Mark Phelan: Small turbos score big in list of 10 best engines 12-08-2014
Christmas came early for the engine-making elves at a handful of automakers, as WardsAuto released its closely watched list of the world’s 10 best engines.
Motoring Q&A: Radio plays in the dead of night 12-08-2014
Q: I have a 2004 Ford F-350 dualie diesel. One night at 2 a.m. I heard my radio blaring from inside my house.
First US-built Mercedes is good on mileage, not so much on controls 12-08-2014
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic comes tantalizingly close to setting a new standard for small luxury sedans, but a couple of gaffes by the product planning gurus at Mercedes headquarters in Stuttgart relegate it to the middle of a pack of fine competitors like the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Cadillac ATS.
Under the Hood: It's not the oil pressure, it's the gauge 12-08-2014
Q. I have a 1997 Dolphin motor home with a 454 Chevy engine, and just recently I started it up to go on a three-day trip with a group of other RVs.
Healthy doses of style, handling and refinement transform the 2015 Camry 12-08-2014
For years, Toyota’s Camry has dominated the family sedan segment with a focus on comfort and reliability — and blithe disregard for the particulars of handling and style.
Mark Phelan: How to travel safely with your pet during the holidays 12-01-2014
DETROIT — Millions of pet owners could unknowingly put their dogs and cats at risk when they travel for the holidays, but a few tips can make the journey safer and more enjoyable.
Motoring Q&A: Dealership's maintenance recommendations goes beyond what's necessary 12-01-2014
Q. My 2006 Kia Optima has 50,000 miles and the dealer has recommended maintenance that is over $2,000. Do you think it is a good idea to go along with the recommended maintenance?
Auto review: Mercedes-AMG GT S muscles in on the sports car segment 12-01-2014
LOS ANGELES — The question first popped up when the 503-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GT S roared to life one cool morning last week in San Francisco: This is from a German car company, right?
Auto review: Infiniti refines the full-size QX80 SUV for 2015 12-01-2014
Infiniti’s full-size SUV, now known as the QX80, gets a slight makeover for 2015, with new LED signature headlights with high-beam assist, three-blink LED turn signals, LED fog lights, a new front bumper and grille, and new 20-inch and 22-inch wheel designs.
Auto review: For model year 2014, the Hyundai Elantra compact sedan includes lots of design 12-01-2014
For model year 2014, the Hyundai Elantra compact sedan includes lots of design upgrades and a new Sport trim featuring a more powerful gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine.
Under the Hood: Not your imagination; Avalon's headlights were likely brighter than your new CR-V's 12-01-2014
Q: I have a new 2014 Honda CR-V, just 4 months old. Before this car, I had a Toyota Avalon. I feel that the headlights in the CR-V are not as bright as my Avalon. I don’t know if it is my imagination or if they truly are not as bright. Any thoughts or statistics on this?
Auto review: With new Mirai, Toyota brings the fuel cell future into focus 11-24-2014
As Toyota sees it, the future isn’t some fuzzy, far-off point in the distance. It’s here in the form of a midsize sedan I was able to drive this week, when the Japanese automaker made its bold bet on hydrogen.
Under the Hood: Wheelchair-accessible van misfiring 11-24-2014
Q: I have a 2007 Toyota Sienna that has been modified to include a dropped floor, fold-down access ramp, hand controls, and driver and passenger transfer seats. I have multiple sclerosis and use a scooter full-time. I am also a single woman, retired doctor and very independent. I need a reliable vehicle.
Auto review: 2015 Nissan Versa Note Hatchback 11-24-2014
Nissan introduced the redesigned Versa subcompact hatchback, now called the Versa Note, just last year, following the remake of the Versa sedan model two years earlier.
Motoring Q&A: Which transmission fluid to choose? 11-24-2014
Q: I recently purchased a 2008 Chevy Equinox with 81,000 miles. It has the non-GM Aisin AF33 five-speed transmission.
