Auto review: Reborn RAV4 scores well in crowded market 05-20-2013
Toyota sharpened its focus when it developed the all-new 2013 RAV4 crossover SUV. Gone are the powerful optional V6, outdated four-speed transmission, snug third row of seats and tailgate-mounted spare tire that made the previous RAV an outlier.
Mark Phelan: Chevrolet doing well, but Malibu struggles 05-20-2013
General Motors is feeling pretty good about Chevrolet these days, and not without reason. Not everythingís rosy, however.
Motoring Q&A: Horn's impromptu blaring puzzles owner, annoys neighbors 05-20-2013
QUESTION: I have a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer. After returning from vacation, I found a voicemail message from a neighbor who said that the car horn was blowing intermittently, which was especially irritating at night.
Auto review: MKZ gives Lincoln fresh start on road to relevance 05-20-2013
Remember when Lincoln rode the luxury lanes side-by-side with Cadillac?
Under the Hood: Sensors tuned in to hard knocks 05-20-2013
QUESTION: I have a 2001 Subaru Forester S, purchased new, which now has slightly less than 60,000 miles on the meter.
Auto review: Acura RLX fails to impress when compared with its peers 05-20-2013
Strip away the $61,345 price tag and ignore all of its competitors, and the 2014 Acura RLX isnít a bad car. Itís a quiet, luxurious and stylish front-wheel-drive sedan that sits at the top of the lineup for Hondaís premium brand.
Modern-day carmaking is an international undertaking 05-13-2013
I received an email the other day from Donald Dale of Suffolk, Va. Dale owns a 2008 Buick Enclave, which he was considering replacing with a 2013 Buick Encore.
Auto review: Mini Paceman a small object moving at high speed 05-13-2013
Linguistically, the Paceman is a Britishism wrapped in an Anglicism. Itís a term from the decidedly English sport of cricket for a person who rolls a ball with lightning speed ó a term that, when transposed to the newest car from Mini, describes a small object careening across the pavement.
Motoring Q&A: Ford loses heart at cold start 05-13-2013
QUESTION: My daughter has a 2008 Ford Focus that hesitates and stalls when it is warming up from a cold start.
Under the Hood: The basics of fuel injection 05-13-2013
QUESTION: Iím hoping you can bring an old-timer up to speed on fuel injection. I used to be pretty good at fixing things but hadnít even considered trying to work on this one. Iíd feel better driving if I had an idea whatís going on under the hood.
Auto review: Modern Challenger has retro attitude 05-13-2013
The 2013 Dodge Challenger lives up to the muscle car standards it has been setting since the 1970s, starting with the retro-styled exterior and, depending on the model, a beast of an engine under the hood.
Larry Printz: Your auto's name may be saying more than you think 05-06-2013
A perfect name can summarize a car or truckís personality perfectly: Mustang, Ram, Impala. But the wrong one can send a message the automaker never intended.
Motoring Q&A: Chevy Silverado smells of antifreeze on outside 05-06-2013
QUESTION: I am the original owner of a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup with the 5300 V-8 gas engine. After driving it, there is a distinct smell of antifreeze when you are outside the vehicle.
Auto review: Mercedes-Benz gilds SLS AMG GT with droptop, power 05-06-2013
A long hood has always implied a carís ability to dispense ample power. That implication usually comes with something else: a lofty sticker price. So check out the length of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadsterís hood. Now take a gander at its base price: $206,000.
Under the Hood: A primer on electronic stability control 05-06-2013
QUESTION: I want to learn about stability control, which my new car supposedly has. How exactly does it work? How do I know what it is doing? Will it improve the way I can take corners?
Auto review: Accord cuts down on size, not satisfaction 05-06-2013
At the risk of igniting a sexy debate, carmakers have been on board for some time now with the bigger-is-better theory. Seems each new generation of a model these days brings boasts of longer, wider, taller, roomier.
Auto Review: Audi A8L diesel feels luxurious, sips fuel 05-06-2013
"Forget the hotel. Iím never leaving the Audi," I texted to one of the friends I was meeting for Jazz Fest in New Orleans when the spacious and luxurious 2014 Audi A8L TDI Quattro diesel luxury sedan arrived at my house.
