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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...
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...
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