Auto review: VW Atlas lacking muscle but not appeal 05-08-2017
You have to pity poor Atlas, the mythological Greek god who led the Titans into a losing battle against the Olympians. Zeus sentenced him to hold the weight of the heavens on his shoulders.
Mark Phelan: Acura seeks electrifying new identity 05-08-2017
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Hondaís struggling Acura brand hopes to reverse its fortunes by building a reputation for sporty hybrid vehicles that deliver smart performance.
Under the Hood: Switch up oils during summer? 05-08-2017
Q: Is it true that 5W-20 oil cannot hold up to the extreme heat of Florida in the summer? My 2001 Honda Civic with 65,000 miles seems fine, but a mechanic with a radio show down here says 5W-30 synthetic is best for cars in Florida.
Auto review: Honda gives a turbo boost to new CR-V 05-08-2017
Honda has pumped up the CR-V, its best-selling sport utility vehicle, by turbocharging the engine and adding high-tech electronics to the low-cost crossover.
Auto review: 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel sets high mark for highway mpg 05-08-2017
On either side of the highway, crops were beginning to sprout. The flat, boundless plains of the Midwest can be fertile ground for crops as well as beauty ó in certain seasons, at certain times.
Auto review: Porsche Macan GTS is a go-fast, high-strung crossover that works 05-01-2017
There is no shortage of high-horsepower performance crossovers, from the recently announced 707-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to BMW M Series and Mercedes-AMG in crossovers big and small. Call it the rise of the PUV, performance utility vehicle.
Mark Phelan: High octane gas coming ó but youíll pay more for it 05-01-2017
Automakers and oil companies are quietly developing a new generation of fuels and engines that together will generate more power from less gasoline, reducing emissions and boosting fuel economy.
Under the Hood: Faulty transmission, floppy sun visor and more 05-01-2017
Q: I own a 1995 Mazda MPV with an automatic transmission and 225,000 miles on it. The transmission will not consistently shift to drive. Some times ó if Iím lucky ó I can shift to drive. But then I canít shift to park or reverse. Iím wondering whatís causing this problem.
Auto review: Honda brings Civic hatch back in style 05-01-2017
Good things donít necessarily come in small packages. Itís more like good things make great use of space. The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback is one of the roomiest compact hatches, which makes it competitive not just with other hatches but with Americaís darling, the compact crossover.
Auto review: Porsche adds turbo to sporty Targa 04-24-2017
There are weeks when I lose interest in driving, and there are cars that restore my interest. This was one of those weeks, and the new Porsche 911 Targa 4S is one of those cars.
Auto review: MX-5 RF is more than just a seasonal hardtop convertible 04-24-2017
Forty-six degrees is not convertible weather. Unless the sun is out in March in the Midwest. Such a bright appearance after such a gray season provokes people to wear shorts, drink early and smile. Or to put the top down at 70 mph with the heat on low and cozy up in the new hardtop Mazda Miata
Auto review: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq delivers the unexpected: a good-looking gas-electric hybrid 04-24-2017
In 2011, there were 35 hybrid and electric vehicle models on the market. Today, there are 59, an increase of nearly 41 percent. But the number of such vehicles in the overall market hasnít risen nearly as much, climbing from a meager 2.25 percent to an equally meager 2.87 percent, a 22 percent increase.
Under the Hood: Replace timing belt before long road trip 04-24-2017
Q: Brad, I own a 2009 Subaru Forester with around 93,000 miles on it. I change the oil every 5,000 miles using a synthetic and I have also changed the transmission fluid.
Under the Hood: Taillights probably not working as perfectly as you think 04-17-2017
Q: My Mom and Dad own a 2000 Toyota Camry with a four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission and about 35,000 miles on it. A light on the dash keeps lighting up, indicating the taillights are out. But theyíre not.
Auto review: Evoque crossover convertible built to go anywhere, except my driveway 04-17-2017
Ugly can be alluring. Pugs. Clogs. Tom Petty. But ugly is in the eye of the beholder. The Range Rover Evoque convertible, with its sterile white body, bricklike lower half, and lopped-off black top, caught peopleís eyes.
Mark Phelan: ĎRhapsodyí interior challenged Lincoln, highlights brand heritage 04-17-2017
Blue was Lincolnís signature color in the brandís glory days of the 1950s and Ď60s, but engineers shuddered when designers suggested reviving it for the brandís new flagship: the 2017 Continental.
Auto review: Audi A4ís virtual cockpit a dazzling development 04-17-2017
The popular A4 returns for 2017 with a dazzling development ó Audi calls it the "instrument cluster of the future." Others may consider it a milestone in the automobileís evolution.
