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Dodge Charger V6 AWD is a muscle car’s more family-friendly version
 Practical and muscle car are not commonly placed next to each other. In fact, muscle cars ooze machismo and are typical mid-life crisis cars. The more horsepower, the better! That is all poppycock, of course, as there’s so much more than horsepower to a car. So, in the world of full-size sedans, are you all about power and performance...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 07, 2017

Practical and muscle car are not commonly placed next to each other. In fact, muscle cars ooze machismo and are typical mid-life crisis cars. The more horsepower, the better! That is all poppycock, of course, as there’s so much more than horsepower to a car. So, in the world of full-size sedans, are you all about power and performance...
Honda’s 2017 continues to be a strong year with new, improved CR-V
 Honda is considered one of the more conservative car companies – not politically, but from their car-making philosophy. They don’t take many risks. They sell a lot of vehicles, so they don’t shake the things up too much. But, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty raucous year, at least for Honda. They seem less conservative...

4:00 AM Friday, Jun. 30, 2017

Honda is considered one of the more conservative car companies – not politically, but from their car-making philosophy. They don’t take many risks. They sell a lot of vehicles, so they don’t shake the things up too much. But, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty raucous year, at least for Honda. They seem less conservative...
Luxurious GMC Sierra Denali gets big engine, big performance
 Trucks are really an American phenomenon. The bigger the better. The more power the better. I’ve talked at length as an automotive writer about what I call the “over trucking” of the American consumer. How many people need a truck? And of those who can justify it, how many need heavy-duty ones? Yet, drive through the Midwest...

4:00 AM Friday, Jun. 23, 2017

Trucks are really an American phenomenon. The bigger the better. The more power the better. I’ve talked at length as an automotive writer about what I call the “over trucking” of the American consumer. How many people need a truck? And of those who can justify it, how many need heavy-duty ones? Yet, drive through the Midwest...
Mazda3: Different looks for different folks
 Look! Out in the lot! It’s a sedan! It’s a hatchback! It’s … the Mazda3! OK, maybe the excitement of seeing this compact car isn’t going to be as theatrical as coming across Superman, but in the Mazda lineup the 3 does carry significant punch. To find out what is going on with the 2017 model, former Wheels editors...

4:00 AM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

Look! Out in the lot! It’s a sedan! It’s a hatchback! It’s … the Mazda3! OK, maybe the excitement of seeing this compact car isn’t going to be as theatrical as coming across Superman, but in the Mazda lineup the 3 does carry significant punch. To find out what is going on with the 2017 model, former Wheels editors...
Grand Cherokee carries on Jeep tradition
 Jeep isn’t just a brand. It’s an image in the consumer’s head. They hear the word Jeep and they think off-roading, muddin’ and adventure. But Jeep does make more than just trail-ready off-roader. My tester this week is certainly able to get dirty and head off the beaten path. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a versatile...

4:00 AM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

Jeep isn’t just a brand. It’s an image in the consumer’s head. They hear the word Jeep and they think off-roading, muddin’ and adventure. But Jeep does make more than just trail-ready off-roader. My tester this week is certainly able to get dirty and head off the beaten path. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a versatile...
An Alltrack for all seasons: Volkswagen adds new layer to Golf brand
 No matter a car-buyer’s preference in hatchbacks, the Volkswagen dealership can be a one-stop shop. All doors lead to the Golf, whether it be two doors, four doors, performance-based, electric-powered or an elongated wagon. And now, that’s not all. For 2017 VW unveiled the Alltrack, a higher sitting, all-wheel drive version of...

4:00 AM Friday, May. 19, 2017

No matter a car-buyer’s preference in hatchbacks, the Volkswagen dealership can be a one-stop shop. All doors lead to the Golf, whether it be two doors, four doors, performance-based, electric-powered or an elongated wagon. And now, that’s not all. For 2017 VW unveiled the Alltrack, a higher sitting, all-wheel drive version of...
Legitimate flagship: Genesis G90 is new arrival to luxury market
 Luxury is hard to describe. Certain images come to mind. Pinkies raised while drinking wine or tea. Leather-clad luxury cars tooling up to country clubs. And high-browed trips to the opera with people dressed to the nines. Hyundai hopes to jump into this highfalutin’ world with its new line of luxury vehicles known as Genesis. But,...

