Auto Review: Just like underwear, wine and vitamins: You can subscribe to the Volvo XC40 07-09-2018
You’ve grown accustomed to subscribing to all manner of products and services: underwear, cosmetics, razor blades, coffee, music, wine, movies, charcuterie, vitamins, meal kits.
Motormouth: Are the front ends of new cars too low or parking blocks too high? 07-09-2018
Q: Is it just me or do other people have this problem? It seems today’s automobiles are built too low to the ground in front.
Mark Phelan: Zipper merge will upset other drivers. Why you should do it anyway 07-09-2018
A few simple tips can save you time and reduce frustration in heavy traffic and construction zones, whether during your daily commute or a summer vacation drive.
Auto review: Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler 07-09-2018
Infiniti’s full-size SUV, the QX80, got a major makeover for 2018, but drops back to a two-model lineup — one with rear-wheel drive and one with four-wheel drive.
Review: Subaru climbs into 3-row class with 2019 Ascent 07-02-2018
Subaru is rising. The small Japanese brand has had 78 months of consecutive growth. It is one of the industry leaders in conquest sales — taking customers from other brands — and has the second-highest brand loyalty rate, behind Toyota, according to Edmunds.com.
The Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS are quite possibly the best sports cars you can buy 07-02-2018
ST. HELENA, Calif. –– If you’re old enough to remember when punk rock first exploded on the music scene in the 1970s, you no doubt remember how radical it sounded.
Motormouth: Drive belts don’t just fall off in the rain 07-02-2018
Q: On a recent rainy morning, I was driving my 1993 Dodge Caravan (just over 100,000 miles) when the steering suddenly became very hard.
Mark Phelan: Here’s how to save the Detroit auto show 07-02-2018
German luxury brands didn’t make the North American International Auto Show, and they can’t break it. Keep that in mind as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association considers new dates and other changes for the show that’s become one of Detroit’s signature events and biggest moneymaking businesses.
Auto review: 2018 Audi A5 Coupe gets a boost in horses, tech 07-02-2018
The Audi A5 Coupe has advanced into its second generation unscathed, That is, everything folks loved about it has survived.
Under the Hood: Door lock system causing aggravation 06-25-2018
Q. How can I find a wiring schematic and instructions how to access the connections for the locking/unlocking circuit for the doors on a 2006 Camry?
Motormouth: Best way to protect a vehicle’s paint is a wrap 06-25-2018
Q: I am going to be purchasing a new car. Unfortunately, it might not be garage-kept. I was reading about an extra process that you can get done at various shops called a ceramic coat.
Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross 06-25-2018
Back when I was learning how to drive and presidential scandals focused on interns with blue dresses, Mitsubishi sold sports coupes in the United States.
Mark Phelan: You are now entering the Autonomous Motor City 06-25-2018
Detroit missed out on Amazon’s HQ2, but Ford Motor Co.’s Corktown-bound influx of engineers at the auto industry’s cutting edge increase odds that the big online retailer’s first self-driving delivery vehicle will be developed here.
Auto review: Land Rover’s 5th-generation Discovery excels either on or off the beaten track 06-25-2018
Land Rover introduced its fifth generation Discovery model for 2017, neatly filling a gap between utility and refinement with luxurious versatility since 1989.
Auto review: Buick’s finest sedan gets a welcome wardrobe update for 2018 06-25-2018
GREENWICH, Conn. — Behind the perfectly trimmed hedges and expertly manicured lawns of many gated neighborhoods, the 2018 Buick Lacrosse resides in the driveways, garages and the hearts of active adults.
Under the Hood: Use cellphone video to document tricky mechanical issues 06-18-2018
Q: We have a 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited. It wasn’t long after we purchased it, it developed the following problem: When I wanted to go into smart cruise control, it would refuse and indicate that SCC (smart cruise control) conditions are not met.
Auto review: The 2018 Nissan Kicks proves how lucky we are to be Americans 06-18-2018
SAN DIEGO — Sometimes you feel that as good as life is, it can always better. It’s like eating a hamburger and realizing that it would have been tastier with melted cheese on it. But then you look at the person seated near you eating a bologna sandwich and realize that things could always be worse.