Mark Phelan: Chevrolet adds performance model for Tahoe SUV 04-10-2017
Chevrolet will add a performance model of its large Tahoe SUV later this year to cash in on the boom in SUV sales.
Under the Hood: When to flush your transmission fluids 04-10-2017
Q: How can you tell when it is time change transmission fluid? We have a 2010 Ford Escape with 62,500 miles. Weíre the original owners and have operated under normal driving conditions ó no towing.
Auto review: Honda rolls out a fun, stylish fuel cell car 04-10-2017
The science experiment is over. Hydrogen fuel cars are real. Toyota and Hyundai proved it with their Mirai and Tucson FCVs, respectively. Now, Honda has taken the technology a step further. The 2017 Clarity is real, and itís really fun.
Auto review: 2017 Chevy Colorado makes compelling case for midsize pickup over crossover 04-10-2017
My friend wanted a pickup truck. He travels during the week for his white-collar job, and on weekends helps out with house projects in the neighborhood.
Auto review: Youíd be lucky to drive Alfa Romeoís stunning new sports sedan 04-10-2017
Itís 1923. Race car driver Ugo Sivocci, tired of finishing behind his fellow drivers, paints a four-leaf clover on the side of his race car prior to competing in the Targa Florio, an open road endurance race held in Sicily.
Auto review: The Porsche Macan proves to be a sure-footed beast in the snow 04-03-2017
I rarely succumb to envy. On a journalistís salary, itís better not to. I lust not for the Range Rovers, the BMW X5s or the Audi Q5s driven by parents at my fifth-graderís fancy pants private school.
Auto review: Thankfully, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 isnít practical 04-03-2017
As seen by our ongoing love affair with crossover SUVS, Americans are a practical bunch. Why not drive big with gas prices so low? If only practicality werenít so boring.
Under the Hood: Easy way to check transmission 04-03-2017
Q: I have a 2002 Mazda Tribute with a six-cylinder engine. When driving on the highway and coming to a steep hill, Iíll usually downshift in order to keep the speed going. However, this causes the transmission to stutter. Any suggestions?
Auto review: Acura unveils a powerful reboot 04-03-2017
Acura likes to boast that its powerful, precise NSX is "the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S."
Mark Phelan: Need to organize your car? Ford engineer can help 03-27-2017
If youíre the sort of person whose socks are all folded in a drawer ó or even better, if you can never find a pair that match ó one of Fordís vehicle interior engineers has developed some simple tips to that might make it easier for you to find things in your car.
Auto review: 2017 Lincoln Continental flagship sedan makes a father proud, and a son understand 03-27-2017
Sometimes, father knows best. This reluctant admission comes after a week with the 2017 Lincoln Continental, the first Lincoln in my adult lifetime that did not make my fatherís unwavering lifetime support of a once-proud premium brand seem bewildering.
Auto review: A good thing in a small package 03-27-2017
A good time to be buying an automobile in America just got better. So many choices. Such good cars. Just pick a style and a price point and go.
Under the Hood: Oil pressure issue might be easily resolved 03-27-2017
Q: My 2003 BMW 325Ci has 97,000 miles on it and generally drives perfectly. I have always taken good care of it. However, after about 10 minutes of stop-and-go traffic, the oil pressure light starts flickering.
Auto review: Fiat DNA thrives in Japanese-built 124 Spider 03-27-2017
"A lady. A lovely, sensual, responsive Italian lady." Thatís how Car and Driver magazine described the Fiat 124 after its debut in the 1960s. "Like women to dream about," the publication went on, the really good Italian cars have "an eagerness to please."
Mark Phelan: Reviewing mpg rules doesnít mean rewriting them 03-20-2017
Reopening the review of federal fuel efficiency standards isnít about a return to the gas-guzzlers Detroit was once known for. Itís about honoring the deal the Obama administration made when the auto industry signed on to the most far-reaching and ambitious regulations in its history.
Under the Hood: Whatís up with rough-running Accord? 03-20-2017
Q: My daughter has a 2000 Honda Accord Coupe with a 3-liter V-6 engine. Sometimes, after a hot restart, it will run very roughly. In fact, it usually stalls. This happens year-round, though more often in the spring.
Auto review: 2017 Dodge Durango throws its weight around 03-20-2017
The average American man is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 195.5 pounds and has a waist size of nearly 40 inches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Auto review: 2017 BMW 740e charges flagship sedan segment 03-20-2017
BMW is plugging into the electrified future of automobiles by offering a plug-in variant across its product line. The 740e full-size sedan benefits from the same lightweight carbon core construction and impressive list of technology features as the redesigned luxury flagship, but it has a 2.0-liter gasoline engine along with an electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery pack.
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