Mazda is not the biggest player in the automotive world, and financial markets don’t shudder when the company introduces new vehicles. And Mazda is fine with that. The company just keeps rocking along building vehicles that connect with people.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Friday, June 09, 2017
When it comes to full-sized pickup trucks, Ram takes a back seat to nobody. With a range of strong engines, including a fuel-efficient 3.0-lliter turbodiesel V6, the Ram 1500 is also one of the best-designed pick ‘em ups on the market.
Friday, June 02, 2017
I’m not a bodybuilder, but I think I may have gained a pound of muscle mass just by driving Dodge’s newest Challenger muscle car last week. Something about sitting behind the wheel of the 2017 Challenger just seems to make you feel stronger.
Friday, May 26, 2017
The all-new Infiniti QX30 is for buyers who appreciate premium amenities in a smaller package. The compact QX30 is a sporty little number that is just as comfortable scooting you around urban environments as it is out on the Interstate.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
The 2017 Nissan Rogue has been incredibly popular with car buyers, and it’s a big reason Nissan has become the fastest growing auto brand in the U.S. Now comes the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, slightly smaller and sportier than the Rogue, and aimed sq…
Friday, May 05, 2017
Volkswagen’s Passat got a makeover last year and as a result doesn’t change much for the 2017 model year. The Passat is a front-drive mid-size sedan that’s hard to beat dollar-for-dollar. The SEL trim is discontinued for 2017, but lower trim level…
Friday, April 28, 2017
Americans love the functionality and comfort of their SUVs, and they love to take them on road trips across the country. Now, thanks to Volkswagen, Americans have another really good choice when it comes time to pack up and head to grandma’s house.
Friday, April 21, 2017
The Scion brand is no more, but the Scion FR-S sports coupe lives on for 2017 as the Toyota 86. It’s “everyman’s sports car” – a sporty little number that is affordable, nimble and oh so fun to drive.
Friday, April 14, 2017
The Hyundai Santa Fe gets a design refresh, more LED lighting and a new drive mode that will give drivers more options for 2017. The Santa Fe has one of the strongest V6 engines in its segment and is a comfortable ride for up to seven people.
Friday, April 07, 2017
The Toyota Tacoma and other mid-size trucks shook up the pickup world last year after the segment had remained dormant for a decade. Now it seems like everyone has a new mid-size pickup. For 2017, there’s no letup at Toyota, where a dynamite new o…
Friday, March 31, 2017
If you haven’t heard much about the Genesis brand or what vehicles it offers, you will soon. Genesis is the luxury brand associated with Hyundai, similarly to Toyota/Lexus, Nissan/Infiniti and Honda/Acura. Our test car for the week was the flagshi…
Friday, March 24, 2017
The family-friendly Honda Pilot is a large three-row SUV that can haul up to eight people and tow up to 5,000 pounds worth of their stuff to the beach, the mountains or just to grandma’s house.
Friday, March 17, 2017
With three powertrain choices, terrific styling and aggressive track-ready performance, the 2017 Lexus RC350 leaves much of its competition behind. This little coupe is fast, sporty and loads of fun to drive. Even better, the price tag of the RC35…
Friday, March 10, 2017
The mid-size Mazda6 sedan offers coupe-like styling, excellent road manners and premium features found on more expensive models. If you’re shopping in the crowded and competitive mid-size sedan segment, you should definitely drive the 6 before mak…
Friday, March 03, 2017
With a world-class cabin and new fuel-efficient 4-cylinder turbocharged engine choices, Volvo’s XC90 makes a strong statement in the mid-size luxury crossover segment. If you’re shopping in this segment, you shouldn’t make a move until you drive t…
Friday, February 24, 2017
Completely redesigned in 2014, the Acura MDX gets a major refresh for 2017 with some welcome exterior changes that include a new diamond pentagon grille, new headlights, a new hood and new front fenders.
Friday, February 17, 2017
The Jetta has long been Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle in the United States. For 2017, VW eliminates the diesel and hybrid trims from the Jetta lineup, simplifying the model offerings to just four: S, SE, SEL and the performance oriented GLI.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Mercedes-Benz brought its popular European Metris van to the United States last year and continues it with a 2017 model. The Metris can be configured either as a cargo or passenger van and is smaller than the company’s Sprinter van.
