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Cadillac XT5 replaces SRX in big way
 Cadillac is doing bold things. They’ve moved their home offices out of Detroit to New York City. They’ve created a new naming convention for their vehicles. They’re creating more-aggressive-looking luxury vehicles. And perhaps the biggest of all, they’re creating new vehicles that will take them into the future. Enter...

5:00 AM Friday, Dec. 23, 2016

Cadillac is doing bold things. They’ve moved their home offices out of Detroit to New York City. They’ve created a new naming convention for their vehicles. They’re creating more-aggressive-looking luxury vehicles. And perhaps the biggest of all, they’re creating new vehicles that will take them into the future. Enter...
Dodge Charger packs a punch with Scat Pack trim
 Dodge knows how to inject excitement into their cars. And the key is three letters – C-A-T. Adding the power-packed Hellcat badge to their muscle cars make them that much more powerful. Likewise, a small step down there is another CAT word – Scat Pack. By adding the Scat Pack to the Charger R/T, Dodge knows how to bring the power...

5:00 AM Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

Dodge knows how to inject excitement into their cars. And the key is three letters – C-A-T. Adding the power-packed Hellcat badge to their muscle cars make them that much more powerful. Likewise, a small step down there is another CAT word – Scat Pack. By adding the Scat Pack to the Charger R/T, Dodge knows how to bring the power...
Pacifica takes over the Town (& Country)
 Minivans have never been cool. But now they’ve fallen so out of grace, there’s almost no excitement left when talking about these family haulers. Here to take a look at the new Chrysler Pacifica are two guys who also have never been cool – former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell. JIMMY: Hey, I’m kind...

5:00 AM Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Minivans have never been cool. But now they’ve fallen so out of grace, there’s almost no excitement left when talking about these family haulers. Here to take a look at the new Chrysler Pacifica are two guys who also have never been cool – former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell. JIMMY: Hey, I’m kind...
A bright future for Cadillac
 I like to think I am a man of the people. That my musings here help you get a sense for the amazing vehicles I get to drive. I try to avoid jargon or enthusiast lingo. Who really knows what fit and finish means? What about flagship? Yeah, I’m in the industry, and I struggle with those. So I try to avoid them. Be forewarned here: my...

5:00 AM Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

I like to think I am a man of the people. That my musings here help you get a sense for the amazing vehicles I get to drive. I try to avoid jargon or enthusiast lingo. Who really knows what fit and finish means? What about flagship? Yeah, I’m in the industry, and I struggle with those. So I try to avoid them. Be forewarned here: my...
A bright future for Cadillac
 I like to think I am a man of the people. That my musings here help you get a sense for the amazing vehicles I get to drive. I try to avoid jargon or enthusiast lingo. Who really knows what fit and finish means? What about flagship? Yeah, I’m in the industry, and I struggle with those. So I try to avoid them. Be forewarned here: my...

5:00 AM Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

I like to think I am a man of the people. That my musings here help you get a sense for the amazing vehicles I get to drive. I try to avoid jargon or enthusiast lingo. Who really knows what fit and finish means? What about flagship? Yeah, I’m in the industry, and I struggle with those. So I try to avoid them. Be forewarned here: my...
Rebel spirit
 If you study the auto industry as I do, you can sometimes see a plan for a car company, and their product line evolve right before your eyes. Such is the case with Hyundai. They have followed Honda’s plan for success, initially offering affordable, bare-boned vehicles with amazing warranties. They slowly and surely built up a customer...

4:00 AM Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

If you study the auto industry as I do, you can sometimes see a plan for a car company, and their product line evolve right before your eyes. Such is the case with Hyundai. They have followed Honda’s plan for success, initially offering affordable, bare-boned vehicles with amazing warranties. They slowly and surely built up a customer...
Toyota Yaris ideal for consumer-driven buyer, first-time drivers
 My tester this week is more suited in the busy streets of Chicago or New York, where roads are tight and parking spots are even tighter (and harder to come by). Equally, my tester is not as good on the highways and open roads of suburbia. But, that doesn’t mean the 2016 Toyota Yaris isn’t able to function as a versatile, daily...

