Motormouth: Green, amber and read taillights: Good idea? 09-02-2019
Q: In a recent column, a reader asked about having an amber light showing when the driver had lifted his or her foot from the accelerator.
Under the Hood: Monitoring your brake pads 09-02-2019
Q: My Corolla now has close to 40,000 miles and a friend told me my brakes will be worn out soon, if they are not already. How do I know?
Mark Phelan: This SUV can read speed limit signs and adjust accordingly 09-02-2019
A pair of intriguing new features in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator luxury SUV promise to take some of the stress out of long drives.
BANFF, Alberta — Volvo will launch its Polestar performance line in a big way this fall with a couple of electrically augmented models, the 2020 XC60 Polestar SUV and V60 Polestar station wagon.
Auto review: All is not what it seems with the 2019 Mazda3 09-02-2019
Feeling hungry? If you asked for some fruit and I handed you a cucumber, you’d probably be unhappy. While it’s technically a fruit, it’s considered a vegetable by most people.
Auto review: Lexus raises the bar on redesigned ES 350 ‘Ultra Luxury’ 09-02-2019
The 7th generation Lexus ES sits on a new platform, longer and wider, bringing more comfort for passengers and more space for your stuff. Cool enough, but what’s with the designation “Ultra Luxury” applied to the top-line version?
Motormouth: Car’s hesitation is turbo lag 08-26-2019
Q: In April, I purchased a used 2018 Ford Edge with the EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbo engine and approximately 25,000 miles on it.
Under the Hood: Oil life indicator gives better guidance than lube joint sticker 08-26-2019
Q: My Honda Civic has a computer that estimates remaining oil life. That usually indicates I have about 50% oil life left when I reach the mileage indicated on my windshield sticker for my next oil change.
Auto review: 2020 Ram 1500 diesel delivers whisper-quiet power and class-leading towing 08-26-2019
DULUTH, Minn. — Fiat Chrysler wins the latest round of the Truck Wars as an all-new diesel engine lifts the towing capacity of its 2020 Ram 1500 pickup well beyond the diesel Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500.
Auto review: The 2019 Rolls-Royce Dawn is the perfect summer souvenir 08-26-2019
PALM BEACH, Fla. — As we enter the final weeks of summer, lets savor its warmth and the last moments of a carefree season.
Auto review: Lush Lincoln Aviator is an all-American land yacht 08-26-2019
DETROIT — Another year is in the books for the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Motor City’s cavalcade of automotive nostalgia, and it was a glorious indulgence of 1940-1970 muscle cars and land-yacht nostalgia.
Motormouth: Lunging car may indicate failing brakes 08-18-2019
Q: I have a 2008 Toyota Camry Solara convertible with a sporadic brake issue. Occasionally, the car will lunge forward when the brake is applied as though the accelerator is stuck.
Under the Hood: Routine service on a Mercedes is expensive, but cheaper than the alternative 08-18-2019
Q: With my eyes wide open, about 18 months ago I bought a like-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 convertible with 32,000 miles.
Crosstrek Hybrid delivers sippiness, but there’s more to life than mileage 08-18-2019
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid: So you want a little all-wheel drive … Price: $38,470 as tested. One option package explained below. Marketer’s pitch: “Smartly powered for modern adventure.”
Auto review: 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets rugged, ready for Adventure 08-18-2019
The RAV4 has undergone multiple transformations since its introduction in the 1990s, but it’s blazing a whole new trail for 2019 with the Adventure. This one wants to play rough — in the dirt, mud, sand and rocks.
Auto review: Looking for a cheap date? The 2020 Nissan Versa may be your ride 08-18-2019
Amazon might be America’s favorite retailer, but it’s not America’s largest private employer. That honor belongs to Walmart, although Amazon does place second.
Under the Hood: Valve job cheaper than new truck 08-12-2019
Q: My 2006 Chevy Colorado pickup has developed a misfire. I took it to a shop. They ran some tests and said it has low compression due to a faulty intake valve.