Friday, February 03, 2017
Infiniti’s QX80 doesn’t change much for 2017, but why should it? It makes no apologies for the opulence that fills its cabin, and it has one simple goal: to transport up to eight humans in the most roomy and comfortable way imaginable. It reaches …
Friday, January 27, 2017
First introduced to the American market in the mid-1960s, the Fiat 124 Spider was an affordable roadster that was fun to drive. It found its way into the hearts of more than 170,000 American car buyers, and nearly 8,000 of them are still registered.
Friday, January 20, 2017
The Dodge Durango is a big, brawny SUV with three rows and lots of interior room. It has a terrific cabin and an available HEMI V8 that gives this rear-wheel drive SUV an aggressive attitude, class-leading towing and excellent driving dynamics.
Friday, January 13, 2017
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is longer, lower, wider and lighter than the outgoing 2016 model. The LaCrosse also has a sleek new design that makes it an appealing pick in the full-size sedan category.
Friday, January 06, 2017
If you’re in the market for an off-road vehicle that also looks like it belongs in the valet line at the Pelican Hill Resort, look no further than the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. All the bells and whistles are there, the cabin is top notch and its o…
Friday, December 30, 2016
The GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado are a couple of trucks that will actually fit in your garage. Both are capable and durable haulers, but if you’re looking for a more refined interior the Canyon might be just what you’re looking for, espec…
Friday, December 23, 2016
Full-size pickup trucks today range from utilitarian work trucks to posh luxury vehicles. But few are as posh as Chevrolet’s Silverado High Country edition. It’s posher than most and in fact may be the poshest of all.
Friday, December 16, 2016
When you think of some of the safest cars on the road, which ones come to mind? If you didn’t think Subaru, you should think again. The 2017 Subaru Legacy competes in the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan segment, but if it’s not on your test drive…
Friday, December 09, 2016
In the stiff competition among full-size light-duty pickups – otherwise known as “truck wars” – the Ram 1500 makes a strong case to be king of the mountain. There are two good reasons why: a good selection of strong engines and dynamite styling in…
Friday, December 02, 2016
Somewhere between a hatchback and a compact SUV is Volkswagen’s Golf Sportwagen. If you need more room than in a sedan or small hatch, but you don’t want to climb up into a bulky SUV, the Golf Sportwagen is an attractive alternative.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Driving the 2017 Nissan Murano is like driving a premium luxury car without the premium luxury price tag. The interior is superb, the V6 engine provides plenty of spunk and the technology is sophisticated. If you are in the market for a mid-size S…
Friday, November 11, 2016
Friday, November 04, 2016
“The versatility is the main thing. You can do everything right now with a Wrangler that you could do 20 years ago. Take the top off, take the doors off, fold the windshield down. The purists don’t want it to change at all.”
Friday, October 21, 2016
Most folks know that nearly every Subaru gets the company’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, but the 2017 Outback also gets X-Mode as standard equipment. X-Mode is a feature that makes the Outback AWD even more stable in even worse driving cond…
Friday, October 14, 2016
Friday, October 07, 2016
The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is a 5-seat mid-size sedan with a wealth of safety features and a choice of strong, fuel-efficient engines. The Passat is a Top Safety Pick Plus from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and gets a five-star safety…
Friday, September 16, 2016
The GMC Acadia is completely redesigned for 2017. The new Acadia is considerably smaller and 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor, making it more fuel efficient and more maneuverable. An All Terrain model with light off-roading capability is al…
Friday, September 09, 2016
The 124 Spider roadster returns to America as a 2017 model nearly 50 years after the iconic Italian convertible was first introduced to buyers here. Introduced to the American market in 1968, U.S. buyers bought up more than 170,000 Fiat 124 Spider…
Friday, September 02, 2016
The last major redesign of Ford’s workhorse Super Duty pickup truck was back in 1998, when gasoline cost $1.15 a gallon, stamps cost 32 cents, the average car cost $17,200 and the U.S. had a budget surplus. Fast forward to today and things – as we…
Friday, August 26, 2016
If a car company sits still in the auto industry, it won’t be long before that car company will be choking on the dust of companies that have passed it by. The concept is not lost at Nissan, where 85 percent of its entire fleet of trucks and SUVs …
Friday, August 19, 2016
Friday, August 05, 2016
With several high-profile introductions in the past two years, the mid-size truck segment is on fire. This year, the Honda Ridgeline joins the fray. The second generation Ridgeline has a far smoother ride than you’d expect in a truck, it provides …
Monday, August 01, 2016
With seating for up to eight, the 2016 Toyota Highlander continues to be a popular choice for families on the go. The third generation Highlander, a three-row SUV with lots of interior room and amenities, doesn’t get significant changes for 2016.