Larry Printz: Before you forget 2016, take a spin in these new rides 01-02-2017
Given the wild political headlines that dominated the news this year, you may want to forget the past 12 months.
Mark Phelan: Gone, and mostly forgotten: Discontinued cars and trucks 01-02-2017
As you empty closets and drawers to make room for shiny new baubles collected this holiday season, automakers are going through a similar process: Dropping aged and unpopular vehicles in favor for new models.
Motoring Q&A: 32 years of nuts-and-bolts automotive advice 01-02-2017
My world has come full circle. Through the 1970s, I made my living in motorsports. It took me two years to persuade Bob Tullius to hire me as the PR guy for his Group 44 Inc. racing team in 1974.
Auto review: 2017 Kia Soul turbo boosts power over fuel economy 01-02-2017
The 2017 Kia Soul Turbo Exclaim adds another variation to the tall hatchís lineup, featuring a new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
Under the Hood: Whatís causing engine to surge? 01-02-2017
Q: We read your column every Friday in The Villages Daily Sun newspaper in Florida. We are writing about our 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, which has a 2.2-liter engine, automatic transmission and about 60,000 miles on it.
Auto review: 2017 Buick Envision is a premium crossover with a value proposition 01-02-2017
The temperatures dropped, the snow started and I faced a choice in the garage ó with hockey bag in one hand, kidsí backpacks in the other.
Mark Phelan: What lasts longer: A new truck or chemically augmented cherries? 12-26-2016
Nissan spread some unexpected holiday cheer with a fruitcake this season. Automakers frequently send press kits, lists of awards and product highlights making the case for their vehicles to jurors for the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.
Larry Printz: Love it or hate it, winter robs your ride of fuel efficiency 12-26-2016
Itís hard to hate winter weather during the holiday season, but the reality is that once the new year dawns, and Old Man Winter tightens his icy grip, itís going to cost you more to drive every day.
Auto review: GMC Acadia slimmer, trimmer ó and now more agile, too 12-26-2016
More than a few folks may be pondering GMCís gamble to send its hefty midsize SUV, the Acadia, to the fitness center to shed a few, or 700, pounds. Heaven knows how long this vehicle was on the treadmill because it also came back 7.2 inches shorter and 3.5 inches narrower.
Auto review: Porscheís new Boxster is fast, fun to drive and, for a Porsche, affordable 12-19-2016
Porsche has unboxed a new Boxster. The 2017 model has a smaller engine and weighs less, but is quicker and more powerful.
Mark Phelan: 6 technologies to watch in 2017 12-19-2016
Will your next car talk to traffic lights? Are diesel engines on their last gasp? Have electric vehicles charged into the mainstream?
Motoring Q&A: Car wants to race when I want to stop 12-19-2016
Q: I bought a Mazda 6 with 25,000 miles on it from a leasing company. It has a smooth ride with excellent acceleration and gets over 30 miles per gallon in highway driving.
Under the Hood: What about rain-sensing wipers? 12-19-2016
Q: Some time ago (maybe a long time ago), you indicated you would look into aftermarket rain-sensing wiper switches. Did I miss your report on that? Also, are there any such switches that can also turn on the headlights?
Auto review: 2017 Honda Accord hybrid makes 50 mpg come easy 12-19-2016
Gas prices will go up and sedans will be the most popular car segment in America again. Unfortunately for the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, only one of those predictions is likely.
Falling in love again ó maybe: The 2017 Subaru Outback 12-12-2016
The first cut is the deepest, they say. You never get over your first love. So it is with me and Subaru. The 2005 Outback was the first car I ever bought new off the dealer floor. And it broke my heart.
Auto review: 2017 Mazda3 compact sedan handles crowded class 12-12-2016
Mazda makes good cars. But with only six models in the U.S., including the two-seat roadster known as Miata, the marque doesnít get the exposure ó or the dealer network ó of larger makes.
Auto review: Redesigned Ridgeline balances ruggedness with refinement 12-05-2016
Nearly three decades ago, George H.W. Bush, in accepting the Republican Partyís nomination to be its presidential candidate, called for a "kinder, gentler nation."
Auto review: Disappear into sensibility with the 2017 Honda CR-V 12-05-2016
Have you ever done something so reprehensible youíd rather not talk about it? After it happened, did you want to be noticed? Of course you didnít. Suddenly, becoming a member of the federal witness protection program seemed like a good idea.
