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Under the Hood: Staying charged for the long haul 09-19-2016
Q: In order to power a few 120-volt items while driving, we are using an inverter plugged into our vehicleís cigarette lighter socket.
 
Auto review: Rough and ready: Rugged Tacoma returns with new design, new power 09-19-2016
The midsize truck segment has been kicking up some serious gravel the past couple of years, so itís no surprise the class-leading Toyota Tacoma has revved its engine to keep stride.
 
Motoring Q&A: Donít worry: Car will ignore gear shift at high speed 09-19-2016
Q: I recently took a test drive in a 2011 Lexus RX350. Since this car did not have a navigation system, I asked about a backup camera. 
 
Mark Phelan: Shift to SUVs could benefit GM and Chrysler 09-19-2016
The classic American family car is on the ropes, and the timing couldnít be better for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Jeep. Ford could be out of step as the vehicle market increasingly dances to a tune played by crossover SUVs, though.
 
Auto review: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace crossover proves the wait was worth it 09-19-2016
We play a guessing game with guest passengers about the price of test cars before we look at the sticker. Usually the price is higher than our guestís estimate. Thatís not the case with the all-new Jaguar F-Pace crossover.
 
Auto review: What happens when a Mercedes-Benz meets an Infiniti? 09-19-2016
Does the world need another premium compact crossover utility vehicle?
Itís a fast-growing field, one clogged with any number of entries, including the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Lincoln MKC, among others.
 
Motoring Q&A: How to avoid catastrophe in a malfunctioning car 09-12-2016
Q: When the accelerator sticks or something electronically causes a car to accelerate and the driver canít control the carís increase in speed, am I wrong in thinking someone should tell them to put the car in neutral?
 
Mark Phelan: Soon your car may be updateable like your iPhone 09-12-2016
Like a new smartphone, your car may soon get regular software updates to fix problems, improve performance and add new features.
 
Under the Hood: Taking your truckís temperature 09-12-2016
Q: My father, who is no longer driving, recently gave me his 1990 Ford F-250 4x4. Itís a nice old truck but its big engine sure does go through gasoline quickly.
 
Auto review: X1 is a happy throwback 09-12-2016
Almost all the worldís automobile manufacturers now make sport utility vehicles. Todayís car shopper has access to a broad variety of these sturdy, sporty daily drivers, from highly affordable versions sold by the American, Japanese and South Korean car companies to the high-end super cruisers built by luxury marques such as Porsche, Jaguar and Bentley ó to be joined, soon, by Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini.
 
Auto review: Audi A4 aims to make America great again 09-12-2016
Much of American life, it seems, has been stripped of its refinement.
These days, itís the loudest and brashest who get the most attention. The lowest common denominator has won.
 
Mark Phelan: Muscle cars stay strong as others slip 09-05-2016
Muscle cars are showing surprising strength as consumers shift to SUVs and the market for other cars weakens, according to Kelley Blue Bookís expert on vehiclesí residual values.
 
Motoring Q&A: Check drive-belt tension to silence Ďscreechyí Kia 09-05-2016
Q: I have a 2006 Kia Optima with 64,000 miles and it sits outside 24/7. When itís wet, the car makes a screechy noise in the morning as I leave for work. It lessens as I accelerate, but when I start slowing down again, I can hear the noise. 
 
Auto review: Lexusí four-cylinder GS lacks brandís usual zip 09-05-2016
We live in an era in which many automobile parts come from the same suppliers, leaving us with loads of innately alike vehicles. Excessive government regulations further dictate a certain level of sameness.
 
Under the Hood: Valve cover leak should be checked out 09-05-2016
Q: How big a deal is a valve cover leak? I was just told my car has one, and itís not a good time for me to pay for this right now. Could it wreck the engine if I waited maybe several months before getting it fixed?
 
Auto review: 2017 Ford Escape gets better tech but worse fuel economy 09-05-2016
The refreshed 2017 Ford Escape comes with a smarter engine, advanced safety features, and a new(ish) infotainment system.
 
Motoring Q&A: Mysterious problem haunts í94 Suburban 8-29-2016
Q: Iíve been experiencing a mysterious issue with my 1994 GMC Suburban 350. On a cold start, the truck is fine. Once the vehicle gets warm, though, the idle drops to near stalling when I am in reverse and take my foot off the gas. 
 
Auto review: 2017 Kia Sportage contends in crowded class of compact crossovers 8-29-2016
There are 16 compact crossovers on the market, another 20 midsize crossovers, and nearly a dozen subcompact crossovers. Then thereís the luxury makes.
 
Under the Hood: Valve cover leak should be checked out 8-29-2016
Q: How big a deal is a valve cover leak? I was just told my car has one, and itís not a good time for me to pay for this right now. Could it wreck the engine if I waited maybe several months before getting it fixed?
 
Auto review: Bentley raises bar for SUVs 08-29-2016
In 2011, Bentleyís new CEO decided to get into the luxury SUV market.
Wolfgang Durheimer, the incoming boss, had migrated across parent company Volkswagen Group from the Porsche division. 
Auto review: The Toyota Highlander Hybrid: New classic American cruiser 08-22-2016
Given Americaís intense love affair with crossover utility vehicles, or CUVs if you will, thereís an inescapable conclusion once you drive the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and itís this: Toyota has created the consummate American car.
 
Mark Phelan: Aging gracefully: The case for unrestored classic cars 08-22-2016
DETROIT ó With its sun-scoured paint, exposed metal and rumbling engine, you may think the Dream Cruiser that just passed you is headed to the body shop, but some proud collectors will tell you itís perfect just the way it is.
 
Motoring Q&A: How to identify problem with heater-A/C fan 08-22-2016
Q: I have a 2004 Saturn VUE. This winter the heater-A/C fan stopped working in position No. 1 but the other speeds worked fine. Now with summer here, the A/C only comes on in fan position No. 2 and not in Nos. 1, 3 or 4.
 
Auto review: Infiniti bulks up on luxury CUVs 08-22-2016
Infiniti, eager to capitalize on the current obsession with crossover utility vehicles, is coming to the market with a new one.
 
Under the Hood: Diagnosing air-conditioner problems 08-22-2016
Q. Being an old geezer, I remember what it was like to drive the Central Valley in summer from S.F. to L.A. without A/C. Not fun.
 
Luxury or livery? Cadillac XT5 and Lincoln MKX face off in U.S. crossover showdown 08-22-2016
One of the most common vehicles shuttling between  downtown Chicago and its two airports is the blacked-out livery vehicle, or fancy cab. These tinted-windowed SUVs from Lincoln and Cadillac carry clients who presumably want to ride in space, anonymity and a degree of luxury.
 
Mark Phelan: Striking concepts define Buickís past and future 08-15-2016
A pair of Buick concept cars recently won significant honors, giving the auto brand even more to brag about in a year thatís been rich with new vehicle introductions.
 
Motoring Q&A: Catalytic converter needs replacing but may be under-warranty 08-15-2016
Q: I have a 2010 Honda CR-V. Last month its check engine light came on. Iím a retired mechanic and, using my diagnostic scanner, found a trouble code of P0420, which indicates an issue with catalytic converter efficiency. 
 
Under the Hood: Remove battery in order to charge? 08-15-2016
Q: I have a 2001 Lexus ES 300 that I only drive several times a month. If I connect it to a float charger without removing the battery from the vehicle, will that cause any harm to the vehicle?
 























 







 
        

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