Under the Hood: Returning a stored car to service: What to do 03-11-2019
Q: I inherited a 2003 Final 500 Edition Oldsmobile Aurora with 58,000 miles and in pretty decent condition. It has only been driven about 300 miles in the last five years as it sat in a three-sided carport.
Motormouth: Clearing car’s MPG history will give a more accurate reading 03-11-2019
Q: I have a 2010 Nissan Sentra 2.0-liter. My check engine light came on and the code indicated that my variable valve timing solenoid was the issue
Auto review: Chevrolet revives the Blazer brand for a new five-passenger crossover 03-11-2019
Now on sale at Chevrolet dealers nationwide is the all-new five-passenger midsize Blazer crossover utility vehicle, which brings back an iconic Chevy nameplate that hasn’t been seen since 2005.
2019 Ascent takes Subaru to new heights, but it’s a bumpy ride 03-11-2019
2019 Subaru Ascent Premium: price, $36,630 as tested. ($34,195 for the trim level. $1,460 for Reverse Automatic Braking, keyless entry and start, and power rear gate.)
Auto review: 2020 Soul is the best of the cute ‘utes’ 03-11-2019
SAN DIEGO — We’re told by automakers that Millennials would rather cycle, scooter, or take the bus than own a car. The reality is far different: they can’t afford a car — new or used. Once they can, Millennials opt for something fun, something that enhances their life.
Larry Printz: Ready to feel old? Here are the newest antique cars 03-04-2019
If you get the feeling that time is passing you by, consider this: The new year brings with it a fresh batch of car models that are now 25 years old — and considered antique by many states’ motor vehicle departments and auto insurance companies. (If you’re not good at math, they debuted in 1994.)
Under the Hood: Do run-flat tires make sense? 03-04-2019
Q: What is your opinion on run-flat tires? Do you think they have the same longevity, and, more importantly, are they as tough as regular tires?
Motormouth: Auto detail shop can eliminate persistent odor 03-04-2019
Q: I own a 2007 Hyundai Sonata that is in excellent condition with 100,000 miles on it. I have been having this terrible odor in my car, especially strong when I get in it in the morning, but generally it is always there.
Auto review: Hyundai’s Ioniq hybrid hatchback starts at $22,400, gets up to 55 mpg 03-04-2019
Hyundai made automotive history for 2017, introducing three new electrified vehicles based on the same design and chassis — the Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid and Ioniq Electric — and offers new and broader applications of active safety features, and enhanced voice recognition for the 2019 model year.
2019 Mazda CX-9 provides sportiness in three rows 03-04-2019
2019 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring All-Wheel Drive: Three-row crossover with a nice driving experience. Price: $43,905 as tested ($100 for a cargo mat and $595 for red paint).
Auto review: 2019 Ram 2500, 3500 pickups bring power, luxury to farms, work sites 03-04-2019
LAS VEGAS — What does 1,000 pound-feet of torque feel like? Like Superman’s first day on Earth. “I can leap how high? I’m faster than a speeding what?
Under the Hood: What does it take to set a car on fire? 02-25-2019
Q: Brad, I have a non-mechanical question. On my way down that steep hill, I noticed the hood of a car on the up side was engulfed in flames.
Auto review: Audi finally gets controls right — mostly — in luxurious 2019 A8L sedan 02-25-2019
Group-think is alive and well in the product-planning departments of German luxury brands, but for a change, that’s good news for drivers.
2019 GMC Canyon sacrifices space even among midsize pickups 02-25-2019
2019 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Denali SWB: Old kid on the block. Price: $45,935 as tested, $43,300 for the trim level. Red paint cost $495; other options mentioned below. A base rear-wheel-drive model could be had for as little as $22,095.
Auto review: The Porsche of SUVs is a Porsche — the redesigned 2019 Cayenne 02-25-2019
Are you a 52-year-old woman with an income of $350,000? Then you’re a potential customer for the redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayenne, according to Porsche. Of course, even if you’re not a 52-year-old woman with an income of $350,000, who could blame you for lusting after one?
Ford sees a market for a new Ranger as pickup truck prices soar past $50,000 02-25-2019
The Ford Ranger was such a successful compact pickup truck during its 1983-2011 run that some estimates say there are still more than 2 million of them on the road today. That includes the 2005 model that sits in my driveway.
