Auto review: 2015 Tundra proves Toyota is getting serious about trucks 08-11-2014
Not a single electric spark fell from the overtly orange Toyota Tundra shading most of my driveway. Hallelujah. This was absolutely not another halo-hybrid from some automaker determined to save us from ourselves, I smartly concluded.
Mark Phelan: It's too late to make play for Chrysler 08-11-2014
Suddenly it seems like everybody wants Chrysler. It’s too late, though. Only Fiat had the guts and vision to rescue the smallest of the Detroit 3 from the Great Recession.
Motoring Q&A: Save money on troubleshooting and towing by following these tips 08-11-2014
Q: Code P0172 came up in my 2010 Chevy Malibu. The dealer charged me $100 to troubleshoot the code. I
Auto Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 Matic wants to drive you into the future 08-11-2014
BMW may be the ultimate driving machine, but Mercedes-Benz is working on the ultimate driverless machine.
Under the Hood: The Atkinson cycle and nitrogen-filled tires 08-11-2014
Q: I am a casual follower of the automobile industry. I am curious about the Atkinson cycle and variable valve timing as they relate to efficiency (increased mpg) improvements.
Auto review: 2014 Honda Civic Si still struts but needs a bit more stride 08-11-2014
Humble Hondas never wear purple. They celebrate sensibility — kind of like the guy down the street who dons goggles and elbow-length rubber gloves to pull weeds.
Auto review: Volvo V60 wagon packs more fun 08-04-2014
Consider Volvo’s 2015 V60 station wagon penance for all the boxy cars the company threw at us in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Auto review: Big price, little buzz for 2014 Ford Tremor 08-04-2014
Call it an F-150-minus, but with a plus-sized price. Ford introduced its 2014 Tremor sport truck to generate buzz as the current F-150 pickup enters its last few months of production, and perhaps as a preemptive strike against the new midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups General Motors will introduce this fall.
Mark Phelan: End in sight for pickup towing claim game 08-04-2014
The dramatic video that shows a 2015 Ford F-150 beating Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 pickups in a towing test should include an asterisk.
Motoring Q&A: Don't overdo it with Corvette maintenance 08-04-2014
Q: I own a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette coupe purchased new in 2003. It has only 6,000 miles on it and is driven once a month in spring, summer and fall. I have a battery tender and had the battery replaced in 2010 for safety.
Under the Hood: Don't use unruly cruise control 08-04-2014
Q: The answer to this may be the same as the answer to the column of Saturday, July 12, 2014, "Cruise control unreliable."
Auto review: Bentley's Flying Spur and Mulsanne sedans 08-04-2014
$110,000 can buy a nice addition to the house, put a kid through college, or buy a family of four the globe-trotting trip of a lifetime.
Larry Printz: The 2014 Ghibli: A sedan that feels unlike any other, unless it's a Maserati 07-28-2014
Maserati. Despite being more than a century old, it’s an unfamiliar name which, when mentioned to most Americans, makes them smile as if you mentioned their secret, illicit love affair.
Motoring Q&A: Could magnetic flux be issue behind Explorer's woes? 07-28-2014
QUESTION: My 2000 Ford Explorer 4-liter Control-Trac 4WD has 120,000 miles on it. At 84,000 miles the O/D (overdrive) light began flashing randomly.
Genesis finds its groove 07-28-2014
Pop a few buttons off most provocatively dressed Hyundais, and you will find four-cylinder hearts born to be mild.
BMW 535d leads the pack among diesel luxury sedans 07-28-2014
Brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have always sold diesel cars on their home turf back in Germany.
Base-model VW Golf disappoints, but diesel and GTI versions get a boost 07-21-2014
It is the people’s car from the company that invented the concept. For four decades, Volkswagen’s Golf, born as the Rabbit in the U.S., has offered European style and utility on the cheap.
2 cars that bump past 50 mpg 07-21-2014
Fifty miles a gallon. It was an unattainable goal for years, but two new small cars pave the road for many vehicles to hit that magic number.
Under the Hood: Interference vs. noninterference engine 07-21-2014
QUESTION: I want to find out how I can identify if a car’s engine is interference or noninterference from a layman’s point of view; that is, some signs or writings on the vehicle.
Chrysler 200, with Fiat's help, is an all-new car 07-21-2014
Once life becomes all potholes and clouds — with Kenny Rogers stuck on my stereo and "The View" embedded in my TV — I might buy an old Chrysler 200.