Auto review: 2015 Jaguar F-type R coupe roars with acceleration 11-24-2014
In the world of sports cars, convertibles are for show, coupes are for go, and the 2015 Jaguar F-type R coupe (I give it three out of four stars) goes like a scalded cat.
Under the Hood: Wheelchair-accessible van misfiring 11-24-2014
Q: I have a 2007 Toyota Sienna that has been modified to include a dropped floor, fold-down access ramp, hand controls, and driver and passenger transfer seats.
Auto review: 2015 Kia Sedona is a handsome minivan - but don't call it that 11-17-2014
Pop quiz: What kind of vehicle seats up to eight people and has a pair of sliding doors, seats that fold out of the way and a commanding view of the parking lot at your local Gymboree?
Auto Review: Midsize 2015 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X pickup offers a combination of on and off-road gear 11-17-2014
As the second Japanese automaker to open a U.S. plant, Nissan has been assembling its signature compact pickups in Smyrna, Tenn., since the first Datsun model rolled off the assembly line in June 1983.
Motoring Q&A: Don't get overcharged: Know your flat-rate repair times 11-17-2014
Q: I recently had my car repaired at a dealership. A service manager said it would take about an hour and a half, another service manager guessed two hours.
Under the Hood: Truck's stalling problem might be tough to fix 11-17-2014
Q: My ‘92 Ford pickup truck has been acting up in the last year. I have taken the truck to several different good mechanics, but nobody seems to figure out what is going on with it.
Auto review: 2015 Dodge Durango more than just ruggedly handsome 11-17-2014
Admittedly, the Dodge Durango was a head turner for me since it hit the streets as a 1998 model. The wife and kids soon got used to my familiar, "Durango alert" whenever I caught one at an intersection or in the rear-view mirror.
Mark Phelan: What's wrong with 'America's Import' 11-10-2014
I wish Chrysler nothing but success, but I’m already fed up with the empty braggadocio of its new advertising campaign.
Auto review: Volkswagen's 2015 Passat brings new features, with variety of engine options 11-10-2014
For 2015, there are a couple of changes/additions to the Volkswagen Passat line, a midsize front-wheel-drive sedan with full-size feel.
Motoring Q&A: Honda not likely to recall Civic's wiper motors now 11-10-2014
Q: Our problem is with the windshield wipers on our 2007 Honda Civic. They’ve recently developed a problem — stopping and starting at different times and quitting any time, sometimes in the middle of the windshield.
Under the Hood: Engine cylinder bank issue no easy fix 11-10-2014
Q: My check-engine light came on this week. My neighbor used a scanner to read a code P0171. What could cause this?
Auto review: Plenty riding on shoulders of Lexus NX 200t and Lincoln MKC crossovers 11-10-2014
Lexus and Lincoln, the moneyed offshoots of Toyota and Ford, are the latest automakers to enter the hotly contested compact crossover segment.
Auto review: 2015 Toyota Camry gets sharper steering, new looks 11-10-2014
Toyota just made the biggest mid-course correction in the history of America’s best-selling car. The 2015 Toyota Camry (I give it three out of four stars) gets sharper steering, new looks and interior upgrades to keep pace with other midsize sedans.
Auto Review: Mainstream Subaru Legacy has hidden charms 11-03-2014
As quirky Subaru knows, eccentrics can easily stumble into the murky mainstream. It just happens, kind of like 40th birthdays. One day you wear a tiny earring and Doc Martens to work and the next, a Brooks Brothers suit and Capital One haircut.
Mark Phelan: Detroit 3 need to fix their troubled small cars 11-03-2014
Stop me if you’ve hear this one before: Small cars dragged the Detroit 3 down in Consumer Reports magazine’s survey of new vehicle reliability.
Motoring Q&A: Malibu's rattle could be from cracked heat shield 11-03-2014
Q: I have a 2008 Chevy Malibu with 72,000 miles. Last week I heard a rattle on the driver’s side, the same side where the exhaust pipe is located.
Under the Hood: Yes, drain that extra motor oil immediately
Q: Do car mufflers need to have proper back pressure to keep exhaust valves from burning up? (Exhaust rushing too fast through valves).
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