Auto review: Changes push 2016 Hyundai Tucson back in the pack 11-02-2015
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson (I give it three out of four stars) takes a step back from the memorable styling that briefly distinguished Hyundai. The result is an SUV that blends into the pack, despite a roomy interior and competitive price.
Auto review: 2016 Honda Pilot: A softer look and more family friendly, too 11-02-2015
According to the olí duck test, "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck." But things arenít always what they seem. Case in point, the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot.
Mark Phelan: Diesel scandal opens door for other technologies 11-02-2015
The Volkswagen diesel scandal has drawn fresh attention to automakersí drive toward alternate fuels and clean engine technology. It wonít be the end of diesel engines, but it could sharpen the focus on other technologies.
Motoring Q&A: Try these fixes to hush your noisy ride 11-02-2015
Q: I had my 2012 Impala LTZ in the shop for a noise. The rear struts were replaced along with front rotors and pads. The brake job was supposed to take care of the noise up front.
Under the Hood: Sparkplugs explained 11-02-2015
Q: Correct me if Iím wrong but Iím thinking that over the years the basic components of sparkplugs have not changed significantly except for the materials used. Now there are plugs made of copper, platinum, double platinum and iridium. The points have also changed.
Auto review: 2016 Honda Civic tops the compact class 11-02-2015
Everyone has a Honda Civic story. Since its arrival on U.S. shores in 1973, it has slowly established itself as a cultural touchstone, the car that everyone turns to the way those who came of age during the Age of Aquarius turned to the Volkswagen Beetle.
Motoring Q&A: Overfilling your gas tank? Donít 10-26-2015
Q: The stated fuel capacity of my wifeís 2013 Honda Pilot is 21 gallons. This morning I filled it with 22.147 gallons of gas, even though the low-fuel light hadnít come on.
Auto review: 2016 Jag F-Type gets even more sure-footed 10-26-2015
Sideways might be the right way to conquer lifeís mean curves. Call me a low-plains drifter, but I find slithering tail-out through the corners of an empty road to be highly therapeutic ó kind of like dancing with the devil on the way to work.
Under the Hood: Not all replacement bulbs are the same 10-26-2015
Q. The dashboard light on my 1998 BMW 528i indicated I had a light out on the right rear and discovered it was a license plate light.
Auto review: BMW i8: Driving into the future, fast 10-26-2015
As a window on the future, a prophecy of what the auto industry is capable of, the BMW i8 (I give it three out of four stars) is cause for celebration.
Auto review: 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed gets you there quickly, quietly in style 10-26-2015
Bentley makes some of the most elegant and refined sedans in the world. But the English car company is no slouch at the track, either.
Auto review: Porsche Cayenne Diesel: Practical but also powerful 10-19-2015
While the world was immersed in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal, and critics and consumers were predicting the death of diesel, I was driving one ó the 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel.
Motoring Q&A: Double-check your warranty 10-19-2015
Q: I purchased a 2012 Honda Accord with 39,890 miles. It now has 41,458 miles. The first few hundred miles I heard a slight and infrequent noise upon startup.
Auto review: Stylish 2016 Mazda CX-3 has plenty of pop, little power 10-19-2015
Time finally caught up with me last weekend, cornering me on the dark, beer-stained parking lot of a drive-in. It hit hard ó hard enough to slosh my milkshake.
Under the Hood: Turbocharged engines explained 10-19-2015
Q: Back during the oil crisis of 1973, many automakers came out with small (1.8-liter and 2.0-liter) turbo engines.
Auto review: Mercedes-Benzís Metris favors utility over frills 10-12-2015
The folks at Mercedes-Benz would like you to consider purchasing a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris, especially if you have a small business and youíre a florist, or caterer, or electrician, or plumber, or handyman, or a cable company, or Ö well, you get the idea.
Auto review: Jeep Renegade small in stature, big in character 10-12-2015
You could almost hear Jeep loyalists let out a collective groan last year when the brand unveiled the Renegade and in turn joined the parade of tiny sport utility vehicles ó sometimes called "cute utes" ó crowding Americaís roads.
Under the Hood: The Ďcoffin nosed Cordí and its Electric Hand 10-12-2015
Q: I read your column in my local newspaper and enjoy your technical advice. I donít know if you can address an issue that is more of a curiosity than a problem, but I am a fan of the Cord automobile that was produced from 1936-1937, often referred to as the "coffin nosed Cord."
Auto review: Finally, an Acura you can take home to meet Mom 10-12-2015
The last Acura I brought home singed the walls of my old garage with a face that could peel paint. Its garish grille resembled a Jack Nicholson smirk twisted into a grimace ó and then nickel-plated.
Auto review: Toyota Tacoma is quiet, plush 10-05-2015
After three days of city and highway driving, I was ready to dismiss the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup as a very nice, very tall sedan. One of those citified trucks.
Larry Printz: 90 years, and a number of noteworthy Chryslers 10-05-2015
Itís been 90 years since Walter Chrysler, Chairman of Maxwell Motors, introduced the Chrysler Six. In the decades since, the company that bares his name has turned out a number of noteworthy cars. Letís go for a ride.
Auto review: Nissan Maxima: Style, but no substance 10-05-2015
The 2016 Nissan Maxima (I give it two out of four stars) traffics in style, not substance. Nissan says itís a large "four-door sports car," but it has less passenger and luggage room than Nissanís midsize Altima sedan and is no match for truly sporty sedans like the BMW 3-series, Cadillac ATS and Chrysler 300.
Motoring Q&A: How to reduce distracted driving? 10-05-2015
Q: In response to a recent question about cellphone use while driving, there is a simple, relatively inexpensive solution.
Under the Hood: Emissions testing explain 10-05-2015
Q: Many people, I think, are like me: totally ignorant of how emissions testing works. I had always assumed, until all the news about Volkswagen broke, that in an emissions test, a technician simply put a hose into a tailpipe, and emitted gases ran into a device that read out the required information.
Auto review: Is the HR-Vís roominess, fuel efficiency enough to win over customers? 10-05-2015
The 2016 Honda HR-V (I give it three out of four stars) is a face in the crowd, somebody you met at a party but remember only vaguely.
Motoring Q&A: Fix your light, keep your car 09-28-2015
Q: I have a 2002 Buick Century with 58,947 miles. The indicator light for the gear position and odometer is out (dark).
Mark Phelan: 2016 Camaro squares off vs. Mustang, on paper 09-28-2015
Chevrolet revealed this month some key performance statistics for the all-new 2016 Camaro. The numbers look good, but letís face it, what really matters is how they compare to the Camaroís nemesis, the Ford Mustang.
Under the Hood: Why am I going through so many fuses? 09-28-2015
Q: I have a 2001 BMW 740iL. It has blown a fuse two or three times a year for several years now. The problem generally occurs during warm-weather months after the car has been driven and then parked for an hour or longer.
Auto review: Americaís favorite vehicle continues its winning ways 09-28-2015
Are you overweight or obese? Sixty-nine percent of Americans are, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the average American is 23 pounds heavier than his or her ideal body weight, according to the CDC.
Auto review: Donít be tricked by the Q3ís good looks 09-28-2015
Americans have never been big fans of hatchback cars. Maybe itís because hatchbacks first hit the market here as low-rent economy cars, lending them an indelible reputation that makes them virtually sales-proof in the status-conscious United States.
Auto review: Blazing Range Rover Sport SVR waves off laws of physics 09-21-2015
Going off-road these days must be getting rough as a Republican presidential debate. How else do you explain a 550-horsepower SUV that can slither through an Irish bog, clamber up the side of a cliff and then streak back home at 150 mph?
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