Under the Hood: Trying out the new Nissan Leaf Plus 05-06-2019
I was fortunate to be offered to drive a 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus this past week for review. Iím not typically a car review kind of guy, but I was interested to see how electric vehicle and other technologies have progressed since previously leasing a Fiat 500e and a Chevy Volt.
Motormouth: No matter what the cost, replace burnt-out headlights immediately 05-06-2019
Q: I have noticed many vehicles with one headlight out, especially with newer vehicles. Is this because the bulbs go out faster and/or too expensive to replace, causing people to delay having it done?
Auto review: 2019 Toyota RAV4 combines throwback looks with advanced tech 05-06-2019
The battle for SUV bragging rights has begun, and like many boasts, itís about posturing at least as much as reality. Jeepís TV campaign proclaiming, ďSUV. These letters used to mean something.
Auto review: Final performance for Cadillac CTS-V 05-06-2019
Most farewell tours are anything but that ó think Elton John, Paul Simon, Ozzy Osbourne. But this one, the finale for the beloved Cadillac CTS, appears to be for real.
Auto review: The 2019 Audi A7 continues to set the standard for opulence and style 05-06-2019
It has taken automakers years, if not decades, to make hatchbacks look alluring. Still, for every successful sedanette, such as the magnificent 1947 Cadillac Series 62, there are others that are far less attractive.
Under the Hood: The shape of car technologies to come 04-29-2019
I was fortunate recently to attend a technical presentation at Valeoís Mobility Tech Center in San Mateo, Calif. Valeo, based in Paris, is a leading supplier of autonomous driving, powertrain, thermal and visibility systems to the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).
Motormouth: Still a good idea to cool off a turbocharged engine 04-29-2019
Q: I now own a vehicle equipped with a turbocharger. I did a thorough reading of the ownerís manual and could find nothing telling me to allow the turbo to slow and cool down before shutting off the engine. In fact, the car shuts down automatically after a stop.
Auto review: 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid ó smooth, pretty, but not fun like its Jersey Shore namesake 04-29-2019
2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited: Could it be any smoother? Price: $45,116 as tested. Advanced Safety Package added $1,150, and carpet mats $248.
Auto review: 2019 Audi Q8: A new kind of luxury SUV asks if size matters 04-29-2019
Audi attempts to redefine the idea of what a luxury brandís flagship is with its 2019 Q8 Quattro, and does it successfully enough that an Aloft hotel employee ran into the middle of the Grand Circus Park traffic circle to admire the shimmering coppery SUV as I drove by.
Auto review: With the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, thereís nothing to worry about 04-29-2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. ó One of the afflictions of modern life is the load of lifestyle debris we must lug even when running the simplest of errands. In most cases, itís more than Sir Edmund Hillary needed to conquer Mount Everest ó and thatís just for a trip to the Piggly Wiggly.
Under the Hood: Examining powerful motors and range of a car 04-22-2019
Q: Iíve always heard that cars with higher horsepower engines get lower miles per tankful. The new electric cars seem quite powerful but have a limited range. Why donít the manufacturers use less powerful motors and thus extend the range of the vehicles.
Motormouth: Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease 04-22-2019
Q: I am sporadically receiving a check engine code P0014, on my 2013 Malibu that has only 30,600 miles on it. The issue is to replace the Variable Camshaft Timing Solenoid. Can you explain this a little and does it have to be addressed immediately?
Smaller 2020 Cadillac CT5 sport sedan could be the start of something big 04-22-2019
Cadillac just may have got this right. The 2020 Cadillac CT5 sport sedan debuting at the New York auto show this week has an appealing new look, interior design and materials worthy of a true luxury brand, and gotta-have technology the competition canít match.
Camaro SUV? Chevrolet brings back the Blazer with a slick, sporty design 04-22-2019
SUVs have come a long way since the last time I owned one. I had a pair of 1991 Isuzu Troopers, the old, boxy ones. I especially loved the enormous cargo area.
BMW M5 sedan is the Bryce Harper of cars ó awesome but expensive 04-22-2019
2019 BMW M5 AWD: M is for motivated? Price: $129,795. The M5 starts at $102,600. Add $3,000 for the M Driverís Package, $1,700 for Driving Assistance Plus, and $1,300 for 20-inch tires. Many, many more options outlined throughout.
2020 Lincoln Corsair luxury SUV comes at key time for automaker 04-22-2019
Lincoln spent lavishly to make its new 2020 Corsair compact SUV a legitimate luxury vehicle, not a thinly disguised version of a mass-market vehicle.
