Auto review: New S90 isnít merely safe; itís super 11-28-2016
Swedish automaker Volvo has long preyed upon one of our most basic desires: safety. Early on, that gave the company a clear marketing advantage, as few automakers engineered their cars for safety, and those who did certainly werenít as strenuous as Volvo.
Auto review: Prius Prime so quiet, so efficient, it might just put you to sleep 11-28-2016
It wasnít long ago that I checked into a posh suite overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The living room was resplendent, and the bathroom was large enough to service a family of four.
Larry Printz: With the I-Pace, Jaguar looks to the future while preserving its past 11-28-2016
LOS ANGELES ó For decades, there has seemed to be an unwritten rule among automakers that electrically powered vehicles have to look like mechanized alien life forms.
Mark Phelan: Los Angeles Auto Show hits and misses 11-28-2016
Sport utility vehicles dominate the Los Angeles Auto Show, but not every new vehicle is destined to be a classic.
Motoring Q&A: Donít listen to technician, get car fixed 11-28-2016
Q: The "service engine soon" light in my 2002 Saturn SC2 with 61,000 miles keeps turning on even though Iíve had the vehicle checked several times.
Under the Hood: Why canít my Charger tow like a truck? 11-28-2016
Q: I am curious why my 2016 Dodge Charger R/T with a 5.7-liter Hemi engine has a tow rating of only 1,000 pounds.
Auto review: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch opens up alternatives to compacts and crossovers 11-28-2016
The argument for the hatchback is best illustrated by the amount of stuff hauled in a given weekend. A portable hockey locker, basketball bag, small cooler, and a backpack canít fit in a compact sedan as easily as a hatch. Neither can a bike or two.
Under the Hood: Cruise-controlled Yukon refused to stop 11-21-2016
Q: Help! I just had the scariest experience of my life. I was driving on the freeway in my 2000 GMC Yukon with the cruise control on and attempted to turn it off at an off-ramp.
Auto review: Porscheís turbocharged Boxster S squeezes out more with less 11-21-2016
Pets, kids, sports cars ó theyíre all impractical. Yet we love them because they make life better. Drop the top in a two-seater and the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S is about as impractically fun as it gets.
Motoring Q&A: Yes, your anti-lock braking system might be making that noise 11-21-2016
Q: Iím having a recurring problem with my 2013 Chevy Impala with 31,000 miles on it. Iíll go for months without any occurrences and then it may happen five times in one week.
Auto review: Nissanís latest GT-R is a fun and boisterous ride 11-14-2016
The 2017 Nissan GT-R is a bad car, for bad people. Itís a hooligan ride, for hooligan drivers, good for nothing but scaring the neighbors, driving up insurance rates and attracting the attention of the cops.
Motoring Q&A: Clutch problems related to bad emergency brake? 11-14-2016
Q: I have a 2006 Nissan Frontier with a V-6 engine and 65,000 miles on its odometer. We use it as our second vehicle, mostly for driving around town.
Mark Phelan: Motor Trend announces finalists for vehicle awards 11-14-2016
Motor Trend magazine has announced finalists for its car, truck and SUV of the year as automotive awards season heats up.
Under the Hood: Can CR-V haul mobility scooter platform? 11-14-2016
Q: Iím considering adding a trailer hitch to my 2011 Honda CR-V so I can haul my mobility scooter around on a platform. How difficult is it to do this? What kind do I need?
Auto review: 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider: Perfection ó almost 11-14-2016
Itís stupid to say the 2017 Ferrari is really fast, handles really well and is incredibly fun to drive. Of course it is. Itís a Ferrari.
Motoring Q&A: Yes, you need to change your brake fluid 11-07-2016
Q: I have a 2014 Subaru Forester with 32,000 miles on it. During a recent service at the dealership, the workers there said that because the car had surpassed the 30,000-mile mark I should have its brake fluid changed.
Mark Phelan: Senate bill aims to honor automotive history 11-07-2016
Americaís history of automotive invention could soon have federal recognition, thanks to a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan.
Auto review: Kia Cadenza so beguiling, just ignore its name 11-07-2016
Why do full-size sedans have such ridiculous model names? Outside the Dodge Charger, whose exciting-sounding name is appropriate given its muscle car past, most names in the segment of easy-going rides are problematic.
Under the Hood: What to carry in a roadside emergency kit 11-07-2016
Q: Since moving from the city to a mountainous area, Iíve been thinking about putting together some roadside emergency kits for my kids to put in their cars. What would you recommend putting in the kits?
