safety issue in snow and ice

Winter tires are a basic safety issue in snow and ice

  For those of us who actually have a real need for winter tires most rationalize with reasons for not spending the effort, energy and the money to outfit your vehicles with a set of real honest to goodness winter tires. Many of us talk ourselves into believing if our car is equipped with tires […]

February 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
New in-dash Porsche ‘radio navigation’ unit solves a #firstworldproblem

New in-dash Porsche ‘radio navigation’ unit solves a #firstworldproblem

Call it a first world problem. You own an older Porsche, old enough that it didn’t have the option of in-dash GPS navigation. And a Garmin suction cupped to the windshield is so gauche. What will you do? Whatever shall you do? Porsche has the answer, a “radio navigation” unit that plugss into the standard […]

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
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

Places

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
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

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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