4:00 AM Friday, May. 05, 2017

Luxury is hard to describe. Certain images come to mind. Pinkies raised while drinking wine or tea. Leather-clad luxury cars tooling up to country clubs. And high-browed trips to the opera with people dressed to the nines. Hyundai hopes to jump into this highfalutin’ world with its new line of luxury vehicles known as Genesis. But,...
A boxy match: Kia Soul again changes the game with the competition
 Thinking outside the box has been the nouveau unconventional way of innovation during the 21st century. Kia has flipped the script with its Soul and is thinking inside the box. Former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell each recently drove versions of the 2017 Soul compact hatchback and did some searching about what it all means...

4:00 AM Friday, Apr. 28, 2017

Thinking outside the box has been the nouveau unconventional way of innovation during the 21st century. Kia has flipped the script with its Soul and is thinking inside the box. Former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell each recently drove versions of the 2017 Soul compact hatchback and did some searching about what it all means...
Chevrolet shows off capable vehicles at Indy
 Chevrolet has an ongoing social media campaign called #FindNewRoads. They show the fun, adventurous side of their product line. Recently, I was able to participate in one such adventure at a legendary location and cross off a major bucket list item of mine. As an auto writer I’ve had many great experiences, but few can match what I...

4:00 AM Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

Chevrolet has an ongoing social media campaign called #FindNewRoads. They show the fun, adventurous side of their product line. Recently, I was able to participate in one such adventure at a legendary location and cross off a major bucket list item of mine. As an auto writer I’ve had many great experiences, but few can match what I...
Mother Earth appreciates the Toyota Camry Hybrid
 My tester this week comes around just in time for Earth Day. I’m far from a tree hugger and I’ve been a vocal critic of many hybrids, but this week’s car is winning me over. Taking one of the best-selling cars in the country and adding a hybrid powerplant sounds a little too easy. It sounds like Toyota might be trying to...

4:00 AM Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

My tester this week comes around just in time for Earth Day. I’m far from a tree hugger and I’ve been a vocal critic of many hybrids, but this week’s car is winning me over. Taking one of the best-selling cars in the country and adding a hybrid powerplant sounds a little too easy. It sounds like Toyota might be trying to...
Bursting the bubble: Youthful Mazda CX-3 making a good impression
 Very often, when you’re in our position, where you see a lot of different vehicles, it’s only the new ones, or the ones with major overhauls that you remember. But this week’s tester sees very few changes from the previous model year, and yet was oh so memorable. The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact SUV that sets itself apart...

4:00 AM Friday, Apr. 14, 2017

Very often, when you’re in our position, where you see a lot of different vehicles, it’s only the new ones, or the ones with major overhauls that you remember. But this week’s tester sees very few changes from the previous model year, and yet was oh so memorable. The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact SUV that sets itself apart...
Modern-era wagon: Volvo XC60 still a standout in crossover segment
 My tester this week put ear worms from ABBA into my head. That’s not a good thing. I don’t like ABBA. But like ABBA, my tester this week has Scandinavian roots. That’s still no excuse for Dancing Queen and Take a Chance on Me to lay roots in my head. Please, make it stop. The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a midsize crossover. It is...

4:00 AM Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

My tester this week put ear worms from ABBA into my head. That’s not a good thing. I don’t like ABBA. But like ABBA, my tester this week has Scandinavian roots. That’s still no excuse for Dancing Queen and Take a Chance on Me to lay roots in my head. Please, make it stop. The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a midsize crossover. It is...
Lincoln’s cruiser returns to the market in a big, luxurious way
 My tester this week is a throwback to the days when families would go for Sunday drives, family in tow, no electronic devices, and cruising the country side. Don’t get me wrong, this week’s tester is loaded with technology and is thoroughly modern. But it’s been 15 years since we’ve seen a Lincoln Continental and a...