Auto review: 2014 Civic Hybrid has improved fuel economy 07-21-2014
Another fuel-sipping alternative is available to motorists weary of yo-yo pump prices: the gasoline-electric hybrid version of Honda’s popular Civic compact sedan.
Auto review: Volvos don't look like Volvos anymore 07-14-2014
In my leafy suburb, the vegans and Democrats — all 11 of them — drive dusky old Volvo wagons shaped like cargo containers.
Mark Phelan: The new IQS is out, and automakers are immersed in it 07-14-2014
Should you care if a new Chevrolet is less than 1 percent more likely to have a problem than a new Toyota? If a new Honda is 2.8 percent more likely to have a problem than either?
Motoring Q&A: Opening your car door in a crisis 07-14-2014
QUESTION: I was shocked to see a news broadcast of a man whose car caught fire and he couldn’t get out because the electric door locks were inoperative.
A sleek new look for Hyundai's Genesis 07-14-2014
After years of worrying about the stuff that matters — comfort, reliability, quality — Hyundai focused on the superficial with its all-new Genesis luxury sedan.
Under the Hood: What's the deal with 'turbocharged'? 07-14-2014
QUESTION: I’ve noticed a lot of new cars are now "turbocharged", Can you explain how this works and if it’s a good idea to buy one?
Auto review: GMC Yukon Denali SUV's a dinosaur with plenty of roar 07-07-2014
By now, lumbering dinosaurs like full-size SUVs should be part of the primordial goo coursing through hissing oil refineries in Baytown.
Mark Phelan: Tips on saving gas for summer driving season 07-07-2014
As the summer driving season begins in earnest, keeping an eye on your fuel economy can put dollars in your pocket.
Under the Hood: Buick's cruise control is none too steady 07-07-2014
QUESTION: The cruise control is intermittent on my 1998 Buick Regal LS, which has 130,000 miles. Outside temperature seems to determine if it operates. It works OK if the temperature is below about 75 degrees. In the mid-80s, there is no control. This started shortly after the coolant change at 100,000 miles.
Auto review: Corvette, and its mileage, better than ever 07-07-2014
Yes, I could lose my motor-press credentials for this. Respect and reputation are at stake here.
Mark Phelan: GM must show it knows what it's doing 06-30-2014
For the sake of GM’s customers, dealers, employees and the company’s future, the automaker must convince the American public it knows what it’s doing before a string of safety recall pulls it under.
Motoring Q&A: RAV4's whining noise baffles 3 mechanics 06-30-2014
QUESTION: I hope you can help us find out what is causing a loud whining on our 2013 Toyota RAV4.
Under the Hood: Stopping corrosion on battery post 06-30-2014
QUESTION: Could you explain why my 2011 Lincoln MKZ battery post develops green corrosion on the positive post?
Auto review: Harley-Davison LiveWire could give industry a jolt 06-30-2014
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire took almost everyone by surprise. After 111 years of making increasingly large, gas-powered two-wheelers, Harley was about the last mainstream motorcycle maker anyone expected to come out with a plug-in electric, even if it is just a concept.
Auto review: Buick LaCrosse leads GM's campaign to attract younger buyers 06-30-2014
While Chevrolet and Cadillac have charged forward to help lead General Motors’ post-bankruptcy revival, Buick has undergone a renaissance as well, an effort that has worked to bring a younger clientele into the premium brand.
Auto review: Audi A3 is more exciting than it looks 06-30-2014
No Audi ever seared my synapses like the raucously exotic R8 roadster, a shrieking 10-cylinder dazzler.
Mark Phelan: Alan Mulally could turn around the VA 06-23-2014
Alan Mulally should be the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Motoring Q&A: Three approaches for dealing with emergency 06-23-2014
QUESTION: I read a recent article discussing GM’s problems with their faulty ignition switch. You have given the advice in the past to turn off the ignition if the throttle sticks.
Auto review: GMC Sierra HD ready for Herculean tasks 06-23-2014
If you have a small mountain to move, you may well be drawn to heavy-duty pickups. The four-star 2015 GMC Sierra HD 4WD Double Cab may well be your tool, or augmentation, of choice.
Under the Hood: One problem after another with Mercury 06-23-2014
QUESTION: I have a 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis with 51,600 miles. I had the oil changed per regular maintenance.
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