Auto review: 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid is most fuel-efficient AWD compact crossover 05-30-2016
There are two trends that show no signs of slowing: Gas prices will continue to rise and Americans will continue to buy crossovers. Toyota is hoping that Americans will start to buy hybrids again.
Mark Phelan: Cutting weight helps new GM vehicles save fuel, money 05-30-2016
Hidden in a General Motors presentation on how the automaker has taken hundreds of pounds out of the weight off its new vehicles is an innovation with huge implications for the automakerís costs and conversion to new materials.
Motoring Q&A: Window wonders about maintenance 05-30-2016
Q: In 2009, we purchased a new 2008 Ford Edge. My husband followed all required maintenance. He passed away last year and last October I took the car in for a complete check and oil change. The mileage was 37,244 at the time.
Under the Hood: Trailer hitches and parking brakes 05-30-2016
Q: I recently installed a trailer hitch on my Camry so that I can transport my bicycle when I visit my daughter at college. When I drive the car with two people in the front seats, there is no problem.
Auto review: Not looking for a track star? Check out the aptly named 2016 Chevrolet Cruze 05-30-2016
Thinking of the compact Chevrolets fielded over the decades is like reviewing a litany of punch lines to bad jokes. Their names are so infamous, they need no further explanation: Corvair, Vega, Monza, Nova, Chevette, Cavalier and Cobalt. Finally, in 2010, the Chevrolet Cruze ended four decades of crummy compacts.
Mark Phelan: Buick smart to trade up from Verano to SUV 05-23-2016
I like the Buick Verano a lot, but I also like reports that Buick will stop building the compact luxury sedan in the U.S.
Motoring Q&A: Safe to drive faulty car? 05-23-2016
Q: I have a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue with only 127,000 miles on it. It has been well maintained, is in very good condition and runs well. We like the car very much and would like to keep it.
Under the Hood: Van canít pass emissions 05-23-2016
Q: I have a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country with a 3.3-liter V-6 engine thatís been experiencing some issues with its oxygen heater sensor.
Auto review: Luxurious Lexus RX makes cheaper NX look bad in comparison 05-23-2016
Interested in a new Lexus SUV? Donít do what I did. Donít drive the best one first. Lexus has done exceedingly well with its utility vehicle line, a family of four models that includes the brandís top-selling vehicle ó the Lexus RX, which far outsells the most popular Lexus sedan.
Auto review: With 2017 Ridgeline, Honda produces ultimate tailgating truck 05-23-2016
I admit I am not a guy who tailgates. The redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline, however, might change all that. Donít believe me? I donít blame you.
Auto review: Volvoís plug-in SUV foretells smarter, cleaner automotive future 05-16-2016
Most new-car debuts are a whole lot of hype wrapped around four wheels and some steel. The 2016 Volvo XC90 is not one of those.
Mark Phelan: Truck bed audio makes 2017 Ridgeline life of party 05-16-2016
When the all-new Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup rolls into dealers next month, itíll offer a unique new audio system that turns the pickupís bed into a speaker cabinet to kick out the jams for outdoor parties.
Motoring Q&A: Check your pressure 05-16-2016
Q: I recently purchased a 2004 Nissan Sentra with the four-cylinder 1.8-liter engine and 74,000 original miles. From day one itís had off-and-on hard starting. The dealer finally replaced the crankshaft position sensor, which seemed to help some.
Auto review: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited doesnít stand out in congested hybrid class 05-16-2016
Hybrids are like the salad section on todayís paleo-heavy, crossover-rich menu: You probably should, but there so many more appetizing selections.
Under the Hood: How to silence your pesky alarm 05-16-2016
Q: We own a 2007 Ford Escape with 42,000 miles on it. For about three years now, weíve experienced an issue with the alarm going off in warm weather. The vehicle is not running when it happens.
Auto review: Rolls-Royceís $400,000 Dawn convertible is a big, beautiful street schooner 05-09-2016
Introducing "the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built" to the automotive press requires careful presentation. For these jaded journalists, who drift from junket to junket, driving one high-end luxury car after another, the bar is very high.
Motoring Q&A: Listen to your mother 05-09-2016
Q: Iím writing to you hoping you can resolve an argument I have with my mother. When stopped at a stoplight, I shift my automatic transmission into neutral so I donít slip the transmission bands. My mom says I shouldnít shift out of drive.
Auto review: With 2016 GLC 300, Mercedes finally banishes the box 05-09-2016
Well, this is more like it. When the Mercedes-Benz GLK was introduced in 2010, it was a bit underwhelming. Inheriting the tall, upright appearance of the popular G-Class, its similarly boxy build endowed the cabin with the illusion of space, which was noticeable by its absence.
Under the Hood: How do Ďrun-flatí tires work? 05-09-2016
Q: I was just checking out my daughterís new car and was told it has run-flat tires. Can you explain how these work?
Auto review: New Porsche 911 Carrera goes turbo 05-02-2016
Porsche has been making 911s since 1963. So a new one is no big deal. And outwardly the 2017 is just last yearís model with a new paint job.
Motoring Q&A: Can I trust my vehicleís oil change notification? 05-02-2016
Q: I just purchased a 2014 Chevy Equinox that uses synthetic oil. The ownerís manual tells me a light will come on when it is time to change the oil.
Mark Phelan: Smartphone app for fuel economy ratings 05-02-2016
The best tool for comparing vehiclesí fuel efficiency and annual fuel costs can now travel with you when you shop for a vehicle.
Larry Printz: Collector duo creates Airbnb for classic rides 05-02-2016
Itís happened to all of us. Maybe it was at a car show or while walking somewhere on a beautiful day. An exotic or classic car catches your eye. Suddenly, you imagine yourself behind the wheel, reveling in the moment.
Under the Hood: My van keeps killing its batteries 05-02-2016
Q: I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan with about 60,000 miles on it. Over the past couple of years, itís gone through three batteries. The first of those lasted about two years. Each of the others went bad in less than two months.
Auto review: 2016 BMW X1 feels more like a crossover, less like a compromise 05-02-2016
"Is that the new BMW X5?" asked my neighbor. When I tell him it is actually the X1, two sizes smaller, he looks perplexed. "It has grown up!" Exactly. It has grown up ó casting a wider shadow from a body thatís noticeably more sophisticated. Itís pretty nice inside too. But is it a real BMW ó a legitimate driving machine?
Auto review: 2016 Audi TT is a cute coupe with more style than power 05-02-2016
The third-generation Audi TT is Ö cute. Itís a coupe that doesnít have the performance chops to compete with the thoroughbreds of the class, but has enough style to stand out from the herd.
Motoring Q&A: Resolving gripe with Toyota will come down to persistence, patience 04-25-2016
Q: I own a 2014 Toyota Camry purchased in October 2014 that now has about 13,000 miles on it. I noticed that the headrests for the back seats are wearing badly.
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