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
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018
Sun., July 22, 2018, 11:13 a.m.
Ten years ago, I stood next to a racetrack, awaiting my turn to take the wheel of an odd-looking crossover from BMW. Based on the midsize X5, the 2008 X6 luxury crossover felt right at home on the track, but just seemed wrong somehow. Its...
FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018
MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018
Mon., July 16, 2018, 10:08 a.m.
n 2015, Ford upended decades of Mustang tradition when it planted the pony car on a modern, all-independent suspension. Shed of its solid rear axle, the Mustang grew more refined, comfortable and capable. Ride quality made major gains and, for the first time, the Mustang...
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018
MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018
Mon., July 9, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
When Jeep’s West Coast press rep heard we were seeking a vehicle to test in Moab, Utah, he sent us a 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk. The Cherokee ($23,995) is Jeep’s midsize crossover. By most measures, it is a conventional crossover; built on a sedan platform and...
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018
Fri., July 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
When talking Plymouth Roadrunners, and the car’s colorful history, the differences between the first Roadrunners in 1968 and the final effort in 1975 are huge.
SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018
Sun., July 1, 2018, 11:01 a.m.
Any week that features a Miata in the driveway is a good week. Regular readers know Mazda’s little roadster is always welcome here. The two-person ragtop is one of the least practical cars on the planet, and also one of the most fun. It’s the...
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018
Fri., June 29, 2018, 10:47 a.m.
Recent columns on cars and engines from the 1950 decade have resulted in numerous letters and comments via email from my loyal readers (thank you so much).
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
Mon., June 25, 2018, 8:36 a.m.
In 1999, Lexus RX 300 brought the word crossover into America’s automotive lexicon. The upright near-luxury vehicle was based on a sedan’s unibody but looked like a truck-based sport-ute. It rode like a front-wheel-drive sedan, while available all-wheel-drive echoed an SUV’s utility. The distinction was...
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018
Fri., June 22, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
Back in the 1960s I purchased a 1955 BelAir Sport Coupe and while drag racing a guy who was driving it blew it up. It had the new 265-inch V8 and ran real well.
SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018
Sun., June 17, 2018, 4:11 p.m.
Toyota’s Camry has been the country’s best-selling midsize sedan for so long that no one but Toyota bothers to keep track any longer. Year after year, it has served the needs of the American mainstream. This year, though, Toyota challenges its own status quo. The...
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018
Tue., June 12, 2018, 4:28 p.m.
Greg, I was a teenager during the 1950s and, like my pals, developed an intense interest in cars.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018
Sun., June 10, 2018, 10 a.m.
Gas prices are rising again and airfare deals abound. But in spite of those realities, Americans will embark on millions of motor vehicle road trips this summer. These asphalt journeys may cover 2000, 5000, or even 7000 miles, where all-day, every-day seat duty is required....
Sun., June 10, 2018, 6:50 a.m.
In the past year, Honda has birthed a trio of midsize electrified sedans. They share a platform and campaign under a shared name — Clarity — but run distinct powertrains. There’s a hydrogen fuel-cell Clarity that’s available only in California and a Clarity EV that...
MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018
Mon., June 4, 2018, 10:49 a.m.
As I read of ever-evolving auto technology, including mechanical, electronic and computer advancements, I think of the individuals who diagnose, repair and service those systems. The simple term “mechanic” does not adequately label these people. Today’s auto technicians, or “techs” for short, must learn and...
SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018
Sun., June 3, 2018, 10:51 a.m.
Lexus’s 2018 LC 500 silences all doubts about Lexus's ability to build beautiful cars. The two-door LC is a proper grand tourer (from the Italian gran turismo), an exclusive class of two-door coupes meant to convey travelers over long distances, at great speeds and in...
TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018
Tue., May 29, 2018, 10:37 p.m.
There are numerous benchmarks indicating achievement in driving proficiency. Avoiding crashes is one such mark and avoiding traffic tickets is another. But meeting those basic goals does not necessarily mean that you are driving perfectly. Some accident-free drivers may have straight fenders, but are only...
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018
Sun., May 27, 2018, 7:38 a.m.
In many families, graduation season prompts deep conversations about first cars. For the past decade, those conversations have had to include Honda’s Fit subcompact hatchback. The 2018 Fit ($16,190) checks all the starter-car boxes (and second-car and last-car boxes, too). It’s safe, affordable and economical....
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