Under the Hood: Ignition coil could be your culprit 02-16-2015
Q: About two years back my engine began to shudder and lose power at times. My trusted mechanic quickly determined the cause was a defective ignition coil and replaced it.
Mark Phelan: Apple's CarPlay is worth the wait 02-16-2015
Iíve tested one of the first cars to use Appleís CarPlay and Android Auto ó briefly ó and Iíd say smartphone users will think it was worth the wait when cars with the systems hit the road at some point this year.
Under the Hood: Dim headlights probably causes by cloudy lenses, but just in case... 02-16-2015
Q: I believe my headlights have become dim and am wondering how to check if this is true. Both the high beams and low beams seem similarly affected.
Auto Review: With 2015 Sonata, Hyundai jumps ahead of its Japanese competitors 02-16-2015
If youíre still someone who hears the word "Hyundai" and thinks "cheap car," you will be blown away by the 2015 Sonata, one of Hyundaiís most important vehicles.
Auto review: Honda CR-V returns to top ranks with 2015 edition 02-16-2015
A new engine and transmission transform the 2015 Honda CR-V (I give it three out of four stars), returning the SUV to its accustomed place among the leaders.
Auto review: Ford gets back in the oversize SUV business 02-16-2015
For a while, Ford found gold in every truck it touched. Fast-selling Explorers, Expeditions and F-150s kept the cash registers in Dearborn, Mich., spinning like Sinatraís slot machines in Lost Vegas.
Mark Phelan: Hyundai-Kia taps BMW exec to push performance 02-09-2015
Well, this makes a fella go Hmmm: Hyundai has hired the chief engineer from of BMWís legendary M Sport performance cars to make its vehicles more sporty and responsive.
Motoring Q&A: Faulty connection could be cause of HVAC headaches 02-09-2015
Q: I have a 2002 V-8 Dodge Durango. For the past five years we have been having issues with the HVAC four-speed blower control.
Auto review: Lexus RC 350 is a dash of excitement 02-09-2015
Itís easy to forget as you survey parking lots full of Camry sedans and Sienna minivans, but Toyota has pretty good credentials as a maker of sporty cars. Exhibits A & B: the powerful Supra and the delightful first-generation MR2.
Auto review: Infiniti QX70 midsize crossover offers cool looks, sporty driving experience 02-09-2015
Infinitiís stylish five-passenger crossover formerly known as the FX was renamed the QX70 just last year, and it continues for 2015 as one of the standouts in its class.
Under the Hood: Clamping down on brake dust 02-09-2015
Q: Why does my BMW make so much black dust on the wheels? Iíve seen this on other cars but itís not usually as bad as what Iíve noticed on other BMWs and some Mercedes.
Auto review: Sporty Honda Civic EX-L offers long list of safety, comfort features 02-09-2015
The Honda Civic lineup was upgraded for 2014, with the upgrades carrying over to 2015 models. The Coupe exterior was redesigned, new wheel designs were introduced, the interior was refined, a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) was added, along with numerous available premium features.
Mark Phelan: Fuel-saving tips for winter driving 02-02-2015
Winter weather can reduce your fuel economy up to 34 percent, but a few simple steps can lessen its impact on your budget.
Motoring Q&A: Preventing rust during winter storage 02-02-2015
Q: We stored our 2013 Honda CR-V in our detached garage last winter. When we drove it last spring there was a loud grinding when the brakes were applied.
Auto review: Kia cruises into US luxury market with the K900 02-02-2015
Kiaís entry into the full-size luxury sedan market here shouldnít comes as too big of a surprise to folks around the globe. Kiaís been building giant sedans for years ó they just havenít been shipping them to the U.S. market.
Under the Hood: Coasting in gear more fuel-efficient than coasting in neutral 02-02-2015
Q: I have a car with a V-6 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. If I drive a constant 60 miles per hour I average 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
Auto review: Challenger Hellcat proudly defies logic with 707 horsepower 02-02-2015
The road stretched before me dark and empty, a broad black ribbon begging to be shredded. I couldnít resist. Seven-hundred chattering demons kept calling to me ó honest, officer.