Ford is injecting performance into the fading midsize segment with the 2017 Fusion Sport. With the revival of sports cars, and the rash of performance crossovers, the time is right to bring back the Fusion Sport for the first time since 2010.
Under the Hood: Understanding tire specifications 10-31-2016
Q: I need to buy new tires for my 2013 Honda Accord. Because one of my current tires is relatively new, Iím hoping to buy just three.
Motoring Q&A: EVAP leak could be cause of Saturn headache 10-31-2016
Q: I own a 2005 Saturn Ion with a 2.2-liter engine. At about 90,000 miles, the check gas cap warning light came on, and shortly thereafter, the check engine light came on as well.
Larry Printz: Another round of rides heads for the history books 10-31-2016
It happens every year. Come Halloween and the dawn of the new model year, various automobiles pass away. Some are fondly remembered, while others go out being ridiculed and reviled.
Auto review: Rhino GX is a luxury SUV fit for a warlord 10-31-2016
Got a big family? Carry a lot of gear? Planning to knock over a small Central American country? You need a Rhino GX, a California-built behemoth that retails for about $200,000 and is ready to rumble.
Auto review: Porsche makes the 911 Turbo S fractionally better for 2017 10-24-2016
Did the best just get better? Porscheís 2017 911 Turbo S is a faintly measurable fraction superior to the 2016 model. Itís so barely better that only a really first-rate driver would even notice.
Motoring Q&A: A closer look at synthetic oils 10-24-2016
Q: I use fully synthetic oil because it lasts twice as long as the regular stuff and I read that, because it doesnít cause varnish build-up in the cylinder walls, it reduces engine wear.
Under the Hood: Todayís turbocharged engines more reliable? 10-24-2016
Q: Many years ago, my wife bought a new Ford with a turbocharged engine. It ran fine for a number of years but then had a major engine failure due to a stuck waste gate. Ever since, I have been a little negative regarding turbocharged engines.
Auto review: Audiís best-selling sedan gets subtle but significant redesign 10-24-2016
Sedans may have fallen out of fashion during the recent crossover craze, but the 2017 Audi A4 is one of the most fashionable four-door sedans out there.
Auto review: Prime time Prius: Toyota offers a more practical plug-in 10-17-2016
Pity the poor Prius! Toyota brought the ugly-duckling hybrid to market in 2000, and with a combination of smart technology and savvy marketing, it soon became the worldís best-selling hybrid.
Motoring Q&A: When is the best time to change oil in seasonal car? 10-17-2016
Q: Iím a snowbird. Each of my cars is driven only six months and garaged for six. I only put about 3,000 miles on each a year. Does it make any difference when I change the oil: start, middle or end of the driving season?
Mark Phelan: Alt-fuel vehicles aim to win mainstream buyers 10-17-2016
Oil prices are low, but interest in alternate energy and fuel efficient vehicles remains high. From Chevrolet to Tesla, Toyota, Hyundai and Volkswagen, automakers around the world are intensifying development of vehicles that use less fuel and pollute less.
Auto review: 2017 Jaguar XE pounces on compact sport sedan segment 10-17-2016
When Ford sold Jaguar Land Rover to Indiaís Tata Motors in 2008, it seemed that Jaguar would fade out of the new millennium.
Under the Hood: Air conditioner smells and a mysterious squeak 10-17-2016
Q: As usual, your recent column about how to freshen up a stinky air conditioning system was very informative. Iím curious, though, when using Lysol spray to disinfect a foul-smelling system, should I take out the cabin air filter?
Auto review: 2017 GMC Acadia Denali: A high-class, high-end SUV 10-17-2016
I was overcome by the most powerful sense of deja vu during my first half hour in the 2017 GMC Acadia AWD Denali. I knew Iíd never driven one ó I hadnít driven any GMC product since a Jimmy pick-up I owned in the 1970s ó but it felt eerily familiar.
Auto review: A truly grand touring sedan 10-10-2016
Cadillac has nailed it. The 2017 CT6 3.0 TT Platinum, the General Motors subsidiaryís top-trim-level luxury grand touring sedan, is a sublime combination of power, performance and perks.
Auto review: 2017 Porsche 911 taps into all that is good 10-10-2016
Itís widely accepted that the Porsche 911 is the worldís most admired and accessible sports car. Turning heads since 1963, the road hugging coupe with curves in all the right places has pretty much remained its same iconic self on the outside, despite countless variations.
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