Motormouth: Turbo or not turbo? Motormouth updates old auto myths 10-16-2017
Q: Iím caught on the horns of a car-buying dilemma. We like the 2017 Honda CR-V EX with all-wheel drive, as well as other features not available in the LX model.
Car buyers need to add a new nugget to their vocabulary: the difference between what automakers are promising ó and charging for ó when they talk about "electrification" vs. "electric" vehicles.
Auto review: 2018 Lexus LC 500 is both beauty and beast 10-16-2017
With the 2018 LC 500, Lexus now has a thrilling sports coupe. Yet the market is jaded. The question I heard most from people was: Who needs another $100,000 sports coupe? Lexus does.
Under the Hood: Collision causes door-open light troubles 10-16-2017
Q: The rear bumper and left quarter panel of my 2010 Prius were damaged in getting hit by a truck.
Auto review: Cadillac XT5 comes with room for five 10-16-2017
Cadillac for 2017 rolled out the all-new XT5 midsize crossover, replacing the SRX.
Auto review: 2018 Buick Enclave delivers luxury-car style, room and comfort 10-16-2017
Buick takes another big step in its transformation into a legitimate luxury brand with the 2018 Enclave Avenir, an elegant and advanced family-carrying SUV arriving in dealerships this fall.
Auto review: Hot, hot hatch: Mercedes-AMG 45 is a more refined sport 10-09-2017
Kryptonite is known to drain Superman of his powers. The color kryptonite green has the opposite effect on mere mortals getting behind the wheel of the super AMG GLA45.
Under the Hood: Taking the environment into consideration 10-09-2017
Q: I believe global warming will destroy our planet. If you agree, I would like to see your responses to readers better reflect concerns for the environment.
Auto review: 2018 Honda Accord very much the gold standard 10-09-2017
BRETTON WOODS, N.H. ó Pulling up to the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H., my initial thoughts were of the fictional Overlook Hotel from the Stephen King novel, "The Shining."
Under the Hood: Neutral safety switch could be causing carís startup issues 10-02-2017
Q: Iím having trouble starting my 2000 Toyota Avalon. It makes no sounds as I turn the key. Iím wondering if it might have a parasitic drain.
Larry Printz: 5 cars whose supply way outweighs demand 10-02-2017
Itís a common tactic among automotive bargain hunters to wait until the leaves change to scoop up outgoing model year vehicles, and that approach could pay off particularly well this fall with the auto industry facing a record number of unsold vehicles.
Auto review: 2017 Porsche Panamera is quick and nice for a steep price 10-02-2017
The 2017 Porsche Panamera is like a pair of nice but overpriced shoes. Once you stop considering all the other things that could have and maybe should have been bought with the same amount of money, it becomes more and more pleasurable.
Mark Phelan: Europe braces for incentive war, auto plant openings and closings after Brexit 10-02-2017
Britainís upcoming departure from the European Union could set off a mad scramble as automakers and suppliers rearrange their manufacturing footprint and seek incentives for new plants in the U.K. and around Europe.
Motormouth: Can CD players come back in cars? 10-02-2017
Q: Iím a female baby boomer who has purchased four Chrysler 300Cs since 2004. Due to a bumper mishap between my car and a light pole, I rented a 2016 Chrysler 300C and found out there was no CD player. I plan to purchase a 2018 Chrysler 300C this November. Can a CD player be installed?
Auto review: 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S: How does 145 mph feel in a $483,000 car? 10-02-2017
It wasnít until I hit 145 mph that I thought, "This could be dangerous." By then, I was leaving the straightaway and entering the high-banked left turn, pressed hard into the seat of the Lamborghini Aventador S as I roared my way around the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Mark Phelan: GMC adds luxury, new looks to buff brandís image and boost sales 09-25-2017
General Motors is feeding its golden goose. The automaker, which once behaved as if "brand strategy" were another term for wringing every penny from its brands today with little thought of the future, is investing in new vehicles and features to strengthen its low profile but hot-selling and highly profitable GMC brand.