Auto review: New S90 isnít merely safe; itís super 11-28-2016
Swedish automaker Volvo has long preyed upon one of our most basic desires: safety. Early on, that gave the company a clear marketing advantage, as few automakers engineered their cars for safety, and those who did certainly werenít as strenuous as Volvo.
Auto review: Prius Prime so quiet, so efficient, it might just put you to sleep 11-28-2016
It wasnít long ago that I checked into a posh suite overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The living room was resplendent, and the bathroom was large enough to service a family of four.
Larry Printz: With the I-Pace, Jaguar looks to the future while preserving its past 11-28-2016
LOS ANGELES ó For decades, there has seemed to be an unwritten rule among automakers that electrically powered vehicles have to look like mechanized alien life forms.
Mark Phelan: Los Angeles Auto Show hits and misses 11-28-2016
Sport utility vehicles dominate the Los Angeles Auto Show, but not every new vehicle is destined to be a classic.
Motoring Q&A: Donít listen to technician, get car fixed 11-28-2016
Q: The "service engine soon" light in my 2002 Saturn SC2 with 61,000 miles keeps turning on even though Iíve had the vehicle checked several times.
Under the Hood: Why canít my Charger tow like a truck? 11-28-2016
Q: I am curious why my 2016 Dodge Charger R/T with a 5.7-liter Hemi engine has a tow rating of only 1,000 pounds.
Auto review: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatch opens up alternatives to compacts and crossovers 11-28-2016
The argument for the hatchback is best illustrated by the amount of stuff hauled in a given weekend. A portable hockey locker, basketball bag, small cooler, and a backpack canít fit in a compact sedan as easily as a hatch. Neither can a bike or two.
Under the Hood: Cruise-controlled Yukon refused to stop 11-21-2016
Q: Help! I just had the scariest experience of my life. I was driving on the freeway in my 2000 GMC Yukon with the cruise control on and attempted to turn it off at an off-ramp.
Auto review: Porscheís turbocharged Boxster S squeezes out more with less 11-21-2016
Pets, kids, sports cars ó theyíre all impractical. Yet we love them because they make life better. Drop the top in a two-seater and the 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S is about as impractically fun as it gets.
Motoring Q&A: Yes, your anti-lock braking system might be making that noise 11-21-2016
Q: Iím having a recurring problem with my 2013 Chevy Impala with 31,000 miles on it. Iíll go for months without any occurrences and then it may happen five times in one week.
Auto review: Nissanís latest GT-R is a fun and boisterous ride 11-14-2016
The 2017 Nissan GT-R is a bad car, for bad people. Itís a hooligan ride, for hooligan drivers, good for nothing but scaring the neighbors, driving up insurance rates and attracting the attention of the cops.
Motoring Q&A: Clutch problems related to bad emergency brake? 11-14-2016
Q: I have a 2006 Nissan Frontier with a V-6 engine and 65,000 miles on its odometer. We use it as our second vehicle, mostly for driving around town.
Mark Phelan: Motor Trend announces finalists for vehicle awards 11-14-2016
Motor Trend magazine has announced finalists for its car, truck and SUV of the year as automotive awards season heats up.
Under the Hood: Can CR-V haul mobility scooter platform? 11-14-2016
Q: Iím considering adding a trailer hitch to my 2011 Honda CR-V so I can haul my mobility scooter around on a platform. How difficult is it to do this? What kind do I need?
Auto review: 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider: Perfection ó almost 11-14-2016
Itís stupid to say the 2017 Ferrari is really fast, handles really well and is incredibly fun to drive. Of course it is. Itís a Ferrari.
Motoring Q&A: Yes, you need to change your brake fluid 11-07-2016
Q: I have a 2014 Subaru Forester with 32,000 miles on it. During a recent service at the dealership, the workers there said that because the car had surpassed the 30,000-mile mark I should have its brake fluid changed.
Mark Phelan: Senate bill aims to honor automotive history 11-07-2016
Americaís history of automotive invention could soon have federal recognition, thanks to a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan.
Auto review: Kia Cadenza so beguiling, just ignore its name 11-07-2016
Why do full-size sedans have such ridiculous model names? Outside the Dodge Charger, whose exciting-sounding name is appropriate given its muscle car past, most names in the segment of easy-going rides are problematic.
Under the Hood: What to carry in a roadside emergency kit 11-07-2016
Q: Since moving from the city to a mountainous area, Iíve been thinking about putting together some roadside emergency kits for my kids to put in their cars. What would you recommend putting in the kits?
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