4:00 AM Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

My tester this week is more suited in the busy streets of Chicago or New York, where roads are tight and parking spots are even tighter (and harder to come by). Equally, my tester is not as good on the highways and open roads of suburbia. But, that doesn’t mean the 2016 Toyota Yaris isn’t able to function as a versatile, daily...
Chrysler 200 takes a curtain call
 Frank Sinatra’s signature song is My Way. And those lyrics from Old Blue Eyes resonate with our tester this week: “And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain …” This week former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell drive the 2016 Chrysler 200, which is taking its curtain call as it&rsquo...

4:00 AM Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Frank Sinatra’s signature song is My Way. And those lyrics from Old Blue Eyes resonate with our tester this week: “And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain …” This week former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell drive the 2016 Chrysler 200, which is taking its curtain call as it&rsquo...
Putting the K-I-A in luxury
 In the land of large luxury cars there are some names you expect to recognize. Names that are stalwarts of the segment. Names that epitomize luxury. Names like Audi, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Kia. Wait, what? Kia? Some of you may think I’ve lost my marbles, but Kia has been in the large luxury segment for a couple of years, and...

4:00 AM Friday, Sep. 09, 2016

In the land of large luxury cars there are some names you expect to recognize. Names that are stalwarts of the segment. Names that epitomize luxury. Names like Audi, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Kia. Wait, what? Kia? Some of you may think I’ve lost my marbles, but Kia has been in the large luxury segment for a couple of years, and...
Coming into Focus
 Good things do come in small packages. That’s a lesson former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell learned this week. Case in point is the 2016 Ford Focus, which is already diminutive, but now has a new (tiny) 1.0-liter engine. Ford, of course, has mastered the engineering of boosting small engines for maximum output. They&rsquo...

4:00 AM Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Good things do come in small packages. That’s a lesson former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell learned this week. Case in point is the 2016 Ford Focus, which is already diminutive, but now has a new (tiny) 1.0-liter engine. Ford, of course, has mastered the engineering of boosting small engines for maximum output. They&rsquo...
Cruzing toward change
 Change is good. Changing for the sake of change is not good. When it comes it to the automotive industry, changing a car is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment. So change can’t be done too quickly or haphazardly. In the case of my tester this week, the change is good and well executed. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is widely improved...

4:00 AM Friday, Aug. 05, 2016

Change is good. Changing for the sake of change is not good. When it comes it to the automotive industry, changing a car is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment. So change can’t be done too quickly or haphazardly. In the case of my tester this week, the change is good and well executed. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is widely improved...
GMC Canyon pushes the envelope with diesel power
 The American consumer is infatuated with big pickup trucks. I am in touch with the American consumer – or so I like to think – but I believe today’s consumer has more truck than they need. That’s why the midsize segment is growing. When the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon emerged, they helped push the envelope. My...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 29, 2016

The American consumer is infatuated with big pickup trucks. I am in touch with the American consumer – or so I like to think – but I believe today’s consumer has more truck than they need. That’s why the midsize segment is growing. When the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon emerged, they helped push the envelope. My...
Award-worthy
 When you’re nominated for a prestigious award, the common saying is, it’s just an honor to be nominated. And that certainly can apply to my tester, although, rightfully, the 2016 Volvo XC90 has a right to a long, drawn out acceptance speech or victory lap. During the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 22, 2016

When you’re nominated for a prestigious award, the common saying is, it’s just an honor to be nominated. And that certainly can apply to my tester, although, rightfully, the 2016 Volvo XC90 has a right to a long, drawn out acceptance speech or victory lap. During the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January...
Maxima improvement
 For the sake of writing about it, I’m going to call my tester this week a full-size sedan even though it defies many of the qualifications and certainly is incomparable to others in this decreasing segment. In fact, my tester this week left the segment – and the auto industry altogether – for a year. But after a year hiatus...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 15, 2016

