Larry Printz: Presenting the newest antiques –– the Class of 1993 01-08-2018
With the beginning of the new year, a fresh batch of cars turns 25 years old and thus are considered antique according to many state licensing authorities, auto insurance companies and the Antique Automobile Club of America, the world’s largest collector car club.
Motormouth: Where there is smoke, there might be an air intake test 01-08-2018
Q: I have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra with 84,624 miles. The dealer recently replaced the engine under warranty. When I picked up the completed car, the check engine light came on within a couple of miles.
Under the Hood: Clear coat, clay bar have clear-cut advantages 01-08-2018
Q: What is the truth about clear coat? How long does it last and should it be reapplied if you keep your car? Is it OK to clay-bar and wax? Is there a line of cleaning waxing products you like?
Honda’s new Accord is an excellent transportation appliance 01-08-2018
No automaker in history has made better cars than Honda. The Japanese company deserves its reputation for delivering decent, dependable cars at fair prices.
Fiat Spider Abarth puts extra fun into the classic roadster experience 01-08-2018
The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider pays homage to the original 124 Spider, introduced 50 years ago and revived for 2017, with classic Italian styling and performance.
Larry Printz: The 2018 Honda Fit a great fit for those who ‘settle’ on less than their dream car 01-01-2018
You can’t always get what you want. Instead, you settle for something else. You may want to live in an oceanfront villa or mountain cabin; your bank balance assigns you to residing in a townhouse, one of 340 identical units.
Motormouth: Winter tires urged for cars designed for fuel efficiency 01-01-2018
Q: I just endured a drive of 2 1/2 hours for an 11-mile commute due to nasty ice that formed on the pavement after a measly 2-inch snowfall.
Review: Updated Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets new AMG E63 S variant for year 2018 01-01-2018
Mercedes-Benz introduced the newest E-Class Sedan for 2017, along with a new generation of available driver-assistance technologies, and now adds new variants for 2018 – an E400 4MATIC Sedan and an AMG E63 S Sedan.
Under the Hood: Getting to the bottom of ‘check engine’ warning 01-01-2018
Q: I read your column on a regular basis in the Philadelphia Inquirer. I have a dilemma. I own a Toyota 2007 RAV4 with 64,785 miles on it and maintain the maintenance on it.
Review: Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Midnight Edition has menacing good looks, lots of extras 01-01-2018
My recent weeklong test of the Chevrolet Tahoe LT Z71 Midnight Edition was actually kind of fun. Not just because the Tahoe is a great SUV, especially for a family, although it most-certainly is.
Larry Printz: It’s easy to sum up the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback in one word: noteworthy 12-25-2017
AUSTIN, Texas — What one word best describes a midsize sedan? Camry? Accord? Altima? Malibu? Sonata? Optima? Fusion? No?
Motormouth: Do the maintenance now for peace of mind later 12-25-2017
Q: I’m the original owner of a 2003 Acura MDX. It just hit 85,000 miles. I hear timing belts should be changed at 100,000 miles but given that the car is already 15 years old should I change it now or wait until it hits 100,000? I have no plans on selling it.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 takes the lead in luxury coupes 12-25-2017
Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans are respectable and responsible luxury cars for respectable and responsible drivers.
First drive: 2018 Jeep Wrangler rules, on-road and off 12-25-2017
TUCSON, Ariz. — A bright blue sky is the only thing visible through the windshield. All I can hear is the screech of metal on stone as the vehicle’s frame scrapes over boulders on a 60-degree slope in the Sonoran Desert.
Under the Hood: Don’t leave on the headlights 12-25-2017
Q: I enjoy reading your column in my Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer. My question: Does it weaken the car’s battery if the headlight (not DRL) switch is in the "on" position when the car is being started?
Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan starts at $39,995, goes 30 miles on battery 12-25-2017
Just last year, Chrysler introduced the industry’s first gasoline-electric minivan, the all-new Pacifica Hybrid plug-in model, which can be recharged externally – and can go up to 30 miles on a single charge, using battery power only.
Larry Printz: Want a new Jeep Wrangler? You’re in luck. 12-18-2017
TUCSON, Ariz. –– Why is it that the things we desire most come with a curse? Famously, there’s the Hope Diamond, which has caused its owners no end of trouble as they endured disgrace, divorce, suicide, imprisonment, torture, financial ruin, lynching, and decapitation.
Mark Phelan: Don’t waste money buying premium gas for vehicles that don’t need it, AAA says 12-18-2017
Drivers are wasting their money if they use more expensive premium gasoline in vehicles that recommend but do not require it, according to new research by AAA.
Finally, a midsize truck that isn’t built too big 12-18-2017
I’ve been driving trucks lately. All kinds of trucks. Some work trucks. Some play trucks. Some best for long-haul driving. Some best for off-road.
2018 Kia Rio refines budget car space 12-18-2017
There aren’t many new cars in the $15,000 range anymore, largely because there aren’t many subcompact budget cars being sold.
Under the Hood: If your car wobbles, check out suspension parts 12-18-2017
Q: My 2011 Toyota Highlander, 76,000 miles, 2WD, wobbles a lot side to side when going over little bumps in the road.
Under the Hood: Idle car batteries can drain pretty quick 12-11-2017
Q: We went on vacation for 16 days and left my 2017 Malibu at a nearby long-term parking lot. When we got back, we discovered the car battery was dead.
Holiday traffic problems are nothing new 12-11-2017
Holiday parties, shopping trips and visiting family make for a busy few weeks filled with numerous First World annoyances.
2018 Ford Mustang GT coupe is a worthy competitor in sports car market 12-11-2017
If you’re interested in the new Mustang, and you’re going to take a test drive — do as I say, and not as I do: Drive the little one first and the big one second.
Motormouth: Stuck door lock? Don’t use WD-40 12-11-2017
Q: I have a 1994 GMC pickup. When it gets cold it is very hard to unlock the driver door. A couple of times I have had to unlock the passenger door to get in. We tried spraying WD-40, but that hasn’t seemed to help.
Hyundai Elantra GT Sport outdoes the Honda Civic hatch in overall value 12-11-2017
With the 2018 Elantra GT Sport, Hyundai is following in the treads of the Honda Civic with a compelling redesign that offers some five-door fun under the shadow of its taller, duller cousin, the compact crossover.
Auto review: VW charts new course with 2018 Atlas 12-04-2017
Appropriately enough, it was on a road trip along the sugar cane fields of South Florida when it hit me: Volkswagen may have hit the sweet spot for family touring with its new-for-2018 Atlas.
Motormouth: No manual override for power windows 12-04-2017
Q: I have a question about auto power windows. Is there a way to roll up the window if it won’t work?
Mark Phelan: 2019 ZR1 convertible is fastest and most powerful Corvette ever 12-04-2017
LOS ANGELES — Chevrolet has unveiled the fastest and most powerful convertible in the Corvette sports car’s 65-year history.
Larry Printz: 2018 Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport 12-04-2017
Perhaps the guy in your life needs a new dress shirt, or your wife or girlfriend has hounded you into getting a new one.
Auto review: 4-star 2018 Subaru Impreza is new star on compact stage 11-27-2017
Subaru is the indie band you loved when nobody knew them, and the 4-star 2018 Impreza 2.0i Sport compact sedan just might be the crossover hit that takes them big time, landing them in movie soundtracks, commercials and three driveways on your block.
Larry Printz: Kia looks to bury past perceptions with the 2018 Kia Stinger GT 11-27-2017
BURBANK, Calif. — For Kia, the 2018 Kia Stinger is as much a marketing exercise as it is a product launch; a vehicle meant to close one chapter while opening a new one for the brand.
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