Auto review: 2016 Toyota Prius improves on style, handling and fuel economy 01-25-2016
The Toyota Prius is easy to mock. Itís shaped like a clog, has an eye-crossing split window hatch, is as fun to drive as a hot dog cart and it is the vehicle of choice for many cabbies, who are unequivocally the worst drivers on the road.
Auto review: New Tacoma an off-roaderís dream 01-25-2016
Thereís that moment when driving when you realize youíve pushed things too far. We all have done it, although itís more likely occurred behind the wheel of a pickup truck or a rugged little off-roader than in a Corolla.
Motoring Q&A: Is there nitrogen in my tires? 01-25-2016
Q: I recently purchased a new car, and it came with nitrogen-filled tires as part of the dealerís accessory kit.
Auto review: Mini bulks up Clubman wagon for 2016 01-25-2016
The Mini Cooper Clubman was introduced for model year 2008 as a wagon version of the standard Cooper, with a longer wheelbase, more interior space, a split rear cargo door and a passenger-side door.
Under the Hood: Wheel alignment, filter replacement and more 01-25-2016
Q: I just purchased a new set of tires for my 2012 Camry and was told I should have the tires aligned. I was told the tires would wear out more quickly if I didnít.
Auto review: 2016 Subaru Forester XT offers power and PC in one box 01-18-2016
Gasoline and granola doesnít sound like the breakfast of champions to me. But green-leaning, slightly square Subaru has long managed to whip it into a sweet mix with its gentle all-wheel-drive, fuel-sipping, earth-saving image.
Motoring Q&A: What happened to my Jeepís smooth ride? 01-18-2016
Q: I have a problem with my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has 154,000 miles on it. While driving at speeds greater than 45 mph I notice a problem in ride smoothness.
Mark Phelan: VWís apology tour wears thin at auto show 01-18-2016
Volkswagenís apology tour of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit threatened to overshadow the new vehicles the automaker introduced Monday.
Auto review: 2016 Kia Optima SX ó premium trim not worth the premium price 01-18-2016
Kia has come a long way in the U.S. since its budget car days of the mid-í90s. The South Korean automaker is now known for value-loaded vehicles that offer exceptional warranties and enough style to never feel budget-focused.
Under the Hood: $800 to repair a burned-out dash light? 01-18-2016
Q: Please write an article concerning the replacement of lights in the dash of a 2008 Mercury Sable. The light indicating the mileage has burned out and the repair cost is $800. This is a very fine auto, but that price is outrageous.
Auto review: Honda Pilot finally finds some style for 2016 01-18-2016
Pug-nosed Honda Pilots plod through the sunny streets of my suburb wearing pretty grim expressions. Square as a church comptroller, they look as if theyíve seen too many wind-blown soccer-field parking lots and suffered too many jolts and blows at the mall.
Motoring Q&A: Mazda remote causing all sorts of problems 01-11-2016
Q: Please help! Neither my local Mazda dealer nor independents can come up with a solution to the problem with my 2006 Mazda Tribute.
Mark Phelan: Automatic braking coming, but not all systems are equal 01-11-2016
Ready or not, automatic braking is coming to a car near you, and probably sooner than you expect. Fully autonomous vehicles that drive themselves from point A to B are still in the future, but braking systems that step in to slow or stop a vehicle without the driverís intervention are here today and about to become more common.
Auto review: Lexus hybrid sedan fails to deliver on luxury promise 01-11-2016
Some words just sound right. To say "smile" turns up the corners of the lips into the very thing it defines; to say "love" is to open up, then embrace that which was once parted. The perfect word transcends the object it defines into something more.
Larry Printz: Donít look now, but the class of 1991 is now considered antique 01-11-2016
As we turn the page on another year, a fresh batch of vehicles turns 25 years old, making them officially antique cars and eligible to participate in an Antique Automobile Club of America car show.
Under the Hood: Overheated engine? Donít do this 01-11-2016
Q: In the middle of the summer, a friend of mine said his car had suddenly overheated on the highway, and in order to continue driving, he opened all the carís vents and turned the heater on full blast.
Motoring Q&A: When cars and grammar collide 01-04-2016
For the first column of the new year, letís shift gears and hear several of the better responses to the pressing question of whether an engine "killed" or "died."
Auto review: New Mercedes blends brandís racing heritage with modern tech, muscle 01-04-2016
"It looks like a Porsche." Thatís what one observer thought of the new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S, a sinewy sleek slab of Teutonic muscle that actually channels Mercedes-Benzís racing heritage ó such as the 300 SLR (W 194) from 1952.
Auto review: 2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport cuts distinctive line in crossover class 01-04-2016
The Lexus RX did to premium midsize crossovers what the Toyota Camry did to mainstream midsize sedans.
Larry Printz: Raise a toast, with a shot of fuel injection 01-04-2016
Toasting the new year? If serving a glass of good cheer, why not serve a mixed drink that shares its name with a car? Here are several suggestions. But remember, never drive if intoxicated.
Under the Hood: Many new cars lack spare tires; what to do 01-04-2016
Q: I was told, and I just verified, that my new car does not have a spare tire! This really concerns me. Why in the world would they build a car like this? What can I do to be sure I donít have a problem with this in the future?
Larry Printz: My remarkable rides of 2015 12-28-2015
Tis the season for best of the year lists. So in the spirit of the season, and with gifts yet to be purchased and wrapped, I give you my list of my memorable rides of 2015.
Mark Phelan: Hit the road: Cars and trucks going out of production 12-28-2015
As 2015 winds down, itís time to say bid adieu to cars and trucks that went out of production in 2015 and others that we know will reach the end of the line in 2016.
Ford offers a more polite Mustang 12-28-2015
Atomic orange Mustangs with big black wheels just seem to radiate asphalt-ripping attitude. They appear to be plotting an escape, quivering with horsepower and edgy anticipation ó even with the ignition switched off.
Motoring Q&A: No time like the present to switch to synthetic oil 12-28-2015
Q: I just purchased a new car ó a 2016 Honda HRV. How soon can I switch to synthetic oil?
Under the Hood: How can I troubleshoot a faulty cruise control? 12-28-2015
Q: I have a 94 Jeep Cherokee. The cruise control has gone out. I was wondering what your thoughts were for troubleshooting. And if I canít fix it, is it possible to add an aftermarket cruise control to the car? ó Al
Auto review: Ferrariís F12 a well-behaved beast 12-28-2015
The F12 Berlinetta was introduced in 2012 as the most powerful non-race car Ferrari ever built. Its naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12 engine cranks out 740 horsepower and 508 pound feet of torque.
Q&A: Noisy Honda Pilot is one of many 12-21-2015
Auto review: 2016 Mazda CX-3 proves small SUVs can be beautiful 12-21-2015
If it seems that everything is getting smaller, thatís because it is. Oh sure, people claim that the world is getting smaller, but other things are shrinking as well.
Mark Phelan: Why Buick is right to import the Envision from China 12-21-2015
Expect plenty of attention on the Buick Envision compact luxury SUV when the North American International Auto Show opens in Detroit next month.
Larry Printz: What would Santa drive? Here are a few good guesses 12-21-2015
You think you had a rough day at the office? Imagine what good olí Saint Nick has to go through each year. Weíre talking about a guy who runs a major distribution operation at the North Pole.
Under the Hood: Garage ripped me off! What to do? 12-21-2015
Q: You just wrote a column about leaving air conditioning repairs to the experts. Well, I recently went to my local shop because my car was having trouble starting. There was no reason for anyone to look at my air conditioning.
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