Mark Phelan: Chevrolet adds performance model for Tahoe SUV 04-10-2017
Chevrolet will add a performance model of its large Tahoe SUV later this year to cash in on the boom in SUV sales.
Under the Hood: When to flush your transmission fluids 04-10-2017
Q: How can you tell when it is time change transmission fluid? We have a 2010 Ford Escape with 62,500 miles. Weíre the original owners and have operated under normal driving conditions ó no towing.
Auto review: Honda rolls out a fun, stylish fuel cell car 04-10-2017
The science experiment is over. Hydrogen fuel cars are real. Toyota and Hyundai proved it with their Mirai and Tucson FCVs, respectively. Now, Honda has taken the technology a step further. The 2017 Clarity is real, and itís really fun.
Auto review: 2017 Chevy Colorado makes compelling case for midsize pickup over crossover 04-10-2017
My friend wanted a pickup truck. He travels during the week for his white-collar job, and on weekends helps out with house projects in the neighborhood.
Auto review: Youíd be lucky to drive Alfa Romeoís stunning new sports sedan 04-10-2017
Itís 1923. Race car driver Ugo Sivocci, tired of finishing behind his fellow drivers, paints a four-leaf clover on the side of his race car prior to competing in the Targa Florio, an open road endurance race held in Sicily.
Auto review: The Porsche Macan proves to be a sure-footed beast in the snow 04-03-2017
I rarely succumb to envy. On a journalistís salary, itís better not to. I lust not for the Range Rovers, the BMW X5s or the Audi Q5s driven by parents at my fifth-graderís fancy pants private school.
Auto review: Thankfully, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 isnít practical 04-03-2017
As seen by our ongoing love affair with crossover SUVS, Americans are a practical bunch. Why not drive big with gas prices so low? If only practicality werenít so boring.
Under the Hood: Easy way to check transmission 04-03-2017
Q: I have a 2002 Mazda Tribute with a six-cylinder engine. When driving on the highway and coming to a steep hill, Iíll usually downshift in order to keep the speed going. However, this causes the transmission to stutter. Any suggestions?
Auto review: Acura unveils a powerful reboot 04-03-2017
Acura likes to boast that its powerful, precise NSX is "the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S."
Mark Phelan: Need to organize your car? Ford engineer can help 03-27-2017
If youíre the sort of person whose socks are all folded in a drawer ó or even better, if you can never find a pair that match ó one of Fordís vehicle interior engineers has developed some simple tips to that might make it easier for you to find things in your car.
Auto review: 2017 Lincoln Continental flagship sedan makes a father proud, and a son understand 03-27-2017
Sometimes, father knows best. This reluctant admission comes after a week with the 2017 Lincoln Continental, the first Lincoln in my adult lifetime that did not make my fatherís unwavering lifetime support of a once-proud premium brand seem bewildering.
Auto review: A good thing in a small package 03-27-2017
A good time to be buying an automobile in America just got better. So many choices. Such good cars. Just pick a style and a price point and go.
Under the Hood: Oil pressure issue might be easily resolved 03-27-2017
Q: My 2003 BMW 325Ci has 97,000 miles on it and generally drives perfectly. I have always taken good care of it. However, after about 10 minutes of stop-and-go traffic, the oil pressure light starts flickering.
Auto review: Fiat DNA thrives in Japanese-built 124 Spider 03-27-2017
"A lady. A lovely, sensual, responsive Italian lady." Thatís how Car and Driver magazine described the Fiat 124 after its debut in the 1960s. "Like women to dream about," the publication went on, the really good Italian cars have "an eagerness to please."
Mark Phelan: Reviewing mpg rules doesnít mean rewriting them 03-20-2017
Reopening the review of federal fuel efficiency standards isnít about a return to the gas-guzzlers Detroit was once known for. Itís about honoring the deal the Obama administration made when the auto industry signed on to the most far-reaching and ambitious regulations in its history.
Under the Hood: Whatís up with rough-running Accord? 03-20-2017
Q: My daughter has a 2000 Honda Accord Coupe with a 3-liter V-6 engine. Sometimes, after a hot restart, it will run very roughly. In fact, it usually stalls. This happens year-round, though more often in the spring.
Auto review: 2017 Dodge Durango throws its weight around 03-20-2017
The average American man is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 195.5 pounds and has a waist size of nearly 40 inches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Auto review: 2017 BMW 740e charges flagship sedan segment 03-20-2017
BMW is plugging into the electrified future of automobiles by offering a plug-in variant across its product line. The 740e full-size sedan benefits from the same lightweight carbon core construction and impressive list of technology features as the redesigned luxury flagship, but it has a 2.0-liter gasoline engine along with an electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery pack.
