Under the Hood: Reviewing some battery basics 06-26-2017
Q: I took my 3-year-old Subaru Forester to the dealer for routine service. When I returned at the designated time, I was informed they had to replace the battery because it was dead. There were no prior warnings or indications of a battery problem. Is it normal for a battery to suddenly die like this?
Mark Phelan first drive: 2018 Toyota Camry boasts fuel economy, safety features, style 06-26-2017
PORTLAND, Ore. ó The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry will hit the road with class-leading fuel economy, a long list of safety features and prices starting at $23,495 when it goes on sale in July.
Auto review: 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman ALL4: The quaint Mini gets souped up 06-26-2017
My first drive in a Mini was in Paris in the late 1970s. It was about 5 in the morning and the empty streets were damp with dew. The little car skittered and slid over the cobblestones in a way that was possibly illegal and probably unsafe ó but so much fun.
Auto review: Toyota Camry looks to shed its vanilla persona 06-26-2017
NEWBERG, Ore. ó Sometimes, a carís name is appropriate. Consider the Toyota Camry, whose moniker is derived from the Japanese word for crown, kanmuri.
Motormouth: Mechanics canít find reason for stalling engine 06-19-2017
My granddaughterís 1999 Buick Century started stalling when she slows down or comes to a stop. It is worse when warmed up and when fuel is less than half full.
Larry Printz: For GM design chief, the future is the biggest challenge 06-19-2017
AMEILIA ISLAND, Fla. ĖĖ After decades of evolution, the automobile is at a pivot point, as gasoline propulsion gives way to electric and autonomous vehicles. In turn, this will affect the automotive design language that car buyers have come to expect.
Auto review: Kia Niro hybrid falters on transmission 06-19-2017
First times usually arenít the best times. You get better with more attempts, though the impression of that first attempt can linger the longest. This is the predicament Kia is in with the Niro hybrid.
Under the Hood: Mechanics want to do all sorts of things to this car 06-19-2017
Q: I'm in my 70s. I own a 2004 Toyota Corolla 2004, bought it new. I get the oil changed every six months, live in Florida, have 42,000 miles on it.
Driving the worldís fastest, most luxurious supercar ó the $3 million Bugatti Chiron 06-19-2017
LOS ANGELES ó Two summers ago, Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheim promised that his company was going to make the fastest, quickest and most luxurious production car ever built.
Auto review: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is a smooth three-row marvel 06-19-2017
The last time I remember being impressed with Acura was my dadís Acura Legend in the late í80s. Recently, the ILX felt like a gussied up Honda Civic and the RDX drifted into that great homogenous pool known as the compact crossover.
Auto review: 2017 Toyota Highlander isnít as fresh as the three-row competition 06-12-2017
My friend refers to his Toyota Highlander as a truck. Heís serious about it, so we make fun of him. But my friend might be onto something, which surprises us all. The Highlander is as trucklike as it is minivanian.
Under the Hood: Ignition system issue will probably require a pro 06-12-2017
Q: I have a 2007 Ford F-150 4x4 with a 5.4-liter three-valve Triton engine and about 84,000 miles. The truck runs well with one exception.
Auto review: Chrysler minivan goes electric 06-12-2017
Fiat Chrysler Automobileís Chrysler division has beaten its competitors to market with the countryís first plug-in hybrid minivan.
Auto review: Acura finds its way back with the 2018 TLX 06-12-2017
Being first isnít always a blessing. Just ask Honda. Its Acura brand debuted in 1986 as the first upscale Japanese marque, years before Lexus and Infiniti.
Auto review: A grand touring car that scoffs at the weather 06-05-2017
For some, it doesnít seem that long ago when station wagons ruled the hearts, garages and driveways of suburbia.
Auto review: Mercedes raises the roof on S63 AMG performance 06-05-2017
It was 50 years ago that automotive engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher started the iconic AMG in Burgstall, Germany, where they developed and tested racing engines for Mercedes-Benz.
Mark Phelan: Detroit automakers should stand with Paris climate accord 06-05-2017
U.S. automakers should ó and almost certainly will ó ignore President Donald Trumpís decision to abandon the Paris climate agreement. Doing otherwise isnít just bad for life on Earth. Itís bad business.
Under the Hood: Hereís what a first-class repair shop looks like 06-05-2017
Q: My trusted mechanic retired and closed his shop a couple of years ago, and Iíve had a heck of a time finding a good replacement.
Auto review: Chevyís Bolt EV is an all-electric all-star 06-05-2017
I was invited to take a spin last September in an early version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The battery-electric affordable sedan was poised then to make its debut in dealerships, and I had my doubts.
Under the Hood: Rear differential assembly repair not easy, but doable 05-29-2017
Q: My 1998 Dodge half-ton 4x4 pickup started making a growling noise, which comes from its rear end and doesnít vary with load.
Auto review: The perfect way to start your holiday weekend: drive a 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster 05-29-2017
If Memorial Day weekend signals anything, itís the beginning of travel season, a time of year when a vehicleís load capacity is challenged by lifestyle debris and a driverís temperament is tested by fighting offspring, a nagging spouse and clogged arteries.
Mark Phelan: Volkswagen diesels: ĎGet them while supplies lastí 05-29-2017
Two years after cheating on emissions tests catapulted Volkswagen into a global crisis, the automaker is again selling cars with diesel engines in the U.S., but the German brandís signature offerings wonít be around too much longer.
Auto review: 2017 Chevy Bolt is a good car with great implications 05-29-2017
People called it cool, cute, quick. The most talked-about feature was the 10.2-inch touch screen, the most divisive the plastic black-on-white dashboard design.
Larry Printz: Getting ready to roll for Memorial Day 05-22-2017
With the arrival of warmer weather, thoughts turn to packing the car and hitting the road. However, being prepared for a road trip will make it one youíll always remember rather than one youíll live to regret. So before hitting the highway, here are a few things to consider.
Under the Hood: How does Lane Departure Warning work? 05-22-2017
Q. Iím in the process of buying my dad a new Honda CRV which will probably be his last car. Iím impressed with the optional safety features and was explaining some of them to him.
Review: Honda Civic Hatchback Sport opens up new possibilities 05-22-2017
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring: Better than the sedan? Price: $29,175 as tested (no options on test vehicle). A base hatchback can be had for as little as $19,700.
Review: Dodge Challenger GT: Whereís the beef? 05-22-2017
There are many reasons to desire a mighty American muscle car like the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Corvette or Ford Mustang GT.
Under the Hood: Despite best efforts, problem lingers 05-15-2017
Q: I have a 1994 Lincoln Town Car that had been intermittently stalling at low speeds and failing to start.
Mark Phelan: Who joined Bentley on top interiors list? 05-15-2017
It probably wouldnít surprise you to learn the $278,730 Bentley Bentayga SUV has a terrific interior, but would you expect the same to be true of a Subaru Impreza? A Buick LaCrosse? Honda CR-V?
Auto review: Audi R8 is an everyday supercar 05-15-2017
Supercars are super fast and super expensive. Historically these unwieldy beasts were only unleashed from the most privileged garages on weekends. Yet Audi is pushing hair-raising thrills with an "everyday supercar" known as the R8.
Auto review: Alfa Romeo dare and flair is back with 2017 Giulia Ti 05-15-2017
The biggest hurdle the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia faces is proving itís not just a pretty face and not just a rethinking of the legendary nameplate. It must show it has the guts to wear the badge.
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.
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