Auto review: 2018 Jeep Wrangler rules the off-road world 05-07-2018
If some days are better than others, a day off-roading in a Jeep Wrangler is great. Add some insane terrain, the seasonís first sunshine, the muddy muck following a Midwestern winter.
Motormouth: How could a newer car fail emissions testing? 05-07-2018
Q: My 2014 Honda Accord tested "not ready" when I went in for emission testing. I was told to go out and drive around for a week and come back.
Under the Hood: How to know if your repair shop has certified techs 05-07-2018
Q: I saw you had recommended seeking an ASE certified technician to fix a difficult problem. Can you explain what this is and how Iíd know the repair shop I might choose has one?
Auto review: Buick Enclave Avenir eyes the future with a new level of luxury 05-07-2018
Thereís no debate that Buick is exploring the future of luxury with its 2018 Enclave Avenir. After all, Avenir is French for future.
Auto review: Hereís something youíd never expect: a Toyota Corolla with a pulse 05-07-2018
DEL MAR, Calif. ó Unlike automotive journalists, most people only really care about cars that last a decade without muss, fuss or bother.
Mark Phelan: Move the Detroit auto show to October? Itís complicated 04-30-2018
While organizers consider moving the auto show from January to October, new data on media coverage suggests the old format ainít dead yet.
Motormouth: Could a ghost house cause a car to stall? 04-30-2018
Q: My 2004 Mercury Mountaineer ran fine except when I went through a particular area in a neighborhood. The engine would die about 60 percent of the time I went by this one particular house.
Auto review: 2018 LS 500 is a beauty ó with beastly infotainment controls 04-30-2018
Long and luxurious, the 2018 Lexus LS 500 sedan is a masterwork of engineering and design wrapped around a jumble of needlessly complicated and fussy controls.
Auto review: A change in personality for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 04-30-2018
DURHAM, N.C. ó When it comes to personality, traits such as openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism are defined by how we were raised as children.
Auto review: 2018 BMW M760xi: A luxury sedan with a racy character 04-30-2018
The folks at BMWís storied M division ó thatís M for Motorsport ó probably never imagined that one day the "M" badge would be affixed to a top-line luxury sedan.
Auto review: 2019 Volvo XC40 continues winning crossover tradition 04-23-2018
Volvo is one of the last automakers to flesh out its premium crossover lineup, yet it has done so with winning success.
Auto review: 2019 Ram 1500 is more than best in class; itís a cultural touchstone 04-23-2018
As the EPA and Congress spar over whether to relax existing fuel economy standards and environmentalists fret over the possible effects, itís instructive that the three top-selling new vehicles in the United States last year were the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500, according to data from industry publication Automotive News.
Mark Phelan: General Motors lacks vision for what Cadillac should become 04-23-2018
DETROIT ó Just ask former Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen. Most of the vehicles Caddy sells today are as good or better than anything other luxury brands offer.
Motormouth: Bad, bad, bad brake vibrations? Must be warped rotors 04-23-2018
Q: I have a 2012 Honda Accord. When driving on the highway and braking at high speeds, the brakes vibrate like the anti-lock system is kicking in, but more pronounced, and there is also vibration in the steering wheel.
Under the Hood: Further thoughts on diagnosing motorhomeís drivability problem 04-23-2018
I want to take a second swipe at Davidís intermittent motorhome drivability problem (discussed last week) because it may further convey some of the difficulties and concerns and possible solutions getting a tough issue resolved with a modern vehicle.
Motormouth: Why objects in mirror are closer than they appear 04-16-2018
Q: When was the right side mirror first used and when and why was the warning changed to "objects in mirror may be closer than they appear"?
Auto review: Mitsubishi Outlander plugs into practicality 04-16-2018
For a company nearly left for dead two years ago, Mitsubishi is showing a lot of life. The Outlander plug-in hybrid on sale now introduces a hot new technology to the compact SUV segment thatís taking the market by storm.
Auto review: Considering a plug-in car? 2018 Kia Niro PHEV is a good starter 04-16-2018
If the Kia Soul and Toyota Prius Prime had a baby, itíd be something like the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
Auto review: Maybe they should have called this Hyundai the Somnolent 04-16-2018
American car buyers are enamored of crossovers, a clever bit of hucksterism that starts with an ordinary vehicle that excites no one, such as a compact sedan, and exchanges its body shell for one with a vaguely SUV-like shape.
Under the Hood: A dangerous problem the dealer canít find 04-16-2018
Q: In May of 2017, my wife and I purchased a brand new Newmar Baystar Sport Class A Motor Home.
Under the Hood: Foggy windshield could indicate leaking heater core 04-09-2018
Q: My windshield is fogging up when I use the defroster, much worse than before I turn it on. Why is this? Iíve been carrying a towel with me and not using the defroster.
Auto review: Chevroletís 2018 Suburban looks great with the Z71 Midnight Edition package 04-09-2018
Chevroletís cool-looking Z71 Midnight Edition package is offered on Tahoe and Suburban sport utilities, as well as on the Silverado pickups.
Auto Review: For good or bad, Nissanís 370Z clings to the original blueprint 04-09-2018
The Nissan 370Z is a 155-mile-per-hour anachronism ó a sports car youíd be forgiven for forgetting the Japanese auto company even makes anymore.
Motormouth: Car wash may have jarred traction control sensor wire loose 04-09-2018
Q: I own a 2012 Chevy Suburban with 71,000 miles that I have owned since new. Recently I went through a local car wash and when I came out the other side, my dash starting displaying "Service Traction Control" and "Service Stabilitrak" messages
Mark Phelan: Detroitís cutting edge center for self-driving autos is set to open 04-09-2018
DETROIT ó The only engineering facility built expressly to test self-driving vehicles officially opens Wednesday at the historic 335-acre Willow Run site just west of Detroit.
Larry Printz: Toyota CH-R is a slow car that looks fast 04-02-2018
There is a peculiarity to car design that seems to affect the industry in each decade. The irrational exuberance of cars of the 1950s, followed by the sober rationalism of the 1960s, baroque neoclassicism of the 1970s, the dull efficiency of the 1980s, which melted away in the following decade.
Motormouth: More on salty water at car washes 04-02-2018
Q: I just read your column "Is salty water reused in car washes?" As a retired chemical marketer who has dealt with salt solubility issues, I suggest you look further into the issue of whether there is appreciable salt in recycled car wash water.
Mark Phelan: Despite deadly Uber crash, self-driving cars must remain on roads 04-02-2018
Something appears to have gone badly wrong in the traffic accident in which an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian in Arizona last week.
How to neuter a sports car into a hybrid 04-02-2018
Before I drank coffee, I didnít get the reason for decaf. Before I drove the less potent hybrid version of the Lexus LC500, I didnít get that either.
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