Auto review: 2017 VW counters SUV craze with Alltrack 03-13-2017
Volkswagen is one of the worldís best-selling automakers, but in America, the VW brand has long been the official car of misfits and nonconformists
Auto review: Fordís Raptor for 2017 is rough, ready and cushy 03-13-2017
Fordís F-150 has been Americaís bestselling truck for 40 straight years and its bestselling vehicle for 30. Despite all the Accords and Priuses that dominate the West Coast, this is the countryís most popular mode of transportation.
Mark Phelan: Trumpís border tax could add up to $2,500 to the price of a car or truck 03-13-2017
Proposals for a border tax to pay for a wall with Mexico and encourage increased manufacturing in the U.S. would add hundreds to thousands of dollars to the cost of every car and truck sold here, including those assembled in American factories.
the Hood: A bouncing Mustang and strange flashes of light 03-13-2017
Auto review: The 2017 X1 is a fine car, itís just not a great BMW 03-13-2017
If any automaker has gone crossover crazy, itís BMW. Itís not just the X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6. After all, many manufacturers have a crossover for every size imaginable.
Mark Phelan: Euro automakers in turmoil on eve of Geneva auto show 03-06-2017
The European auto industry is in turmoil as it prepares for the upcoming Geneva auto show. Automakers would rather be talking about sleek new vehicles and exciting technologies, but corporate drama will loom large.
Larry Printz: Hate paying for car insurance? Hereís who to blame 03-06-2017
You no doubt love the car, truck or SUV you drive. What you donít like is paying the insurance to cover it. After all, despite a lifetime of paying car insurance bills, most consumers rarely, if ever, actually make use of their policies.
Auto review: Jaguar F-Pace: A luxury SUV joins a crowded field 03-06-2017
How I pity the luxury SUV shopper. The market is flooded with well-designed, well-built, upscale cars. Between the options offered by BMW, Audi, Lexus, Acura, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and others, every aspirational car company has a suitable SUV for sale.
Under the Hood: Worth trying to fix water-damaged car? 03-06-2017
Q: With the recent flooding in California, itís possible some folks will want to keep their cars even after driving them through substantial amounts of water. Some might not have sufficient insurance to easily replace their autos, for example.
Auto review: Genesis G80 tempts luxury buyers with new innovations 03-06-2017
Genesis calls them "human-centered innovations." The rest of us will call them darn cool conveniences. Whatever theyíre called, the neat features found on the 2017 Genesis G80 are what folks are going to love about the car.
Mark Phelan: Aston Martin begins new-product blitz to raise its profile 02-27-2017
As the $214,820 DB11 begins to arrive in U.S. dealerships, legendary but little-known British luxury brand Aston Martin has set out to raise its profile as it begins a new-model offensive unlike anything in its 104-year history.
Auto review: McLaren 570GT: Laughing all the way through the bank account 02-27-2017
McLaren decided a while back that it wanted to increase sales by offering a more affordable sports car. It worked ó at least for people who think a base price of $200,000 is affordable.
Auto review: 2017 Lexus GS F is old-school cool but lags the performance competition 02-27-2017
The performance sedan segment has been engaged in a battle for horsepower dominance in recent years. While a performance sedan making 400 horsepower would suffice a decade ago, we now have the option to buy a family-sized sedan that can produce as much power as some of the fastest supercars.
Under the Hood: No joke, a fire extinguisher can save your life 02-27-2017
Q: I read your recent list of recommendations on what to keep in your trunk. Well, not only do I always carry a fire extinguisher in my vehicle, Iíve given one to all my children as well.
Auto review: 2017 Dodge Challenger GT at its best in the snow 02-27-2017
TAMWORTH, N.H. ó Having paced an Indianapolis 500 and starred in a variety of high-octane films, the Dodge Challenger boasts for-real performance credentials. But you knew that, right?
Auto review: Porscheís new Panamera Turbo delivers plush power 02-20-2017
Porscheís restyled Panamera is either the worldís sportiest luxury car or the worldís most luxurious sports car. Does it matter which?