Motormouth: Should brake lights be augmented by deceleration lights? 08-12-2019
Q: Being one of those rare drivers who actually takes my foot off the gas if I see a traffic light is red about a quarter- to half-mile ahead, I was wondering your position on an idea I’ve had for a while.
Auto review: The welcome return of an old friend: the 2020 Toyota GR Supra 08-12-2019
SUMMIT POINT, W.V. — Love cars? Wouldn’t designing a new sports car be fun? “Everybody assumes that, building a sports car, I must have the best job in the world,” says Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the 2020 Toyota GR Supra, on sale since July 22 and the first new Supra in 20 years.
Auto review: Kermit the Kona? Small Hyundai crossover hops into the world 08-12-2019
2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD: So you want a little all-wheel drive …Price: $30,005 as tested ($125 floor mats were the sole option on the test vehicle). Marketer’s pitch: “The right size for any adventure.”
Auto review: Pricey 2020 Range Rover Evoque SUV nails the look and feel, but has maddening oversight 08-12-2019
The 2020 Range Rover Evoque SUV is a masterclass in the meaning and value of a strong brand. It’s not the fastest, most powerful or most capable vehicle in its class, but people will happily pay a premium for the new compact luxury SUV. Why?
Motormouth: Higher altitude calls for lower octane 08-05-2019
Q: While traveling out West recently, I noticed 85 and 86 octane at some stations. What vehicles can run on such low octane?
Under the Hood: Further thoughts on a draining battery 08-05-2019
Several weeks ago, a reader named Bruce asked a question about his 2017 Honda CRV Touring. When the vehicle sits for a few weeks, the battery drains to the point where he can’t start the vehicle.
AMG A53 not just fun, but aesthetically pleasing as well 08-05-2019
2019 AMG E53: Some weeks, we just have to get a little crazy. Price: $92,410 as tested. (It starts at $72,550 for the trim level.) Marketer’s pitch: “Mercedes AMG: Performance vehicles with a sporting heritage, assertive style and the promise of pure exhilaration.”
Payne: Three-row Cadillac XT6 is the anti-Escalade 08-05-2019
DETROIT — For all you Cadillac fans who yearn for a three-row SUV but couldn’t afford the tugboat to dock the Escalade tanker in your driveway, there is good news. The Cadillac XT6 is here.
Auto review: Six generations later, the 2020 Subaru Outback has become a family hauling staple 08-05-2019
FORT BRAGG, Calif. — The Subaru Outback may not look heroic, but it is. Introduced six generations ago in 1994, with marketing featuring “Crocodile Dundee” star Paul Hogan, it marked a change in direction for the brand, which had been intent on chasing Toyota and was failing.
Motormouth: Winter salt can do a job on your car’s rotors 07-29-2019
Q: In a recent column, T.L. mentioned taking extended vacations every spring. We have taken several extended vacations in the winter.
Under the Hood: Troubleshooting a wonky brake warning light 07-29-2019
Q: The red brake warning light on my 2005 Ford F-150 comes on at various times. Can you suggest what I might do to check for the cause?
Larry Printz: A legend reborn: The thinking behind the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 07-29-2019
TUSTIN, Calif. — In what was possibly one of the worst kept secrets in the auto industry, Chevrolet unveiled the eighth generation of the 2020 Corvette Stingray last week at an old blimp hangar in California.
Mark Phelan: Diesel Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup blows past Ford F-150, Ram in mpg 07-29-2019
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel just hung a big number of the wall, challenging Ford and Ram to match it.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR out-growls the Jaguar EV 07-29-2019
Conventional wisdom these days is that the next generation wants electric cars. Someone forgot to tell my neighbors.
Auto review: Ford rolls out its reborn Ranger pickup for 2019, including the trail-ready FX4 07-29-2019
The Ranger midsize pickup has returned to the Ford truck lineup 2019 after an eight-year hiatus, taking on the recently re-introduced Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon models, among others.
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