Auto safety advances through the decades 04-29-2013
Itís hard to imagine, but most items on the long list of safety features offered on modern cars were developed only in the past 50 years.
Can MKZ carry luxury brand's relaunch? 04-29-2013
Itís time for Lincoln to stand and deliver. Ford sold off a stable of European luxury nameplates ó Aston Martin and Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo ó to clear the field for its revamped luxury brand, which it rechristened Lincoln Motor Co. in December.
Motoring Q&A: Avalanche rattled by vibration at highway speeds 04-29-2013
QUESTION: My 2002 1500 four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Avalanche with 110,000 miles has a vibration problem that came on rather suddenly.
Upgraded Mazda CX-5 goes from caterpillar to butterfly 04-29-2013
Like a butterfly breaking out of its chrysalis, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring crossover emerges transformed this spring.
Under the Hood: Lexus hides its engine 04-29-2013
QUESTION: I purchased a 2013 Lexus FX 350. Under the hood, the engine is covered with a plastic shroud.
Camry hybrid rolls on 04-15-2013
Last year, Toyota introduced the redesigned midsize Camry Hybrid sedan, which came as part of the makeover of the entire Camry line.
Auto Review: Subaru XV Crosstrek ready to whisk you to the action 04-22-2013
So Iíve just rambled down a gravel road, kicking up some dust and getting some grins.
Auto review: Redesigned Santa Fe reflects Hyundai's climb to legitimacy 04-22-2013
Parents arenít supposed to pick favorites, but itís clear Hyundai has a soft spot for its Santa Fe.
A guide to safe hauling 04-22-2013
The weather is warm, and that means many of us will be towing trailers more frequently. There are some things to keep in mind before tugging that boat down the highway.
Racing efforts help GM to improve cars 04-22-2013
No brand competes in as many North American racing series as Chevrolet, and the brand uses that to connect with customers and improve its cars in ways that arenít always obvious, said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet vice president of performance vehicles and motor sports.
Motoring Q&A: Security system went quiet after visit to auto shop 04-15-2013
QUESTION: I have a 2000 Lexus 300 ES which I recently put in the shop to have the timing belt and water pump replaced.
Auto review: Lexus LS 460 can't keep up with segment 04-15-2013
The 2013 Lexus LS 460 AWD F Sport is the best-looking and most responsive version of Lexusí flagship sedan yet. Surprisingly low power and fuel economy keep it from threatening the worldís best luxury sedans, however.
Under the Hood: DIY auto repair has its risks 04-15-2013
QUESTION: Really? Struts? Dangerous even in a shop! We should encourage this? Quick struts are a good choice but still a major undertaking, not for any amateur.
The full-size car is alive and attempting a comeback 04-08-2013
Several years ago, I asked then-GM Vice President Bob Lutz what he thought the prospects were for full-size automobiles, which were once the heart and soul of the American market.
Impala an impressive new flagship for Chevrolet 04-08-2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. ó My brother called me a few years ago from a rental car counter. He, along with four co-workers, was trying to figure out which car would hold them all, along with their luggage. Among the candidates offered, only one was a full-size car: a Chevrolet Impala.
Under the Hood: Strut renewal possible at home 04-08-2013
QUESTION: I have a question about struts. The dealer gave me a quote of more than $1,800 to replace the front struts on my 4-cylinder 2001 Toyota Camry. Yikes! The independent shops are pretty steep, too.
Auto review: Honda's CR-V holds its own against competitors 04-08-2013
One of the first of the now-popular class of vehicles known as crossovers, the compact Honda CR-V deservedly has always been a star in its niche, even as the competition grew.
Auto review: Honda Civic plays catch-up, but still behind 04-08-2013
Catch-up is a tough game, and nobody enjoys playing it. The 2013 Honda Civic is a case in point. A crisis intervention by Hondaís purchasing department and engineers make it much better than the disappointing Civic that debuted two years ago, but that only gets it to the level Honda should have attained from the start.
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