Under the Hood: Solving the mystery of Ďcheck fuel fillerí message 04-15-2019
Q: My 2012 Escape has two problems that are making me crazy because no one can fix them. First is the ďcheck fuel fillerĒ message and the other is a message about a low tire even though all the tires are fine. The low-tire message happens mostly after Iíve drive for a while.
Motormouth: Should you take a cordless air compressor along for the ride? 04-15-2019
Q: With fewer gas stations offering free air, it has become a challenge to keep tires properly inflated. One solution is a hand-held, cordless, rechargeable air compressor, advertised as inflating tires and toys easily and quickly. Have you had any experience or feedback on these products?
For its second act, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque gets a much need interior makeover 04-15-2019
Itís remarkable how a single product can redefine a brand. Consider Apple, which was once a struggling computer manufacturer. Upon Steve Jobsí return to the company he founded, Apple was transformed by the introduction of the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad and iWatch into a glamorous consumer product technology company.
Auto review: 2019 Ford Edge ST is fast and fun, until you hit corners 04-15-2019
The 2019 Ford Edge ST is the leading edge of a wave of experimentation that will fill dealerships and American driveways with new types of SUVs over the next few years.
Honda Insight gives fuel efficiency a Civics lesson 04-15-2019
2019 Honda Insight Touring: More affordable economy. Price: $28,985 as tested (no options on test vehicle). A base model starts at $22,380.
Larry Printz: Get your carís body in top condition 04-08-2019
Can you feel it? The weather is getting warmer. If youíre tackling household spring-cleaning, be sure not to ignore your car. After all, most likely, the winter has left it resembling an environmental hazard.
Mark Phelan: Why the 2020 Jeep Gladiator isnít Ďthe Wrangler pickupí 04-08-2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. ó Donít call the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, ďthe Wrangler pickup,Ē unless youíre ready for a lecture from its owner.
Driving Tips: Getting to the source of the stink in your car 04-08-2019
Those burgers and fries youíve dined on during post-work traffic may be long gone, but the compounded odor of dozens of in-car meals lives on.
Under the Hood: Time for a timing belt change 04-08-2019
Q: I have a 2004 Subaru WRX STi with 50,000 miles. I havenít changed the timing belt on it Ė Subaru recommends changing it at 105,000. Am I living on borrowed time?
Motormouth: Loosening lug nuts has become flat-out impossible 04-08-2019
Q: Iíve had two flat tires in the last three years, one on each of my cars. Both times, I found it impossible to remove the lug nuts, even with a large star wrench I keep in each car.
Auto review: Encore small crossover seeks to attract younger consumers to the Buick brand 04-08-2019
Since arriving in the Buick lineup for 2013, the Encore small crossover, with a 2019 base price of just $23,200 (plus $995 freight), quickly became Buickís top-selling vehicle.
Auto Review: 2019 Kia Niro PHEV offers space and savings ó after you pay the admission price 04-08-2019
I didnít take any long trips in the Niro, so I was able to plug it in every 50 to 75 miles or so, thus I could make the most of the 26 miles of electric range.
Auto review: 2020 Jeep Gladiator midsize pickup was worth waiting for 04-08-2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. ó Armed with a unique combination of the features people love about pickups and Jeeps, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is primed to win fans in both camps when it goes on sale in May.
Under the Hood: Headlight condensation, and what to do about it 04-01-2019
Q: My husband brought his 2014 Cadillac CTS in for service due to condensation in the headlight casing. It has 74,000 miles on it.
Motormouth: No, you arenít required to buy the automakerís parts 04-01-2019
Q: You recently wrote that itís against the law for carmakers or dealers to require you to use their oil filter. Can you explain that more? I have a Subaru and have been purchasing their oil filters for my Forester.
Auto review: 2020 Kia Telluride looks, rides like luxury SUV ó without the price tag 04-01-2019
TELLURIDE, Colo. ó The first great SUV of the year just arrived at your Kia dealership. Elegant, advanced and costing thousands less than comparably equipped competitors, the 2020 Kia Telluride seven- or eight-seat SUV leaves three-row competitors like the Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder in its dust.
Auto review: The 2020 Toyota Corolla embraces the convenience of ubiquity 04-01-2019
SAVANNAH, Ga. ó When something is ubiquitous, can it be good? If youíre hungry, McDonaldís is cheap but not tasty. Need new clothes? Kohlís and J.C. Penney have piles of them, but theyíre far from fashionable.
Auto review: Hondaís Passport is a big, blocky SUV that performs better on the road than off 04-01-2019
Honda Motors, having made significant sales inroads with its small CR-V and its large Pilot, is tripling down on the SUV market with its new midsize Passport.
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