4:00 AM Friday, Mar. 31, 2017

My tester this week is a throwback to the days when families would go for Sunday drives, family in tow, no electronic devices, and cruising the country side. Don’t get me wrong, this week’s tester is loaded with technology and is thoroughly modern. But it’s been 15 years since we’ve seen a Lincoln Continental and a...
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport doesn’t come up short
 Let’s make this clear up top. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is not a sporty version of the Santa Fe. Well, in a way it is, but the Sport is a standalone model that is eight inches shorter than its stablemate. That does not mean it comes up short. Taking a look inside and out of the 2017 Santa Fe Sport are former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore...

4:00 AM Friday, Mar. 17, 2017

Let’s make this clear up top. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is not a sporty version of the Santa Fe. Well, in a way it is, but the Sport is a standalone model that is eight inches shorter than its stablemate. That does not mean it comes up short. Taking a look inside and out of the 2017 Santa Fe Sport are former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore...
‘Raptorous’ experience: Ford truck everything it should be, then some
 Some vehicle reviews are easier to write than others. My tester this week is a piece of cake. It’s, in fact, better than a piece of cake. It’s decadently delightful. I’ll not forget the time I spent in the 2017 Ford Raptor. This souped-up, sporty version of the F-150 is rugged and off-road ready. It’s a truck that...

5:00 AM Friday, Mar. 10, 2017

Some vehicle reviews are easier to write than others. My tester this week is a piece of cake. It’s, in fact, better than a piece of cake. It’s decadently delightful. I’ll not forget the time I spent in the 2017 Ford Raptor. This souped-up, sporty version of the F-150 is rugged and off-road ready. It’s a truck that...
2017 Honda Ridgeline re-engages in the midsize truck market
 Being a truck owner in the U.S. is a culture. Pickup truck enthusiasts are as passionate as sports car enthusiasts or collector car folks. And each truck owner has a strong opinion about their preferred brand. Bring up the name Honda Ridgeline and you’ll hear chortles and snickers. Indeed, in the past, the Ridgeline has been a fringe...

5:00 AM Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Being a truck owner in the U.S. is a culture. Pickup truck enthusiasts are as passionate as sports car enthusiasts or collector car folks. And each truck owner has a strong opinion about their preferred brand. Bring up the name Honda Ridgeline and you’ll hear chortles and snickers. Indeed, in the past, the Ridgeline has been a fringe...
Volkswagen Beetle gets special edition Dune version with bold features
 Few cars evoke as many strong emotions as the Volkswagen Beetle. It’s a love/hate type of thing. Some of the criticisms are totally unfair, and some are justified. But, undeniably, the Beetle is an icon whether you like it or not. So I knew it was going to be an interesting week when I found out I’d be driving a special edition...

5:00 AM Friday, Jan. 06, 2017

Few cars evoke as many strong emotions as the Volkswagen Beetle. It’s a love/hate type of thing. Some of the criticisms are totally unfair, and some are justified. But, undeniably, the Beetle is an icon whether you like it or not. So I knew it was going to be an interesting week when I found out I’d be driving a special edition...
Fusion Sport inspires enthusiasm in competitive midsize segment
 Ford used to add excitement to some of their cars by adding a SHO (Super High Output) trim. Sadly, that trim, and all the goodness that came with it has been discontinued for several years (with the exception of the Taurus). But, my tester this week says, in its own special way, “The SHO must go on.” My tester this week is the...

5:00 AM Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

Ford used to add excitement to some of their cars by adding a SHO (Super High Output) trim. Sadly, that trim, and all the goodness that came with it has been discontinued for several years (with the exception of the Taurus). But, my tester this week says, in its own special way, “The SHO must go on.” My tester this week is the...
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...
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