Motormouth: Best to keep the windows up at highway speeds 06-18-2018
Q: Your column about vent windows reminded me of my ‘93 or ‘94 Chevy Traverse. One mild day I rolled down the four side windows.
Mark Phelan: Ford reveals 2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang with aero and handling upgrades 06-18-2018
Ford will build a 2019 model of its fast and popular Shelby GT350 Mustang with a number of upgrades to raise the 526-horsepower pony car’s performance to an even higher level.
Auto review: Hyundai’s 2018 Ioniq Hybrid gives consumers a sporty Prius alternative 06-18-2018
The compact Ioniq Hybrid, introduced last year to be Hyundai’s direct competitor to the popular Toyota Prius, entered its second year for 2018, with a starting price of $22,200 (plus $885 freight) for the base Blue model, and it ranges as high as $27,550 for the top-of-the-line Limited.
Auto review: Volkswagen finally gives Golf GTI the tech it deserves 06-11-2018
Since 1974, the Volkswagen Golf has proven that driving can be fun, and driving fun can be affordable. The spacious hatchback has always balanced good handling with punchy powertrains in a package versatile enough to mature with owners beyond their 20s. But the technology was awful.
Under the Hood: Getting to the bottom of a rough-running engine 06-11-2018
Q: I have begun to have a problem with my 2001 Ford Escape with the V-6 engine. It starts fine in the morning and runs OK for a few miles, and then it begins chugging and loping when I come to a stop.
Mark Phelan: Where are the electric SUVs? Automakers ignore what buyers want 06-11-2018
DETROIT — The world’s automakers are asleep at the wheel. While customers clamor for more SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, Ford Edge, Chevrolet Traverse and Honda HR-V and as electric-drive technology advances rapidly, it’s virtually impossible to find an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle in the fast growing urban-utility vehicle segment.
Auto review: Whatever its name means, the 2019 Lexus ES is surprisingly provocative and athletic 06-11-2018
NASHVILLE — From its debut in 1989, the Lexus ES has been Lexus’ top-selling sedan, one that prioritizes refinement and solitude over driving thrills.
Auto review: Powerful Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is track-ready but easy to drive 06-11-2018
It’s gorgeous and luxurious, carries two comfortably, has enough trunk space for an overnight bag and accelerates quickly enough to require a chiropractic visit.
New wagons from Volvo and Jaguar offer agile alternatives to the lumbering SUV 06-04-2018
The station wagon is back! Supposedly. A rolling symbol of family mobility in the baby boom years, when Interstate highways and suburban sprawl grew hand in hand, the station wagon has long since faded to irrelevance.
Auto review: 2018 WRX STi Type RA boggles the mind as most expensive Subaru 06-04-2018
The 2018 Subaru WRX STi Type RA is the poster child of Japanese rally car design, putting the silly in the serious, and prioritizing handling over engine breath.
Auto review: The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse makes an ideal mobile family room 06-04-2018
Most Americans are fairly fat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American man is 5’9", weighs 195.5 pounds and has a waist size of nearly 40 inches.
Under the Hood: Making sense of those numbers on a tire 06-04-2018
Q: I just started shopping for new tires and am confused by all the numbers used to list each tire. What do the numbers 98V mean? They’re listed right after the P225/60VR16 on the tire I’m considering.
Mark Phelan: 2019 Ford Raptor adds adaptive shocks ready for ‘jump mode’ 05-28-2018
DETROIT — Ford’s insanely popular F-150 Raptor off-road race truck will add electronically controlled adaptive shock absorbers for a smoother ride and better control when the 2019 model goes on sale late this year.
Motormouth: Want better air circulation? Bring back the vent window 05-28-2018
Q: We used to have a great Willys Jeep in the 1950s and my favorite memory is sitting in the front seat with those little front triangular windows in front of the regular window that turned sideways and kept the air from hitting your hair. Does anyone make cars with those triangular windows?
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