Larry Printz: Unlucky at love: The 10 least popular cars in America 02-18-2019
One of the more traumatic moments every child faces in school is being chosen last for a team in gym class.
Under the Hood: Getting more life out of your wiper blades 02-18-2019
Q: My windshield wiper blades do a lot of shimmying and make a heck of a noise. This is likely because I have to park outside, and the wiper blades are exposed to the sun and elements.
Motormouth: Winter is the time for critters to chew on your car’s wiring, but here are some tips to stop it 02-18-2019
Q: Had a 2011 Impala. Little snots chewed the wiring. Cost me about $400. Got lucky, and the dealer spliced new connections in.
Auto review: Nissan’s Armada big sport utility has room for up to eight, starts at $46,790 02-18-2019
The Nissan Armada full-size sport utility, now in its second generation, returns for 2019 with a few updates, including new standard safety technology.
Auto Review: Even loyal Forester huggers will squint to spot changes in the 2019 02-18-2019
2019 Subaru Forester Sport: A little more space …Price: The Sport model starts at $28,795.
Auto review: Mercedes A220 asks ‘Who wants a $48K compact sedan?’ 02-18-2019
In a choice that oozes sincerity if not finely honed customer research, Mercedes-Benz’s marketing team decided the secret to selling more small vehicles to Americans was to make them look more like traditional sedans.
Ram Trucks this spring will add a new four-way tailgate that simplifies loading cargo in tight spaces. Due in dealerships on the 2019 Ram 1500 light-duty pickup in the second quarter, the Multifunction Tailgate will be a $995 option.
Under the Hood: How many miles driven, and what kind, should dictate oil change schedule 02-11-2019
Q: If you have a car that doesn’t rack up a lot of miles, do you still need to change the oil every six months? I only put about 2,000 miles a year on my car. I’ve heard different opinions on this.
Motormouth: Unraveling the mystery of the engine oil dipstick 02-11-2019
Q: What is the proper way to interpret the reading on the oil dipstick? I have a 2017 Chrysler 200 that takes six quarts of oil.
Auto review: Buick’s TourX offers a premium wagon version of Regal sedan, AWD included 02-11-2019
Buick introduced a luxury station wagon version of the Regal sedan in 2018, the Regal TourX, which went on to boost sales of the Regal lineup.
Auto review: 2019 Chevy Blazer is here — and nothing like what you remember 02-11-2019
SAN DIEGO — The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer midsize SUV is poised to jump to the head of its class, thanks to great looks, a roomy and comfortable five-passenger interior and good performance.
Auto review: The 2019 CTS-V is a superb performer, but is it a superb Cadillac? 02-11-2019
DETROIT — The Cadillac stand at the North American International Auto Show last month neatly summarized Cadillac’s current product predicament, one that goes beyond how many crossover SUVs it sells.
Larry Printz: How the winter cold is costing you money 02-04-2019
As those who endured the recent polar vortex can tell you, the cold and snow and ice made driving not only unpleasant but also dangerous.
Under the Hood: What is a ‘turbo’ engine, and why is it better? 02-04-2019
Q: I see advertisements for the joys and wisdom of driving a turbo-charged automobile. How does the turbo differ from a “regular” auto?
Motormouth: Turn signal blinking too fast? It’s not the blinker fluid 02-04-2019
Q: I have a 2009 Dodge Caravan. The right rear brake light is not working. Turn signal light is not working. Flasher light is not working.
Auto review: 2019 Lincoln MKC Black Label has a new look and some fancy perks 02-04-2019
The Lincoln MKC is back for 2019 with a facelift, new safety features and some exclusive perks for those who spring for the top-line Black Label edition.
Auto review: Nissan’s 2019 Murano midsize crossover gets an exterior freshening, new features 02-04-2019
Nissan’s five-passenger midsize Murano crossover returns for 2019 with a “freshened” exterior design and some new premium interior features, along with additional safety and driver-assistance technologies.
Mark Phelan: Bigger 2020 GMC Sierra HD pickup hits road — with 15 camera views for towing 01-28-2019
“Bigger, smarter stronger” sounds like a marketing slogan, but it just might be an understatement in the case of the new 2020 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 pickups. I got an early look and towing demo recently. The trucks go on sale this summer
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