Auto review: Rolls-Royce Dawn drops everything in $400,000 convertible 06-13-2016
The Rolls Royce Dawn has four wheels, two doors, orange seats and a steering wheel. So why does it cost more than most houses?
Mark Phelan: M1 Concourse brings Ďcar condos,í racetrack to Detroit area 06-13-2016
A sprawling complex including a racetrack, private luxury garages, restaurants, retail and meeting space opening in the Detroit area this summer promises to be a hub of automotive activity year-round.
Motoring Q&A: Basic Ďcrank but no startí troubleshooting 06-13-2016
Q: I have a 1995 Ford E250 V-8 van with 100,000 miles on it. Last September, I went to the store for 15 minutes, and when I came out, the van wouldnít start. I thought it was the fuel pump, so I tapped on the bottom of the tank, but it didnít start.
Under the Hood: Plenty of quality midsize cars to choose from 06-13-2016
Q: My sister is looking for a safe and dependable car for herself and her husband, who had a stroke and can no longer drive. It would have to be easy to enter and exit.
Auto review: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Return of the American van 06-13-2016
For the last several years, sport utility vehicles and crossover utility vehicles have been the hottest-selling segments in the automotive world. But a lot of American families are still buying minivans. More than 500,000 of these multi-passenger people movers were sold last year ó and about half of those were made by Fiat Chrysler.
Auto review: 2016 BMW 750i overflows with innovation 06-13-2016
When the driver of a 2016 BMW 750i does a finger gesture in your direction, donít be offended. Itís nothing personal. Heís just relaying commands via BMWís intriguing and new Gesture Control system, the worldís first such feature in a car.
Auto review: Fashionable functionality makes 2016 Subaru Crosstrek a likeable automotive accessory 06-06-2016
Whatís in a name? For Subaru, its Impreza Sport hatchback starts at $21,095. But jack it up a few inches, drape it in sporty body cladding, substitute a Crosstrek nameplate and, voila, you can now charge an extra $500 or more.
Mark Phelan: New headlights aim to improve safety, vision 06-06-2016
Your next carís headlights could be brighter and more focused, illuminating farther down the road but continually shifting to avoid shining into the eyes of other drivers.
Motoring Q&A: Sorry, but sisterís accident may have been caused by driver error 06-06-2016
Q: My sister totaled her 2008 Hyundai Sonata recently. It was a sunny, 70-degree, clear day. She was stopped at a stoplight behind a delivery truck.
Auto review: McLaren builds a car for the masses, with a $200,000 price tag 06-06-2016
The supercar company McLaren, in an effort to boost factory capacity and bring new buyers to its brand, has gone downmarket.
Auto review: Infinitiís largest species is a luxury beast 06-06-2016
Some objects are larger than they appear: Pro basketball players, locomotives, the Grand Canyon. Add the Infiniti QX80 to the larger than life list. So large it didnít fit in a 2.5-car garage; so large my 9-year-old said to paint it green and put a gun on top; so large the passengers needed grunts, handles and hoists to climb aboard.
Under the Hood: Want a diagnostic scan tool? Check these out 06-06-2016
Q: What do you think about the cheap auto scanner modules that hook up with your phone? You often write about the advantages of having a scanner for checking diagnostic trouble codes.
Auto review: 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid is most fuel-efficient AWD compact crossover 05-30-2016
There are two trends that show no signs of slowing: Gas prices will continue to rise and Americans will continue to buy crossovers. Toyota is hoping that Americans will start to buy hybrids again.
Mark Phelan: Cutting weight helps new GM vehicles save fuel, money 05-30-2016
Hidden in a General Motors presentation on how the automaker has taken hundreds of pounds out of the weight off its new vehicles is an innovation with huge implications for the automakerís costs and conversion to new materials.
Motoring Q&A: Window wonders about maintenance 05-30-2016
Q: In 2009, we purchased a new 2008 Ford Edge. My husband followed all required maintenance. He passed away last year and last October I took the car in for a complete check and oil change. The mileage was 37,244 at the time.
Under the Hood: Trailer hitches and parking brakes 05-30-2016
Q: I recently installed a trailer hitch on my Camry so that I can transport my bicycle when I visit my daughter at college. When I drive the car with two people in the front seats, there is no problem.
Auto review: Not looking for a track star? Check out the aptly named 2016 Chevrolet Cruze 05-30-2016
Thinking of the compact Chevrolets fielded over the decades is like reviewing a litany of punch lines to bad jokes. Their names are so infamous, they need no further explanation: Corvair, Vega, Monza, Nova, Chevette, Cavalier and Cobalt. Finally, in 2010, the Chevrolet Cruze ended four decades of crummy compacts.
Mark Phelan: Buick smart to trade up from Verano to SUV 05-23-2016
I like the Buick Verano a lot, but I also like reports that Buick will stop building the compact luxury sedan in the U.S.
Motoring Q&A: Safe to drive faulty car? 05-23-2016
Q: I have a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue with only 127,000 miles on it. It has been well maintained, is in very good condition and runs well. We like the car very much and would like to keep it.
Under the Hood: Van canít pass emissions 05-23-2016
Q: I have a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country with a 3.3-liter V-6 engine thatís been experiencing some issues with its oxygen heater sensor.
Auto review: Luxurious Lexus RX makes cheaper NX look bad in comparison 05-23-2016
Interested in a new Lexus SUV? Donít do what I did. Donít drive the best one first. Lexus has done exceedingly well with its utility vehicle line, a family of four models that includes the brandís top-selling vehicle ó the Lexus RX, which far outsells the most popular Lexus sedan.
Auto review: With 2017 Ridgeline, Honda produces ultimate tailgating truck 05-23-2016
I admit I am not a guy who tailgates. The redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline, however, might change all that. Donít believe me? I donít blame you.
Auto review: Volvoís plug-in SUV foretells smarter, cleaner automotive future 05-16-2016
Most new-car debuts are a whole lot of hype wrapped around four wheels and some steel. The 2016 Volvo XC90 is not one of those.
Mark Phelan: Truck bed audio makes 2017 Ridgeline life of party 05-16-2016
When the all-new Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup rolls into dealers next month, itíll offer a unique new audio system that turns the pickupís bed into a speaker cabinet to kick out the jams for outdoor parties.
Motoring Q&A: Check your pressure 05-16-2016
Q: I recently purchased a 2004 Nissan Sentra with the four-cylinder 1.8-liter engine and 74,000 original miles. From day one itís had off-and-on hard starting. The dealer finally replaced the crankshaft position sensor, which seemed to help some.
Auto review: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited doesnít stand out in congested hybrid class 05-16-2016
Hybrids are like the salad section on todayís paleo-heavy, crossover-rich menu: You probably should, but there so many more appetizing selections.
Under the Hood: How to silence your pesky alarm 05-16-2016
Q: We own a 2007 Ford Escape with 42,000 miles on it. For about three years now, weíve experienced an issue with the alarm going off in warm weather. The vehicle is not running when it happens.
Auto review: Rolls-Royceís $400,000 Dawn convertible is a big, beautiful street schooner 05-09-2016
Introducing "the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built" to the automotive press requires careful presentation. For these jaded journalists, who drift from junket to junket, driving one high-end luxury car after another, the bar is very high.
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