Auto review: Alfa Romeoís wolf in sheepís clothing 03-20-2017
Has the world been waiting for a relatively affordable four-door track car with luxury-level comfort? Well, itís here. Itís the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
Auto review: 2017 VW counters SUV craze with Alltrack 03-13-2017
Volkswagen is one of the worldís best-selling automakers, but in America, the VW brand has long been the official car of misfits and nonconformists
Auto review: Fordís Raptor for 2017 is rough, ready and cushy 03-13-2017
Fordís F-150 has been Americaís bestselling truck for 40 straight years and its bestselling vehicle for 30. Despite all the Accords and Priuses that dominate the West Coast, this is the countryís most popular mode of transportation.
Mark Phelan: Trumpís border tax could add up to $2,500 to the price of a car or truck 03-13-2017
Proposals for a border tax to pay for a wall with Mexico and encourage increased manufacturing in the U.S. would add hundreds to thousands of dollars to the cost of every car and truck sold here, including those assembled in American factories.
the Hood: A bouncing Mustang and strange flashes of light 03-13-2017
Auto review: The 2017 X1 is a fine car, itís just not a great BMW 03-13-2017
If any automaker has gone crossover crazy, itís BMW. Itís not just the X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6. After all, many manufacturers have a crossover for every size imaginable.
Mark Phelan: Euro automakers in turmoil on eve of Geneva auto show 03-06-2017
The European auto industry is in turmoil as it prepares for the upcoming Geneva auto show. Automakers would rather be talking about sleek new vehicles and exciting technologies, but corporate drama will loom large.
Larry Printz: Hate paying for car insurance? Hereís who to blame 03-06-2017
You no doubt love the car, truck or SUV you drive. What you donít like is paying the insurance to cover it. After all, despite a lifetime of paying car insurance bills, most consumers rarely, if ever, actually make use of their policies.
Auto review: Jaguar F-Pace: A luxury SUV joins a crowded field 03-06-2017
How I pity the luxury SUV shopper. The market is flooded with well-designed, well-built, upscale cars. Between the options offered by BMW, Audi, Lexus, Acura, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and others, every aspirational car company has a suitable SUV for sale.
Under the Hood: Worth trying to fix water-damaged car? 03-06-2017
Q: With the recent flooding in California, itís possible some folks will want to keep their cars even after driving them through substantial amounts of water. Some might not have sufficient insurance to easily replace their autos, for example.
Auto review: Genesis G80 tempts luxury buyers with new innovations 03-06-2017
Genesis calls them "human-centered innovations." The rest of us will call them darn cool conveniences. Whatever theyíre called, the neat features found on the 2017 Genesis G80 are what folks are going to love about the car.
Mark Phelan: Aston Martin begins new-product blitz to raise its profile 02-27-2017
As the $214,820 DB11 begins to arrive in U.S. dealerships, legendary but little-known British luxury brand Aston Martin has set out to raise its profile as it begins a new-model offensive unlike anything in its 104-year history.
Auto review: McLaren 570GT: Laughing all the way through the bank account 02-27-2017
McLaren decided a while back that it wanted to increase sales by offering a more affordable sports car. It worked ó at least for people who think a base price of $200,000 is affordable.
Auto review: 2017 Lexus GS F is old-school cool but lags the performance competition 02-27-2017
The performance sedan segment has been engaged in a battle for horsepower dominance in recent years. While a performance sedan making 400 horsepower would suffice a decade ago, we now have the option to buy a family-sized sedan that can produce as much power as some of the fastest supercars.
Under the Hood: No joke, a fire extinguisher can save your life 02-27-2017
Q: I read your recent list of recommendations on what to keep in your trunk. Well, not only do I always carry a fire extinguisher in my vehicle, Iíve given one to all my children as well.
Auto review: 2017 Dodge Challenger GT at its best in the snow 02-27-2017
TAMWORTH, N.H. ó Having paced an Indianapolis 500 and starred in a variety of high-octane films, the Dodge Challenger boasts for-real performance credentials. But you knew that, right?
Auto review: Porscheís new Panamera Turbo delivers plush power 02-20-2017
Porscheís restyled Panamera is either the worldís sportiest luxury car or the worldís most luxurious sports car. Does it matter which?
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