Motormouth: Top Tier gas worth the top tier price 09-25-2017
Q: Less than a year ago, I purchased a 2016 Infinity Q70 with a direct fuel injection engine. I have ever since gone out of my way to use gasoline that is Top Tier rated, with the belief that such fuel will help prevent my fuel system from needing the routine servicing often promoted by auto dealer servicing departments.
Auto review: Is 2018 Elantra GT the real deal? 09-25-2017
Apple, I love your products, but four figures to buy an iPhone? The California company clearly understands luxury has a price ó and a formula: 5 percent improvement in performance, a much larger jump in price.
Under the Hood: Are new, more-efficient engines built for the long haul? 09-25-2017
Q: Automobile manufacturers, in order to save weight, seem to be favoring 4-cylinder engines over 6- and 8-cylinder versions.
Auto review: Best affordable sports car? 2017 Honda Civic Si 09-25-2017
The sign indicated curves ahead. The road was so newly paved it didnít have a dividing line. The asphalt undulated left and right, with an occasional dip before the far-off turn
Auto review: 2017 Cadillac Escalade full-size SUV comes up short 09-25-2017
Getting the Cadillac of SUVs for an epic camping trip with seven other families over Labor Day weekend promised certain safeguards: We could help bring stuff other families couldnít fit; we could sleep in it should inclement weather or creatures descend on our site; we wouldnít need to make bathroom breaks on the way without filling up for gas.
Motormouth: Dealers disappoint owners with dodgy service 09-18-2017
I took my car to a car dealer (not the one who sold me the car) for an oil change. Later, I discovered that they removed my commemorative license plate frame and replaced it with one advertising their store. I didnít notice this until later, and by that time they had discarded my frame.
Mark Phelan: Ford Ranger Raptor breaks cover in Australian desert tests 09-18-2017
Can you say "Ford Ranger Raptor?" Now try it with an Australian accent: "No worries, mate. Iíll pick you up for the barbie in me Ranger Raptor. Gíday."
Auto review: 2018 Mercedes E400 is the Debbie Harry of coupes 09-18-2017
I was surprised but not shocked earlier this week to see that new wave rock star Debbie Harry, 72, had strutted her stuff at a London fashion show. After all, vanity dictates we maintain an illusion of youth even as it slowly slips away.
Under the Hood: Lots to consider with frequently stalling truck 09-18-2017
Q: I hope you can solve my problem. I have a 1994 Dodge Dakota with 190,000 miles on it. The engine has never given me a problem until recently.
Auto review: Chevyís Colorado ZR2 is a big boy truck toy 09-18-2017
In the Colorado ZR2, Chevrolet has fielded a purpose-built pickup truck that boasts a number of exclusives. Itís the only midsize truck available with a diesel engine, the only one to come standard with true "off-road" suspension and the only one with locking front and rear differentials.
Auto review: BMW 5 Series: A perfect union of performance, technology 09-18-2017
As one of BMWís bread-and-butter vehicles ó nearly 8 million have been sold ó one might think the 5 Seriesí identity and legacy would be etched in granite by now.
Auto review: 2018 Toyota Camry is anything but boring 09-11-2017
Neighbors flagged it down in the middle of the street. Friends asked for a ride. The teenager in the parking lot stopped and gaped. "Is that the 2018?"
Mark Phelan: Automakers relieved that millennials are finally dreaming of big SUVS 09-11-2017
Get ready for a surge in family-SUV sales as millennials start snapping up the practical vehicles like they used to buy glow sticks before a rave.
Motormouth: New cars offer no good space to store a purse 09-11-2017
Q: Do you have any insight if the trend to have the console fill the entire area between the front seats will continue?
Auto review: Jaguar adds pep to entry-level F-Type 09-11-2017
Jaguar Land Rover, taking a page from the European luxury car playbook, is offering increasingly attractive performance versions of its entry-level sports cars.
Under the Hood: Dash light turns on during dayís second drive 09-11-2017
Q: I have a 1996 Acura TL 2.5 with about 89,000 miles on it. At the beginning of the first drive of the day, all of the dash lights glow and then disappear.
Auto review: 2018 Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid clears the way for electrification 09-11-2017
Being first to innovate the market does not mean best. Honda launched the first hybrid in the U.S. in 1999 with the two-seat, three-door, odd-pod Insight.
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