FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2018
SUNDAY, OCT. 14, 2018
Sun., Oct. 14, 2018, 9:04 a.m.
Kia may not bring Goliath to his knees, but it’s not above aiming a swift kick at his shins. Kia’s newest model, the 2018 Stinger luxury-sport sedan, takes direct aim at a segment dominated by Germans. Specifically, it’s dominated by BMW’s 3-series cars and is...
FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2018
SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2018
Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, 8:55 a.m.
Over the years, Toyota’s Avalon has evolved from roomy-and-docile family sedan to a near-luxury piece with athletic overtones. And when we say, “near-luxury,” what we really mean is “so-close-to-luxury-it’s-hard-to-tell-the-difference.” The all-new 2019 Avalon ($35,500) finds Toyota’s flagship four-door pushing against old boundaries. Deep sense of...
FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2018
MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2018
Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 6:47 a.m.
For some automakers, the rise of the crossover has meant the death of sedans. Most notably, Ford and Fiat Chrysler have signaled their plans to slash their sedan lineups. It’s a different story at Honda. As sedan sales slump elsewhere, its two mainline sedans —...
FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2018
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018
Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 3:06 p.m.
Toyota’s 4Runner is one of a handful of true sport-utes still plying America’s byways. The 4Runner is a throwback, a reminder of an era before the time that crossovers rose up to bring the mighty breed to its knees. Unlike a sedan-based crossover, the midsize...
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2018
Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, 9:24 a.m.
In 2014, Lexus slipped an audacious new coupe into its lineup. The RC represents Lexus’s debut in the luxury coupe segment, which was then experiencing a growth spurt. It’s a small but richly populated cohort, with players from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Infiniti. Stylish, luxurious...
FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2018
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2018
Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 7:23 a.m.
Having shouldered its way into the fraternity of mainstream automakers, Kia is acting like one. For four consecutive years, the upstart Korean company has earned the No. One spot among non-premium makers in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study (fewest quality problems in the first 100...
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2018
SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2018
Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 11:05 a.m.
My introduction to a test car usually takes place on the dirt road that separates our house from the highway below. You learn a lot about a car that way. You learn which colors look best under a layer of dust. And you learn which...
FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018
SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2018
Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 11:47 a.m.
When it launched the RDX compact crossover in 2006, Acura paved the way for the coming wave of small luxury CUVs. But, while the RDX anticipated the Next Big Thing, its taut suspension and peaky turbocharged four-cylinder engine limited its appeal largely to enthusiasts. In...
FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2018
SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2018
Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 11:09 a.m.
Gas-electric hybrids account for a tiny fraction of U.S. auto sales, but automakers aren’t backing off. Every year, it seems, some new hybrid debuts, and companies like Honda and Volvo have announced aggressive new electrification strategies. Toyota was an early leader in the movement. It...
FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2018
SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2018
Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 11:35 a.m.
Here in the S-R Auto pages, we tend to focus our efforts on vehicles that are locally available. Every now and again, though, we set the locals-only embargo aside. Today is one of those days. On a recent family visit to Wisconsin, we were given...
FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2018
SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2018
Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 7:54 a.m.
When an automotive segment catches fire, buyers win big. Take the superheated — and super-profitable — subcompact luxury crossover segment, where a batch of high-profile players are duking it out. Inevitably, the segment has become a hotbed of innovation. Lexus joined the fray in 2015...
FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2018
SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018
Sun., July 29, 2018, 9:53 a.m.
From my perch in the Peanut Gallery, it’s easy to suggest that the 2019 Honda Insight is the Insight Honda should have been building all along. Insight has been Honda’s pure-hybrid play since its 1999 debut. However, both of its earlier iterations were prematurely discontinued...
FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018
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