Auto review: New 2015 Chevrolet Trax gives consumers yet another small, fuel-efficient crossover 02-02-2015
Even with fuel prices at rock-bottom levels right now, consumers know cheap gas canít last, and theyíre clamoring for more-fuel-efficient small crossovers.
Mark Phelan: Detroit auto show hits and misses 01-26-2015
The 2015 North American International Auto Show has been a stunner, crammed with great new vehicles and technologies that will shape the future, like 3-D printing of cars, autonomous vehicles and alternative fuels.
Motoring Q&A: Brake issue could be no issue at all 01-26-2015
Q: While searching the Web to try and figure out whatís wrong with my Ď03 Subaru Bajaís brakes, I came across your article on braking issues and wonder if you could help me.
Under the Hood: Use warm, conditioned air to defrost your windows 01-26-2015
Q: What is the best way to use your defroster to clear a foggy windshield. Hot air or cold air? Does it depend on the outside temperature? What about Florida versus up north? Everyone we ask has a different idea.
Auto review: New automatic Corvette doesn't lose a step 01-26-2015
Every slinky Stingray at the old Steakley Chevrolet dealership in Dallas bore my sweaty teenage imprints. As a car-dazzled dreamer, Iíd go to check out Corvettes, pressing against their windows to make sure they all had stick shifts and clutch pedals.
Auto review: Renewed Chrysler 300 gets a more-classic exterior appearance for 2015; price holds 01-26-2015
For 2015, the Chrysler 300 brings some updates for the first time in four years, including refinements to the front and rear fascia harking back to the more classic 1955 and 2005 models, in what the design team calls "heritage styling."
Auto review: Subaru BRZ needs upgrades but is still a premier back-road sportster 01-19-2015
Every time I slid into the Subaru BRZ, I wondered whether I had left my backpack on my momís kitchen table. Or could it be at my girlfriendís dinky, overpriced efficiency?
Mark Phelan: 10 vehicles you must see at the Detroit auto show 01-19-2015
Not all auto shows are created equal. The 2015 North American International Auto Show is one of the great ones.
Motoring Q&A: Engine warmup, even in low temperatures, not necessary 01-19-2015
Q: I have a 2001 PT Cruiser with 100,000 miles on it. Would you recommend a spark plug change? Also, I keep hearing that itís not good to warm up your car nowadays. Hey, when itís 20-below I really donít care if it wastes a cup of gas!
Under the Hood: Escape's gas pedal keeps getting stuck 01-19-2015
Q: I have a question regarding my daughterís 2006 Ford Escape. She noticed the gas pedal getting stuck, and in order to fix the problem, she pressed the gas pedal hard to make it release.
Auto review: Honda restyles the CRV crossover for 2015 01-19-2015
Honda has made changes and improvements to the popular CRV compact crossover for the 2015 model year.
Auto Review: Acura's RDX crossover has V-6 power 01-19-2015
Now in its third year since a complete redesign, the 2015 Acura RDX compact crossover continues as an upscale family hauler thatís not much more expensive than some non-premium competitors.
Auto review: 2015 Subaru Legacy has the magic 01-12-2015
Whatís Subaruís secret? Other automakers looked on in wonder as the little Japanese automaker racked up one sales record after another for the last several years. Competitors shook their heads, unable to figure out the secret of Subaruís magic.
Motoring Q&A: Cold-weather vehicle care 01-12-2015
Q: There have been numerous articles recently about warming up vehicles before driving in the winter. I understand doing so makes problems for the environment and is not necessary. The best way is to just drive them.
Auto review: Better late than never: Lexus NX 200t a contender among luxury compact crossovers 01-12-2015
First off, a question for Lexus: What took you so long to join the party? The compact luxury crossover segment is hot as h---, well, itís on fire.
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