Auto review: Toyota’s Mirai heralds new era of fuel-cell cars 07-11-2016
SAN JOSE, Calif. — At first or even second glance, it’s hard to tell there’s anything special about Toyota’s new Mirai sedan.
Mark Phelan: Proper tire pressure vital for safe trips 07-11-2016
As the summer driving season begins, five minutes at the air pump could save you time and money. Keeping your tires inflated to the right pressure improves fuel economy and reduces the likelihood of breakdowns and even accidents.
Motoring Q&A: Would bug deflector affect gas mileage? 07-11-2016
Q: My son lives in an area of New York where the roads drop down through much swampland. The insects tend to really coat the windshield quite badly.
Under the Hood: How to test your vehicle’s idling speeds 07-11-2016
Q: I have an excellent 1993 Ford Exploder with a 4.0-liter engine and electronic fuel injection. It’s a daily driver and everything works.
Auto review: Cadillac’s newest crossover preaches to the choir 07-11-2016
Seventeen years ago, Cadillac, following Range Rover’s lead, popularized the luxury sport utility vehicle with the 1999 Escalade. Five years later, it followed up with the three-row SRX crossover.
Motoring Q&A: Check your hub nuts 07-04-2016
Q: I have a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 with 44,000 miles. Aside from one issue, it continues to be a trouble-free delight to drive. My only concern is that when I sharply turn at slow speeds, I hear a clunk, clunk, clunk coming from the lower rear of the car. Any comments or concerns?
Auto review: Once you drive the new E-Class, you’ll understand its name 07-04-2016
Most of our lives are shaped by others telling us what to do, be they a parent, sibling, spouse, boss, teacher, police officer, condominium board or personal trainer.
Mark Phelan: What you should know about Fiat Chrysler shifters 07-04-2016
Fiat Chrysler has recalled 1.1 million vehicles because of a problem with their transmission shifter. Here’s the problem and what you need to know about it.
Under the Hood: What’s causing van’s steering wheel shimmy? 07-04-2016
Q: Ever since buying it, I’ve experienced a nagging issue with my 2015 Chrysler Town & Country. Specifically, driving the vehicle at highway speeds (60 mph and above) causes the steering wheel to shimmy in a rapid and constant back-and-forth motion.
Auto review: 2016 Buick Cascada convertible could be cool if not for the controls 07-04-2016
The Buick Cascada is a Pop-Tart. It looks great on the outside but the inside is jammed with junk. The main problem with the sleek convertible is the congested center stack.
Mark Phelan: Mulally, Nader lead new class into auto hall of fame 06-27-2016
Alan Mulally, the CEO who flew in from Boeing to rescue Ford, leads 2016’s inductees to the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Motoring Q&A: OK to go 10,000 miles on synthetic oil? 06-27-2016
Q: I have a 2009 Honda Civic and regularly change its oil when the car’s maintenance reminder indicates it’s time. I use synthetic oil and was recently told by my oil-change shop that synthetic oil lasts twice as long as conventional oil. Is this true?
Auto review: 2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman gets big, bruh 06-27-2016
BMW’s Mini division has always delivered on the promise of cute and cuddly, but for 2016 it has added cozy and comfortable as well, thanks to stretching its top-of-the-line Clubman model from a subcompact into a compact.
Under the Hood: Using your parking brake without forgetting 06-27-2016
Q: I have been told in the past and was recently reminded by your column that I should be using the parking brake on my car for the reasons you and others have stated.
Auto review: 2016 BMW M2 sports coupe is for drivers who like driving 06-27-2016
In the past five years, BMW has launched more than 20 new or redesigned products and variants, from electric pods to crossover coupes. There was worry among 3-Series purists that the "ultimate driving machine" had devolved into everyone’s everyday appliance.
Mark Phelan: Why Fiat Chrysler is dropping the 200 and Dart 06-20-2016
"Why’s Chrysler dropping the 200 and Dodge Dart? Are they that terrible?" a reader asked recently. No, but they’re not great. That, along with changing buyer tastes, doomed the two cars.
Motoring Q&A: Aftermarket parts OK for aging Lexus? 06-20-2016
Q: I’ve been told that the catalytic converter on my 2007 Lexus 350 with 100,000 miles on it has failed. I intend to keep my "retirement" vehicle for a long time. Can I have a shop install an aftermarket converter to save a lot of money? Will it be as satisfactory as a factory-new converter?
Auto review: Mercedes-Benz Metris: The most affordable Mercedes on the road 06-20-2016
Mercedes-Benz’s Sprinter vans are ubiquitous in Europe, and the luxury cargo carriers have become a more visible presence on American streets as well, where they have robust competition from U.S. manufacturers.
Auto review: Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is convenient crossover, capable crawler 06-20-2016
I had a friend who drove a soft-top Jeep Wrangler TJ all across the country all through our itinerant 20s. Loud, unruly, inefficient and mindlessly fun, it was a perfect symbol for the wayward post-college years.
Under the Hood: ‘Fuel trims’ explained 06-20-2016
Q: I took your advice and purchased a diagnostic scanner. I’ve been playing with it and trying to make sense of some of the things on the data list. I remember you saying that the "fuel trims" were a useful thing to check. How do they work?
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 ‘car condos,’ 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 ‘crank but no start’ 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 wouldn’t start. I thought it was the fuel pump, so I tapped on the bottom of the tank, but it didn’t 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 — 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, don’t be offended. It’s nothing personal. He’s just relaying commands via BMW’s intriguing and new Gesture Control system, the world’s first such feature in a car.
Auto review: Fashionable functionality makes 2016 Subaru Crosstrek a likeable automotive accessory 06-06-2016
What’s 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 car’s headlights could be brighter and more focused, illuminating farther down the road but continually shifting to avoid shining into the eyes of other drivers.
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