Mark Phelan: 2018 VW Tiguan design focuses on comfort, width 02-20-2017
Volkswagenís design team focused on passenger comfort and visually emphasizing width when they created the new 2018 Tiguan SUV at company design headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Under the Hood: How to know when a pothole has caused real damage 02-20-2017
Q: With all the storms we have been having lately, my car has taken some abuse from potholes and from dragging its bottom over rocks, gravel and tree parts.
Auto review: Honda CR-Vís excellence marred by balky controls 02-20-2017
For a company that builds some very quick cars, Honda sometimes moves with glacial slowness. The 2017 CR-V compact SUV (I give it four out of four stars) is a prime example
Auto review: Tesla Model X P100D: Yes, it is ludicrous 02-13-2017
Teslaís Model X P100D is the safest, quickest and most sophisticated SUV ever built. Itís equipped with an Autopilot system that allows the car to drive itself.
Larry Printz: Honest, Abe, Lincoln made some sweet rides 02-13-2017
Itís a shame that although Americaís 16th president is revered as one of the nationís greatest leaders, the annual celebration of his birthday is primarily used to promote mattress and furniture sales.
Mark Phelan: Fordís 2018 Expedition is automakerís first big SUV overhaul in 15 years 02-13-2017
Ford this week unveiled an all-new, aluminum-bodied version of its big Expedition SUV that is both bigger and lighter than the version that it replaces.
Under the Hood: Electric parking brakes explained 02-13-2017
Q: The new car I just purchased has a push-button parking brake. I like it but wonder if I can trust it on the steep street I park on. How do these things work?
Auto review: 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack great for sporty types but not quite as off-road-ready as advertised 02-06-2017
Volkswagen isnít the No. 1 automobile company in the world for nothing. Itís the biggest because it makes great cars.
Auto review: 2017 Volvo S90 T6 sedan wears elegance with simplicity 02-06-2017
The new Volvo S90 is like a tailor-made suit. It fits just right, balancing sharp lines with elegant comfort. Itís as nice to look at as to luxuriate in.
Mark Phelan: For auto industryís good, keep mpg standards high 02-06-2017
Next time the leaders of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler meet President Donald Trump, they should add an item to his agenda to promote American automaking and jobs: Retain the high fuel economy standards the industry and Obama administration agreed to in 2012.
Under the Hood: Lots of risks with driving through deep water 02-06-2017
Q: All the rain weíve had lately has reminded of something Iíve been wondering about for a long time. On the news Iíve seen many cars driving through flooded areas.
Auto review: 2017 Cadillac CT6: New flagship upholds the tradition 02-06-2017
With its low, wide stance and vertically stacked LED lights up front, Cadillacís gorgeous new flagship sedan, the CT6, is guaranteed to turn heads.
Under the Hood: Car troubles? Start with tested solutions and work from there 01-30-2017
Q: I just bought a truck to replace one I loved but recently totaled after flattening a Prius that pulled out in front of me. Itís a 2009 Dodge Ram with two-wheel drive and a 5.7-liter engine ó almost the exact truck I had.
Auto review: Toyota Land Cruiser needs a full-size redesign to stay relevant 01-30-2017
When we got to the snow tubing hill, the five tweens packed in back had a change of mind. Instead of cruising down the hill, they wanted to scale up the hill in the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Larry Printz: 5 things carmakers arenít telling you 01-30-2017
Think youíre ready to buy a new ride? If so, odds are youíve test-driven a number of different vehicles and have read multiple reviews.
Mark Phelan: The truth behind Trump, the auto industry and Mexico 01-30-2017
Automakers used to complain that their economic and technological importance were underappreciated, but at the rate the Trump administration has begun, the industry is already praying for a return to anonymity.
Mark Phelan: Detroit auto show hits and misses 01-23-2017
From affordable small SUVs to all manner of family sedan, sporty and luxury cars, the soon-to-conclude 2017 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit embodies the variety of vehicles on sale.
Auto review: 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300 provides luxury, lacks performance 01-23-2017
As the snow falls and the temperature plummets, access to a vehicle with drive going to all four wheels is a privilege that canít be overstated.
Under the Hood: The basics on replacing your brakes 01-23-2017
Q: I recently took my car in for an oil change and was told Iíll soon need to replace the brakes. I purchased this car new ó itís my first ó and Iím not sure what to expect. What are the things I should look out for to ensure I get the best job possible and am not taken advantage of?
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