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No surprises or letdown: Mazda6 remains competitive in midsize segment
 You could argue that the decline in popularity of midsize sedans has everything to do with the overall vanilla nature of these cars. In the crowded segment, few cars stand out. They may have nice looks, but a boring interior. Or a great engine, but a bland exterior. There aren’t many that offer the total package. My tester, the 2017...

4:00 AM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

You could argue that the decline in popularity of midsize sedans has everything to do with the overall vanilla nature of these cars. In the crowded segment, few cars stand out. They may have nice looks, but a boring interior. Or a great engine, but a bland exterior. There aren’t many that offer the total package. My tester, the 2017...
Getting its bearings: Redesigned Jeep Compass looks to the future
 A compass is an instrument that helps keep your bearings as well as make sure you don’t lose your way. So, it seems Jeep has named their compact SUV appropriately. After a full redesign this model year, the Jeep Compass has found its way after being lost in the wilderness for a bit of time. And yes, that’s a play on words as the...

4:00 AM Friday, Oct. 06, 2017

A compass is an instrument that helps keep your bearings as well as make sure you don’t lose your way. So, it seems Jeep has named their compact SUV appropriately. After a full redesign this model year, the Jeep Compass has found its way after being lost in the wilderness for a bit of time. And yes, that’s a play on words as the...
2018 Honda Odyssey makes family time more enjoyable
 Summer is nearing its end, but I hope you had a great summer. Hopefully, like me, you were able to get out of town and take the family on a vacation. The great family road trip is pure Americana. But those road trips can also be stressful and annoying. For the 2018 model year, there just may be the ultimate family road trip vehicle. I was...

4:00 AM Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

Summer is nearing its end, but I hope you had a great summer. Hopefully, like me, you were able to get out of town and take the family on a vacation. The great family road trip is pure Americana. But those road trips can also be stressful and annoying. For the 2018 model year, there just may be the ultimate family road trip vehicle. I was...
Dodge Durango is as old-school as a Beastie Boys track
 You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Similarly, there could be one that says, “Don’t judge a vehicle by its frame.” Take the Dodge Durango. It sits on a unibody frame, which typically is a designator for the utilitarian category of crossover. Make no mistake, though, the Durango...

4:00 AM Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Similarly, there could be one that says, “Don’t judge a vehicle by its frame.” Take the Dodge Durango. It sits on a unibody frame, which typically is a designator for the utilitarian category of crossover. Make no mistake, though, the Durango...
Toyota sedan stands out while blending in
 Steady as she goes, Captain. Few cars are as steady as the Toyota Camry. This stalwart of the midsize sedan segment is a steady performer and top seller. And too often, the Camry gets little fanfare or praise because it’s been so good for so long. So it’s the perfect car for former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell...

4:00 AM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Steady as she goes, Captain. Few cars are as steady as the Toyota Camry. This stalwart of the midsize sedan segment is a steady performer and top seller. And too often, the Camry gets little fanfare or praise because it’s been so good for so long. So it’s the perfect car for former Wheels editors Jimmy Dinsmore and Dave Mikesell...
Subaru wakes up ‘Imprezave’ compact with solid redesign
 There are car brands that push their competition and push boundaries. And despite all those efforts, they don’t often get that much attention. One such brand is Subaru, which has an amazing group of loyal followers called Subies. But, Subaru is far from mainstream. Two guys who are also a little removed from the mainstream took a look...

8:35 PM Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

There are car brands that push their competition and push boundaries. And despite all those efforts, they don’t often get that much attention. One such brand is Subaru, which has an amazing group of loyal followers called Subies. But, Subaru is far from mainstream. Two guys who are also a little removed from the mainstream took a look...
Hyundai Tucson continues evolution in competitive segment
 Today’s compact crossovers can be very confusing. They are one in of the largest growth segments in the car industry and every car maker has an entry. And there’s always a push to update it, improve it or get attention with it. As an automotive journalist it’s my job to make heads and tails of these things, and within this...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 28, 2017

Today’s compact crossovers can be very confusing. They are one in of the largest growth segments in the car industry and every car maker has an entry. And there’s always a push to update it, improve it or get attention with it. As an automotive journalist it’s my job to make heads and tails of these things, and within this...
BMW’s ultimate driving machine: 5-series gets new platform, engine
 BMW’s trademark slogan is “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” It certainly is applicable to these German-built vehicles that are driver-focused. Ultimate is a big word. Undoubtedly, Bimmers have a cult-like following among purists and enthusiasts, and for good reason. It had been quite a while since I slide behind the wheel...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

BMW’s trademark slogan is “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” It certainly is applicable to these German-built vehicles that are driver-focused. Ultimate is a big word. Undoubtedly, Bimmers have a cult-like following among purists and enthusiasts, and for good reason. It had been quite a while since I slide behind the wheel...
Faithful Renegade
 The Jeep name alone espouses what made the U.S. military run during the Greatest Generation. Rugged is its synonym. Here we are on the back side of the second decade of the 21st century and Jeep is still going strong. While the Wrangler is the standard bearer to the throwback of the line, the 3-year-old Renegade has its virtues, too. Trying...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

The Jeep name alone espouses what made the U.S. military run during the Greatest Generation. Rugged is its synonym. Here we are on the back side of the second decade of the 21st century and Jeep is still going strong. While the Wrangler is the standard bearer to the throwback of the line, the 3-year-old Renegade has its virtues, too. Trying...
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...
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