For the sake of writing about it, I’m going to call my tester this week a full-size sedan even though it defies many of the qualifications and certainly is incomparable to others in this decreasing segment. In fact, my tester this week left the segment – and the auto industry altogether – for a year. But after a year hiatus...
Taking a firm stand
 Mazda will go inch-for-inch against all manufacturers in the midsize-sedan design category. Its entry, the Mazda6, is visually arresting with a sleek profile, redesigned front end that accentuates the grille, rising roofline and a sharp taillight package in back. Former Wheels editors Dave Mikesell and Jimmy Dinsmore take a look at the Mazda6...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 01, 2016

Mazda will go inch-for-inch against all manufacturers in the midsize-sedan design category. Its entry, the Mazda6, is visually arresting with a sleek profile, redesigned front end that accentuates the grille, rising roofline and a sharp taillight package in back. Former Wheels editors Dave Mikesell and Jimmy Dinsmore take a look at the Mazda6...
Does R stands for Relevant in RAV4?
 You could argue the compact SUV market is the most competitive in the auto industry. So it takes a lot for a vehicle to stand out and remain relevant. Sometimes it requires a gimmick. Other times it needs a fast engine or fantastic fuel economy. And still other times it requires regular updates and refreshes. That’s where my tester...

4:00 AM Friday, Jun. 24, 2016

You could argue the compact SUV market is the most competitive in the auto industry. So it takes a lot for a vehicle to stand out and remain relevant. Sometimes it requires a gimmick. Other times it needs a fast engine or fantastic fuel economy. And still other times it requires regular updates and refreshes. That’s where my tester...
Don’t sleep on the Golf
 There’s a phrase many of the young people are using that applies to my tester this week. And even though I’m not one to use trendy jargon or phrases, I’m going to say it anyway. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R hit me right in the feels during our week together. Yeah, I realize how stupid I sound saying that. Move on. When you...

4:00 AM Friday, Jun. 17, 2016

There’s a phrase many of the young people are using that applies to my tester this week. And even though I’m not one to use trendy jargon or phrases, I’m going to say it anyway. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R hit me right in the feels during our week together. Yeah, I realize how stupid I sound saying that. Move on. When you...
Automotive enigma
 Some vehicles refuse to be pigeonholed, and that makes them more difficult to critique. That’s certainly the case this week for my tester – the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6. You see this is a big, luxurious SUV (it’s what you expect from all Land Rover vehicles). But it’s also an off-road beast. Oh, and it&rsquo...

4:00 AM Friday, Jun. 10, 2016

Some vehicles refuse to be pigeonholed, and that makes them more difficult to critique. That’s certainly the case this week for my tester – the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Td6. You see this is a big, luxurious SUV (it’s what you expect from all Land Rover vehicles). But it’s also an off-road beast. Oh, and it&rsquo...
Plugged in, turned on
 Finding the sweet spot for cost-conscious midsize sedan buyers is an ongoing effort for auto manufacturers. They must try to stand out from the crowd while maximizing looks, quality and features without exceeding a price point that will jeopardize value or the pocketbook. And no longer are gas-electric hybrids or plug-in hybrids seen as alien...

4:00 AM Friday, May. 27, 2016

Finding the sweet spot for cost-conscious midsize sedan buyers is an ongoing effort for auto manufacturers. They must try to stand out from the crowd while maximizing looks, quality and features without exceeding a price point that will jeopardize value or the pocketbook. And no longer are gas-electric hybrids or plug-in hybrids seen as alien...
Tundra takes a back seat to no one
 This year, my tester for the week is having to take a back seat to its little brother. For 2016, it’s all Tacoma this and Tacoma that. It could give the Tundra a complex. Thankfully, my tester, the 2016 Toyota Tundra, is stout and has a solid reputation to withstand the praise and attention the Tacoma is getting. While not significantly...

4:00 AM Friday, May. 20, 2016

This year, my tester for the week is having to take a back seat to its little brother. For 2016, it’s all Tacoma this and Tacoma that. It could give the Tundra a complex. Thankfully, my tester, the 2016 Toyota Tundra, is stout and has a solid reputation to withstand the praise and attention the Tacoma is getting. While not significantly...
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