Auto review: Plenty of storage space in sporty diesel wagon 08-17-2015
Volkswagen should be able to sell more of these vehicles than it does. The Golf SportWagen TDI ó an updated version of the car previously known as the Jetta SportWagen ó combines a sporty ride and ample passenger and storage space with a clean-burning, low-maintenance diesel engine that will run forever and generally costs less to fill up than a regular gasoline-fueled car.
Mark Phelan: The golden age of the American muscle car is now 08-17-2015
The golden age of Detroit muscle is now. The Detroit Threeís performance cars are better today than ever before.
Motoring Q&A: Where can I buy and learn to use a diagnostic scan tool? 08-17-2015
Q. I live in Canada and own a 2014 Dodge Journey. Where can I buy a scan tool and learn how to use it? I find that although upkeep is supposed to be easier with these diagnostic tools, the costs of maintaining my vehicle are generally higher than ever.
Under the Hood: Carís temperature control system slows to a stop on long drives 08-17-2015
Q: I have a 2005 Chrysler 300 with about 95,000 miles on its odometer. It has an automatic temperature control system. I have had the systemís blower motor resistor replaced twice and believe itís failing again.
Auto review: Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is more than a fair-weather friend 08-17-2015
Itís August, the pinnacle of summer and prime time for playing hooky. We all know that the weather will never get any nicer than this, at least not for another 12 months.
Motoring Q&A: Wacky HVAC issue could be linked to malfunctioning radio 08-10-2015
Q: In April I leased a Cadillac ATS. I run the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the auto mode with the same temperature set on both sides.
Mark Phelan: Toyota tests online sales, financing with Scion 08-10-2015
If youíre in the market for a Scion car next year ó maybe the new iA or iM small cars that go on sale Sept. 1 ó you may buy it in a new way that doesnít require you to set foot in a dealership or haggle with a salesperson.
Auto review: Opulent, rugged Range Rover remembers the little things, too 08-10-2015
"What little convenience will they think of next?" I find myself thinking this while stashing a set of golf clubs in the rear of Land Roverís 2015 Range Rover.
Under the Hood: Repairing rarely used locks not worth the trouble 08-10-2015
Q: I have a 2009 Chevrolet Impala and recently noticed that my two back doors do not lock or unlock when I press the unlock button inside the car or on my key chain device. I checked the child lock button, but the locks still donít work.
The 2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe (I give it three out of four stars) doesnít need to exist. Of course, neither does my 55-inch, high-definition, web-browsing television set, or your weekend getaway cabin.
Auto review: Nissan Rogue worth getting to know but not a mischief-maker 08-03-2015
The Nissan Rogue has a name thatís the antithesis of its look. Thereís nothing rogue about it. And thatís a good thing. Or at least consumers think so.
Motoring Q&A: Is a highway patrol scanner causing my carís systems to wig out? 08-03-2015
Q: On several recent occasions driving my 2004 Ford Taurus Iíve been what I can only describe as "zapped" at a highway patrol scan point.
Mark Phelan: Frankfurt show to provide preview of major new models 08-03-2015
Early word and photos are getting out on some of the top new cars going on sale in Europe this year for the 2016 model year.
Auto review: Smallish Jeep steps up 08-03-2015
Real rock-busting Jeeps ride high and mighty in morning traffic ó burly, heavy-metal survivalists dressed for a dusty apocalypse. Square and steely, they reek of testosterone and gunpowder.
Under the Hood: Truckís low-pressure problem might be easily resolved 08-03-2015
Q: I have a 2005 Ford F-150 with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine with slightly more than 97,000 miles. Recently, the truck has experienced intermittent losses of power. The check engine light hasnít come on, but a gauge did indicate low fuel pressure.
Battle of the Ďcute utesí: Honda HR-V is spacious, Mazda CX-3 is sporty 08-03-2015
The hottest segment in the U.S. auto market is getting hotter with the addition of new subcompact SUV offerings from Honda and Mazda.
Auto review: Design, tech, value make 2015 Murano AWD a contender 07-27-2015
It is on. The battle for the best midsize five-passenger SUV has started, and itís gonna be a 12-round fight. The 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum all-wheel-drive midsize SUV (I give it four out of four stars) joins the Ford Edge atop this class of striking, advanced SUVs.
Motoring Q&A: Save money by rebuilding, not replacing control module 07-27-2015
Q: I have a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 with 70,000 miles. A month ago the anti-lock braking system and brake warning lights came on.
Jaguar revs up excitement with its F-Type R 07-27-2015
Low-slung, sleek and sexy, this supercharged V-8 coupe looks like a designerís dream, handles like a track car and isnít made in Germany or Italy.
Auto review: Hyundai Tucson grows up 07-27-2015
If you were asked to pick a distinguishing feature of the 2015 Hyundai Tucson, you might choose its reliability. After all, Hyundai surprised the industry with the vehicle by topping the recent J.D. Power study of initial quality.
Under the Hood: Disengage overdrive on steep hills? 07-27-2015
Q: I drive a Mazda Miata that has an overdrive button on its shifter. Anytime I am going up a steep grade or coming down a hill, I disengage the overdrive to force the transmission into a lower gear.
Mark Phelan: Hyundai jumps into SUV boom with sleek 2016 Tucson 07-20-2015
MINNEAPOLIS Ė The sleek 2016 Hyundai Tucson SUV about to go on sale is just the start as the Korean automaker looks to join the SUV boom, Hyundai America president and CEO Dave Zuchowski said this week.
Motoring Q&A: Is buying a four-wheel drive vehicle worth it? 07-20-2015
Q: I would like your opinion on the advantages of four-wheel-drive vs. front-wheel-drive vehicles. I loved my first front-wheel-drive vehicle, an early Ď80s Chevy Citation, and the traction it provided in icy conditions.
Auto review: Mini Ďhardtopí is really a sedan but still stylish 07-20-2015
Minis must be grappling with the lumps, bumps and psychic bruises of middle age. Not that I would know anything about rising hairlines and falling pectorals, of course ó forever young, dudes and dude-ettes.
Auto review: Lincolnís redesigned 2015 Navigator SUV focuses on luxury, saves fuel with turbo V-6 07-20-2015
In the full-size premium SUV class, the Lincoln Navigator has been updated for 2015, and continues to be the ultimate luxurious people hauler.
Under the Hood: Why does my car use a computer to control its windows? 07-20-2015
Q: Iím loving my new car but wonder why it uses a computer to roll the windows up and down and turn on the lights.
Auto review: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: More civilized ó just slightly ó than its Challenger cousin 07-20-2015
So, the fastest, most powerful sedan in the world ó weíre talking 707 horses ó is delivered to my driveway, and the driver hands me two key fobs. The black one, he says, tames the monster a tad, limiting its horses to 500. The red one opens up the gates of hell, or in this case, Hellcat.
Mark Phelan: Bigger, pricier Clubman heralds new direction for Mini 07-13-2015
Miniís getting bigger. The vehicles and their price tags. "The Clubman will be Miniís flagship," Mini Vice President David Duncan told me last week. "Itís larger and more premium."
Motoring Q&A: Does a service bulletin cover my out-of-warranty car? 07-13-2015
Q: Do you have any information on radiator fluid getting into the transmissions of 2005 Nissan Xterras? Is there a service bulletin?
Auto review: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe flips the bird at practicality 07-13-2015
Before there was an Oldsmobile Toronado, Cadillac Eldorado, Buick Riviera or Continental Mark II, there was the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupe, the first in a series of full-size grand touring coupes meant to add a dash of spice to Mercedes-Benzís top-of-the-line model range.
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